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28.5" T10 Differentially Hardened Master Smith blade (Choji hamon) with all black fittings - a rejected Forge Direct Japanese Elite Custom Katana upgraded with buffalo horn fittings on a mother of pearl saya ($729.99).
Scratch and Dent Issue: Upgraded Buffalo horn fitting has a rough appearance and an error made during customization requiring a full remake for the original customer.
This was a Forge Direct Elite T10 custom sword order completed in late 2019 - however the photos were taken a few days previous to the sword being listed here for sale as a scratch and dent item.
The original order details as ordered by the customer are presented below - however there was an error with the custom selection, instead of the T0023 (Togugawa Shogunate Tachi style/Gunto fittings) he received the T0005 Tokugawa Shogunate set - which is reason enough to reject the sword and remake the order.
29" (73.6) Blade (blade was 0.5" shorter)
T0023 Elite Copper Fitting Set (error, used the similar themed T0005 set)
M1 - Black Ito
Unfortunately, there was also an error with the mother of pearl saya. These usually do not come with buffalo horn, so the application was less than perfect looking as shown below:
Otherwise, the sword and components are in perfect condition, with no looseness or other issues. Indeed, with regards to the blade the customer had the following comments:
"The blade is very nicely polished, very sharp, very well defined kissaki and boshi, good distal taper and balance (handles like a charm), even mune and bo-hi, all very good."
However the slight cosmetic defect on the buffalo horn upgrade and the customization error (which of course, only the original customer really noticed) can save you hundreds of dollars and is shipped direct from our friends at Ronin Katana who have been keeping it maintained while in storage for us.
If you are not familiar with Forge Direct Japanese, click here for all the background info on this project over in the store blog or here to see the custom katana product listing (links open in a new window).