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  1. I searched for it but didn't see an existing thread and figured we could benefit from a little eye candy. There are so many tsuba that I think are spectacular but I'll try to refrain from going overboard, so I'll just post one This one is a kawari (irregular) shape made by the Tenpo/Tembo school. Everything about this makes me think "wow". The overall balance of the irregularity, the relative shapes of the sukashi cutouts balanced with the one hitsu-ana, the surface texture and the raise lip of hammered rim, as well as the one sukashi cutout that was filled with an intricately textured shakudo plug. I realize that everyone will appreciate different design elements of the nearly infinite variety of tsuba and that not everyone's favorite will be favorited by all. My intention is NOT to identify "the best tsuba", but just see a variety of tsuba that make us all say "wow", or maybe call attention to something that someone may not have considered before. Feel free to post a tsuba that you admire and maybe a little blurb about what exactly made you pick that particular piece.
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  2. That sword looks like an utsushi of the famous Yamatorige https://markussesko.com/2018/11/29/the-yamatorige-sanchomo-山鳥毛/
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  3. 11. I propped a few cases up on the left wall to examine the lighting. I noticed a few things and am now debating moving the lights back for a wider field. For one, the lights are only hitting the bottom portion of the stands. I could of course just place the koshirae on top with the blades on the bottom, but the bottom most blade would not be in optimal lighting. Again, please ignore the quality of the photos at this stage. Either way, here is a preview. Would love to hear your thoughts!
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  4. BB cards from the 80/90's still aren't worth the paper they're printed on.... Unless you know what you're looking for ☺️
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  5. There is a complete picture of my handgun collection
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  6. Back in the 1950s my aunt gave me her stamp collection books from elderly relatives from the 1930s. Too young to appreciate properly, sadly. No idea what happened to them. Since then I went through time-of-life phases of collecting old weapons, then coins, and then Japanese things such as Andon/Shokudai lamps, coins again, Netsuke, Tosogu, matchlocks and matchlock accessories (powder flasks and fire-lighting kits). Nothing really seriously, of course. It was more like these things sought a temporary home and collected themselves.
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  7. Search out for " Yamatorige". A very famous "Meito". You should also find some better pictures of the original........then you will understand. Manuel was faster.....
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  8. @Toryu2020 I saw you had commented on both this and another thread about the Token, and the pit of my stomach dropped thinking it was a cancellation message due to COVID. So thankful we’re still on; frankly, I can’t remember the last event I’ve been so excited for. Bought a hard rifle case to fly a new treasure(s 😁) home, been reading and studying a bunch, made flash cards for Nihonto terminology. I’m in totally nerd mode and super excited 🤓 People at the office are egging me on too; it’s great!
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  9. If I may, I'd like to suggest a change in approach. Those of us who could easily see the sword as a fake were able to do so, not because we have memorized a list of rules (the kanji shouldn't be too spread out, for example), but rather, because we have looked at so many of the real thing. Once you set a rule that says no real Nihonto have wide spread kanji in their mei, some sword will pop up with atypical spacing and prove you wrong. However, once you have looked closely at 1,000 true Nihonto, either in hand or in a good book, you will never be fooled by a sword like the one up top. Study Grasshopper. Grey
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  10. I'm new to collecting. Began collecting WW2-era vintage pistols last year, and began Gunto collecting this year. I still add to my pistol collection, but the Gunto collecting has consumed me this year. Parts of my collections are pictured in the photos below. Always had an interest in WW2 since I was a kid (Grandpa served in the war - U.S. Army, ETO), but, as stated, just recently got into collecting. I'm learning these are expensive hobbies. Lol
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  11. Hi, This fuchi Kashira is to be sold at € 400 ($ 480) + shipping & Paypal Fees Material: Copper with shakudo, suaka, silver inlays Dimension of the Kashira : 3,3 cm * 1,6 cm Dimension of the Fuchi: 3,8 cm * 2,1 cm Signature : Mumei The Hakogaki (box) says: 眞鍮地 (shinchu-ji) – brass ground 高彫 (takabori) – high relief 据文 (suemon) – inlay 色絵 (iroe) 無銘奈良 (mumei, Nara) 昭和壬子年秋 – autumn in 1972 寒山誌 – written by Kanzan Please PM if any interest
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  12. Wakizashi (kinzogan mei) Shizu (Naoe Shizu) 脇差 (金象嵌銘) 志津 (直江志津)
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  13. AOI art’s descriptions of tosogu can a bit sparse at times. I’ve attached some more information about your smith. I received funding from the Japanese government to conduct research on Japanese philosophy and environmental ethics, so I’m not currently teaching, but I’ve previously taught courses on continental philosophy, existentialism, modern ethical ideals, and Asian philosophy. What about yourself?
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  14. Museums aren't known for their "loving care" of Nihonto, & I can't recall seeing a museum exhibition in the U.S. that impressed me.
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  15. It will be Saturday as part of the NBTHK-AB exhibits. The time allotment is from 1-3 although there are 2 displays. 1 mentioned above from 1-2pm and the other will be a lecture on Yamato swords where there will be 6 Juyo examples of Yamato swords from the different schools in Yamato from 2-3pm.
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  16. You are correct. "My bad" as they say. Mutsudomoe = mitsu tomoe
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  17. If I remember correctly, Yoshimitsu called this "hitatsura choji" and as said above it seen in his Yamadorige/Sanchomo utushimono.
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  18. Hahaha - who collects Andon!?! -t
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  19. I had hoped it was helpful, leading to the desired information.
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  20. Have we done this in a previous lifetime?
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  22. Nice collection Jean!
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  23. Most swords have core steel and then outer harder steel. Some schools like Hizen and Bungo has thinner outer steel and the core steel started to show sooner than others. When core steel starts to show through, it is a sign of a tired blade. But not a poorly forged one.
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  24. John C. T. In the mood for a third? https://www.jauce.com/auction/q1000066314 looks a little tired or boney. [lighting is a little harsh] Owari? 76.2 mm x 75.5 mm x 5.7 mm and weighs about 59g
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  25. This is the other one-
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  26. There was this: and I’m thinking of another one I’m trying to find a well. Had a bunch of replies, really old blade that was polished.
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  27. Please note the NBTHK/AB is scheduled to present five! Juyo blades representing the five main schools of the Yamato-den. In addition a very special presentation of kodogu will be on display. "At the San Francisco show coming up will be an OUTSTANDING display for study put on by the NBTHK-AB of Goto Ichijo and Ichinomiya Nagatsune fittings it will be the best display ever put on in the USA of their works I believe all of the Nagatsune are examples in his sketch book and most of the Ichijo are in the original boxes from Ichijo when he made them for the original buyer! If you are a Kodogu person or just want to see the best of the best, come the the show and see the display, as a grouping like this will not be put together again !!!!!!" Schedule for the sword show just dropped... 2021 TOKEN KAI SCHEDULE OF EVENTS FRIDAY AUGUST 6 8:00 A.M.-12:00 P.M. Dealer Set-up Ballroom F-J 12:00 P.M.-10:00 P.M. Public Show Hours Ballroom F-J 6:00 P.M.-8:00 P.M. Cocktail Reception Foyer F SATURDAY AUGUST 7 9:00 A.M.-10:00 P.M. Show Hours Ballroom F-J 10:00 AM-11:00 P.M. JSSUS Etiquette Lecture Ballroom C-D 11:00 A.M.11:30 A.M. NBTHKAB Board Meeting. Ballroom C-D 1:00 P.M.-3:00 P.M. NBTHKAB Display/Forum Ballroom C-D 6:00 P.M.-8:00 P.M. Cocktail/Dinner Reception* Foyer F SUNDAY AUGUST 8 9:00 A.M.-4:00 P.M. Show Hours Ballroom F-J 4:00 P.M. Show Closes Thank you *This event is for Exhibitors only.
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  28. If the sori is less than 24" it's a waki. Here's how to measure the sori: Also, the Nihonto guys will want to see a photo of the bare blade like the image above.
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  29. It may surprise one at what is used for effect in some nuri. This appears to me to be fish scales. It is a pleasant effect. John
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  30. Yeah, there are a few rare gems but they are far and few in between. As for which years are better, I can only say that the 1990 set is pretty poor in that regard. Ken Griffy Jr. is about the only one worth anything and that's only with PSA grading, which is difficult to have done right now. They are waitlisted for months I've heard.
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  31. How about BB cards? 😂
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  32. OK I ended up making a metal kogatana for the small kozuka. Now it's able to fit back into the koshirae again. I didn't have a piece of bamboo (thought I had some left over) and just gave it a go with steel. I managed to get it to stay in securely with just a friction fit so I'm pretty happy with that... no glue needed! This is just the rough finish... still need to refine the surface and the edge. Now that i'm looking at it in the photos, does anyone think I should thin the width of the blade some more to make it a little more stilleto-shaped? I'm also redoing the wood tsunagi to correct some of the issues from the first attempt The proportions are much better the second time round ... will post when it's done.
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  33. Hi Arnold, You say you want to buy an original sword; if so, you need to buy only from a dealer you can trust 100% or you need to study first (and, shy of getting lucky, those are the only options you have). The fact that you are asking about such an obvious fake tells us you are a beginner. There is nothing wrong with that; we all have been there ourselves, but as a beginner you need either very good advise or a whole lot more knowledge than you currently possess. Otherwise you will run out of money quite quickly. Grey
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  34. Dale i bought this wreckage 2019. After 2 years of care it look like this. The tsuba has no worth or any collecting value but i like it and have this old warrior often in hands. Good luck with yours. I do nothing special. Only cleaning with warm water and soap. Drying and oiling every day with a natural cotton towel. The patination came back. Some kind of self healing of the metal
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  35. M1 Carbines and Garands, a non-op 1918 BAR, Arisakas, Mausers, U.S. military knives/bayonets and parts for my 1945 Willy's MB. My wife tells me "way too much c--p".
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  36. Collecting evil eyes from my wife and I must say I’m most successful in the field. Just had one of those glares and saw the opportunity to immediately add it to my collection or rather accumulation...
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  37. Interesting topic Neil, thanks! I just collect WWII Gunto, though, I do have some pre-WWII Type 32s. Like Chris, I began with rocks and coins. I still have two shadow-boxes of butterflies I caught and dried for display.
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  38. Very nice tsuba, Ron! I'm partial to Naoaki as well, here's mine (although only a Nobuie utsushimono , it has tokubetsu hozon papers):
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  39. Pietro, I found the same in a German museum - and worse! They had a scissors sharpener 'restore' their blades......
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  40. Oh guys, try to be serious, Kantei is not chiromancy
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  41. Saw the one that Eric has on FB. But that is way worse. No chance of that one getting a window. It is all rust now.
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  42. Cant read? I have boxes of 90s in basement. Check prices of Shohei Otani or Home run kings of today... some ppl. Why do i keep posting here??
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  43. I was told it was a vet-bring-back from Patton's invasion of Sicily!
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