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  1. John, Looking at it again, particularly the shot of the whole sugata, you might well be right - so feel free to ignore what I just wrote.
  2. I’m guessing shin shinto copy of a nambokucho bizen blade but could be Keicho Shinto. The blade is in the style of a nambokucho blade with the O kissaki, and this style of blade went through a couple of revivals, in Keicho (around 1600) and later on in the shin Shinto period. I don’t think it’s original (nambokucho) as it’s ubu, and the tang patina is quite light. There is a hakikakke boshi but I would expect the hamon in the boshi to switch to suguba in a Shinto blade so that’s why I’m going shin shinto. There will be occasional exceptions to these rules, but that’s my reasoning. Can’t be more precise than that given my level of knowledge and that the blade is unsigned. 🤣 Hope that helps, feel free to disagree if you spot something I’ve missed (or you get a better opinion). 😬
  3. Hi John, As Ken says Markus Sesko has done a great job of examining the various factors relating to kantei. I'd start off by trying to get down some of the things that help identify a blade's age, particularly sugata. There's a kantei worksheet available in the info section on here that might help direct your thinking generally: http://www.militaria.co.za/articles/Kantei_Sheet.pdf
  4. Sorry if this is a dumb question, I’ve not dug deeply into this so I pray for patience, but are both Dewa Dajo Kunimichi out of the running signature-wise?
  5. Hi Oliver, Yes, Aoi do use a scanner which is why the pictures often have a "dead" look to them and why the mune are photoshopped in afterwards.
  6. I think that there's some quality about the horimono. It seems like a lot of effort to go to to put a good carving on a mumei blade (assuming the signature is false and added later) as this is most likely something done to order rather than for an off-the-shelf sword. Likewise it's a lot of effort to go to to pimp a sword to pass off as shoshin if they were done together. As stated above, the wear isn't out of line with the age of the blade or with the carving on the other side so, for me, worth further investigation.
  7. No wonder. Think of how long they had to hold that position whilst the artist completed his work.
  8. Also, if a blade by an important smith is sold in Japan without papers, where there is easy access to the shinsa process, then it’s probably gimei. That’s the reason they are sold to westerners who are less clued up on the authentication system and inclined to believe the back story about it belonging to a notable samurai. Give it a few months and it will pop up on here with someone asking for an opinion or trying to sell it on having realised what he got (didn’t get).
  9. Sorry John, this is the difficulty with NBTHK papers, they often don’t include much information but sometimes it is because there isn’t enough obvious pointers to a school or province to do so. If it helps, it confirms you have a genuine Japanese sword and that there’s no reason to suspect that the signature is false. If you have the patience you could try to work out how they came to that conclusion...
  10. Hi John, ”One wakizashi, Mei Kuniyoshi saku (province unclear)”.
  11. There’s an interesting gunome hamon going on in the last photo. Don’t think the chip goes through the hamon but there won’t be a lot left if it is taken out and the geometry will be wrecked.
  12. Hi Mark, From the first page, regarding the ?? - it’s part of what’s immediately above; the kanji 築 reads as “Chiku”. Pretty impressive!
  13. Hi Axel, For me they just that aren't that impressive from a size point of view. Eighteen by 12.5cm isn't a lot of spear when it comes down to it. They're a nice item when they come with a pole and saya but if I had money to spend I'd more than likely prioritise another purchase.
  14. Hi Tom, It looks like this is a shortened katana but might have been on the cusp between katana and wakizashi length - the distance between the two holes in the tang is a clue to how much has been taken away. Age wise I think this is mid 1600s as the shape looks like that which came into vogue around Kanbun, the era that started in 1661. Back to the reason for shortening, pre-1600 it was likely to be because of battle damage but after 1630 there were no battles so it’s a question of conjecture. It might have been damaged in a fight and so shortened or it might be that the owner needed a short blade and so cut down a katana. It looks like a well made blade with no obvious flaws beyond some fine scratches. That said, it’s probably not made by a significant smith as I think it probably wouldn’t have been shortened without some effort to preserve the signature and the value that would attach to it. I can’t identify the lone kanji that might give a clue to the maker. The fittings look to be mostly utilitarian though not unattractive. The lacquer work on the scabbard is very attractive, however, and some effort has been put into it. My feeling price wise is $1,200 to $1,500 (you may get different views on this) but you can have a look around for similar items to get a better feeling for value. What’s the asking price (if you’re looking to buy)?
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