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  1. May have been made for a sword cane/shikomizue mount.
  2. Glen, Solid makings of a great article there.
  3. He hasn't logged in since Sunday. Let's try tagging @Jamie
  4. You guys are on different subjects. No, I am not aware of any current issues. Load times will always vary depending on global internet conditions. Since nothing changes on the server, it can only be temporary issues that are beyond control. As for email notifications, suggest going through the vast selections in your profile, and re-check them and activate again. I don't use them ever. But then I login every day so see any posts or pm's soon enough. I think the server currently sends out over 10,000 emails a day. If the internet lines are dodgy or the undersea cables have issues as happens so often, that can delay outgoing emails which are sent out by the server. As always, I'll check the log files. Currently, I am experiencing slow internet at home and work..so likely a SA issue with lines.
  5. Wow..that's a lotta stuff. Some interesting things among them. Must have been quite a collection.
  6. I think we can safely say that he intended it to be the Toyokawa Arsenal. That said, do we know for a fact that the swords weren't made towards the end of the war and thereafter? The blades are naval and obviously wartime made. So I think calling these late and post-war isn't far off.
  7. The style they still make to this day? http://www.japansword.co.jp/military.html
  8. Make no mistake, there can not be, and will never be..any "outing" of anyone. It is completely voluntary to donate, and there is no public stigma attached if you don't. Some contribute in other ways...assistance to members, or articles, or help given to the community, or shows or in other ways. One of my regrets is that I can't always send a personal thanks to donators, although I try. Sometimes PP makes it difficult to get emails. And in some cases, I don't have a member name so don't know who the person is. And lately PP has stopped sending notifications in many cases, I often don't even know someone donated until I log in. Are there a very small minority that take advantage? For sure. Multiple sales monthly without a word. So be it. I do think some form of limit is inevitable. It won't be one sale a month..I think we need to be fair and allow some freedom. Maybe 5 items a month without Gold membership. or maybe something based on sales and not listings. Not sure. No rush and all good for now. At some point I want to restart a fund raiser for a trip to Japan when the world opens up. But that's for another day.
  9. Piers, Similar implements to those used by my fire-guy?
  10. You don't have to look at the mei to know this will be gimei.
  11. Does anyone remember @Ford Hallam's views on "Edo cast tsuba" ? Hmmm
  12. Grev, Thank you for this (unsolicited) post. Just for the record, as a Gold member, you should be able to edit your post for 2 days after. Please check by clicking on the 3 dots top right of the post? I don't really want to get involved in this thread, but I will say that limiting sales to Gold members is tempting (most of the other collector forums I know do that) I don't want to go that route. I want to leave it open for a person stumbling upon a sword in an estate or at a sale, to be able to sell it here and offer it to the members without having to pay anything. So I won't charge a fee or a subscription to sell or buy here. That is one of the perks on the NMB. BUT...that said, there are people with over 30-50 sales who have never subscribed or contributed a cent. So be it...it's their choice. But I MAY consider a limit to have many items a non subscriber can list at a time. It's something I have been thinking about. The average person can still list a few items a month. But regular and frequent sales should come with some sort of give-back to be fair. Nothing set in stone yet. I'm still debating it in my head. Especially since it has come to my attention how many HUNDREDS of sales come from pm discussions and don't even make it onto the forum. How many..I have no idea. But feedback I'm getting is that some people make a tidy living from pm sales. Thanks again to all those who do support us with contributions, memberships, percentages of sales or even just helping with info.
  13. I think too many people smoking dubious stuff here. When did we go from legit late or post war sword assembled by Japan Sword Co, to terrible quality abomination? Seriously? These are recognized as Japanese swords and are over 75 years old, made in Japan, from mostly wartime made parts. The blade is a genuine SS blade, the fittings likely made late war and some just after. It's not some Chinese repro. They are not junk and many sit in good collections. Telling the OP that it's junk is just not accurate. Especially since research on these is not concluded yet. It is not just a cheap junk souvenir. I expect there is a lot of truth still to be uncovered about these, like how and why they had permission to make and sell these and to whom. I'm with Grey here, and the guys selling the collection. Whoever purchased it, added a decent markup to get to where it sold. And even at the end price it is around where a machine made NCO sword is priced at. Let's not put these at the level of modern Chinese fakes...they are not.
  14. You think you have it bad? Brian's NMB boss makes him work 7 days a week, 24/7 and makes HIM pay to keep the place going.
  15. Just a drop or 2 of oil on the fingertips, while handling the tang and rubbing a little will stop the active rust. Nothing more than that needed unless the rust is thick and flaking (unusual)
  16. All of the people involved in the Plimpton sale are reputable and most are members here. If it's from that collection and one of the sellers (search Plimpton here) you should be fine. It's not a fake, and these have been discussed for many years. It may be wartime, it may be assembled from wartime parts just after the war. Has a stainless naval blade. What did he think he was purchasing? That will decide if he got a good deal or not.
  17. FX is top stuff. I have Air Arms, but haven't used it in ages. I don't shoot animals, and people yell too loudly.
  18. Thank you Moriyama san. I have corrected that page of the JSI
  19. Wow Piers, that polish is amazing! What lovely stuff to have on a kogatana. Now for a small habaki and shirasaya!
  20. https://www.google.com/search?client=firefox-b-d&q=free+image+resizer Online...you could use https://www.adobe.com/express/feature/image/resize or https://resizing.app/ Or you can download and install one of these: https://en.softonic.com/downloads/image-resizer-free-for-windows
  21. Piers, that has a lot going for it, and no matter how much you downplay it...it's a lovely piece that most of us would like to own. As far as the Gunto aspect, you have great quality fittings. Has a nice civilian habaki. Has a mon. And I daresay upgraded high class seppa. And then you add an older blade in good condition. What more could you want? It's the whole package. And......a big AND....You can see that Gunto are the sword investment of the future in Japan. We can already see how prices have risen.
  22. I'm starting to think you are a tease, Piers.
  23. I think that is just the photographs using a flash.
  24. RIP Bob. I heard a lot of good things about you. Condolences to all who knew him.
  25. Post some links to them Bruce? I don't believe any of them are polished and would expect them to either be newer so that there wasn't much patina, or it is the photography/inverted filters that makes them look polished. But this is a wild guess without even looking at any, so I'm relying on your links to see what we are talking about here.
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