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Koto folded Buffalo katana

Posted: Tue Dec 18, 2012 12:29 pm
by Geordie Ross
It arrived today, and I'm totally mesmerised by it, as mick has already given a review ill just give it a quick run through, the fittings are superb, plain and simple Fuchi and kashira, anything too extravagant would deduct from its elegance, the Tsuba is of a dragon with similar menuki, the tsuka provides brilliant grip, even better than the practical plus! The buffalo horn fittings are exceptionally well finished as are the blossom leaf embedded into the saya.
The blade is laminated soshu kitae, apparently the same method used by Masamune with 7 layers of different grade steel, (hagane/kawagane/shigane). The finish of the blade is remarkable, the hada grain is subtle and the hamon is cracking, I'm not sure what the style of hamon is but it's a breath of fresh air from the usual Chen style and it isn't acid enhanced.
Top marks, the quality is much better than any of the hanwei swords in the same price range. Must have for any avid collector.

Sorry for the poor pic quality.

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Re: Koto folded Buffalo katana

Posted: Tue Dec 18, 2012 1:56 pm
by the blade master
geordie have you noticed how much the tsuba looks like its based on a celtic design

Re: Koto folded Buffalo katana

Posted: Tue Dec 18, 2012 2:04 pm
by Geordie Ross
Yea I noticed that lol, the menuki are similar to thoes on your bronze katana, I think it's a dragon judging by the claws but I'm very impressed by it, it's a Christmas cracker!
Ohh here's a little vid showing how the soshu kitae is made http://youtu.be/6mN-AKhzNH0

Re: Koto folded Buffalo katana

Posted: Tue Dec 18, 2012 2:10 pm
by Mellony
Is that the £449.00 one? it's VERY nice - very tempted - but also want to hold back the pennies for the upcoming Hobbit stuff - dilemma! – also, the quirky Odachi that I reviewed put me off Koto a little – this seems to be in a different league?

Re: Koto folded Buffalo katana

Posted: Tue Dec 18, 2012 2:17 pm
by Geordie Ross
Yea that's the one, its worth every penny mate, that odachi didn't look too good, but I think it was an anime style isn't it? The kotos I've got are traditional, and they're really good quality.
You certainly could buy plenty of hobbit swords for the price, but its quality over quantity ;)

Re: Koto folded Buffalo katana

Posted: Tue Dec 18, 2012 2:27 pm
by Mellony
I don’t think “quality over quantity” works in this context (Koto Buff vs Hobbit stuff), they're too different, both are high quality in their own categories - assuming they’ll be up to the United Cutlery standard of course :D

But yes, i think i'll have to go for the Buff after Christmas :) (Or might be getting that autographed kill bill sword - just waiting for some pics of the signature at the moment :))

Re: Koto folded Buffalo katana

Posted: Tue Dec 18, 2012 2:34 pm
by Geordie Ross
Yea, put in the overtime and get them all, or remortgage your house haha.

Re: Koto folded Buffalo katana

Posted: Tue Dec 18, 2012 2:49 pm
by the blade master
i found the bit on saya making very interesting cheers geordie

Re: Koto folded Buffalo katana

Posted: Tue Dec 18, 2012 3:08 pm
by Geordie Ross
Aye, I wonder how they put the golden leafs in it? Lol and is the hamon o-choji like the lion dog and bamboo mat katana?

Re: Koto folded Buffalo katana

Posted: Tue Dec 18, 2012 4:22 pm
by the blade master
best ask moon about that one he,ll know if any one dose

Re: Koto folded Buffalo katana

Posted: Tue Dec 18, 2012 5:35 pm
by Moon
the blade master wrote:best ask moon about that one he,ll know if any one dose
I'd say it was choiji rather than O-choji but each one is bound to be a little different so the O- may or may not apply...who cares anyway, it's a great looking hamon and we're not talking ancient Nihonto here after all. :D

Re: Koto folded Buffalo katana

Posted: Mon Dec 31, 2012 1:16 pm
by Geordie Ross
Apparently the hamon style is called sanbon sugi?
Either way, it's a nice change from the typical Chen hamons :mrgreen:
I wouldn't mind a blade with a hamon that looks like fire, something like this

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Re: Koto folded Buffalo katana

Posted: Mon Jan 07, 2013 8:00 pm
by Lone Wolf
I really need to stop looking at things on here, seeing peoples photos makes me want things more then the pictures on the site.

Re: Koto folded Buffalo katana

Posted: Mon Jan 07, 2013 8:04 pm
by the blade master
never lonewolf i,ll leave you a piece from my collection in my will

Re: Koto folded Buffalo katana

Posted: Fri Jan 11, 2013 9:05 pm
by Moon
Sanbon-sugi is 'Three Pine/Cedar Trees' ...

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...maybe you're looking for a style of Choji similar to one in this link http://www.ksky.ne.jp/~sumie99/hamonpatterns.html but there are many styles and maybe hundreds of combinations because I believe that the word hamon derives from Ha (edge) and Mon (emblem) so each smith was putting his own mark on a blade really and together with the hada and sugata is the reason why many mumei (unsigned) swords can often be attributed to one particular school and even an individual smith if he's well renowned.