by neal simpson
(leighton buzzard (near london) u.k)
my kaze arrived today and it is so much nicer in the flesh than in the cheness cutlery website.
even though it was the wright up and pictures from the site that made it an instant purchase for me.
it really is lovely even to just to hold it, real nicely balanced weight for a practical sword just the way it should be.
im no expert but i truely recommend this katana to any enthusiast, dont listen to me.. hear what everyone else has said about their purchase of the 9260 kaze!... its all good comments.
i got home yesterday to find a letter from parcel force worldwide, saying they have my item (the kaze) and that its at my local depot awaiting collection and v.a.t to be paid. seeming i live in the uk it came to £20.31, so i made my way over and paid cash at the depot and couldnt even wait to get home... i had to rip apart the carboard box to reveal a quite a nice subtle black with maroon, with gold dragon embroyded box.
once i opened the box was the orange interior and the "kaze" in a black cloth wrap.
i undone the cloth wrap to find the bollocks of a sword! let me tell you it is so much better when its in the flesh!
plans for my kaze...
im not too up to scratch with the various name parts of the katana (im a beginner but learning)...
my kaze is brown,white and black, as seen on the cheness website..
i have employed an artist friend of mine to apply a hannya mask motiff 1/4 the way up the scabard, roughly 50mm by 100mm exactly the same shade as the saya' (ray skin?).. which is a slightly off-white colour and i will find out from cheness if i can purchase a perfectly matched brown (instead of the black), lace that wraps the scabbard to match the "tsuka"?.
all in all i think it will look stylish when finished.. 2 sets of black, 2 sets of white and 2 sets of brown, evenly finished.
now i got my sword, all i need is to decide which style to study ;)