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  1. Hasebe Kunishige? So it might be gimei... But joking apart, nothing to dislike there and certainly not at that price. Good score!
  2. Hi Robert, I can’t help with that reference but there’s a very similar one in “Higo Tsuba shou - Kurotetsu no Hana” at page 57. It’s down as Tsuboi school (坪井流). If you think it will help I can sort out some pictures and post them tomorrow - it’s late in the UK now.
  3. The smith is Etchu kami Kanekuni. On the other side is a date which I can’t get without a bit of devilling.
  4. Tony, unless you really know your stuff be very careful buying from these sites. There are lots of traps for the unwary and apparent bargains often aren’t. Check the links section under “nihonto info” at the top of the page. There are a number of reputable dealers listed there. Alternatively there’s the sales section on here. NMB sellers are reputable and prices are reasonable.
  5. Hi Peter, 1. Yes that is the case so: wear and tear, fashion if the owner is wealthy or status if a particular style of fittings was required for a particular duty. 2. Yes it’s called a kojiri. It could be replaced if you wanted to. 3. Up to you. Having the thread redone is relatively easy but there’s some damage to the ray skin underneath. There’s a guy in the UK who does good work and could perhaps do a wrap that would cover that damage. 4. Keep the blade dry and maybe lightly oiled, particularly if you’re by the sea. Lacquer can be sensitive to temperature so keep it in a room that has a fairly constant temperature. Don’t oil or clean the tang - the patina is an indicator of age and should be left alone. You can touch it with your bare hands but avoid touching the blade as oil from your hands will corrode it. 5. It’s not uncommon and isn’t something to worry about. It was probably done to adjust the fit of the peg, maybe on a different tsuka. 6. Yes, there are several: - off the top of my head: The Samurai Sword a Handbook by John Yumoto is popular and The Art of the Japanese Sword by Kapp and Yoshihara. 7. Give your insurer a call. My policy has antiques up to a certain value covered. Tell them you own an antique Japanese sword from the 16th or 17th century (finger in the air I’d guess it is pre 1600, but it’s hard to tell from here). I’d give it a value around £1,200 and see what they say. You’d probably have to pay something like that to replace an unsigned, mounted, koto wakizashi from a dealer.
  6. It looks slightly deformed anyway. Try something like WD40 or 3 in 1 oil under the habaki. That might help to lubricate it and will ease it if there is any corrosion underneath. Go easy with the quantity and keep it off the tang. Don’t clean the tang.
  7. Hi Marius, I think there may be something here that I'm overlooking then. I did not get the impression that in Christian's blade that there was more than one kind of steel involved as was sometimes the case in shinshinto blades - had this been the case then I would have expected it to be apparent towards the blade's mune as the dark lines stand out above the hamon. I was, however, puzzled by how the dark lines stood out around the nioi guchi both in the ha and the ji. Are you saying then that those are not nie?
  8. I'd go with Ford's F&K - I was looking around for a simple Higo style set for you but didn't come up with anything.
  9. Hi Gilles, Token Komachi has several, the first of which looks to be decent quality: https://www.toukenkomachi.com/index_ja_antique.html
  10. It’s not a flaw if that’s what you are asking. Some detail here: http://www.ksky.ne.jp/~sumie99/jinie.html
  11. Looks like a combination of masame straight grain towards the mune and mokume wood-burl grain near the ha. The dark lines delineating the wood-burl are chikei. As Bazza says, nothing untoward there.
  12. Looks like it was put there to me - maybe to receive a catch mechanism? Looks too regular for a fukure to me, but not something I’ve seen before.
  13. Ron, You probably don’t want to leave your contact details on the open forum. There are bad guys looking for stuff like this.
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