A Little Before...
Posted 04 March 2017 - 04:23 AM
As I referenced in a couple threads, I have two swords that will go through the polishing process in Japan. They both will be polished by mukansa togishi. The first blade is a tanto that I picked up from Chris Bowen. It is a blade forged by Tsukamoto Okimasa, with horimono by Kasama Shigetsugu. The second is a homecoming of my first Shigetsugu katana - an interesting taisho work done with Masame hada and is very active.
I have posted a few before pics of each. As you can see, they aren't in bad shape, really only need some light work and bringing out the hada. So why am I doing this? As most know, a Gendaito with tokubetsu hozon is very rare! I want to give it a chance with some superb examples, in fresh mukansa polish. I don't typically chase papers, but I am really proud of my collection and feel that I have at least one or two future juyo blades stashed away, but not a single TH blade. Grrrr!!!
So I'll post some before pics, some after pics, and let you know the final results. If one of these two don't make it, I quit! Not really, but it'll likely be a while before I give it a shot again.
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Posted 04 March 2017 - 06:52 AM
Joe - I can't wait to see the after pictures. They should be great. I'm also glad you got that Shigetsugu from Nihontocraft, so I can now stop lusting after it!
Posted 04 March 2017 - 09:09 AM
Joe, that katana is going to look incredible after mukansa. I'll keep my fingers crossed for your papers on it as well!
Posted 04 March 2017 - 03:50 PM
Do we have a list of Gendai smiths that received TH?
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Posted 04 March 2017 - 08:00 PM
I'm optimistic one of them might go TH, even better if both make it
The katana looks like its already in old polish, are you going for a finishing polish?
Posted 04 March 2017 - 09:08 PM
I've come across Gassan Sadakatsu and Sadamitsu katana 65-67cm with TH.
Length is good but quality, rarity and desirability also count. I agree the tanto has a better chance with horimono by Shigetsugu.
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