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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.
  7. Hey guys, quick question for you all. Does anyone happen to know if the importation "ban" has been lifted? I know things are still slow with sending out of country, with shipping through the sea still being the only viable option. Or has any news come out? Thanks and stay safe to all!
  8. Found a nice little Meiji-era Police sword with an older blade. I am having a bit of difficulty, however. I believe the second kanji to be "sada," but the first, I'm not so sure. Any guesses? Thabks in advance!
  9. Robert, I definitely would love to visit sometime! I'm currently stationed in Yokosuka. Been to Kamakura a few times. Beautiful place! Beautiful tanto as well!
  10. Agreed, Stephen. I feel we need a pinned thread for stuff like this. Although, we are only human, amd some people have bad days and pride, we are still accountable. Ken, I'm sorry to hear that that happened. I always fear the same, as my language skills are not the best yet. It feels like there are sellers like that everywhere, but even on some of the sites (yahoo auctions in particular) here, I see some people ridiculed for asking questions on tosugu or nihonto. Makes me wonder about how some stay in business. Thankfully, haven't had that issue with anyone I've dealt with here, thus far. Worse is anyone not responding for those that do bot sell in Japan. Licensing issue? Was it scratched up terribly?
  11. Although we know it's the same with quite a few schools, especially in eras where a multitude of smiths were working, but it seems to me it would be easier to point out such on such as Ko-Uda? Well, not easier in the sense, but better to narrow down. Surely quite a few smiths. Maybe it is due to to such with the older Uda smiths that jigane carried quickly from the "ancestor" Norishige, so it's better or "safer" to attribute to a "more common"if it's a fine line and not get someone's hopes up. Even then, I would think some would get a smith attribution. Even though uncommon, still quite a few attributable works to certain smiths and most known to the school, it would appear.
  12. Thanks guys for the comments! I took a risk on this one as no one was bidding and for the price, seemed like a nice study piece. Honestly didn't see the hakobori at first. I agree with the statement about the bohi on the omote side. Well done, done later maybe for better balance or just to add aesthetics? I was wondering maybe koto, but I feel ot points more to David's view. I'll show more pics later. Thankfully, seems to be healthy, but appears to have a spider web-like shinae on the ura. I agree a new polish would bring out the best. Has some nice sunigashi toeards the hamachi. I think the flash tends to make the rust look worse, but will tend to it gently!
  13. Well, between working Public Health in Japan and being stuck, I found myself enjoying the hobby of Yahoo Auctions and picked up this little guy. Between this and looking at project cars think I'm in trouble lol. The mei appears to read Kunitomo, possibly of Yamashiro? I will get more measurements soon, but seems to a nice little one! A well made, blade with some loose grain. Notare hamon that is almost a mirror of itself on ura/omote, and the itame hada is a bit pleasing. Nagasa is approx 21 in, with a midare-komi boshi? The bohi has been nicely carved and is a treat. The only complaint I have is that it seems someone used this to fool around with, leading to some hakobori near the middle of the ha. Unfortunately placement too. Surely would be removed without issue in a polish, but hamon depth would suffer a little bit. Tried to get a good photo, not as bad as I thought, but still! After removing some of the grime with isopropanol, and oiling it and with some on the nakgo to try and slow the red rust that was prominent in areas, appears to be a well made blade! Hope you guys enjoy! Apologies bout the pics! I shoulda used better lighting and backdrop, but was tired last night, haha!
  14. Agreed. Some IJA/IJN Flag Officers carried "Showa-to" with very nice hamon, fittings, shape, etc. I remember seeing one in an auction in Va. in modified "civilian" koshirae with Edo period tosogu. A very fine suguba that moved toward a choji-style hamon towards the end of the blade. Sometimes we have to remember that just because a wartime blade isn't fully traditionally made, that doesn't mean they couldn't be custom ordered. As for the fittings, there are quite a few good pieces! I missed out on a gendaito in Type 98 koshirar a year back. The field grade tassel was nice, the blade truly eluded Soshu characteristics. Didn't have a big gendaito smith name, but was very nice and cheap. But ehat had me researching was the tosugu were mostly silver-plated. Thought it was a joke or a very dull old nickel finish. Boy was I wrong. Thought long and hard before it sold! People will know a good smith and sword, even if not famous. Unfortunately it seems those circles have now eluded us in time as such smiths and their main histories are forgotten!
  15. Thought it was pretty neat as well! Guess either second thoughts or made a deal, as it ended early. Can't say I blame it either way! Its a very nice looking blade and in nice gunto mounts to boot!
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