Look again, that’s not just a reflection in the mirror-like chrome, that’s a long point lug. And yes, that’s a custom fillet brazed frame. REW10 Works is, from what I can make out, a one-man workshop in Tokyo who has just finished building up an amazing FGFS ride for the 84 crew as well as this frame.
I’m not so proficient in Japanese otherwise I’d have more technical information. Hopefully one of our readers has more background. I’m just entranced by the hand polishing that has gone into this frame, the hand cut dropouts, and the typically eccentric Japanese component list. Chris King headset, NOS ACS calipers and Paul levers, Cook Bros cranks, vintage motocross bars, whitewall Schwalbe rubber… The details are authentic, right down to the Kool Stop brake pads.
If you like the cut of these lugs, make sure you browse through the REW10 flickr stream. There’s some hand cut lugs in there that would make Hyman Hetchin roll over. While you’re there, check out the 84 crew’s frame, it’s a work of art.