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  2. This guy is truly unhinged. With all the aggression, threats, and psychotic behavior, etc., I think that if anyone actually did receive a package from Babu/Chippy/Adam, they should be very careful opening it or handling anything inside...
  3. Thank you so much steve!! I am honored to receive feedback from all of you, it is very deeply appreciated! I found this, does that look helpful?
  4. Yours looks like 来貞久作 (Rai Sadahisa saku) This is a signature that doesn't show up in my online searches. In Markus Sesko's swordsmith compendium, there are three smiths who used the name 貞久: one who worked from 1532-1555, one who worked from 1596-1615, and another who worked from 1661-1673. None of these three used "Rai" in their name, as far as I know. ("Rai" is a family/lineage of swordsmiths). There was a smith in the late 1600s who signed 越中守来貞幸 (Etchū no kami Rai Sadayuki), so I would guess your smith may be related to him since they both use the same kanji for Sada (貞) and both are claiming the "Rai" lineage. The timing feels better also, since the wakizashi comes into wider production from the 1600s.
  5. He's the Ice Cream man, stop him when he's passing byyyyyyeeeeeee......!!!!!!
  6. I understand Trystan. I thought the swords here are in collection. I delete the screenshot for the moment and record only the numbers, type and producer.
  7. I watched the entire video out of professional necessity.....the nervous laughter, the jittery handling of the sword, the profligate spending on items he has no knowledge or experience with....the burglars can go back for round 2 with the helpful inside knowledge...basically a how NOT to video. Some people just have to jump off into the deep end of the pool without learning to swim first.
  8. What does the blade say?? Photos?? BaZZa.
  9. Ugh... just another YouTuber abusing a work of art for views. After the way he drew the blade from its shirasaya, I physically cringed. And then all the breathing over the blade. He needs an experienced person to teach him some basics; but I doubt he'd be interested. I hope the thieves come back to liberate this blade, at least then it has a chance to find a better home. I stopped after five minutes, it was too much cringe.
  10. Thank you for the information!! I know to keep the blade lightly oiled and do change the oil monthly, I will read the link you sent me for further knowledge. Thanks again!
  11. Wasn't sure whether to post this in the Izakaya or not. This YouTuber previously posted an antique katana they had purchased and announced his intention to practice polishing on it. Apparently enough people spoke out negatively in the comments that he took down that video, but you can see in this new one that he not only purchased an even more expensive antique, but also a ~$500 Namikawa polishing kit, so... still seems like he is intent on practicing togi without traditional training. Hopefully he won't be doing so on anything valuable. This post isn't strictly about that, however. He also announces that he might auction this blade off with no reserve - so maybe someone here will be able to rescue it from whatever followers he has? Unfortunately it seems that whatever details about the auction may exist are locked behind a Patreon paywall at https://www.patreon.com/burrfection (there is an Oct. 15 post titled "Katana Auction - anyone?"). I don't want to pay this channel just to find out if he is indeed auctioning the blade, so that's about as much as I can say.
  12. All 5 NCO sword under my name in your database are not mine. I will try to find out the numbers of my Type 95's some how. The problem is , I stored my swords at my friend's place since I'm out of the country for a while.
  13. Contest to spot his next incarnation??? He'd probably slide if he wasnt so pathetic in his attempts. Just be normal Adam!!
  14. I did but I was worried I was just being paranoid. I’m clearly not paranoid enough.
  15. Didn't you read the rubbish shaming us all for loss to board. Of course it was him.
  16. Tonkotsu

    Gold Bug Kozuka

    Here is my kozuka panel with fireflies
  17. So Yoshioka has had his post deleted. Is that another Babu spoof account?
  18. its free because its rubbish ,
  19. Tonkotsu

    Gold Bug Kozuka

    Billy, I couldn't figure what you meant by "You recently acquired" now I know. Not identical kozuka but close. Bruno, your fireflies are great.
  20. Grazie Mauro. You are our resident botanist ...
  21. Stephen

    Three Tsubas

    Or the latter jakushi
  22. Ah thanks Trystan i correct these
  23. Just to be clear, 'saku' is not part of the smith's name. It essentially means 'made this.' Ted Tenold (http://www.legacyswords.com/) is another polisher who is 100% legitimate and does great work. Do you know how to properly care for the blade in the meantime? If not here is a good primer: http://nbthk-ab.org/cleaning-maintenance.php Ignore anything about uchiko – you don't need it and shouldn't use it. Good luck!
  24. Hi Howard, here an outline sketch of the two mentioned constructions: It comes from our symposium in Florence back in 2014. In the course of this specific lecture it was worked out, that the popular opinion regarding some design features must be corrected. But that's going too far now ... Concerning books, it depends on how deep you want to dive into the subject?! I can try to compile a brief list....
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