Australian sword collector, Ian Brooks, has stumbled upon a once in a lifetime Katana sword.
Originally purchased for just $5300 AUD from an online auction, the Katana was deft of any original engravings, a typical red flag for collectors. However, with his keen and knowledgeable eye, Brooks was able to make out the last three characters on the faded paper (島神社 ) showing the potential for the sword to have roots at the Kagoshima Shrine (a shrine from the time of the first Japanese emperor). Combine this with its remarkable quality, and he jumped at the opportunity to purchase the sword.
What he didn’t expect to buy was a Japanese National Treasure made by one of the greatest swordsmiths of the 14th century – Etchu Norishige – whose forgery was in the fief of Nei.
Cool find. But his “forgery”? I would guess his Forge was there. Maybe even a foundry if he was making his own steel. His forgery is in the police evidence room.View Linked Article