This thread is inspired by member Darcy's excellent blog "The Cutting Edge" which I do hope allows comments soon as I love it!
The post was titled "Low and Wide or High and Narrow":
I guess one can only share their own story along their nihonto journey, so I will start with mine. Last January it started, in brief:
- wanted a "hand made" sword and was looking at modern Chinese forged swords to order ( I know, it's funny to me now too)
- Someone on another forum brought up authentic nihonto
- I looked into it
- Now I have the fever, the love, the appreciation
Sadly I did not stop (collaborate and listen) and really make a plan, I bought a katana (authentic nihonto, but has some issues I did not understand at the time) about immediately. As I learned more and more and studied 100's of swords on listings and references, I fell in love with a school. I then made another mistake Darcy also discusses ( https://www.nihonto.ca/ha/?p=147) and bought a gimei sword that is so the school I love, I could not stop myself. Pains me because to have it in hand for study, magnificent. But, yeah, bad sig.
Since then I have really been disciplined and calm. My "unicorn" sword is out there, right now, and even though it's a stretch I am working on ways to get at it.
I only offer my tale as I think many newer nihonto lovers will go nearly the same way. I don't want to go low and wide.
But let's be up front, high and narrow is a relative term. For most mere mortals even 1 Juyo sword may be impossible cost wise, and even if it's not, may well be impossible wife relations wise (you wanna spend what for a thing that is on the wall????).
So what's a collection process for a normal person? Let's say $10,000 up front and another $10,000 yearly?
Maybe medium and wedge shaped?
2 - 3 / Hozon blades from favorite school OR 2 Hozon blades from 2 different schools one likes or best smiths/sword quality available at time of purchase
1 - 2 / Tokubetsu Hozon blades of collectors favorite smith, school, era etc
1 / unicorn sword (not Juyo, but a top flight example of favorite school, era, or smith)
Just thinking out loud and feedback is appreciated.
Aside; have bought a yearlong lottery ticket for Powerball. Wish me luck!