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#1 eternal_newbie

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Posted 08 March 2017 - 05:10 PM

After many years of collecting, I'm now aiming for my first Juyo piece and as such, it's time to start moving some of my old blades to their next custodians.

 

On offer here is a Yamato nambokucho blade with fantastic jigane that I bought from Chris Osborne on this board about 7 or 8 years ago. Seeing as he is far more knowledgeable than myself, I'll quote his original description here and use his original photos (for which he has very kindly given me permission):
 

The blade has a 27" nagasa - 30mm motohaba - 5mm motokasane. Mumei, nakago is ubu. This lovely sword was polished by Jimmy Hayashi, is in shira-saya, and has a beautiful two piece, gold foil habaki. This is a beautiful sword and the jigane is flawless and absolutely breathtaking. There is a small opening about 4 inches down from the kissaki in the shinogi-ji area which can be seen in the first picture. I spoke with Jimmy about this and he felt it was of no significance because of it's location and size and also considering the age of the sword. Everyone else who looked at it at the Tampa show felt the same.

 

... from what I remember, Jimmy said it was a Yamato blade and thought it to be a Mihara school Nambokucho era blade. Tegai was also thrown around at the show from a few people. One polisher said maybe even Enju. At any rate, I was told by many that it would likely go Tokubetsu Hozon or possibly higher........depending. Well, no way for me to know about such things but the work looks good enough to my eye, the jigane is absolutely gorgeous.

 

Photos can be viewed here: http://nihonto.com.a...to_katana1.html

 

It has been maintained in a smoking-free and uchiko-free environment using microfibre and isopropyl in between oiling, and the condition of the blade and shirasaya remains unchanged since I bought it. A standard purple sword bag is included.

 

I'm asking for US$5000 and will cover the cost of overseas shipping for NMB buyers. If you want a specific courier (e.g. FedEx), you may need to cover the difference over the standard Australia Post cost. I am located in Western Australia (GMT +8:00) so keep in mind the timezone difference as it may take me a while to respond to any PMs. As is customary, if sold to an NMB member I will make a donation to the board.

 

Cheers,

Rohan


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#2 raymondsinger

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Posted 10 March 2017 - 07:40 PM

Just a note that this is a sword I encountered about 15 years ago. It was owned by a friend/local collector and I gave serious consideration to buying it (at a much higher price than is being asked here). A very beautiful, healthy sword. Good luck with your sale Rohan...

 

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Posted 10 March 2017 - 07:43 PM

Can't resist copying this pic here...nice jigane!

 

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#4 Jean

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Posted 10 March 2017 - 07:51 PM

That is really a very very good blade :)
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Posted 10 March 2017 - 11:46 PM

Wow! Nice sword.

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Posted 11 March 2017 - 12:00 AM

Have a look at these chikei...
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Posted 11 March 2017 - 12:36 AM

What is chikei. Ji-nie?

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Posted 11 March 2017 - 01:22 AM

A black gleaming light of nie in the ji
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#9 md02geist

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Posted 11 March 2017 - 01:39 AM

Mihara seems a solid guess and they share a lot of similar features with Aoe.

Beautiful blade!

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#10 eternal_newbie

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Posted 11 March 2017 - 03:13 AM

This blade is now on HOLD pending payment.


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#11 Valric

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Posted 11 March 2017 - 08:00 AM

Beautiful sword!

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Posted 14 March 2017 - 04:28 AM

This blade is now SOLD. Thank you all for your interest and feedback.

 

Brian - a donation will be incoming once the buyer's inspection period has ended.


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Posted 14 March 2017 - 01:12 PM

Thank you Rohan, and congrats to the buyer. A lovely sword and a great deal! Appreciate your support.


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#14 md02geist

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Posted 14 March 2017 - 04:47 PM

Great pickup!

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