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    Brent Tanner

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  1. Yes I am on Facebook. Brent Tanner
  2. Just moved to Southlake from Brazil. Would be great to get together with others in the DWF area.
  3. Jim died of congestive heart failure in 2011. I knew him very well when I lived in Tokyo. As stated above, a very controversial person. His girlfriend Maeda is still trying to sell off his inventory or items, mostly fittings. I saw her at a DTI a few years ago, but am not sure how to get in contact with her anymore. Maybe someone in Japan might know. Brent
  4. If you are ever in São Paulo, happy to arrange a viewing. Most of collection is back in the US, but still a few interesting pieces around. Regards Brent
  5. Unfortunately the last smith we know of died several years. The one togishi I know was taught by his father who wasn't very good. The art seems to have died in Brazil.
  6. Doing part 11 right now on Japanese swordsmiths who came to Brazil in the Meiji and Taisho era. There are three we have identified. One came from the Enju line of KiKuchi smiths. Interesting part of Japanese history not often talked about. Tough to break into the community to get information. Hopefully will complete by year end. Regards Brent
  7. Thanks Markus. I will continue my research in the school. Appreciate the comments. Ciao Brent
  8. Thanks Markus. This makes a lot more sense. My Japanese colleagues were perplexed by the statement and didn't understand the historical context. Any conjecture on why there is so little written about koto kaifu swords? Regards, Brent
  9. I am also finalizing an addendum to that article. I want to add in a Meibutsu Kaifu blade named "iwakiri" (stonecutter) I read about and have a couple of Oshigata on. It is interesting that I have now found a few Juyo or TBH quality Koto Kaifu blades, particularly from Ujiyoshi and Yasuyoshi that are very interesting and worthy of praise. Personally I would love to own any of them. Would like to hear comments from anyone who may own one. Regards, Brent Tanner
  10. Thanks for the suggestion. Not sure what the copyright issue would be, since there are scans of the two paper articles. If NMB wants and thinks it OK, I could send to Brian for posting. Regards Brent
  11. I have the English and Japanese versions in several PDF files. The Japanese version includes the pictures. PM me with your personal email and I will send them to you. It is 7 PDF files over 30MB total. Unless someone knows a way to load them on this site? Regards, Brent
  12. Possibly locally made in Brazil. I am located in São Paulo, I will send you a PM with my contact information. Regards Brent
  13. Thanks everyone - I haven't been diligent enough on keeping up. apologies, Brent
  14. Does anyone know if an English index was available for this years DTI catalogue? Regards Brent
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