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  1. Hi Alec, No worries! I reached out on your post on FB as well, so you can always hit me up on Messenger if you have any questions, or you can always PM me, as well. As we know, generally it is always best to have a shirasaya made for a Nihonto, never really see any issues with blades in full koshirae, as well. Only true issue is fresh polished blades put back in a dirty saya, although this one hasn't had issues. Like you said, as long as it's kept oiled and the saya is clean, all should be well. All the Best! Lev
  2. Hey Alec, I got a blade you may be interested in. Mumei Shinto, but is NTHK papered to Tango no Kami Kanemichi, as well as having an NTHK papered Koshirae as well.
  3. Hey guys! I have another set for sale. Just found my dream sword, though I had this for a short while and enjoyed it, must get the funds as well. The blade is in excellent condition, other from a spot of ware near the mune and one spot of fine putting towards the kissaki on the mune. Definitely a lot to study. I will add the description from when I bought it. Nagasa: 20 1/8" 51.1 cm. Sori: 1.5 cm. Moto haba: 2.8 cm. Moto kasane: .7 cm. Saki haba: 1.7 cm. Saki kasane: .4 cm. Nakago nagasa: 6 1/4" 16 cm. Overall in koshirae: 30" 76.5 cm. Shinogi zukuri, iore mune, small kissaki, koshi zori. The hada is tight ko-itame in bright ji-nie. The hamon begins with a bump at the machi and continues as suguba in nioi guchi covered in ko-nie. The boshi is sugu ending in chu-maru and a longish kaeri. Other than for 1 instance of small, old pitting on the edge between the shinogi ji and mune, the blade is flawless. It comes with a solid silver double habaki. This comes with a paper from the NTHK, dated 2009 and giving it to Tango no Kami Kanemichi of Genroku period (1688) The koshirae is han dachi. The saya is lacquered to look like cherry bark (quite nicely done). The tsuba is Heianjo Zogan, brass in iron. The menuki are gold and shakudo. The fuchi kashira and all the saya fittings are han dachi style of copper and en suite. There is a sleeve in the saya for kogatana/kotsuka but they are missing. Other than for one chip in te lacquer it is intact. The tsuka ito is intact and there are a couple missing chips of the same'. The koshirae comes with a paper from the NTHK, dated 2011. There were 2 generations of Tango no Kami Kanemichi, working in close succession. The paper doesn't specify a generation but the Genroku date is better tied to the Nidai (2nd generation). Both are respected smiths; this wakizashi is a good example of why that is true. Nice package. 2 pounds, 5 ounces. SOLD Will take more photos if needed!
  4. Thanks Brian, I was wondering if it would or not. I'm going to try and get the files compressed.
  5. Morning Everyone! Finally back from deployment, and have one tanto to offer. This piece is a bit of a mystery to me. It appears to be from the Koto era, though how old eludes me. It has had quite a few polishing s in the past judging by the hi that has almost disappeared. Unfortunately someone in the past was overzealous with cleaning and handling as it is hard to see the hamon unless held at the right angle on good light, as well as a small piece of the same missing and the saya split towards the end. The tip has been chipped, with two noticeable dings in the ha as you look at it. The good: This piece is quite elegant the more I look at it. The hamon is a mixture of ko-gunome/ko-midare with hitatsura as it goes toward the kissaki/boshi. There are a few areas with the hamon does bellow, but otherwise maintains the same pattern throughout. It has a very nice mixture of mokume and itame hada. Looks as if ko-nie is abundant. The dings do not protrude through the lowest area of hamon (and it does dip low toward the edge about a millimeter or two due to design, I believe). There appears to be quite a bit of activity in the hamon, but is hard for me describe in this state of polish. IMHO, this piece deserves to have one more polish as it does have a lot to offer. It appears to be early, but I cannot tell if towards Nanbokucho or early Muromachi. I had just bought a very nice Kanemichi from Grey, or I would have this one looked at by a togishi. Used to be blades with low hamon bothered me, but seeing ones like this shows me that there is art in it. The damage is repairable, and the hamon may be a little closer by then, but I believe this one should have another chance . Nagasa: 11 in. Nakago: 3.5 in Priced at 650 (shipping included US, international may differ) with 10% going to the board.
  6. Shoot, if this is still available when I get back stateside, I'd definitely be interested. For 2k, a papered blade and tsuba, in koshirae and a shirasaya? Definitely not a bad deal! Plus I'm a bit biased towards the Uda school, since I love theirs and their ancestors' works.
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