Krypt3ia

(Greek: κρυπτεία / krupteía, from κρυπτός / kruptós, “hidden, secret things”)

Beware the rip offs…

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As you might have seen on Cartedevisite, I went antique shopping today. While in one of the more expensive shops I saw a Katana sitting in a case on the bottom. I looked at the tag and it said “Antique Katana: $500.00. I did some looking around as I was in the usual market for camera’s but decided to ask the sales folk to look at the katana after a while.

Once out of the case I saw immediately that this katana was at first blush, perhaps a WWII stamped offciers model. Upon further inspection of the Habaki, Tsuka, and the blade itself, that this was a complete forgery.. And a bad one at that. Quite the disappointment really.

There was no hamon at all, the blade was not even sharp, and the Tsuka itself was wood with faux menuki that you couldn’t even take the Tsuka from the tang.

Of course the look on their faces as I said it was a fake and not worth 500 was also kinda fun…

Oh well…. Sucks to be them I guess, but, in the end there will be some dullard who will bite at 500 bucks huh…

Ugh.

Written by Krypt3ia

2009/03/16 at 00:36

Posted in Armory, Katana

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