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  1. Was wondering if other members are visiting Ciney this month: http://www.cineyexpo.be/agenda/evenement.php?id=194 For me it will be a valuable opportunity to have a look at swords.
  2. The youtube links Simon posted are down, for those who are interested in the National Geographic series: The Samurai Sword: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mCDh4Wi0cJk http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y-cjUE8i ... re=related http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e6WuFWPc ... re=related http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L0cUIjE0 ... re=related http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QKImXAkV ... re=related
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    I am a beginner to but on ebay if the seller is located in China, well most of the time you don't even have to look at the sword as it is crap. But I to need to lean (a lot)
  4. I would like to know what the Mei reads on the gunto for sale in this topic: viewtopic.php?f=4&t=11280 The Mei: I have my John Slough book in front of me but can't read Kanji (working on it). Thanks!
  5. As we say in Holland (bad translation): The wonders have not yet left the this world. Interesting stories indeed! Thanks for sharing them. IT must have been a interesting sight in the trenches in the some running around with a Wakizashi and a ARP Warden running around with a Kabuto I have a few ARP items in my WWII collection, perhaps I should add a Wakizashi to remember this interesting story.
  6. Thanks for the photo's Peter, I agree with Martin. Leave this one for what it is and save up for a good one.
  7. Peter, it could be me but I can't see your photo's. I get redirected to the index site of photobucket.
  8. Hello Tobias, I have a similar project running. For my Katana Koshirae I am currently looking for Menuki, Fuchi / Kashira and perhaps a Tsuba, I have one but am not sure if I will use it yet or just display it. I think it comes down to personal taste in the end. I would like to have my Koshirae with one theme if possible but sometimes it is either not possible or very expensive. Does of course not always have to be the case. I would like to think that everything I buy is as it used to be hundreds of years ago, but even tough I am new I have already learned that keeping Koshirae together isn't everybody's highest priority. Some sellers/dealers will take Koshirae apart if they get more money for the separate parts, even if it has been together for hundreds of years. It is a debate in itself. I like my Koshirae to be in one theme as I would like my Koshirae to look like they belong together, a en-suite set. This also goes for material the parts are made from eg. shakudo. But this is just my personal opinion and taste. To get the Koshirae in one theme it may take quite a bit of time, but then again we should not be in a hurry to piece something together that will be displayed and enjoyed for a long time hopefully. So I would say take your time and piece a nice Koshirae set together, either with the same theme or matching parts in color and so on. Just my 2 cents :D
  9. Like Grey I to really like the Tsuba! Sorry I can't be to much of a help on the sword.
  10. Interesting topic! One of the first things I learned when I came to this forum was: When something looks to good to be true it most of the time is. For 4000 dollars it is quite a gamble indeed, I really have the wrong job The sword looked nice as well as the koshirae I guess it is a good thing you were able to return it as it wasn't what you expected it to be.
  11. Hello Tim, as a fellow newbie I know it is somewhat hard to control your urge to buy a sword but it is a must to study first. But you will enjoy learning about this magnificent hobby, it is well worth it. Keep up the good work, I mean study :D
  12. Being new I have nothing to add to this topic, but it is very interesting.
  13. The owner mentioned the tanto being made of a cut down sword, I can't say if that is true or not just wanted to add the info.
  14. Thanks for your reply Rich, well I do not own this Tanto myself but the owner just wrote it was made of Bakelite.
  15. I came across this Tanto that has bakelite koshirae and was wondering if this is common to make koshirae out of bakalite? I don't know if it is a good Tanto or not I was just wondering about the bakelite koshirae.
  16. My thoughts go out to the all the people of Japan as well.
  17. My apologies Mark, I do really appreciate the friendly help from the people here. With I came across I meant a friend of mine spotted it on a website (Munster's site) and showed it to me. I thought I might be able to learn something from this and decided to post it here. I should however used the search function a bit more intensive then I did. Next time I will make sure I will post with a more clear background and more information like link. etc.
  18. It is the same one as Munster is the one selling it on this website. So this is what they call Gimei? Thanks!
  19. A friend of mine came across the following Gunto: I am still studying to learn the Nihonto basics but thought this might be interesting for discussion.
  20. Thanks Dan, well I will tell him he is lucky then
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