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    Bizen Masashiro Katana

    Shinsakuto made in the Bizen Ichimonji tradition by Masashiro.

    A tad over 29" nagasa with deep sori and bohi.

    Purchased from Modern Tosho a few years back (photos are below from from Keith Larman at the time of the sale -- additional and current photos on request), this is long blade with a classic choji hamon in the Bizen tradition. It's an elegant blade that is almost tachi-like in its proportions.

    You won't see many blades like this for sale in the US -- it was made as an "art sword" that would sell for over twice the asking price if new. However, it's available at a greatly discounted price based on use by the previous owner for iaido and tameshigiri, with scratches and a bend that was corrected in the mune, but with a persisting warp in the ha.

    Fully mounted, ready for use or collection.

    More pictures here: http://s119.photobucket.com/user/drj...?sort=3&page=1

    $5000.





    Last edited by Joe Pierre; 03-12-2017 at 11:44 AM.

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    Very nice! What is the weight of the blade only?
    /R

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    the weight in fittings without saya is about 1280 g. if you have serious interest, i can take off the tsuka and weigh the bare blade.

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    No thank you; however I really appreciate your prompt reply.

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    still available just in time for Christmas.

    PM if you want to see pictures.

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    Masashiro1 by drjoe4, on FlickrMasashiro2 by drjoe4, on Flickr
    Masashiro7 by drjoe4, on Flickr
    Masashiro9 by drjoe4, on Flickr

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    Make me an offer.
    Last edited by Joe Pierre; 09-02-2018 at 08:05 AM.

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    holiday season is here!

    let's make a deal.

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    In case anyone is actually interested, I recently learned that the maker is actually Kazuki Kawashima who signed the blade Masaki (previously mistranslated as Masashiro) and made it for a Mr. Yamazaki Zenichirou, presumably in 2006 (the date is actually written Heisei 81).

    Kazuki Kawashima trained under Nakata Masanao and also spent some time with Yoshihara Kuniie and also at the Bizen Osafune Sword Museum workshop refining the Bizen style.

    You can see his website and bio here: http://kazukikawashima.com/about/

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