Items for Sale - The majority of the pieces listed on this site are hand made by Francis. Any items that were not made by Francis will be noted, and the original maker will be named to the best of our ability. Francis learned his kantei skills from Nakajima and has increased his knowledge by handling thousands of swords from all periods. However, no guarantee is made regarding the attribution, and if required, it is the responsibility of the buyer to authenticate the maker to their personal satisfaction.

Conditions of Sale -
-All items must be paid for in full before they are shipped.
-Buyers have a seven day inspection period and take full responsibility for the item during that time.
-Items returned within the seven day inspection period will receive a full refund minus shipping charges.
-Items that are returned must be in the same condition as they were sent. If an item is damaged while it is being inspected or when it is returned the cost of the repair work will be deducted from the refund.
-All Pieces will be shipped to the buyer Overnight or Second-Day in hard cases and insured.
-Returned items are solely the responsibility of the buyer and should be shipped back in the same manner.
-A refund will be sent only after the returned item has been received and inspected for damage.


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Tanto - $3200 - SOLD
Two tone Saya. Olive/Tan with Black gloss striping. Silver Habaki.
14 3/4" over all (with Saya) 4" handle, 8 1/2" Blade.

This Tanto has tons of activity. Below are thumbnails (raw untouched) of the tanto.




Daisho - $15,000

A beautiful hand-made daisho by Francis with a katana and matching tanto. The blades are done in the style of the Rai family of swordsmiths. The blades were made from the same billet so the activity in the two blades is virtually identical. The Katana has a kitai bohi (forged groove), not a cut groove.

The katana and tanto both have matching koshirae with a two-tone light and dark brown laquer. The katana has an older set of fittings with a silver peone flower theme. The tanto tsuka has a bare same' wrap with simple grooved iron fuchi/kashira and a set of peone flower menuki that are modern.

Katana-
Nagasa: 28.125"
Sori: 1.190" Strong Koshi-zori
Tsuka: 10" Tensho Style with Leather Wrap
Overall Length: 42.5"
Width at Habaki: 1.190"
Thickness at Munemachi: .265"
Width at Kissaki: .900"
Thickness at Kissaki: .235"
Kissaki: Chu Maru
Hamon: Suguha with slight Notare and Ashi
Hada: Tight Naga Itame and Mokume
Special Effects: Chikei, Kinsuji, and some slight Tsunagashi and Hakekake
Fittings- The fittings are an older set(Date Unknown) with a theme of Silver Peone Flowers.
Habaki: Solid Silver with engraved lines on 1/2 of the surface.

Tanto-
Nagasa: 10.5"
Sori: Very slight Uchi-zori
Tsuka: 4" with full Same' Wrap
Overall Length: 17"
Width at Habaki: 1.125"
Thickness at Munemachi: .500"
Hamon: Suguha with slight Notare and Ashi
Hada: Tight Naga Itame and Mokume
Special Effects: Chikei, Kinsuji, and some slight Tsunagashi and Hakekake
Fittings- Silver Peone Flower Menuki, modern.
Habaki: Solid Silver with engraved lines on 1/2 of the surface.




Bat Theme Tachi... currently on loan for Museum display.

This tachi was made in the Nambokucho style. And a tribute of Shizukaniuchi. Everything on this wonderful Tachi was made by Francis (with the exception of the sageo).

Tachi is 41 1/2" overall. With a 32" saya, 9 1/2" tsuka (handle), 29" blade, with a 3 1/2" O-kissaki.