I got guns, you got guns, we all got guns! Free to the bone, please do not f**k with me.
I'm getting one... That dude with the mustache is my new hero.
Just as with the Blarney Stone... the Oosik must be kissed for good luck. :a31:I bought a few Cold Steel knives a number of years ago. I bought a Trail Master knife. It was a factory second. Minor grinding off set on the top blade point. Got it for $99.00
I had the brass guard and butt removed as well as the rubber handle. Replaced the Butt and hand guard in nickle. Replaced the grip with Oosic. Cost me another $100.00. It aint new anymore but still a great tool.
It's beautiful. The lace work is interesting. How much does it weigh without the scabbard???Yeah, the tang is where the sword maker stamped the kanji characters that indicated where and when the blade was forged, and who the sword smith who made it was. The heirloom grade blades also often listed the owner and his family. Some of those swords are considered to be as valuable as the crown jewels of England, etc. Japan has quietly been trying for decades to track down as many of them as possible that ended up as war souvenirs.
Mine was made in 1926, but beyond that is not special in any way. At the start of the war, the gov't asked citizens to donate their blades because there was a shortage of them for officers and non-coms. Those that were donated were refinished in olive drab military dress, and scabbards were made from metal to better withstand combat use. That's how my dad's was when he brought it home. At some point in the mid-50's the hilt started to come loose, so he epoxied the damn thing on to the tang. It hung on the wall for the next 60 years. When I decided to find out if it was worth anything as an heirloom, it took over a month to find a solvent that would break down the epoxy with damaging the blade. The military hilt was trashed in that process. So, I decided to have it restored. As you can see from the pictures, Fred Lohman did a superb job. He's located in Oregon, and is the only certified katana sword master outside of Japan. He's the guy to contact to repair/restore these swords. I'm sure my dad would have been proud to see how his turned out, just as I am. His division was slated to be the first to hit the beach when we invaded the home islands, so he would've been facing one of those swords in the hands of the enemy. Luckily for him, and the rest of the potential million casualties that were expected, Japan surrendered after Nagasaki. So, he got to spend 13 months on occupation duty instead.
To me, this sword represents the sacrifices he and all the thousands of other GIs made in winning WWII, both in Europe and the Pacific. He served in both theaters.