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1086M Daito by Howard Clark. Fittings by Howard Clark.
Antique solid gold menuki.

This is a 1086 shobu zukuri daito made by Howard Clark. The tsuba and fuchigashira were made by Howard Clark as well. The menuki are solid gold Mon menuki that were also worked into the saya finish. The ito is brown doeskin from Legacy Arts Swords. The rayskin is a very high grade full wrap with black kashew lacquer. Solid sterling silver habaki. I carved, shaped and applied rayskin to the handle and prepped it for tsukamaki. Robin Ramirez did the actual tsukamaki since I can no longer do tsukamaki due to some severe reactions I have with rayskin.

The menuki are solid gold and antique. I wish I'd taken a better photo because they are gorgeous. They are the same mon as the one in the saya.

I worked long and hard to get a good flow from the saya into the tsuka. Also notice how in the photo above the gold mon "shines" while they're invisible in the photo below. At different angles the mons will seemingly vanish. They are actually made up of gold dust suspended in the finish. And since everyone seems to ask, no, they're not "stickers". They're simply gold dust worked into the finish.

The blade is Shobu Zukuri in shape. In other words, Iris-Leaf shaped. Contrary to popular opinion, shobu isn't just a shinogi zukuri shape without a yokote. The lines, angles, and surfaces are very different in that they all begin flowing gracefully curving into the very end of the blade right from the machi. Yes, in a sense they are similar to shinogi zukuri without a yokote. But if you look closer they are dramatically different in the subtle details...

In the below photo notice how mists seem to rise out of the hamon. In some respects the hamon is very simple but on closer inspection, it is remarkably complex with utsuri-like behavior billowing up into the shinogi.

Howard Clark made the billet of steel for the tsuba by "rolling up" a large piece of antique wrought iron. Then he "sliced off" a piece to make the tsuba from. Amazing to see this whirling vortez in the tsuba in the right light. Also amazing that he could do all of that so beautifully. The fuchi and kashira are made from the same material and similarly show a marvelous patterning.



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