Sword Polishing Photos
Here is a detail of a sword that I was very proud to work on. This
is the Wake Island surrender sword, property of the National Museum of
the United States Navy in Washington, DC. This is a WWII era Japanese Naval
Officer's sword. The tag attributes the blade to a Seki smith Kaneshige. This blade
was surrendered by Company Commander Tetsu Matsudaira at Wake Island
and presented to Fleet Admiral William Leahy. Click on the image to see live feedback and comments for this blade on facebook.
Detail of the really great kissaki
(point) on wakizashi I just finished. 21 3/4" length, signed
Yamato Daijo Ujishige. Lots of activity! For more on this blade including feedback and comments click here!
up detail photo angled to show the exquisite hada of this katana signed: Bishu Osafune Norimitsu. Dated 1487.
Another picture of the 15 3/4"
naginata naoshi wakizashi signed Izumi no Kami Kanesada. Has strong
itame hada (wood grain) going into mokume (burl). Lot of large nie
crystals. A very attractive quality blade overall. Also VERY SHARP! For more information including feedback and comments click here!
is a 28 1/2" katana signed Takuyo Ichijo ju Fujiwara Kunihiro.
big thick wide blade with full bohi signed by the big Horikawa
but signature is gimei. Very good strong blade with good quality in it.
Osaka shinto blade made by a good smith.
Recently finished koto era tanto by
Kanenori. It has a really interesting hamon with series of 5-6 gunome
of uniform height separated by individual shorter gunome. Feedback here!
is a 16 1/2" mumei o-suriage
wakizashi. This one started out in really bad shape. Had to
completely re-cut the groove. More pictures of this blade
En-po era (1673) katana signed Bungo no
Kami Minamoto Masayasu. 27 1/2" long, o-suriage (shortened).
Finished in a sashikomi style. See this page
for more information on the difference between keisho
and sashikomi finishing.
is a a
26 7/8" osuriage katana blade that I just finished.
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the picture to see a HUGE close up image. You should be able to view all
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is an osuriage katana
signed Bizen Kuni ju... It has a thick
kasane and a extremely
fine ko-mokume hada. The hamon (temper line) of this blade is
finished in a keisho style. This is a 20" mumei wakizashi
with papers attributing it
to Yosazaemonjo Sukesada 1504. See
page for more pictures of this blade!
is a detail shots of a HUGE 34 1/4" katana signed, Murakatsu-Shin
Shigetsugu Kin Saku Kore. Dated Ansei Ni Nen Ni Gatsu Kichi Nichi"
(1855). Polished in a sashikomi style.
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20 3/4" wakizashi signed
Nagasone Okisato Nyudo Kotetsu. The reverse
is signed "ju to Azan Oshioka hen" which means "living around Oshioka
in western Azan". This blade has a ko-itame hada and an
Okisato Nyudo Kotetsu, full view with the tsuka and tsuba attached.
and detail of some of the exceptional koshire for this blade.
has NBTHK Tokubetsu Kicho papers dated 1961. There is some
question as to the authenticity of this paper and the attribution of
was a full traditional art polish on a huge mumei naginata,
most difficult blades to polish!
says: Click on the BEFORE
AND AFTER link for more pictures of newly
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the blades featured on this web site
are not currently in
my possession, do not belong to me and are not for sale as far as I
absolute minimum number of blades (usually just one or two unmounted
and unpolished) are kept on
hand at all times to minimize liability. -David Hofhine
David Hofhine, Kensei LLC