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Hartsfield Katana

Discussion in 'Sword Discussion' started by NLRSeb, Mar 14, 2019.

  1. NLRSeb

    NLRSeb

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    Mar 14, 2019
    Thought I would show some pictures of my new Hartsfield Katana that just arrived a few days ago. Ive been looking to have a sword built for the last 15 years and never found the right one for me. 1 year ago or so I was browsing the forums looking at katanas and trying to find someone who would make the type of sword I wanted. I found a post from Joe Paranee and his Hartsfield katana that Phil Hartsfield Senior made for him. I contacted Joe and we spoke a bit about the swords and I loved everything about his. So with some work I contacted the Hartsfields and got in touch with Phill Hartsfield Jr. I commissioned him to build my sword. Its gorgeous and well.....its a Phill Hartsfield Jr. Blade ! Tsuka has Black ray skin under brown chord with custom made titanium menuki that I fabricated and a one off custom kashira that Jr. made . The Tsuba is very very old according to Phill as it has been in the shop with them since the beginning. Brown Bison leather wrapped Saya with black chord.
    Enjoy!
    Special thanks to Joe Paranee for talking to me. If he would have never put his sword up on here I would have never found the person to build what I wanted.
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  2. skyblue

    skyblue

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    Jan 30, 2016
    That's stunning! Congratulations on finding the right builder!!
     
  3. Richard338

    Richard338 Gold Member Gold Member

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    May 3, 2005
    Looks fantastic. I would love to hear more about it.
    My only complaint is the Photobucket logos blocking my view...
     
  4. NLRSeb

    NLRSeb

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    Mar 14, 2019
    Thanks guy. Not sure how to load pictures direct to the post. Saw no option to do that.
     
  5. Night Rider

    Night Rider Gold Member Gold Member

    Apr 16, 2018
    You should be proud of that katana NLRSeb. Beautiful to behold
     
  6. Lapedog

    Lapedog Gold Member Gold Member

    Dec 7, 2016
    Outstanding. This is the stuff dreams are made from. A sword like this is a grail of grails. Glad to see the Hartsfields kept a beautiful tradition in the family.

    Phil Hartsfield Sr. was a genius and an absolute pioneer.
     
  7. Richard338

    Richard338 Gold Member Gold Member

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    May 3, 2005
    Don't go to trouble on my account, but I dump my images onto Imgur and it works pretty well for posting pics without logos.
     
  8. JParanee

    JParanee Gold Member Gold Member

    Dec 23, 2006
    Sebastian

    What a fantastic blade

    I am so happy this came together for you

    Phill was a dear friend and I cherish the blades I have from him

    I am so pleased that you have one to cherish and hand down also

    Also nothing cuts like a Hartsfield :)
     
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  9. Richard338

    Richard338 Gold Member Gold Member

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    May 3, 2005
    Gorgeous. Congrats.
     
  10. NLRSeb

    NLRSeb

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    Mar 14, 2019
    Some pics from today .
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  11. bigfish

    bigfish Gold Member Gold Member

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    Jun 13, 2004
    Amazing piece, congrats!
     
  12. Bigfattyt

    Bigfattyt Gold Member Gold Member

    Jun 23, 2007
    Lovely sword. I am very jealous!!!

    Steel?

    Also, is the saya rigid lined aluminium? And also is the handle wrap epoxied??
     
  13. JParanee

    JParanee Gold Member Gold Member

    Dec 23, 2006
    I like how Phil jr is doing his rendition of a habaki
     
  14. NLRSeb

    NLRSeb

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    Mar 14, 2019

    Yes sir it is a2 tool steel ,the Saya is aluminum and the complete handle is epoxied not just the wrap itself.


    Joe ,
    His rendition of a Habaki works excellent.
     
    Last edited: Mar 18, 2019
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  15. NLRSeb

    NLRSeb

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    Mar 14, 2019
    First cut is the shipping box it came in :)

     
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  16. JParanee

    JParanee Gold Member Gold Member

    Dec 23, 2006
    Sebastian is being kind enough to send this my way for a comparison with the sword that inspired this build the last Katana Phill senior did solely

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  17. NLRSeb

    NLRSeb

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    Mar 14, 2019
    Going to be cool as hell!
     
  18. rpn

    rpn Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 17, 2008
    That is one lovely blade. Congratulations!
     
  19. NLRSeb

    NLRSeb

    7
    Mar 14, 2019
    Thank you sir!

    Did some cutting with it the other day.

     
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  20. GWashington1732

    GWashington1732 Basic Member Basic Member

    Jun 20, 2009
    I hope you don't need to return it for some reason. :p
     

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