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Haven't posted anything in a good long while - my mother passed away unexpectedly at the start of the summer, and I pushed back all my orders to deal with the fallout from that...


This is the first of those delayed projects to actually get finished. 12" nagasa hira-zukuri blade, forged from 1095. Copper habaki, brass seppas and steel tsuba, copper fuchi and kashira, sycamore tsuka wrapped in samegawa and lacquered deerskin lace ito, with nickel silver menuki and buffalo horn mekugi. The saya is sycamore, covered in ground tealeaves and lacquer, with buffalo horn koigouchi and kurigata, with cotton sageo.


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Let me know what you think...


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Jake Cleland - Skye Knives


"We can't solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them."

"Everything should be made as simple as possible, but not simpler."

"Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity; and I'm not sure about the the universe."


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Sorry about you're loss.  It's something that we are never ready for.


The tanto looks great.  I don't recall you producing one before.  You definantly have the form down.





HELP...I'm a twenty year old trapped in the body of an old man!!!

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Sorry for your loss Jake. That's always a roughone to dal with, especially when it's unexpected.

I know nothing about Japanese blades, but that is an awe inspiring project.

“So I'm lightin' out for the territory, ahead of the scared and the weak and the mean spirited, because Aunt Sally is fixin’ to adopt me and civilize me, and I can't stand it. I've been there before.”

The only bad experience is the one from which you learn nothing.  





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I add my sympathies over the unexpected Jake….. good to see you are channeling that in a positive way…..


I like the Hamon you got on that……

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