$1.3 Million


December 3, 2013, 09:41 PM

Salter Fine Cutlery is proud to have been chosen for inclusion in the 2013 Edition of The Robb Report Ultimate Gift Guide.
A very special, one-of-a-kind gift offering. Please see 'The Robb Report' for more information regarding the unique nature of this set, including historical battle and folklore inspiration for the gift.
Unique motif engraved on blades of 2 pc samurai sword set by Shigemitsu Ito, acclaimed Japanese sword maker
Matching motif in Makai style gold inlay on both black lacquer and plain wood shirasaya storage sheaths
Tsuba (hilt) designed by Gregg Salter and Dan Panoz of Panoz Automotive Development in 18k plated gold and decorated with platinum Japanese Akoya pearls and jade
Sword handles decorated with 18k gold and highest quality Akoya pearls
Take-down stand of premium grade old growth rare, Hawaiian Koa wood
Custom Case of curly Hawaiian Koa wood with leather interior & hidden compartments by Dan Panoz
Battle scene case inlay hand-carved by famous Japanese Shinto shrine maker in traditional wood-block with gold foil
Salter Fine Cutlery and Panoz custom logos made in white gold
18k Gold decorative 'samurai' crabs represented throughout various items on the gift
Special matching motif engraving on small dagger and hairpin called the Kogatana and Kogai
All necessary traditional cleaning tools

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December 3, 2013, 10:34 PM
My goodness that is a lot of dough for that Steel.

Outlaw Man
December 3, 2013, 11:04 PM
For $1.3 million, does it come with your own Samurai warrior to wield them for you in battle?

December 3, 2013, 11:11 PM
No, just a dictionary with ostentatious and pretentious missing. :scrutiny:

No, wait! The potential buyers and Salter (and the Robb Report folks) already have that.:neener:

Outlaw Man
December 3, 2013, 11:23 PM
Mine used to have pretentious in it, but I ripped that page out because I'm too good for that.

December 4, 2013, 12:16 AM
Huh...only $1,299,200 more than what I shelled out for one I bought for a brother of mine earlier this year.

Bugger! If I'd only known!


December 4, 2013, 01:19 AM
Cute, but a little out of my price range.

Tejicano Loco
December 4, 2013, 03:43 AM

(Too expensive for me!)

December 4, 2013, 04:59 AM
I can't believe I am sullying myself by belonging to a forum where ownership of this fine piece isn't mandatory. I suppose slumming it up a bit with you cheeky fellows can be my bit of charity for the month. :rolleyes:

CA Raider
December 4, 2013, 09:12 AM
you guys are in rare form on this one :-)


December 4, 2013, 12:08 PM
Wow, for that price I could buy 342 bainite L6 katana blades by ABS MS Howard Clark... or something like 40 fully mounted Rick Barrett custom katanas...

Outlaw Man
December 4, 2013, 12:38 PM
Is it really that rare for us, CA Rider?

December 4, 2013, 01:31 PM
Real Edo Katana - $33,000 http://new.uniquejapan.com/pdf/14_Japanese_Sword_Catalogue_Unique_Japan_Sale.pdf
signed, edo period (shoho era: 1644~1648)
Inscription: ������������ (omote)
Location: Musashi, Edo (Tokyo)
Length (ubu): 68.7cm
Curvature: 1.8cm
Hamon: Daichoji Midare (large waves and cloves)
Certificate: NBTHK Tokubetsu Hozon (a sword designated as Especially Worthy of
Conservation issued by the Society for the Preservation of the Japan Art Sword)
Included: Vintage koshirae, shirasaya (magnolia scabbard), silk carry bag,
sword stand, maintenance kit, printed care guide, DVD and exportation services
¥3,200,000 (~$33,684)
Korekazu was one of the very greatest swordsmiths during the Shinto era (16th to 17th
centuries). Korekazu was a member of the Ishido School and eventually became the
finest swordsmith of the Edo Ishido School about 350 years ago.

December 4, 2013, 03:16 PM
Do they take PayPal?

Outlaw Man
December 4, 2013, 04:08 PM
Real Edo Katana - $33,000
That one actually looks cooler (and is probably a better blade), anyway.

December 4, 2013, 05:54 PM
yeah but that one doesn't have a gram of gold leaf on the tsuba.

Outlaw Man
December 4, 2013, 09:25 PM
True, but with the money you save, you could buy about 30,000 grams of gold.

Or a couple hundred gold-plated 1911s.

December 4, 2013, 09:52 PM
I guess I shoulda added an emoticon for my feeble attempt at dry humor.

December 4, 2013, 10:58 PM
I got it.

BTW, I don't doubt the blade is excellent.

It is the rest of the gaudy crap that knots my gut.

December 5, 2013, 11:35 AM
Hso, that Edo blade is fantastic, though. I wonder if I can scrounge $33,000 from somewhere.

If I recall correctly, Japan is actually kind of strict about historical blades leaving the country.

December 5, 2013, 12:17 PM
Yes, there probably are a few that not only could afford such an offering, but might actually purchase it. The info I'd like to read about is the cost of materials and the labor required to make this matched pair. If I were asked to guess those particulars I'd place the money cost to complete and offer this entry at around 33% of the asking price.... Be glad to hear other opinions.

December 14, 2013, 07:40 PM
Ug. Are there really Mall ninjas with that kind of money?

I read the Robb Report once in awhile to see how the other .01% lives, and it routinely strikes me that the rich have really, really bad taste. Serious question about this, and answer honestly: If you had the money to buy this, and could do so without it causing even a slight bit of change in your lifestyle or overall financial picture, would you?

I can tell you guys with all the truth that I can muster, I would not. I think it's safe to assume that I would have some awesome swords, and it might even be within the realm of reality that I could have that much or more wrapped up in a cutlery collection. What I wouldn't have is that sword. Ever.

I could sail around the world on my yacht while drinking Cristal out of goblets made of thousand-dollar bill micarta while shooting platinum double ought buck at naval drones and not feel the need for that gaudy, pretentious (though presumably perfectly made) sword.

Sam Cade
December 14, 2013, 08:56 PM
For 1.3 million dollars, the mekugi peg better be made from a shard of the one true cross and the blade quenched in a barrel of virgin's tears.

December 14, 2013, 09:11 PM
goblets made of thousand-dollar bill micarta

Well, heck, Sam...there's one we haven't tried!

Rollis R. Karvellis
December 14, 2013, 09:16 PM
I, picked up a really nice one at a pawn shop in El Paso.

Sam Cade
December 14, 2013, 09:42 PM
Well, heck, Sam...there's one we haven't tried!
I bet it would work pretty well provided that you use a super low viscosity resin or epoxy so that it would wet out.
Currency paper is fairly tough stuff. It is interesting how mechanical strength and wear resistance varies with the substrate that is used.
What is really fascinating is to do some comparative strength tests between a known "tough" long threaded fabric like canvas or denim and a felted wool.
The wool will soak up several times the amount of resin or epoxy that the other fabrics will but will fail at much lower loads that other fabrics, ballpark of walnut or similar grained hardwoods.

Y'know, Buck has been using Paperstone countertop material in some of their recent folders....I wonder what the source for their "post-consumer" paper is?

December 14, 2013, 09:44 PM
I wonder what the source for their "post-consumer" paper is?All those used decks from Vegas with the holes drilled through them? :)

December 14, 2013, 10:09 PM
Even if I had that the income to not notice the purchase price I wouldn't buy the thing, but then I know what a proper katana should be.

And, YES, there are people that can afford it who lack the knowledge to understand what they're purchasing (but we can't all be blade geeks, can we).

BTW, micarta makes for a lousy drinking cup material.
Every Uber-wastrel knows you cast them in lucite so you can see them!

December 15, 2013, 07:26 PM
For that kinda scratch, I hope they throw in a few ninja stars!

December 15, 2013, 08:30 PM
Or a couple of ninja starlets at the very least.

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