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#1051 Bugyotsuji

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Posted 02 April 2019 - 05:53 AM

Welcome indeed. So much talent gathering on this forum.
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#1052 MichaelZWilliamson

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Posted 04 April 2019 - 06:02 AM

Aha! The science fiction writer! Weclome, Michael! I can already see one book of yours that I don't have.

 

Thank you very much.

 

By chance have you read this one? It seems topical. :)

 

https://www.amazon.c...&language=en_US


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#1053 Ken-Hawaii

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Posted 04 April 2019 - 06:38 AM

No, not yet. I do have the first two Freehold novels, plus Better to Give Forgiveness, & The Humans Call it Duty, along with a bunch that you co-authored. I see on ISFDB.ORG that you have quite a few novels that I haven't bought, so I guess I need to put Amazon Prime to work.

 

We can discuss in the Izakaya.


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#1054 Captain Blaze

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Posted 16 April 2019 - 04:45 PM

Hello

Canadian here. Not knew to antique swords but new to Japanese swords. Looking to expand my knowledge and collection.

Cheers
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Posted 16 April 2019 - 06:01 PM

Welcome welcome!

#1056 Ken-Hawaii

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Posted 16 April 2019 - 06:59 PM

Glad to have you, Kevin. You've come to the right place to learn.


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#1057 b.hennick

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Posted 16 April 2019 - 07:53 PM

Hi Kevin:

Welcome to MNB. You will find a few Canadians here. I'm one of them. The sword club in Toronto at the Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre 6 Garamond is having a meeting this Saturday. 


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#1058 Jason N

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Posted 23 April 2019 - 01:03 PM

Hello everyone. Jason here. I’m 46 years old, and have had an interest in Nihonto since my teens. I’ve lurked on these furums for a few years now. In 2015 I acquired my first Nihonto, a medium grade Gendaito from a Japanese sword shop, Samurai shokai. I recently joined the board over interest in a Wakizashi offered for sale, soon to be added as my second Nihonto. I look forward to using the resources on the NMB to expand my knowledge and appreciation of Japanese swords.

Jason
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-Jason


#1059 Ken-Hawaii

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Posted 23 April 2019 - 01:35 PM

Welcome, Jason. Please post your first name as your signature, & we look forward to hearing your questions.


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#1060 BIG

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Posted 23 April 2019 - 06:44 PM

Hi Jason, welcome on board..

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#1061 Jason N

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Posted 24 April 2019 - 03:42 AM

Welcome, Jason. Please post your first name as your signature


Of course. Posting my name as a signature in my reply seemed redundant in this case. e.g. “ Hello I’m Jason. -Jason”

-Jason
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#1062 Sonoman

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Posted 23 May 2019 - 05:33 AM

Dear NMB all,

 

I would like you to know that I greatly appreciate this site and I have learned a lot.  Thank you very much to the admins who run the site and the knowledgeable users from whom I've learned so much just by reading your posts and musings, not to mention the articles.  You all have been an incredibly valuable resource to someone who is starting out collecting, especially those I've talked to privately. 

 

So, I apologize for lurking here for so long.  I tend to keep to myself and I really didn't know if I'd stay interested.  Needless to say, the more I've learned about nihonto and tosogu the more engrossed I've become, especially in the fittings world.  

 

Then, I attended my first show in Chicago, you know, to actually see in person what I'd been looking at online and I was blown away by the beauty of this Japanese art form and the enthusiasm/kindness of those I met there.  Even my girlfriend had a nice time, and she didn't think she would.

 

So thank you, NMB, for giving me the tools to start my modest collection and teaching me about this Nihonto and Tosogu way of life.  I hope for many years to come.

 

Skhye


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#1063 Bugyotsuji

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Posted 23 May 2019 - 06:52 AM

Well, that was a great post to read, Skhye. Many thanks for appearing and putting that into words.  :thumbsup:


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#1064 Brian

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Posted 23 May 2019 - 08:39 AM

Skhye,
Perfect way to get into a hobbby such as this! Read a lot, lurk, take in as much as you can, then attend a show. Sounds like you are going to do just fine in this field. Welcome, and thanks for the kind words. We look forward to the Nihonto travel along with you.


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#1065 Ken-Hawaii

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Posted 23 May 2019 - 09:25 AM

Yes, welcome. Skhye. Try to find a local sword club where you can see & handle blades, & can ask questions.


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#1066 Katsujinken

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Posted 23 May 2019 - 07:05 PM

Welcome, Skhye!
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#1067 Poppyandbean

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Posted 26 May 2019 - 12:28 AM

Hi,
My name is Christen L. and this is my first time posting.
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#1068 Ken-Hawaii

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Posted 26 May 2019 - 01:10 AM

Welcome, Christen!


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#1069 Tom Darling

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Posted 27 May 2019 - 03:41 AM

Michael,

 

You're coming into a new realm, Nihonto out of this world. Kaji Yoshino Yoshwara forged a Katana (out of this world) from a meteorite. Glad to have you aboard for new horizons. Peace.

 

 

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#1070 Hartigan

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Posted 20 June 2019 - 07:41 PM

Hello everyone, my name is Björn and I'm from Iceland. I got a bit ahead of myself before posting in this thread since I´m new here.

I've been fascinated by swords ever since I was young and have been collecting swords for the past decade, I used to do some fencing 

in my younger years and have recently taken up HEMA. Japanese swords have always fascinated me and just this year I finally bought my first

katana so I'm very excited. Iceland is unfortunately not a good place for sword collectors since swords are illegal and you have to get a permit from

the police commissioner. It took me a month just to get the permit for the one I purchased so I'm still waiting on it to ship, hopefully I will be able to

take some nice pictures to share with you when it arrives. 


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#1071 ROKUJURO

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Posted 20 June 2019 - 09:34 PM

Welcome to the NMB Björn!

I hope everything goes well with your permit and the sword! What kind of KATANA have you got? We are always interested to see pictures, and we help newbies with advice before they buy!  

Be sure to sign all posts with your first name plus an initial so we can address you properly. You can add your signature to your profile.


Regards,

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#1072 Hartigan

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Posted 20 June 2019 - 09:54 PM

Welcome to the NMB Björn!

I hope everything goes well with your permit and the sword! What kind of KATANA have you got? We are always interested to see pictures, and we help newbies with advice before they buy!  

Be sure to sign all posts with your first name plus an initial so we can address you properly. You can add your signature to your profile.

 

Thank you for the warm welcome Jean. The one that I just purchased is attributed to Keishinsai Naomasa, you can see pictures of it on Andy Quirt's website here: http://www.nihonto.u...INTO KATANA.htm


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#1073 Jean

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Posted 21 June 2019 - 10:20 AM

Welcome Björn, enjoy and participate :)
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#1074 vajo

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Posted 21 June 2019 - 10:38 AM

I was bidding on this sword as it was since on ebay. A very interesting piece, that i like very much.

 

Welcome a board Björn.


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#1075 MichaelH

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Posted 29 June 2019 - 05:40 PM

Hello to all, another newbie here. Ive been stalking around for a few weeks and found out just how much I dont know about Nihonto. Having said that, I really am amazed to learn that decent blades can be had for much cheaper than I originally assumed. My goal is to learn all I can now, and within a year purchase my first Nihonto. Preferably with guidance from the board members, and from a member here as well to avoid a beginner's mistake. I have much to learn first, but looking foward to the journey.
Having said all that, what would be a good first book to purchase that would give me a good solid start towards learning more about Nihonto? Something akin to a "Dummies guide to Nihonto" may be suitable lol. Tha ks to any recommendations in advance.

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#1076 BIG

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Posted 29 June 2019 - 06:25 PM

Hi Michael, welcome on board..

https://www.japanese...x.com/books.htm

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Posted 29 June 2019 - 08:07 PM

Of the first four on that list
Skip the connoisseurs book for now.
Its necessary later...no hurry now.
The Japanese books much later. MHO
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#1078 Grey Doffin

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Posted 29 June 2019 - 08:28 PM

Hi Michael,

I suggest either The Samurai Sword by Yumoto or The Japanese Sword by Sato as a good 1st book, and once you own one of them you don't need the other.  If possible, get yourself to a sword show (San Francisco early August is next up), look at everything, and ask lots of questions.  For a 2nd book, get The Art of the Japanese Sword by Kapp & Yoshihara, rather than The Craft of the Japanese Sword by the same authors.  It is larger, more thorough, and much better illustrated than Craft.

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#1079 MichaelH

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Posted 29 June 2019 - 10:23 PM

Thank you, Big, Stephen, and Grey...im located in Indiana, so any shows I attend would have to be much closer than San Francisco as life responsibilities don't allow me to travel such distances.
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Posted 30 June 2019 - 12:06 AM

See you at the Chicago show next April.

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