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Shugyosha last won the day on February 26 2021

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  1. Also the one at the bottom of the picture in civillian mounts missing the tsuka ito has potential.
  2. No they had a guy called a Nakirishi who would do the signatures. Probably the same in Bizen and Mino during the 16th century during the days of mass production.
  3. Hi John, Something seems a little odd about the tip of the blade as though it has been broken and has had some surgery, probably by taking metal from the mune side, that has distorted the overall shape in order not to lose the boshi. The sword seems too thin in this area and the kissaku too stubby. Looking in detail at the mei, the colour of rust inside the strokes of the kanji seems newer than the patina on the tang. This, along with the smith’s title not being included, raises my suspicions that it’s a later add-on and so gimei. I’ve, not otherwise compared the mei with authenticated versions though. I think that most of the value in this package would lie with the fittings if anywhere. That said there are some marks on the lacquer of the scabbard that suggest that the metal fittings near the end have been moved or replaced. Also, the fuchi, the metal piece nearest the guard on the hilt, doesn’t seem to match, but that might be my eye misleading me. Anyway, I can see (or at least suspect) enough warning signs to put me off bidding if I couldn’t resolve them by viewing the item in hand.
  4. Hi Jon, You're correct. I don’t think that there’s any reason to distrust papers for tosogu or those issued by the head office. I may have it wrong but think Grev is asking whether there’s any disparity in the standard between the Tokubetsu Kicho papers and Juyo Token i.e. would an item with the older papers pass JT?
  5. Back to Gwyn’s question, I agree with comments above that many tsuba and perhaps sword fittings in general are undervalued today in terms of the effort and artistry put into their creation. At the time of manufacture, I think the cost of the raw materials would have been comparatively little compared to the hours put into forging a steel plate, cutting sukashi or carving nikubori. Lord only knows the skill, time and patience that went into creating a high quality nanako ground. Steel tsuba, historically I feel would be ascribed an aesthetic value because of demand by warriors who liked the more austere wabi-sabi look. Gradually more complex designs in steel evolved as peace-time created the leisure to make and appreciate them. For me, it is especially these that are undervalued today and I would cite better pieces from Bushu, Echizen, Hizen and Choshu schools as examples of this. At the other end of the scale, I think there was always a demand for works by the Goto and, later, by the machibori masters that inflated their prices as these were the province of the well heeled. Sorry for the long post.
  6. +1 There’s no point in buying what you don’t like for any reason. As Paul Bowman says, buy what you like, then do the study to learn why you like it.
  7. Kind of. I knew there was a smith with the nickname "hidari something" who was famous for writing his mei back to front so I had quick google to see if it tallied with the name of the smith on your blade. The search also chucked out the "Mutsu (no) kami" part so it was possible to distinguish him from the other Kaneyasu in the list posted above. It seems like an interesting sword, do you have any pictures of the blade?
  8. You need to Google “hidari” Kaneyasu who had the title Mutsu (no) kami and compare the workmanship of his blades with yours. This is the smith that Jean is referring to who wrote his kanji backwards.
  9. Hi Nicolas, I don’t think that this would be considered kazu uchi mono as it is signed and dated so it probably lies in the middle ground between the best, custom order blades (signed with the smith’s personal and art name), and unsigned blades. So one you could buy off the shelf from the smith rather than sold in a bundle to a daimyo to arm his arrow fodder. I don’t think that this would be called unokubi zukuri as it has a yokote. Bear in mind also that the grooves may not have been done by the smith but added at a later date. Young, fit Samurai are as prone to getting old as everyone else and it maybe that the owner needed to lighten what is still a stout blade. The Hozon paper gives you, and anyone you sell it to, the comfort of knowing that it’s a genuine 16th century blade and has no fatal flaws. Beyond that it doesn’t say much as regards quality as poorer blades than this will still pass if they are in a decent state of polish and have no hagire etc. Hope that helps.
  10. The received wisdom is to not use uchiko on a blade that’s in polish as it can damage it. I’d be a bit cagey as to where I got my oil from as whatever is added to it to give it the scent might stain a blade. Clove oil can oxidise apparently. That said, it doesn’t need to be choji oil, light machine or gun oil is fine, do a search on here it’s been discussed often.
  11. The phases of collecting: Denial: Oh, that thing, no - I’ve had it for ages; Anger: I can’t believe you’re accusing me of spending our holiday savings. Again; Bargaining: I know I said I’d never do it again, but what about if I sell off some of the other stuff? Depression: No, I can’t sell that stuff, that’s the really great stuff that took me ages to find and forms the basis of my collection; Acceptance: Ok I’ll sell it, but only because your divorce lawyer says I have to.
  12. Hi Matt, I think Hiromitsu for the signature and February in the 20th year of Showa for the date, so Feb 1945.
  13. Hi Matt, I think David’s suggestion of Suketoshi is good: Hawley lists a guy signing similarly (Bizen Kuni Osafune Suketoshi) working around 1844. The style of the signature suggests shin shinto Bizen, so there’s a decent chance that this is your guy.
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