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  2. There is a guard in the V&A with Sennin riding the Carp.
  3. Sorry Adam fixed now. It was impossible for me to see the problem. Since found another - not perfect match but very close. The Guard is from the D.Z. Norton collection, in this case the oni is hidden up a tree rather than running away from the reflection in the stream. My theory is it may be a daisho pair to the original design?
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  5. 0Takeda0

    Mumei Katana

    There is hada, but I'm having a hard time getting in on camera. I'm fairly sure it is not a showato. I'm not seeing any signs of a remove signature or stamp. The blade was in gunto mounts that are in poor shape. Saya looks like it might have had two ashi at one point, but only one is left. The blade from mune machi to the kissaki is just under 70cm.
  6. Me think, shinshito, any believers? Cheers. Tom D.
  7. Munetoshi was an RJT smith, but apparently the star-stamp was not used on the brother’s swords until November 42 (I forget where I read that, but it was on a thread in here somewhere). This October sword is in an unregulated window.
  8. I'll say Momoyama or earlier.
  9. 謹作高山刀   Kinsaku Takayama-tō (Diligently made Takayama sword) 刀匠 服部正廣 Tōshō Hattori Masahiro (Smith: Hattori Masahiro) 研師 伊藤六助 Kenshi - Itō Rokusuke (Polisher: Ito Rokusuke) Its nearly identical to the signature that Dave posted, except for the polisher.
  10. Interesting. So the sword Style is a Takatyama-To? But the sword smith himself is unknown. Im to understand the engraving is the name of the polisher? I also thought the retention cord was maybe someone trying to replace a lost one. It didnt look like any photos I saw. Is this entirely what it says or only partially? I cant seem to remove this screenshot for some reason.
  11. Thank you so much! I was told it as Emura, so I feel more educated today
  12. Looks like the loop is a kaō that belongs to the tester. I couldn't find any other samples of this tester's work, so I can't say with conviction, but yes it looks like it should be Yoshizane's kaō
  13. Thanks Jiri, I'll add it to my Stamps Doc with it attributed to Kuniteru, but the plot thickens! Reviewing my other kakihan (kao), I have another one at the end of a cutter's mei, who's name is Yamano Kanjūrō Hisahide. Unfortunately, I don't recall where I found this, but the source said the kao was of the cutter.
  14. You’re right, Stephen. I have some wiggle room in the price. —Matt
  15. I don't think it is just new and shiny The only way you can fully appreciate a good sword is by seeing it as close to when it was made This is what the maker and owner saw Also I have one sword where I can get a basic opinion but all the replies have stated that they can tell me more after it has been polished Once a sword has been polished the owner will ensure it stays in an A1 condition so it's never going to need another polish for many years Polishing is just correcting an item that hasn't been looked after correctly Just my opinion
  16. 0Takeda0

    Mumei Katana

    The blade has some rust and damage. It's a bit on the heavy side in my opinion. Doesn't look too old, but I am wanting a second opinion. I'm sure the blade is water tempered, and the hamon has some character. I think it is a gendaito, maybe a shin-shinto, but I don't know for certain. Thanks in advance.
  17. I don't own many swords and none of them have I had polished though I have some mounting projects going, a less damaging greenhorn vice. Polishing is a very serious decision. These items cannot be improved, only preserved. Unless a sword is in a bad state, leave it be. Many collectors get tempted to have blades polished when they often do not need it save our desire to have it appear new and shiny, which even in the best hands requires removal of steel. Polishers need to eat too so I assume not many, even in Japan besides very top guys will raise a flag if a blade is not in need of work beyond a cosmetic face lift to appease a new owner. Over a few centuries that adds up.
  18. Anthony, welcome to the forum and congratulations on a Very Nice Navy. This is definitely a place to watch and learn. MikeR
  19. It simply starts with what do you have? With what you have you pursue a good individual in that field who specializes in those swords. That's all. Louis as good intentioned as he is, being mentioned in the same thread as top level Japanese polishers, this is kind of inappropriate. It really depends on what it is. Foreigners are so brand limited that they want to drop everything on one guy. And it's just not done like that in Japan. You send something to the guy who has the best skills in that zone for the effect you want to obtain. There is no such thing as a "best polisher" any more than there is a "best car". It depends on what the goals are and what you have to work with. You don't wanst junk swords being worked on by the top polishers, there is no point. "YOU CAN'T MAKE A SILK PURSE OUT OF A SOW'S EAR" ... but you can make a sow's ear out of a silk purse so you must choose well.
  20. Hello, Here is jabara ito tsuka decorated with autumn flowers and bow with arrows. This tsuka has a good quality jabara ito maki. Unfortunately it is in rather poor condition. On tsuka there is fuchikashira made of shakudo. Kashira lost almost all of the gilding and now is in dark black shakudo color. Fuchi has some gilded and silver elements. Good quality shakudo menuki with bow, arrows and quiver. With gilded elements and silver. Good quality samegawa. Some is missing. Size: Length: 14,5 cm Fuchi: 39 mm x 23 mm Fuchi hole: 27 mm x 7-8 mm Nakago hole: 8,8 cm From top of the fuchi to center of mekugi hole: 19 mm Price: 280$ More photos here: https://soryu.pl/collections/tsuka/products/jabara-ito-tsuka-for-wakizashi-or-tanto-14-5-cm Regards, Krystian
  21. Brian I've seen swords with the lemon juice treatment and they also look exactly like that. What I can guarantee is that we will never KNOW what caused it.
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