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Shinsei
06-09-2010, 09:37 PM
This is the never before released Jose de Braga Masamune katana. It is the idealized version of the original Highlander movie sword. Mounted on a differentially hardened T10 blade with custom made fittings. The pin is solid brass and is through the blade.

I thought you all might like to see it.

http://www.ucforums.com/picture.php?albumid=51&pictureid=563

http://www.ucforums.com/picture.php?albumid=51&pictureid=561

http://www.ucforums.com/picture.php?albumid=51&pictureid=562

Jamanticus
06-09-2010, 10:07 PM
Wow!

Excellent work :thumbs_up

Shinsei
06-10-2010, 06:55 AM
The tsuka is made with a core of Kevlar/Carbon Fiber and the fittings are all custom. The saya is a deep maroon and it's really nice. And it cuts like a beast! Man I love this sword!!!!

Darlak
06-10-2010, 09:56 AM
Not a big fan of katanas, especially not katanas with handles like that. That's my personal taste though. Did you make it by the way?

Shinsei
06-10-2010, 12:27 PM
No I didn't make it. My friends over at Zeist Armories made it for me.

But everyone has their tastes and I respect your opinion.

Sedhal
06-10-2010, 03:13 PM
Probably my favorite film sword ever... totally iconic. And part of my childhood :P

So this is the H3 hilt with the H1 tsuba, more or less, is that correct? I love the saya... now to head over to your site.

Shinsei
06-10-2010, 03:17 PM
Actually this is a completely new design by Jose based on the first movie sword. He refined the details a bit, but kept the pin as that was a feature in the first movie.

We do have a new sculpt of the H3/Master Katana design on the site, which is exclusive to ZA. But I will not post any links or anything like that. You'll just have to find out on your own!

Jash
06-15-2010, 06:08 PM
Very nice - Zeist continues to impress. I have a Zeist Highlander Katana on my "wish list"... still deciding which one i want...lol.

Shinsei
06-15-2010, 08:16 PM
Have you seen the Alpha project? The teaser shots are on the site already. It's going to be an extremely limited edition of only 5 pieces ever.

That is also a Jose de Braga sculpt and it's exclusive to ZA.

Curunir
06-17-2010, 01:26 AM
I adore that sword, but the handle looks all wrong to me. It's just solid white. Was it like that in the film?

Sedhal
06-17-2010, 02:25 AM
Personally I think that's much more appealing than the usual painted-on "weathering" you'd see. Makes it feel more like the real thing than a prop merely faking that effect, knawmean? That's why I asked if it was a H3 tsuka. That one looked very polished compared to the H1. But this one has the H1 tsuba. It's like the best of both worlds. Caaaaan't afford that right now though (and probably not for a long time). :|

Shinsei
06-17-2010, 04:20 PM
I adore that sword, but the handle looks all wrong to me. It's just solid white. Was it like that in the film?


In the original film, there was no weathering done to the tsuka to bring out the details. It did get weathered naturally, from use and it did start to yellow. However this weathering is a far cry from what people are able to do now a days. It wasn't until the second movie did they decide to bring out the carvings by weathering it artificially and in the process they removed the brass pin.

Here is a pic of the original prop for reference: http://www.ucforums.com/picture.php?albumid=51&pictureid=573

Maynar
06-20-2010, 01:38 PM
*edit*

Question answered.

Maynar
06-28-2010, 02:54 PM
Zeist, you've got mail. :)

Shinsei
06-28-2010, 03:09 PM
I got it Maynar!

I will get back with you this afternoon. Looking for a non-custom blade with a 2 inch sori.....

Maynar
06-28-2010, 05:17 PM
Cheers bro, reply sent.

Thanks!

Jash
08-02-2010, 02:46 PM
Have you seen the Alpha project? The teaser shots are on the site already. It's going to be an extremely limited edition of only 5 pieces ever.

That is also a Jose de Braga sculpt and it's exclusive to ZA.

Yes, yes i did! But "carved by Jose de Braga" + "limited to 5 pieces" = $$$ lol
But really cool to see the exclusive stuff your site offers! Can't wait for more pics and info on the 2 "Limited Editions"

Shinsei
08-02-2010, 06:02 PM
Yeah the limited edition stuff is going to cost a bit more than the regular stuff, but they are going to be very rare. So you are getting a Jose de Braga piece without the regular price. It will be reasonable.

A custom Jose handle can run a couple of thousand, and that's just the handle. We are going to try to keep the limited edition runs so low as to maintain a level of exclusivity without the financial commitment that would be required for a one of a kind piece. I'm sure you understand.

Jash
08-03-2010, 02:49 AM
Fully understood Shinsei. You get what you pay for. And after countless times checking out ZA website - it seems more like a good group of people wanting to spread their love of swords more than a money making business...lol. And being a Highlander fan myself...thank you and ZA for bringing great Highlander replicas and designs to the public eye!

Shinsei
08-03-2010, 07:01 AM
Well that's what we are. Just sword fans trying to do this for other fans. How long did we have to wait for a 'functional' version of the movie sword? The movie came out in the 80's and it took all this time and if they had their way, we'd still be waiting.

So us fans got together and compared notes, factoids, designs, construction methods, etc. We teamed up with Jose to come up with similar but different designs as to avoid 'lawyer' interference and now here we are.

Finally there is that 'functional' sword that we all wanted. And we will always try to keep them as affordable as we can.

Jash
08-04-2010, 04:49 PM
So us fans got together and compared notes, factoids, designs, construction methods, etc. We teamed up with Jose to come up with similar but different designs as to avoid 'lawyer' interference and now here we are.
So does that mean none of the swords at ZA are exact replicas? That's cool - since i like the "idealized" versions as well...but if that's the case - just how "different" are the ZA offerings to the actual props?

Shinsei
08-04-2010, 05:08 PM
They are NOT exact replicas. The closest we have to an exact replica is the Mentor, and even it is off from the original. No one is allowed to sell an exact replica of the movie swords. Not even Davis/Panzer is doing it. And anyone who is selling fully assembled swords from the original props is doing so under their own risk and could face prosecution by Davis/Panzer.
We have spoken with their lawyers and have taken the necessary steps to differentiate our swords from their movie swords. We market our swords as 'Jose de Braga' swords because that is what they are. They are not Highlander swords. They may be Jose's 'idealized' versions of those swords, but as an artist, Jose does not like to copy other peoples work, nor does he like to make the same thing over and over again. So he makes them his own. That's why he chose us to do these swords. He does his version, and we recreate it for you.
It's a symbiotic relationship.

Jash
08-06-2010, 04:42 PM
Thanks Shinsei! Good to know.
I had 2 more questions - and apologize if they've been asked before.

1) What's the story on the "Renagade katana"?
2) Besides the "Alpha" and "Aquila", can you give us insights as to what designs may be next?

I really like the "Alpha" and hope it's within my price range when it's ready...but wouldn't want to purchase one if there's something i like more coming out - you know?
Thanks!

Shinsei
08-07-2010, 03:04 AM
Thanks Shinsei! Good to know.
I had 2 more questions - and apologize if they've been asked before.

1) What's the story on the "Renagade katana"?
2) Besides the "Alpha" and "Aquila", can you give us insights as to what designs may be next?

I really like the "Alpha" and hope it's within my price range when it's ready...but wouldn't want to purchase one if there's something i like more coming out - you know?
Thanks!


The Renegade is going to be the 'Idealized' version of the second movie sword by Jose. From the preliminary models I've seen, it's going to be really nice but not as detailed as the Master Katana©. Of course Jose could surprise us all and make it the best of them all.

As the Alpha is in the design of a wolf, the Aquila is in the design of an eagle. I can't say much more than that. You will just have to wait and see.

The Apocalypse Line is awesome. The Elijah Blade is wicked. There will be more to see on that line in the coming months. I'd keep watching.

Jash
08-09-2010, 04:08 PM
Well, i've been spending a lot of time drooling over the ZA website. I think i finally know which swords to add to my "Wish List". The Masamune is my favourite version of Connor's Katana. AND, i also really like the Dark Master!
That's 2 more on my list....man, that list keeps on growing...lol

Can't wait to see what else ZA comes out with!

Shinsei
08-09-2010, 05:49 PM
Well we're working on the new Apocalypse line. New designs and stuff. That's going to be real fun. I like zombies....