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  1. After all these months, this Masatsugu tanto surfaced again today. It's still in the UK, in the same condition and with a dealer. Andrew
  2. Could someone help me with these two mei please? http://picasaweb.google.co.uk/aadams196 ... directlink Thanks Andrew
  3. Stephen, Do you think it may be original and the odd looking nakago is down to re-tempering? Thanks for your translation by the way - even after you told me what it was, I still couldn't make it out! Andrew
  4. I've added some more photos to the link which include the sabi giwa area and nakago mune kado. Also after a few hours with the uchiko, I'm seeing some activity which I've tried to photograph. I hope there may be some additional information in these photos that is of use. Stephen - I can't spot evidence of a weld, but then again I don't have a trained eye. Andrew
  5. I would appreciate any thoughts and a translation on this kai gunto; http://picasaweb.google.co.uk/aadams196 ... directlink At the moment I can see little in the blade (hada ware present), and assumed it was a WW2 machine made blade. But the nakago has 2 mekugi ana and the "appearance" of an older blade that has been shortened. No obvious yasurime. I was wondering if the nakago has been messed about with to try to give the appearance of an older traditional blade? Is the patina and "corrosion" artificial? Lots of photos on the link above, but if anyone needs anything specific that is not shown, let me know. Andrew
  6. Thank you all for the opinions. After considering the points raised, I've decided to pass on this one, and carry on looking for a koto to edo katana, in good polish and koshirae. Andrew
  7. Here is the sales description if it helps; Antique Japanese sword. Long, thin tachi blade. Nagasa 73.7cm, O-suriage Hamon : gunome midare, healthy. Hada : combination of itame and mokume. Seems to refer to the Yamato tradition. Signs of wear with age : hadaare, but no flaws, no kizu anywhere. Beautiful polish from Japanese togishi Mounts : Long old tsuka with matching iron fuchi-kashira depicting a temple in a traditional landscape. Matching shakudo dragon menuki. Shoami school tsuba with takabori work of dragon in clouds. The saya has been recently restored with an ishime finish black lacquer.
  8. Thank you all for your responses. Isn't the o-kissaki a feature of the mid -Nanbochuko period, so if not Nambokucho, then when may it have been made? Is there any doubt that it's koto? I appreciate it's a bit tired, but that's ok if the age is about right. I think the seller has been very open about the condition The asking price is around the equivalent of $4100. Not cheap, but I have seen similar swords for around the same or a bit more. Mark, please don't be concerned about "getting in the middle of a deal " the seller is quite aware that I am asking opinions, and we both want to be happy with the deal. I also appreciate that I am asking opinions from a few photos which makes things difficult. At the end of the day the decision to buy it or not is entirely mine, so please feel free to make whatever comments you want. Andrew
  9. I'm at the point of buying my first decent Nihonto, and would appreciate thoughts and opinions about it before I do. Photos are on this link; http://picasaweb.google.co.uk/aadams196 ... directlink I've been given permission to post the photos and I have the following information about it; " It dates from the Nambokucho era (1333-1392) and shows slight wear from the many polishes on one side, as it is frequently seen on swords that old which have been used at war at various ages. No problem for showing my pics to others. Just, I wish to address in advance potential remarks, as the sword in question is not a luxurious one, but a very affordable one for a blade 600 years old that showed to have been fighting over the ages. The mounts are antique, there is some wear to the ray skin on the 150 year old tsuka, and I had to get the saya relacquered as it was too damaged. So today the lacquer looks new, but it will patinate with time. - the hadaare is located on the right side of the blade ahead of the habaki, over a 15cm-long section over the shinogi-ji. This is typical of blades that sustained numerous polishes, as the polisher's body weighs more on one side of the blade (right side) than the left one, due to the polisher's traditional working position. If you look at koto blades, many of them have more wear on the right side than the left one. - the only other tired part of the blade is the kissaki. It is a long and slender O-kissaki, which is more fragile than average. " Thanks for your time. Andrew
  10. It sold in auction today for around £1700 ($2550 approx) I bid up to £1500, but that was as far as I was prepared to go - I don't know who the buyer was. Thank you all for your help. Andrew
  11. Thank you all for your comments. Please could you tell me more about it? - it seems to have aroused some interest. Andrew
  12. I've seen this tanto for sale, and was wondering if someone could help with the script on the shirasaya. Unfortunately I haven't been able to get any other pics than those on this link; http://picasaweb.google.co.uk/janesalke ... directlink Thanks Andrew
  13. Thanks Chris, that was impressively fast. Andrew
  14. Please can anybody help me out with the translation of this Mei on the following link: http://picasaweb.google.co.uk/janesalke ... directlink Sorry about the quality of the photos, but that's all I've been able to get. Thanks. Andrew
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