Spring Forest wrote:Moon wrote:Spring Forest wrote:Are there any good polishers of Japanese blades in the UK?
For a modern production Japanese style blade?...No.
That's point one... thanks.Check your saya! If there is rust in your saya previously then all this will be for naught, if not removed.
I've taken a vacuum cleaner to it... truly frightening... the amount of crud that came out of it!depending on what sort of oils used either paul chen sword oil or a.n.other the blade dose tend to take on a reddish purple hue after a day or two so you get the same effect as oil on a wet road sort of rainbow effect the colour gose as soon as you wipe the oil off the blade? just a thought
Dawn at 12.30pm. I think part of my paranoia was colour being picked up by the oil when in the blade was in the saya.
So the next question... and I can feel my ring going tight here... is this a Chen blade?
All the other photos of Raptor's that have been posted show hi's and hamon's and this has neither. Personally, whatever it is I'm still enamoured of the darned thing, but it would be nice to know. Is it a composite, or the real thing? [ Please ignore the books. I'm not trying to brag they just happened to be on table ].
Its a hanwei sword, technically its a James Williams blade, none of the raptors have a hamon, and each has a different blade style, the raptor you have doesn't have a bo-hi its the biggest heavyset blade that the raptor series has, I love the geometry of it.