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Old 02-05-2011, 02:04 PM   #1
Keith Larman
Dojo: AIA, Los Angeles, CA
Location: California
Join Date: Apr 2005
Posts: 1,604
Something I just finished

Since the forums seem focused on other stuff, I thought I'd post some photos of a daisho I just finished for a customer of mine.

What I started with were two bare blades by Howard Clark of Morgan Valley Forge. L6 katana and wakizashi. Both were in rough grind (i.e., not quite fully with edge yet). I asked Howard to make me simple folded iron fuchi, kashira, tsuba and menuki.

Both blades were polished and mounted by me. The idea was to create a very simple, understated set. The katana is just a hair over 30" nagasa with the wakizashi a more "conventional" 19" or so. The katana has a constant, shallow sori but since it so long it looks more straight than it really is.

The tsuka were both wrapped with black doeskin ito from Ted Tenold's Legacy Swords. I also used high grade samekawa which I antiqued (to match the feel of the fittings) and then polished to give it a "glow" more like you'd see on an older, high end mount.

Anyway, I took a few shots for the owner yesterday. I thought I'd share here since there are some with interest in shinken.
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