The saya and tsuka (handle and scabbard) are covered in polished stingray skin and the fittings are made from horn. Simple but elegant. When the Sabaku Samurai first obtained this piece it was in very sad shape. The blade was rusted black giving no clue to quality or workmanship. Inu Ike was called in. With a reputation for salvaging seriously rusted and damaged blades and for consuming mass quantities of bourbon he was just the man needed for the occasion (see my blogs CAREFULL WHAT YA BID FOR, YOU MIGHT JUST GET IT AND INU IKI'S POLISH REIGNS SUPREME for more background on this amazing polisher). What he uncovered was breath-taking!
hitatsurasigned Sukekane tanto
PS In order pacify all the wags on certain sword forums I must reveal that the picture above that seems to show the blade resting on the bare skin of my palm is fake. The blade is actually resting on a beautiful $2000 makie lacquer sword stand. I just photo-shopped the hand in there for perspective. No...really...hey you know me...I wouldn't lie to you unless there was money involved...right? (heh heh heh)
PPS I refuse to appease grammer Nazis who uncover a few of my more meaningful innuendos.
Before I go here's a random thought for today.