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  1. There used to be a very large and active Japanese sword forum in China, here: www.hfsword.com/bbs/forumdisplay.php?fid=4 But it seems to be gone now. Perhaps some Wayback Machine work will pull some info. https://web.archive.org/web/20200920171955/http://hfsword.com/bbs/index.php
  2. Dan, I think you will find that most of us don't even notice or care about reputation. It's part of the software, so it's included. Don't stress about it, less than a handful even look at it. And it can indeed be handy when looking at responses to know who has been here a long time, and who has a handful of responses from people.
  3. Bruce, NO picture should ever be even 1 meg. That's insane. Please resize. 300k or so is more than enough for pics. At this rate, we'll need to double the hosting costs to keep up. Modern cellphones are a PITA. Just Google free image resizer. Uploading straight from cellphones is going to lead to me having to rethink hosting.
  4. The blade pic you just posted, that's the tachi or the Gunto? If the Gunto, may be a Showato. Not sure. If it's the tachi, grab it.
  5. Hmm.....that does look terrible. Nakago is going to have to be the deciding factor. Even the minimal fittings that are there are worth $200 or so... Tsuka was stripped of the typical tachi fittings/menuki. No signs it had a wrap would be my guess. Blade may be an issue...may even be a steel tsunagi. But easily decided when you look in hand or get more pics.
  6. Ignore him Colin, the rest of us do. Every forum has the resident troll. I hesitate to get rid of him because of "the devil you know" thing.
  7. I also suspect it's a fake. But am waiting for the experts.
  8. Grab it. Fast. It's a tachi. You really can't lose much at that price. Bet it's gone.
  9. Definitely a lot of work went into that. It wasn't some 5 minute field repair. Hmm. Someone must have wanted that system specifically instead of just whittling a wooden dowel. Very interesting.
  10. For some weird reason I see Winnie the Pooh
  11. As mentioned, I like these a heck of a lot. But I have no educated opinion worth mentioning, so I just appreciate from a distance. But thanks for sharing them. Quality work.
  12. Ok guys, points made. Let's get back on topic. And I do agree that we need to be careful about making absolute statements when they are not proven facts. Opinions are fine. But statements of facts that are not if they can't be backed up. Done now...let's move on.
  13. He spent many months in Japan, hanging with top dealers, Tanobe san, and others in the highest levels of the sword world there. So YES.....I expect he attended many shinsa.
  14. Brian

    Craftsman error?

    Very very definitely planned. These were not casually churned out, there was a lot of design work and pattern books etc.
  15. The remnants of a slot make me think this was a screw where the head was ground down, leaving just the hint of a slot. I doubt it's original and you may be able to grab it with pliers and turn it out. Maybe the old "ask the dentist for a favour" trick will get you an Xray?
  16. Guys....let's try and respect the fact that the seller is here, and it's an active auction. Not banning discussion, but theories and guesses don't help anyone.
  17. Sayashi.biz is long gone, and even Wayback machine has nothing. Do you have the page archived? The Facebook page is here: https://www.facebook.com/johntiradosayashi/
  18. Brian

    Unknown nihonto

    Incredibly poor Chinese junk fake
  19. Thanks Jon! It's a small but dedicated group of the same guys that keeps us going
  20. I HATE to do these reminders. I really do. But with 2 recent donations, and over 40 decent sales recently, I feel like I can maybe just give a polite nudge?
  21. Available free https://www.militaria.co.za/nmb/topic/19239-interesting-pdf-articles-and-links/
  22. Just go into the For Sale section, create a new post and list it with a price, and pics. Very easy, the same as posting it as you did here. Remember you can post multiple pics in one post/reply, just keep adding them.
  23. Lovely tsuba! Congrats on your award. Awesome to see the guys in the "West" represented.
  24. As David said, most times improvised handles on knives using plexiglass and aluminium came from downed planes. Russians did this too, as did the Americans. Seen multiple examples of field made knives done like that.
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