How rude of me, I did look for the introductions thread, obviously not well enough before posting in translation assistance. Complete novice I am, with an interest in Japanese functional art form. I have had an interest in Nihonto for about ten years after reading all the books in my public library on sword smithing and forging, I found a website in Australia on Nihonto and was captivated by the craftsmanship of the ancient/antique craft, ouch expensive and waaay out of my price range. So I left it alone from my eyes so to not cause myself grief, I read more about Japanese history and am still reading and researching today, in the process I must have watched James Clavells "SHOGUN" 6 times over, the learning never seems to end. Years ago I think around 3 I saw a little wak on the bay( groan sigh) well it looked about right so I entered into bid, won from the US around $600. Wow pretty poor condition, no papers nothing flashy but I had my first sword. Just need to find out what this writing on the Saya translates to, I would love to have it restored, my wife loves it and wants to see it restored as well, first things first, albeit I have already put the cart before the horse with the initial novice purchase, it is simply addictive to those passionate about metalwork and history. This hobby like most I have is not an exercise to be taken lightly, costly mistakes are but a mouse click away and for the inexperienced it will bleed your savings in a flash.
Anyways Hi to all from Western Australia, I will look and read and I doubt I will say too much as I find that is the best for learning without putting your feet into places you do not have the experience to be in.