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Bryan Franz

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PostPosted: Wed 16 Nov, 2011 4:20 am    Post subject: For Sale: Randal Graham Hira-Zukuri Katana         Reply with quote

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Up for sale is a hira-zukuri profile katana purchased from Randal Graham's website approximately 5 years ago and was listed as the last traditional katana he intended to produce. The entire sword is sole authorship--the blade, polish, mounts, fittings and saya were all worked by Randal. Some measurements:

Overall: 41"
Tsuka: 10.75"
Nagasa: 30.25"
Width @ Machi: 1.125" (28.5 mm)
Width @ Yokote: 0.875" (22.2 mm)
Thickness: 0.25" (6mm)
Sori: 5/8"

The blade is forged W1 steel, long and slender hira-zukuri profile (incredibly sharp), but with a thick mune and strong presence. The blade was never used for cutting and only displayed, so everything is in excellent condition. The blade was given a full polish by Randal. The hitatsura or "full temper" hamon is visible, but extremely difficult to photograph due to the hira-zukuri edge geometry. On the backside of the blade, near the midpoint, Randal forged a small kanji (see photos), which means "Fire" as a reference to the appearance of a full temper.

Mounts include a hammer-textured and darkened tsuba, forged by Randal, matching browned steel fuchi-kashira set, and polished copper seppa and habaki. Tsuka combines black same with bar-shaped polished copper menuki, wrapped with brown epoxy impregnated cord, which is extremely stable and doesn't shift or move in handling. This type of wrap typical Randal style--combining modern technology with a traditional aesthetic. In Randal's words, the overall package is meant to convey a soldier's sword, utilitarian and bold, with everything leaning towards being a solid user.

Asking $2,600 shipped either US or Internationally, but would also consider offers. Paypal, MO or personal check preferred.

Please PM or email if interested. Additional photos are available on request. Thanks!


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