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This is a a 26 7/8" osuriage katana blade that I just finished.  You can CLICK on the picture to see a much larger close up image.  I don't get this page updated as often as I would like.  It is much easier to upload new photos to my facebook page, so it gets updated almost weekly with a lot more content.  You should be able to view all of my facebook albums, even if you don't have a facebook account.
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Bizen Kuni ju...
This 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.


Yosazaemonjo Sukesada wakizashi
This is a 20" mumei wakizashi with papers  attributing it to Yosazaemonjo Sukesada 1504. See the Before and After page for more pictures of this blade!  This is finished in a light keisho style.  See this page for more information on the difference between keisho and sashikomi finishing.

Kunihiro omote
This is a 28 1/2" katana signed Takuyo Ichijo ju Fujiwara Kunihiro.  A big thick wide blade with full bohi signed by the big Horikawa Kunihiro, but signature is gimei. Very good strong blade with good quality in it.  Its an Osaka shinto blade made by a good smith.

Kunihiro ura
Opposite side of the same blade.
Hizen wakizashi
This is an 18" wakizashi polished in a sashikomi style. It has been shortened a couple of times over the centuries leaving just the 2 kanji for 'Hizen' at the end of the tang.
Mumei katana
This is a 25" mumei shin-shinto katana with a hamon that looks a little bit like it is going for Fujiyama form.
20 2/4" wakizashi signed Nagasone Okisato Nyudo Kotetsu
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 unusual gunome hamon.
Kotetsu full view with tsuka
Nagasone Okisato Nyudo Kotetsu, full view with the tsuka and tsuba attached.


Kotetsu mei and koshire details
Nakago and detail of some of the exceptional koshire for this blade.


NBTHK Tokubetsu Kicho papers
It has NBTHK Tokubetsu Kicho papers dated 1961.  There is some question as to the authenticity of this paper and the attribution of this blade.
Bizen Kuni ju...
This is a 27 3/8" katana signed Oite Toto Kato Tsunahide tsukuru kore.  Dated Bunka ju ni nen hachi gatsu hi or August of 1815.  See the
Before and After page for more pictures of this blade. 
Dotanuki mei
This 27 1/2" osruiage blade signed Echizen Kuni ju Kaneyoshi with double grooves on both sides polished in a sashikomi style.  This blade has 4 peg holes and was originally 6 1/2" longer!  See the Before and After page for more pictures of this blade!  This is a sashikomi style finish.  See this page for more information on the difference between keisho and sashikomi finishing.

Mumei naginata
This was a full traditional art polish on a huge mumei naginata,
one of the most difficult blades to polish!

Rex Says...
Rex says: Click on the BEFORE AND AFTER link for more pictures of newly polished swords!

Sorry, I can't update these pages more often, but it takes a lot of time to get good close up images of blade details and I'm busy polishing.  ^_^

See dozens of swords and feedback from clients and fans around the world on my facebook page http://www.facebook.com/swordpolish.  It is a lot easier to upload new photos to my facebook page, so it gets updated a lot more frequently with a lot more content.  You should be able to view all of the albums, even if you don't have a facebook account.  If you have trouble viewing, make sure your browser is allowing facebook cookies.
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Please note, 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 know. An 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

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