I know that we should not buy papers... but a TH blade for less than 4,4K USD is quite cheap.
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Posted 16 June 2017 - 02:33 PM
Posted 16 June 2017 - 02:58 PM
Looks like Hozon. Mumei Shinto Shitahara blade,I think priced accordingly
Yes, description is a little bit confusing, but paper looks like TH?! But maybe I am wrong
Posted 16 June 2017 - 03:06 PM
Posted 16 June 2017 - 03:29 PM
No it's Hozon 保存刀剣
There's no 特別 on the paper
Many thanks for clarification!
Posted 16 June 2017 - 03:45 PM
Posted 16 June 2017 - 03:51 PM
they also miss labled the second wakisashi down
which set a beloved members heart a thumping! until he clicked and read the blade
Oite Toyama Mitsuru Teinai Shigetsugu......NOT!!
USMC DEC 63 APR 73
I can see for miles and miles from this vantage point!
Posted 17 June 2017 - 11:45 PM
I can see how it could be confused for a Shigetsugu or a Shigemasa.
[only joking a little]
Michin nom Curran
Posted 17 June 2017 - 11:50 PM
Posted 18 June 2017 - 07:43 AM
Posted 22 June 2017 - 08:17 PM
Those AOIjapan typos really garner a lot of attention! The clerks there really struggle keeping up with the volume.
I don't really get why collectors are using heuristics such as "cheap for paper category of tier X". Is it resell value? It's compounded by the fact that websites selling to foreign markets generally do arbitrage with blades that won't sell well on the Japanese market. I mean, if you're in Japan dealing with a wholesaler, it makes sense, as prices are notably lower than when dealing with boutique stores and this is reflected in the impression of a bargain (e.g. if you get in the good graces of Hataya...) - but in this context its just asking for trouble. From the nuggets of wisdom I've been collecting on this forum, the foremost appraisal of value for a mumei blade is the attribution to the smith, papers are secondary.
I tend to look for the opposite pattern - good looking blades that seem undervalued - and then again my judgement is in its infancy, hence I'd rather defer to more experienced collectors.
Posted 29 June 2017 - 03:02 PM
The Unju did not receive any bids at auction.
But sold shortly afterwards.
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