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Old 07-13-2006, 03:41 PM
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Randal Graham katana for sale.

It's done and available!

I'm proud and very pleased to offer this katana for sale. It's a magnificent Randal Graham tachi blade of W1 steel, expertly forged and heat treated by Randal and polished and mounted as a katana in a one off mount with all the goodies done by me. This is my first internet offering and the sword comes to the buyer in its own Flameau gun case complete with sageo (tying cord) and a nice purple bukuro (sword bag) to protect the sword during storage and shipping. The polish is attractive but primarily designed to be a functional, working polish and to show off as much of Randals heat treat as I could.

The vital stats and measurments are as follows:

Nagasa (cutting edge length) = 29 1/4" or 74.3 cm
Tsuka (handle) length = 10 1/2" or 26.65 cm
Total mounted weight (excluding saya/scabbard) = 2 lbs. 13.2 oz.
Sori (depth of blade curvature) = 1 5/16" or 34mm Tori sori
Center of gravity (balance point) = 6" in front of tsuba (guard)
Motohaba (width of blade at the base) = 1 5/16" or 33.5mm
Sakihaba (width of blade at the end) = 15/16" or 23mm
Motokasane (thickness of blade at the base) = 1/4" or 6.5mm
Sakikasane (thickness of blade at the end) = 3/16" or 5mm

The tsuba (guard) is made from electrolytic iron supplied to me by Randal and is textured by acid etching and rust blackening. The tsuka (handle) features one off fuchi/kashira (end caps)of 1018 steel that has been patinated to match the tsuba. Habaki (blade collar) of hand forged copper, seppa (spacers) of aluminum bronze, and menuki (handle ornaments) featuring a mountain and pagoda theme from Fred Lohman company in blackened silver.

The tsuka is constructed of a traditional poplar wood core that is inletted to accept the nakago of the blade and features rayskin panels, menuki mounted under the palms, (better grip/improved aesthetics and performance) composite seam reinforcement, and two bamboo mekugi (retaining pins) to secure the blade in the handle.

This is an *awsome* weapon and is fully capable of being used for routine training for a Japanese sword arts practitioner for kata or test cutting. The mount is a variation of the very sword that I use in daily training that has performed tens of thousands of swings, draws, and resheathing motions and is designed to be used as a primary training tool. If you have always wanted a deeply curved and powerful katana as your personal sword then look no further.

The saya (scabbard) is a 5 piece poplar wood creation coated with 6 layers of custom black tinted table top epoxy and hand polished to a buttery glow reminiscent of antique urushi. The saya features a 3 piece body that is constructed so that the edge never rides on a seam when the blade is drawn.

The price is $4000 US (cashiers check or money order)and that price includes free shipping (USPS ground) to anywhere in North America. I'll warrant the craftsmanship for my lifetime and extend to the buyer my standard money back guarantee....if you get this sword and don't like it (for *any* reason!) just send me an Email and return the sword (insured, unused, and in its original shipping container) and I'll send you a check back for the full amount. No risk - No pressure.

You can PM me here at Knife Network if you are interested or Email me at: Please visit the available swords page at my new website at: and don't forget to read all about the creation of the wonderful weapon at Randal's Evolution Forge forum in the Mt. Fuji and Mushrooms revisited thread.

If you are an interested buyer and would like additional pictures, details, or measurments, please don't hesitate to ask.

...and thanks for looking!

Brian VanSpeybroeck

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- Albert Einstein

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