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#31 vajo

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Posted 24 September 2019 - 06:53 PM

Acid Showa22? The guy makes every hamon to a suguha-ba.  :laughing:



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Posted 24 September 2019 - 07:21 PM

His items are usually genuine and he's not known to be a scammer. I would leave them on if I were you, there are far worse sellers out there like komonjo and the ridiculous Samurai monkey.
As for the feedback...eBay protects the seller.


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Posted 25 September 2019 - 03:48 AM

The glory days of ebay were in the late 90s shortly after it started up.   Lots of great swords, and many came up fresh to market as the last of the GIs met their maker.  Nowadays, it's hardly worth the searching, sadly, and most blades have been passed around by collectors or dealers. 


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Posted 25 September 2019 - 12:24 PM

Yes eBay was a fantastic place in the 90ies and early 2000s.

Not as good today, but it remains one of my main source for finding militaria and some new sellers. 


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#35 Ken-Hawaii

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Posted 25 September 2019 - 08:54 PM

wollastoni, how about posting your first name on all your posts, per Brian's rules? Set it up in your signature.


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Posted 26 September 2019 - 11:46 AM

Hi Ken, done.

Thank you, I hadn't seen these rules.


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Posted 24 February 2020 - 12:53 AM

This seller blocked me when I asked too many questions in the past about a sword if it was retempered or any hagaire etc. He did me a favor. I wouldn’t touch any of the guys stuff. Prob discarded faulty swords he dressed up in gunto fittings after a Bubba buffing job on the blade. Definitely stay away
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Posted 24 February 2020 - 03:10 AM

I've been following him for a while now and from what I've seen, his listings are real but I've noticed a few things.

For starters, it looks like he does some kind of home polishing to bring out the hamon and make every Nihonto look bright as heck. Some people like that look, personally I don't.

Second, he might piece koshirae together from random parts. Once again, some look better than others.

Some of his sales are good, some aren't. Buyer beware. But no, I don't think he's out to scam anyone. I did bid on one of his auctions a couple years ago. It was a really interesting O suriage wakizashi with a really detailed horimono that flowed down into the "new" Nakago/Tsuka area. It was really old as the horimono on the "new" Nakago had allot of patina/non active rust. Other than the bright arsed hamon, it was a really nice wakizashi that sold for a couple thousand.
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Posted 24 February 2020 - 03:18 AM

Used car salesman...used sword salesman.

Same same
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Posted 24 February 2020 - 09:01 AM

100% buyer beware on his listings but there are good ones now and again that are either in professional Japanese polish or untampered with.


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Posted 24 February 2020 - 09:47 AM

By far the Award has got to go to the Samurai Monkey for the all time worst EBay seller. I once saw a WW2 Gunto that somebody spray painted with gold paint selling on eBay. I saw the same gunto show up again on eBay. The monkey whom I assume won the auction and trying to flip it again on eBay somewhat restored and buffed. I messaged him just curious asking if it was the gold painted gunto that sold before on eBay and he lied saying no. I know for certain it was the same blade due to unmistakable openings or ware on the blade in the exact same spots. He of course had a 300% markup on the price after a turpentine wash and a quick spin on the buffing wheel. Just a quick look at his items for sale tells the whole story of what this guys about.
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Posted 24 February 2020 - 10:19 AM

Search his name here...his reputation is well known :)


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Posted 24 February 2020 - 10:26 AM

Holy cow Brian your not kidding. An entire thread dedicated to him
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Posted 24 February 2020 - 11:24 AM

Yip. We are on top of things here :thumbsup:
If I had 5 bucks for every guy that we saved here, I'd be in Japan by now :laughing:


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Posted 24 February 2020 - 11:33 AM

Used car salesman...used sword salesman.

Same same


Pretty much sums it up
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#46 Bruce Pennington

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Posted 24 February 2020 - 04:35 PM

Showa22 has an Emura for sale. Like Dwain said, the nakago on his blades always look like they've been cleaned:

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Posted 24 February 2020 - 05:27 PM

i dont think this one has been cleaned, i wish he'd leave the chalk out of mei's 


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Posted 25 February 2020 - 06:22 PM

Showa22 has an Emura for sale. Like Dwain said, the nakago on his blades always look like they've been cleaned:

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..but I guess this is not a faked Emura - it looks Shoshin Mei


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Posted 25 February 2020 - 09:35 PM

But threat with acid. Like the most blades from him.



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Posted 26 February 2020 - 03:58 AM

I wouldn't buy from this guy purely on principle. A charlatan is a charlatan.


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#51 Bruce Pennington

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Posted 27 February 2020 - 04:48 AM

I tried to get a menuki from him, but he's blocked me!

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Posted 29 February 2020 - 04:27 AM

I bought from him some years ago, but not a blade, for the reasons already posted.


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Posted 02 March 2020 - 10:06 PM

I’ve purchased only one thing from him and never will again. He definitely uses some kind of eBay snipping software to drive his price up. I know cuz I tried to snipe the auction the old fashioned way. I put in a higher then appropriate bid with 10 seconds left. If someone else had pre bid high eBay would’ve told me or the winning bid amount would’ve rose but it didn’t. It declared me high bidder a penny over the current bid with 3 seconds remaining. With 1 second left the bid jumped and matched my stupid high bid but still declared me the winner anyways. Impossible without a program. Nobody could’ve executed a competing bid that fast. Not unless they were gonna over bid me and win.
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#54 Stephen

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Posted 02 March 2020 - 10:39 PM

Japanese auctions have same software on ebay and buyee. Sucks i know
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Posted 02 March 2020 - 11:42 PM

I bought two swords from maybe ten years ago, one I immediately sent back(hagiri) and the other I should have sent back. Never again.


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Posted 05 June 2020 - 05:33 AM

I've had mixed experiences with Showa22. The first time was I won the auction and it was for a great price, but then he pulled out after the auction closed so the transaction didn't go through. (Clearly it was a good price). Second time I purchased a wakizashi and it was pretty much fine. The pictures were fairly representative, but there were some small scratches that didn't show. The third time was an issue. Bought a wakizashi that was clearly a put-together. Habaki didn't fit, tsuka was loose, saya rattled. The polish was worse than what was in the pictures. No fatal flaws and it was pretty cheap so I didn't return but I won't be buying from him again. 

 

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#57 Mister Gunto

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Posted 05 June 2020 - 09:12 PM

Can't speak for anyone else, but all my experiences with him have gone very well. 


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Posted 06 June 2020 - 01:05 PM

I have purchased two items from him. I didn't have any problems and I'm happy with what I got. There are some items that have had problems, and I have also noticed that he will change descriptions on returned items to make them appear different. Best thing out there is education and knowing what to look for when buying from anyone on ebay.
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