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    Michael Bell Bare Composite Blade

    Hi,
    I have a Michael Bell bare katana blade for sale. I hate to part with it, but I will just not have the time to complete it before starting medical school next year.

    I had Michael create this blade to mimic the sugata of the katana he crafted for the Masters of Fire display (http://www.arscives.com/mastersofire...ble-katana.jpg) but without the bo-hi.

    The blade is of Michael's "composite construction," which consists of a double twisted strand of cable along the edge and and a strand of standard twist cable along the back. Per Michael, this construction gives a shinogi-ji that is rather straight and a shinogi that exhibits a lively twist grain with a dynamic hamon.

    The blade is measurements are as follows. I would be glad to take more if you are interested.
    The measurements are as follows:
    Nagasa: 28.75 in
    Nakago: 11 in
    Kissaki: 1.5 in
    Width at machi: 1.25 in
    Width at yokote: 7/8 in
    Thickness at machi: 5/16 in
    Thickness at yokote: 3/16 in
    Sori: 3/4 in

    I am asking $2500 shipped for this blade. I also have some Patrick Hastings fittings that I would be willing to sell with the blade at a slight discount.

    Please don't hesitate to contact me if you want more information, measurements, or pictures. Thanks!

    EDIT: added measurements
    Last edited by J Wang; 12-07-2008 at 01:41 PM.

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    BTT. Price is negotiable, and I will now throw in a pair of fuchi/kashira in Black Ice by Patrick Hastings.

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    BTT, price is now $2400. This is cheaper than you can get it from Michael, without the wait.

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    Can you post some pictures of this blade? Thanks!
    I like swords.

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    BTT, I really need to move this. Jeff, send me your email and I can get you pics.

    Price is now $2300. I am willing to entertain reasonable offers and will consider trades/partial trades for high end/custom 1911s (particularly interested in an MC Operator).
    Last edited by J Wang; 02-26-2009 at 05:16 AM.

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