After many years, I've finally started my collection. I feel like a kid in a candy store!
From Moses over at Nihonto Antiques, I picked up a beautiful, signed, Edo period blade ranked as Hozon Tōken. This has a beautiful Sayagaki by Tanobe-San. From reading other threads on this board, I've reached out to Markus Sesko for a translation, as none of the "standard" Japanese translators who have looked at it could read it.
To pair this this, I picked up a Tokubetsu Hozon ranked Wakizashi off ebay. This hasn't been cleared for export yet, but seems like a beautiful match for the sword. This was (mostly) an unplanned impulse buy that I justified to myself by the rank of the sword. I hit the "Make An Offer" button and (to my surprise!) the offer was accepted.
How did I do? Does this match well (period wise / quality wise) with the Katana?
Is there anyone who could do a Sayagaki on it to match the Tanobe-San one on the Katana? Where would I find this person, and what would I expect to pay?
Some questions I've got, that I'm hoping folks can help with.
- I'm looking for an Edo period Katana Kake. There are some on eBay ranging from about $500 to about $3000, with a sweet spot seeming to be about $1k. Is there a better source for these?
- Next up is Nurisaya & Koshirai for both, so they match. Any suggestions for who does custom work? My plan is to ask Moses (from whom I purchased the sword) to do this, as his work looks (to my eye) to be very nice.