Rick Barrett is one of several American smiths that produces Japanese styled modern works. He signs them under his smith name of “Toshihisa”. This Shobuzukuri sword was never mounted but is polished and ready for either shirasaya or koshirae. A copper habaki was made for this blade and is included.
They make good working blades or collectables and he, as well as some other American smiths, have a strong following by the practitioners of martial arts. This blade is everything one would expect of his work.