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  1. He's down to $6000 on the package. Bought in 2007, made in 2004. Still mint. Beautiful sword, but not sure if it would sell in SA. Not sure it would sell overseas either...I don't know the shinsakuto market. Is $6000 sellable?
  2. What a pointless exercise. Not sure what he's trying to prove. A $2 gas station knife will cut paper if it's sharpened.
  3. Meskien. Maar wat as ek skielik begin net in Afrikaans pos? Nee......laat ons maar ook in Engels vertaal asseblief. "Maybe. But what if I suddenly begin posting only in Afrikaans? No....let's rather also translate into English please"
  4. Brian

    Unknown barn find

    Tsuba alone looks worth a hundred or more. Sword is old and genuine...few hundred years. Yes, it is in poor condition. But worth more than being dumped for next to nothing. Looks to have a nice hamon. Don't discount this as junk just yet.
  5. Thank you both. I guess it will have to remain a mystery. I wonder if that would cause suspicions of gimei or just a meaning lost in time.
  6. Wondering if perhaps @Nobody san or @k morita san are able to fill in those missing kanji?
  7. Sorry to return to this subject, but this sword popped up again here, and I may see what he wants for it. My question regards the cutting test. Without a tester name, does this test have any legitimacy and any added interest? Usually there would be more to the test than a single mention, or not? @SteveM
  8. With those flaws, you have to consider kazu-ichi-mono possibly.
  9. On the blade? These have absolutely no meaning. They're gibberish in any language.
  10. You may get some pm's. Personally, I would take a bit of that with a pinch of salt. Especially talk of kantei masters. And I wouldn't be putting a value of CAD3500 to a sword with fukure and not in full polish. I think a chat with Nick Ricupero in Canada is in order. Or chat with @b.hennick
  11. Those are thin, pressed brass and have 2 pins. This is a good menuki. Not all have the typical square post.
  12. I'd be surprised if this was genuine. Looks like chicken scratches.
  13. That is a fantastic menuki! Out of interest, can we get dimensions and a pic of the back?
  14. Lots of talk many of the swords are either made in China or Thailand. Have had some communication about that with certain people. No proof, but I suspect many are not made in Japan. The ones that look like shinsakuto with the same features. Whatever it is, we should not be encouraging it.
  15. Trouble is, he's asking closer to $10K. I don't think he'd get $5K in SA.....maybe overseas.
  16. Please add at least a trade value.
  17. Chatted to the owner, who seems to have gotten it about 2007 through an agent. Paid a LOT of money....could have bought a really nice Koto maybe. Didn't know much about them, just had extra cash and figured it would be a nice thing to have. I mentioned how a shinsakuto usually takes a big knock when selling, as it is someone else's custom order. They don't increase in price at this level. Personally I would value this about $5000 max...(not buying) What do others think?
  18. It's in the FAQ. http://www.nihontomessageboard.com/faq.html I need to reformat it, to show the pics better. Or maybe you can send me better pics of the ones mentioned.
  19. It's a Chinese fake. They become obvious the more you handle and study them.
  20. https://japaneseswordlegends.wordpress.com/category/uncategorized/page/4/ (New page...I haven't seen it before) Mentions the Amiya family oshigata collection.
  21. Real Japanese swords almost never come up for sale in SA. And a shinsakuto? NEVER. So I'm pretty puzzled by this one popping up on a local auction site. Especially since the seller seems to know nothing about them aside from what they looked up. And without them mentioning any of the needed/important details, I can only assume there is something funny here or that they don't know much about it. I sent a question, got no reply. I'm just curious what we have here. Can't read half the mei, and doesn't seem to be a nengo. Is that possible on a shinsakuto with torokusho? I thought it would need to be dated. I had thought it might be a Komonjo special, but not with that paperwork I'm guessing. The price is silly anyways. About $10,000. But curious to hear your thoughts and theories. https://www.bidorbuy.co.za/item/496803967/Japanese_Shinken_made_in_the_traditional_way_w_Tamahagane_by_modern_registered_sword_smith.html
  22. This is where @IanB excels. Let's hope he's around.
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