Enough excuses and whining. For something positive I just received a new katana, my wife is not so pleased with that. I had been looking at all of the websites where you can have a custom sword put together over in China. As appealing as that is, I wasn’t keen on dealing with any unknown company and supply chain issues. Once I had decided to make the plunge, I couldn’t get the company to respond to my emails. That’s never a good sign. SO, I decided to check out Bugei Trading Company’s offerings. I have bought several swords from them in the past. Three katana and two wakis to be exact. They are not the cheapest source for sure. But they offer exclusive swords of high quality that you won’t find on every other website or ebay store. A few months back they came out with a new one called the “Armourer’s Sword.” It is a copy of an Edo era makers work. Bugei says; “This katana is dedicated to the memory of the legendary sword maker Nagasone Kotetsu of the Edo period.” I think it is rather plain jane, understated would be a kinder way to put it, but that appealed to me. To make the deal sweeter it was on sale at 20% off. I ordered one with a 28.5 inch blade and 11 inch tsuka and it arrived in just three days, well packed and intact!
My first impression was that the saya was black not brown as advertised. Moving closer to a window the sun revealed it had a lovely dark brown, hi gloss lacquer finish. It has a medium brown, hi-quality sageo to compliment it, along with real horn fittings. Brilliant white real ray skin contrasts with the brown silk ito. The tsuka has two simple silver menuki. Tsuba and fittings are blackened copper, nicely formed and fitted. The tsuba is uniquely octagonal shaped. This certainly precludes the sword rolling around on the dojo floor. The blade has a bronze hibaki and silver looking seppa.