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  2. Hi guys and girls, Around 18 years ago I bought the Nihonto Koza collection from Harry "Afu" Watson consisting out of: Koto part 1 Koto part 2 Koto part 3 Shinto Shinshinto I do not have the Kodogu book. I think I am ready to let them go and I was hoping you could tell me what a realistic asking price is for the collection. I understand they are quite rare and sought after. The books are in mint condition and signed by Harry (Afu) to me. Thank you! Reinier
  3. "acquisition tanto/aikuchi" Correct me if I'm wrong, but if it has tsuba, then it is NOT Aikuchi.
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    Thank you Dale, I have not the tsuba in hands for the time being but the auction description is: The shakudo tsuba of nade-kakugata shape, with a kozuka hitsu-ana, the nakago-ana with some suaka sekigane, bearing a masterful nanako ground, finely worked in iro-e takazogan of gold, suaka, and shakudo, depicting a priest performing the oni-yarai ceremony, a Shinto ritual for driving out evil spirits. The prancing priest is shown flinging fukumame (lucky beans) at the oni, who stumbles and falls on his back, two cranes fly high above. The reverse with a setting sun, marking the day before the beginning of spring, Setsubun, a talisman with various charms to the bottom. HEIGHT 7.1 cm, LENGTH 6.5 cm WEIGHT 120.5 g Thank you for your interest!
  6. I don’t agree. Why can they not simply state “the Mei says xxxxxxx but in our opinion it was made by yyyyyy” Simple Saves the nakago being abused and the decisions they make are the same ones they would make if they looked at it at two separate shinsa. Except of course they would only be paid once….or maybe they could charge a bit more for spending another two minutes on it? If time is a problem then schedule more Shinsa. yes…..it’s their rules but if their rules mean swords being abused that cannot be right. Yes, I view Mei removal as unnecessary physical and historical abuse. Just my opinion.
  7. For sure - I had already purchased it before Tanobe had seen it and was really interested to see what he said. Especially the "Ubu" part was a surprise to my uneducated brain. If your ever find yourself in the Greater Seattle area, give me a shout. Happy to do some show and tell!
  8. I love the Nawame edge on that first guard, I have a couple like that but different schools - one being Shoami Kanenori I was wondering if it might be Myochin?
  9. Hi Nick, it is a bit of a wild goose chase to find a specific family via a Mon. Families can have multiple Mon, including a main family line Mon and alternate Mon for each family branch. If you can imagine a family crest for lets say the "Smith" family, any old Smith could use the main crest if they liked. This is a rather informative & interesting thread about Mon on officers swords:
  10. The authentication paper is calling this design "scattered lattices" (格子散図), which is as good a descriptor as you'll find, I think. The other bit about "hand-roasting the bullion" is a mistranslation of the type of forging technique of the tsuba. This one, from Christies, is perhaps my favorite. It comes with a hakogaki by Torigoye, who also calls them "lattices in sukashi" (格子透) https://onlineonly.c...-iron-tsuba-19/12103 The Japanese dealer Tokka has had a tsuba with a similar motif available on his site for a while now. https://tokka.biz/fittings/T015.html His descriptions says Translation: I've researched extensively, but I'm afraid I have to offer it without any explanation as to the design of the figures in sukashi. Are they meant to be lattice screens? Is there some significance in this type of "lattice screen"? Or are they some other design, that for some reason has just be reduced to "lattice". I'm waiting for a definitive explanation, but in the meantime I won't argue with Torigoye.
  11. He might be talking about thermal cycling. After quenching, the blade is too hard. It is then re-heated and allowed to cool slowly to bring back some of the flexibility. This is usually done in an oven or furnace but perhaps he used oil instead. John C.
  12. Wow he seems to have some good pieces! https://www.touken-m...roduct/ichiran/tsuba Den-Umetada - not what I would have thought. I was wondering if there is a clue in this papered example. Google translate is no so great. Denrichu ? "Baked hand-roasted bullion covered ring ears" sounds like an expensive coffee blend rather than a useful description of a tsuba!
  13. Touken Matsumoto has a katana sized one for sale (TSU 2627) and says it represents lattices.
  14. Whatever happened to one doing their own research? I have a Munetsugu. I checked with all the Oshigata I could find, and found one character that was done differently. I thought that it meant it was Gimei. A friend of mine who knows some dealers in Japan, sent them the Oshi and both said Soshin ( he apparently changed the way he did this character in the last couple of years of his life). I sent the sword (via Paul Martin (whom I would highly recommend )) for polish and papers and it received Hozon. One of the problems of checking for Gimei is, if the blades dirty. Then one must rely on mei research alone. If one buys a sword with sig. and without papers (unpolished) then one must pay a price they believe is acceptable to Gimei. Then it's punt that one is willing to take. However, if the blade has been polished and doesn't have papers, then it's 99% sure it's Gimei. Bye the bye, I bought this sword at a price I believed would be acceptable to me for a Gimei.
  15. Jean, too small for a stool but I have already sanded it, cleaned it, wood-puttied the wobbly bits and painted it with linseed oil. Looking a little healthier now.
  16. Piers, if it were mine, I would clean it, stabilize it with low viscosity cyano acrylate, and make a stool out of it! Looks solid enough!
  17. Cool stuff @Bugyotsuji-thanks for sharing!
  18. me: “why is this the way it is?” you: “because that’s the way it is.” The thickness of a person’s skin has nothing to do with the acceptance of an “answer” or response such as this.
  19. TEM: Transmission Electron Microscope, requires thin slices (below one micrometer) of samples usually ~3 mm in diameter. Relevant for dislocation, dislocation structure, etc. analysis, but difficult to scale and usually large scatter when trying to do quantitative analysis. The resolution can go to the nanometer. SEM: Scanning Electron Microscope, can analyze anything that transmits electrons (and even if not, covering the sample in metallic ion works). Newer ones have very high resolution at high magnification (x20,000). Also benefits from good depth of field. Even though SEM have bigger chambers now (enough to put both hands), unless the sample is small, cutting will be necessary. Prof. Morito has done some work with SEM with an EBSD camera (to obtain the grain orientation) calculating the history of the microstructure of Japanese swords, to evaluate the change in grain size and microstructure at the time of the quench (basically how fine the austenite was prior to quenching and tempering, simply from analyzing the martensite in the edge). Back to forge quality, I was just reading 武芸風俗姿 (I forgot the year). I cannot judge at all because I do not cut and I have not handle many swords, but the author maintains that small "kizu" is not an issue for blades, as long as these are not structural flaws, and rather show high hardness. From a purely metallurgical point of view, no segregation, microstructure uniformity, low amount of weakening inclusions, etc. would be indicative of a good process and good mechanical performance of the blade. Ultimately, in terms of hamon, and this has been stated by others who do tameshigiri, it would mean a suguha.
  20. This is a square inlay type tsuba I have in my collection. I am also interested in the school or technique name! With respect, Dan
  21. I would suggest that first we'd need to agree on what criteria constitute a good forge. A 'perfect' forge weld in logical extreme definition might be one that is absolutely without any gaps or slag inclusions, and thus completely lacking on any definition regarding hada/grain. The microscopic slag inclusions do provide addition corrosion protection though. In the same vein schools are noted for very different degrees of refinement in terms of exactly the 'perfection' of the forge welds. The appreciation of these varying qualities is, of course, subjective.
  22. Similar threads running but it’ll add this for decoration. Personal opinions. I still think that the idea of those square fishing net lift contraptions (made of string after all) is 50% included in the mental image in Colin’s thread-starter above. Birds would go naturally with nets in the air. (Forgive me Nobody San!) https://www.google.com/search?q=伝統+漁業+網 四つ手上げ&client=safari&sca_esv=587540083&hl=en-GB&tbm=isch&prmd=ivsn&source=lnms&sa=X&ved=2ahUKEwjK6cbWxPSCAxUnZvUHHZoSBxMQ_AUoAXoECAYQAQ&biw=390&bih=663&dpr=3#imgrc=KjhsP9fFMSOh4M And further, to make Ford angry, I can even see a rusu moyo hidden Christian possibility in the crossed threads… or crossed net stretchers…
  23. Hi Conway, That's excellent information! Thank you for showing the picture from the book as well, now I can be sure it's a known crest. Is there a chance somebody on this great forum knows which family used the crest as their mon?
  24. Thanks to this thread I went out and rescued the *remaining Ito-maki and added a couple of bonus items. Weaving/sewing related. *Will try to clean it up and preserve it in memory.
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