THE QUIET MAN IN THE STEEL FARM
AND MY TAMESHIGIRI 1086 BLADE
Let us glance for the moment at this sequence of mythical images: the storm-gods strike the earth with 'thunderstones'; their emblem is the double axe and the hammer; the storm is the signal for the heaven-earth hierogamy. When striking their anvils smiths initiate the primordial gesture of the strong god; they are in effect his accessories. All the mythology woven round agrarian fertility, metallurgy and work is, moreover, of relative recent origin. Of later date than pottery and agriculture, metallurgy is set in the framework of a spiritual universe where the heavenly god, who was still present in the ethnological phases of food-gathering and small-game hunting, is finally ousted by the strong God, the fertilizing Male, spouse of the terrestrial Great Mother.
I have never met
Clark in person, but in the many occasions where we have exchanged
written thoughts or spoken over the phone, I have found that this good man who
dislikes and is uncomfortable being treated as a god or an idol, is humble and concerned with his fellow
human being, and with very clear and open ideas about many issues
pertaining to the world, which will always remain in the utmost and sacred
Later on Bugei would ask me to send them pictures of the sword as
I later learned that it
came out to be one of the most well achieved hamon that Howard produced at
that period. Although I had the tsuka changed into a brown tsuka-ito
at 12 inches, the picture on the right was taken for Bugei and it
appears on their leaflet.The hamon is indeed very unique, as can be seen
in the picture below. I would prefer to just call it a free hamon, in
the sense that the rebel that exists in this quiet voiced man manifests
itself in a non-conformist hamon that only obeys to his will, not
following school or style. And I must add, why would he have to follow a
style and not create his own?
|Howard sent me this picture as a surprise gift from him. He knew I wanted a boar's eye, as we discussed if he would be so kind as to fit one of Fred Lohman's boar eye habaki into the blade. So Howard decided to make me a surprise and make the boar's eye himslef. He never mentioned it again.|
I emailed Rick
Barrett and asked him if he would be so kind as to hybrid polish
the blade for me. I of course told Rick that I would be
paying for the polish and he was kind enough to spend an entire week
before shipping it for the fittings.
It is of relevance to note that bladesmiths themselves admire each other's work. They know that each of them is uncomparable in their own way, so Howard was prompt to ship it to Rick, and Rick had no problem with polishing Howard's work.
Therefore we, the collectors, owners and users should not take a different stand towards any smith. All of them are great smiths, each with their own styles and this is the lesson many should grab about how the smiths cooperate.
is very interesting to compare other photographs below with my order to
Howard with all the
specifications enclosed. I find it to be most convenient to build a
page when specifying a blade than to describe it. I value good
communication as the most important thing and actually I have never
|The blade is heavy but made lighter by my choice of a 14 inches tsuka.|
|By taking portion pictures of the blade I believe it is a better way to show the hamon.|
|When the light is right more pictures will be added on the full blade. When revisiting, be sure to click refresh.|
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