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Ed last won the day on September 26 2023

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  1. Thank you for posting it. I like it, although if those tusks are ivory, it will probably never get out of the UK. Even if not ivory, I suspect shipping to the US will be met with opposition from the know it all powers that be. Best, Ed
  2. Hey Mark, Yes, I put a bunch on FB. The NMB 's controls only allow so much size wise, so if the photos are very big, you cannot add many. Ed
  3. It was a great show. I too, didn't get to stay the entire show, but had a great time seeing old friends, made a few new friends and saw a ton of nice swords and fittings. Didn't take any sword photos but here are a few photos for your enjoyment. Edit: Sorry, it only allows so much for uploads. I have many more but couldn't upload them. Juyo Goto Ichijo Juyo Nobuiye
  4. John, Wish I could help you more, but this one has no stamps and no koshirae. Shirasaya only
  5. KANEHIDE, SEKI INTANGIBLE CULTURAL PROPERTY 2 MILLION YEN SMITH MEI: SEKI KANEHIDE SAKU KORE DATE: SHOWA JU ROKU NEN JU ICHI GATSU BI (NOVEMBER 1943) NAGASA: 26" OVERALL: 34.375" MIHABA: 1.25" KASANE: 0.25" SORI: 0.5” Courtesy of Sesko’s, Swordsmiths A-Z: KANEHIDE (兼秀), Shōwa (昭和, 1926-1989), Gifu – “Nōshū-jū Kanehide” (濃州住兼秀), “Nōshū-jū Kanehide kinsaku” (濃州住兼秀謹作), “Nōshū Seki-jū Kanehide saku” (濃州関住兼秀作), “Nōshū Seki-jū Kanehide kinsaku” (濃州関住兼秀謹作), real name Tanaka Isao (田中), he was born August 24th 1913 in Ōkura (大桑) in Nagano Prefecture, in 1928 he went to Kōchi Prefecture and studied there under Kawashima Masahide (川島正秀), in 1937 he moved to Seki and entered another apprenticeship under Watanabe Kanenaga (渡辺兼永) whereupon he became the head of the coaching section of Kanenaga´s training center Watanabe Kanenaga Nihontō Tanren Juku (渡辺兼永日本刀 鍛錬塾), he retired from this post in 1940 and founded in February 1941 the company Seki Tōken Corp. (関刀剣株式会社), during World War II he worked as a rikugun-jumei-tōshō but after the war he did not continue to forge swords until spring 1954. He received the title of intangible cultural property of Gifu prefecture and died in 1989 at the age of 75. References: Hawley’s pg. 165 (KAN 850) Toko Taikan TK-122 Gendaito Meikan pg. 81 Sesko’s pg. 204
  6. Yoshimune was an excellent smith and rated at 2 million Yen. He only made High to Superior Grade Gendaito. As with many swords from the Shinshinto period forward, the hada is a tight ko-itame or muji. Neil's sword is pictured on page 199 of Slough's. It is the one on the right with the Hachiman Daibosatsu inscription. The one on the left next to it is excellent as well.
  7. The older or more rare the sword the more lenient they may be. You need to posts good high resolution closeups, which are in focus. It is difficult to give an opinion on a verbal description only. Seeing photos will give people here something to base an opinion on and while not a guarantee, it may help you in your decision to send it or not. Additionally, I would point out that it is difficult to say what a shinsa team will decide. It could pass this time, and fail next time.
  8. The sword is signed Bungo Ju Yukinaga. My guess is gimei, it is poorly cut and I think you will find it doesn't match any known good oshigata. The blade condition is what I would call poor to fair and the koshirae is mediocre at best. I can't remember what the tsuba motif represents right off, but I imagine someone will provide you with that.
  9. That photo is too small to read. I have known Bill for years and that doesn't sound like him. Hope it turns out positive for both of you.
  10. Good thing you passed on it if you had any thought of it being Yasutsugu. Absolutely gimei.
  11. Namitoshi, student of Tatsutoshi. Contemporary of Tatsunao, son of Tatsutoshi. Many tsuba produced by this school. This example is a joint father/son work by Tatsutoshi and Tasunao.
  12. These too, made from bamboo and rattan.
  13. A friend made this genuine antler stand a while back.
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