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    Here we have a kimono merchant and assistant helping a lady with her purchase. Meiji period, and they wear wakizashi as they serve on their shop, why, because they are handling money and goods of serious value. Probably fairly nice pieces as well given the value of what they sell. (As second hand kimono dealers, they might have picked up a bargain). The other reason for a Chonin to have a sword is when travelling on the road, there are bandits out there. In this case probably a cheaper piece.... and it might even be rented....
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    Happy new year to everyone
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    Maybe, 関住大矢金貫作 - Seki ju Oya Kanetsura saku
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    Well we have hit rock bottom with this little item - https://www.jauce.com/auction/524113488 The attached statement reads very funny. State Slightly scratched and dirty ★ ☆ Fake Important Cultural Property Chidori Chidori Figure Inferior Goods Bending Tsuba ★ ☆ Inferior Important Cultural Property Chidori Chidori Figure (Inferior Goods 1 ???? Yen) is exhibited .. Refer to the photo. Please make your own judgment. Does not include shooting jigs. Aluminum molded products Partially wooden or copper- covered rings Inferior goods have been sold. I bought it from a major company in Osaka . It is a very rare bending brim. Be careful of the staggered figure of the eastern rain, which is an important cultural property of modern inferior goods . Please do not buy this product ・ Purchased and received a bad evaluation ・ Distributor name: I want to keep the morals of one of the commandments." I have to believe the seller is having a shot at the original seller who sold him the piece, he really should name and shame! What he may have been trying to buy [if I have put the jigsaw back in place ] is this design, taken from "Japanese Swords" by Nobuo Ogasawara - the design appears in other publications [and I have always wanted one!]
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    Here it is. As I said, don’t expect masterpiece pictures, I’m a lousy photographer. I didn’t take pictures of the sugata as it can be seen above, just close ups. The white spots on the shinogi are specks of dust. The only bad thing about this sword imho is the hadori which is quite rough.
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    The downvote is not for Yasa san, but for the practice of selling empty boxes with hakogaki. If this is true (and I have no doubt it is) what a gut-wrenching, despicable act to contemplate. BaZZa.
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    I've lost two wonderful cats to lymphoma, & although it can be treated, it can't be cured. We finally decided that their quality of life was no longer what we would want, if we were in their place. So we took out veterinarian's advice, & let them pass peacfully, in our arms.
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    All the lines in this blade appear rounded. I can't see the yokote line at all. There is pitting and some rust + the mentioned blister. The blade might take a polish but I do not think the restorations costs will ever be recovered. The tang certainly points to Kaga. I do not think that there is much to be learned from the blade in its present condition. Check the blades for sale on messageboard. I have seen some very well priced good blades.
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    Hi Marcos, Here is one of mine. Sorry, but the oxen is a little shy and is just being coaxed out of his barn with a bucket of food. Its just a wakizashi mumei piece but in the theme of oxen. What really made may day about your post was the reference to Ikedo Minkoku. I have a tsuba inscribed Funakoshi Shunmin, and alternative name used by Minkoku, according to Sotherby's. I've posted it before, it was one of the first that I bought. It shows the famous story of the zen monk Tanka chopping up a wooden Buddha for firewood to keep himself warm while staying at the Yerenji in China during the 9thC. I have never seen another tsuba by this artist, though museums (Boston, Brit) have tobacco pouch clasps and inro by him. I was beginnings to doubt that he ever made tsuba (I'm not saying mine is genuine, but the workmanship is great and I've never seen the design elsewhere). Thanks for the info. Best regards, and happy New Year. John
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    Hi Grev, Thanks for your message. This is something I am often asked by people that are unfamiliar with us or our website. In addition to the website (Nihonto Australia) I also own and operate a Samurai Gallery/Museum (Samurai Gallery Australia) in Cairns, Queensland which currently exhibits many of our items. Some of the items listed on our website are also on display at Samurai Gallery Australia and therefore we do not provide a price. However, most of our items are available for purchase and I am more than happy to discuss prices with those who express an interest in any of our items. Feel free to contact me if you would like any further information about a particular item. In the near future I will be posting a number of items on this forum which will include a price. We hope this will be of assistance. I offer free worldwide shipping and will contribute a donation to the Nihonto Message Board for any sales made as a result of this forum. Kind regards John
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    I spent a part of this afternoon listening to CandRsenal’s summary of the Larry Wilson’s treatment of the Colt collections at the Connecticut State Library. Another good and brief treatment of this – ahhh -- crime is available at Forgotten Weapons https://www.forgottenweapons.com/ I assume that many of the serious members on NMB are at this point wondering what makes this material relevant to this community. It is NOT about Japanese swords, tutt-tutt. In fact, fakery and misrepresentation seem always to have been an integral part of Japanese sword consideration. Certainly, a key part of sword and koshirae assessment is identifying nasemono, gimei, and faked stuff. The question I bring to this community is, when does fakery become BAD and what should we do about it? To put that question in a form that makes it concrete, please let me re-present three tsubas that I showed this community a year or more ago. I MADE these mere discs out of an Edo-period saw blade. I learned a lot doing that and I shared that experience with this community a couple of times. ONCE after doing that, I was asked by one of the NMB readers if they were – ahhh – available for sale. I had not been as clear as I should have been. And this question pleased me – hell, I was honored - but it did not tempt me. . . very long. I didn’t make them to as fakes, but that is what they can and will become. I think the discerning expert will not be fooled, but not everyone is an expert. At the most concrete and personal level, should I throw these “to-sho tsuba” away? I am an archaeologist so I am sure that the STUFF will out last me. Even if I am not here to misrepresent them, they will have to rise – or fall – on their own. The most honest treatment might be to destroy them at this point – just throw them away. But this is an easy case. Okay, so you have a blade you submit to shinsa – twice – and two times you get pink slips, what should you do: 1) throw it away, 2) put it back in the katana tansu, or 3) sell it on eBay? Peter
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    Happy New year of the ox! Maybe you've some tsuba or tōsōgu with an ox, I started this post showing this one made by the tsubakō/kinkō Ōkawa Chikō. Mr. Ōkawa was student of Ametani Yūmin, who was student of Ikedo Minkoku, who was student of Unnō Shōmin (in my opinion, the best tsubakō/kinkō of Meiji jidai). Mr. Ōkawa also studied under Itō Masayasu, 17th generation of Edo Itō school, from whom received the 18th generation under the name of Itō Masanori. Because this tsuba is not in the specific Edo Itō style, Mr. Ōkawa signed with his gō Tōhōsai Masami, as well signed Kanō Yoshinobu in honour of the painter who made the design. The tsuba is also based in one made by Yoshioka Inabanosuke in late Edo period. Take look of the detailed work of kebori for the ox hair, it remind me Durer rabbits. Now 12 years ago, this tsuba was selected by the Tōken Hakubutsukan contest, as well exhibited there. Mr. Ōkawa Chikō made tsuba for each animal of the year, and most of it was also selected by the Tōken Hakubutsukan. At his 75 years old he still works at his small atelier in Saitama, and presents tsuba each year in the contest.
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    Thanks for the additional pictures Gary! Indeed, there is a good chance that your kabuto is a Haruta work! I’m curious if it’s signed.... Please keep us updated!
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    Hi, name please, With the dull hamon and terrible flaws, retemper is another strong possibility; this may be a prime example of what not to collect. Take some time for study and save your money for something you'll be proud to own: a much more satisfying pursuit. Grey
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    Yes, I actually paused with this one as well, trying to decide which side of the yokote the togari is on. It seems to be right on the yokote, which could still be shinto; otherwise I am surprised that with very active hamon one would go for something that close to suguha, though some people in shinshinto did that.
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    More information on the (possible) maker of this tsuba was supplied by Marcos on his recent New Year Ox Tsuba post (Jan 2021) as follows . Ikedo Minkoku was a great tsubakō, kinkō and ginkō formed in the Fine Arts University of Tōkyō where was taught by Unnō Shōmin, but after that he continued his formation with him at his atelier. The problem for Minkoku was the time where he lived, where tsuba orders were very few so, as many other artists, including Shōmin, he worked on incense pots, silver jars, tabakoire kagamibuta and so on. As Mr. Ōkawa told me, things were not easy as well for Minkoku student and Ōkawa san sensei, Ametani Yūmin, who mainly made rings, collars and obitori. Even Ōkawa san told me that, if you're not hired by a institution like Tōken Hakubutsukan or Bizen Hakubutsukan, is impossible to live as a tsubakō, so he also made jewellery till 50 years old. Congratulations about your tsuba. I think I saw time ago, in some auction a kagamibuta made by Minkoku and, regarding the piece, the price was so high, maybe because there is few works made and signed by him, so you're lucky. Marcos I have a couple of updates myself, so I thought that I would add them to my original post. The first concerns the design on the reverse of the tsuba, a pine tree. The relevance of this has puzzled me for over 10 years, but I think I found it last year amongst some haiku written by my favourite poet, Kobayashi Issa (literally one cup of tea, 1763-1827). The haiku is: ‘Hotoke mo narade uka-uka oi no matsu (Not yet Buddha, mindless old pine)’. I believe that the artist is effectively reversing the question, or Zen koan, asked on the front. The main design asks if a sacred carving of Buddha can be regarded as a piece of firewood. The reverse is asking whether a live pine tree has attained the Buddhist state of ‘no-mind’ and whether its fate, after being chopped down, is to become a sacred carving, or end up just pieces of firewood. If I’m right, I think that the design concept is brilliant, especially as the story of Tanka is my favourite Zen koan. The second update concerns whether it is genuine or a modern fake. It looks as if Sajid Javid (UK Home Secretary 2018, Chancellor of the Exchequer from 2019) may have posed as the artist’s model for Tanka!
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    Ok, this Blade is sanmei and I think the hamon feels like there is a border inside where the parts connect.
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    Tanto in Sanmai-Konstruction. Looks quite natural. Image is from USAGIYA.
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    This is a sue-bizen sukesada and I don’t think That this kinsuji is the result of the construction (sanmei,kobuse...) like you mentioned. It is more the result of refining of the steal and yaki-ire. Ofc the construction creates also similar hataraki but in my opinion they look less naturally.
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    I have just discovered the topic. May I throw in another aspect? The construction of blades. Because this can also create effects, which inside the hamon look like monster-kinsuji (Here I bet strongly that this is the case with the pictures from answer 13, Picture of Aoi). The very first image reminds me of the effect in Awataguchi Tadatsuna. Here very long kinsuji cut off the ashi "halfway". A kantei point, which most likely goes back to the construction of the blade. Another example, which is located "further up". I own a Kinju. With it, you often find the effect that so-called "monster kinsuji" cut off the tops of the gunome, so that they look like "put on". An effect in the interaction of cutting steel, side steel and hamon. As I said, it is a possibility. But if you see particularly long, conspicuous "kinsuji", which also strongly influence the hamon, you should not exclude construction-related "hataraki".
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    How about an Aizu Kunisada wakizashi in shirasaya, signed and dated circa 1688, in reasonable polish, notare/ midare hamon in nioi, for about $1500 USD? PM me if interested......
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    Yup, just sign or stamp them in English letters.
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    This is, of course, a problem in all fields of collecting and antiquities and all other subsets of the broad 'art world.' Something I have recently had experience with, and which rides the line of fakery, is misrepresentation of pieces that are not themselves fakes but which are not what they are purported to be. For example, so-called kantei experts issuing fancy certificates dating swords to more desirable periods than they clearly are, or over-valuing pieces significantly. In a certain sense, this type of misrepresentation frustrates me more than outright fakes and copies of authentic items, because it is often far easier to identify an item as a reproduction than as a genuine item being misrepresented. I share your philosophical approach in some ways. As a historian-in-training, I am always considering different perspectives on historical collectibles of any rarity or grade. Personal valuation is difficult. For example, there are many gendai and showato swords which are of little interest to serious nihonto specialists and which would not make NBTHK papering, but which I would like to own as a Japanese militaria collector in the full knowledge of what they are. Often, arguably all of the time, the meaning of an artifact depends on the context from which meaning is derived. At the end of the day, if you have the knowledge of what a thing is, it is up to you to decide what that sort of item means to you. Just so long as you don't overpay for it!
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    Ive had the pleasure of purchasing a few items from John over the years including my first wakizashi and he was very patient and extremely easy to deal with. Happynew year John.
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    Wow, what a question Peter! I love it! I should probably grind it around my mental gears a couple of days before answering, but I don't have anything else to do right now. One thing I like about how you've posed it is you've put the fake in our hands. It's not on ebay, or in a museum, therefore out of our control, but it's actually in our possession. A "known" fake, what do I do with it!? I suppose I could use my own experience to start with. I bought what turned out to be a really bad fake Type 98, as a new collector looking for replacement parts for my Dad's Mantetsu. That was 6 years ago and I still have it. I'll never sell it because I don't want some other newbie to get screwed. If I sold it, I'd sell it with full disclosure, but I can't stop the buyer from turning it around, tripling his money and cheating a rookie with it. So, I'll never sell it. OTOH, if I ever were to sell it, it's not my responsibility to control how other people behave. It's my job to be honest. What happens after the fact is out of my hands, literally and figuratively, and not my responsibility. And I suppose that could be the path taken in the case of a gorgeous nihonto that is gimei. The blade deserves to be appreciated simply because of it's beauty, regardless of the mei. Someone on NMB once told of a Shogun that was given a gimei sword as a gift. Supposedly both he and the giver knew it was gimei, but it was appreciated because of the honor of receiving a gift. I have difficulty with this practice though, because it's starting to show up in the Mantetsu world. The gimei doubles, even triples the sale price. If I had one, I think I'd pay a polisher to file the nakago clean before resale! But that brings me to my final doubt - like the debate over the Death Penalty - destroying fakes runs the risk that once in a while, an item will inevitably turn out to be legit. Everyone was wrong, but once destroyed, the treasure is lost forever. So, I think I'm back to the beginning, and simply keeping the item forever. Thanks for the challenging question!
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    Thanks John, looks like your translation is trumps. Gary
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    This is a wonderful theme and any aspiring kodogu collector anyone interested in the subject should take a good look at these postings. Quite inspiring and generous of the members to share their top pieces. I have just spent more than an hour going through the display and am hugely impressed. I hope no one minds me saying all that ? Roger j
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    Without provenance, we are just guessing. Merchants, farmers, craftsmen could also carry wakizashi length swords for self-defense while travelling, so this particular item could have been in the posession of almost anyone.
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    It's simple really....the lure of easy money or wealth is the basis for all con's and scams, it matters not the subject or item. Sunken treasure, lost gold mine, buried mason jar full of coins, helping out the poor Nigerian lad. etc., etc. Personally, I have found that nothing has any real value, until one has invested either sweat, time or love into it. I gave up any illusion of instant benefit, once I aged into an adult. Mark
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    I have a navy with that numbered drag
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    I’ve always liked these. Nice that it’s signed, mine is mumei. Not extremely rare, but rare enough that these don’t show up very often Good luck on the sale!
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    Bought several items from John over the years. Always great pieces and great service. Also had a chance to visit his gallery in Cairns in 2019. Many amazing items on display. John was kind enough to give my kids an antique American coin during the visit. One of my children has now become a coin collector thanks to John. All the best for the new year mate. Hope to see you again in Cairns post COVID.
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    Very beautiful! I especially love the elegance of the openwork tail turning into the stream.
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    I think sometimes we forget here... what percent of the population REALLY has “an iota of experience” with nihonto? Not everyone is as crazy... err ummm... ‘enlightened’ as we are.
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    Nice idea for a thread. Here's one of my oxen...
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    Take that $105, & buy a couple of reference books from Amazon. Your next purchase will be much more informed.
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    A bit over your budget, but close: https://www.aoijapan.com/wakizashi-mumei-attributed-as-echizen-seki/
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    Thank you for the info Marco!
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    Jesse. The tang hole [nakago-ana] is usually the giveaway on fakes, the poorer Chinese ones often have an ambiguous shaped hole that can almost be used upside down. With the cost of copper being up, most fakes are made of cheaper alloys. The colour [iroe] is also a giveaway, most Japanese tsuba have a subdued colouring not garish [ there are exceptions] It is a big learning curve and I doubt there is anyone on NMB who haven't bought a fake at sometime or other. With modern techniques many fakes are getting better and better, so we all need to look out! Brian is correct, the more you see the more you know - I am sure he can scroll through an auction site and automatically dismiss many of the fakes almost instantly. Me, I often need a second glance! There is another Chinese made fake here - https://www.ebay.com.au/itm/Tsuba-Sword-Braces-Japanese-Swords-Flange-Weight-156/203232505876?hash=item2f5199f014:g:0K0AAOSwdytf6qmh - Chinese fake being sold from Japan, this is increasingly the case. You can spot it is fake very easily if you notice the hitsu-ana, it has casting spills into what should be clear space.
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    I see a lot of comments about "I can't upload more pics" or "I have reached my attachment limit" etc etc. I wanted to clarify the limits here, so people know what they can upload and how many. Firstly, for regular members: Each post has a 5 meg limit. So one image of 5Mb (crazy) or 5 x 1Mb files etc. You can reply and add another post, but each post has a 5 meg limit. You should be resizing images down to less than 200kb anyways, so no need for huge images. Maximum image dimensions are 1800px x 1800px. Larger, and they are automatically downsized. Each member has a TOTAL board limit of 1 Gig. That is cumulative, but I don't think anyone will reach that Each member can post 50 comments, posts etc a day. To prevent flooding You can start 15 private message conversations a day. You can have 150 private messages stored You can give 30 reactions (likes, thanks etc) a day Can edit your own posts for 12 hours. Then for those that have upgraded to Gold Tier Status through subscription: Each post has a 10 meg limit. So one image of 10Mb (crazy) or 10 x 1meg files or whatever, with a 10 meg limit. You can reply and add another post. Same max image dimension limit Total board limit of 1.5 Gigs storage Limit of 80 posts/comments/messages a day Can start 25 private message conversations a day. Can have 500 private messages stored Can give 30 reactions daily. Can edit posts for 48 hours. I hope this clarifies the upload limits. Everyone should be able to add enough photos to a post unless they are using huge files sizes and haven't edited them.
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    Hi John Good to see you on nmb. We had tables near each other a few years ago - withe in Tampa, Chicago or if a long time ago in San Francisco.
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    Nice website with interesting items and books. Congratulations, Steve.
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    That’s what I call it too. I also see chikei and ji nie
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    G'day Guys, What about these examples? The first I would call sunagashi, but the second which occurs in more discrete lines I would call kinsuji, even though there are several running parallel to each other? Cheers, Bryce
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    http://www.asahi.com/ajw/articles/13961528 Best
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