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Old 02-05-2011, 03:04 PM   #1
Keith Larman
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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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Old 02-05-2011, 03:10 PM   #2
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Re: Something I just finished

Wow.... these are beautiful Keith. While I don't really know much of anything about the sword arts I do enjoy seeing such fine examples. Perhaps someday I will be able to have one of my own. Thanks for sharing.
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Old 02-05-2011, 10:25 PM   #3
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Re: Something I just finished

Thank you for posting!!!!

Janet Rosen
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Old 02-06-2011, 07:30 AM   #4
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Re: Something I just finished

Nice. thanks.
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Old 02-06-2011, 09:25 AM   #5
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Re: Something I just finished

Beautiful. I'm 'jealouse'. G.
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Old 02-06-2011, 08:11 PM   #6
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Re: Something I just finished

I'm getting ready to go to bed, I know what I'm going to be dreaming about when I fall asleep.
Beautiful work, congratulations.
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Old 02-07-2011, 11:56 AM   #7
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Re: Something I just finished

Lovely, but then again.... would we expect any less from you?

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