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Gabriel Lebec
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PostPosted: Mon 24 May, 2010 7:34 pm    Post subject: Yanone (Japanese arrowhead) in sashikomi polish         Reply with quote

Hello everyone,

I wanted to share a Japanese arrowhead (yanone) I just acquired. Most Japanese polishers do not work on yanone for a variety of reasons, so it can be tricky to find them in good condition. But the better examples were folded and heat treated just like Japanese swords, so they can have hada and hamon just like their "big brothers."

This example is doubly unusual in that it has what is called a sashikomi polish. The popular form of modern polish is called kesho, and involves an artistic whitening and contrasting between the hamon and the rest of the steel. In contrast, sashikomi has lower contrast, but can be a better choice for certain styles of hamon that kesho might blur over. For instance, Mino swords with sambon-sugi hamon (three trees) are sometimes polished in sashikomi to retain the distinctive look of the well-defined triple peaks.

Anyway, I'm really happy with it and I hope you enjoy the photos!



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PostPosted: Mon 24 May, 2010 11:33 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Hi Gabriel,

Very nice, thanks for sharing. What are the dimensions and do you have any pics showing the nakago?

Cheers

Jason
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PostPosted: Tue 25 May, 2010 3:18 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Hi Jason,

The point is about 2.5" and the nakago 5.4". Photo is attached (not a great photo, but good enough for dimensions).

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PostPosted: Tue 25 May, 2010 3:42 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Nice as it is in photos, I bet that's really a beauty in person.
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PostPosted: Tue 25 May, 2010 6:29 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Thanks Gabriel

That is a really nice example indeed!

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