An award-winning yari, Japanese-style spear, of forged-welded cable fully mounted on oak shaft with copper and iron fittings by Gabriel Bell.
It features a nine inch long (nagasa) diamond-cross-section blade of composite forge-welded cable in chevron pattern that flows with the overall shape. The non-traditional polish and etched finish prominently highlights the grain; the hamon is clearly visible but does not have the same contrast as a more traditional finish.
The blade is mounted on seven foot American red oak shaft with copper ferrule and collar over the leather-bound and black-lacquered upper third. Ferrule and collar have terracotta rokusho patina. Copper alloy seppa. Buffalo horn pin secures blade to shaft. Copper ring and butt-cap with a bold red patina. Antique wrought iron spike with “wood grain” pattern projects through butt-cap.
Black lacquered saya, scabbard, with stone-ground texture.
Signed “tombo saku” on tang.
This blade won the Oregon Knife Collectors Association (OKCA) 2016 award for Best Damascus of Show.
Given the extreme length of this piece, special arrangements will have to made for shipping or delivery.