Obscure Object Of Desire: Juan Sanchez Villa-Lobos Ramirez’ Masamune Kitana

Image: Chris Dumm for TTAK

There can be only one.

If only. If there had been *only one* installment of the Highlander franchise, it would be lovingly remembered as an awesome cult-classic sci-fi/fantasy flick that inspired generations of LARPS gamers to get out of their parents’ basements…and hit each other with foam swords.

Instead, Highlander is remembered as the movie that launched a dreadful TV series and perhaps the most execrable cinematic sequel ever perpetrated upon humanity. Highlander II: The Quickening was also the only Sean Connery movie I ever truly hated. Okay, except for Zardoz, but that’s a whole different nightmare and I’m just not going there today.

But back to swords…

Image: Chris Dumm for TTAK

This is the actual movie sword wielded by Sean Connery as Ramirez, and later by Christopher Lambert as Macleod in the one and only good Highlander installment. Its current owner is the almost infinitely wealthy but not (yet) immortal Paul Allen, the co-founder of Microsoft and owner of several major-league sports franchises.

Which probably gives you an idea of the kind of cheddar you’re gonna have to shell out if you’ve got an eye for original Hollywood collectible blades. This prop sword probably cost Allen as much as a real Masamune katana might, if their exportation from Japan were not seriously illegal.

This isn’t the only edged oddity I spotted this weekend in Seattle; I’ll be profiling a few more of them over the next week or so. Let me just say that the Experience Music Project is one cool museum…


  1. jwm says:

    Zardoz. My eyes still burn when I think of that.

  2. Terri says:

    Dreadful TV series? That series inspired me to take sword lessons and to attend several Highlander conventions. I have even met several of the stars and made several good friends as a result of that wonderful series.

  3. Sam L. says:

    I wouldn’t know–I resisted the bug.

  4. 2hotel9 says:

    Looks nice, but that hand-grip looks like you would have to have hands like an orangutan to wield it. Wonder what the balance is like?

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Obscure Object Of Desire: Juan Sanchez Villa-Lobos Ramirez’ Masamune Kitana

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