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Thread: FS: Walter Sorrells Mt. Fuji Blade

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    FS: Walter Sorrells Mt. Fuji Katana

    I've decided to put up the Walter Sorrells Mt. Fuji katana for sale. I've been a bit torn about selling it as I was there when this piece was "born" so to speak and I also just got it back from the mounter and I must say that it turned out exceptionally well. I do have a tamahagane blade coming from Walter though so I'm going to let this one go to fund another project and pay some bills.

    I think everyone is pretty familiar with this sword. Nagasa is 29" and the blade is fairly wide at 1 5/16. It is a well balanced sword and would make an incredible cutter. Polish was done by me and is an $1131 value itself at my current rate. I'm asking $3650 for the sword shipped and insured USPS priority mail.

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    Last edited by Chris Osborne; 12-12-2008 at 11:10 AM.

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    I will consider offers, just nothing too crazy.

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    That is a beautiful Sword !!!

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    Hello Chris,

    This one seems absolutely mindblowing, the hamon brought out nicer after Your polish, outstanding work Chris, and the mounting is also gorgeous. By the way, who did the job?. However there is one thing that got me thinking, Why is it the second person i see selling it in quite a short period of time?? Is anything wrong with the blade??
    Last edited by Bartosz Xanavi; 12-13-2008 at 02:28 PM.

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    Bartosz,

    I can tell you that answer.... Swords are amazing, but you cant eat them and it cant pay your bills... I am in a spot right now where as soon as a Sorrells I have gets finished on a remount I will have to sell it because I have a stack of bills...

    I dont know if chris feels the same, but in the sword design and mount business every project is great until you move on to the next one. I can bet $100 that Chris has plenty of projects waiting that can stand on the level with this current sword... that is just how it is....

    I think the problem is personally every owner of the sword ( Sorry Chris was not a person who bought or had the sword made with the intent to do some hard core cutting with it... This sword is a good balance of sitting on a rack and being able to pull 1,000 cuts of tatami before a repolish! I hope it finds its way into the home of a tai kai competitor
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    Hi Bartosz. Ricky hit on some good points in his post. While I can't speak for the previous owners reasons for selling the blade, I can say that there is absolutely nothing wrong with it at all. It's a gorgeous blade and Walter himself even considers it to be among his best work. With the new mount it is a top notch sword in every respect. Per his request I can't disclose the mounters name on the board though, as he doesn't do work for the public except through referral.

    I do love this sword and had every intention of keeping it for my collection. However, after considering how many blades I have here and have in the works at the moment, along with the fact that Walter is making me a tamahagane blade, I feel I need to sell this one and recoup some funds. It's very easy in my line of work to get caught up in too many trades. I have done quite a bit of that lately, and it's not very lucrative if you keep them all.
    Last edited by Chris Osborne; 12-13-2008 at 11:57 PM.

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    I'm looking at the pics of that blade and i'm considering selling my car and buying a cheaper one At the moment i'm in process of raising funds for a custom work like this one, unfortunately i'm a little short and i dont think i'll be able to stack 3,5K before someone else purchase it. Huh, what a shame I'm positive about one thing, It will certainly find a good home in no time.
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    Being the previous owner (prior to Chris), I figured I would just say a few words about this piece.

    It is truly amazing. I almost regret letting it go. I too have a tamahagane blade from Walter in the works. When I commissioned the tamahagane piece I spoke to Walter about this blade (Mt.Fuji). He spoke very highly of it. He said he almost wanted to keep it and that it was a great blade to work on.

    The reasons I let it go was for other projects. Namely a Bob Engnath blade. They are very hard to come by so I could not let it pass.

    As for the Mt. Fuji blade it is a fantastic piece. I am sure the future owner would be more than thrilled with this blade.

    To be honest, if I had the funds, I'd buy it back in a heart beat.
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    Anyone who might be interested, feel free to make an offer. I need to move this blade and if the offer is good enough I just might take it.

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    I know times are hard and tighter finances are what is keeping people from buying these types of blades, so let me throw something out there.

    I'll drop the price to $3200 and would be willing to accept payment in two instalments as long as the final payment is received before February 13th(weekend of the Florida Token Kai). I would also be willing to consider any trades for Nihonto(older blades). Thanks!
    Last edited by Chris Osborne; 12-16-2008 at 10:51 AM.

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    do...not...tempt...me...

    I'll have to check with my "financial adviser" and see if I can come up with something. I really want that blade.
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    Cool, LMK.

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    PM sent
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    On hold pending payment.

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    Sword is off hold and back up for sale. There were some questions as to the detail in the hamon after the blade was refinished. I figured I would clean the oil off the blade and try and get some decent pics of the hamon, so here are a few more shots. Asking price is $3200, which is a complete steal for this blade in this quality of mount with a high grade polish.

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    I've decided to make one final reduction in the price of this blade. If you're holding out for the lowest price then you needn't wait any longer, because it's not going to get lower than this.......ever. $3000

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    God Damn!!!

    How beautiful is that

    By the way, what camera do you use, some DSLR?? great shots

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bartosz Xanavi View Post
    God Damn!!!

    How beautiful is that

    By the way, what camera do you use, some DSLR?? great shots
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    Hi Bartosz

    While I'm sure lots of folk appreciate the swords and photos in the classifieds section, general discussion really isn't the focus of this subforum.

    Glen

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    Thanks! It's just a cheaper model Canon power shot 7.1MP, nothing special at all. In fact I've been wanting to get a decent camera for a while. Also, that's kinda funny, someone just mentioned recently that my photography wasn't very good.

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    Bump for a great sword
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    Just wanted to add that I will cover shipping and insurance within the conus. This is a terrific sword and I would love to see it go to someone who will appreciate it.

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    I know I said this one wouldn't get any lower, but perhaps getting this below the 3 grand mark might help my sale in the tough times. $2900 The final reduction....................really this time.

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    This one is no longer for sale, I've decided to keep it. Thanks to all who inquired.

    Chris

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