Hello all, Been a while since I last posted but here are some more pictures of another sword in my collection. A Bizen sword I believe that was remounted during the war by a well to do officer. Let me know what you think, one point of note is that the back notch is extremely small; perhaps a few millimeters in height.
Bizen Sword In Gunto Mounts
Posted 23 June 2017 - 10:17 PM
Some good photos, more of the blade activity would be nice
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Posted 23 June 2017 - 10:23 PM
Other than a few specks of wear that did not survive the bone scraping technique under the Habaki it was quite good. More pictures to come any tips on getting correct lighting and angles to show activity?
Posted 24 June 2017 - 04:13 AM
Here are some close ups of the blade along with the flaws it has. It seems mostly to be bad welds and a small blister. Hopefully you can see the activity too.
Posted 24 June 2017 - 05:00 AM
Nice pics, good hataraki too! Nice to find them when they don't need a polish.
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Posted 25 June 2017 - 03:44 AM
Thanks, I was glad the polish survived the journey. What kind of hataraki would you label it as? I am trying to find some way to identify the specific smith by style since the name is cut off... all that is left is the Bizen marks.
Posted 26 June 2017 - 08:52 PM
So does anybody have any way to help identify? I can provide more pictures if you let me know what you need.
Posted 27 June 2017 - 10:49 PM
Interesting, would any certain pictures paint a clearer picture? There are these barcode like marks on the nakago above the signature, are these the polishers marks?
Posted 28 June 2017 - 01:00 AM
Also does the blade look tired to you guys? There seems to be a decent shelf on the ha machi but the mune machi is extremely short.
Posted 01 July 2017 - 06:56 AM
Alright I tried my best to get some better pictures of the Hamon and some of the trouble spots where the yakiba gets close to the edge. I am wondering if it looks polished down and whether it is on its last life polish wise or if the distance between the edge and the untempered part of the blade is normal for its size (16 inch).
Posted 01 July 2017 - 09:16 AM
Looks wide awake to me.....
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Posted 01 July 2017 - 09:39 AM
Nothing wrong with that polish in my eyes. Another full polish would probably finish the blade off in its current state.
Posted 01 July 2017 - 03:15 PM
The polish is pretty good there are just a few micro nicks on the edge and the tip is a bit rounded (about 1mm or so), so if any get bigger it is comforting to know I have a few polishes left to go as far as the future goes.
Posted 02 July 2017 - 08:17 AM
Don't be so hasty to get swords polished, there is nothing on that blade that warrants a new polish, let alone "a few". There is no reason for the nicks to get any bigger beyond you actively causing them!
Posted 02 July 2017 - 05:47 PM
No worries in that regard I have no intention of polishing it in my lifetime (too many machined gunto to collect) but as the best in my collection I like to know what lifespan the blade has. Anyhow I am researching the hamon and am guessing Notare but I'm a beginner. Any thoughts on a time period and smith or smith style? The rest of the signature is cut off so are there other trademark identifiers on the blade itself that could help? Also there are small black spots on top of the yakiba, is this a form of nie?
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