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1086 Katana by Howard Clark

This project was pretty interesting. The customer had a full set of unique fittings made by Patrick Hastings. They have large o-seppa integrated with solid silver seppa, solid silver habaki, and a tsuba with matching large, heavy fuchi kashira.

The saya is a deep black gloss lacquer with a lacquered cane wrap.

The blade is an earlier Howard Clark 1086 with fairly low sori. I had originally started the polish years ago. For various reasons it wasn't finished and I ended up with the blade again down the line. At that point I looked over what I had done and decided I needed to redo the entire polish. Anyway, this is the final product.

Finished at last.

Tsukamaki by Robin Ramirez.

 

This blade has a lot of interesting activity in the hamon. At one point on one side the hamon jumps up into the shinogi-ji. If we were talking about a traditionally made blade (i.e., made of tamahagane) this might be a serious problem especially given how it jumps. However, it doesn't jump up the same way on the other side (not pictured) and this isn't a traditionally made blade. This is Howard Clark's custom smelt of 1086 steel with his very high tech and careful heat treatment. As a result the blade is still tough as nails and it wouldn't be a concern for a user sword. There are also areas of tobiyaki and muneyaki (hardening in the "soft" ji and shinogi-ji). The blade "wants" to get hard around parts of the shinogi as well and has a sort of utsuri like effect in places. I decided to burnish over much of the rising hamon in the shinogi-ji but on careful inspection it is still visible. It posed some interesting choices in polishing. And on top of that the kissaki is ichimai (fully hardened) and was a serious pain in the hind regions to shape. All things being equal I think the kissaki came out fairly well.

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