I have decided to
start to work with textures and slowly destroy the more conventional
appearance of a blade. My first signal to myself was my upcoming
where I decided to start destroying the traditionally polished
surface and it will be my personal last katana in which a
totally conventional blade will appear. Even the tsuba that will come from this blade will be
totally different from the rendition.
As a designer I have an urge to question shapes and to
enquire. I believe that it is through an inconformist attitude that one
can start to get ideas. This tanto is the result of a preliminary idea
that has turned into this result.
Firstly I have
designed the proportions, mainly considering enough shinogi-ji space to
allow for the incorporation of droplets of steel to form a texture
on the excavated areas of the shinogi-ji, and have them sand belted and
flattened to conform with the koiguchi's shape, allowing for a smooth
insertion, while bearing a maru-mune that will also show all the details
of the irregularities of the added steel.
The above depiction does not show any sori as I was too absorbed
with the proportions. The mune will have a width of 5 mm, while the steel
removal will be very shallow, only enough to provide for a texture without
compromising the mune's strength.
The moment I was
designing the kojiri, it just made all the sense to me that the sides of
the saya should be flattened, following the kojiri end into the saya. I
also made the kissaki longer.
After this pre-rendition was done it was more then obvious that the
fuchi and the kojiri should also have a slight flattened area, something
of a transition between the oval section of the kashira and tsuka to the
side flattened outer oval shape of the saya.
This will be a huge 14 inches tanto with a fine hybrid polish. I can
envision it to be a very imposing piece in its size.
Joe Walters and I have been working for some weeks on the
technicalities of this piece in order to meticulously arrive to this final
result. We have both agreed that this should be its final
This tanto is the beginning of a journey of experimenting with Joe
Walters on many ideas that are fluctuating on my mind in a very
constructive dialogue with Joe.
As a designer I feel totally free to do exactly what I think is
right in the path that I am following right now.
Although I have gone further in my mind in the destruction
of conventionalism, I am doing it with Joe Walters because of his
openness and prompt response.
Not being a bladesmith, not having the tools of the trade, I use the only
tools I can: my mind...and intense communication with Joe Walters whenever
nickel silver metal parts
black walnut wood in a semi-gloss finish
nickel silver habaki
sori: 8 mm
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September 23, 2002 Macau Time.
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