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L6 Bainite with Antique Dragon Fittings

This is a very fast L6 bainite blade that was mounted up with all antique dragon motif fittings. The habaki is by Brian Tscernega, one of the best habaki makers in the world (including inside Japan).

The habaki is just gorgeous. Copper with gold foil. So-called "key fret" patterning. The tsuba was antique as were the fuchi kashira and menuki. Really a lovely piece. And the subtle, soft look of fully polished bainite was right at home with the fittings...

This piece was a serious pain for me to do for some reason or another. I'm sure everyone has had a project where *everything* went wrong at some point. This was mine for some reason...

 

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