Highlander Duncan katana.

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parfaitelumiere

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Hello,
I was about 16, when I and friends watched it together highlander series, we loved it, there can be only one, and we started thinking about buying a katana to own a part of history.
I was in college and remember a long coat I worn at this time aha.
I bought a ugly stainless katana, made a duncan hilt from boxwood and brass fittings, and a tanto version with a dragon, carved from ivory from a fleamarket, then I traded these handles for japanese blades made by a very good french artisan, then it became the true japanese sword interest, and left highlander stuff.
After than I become knifemaker, left the japanese stuff a bit to make more folding knives.
And finally I totally left knifemaking because of so traumatic experiment with a as****ole boss and made something else.
But now, it makes about 7 years since I get interest in movie props, and started to make japanese stuff again, especially my kill bill sword replica, between movie prop and real japanese stuff, but also non-movie japanese stuff too.
I would make a real duncan sword, I mean, between the prop, and a real japanese stuff, meaning real blade habaki, real tsuba, with real hand engraving, and of course, in that specific case, real carved material for handle.
I was thinking about the Ramirez sword, but I really don't like the dragon look, loos like shaped from putty directly on a marto "ivory" handle, so I am more thinking about the Duncan sword.
I would try to get pictures of original stuff, to get sure about it, probably not the earlier version, but more the collared one, or colarless one but with a kind of ring on the back part.
it could help to make the rear head on a separate piece, more logical construction, compared to real bone made japanese swords.
Was the original later version just a marto sword?
 

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irishamericanlad

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Hi, I actually already make licensed fully functional season one duncan and highlander one Connor swords using screen used handle casts .. I am also working on hand carved bone handles for both .. each resin handle has a carbon fiber Kevlar core and is near unbreakable. I've used almost every kind of blade including shorter ko-katana. All of my fittings are real wax cast silicon bronze, all blades are full and unaltered tangs with steel internal pins. I wrk for peter Davis and Davis merchandise making swords and armor and also work with Adrian Paul making his wooden bokkens for his sword experience...
If you would like to work on a project let me know :)

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parfaitelumiere

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Yes we discussed about a way I should carve bone or ivory handle for you, I told you, find the material, I can carve it, it was last year or so, and yes, I'm still in, in fact I was hoping you to come back one day.
I suggested you to use mmmoth ivory, as there are no legislation issues like actual ivory, but bones like camel or other not protected species could also work, even it would bring some issues on the dragon heads (hollow area)
I saw you also worked on a kurgan sword, and it's also interesting.
If you are interested in some carving from me, we can do some trade, not a problem, I have lots of time and good abilities, but a few money only.
It could be possible to carve some handles for you, if you provide the material and model, and I carve one for me.
 

parfaitelumiere

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I found a marto sword, the seller owned it for 22 years now, I don't understand why he sold it, especially for a ridiculous price, after 22 years of good service?!
After speaking with Irishamericanlad, I was able to get lots of interesting informations about original handles, I really hope to carve some from bone!
Also found this tsuba pictures, sadly it's sold, but it's a original edo period kinai school tsuba.

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mlsmithjr

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What's the ballpark cost for a Connor replica? I have a Marto from many years ago but would love to have another, especially a stronger one.
 

irishamericanlad

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I offer the mentor and genai to the public .. cost is all depending on what kind of blade you want ...


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Solos blaster

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Hi, I actually already make licensed fully functional season one duncan and highlander one Connor swords using screen used handle casts .. I am also working on hand carved bone handles for both .. each resin handle has a carbon fiber Kevlar core and is near unbreakable. I've used almost every kind of blade including shorter ko-katana. All of my fittings are real wax cast silicon bronze, all blades are full and unaltered tangs with steel internal pins. I wrk for peter Davis and Davis merchandise making swords and armor and also work with Adrian Paul making his wooden bokkens for his sword experience...
If you would like to work on a project let me know :)

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I hate to thread hijack, but I love your work and one day I will buy a Duncan and Conner from you.

Are the pics of three Duncan and Conner swords as they were in the first three seasons and movies?

parfaitelumiere, great work and I can't wait to see it finished. Love Highlander stuff!
 
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parfaitelumiere

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It seems the Marto company made 2 fuchi versions for same duncan katana, with same design on both sides, but I think the original cast piece probably had one design on one side and other design on other side, I have the first variation, and I found pictures of the second variation.
So I am looking for high resolution picture, or even better, a genuine part like the fuchi on this hilt.
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parfaitelumiere

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Bottom is original marto stuff, probably cast from a real fuchi, like they did for the tsuba, but the same design is on both sides (samurai on horse) with ugly mold lines on ends, so I will change the design, keeping samurai on one side of course but doing a smaller design on other side (mountain and water only)
I made it from brass, by shaping and soldering.
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