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Ron STL last won the day on March 16 2020

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  1. Decision on this sword is to submit to shinsa at the San Francisco show and if it passes, the polisher with complete restoration. If failed, it will be returned to me. Probably a safe move to take. Ron
  2. The close-up shows nicely formed what is probably ko-nie and the line of sunagashi seems to indicate a masame forging along the cutting edge, which is a promising thing to look for in an koto sword. Always important to see if the nie (or ko-nie) is made clear and consistant, not blotchy and oversized here and there. Ron
  3. I've been studying a sword I've judged as shodai Tadatsuna, convinced by the mei and what I could see of the hamon. It's now with the polisher, but he commented that the hamon was difference than what he had seen for Tadatsuna. I found it interesting that only the Shinto Taikan and Nihonto Zuikan Shintohen show any examples of the father, shodai. I've found a few papered examples through Google. So I'll ask, if anybody can post authenticated examples of shodai Tadatsuna where the hamon is shown, please direct me to them for study. I may be wise to await NBTHK shinsa whenever that is possible, before spending on polish. I usually trust myself, but... Attached, a composite showing (roughly) what is on my sword. Ron STL 310 Hamon as-is.docx
  4. Interesting to see to see this sword and its jigane, hamon. About two months ago I posted a mumei sword with a very similar forging and hamon. Initially, it was called a fake, Chinese, etc., but soon settled down once realizing it was a real sword. Discussion ended with it being called koto or shinshinto. I have considered sending it to Japan for shinsa once virus restrictions settle down. Now I wonder if it might be this same Yoshihiro??? or at least his group. Wonder if this sword was sold; seemed very fair priced if one liked the sword. Ron STL
  5. That's a possibility Barry. Makes me recall such a wakizashi years ago that was "dressed" as an islander sword, but the blade was an interesting wakizashi, no doubt picked up in the field and redressed to taste. You may recall the blade, too, pictured in Fujishiiro Shintohen p. 309 if memory is correct. Nakajima polished the sword later but a large opening in the kissaki caused me to part with it. Back to the topic sword, I think the koshirae is too well made to have been redressed by some islander. Ron STL
  6. Initially, I saw the butt of a matchlock but thought that strange. Oddly enough, I also thought of an African weapon which is totally strange, but I collected those for awhile. I would stick with Japanese culture here, but there is a good chance it related only to something important to the owner of the sword. Just look at the similar but different shapes of the tanto koshirae posted. If these things could only talk... Ron STL
  7. Many years ago the late John Yumoto started to translate Zufu issues beginning with No. 1. He managed to get through maybe six years worth of Zufu and then he stopped. I have those translations and Zufu issues but loaned them out thinking it would be a nice on-going source of material for the JSS/US. Never happened and do need to get those translations back for safe keeping. When newsletter editor, I received a letter from Dr. Homma giving permission to use the material for the JSS. To ever translate all Zufu years would seem a daunting task, although much of the text/description follows a common format. I've had my Juyo swords translated by Marcus. Ron STL
  8. Certainly looks like a horse's hoof but I bet it would represent something else. Let's see if anybody else has any idea on this. Ron STL
  9. Here is a very strange and unique wakizashi saya that I'm trying to understand. Does anyone know what this shape is representing. I've been unable to locate such a saya in my koshirae books. Thanks Ron STL
  10. Thank you Morita san, I didn't think that read so straight forward, the handwriting was too difficult for me to read this. Now I have this pasted into the sword's record sheet. As always, your readings are very much appreciated. Ron STL
  11. Attached, a sayagaki written by Yoshindo Yoshihara for a Kuniie daito, that was gifted as a wedding present. I see the date and of course "Kuniie katana" but would love to know the full reading of the sayagaki. The script is beyond my ability to read. Thanks Ron STL
  12. Thanks Steve, exactly what I was looking for. As for as the dating, I messed up on that. It is dated: "early spring" Koki 2600 (1940). Ron STL
  13. Oops, forgot the photos...Ron STL
  14. Here are two sections of a sayagaki I'd like translated. It is thought that this was a gifted sword from so-and-so from so-and-so. The sayagaki is dated "early spring 2006" (Emperor dating system, 1939 I think. The sayagaki goes on to say :Izumi no kami Kanesada." I'm very curious if family names are given here which seems more likely than the names of individuals. Interesting sayagaki, I think. Help to complete this reading please. Ron STL
  15. Very strange tsuba but also quite interesting. Ron STL
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