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Everything posted by Shugyosha

  1. Wow, I knew you had a tsuba habit but that’s pretty impressive. 😬 I’ve got around 20 which is both too many and too few. There’s 5 I wouldn’t part with, 5 I’d be happy to move on now but can’t be bothered to purge, 10 I’m enjoying for the moment but will move on in future and around a 100 that I haven’t met yet but hope to own down the line. Kozuka are quite nice too though...
  2. If they are long and done by Mukansa level smiths then maybe, at least Aoi Art has sold some at around this price and they are likely to have been sold to westerners I guess: https://www.aoijapan.net/katana-minamoto-yasutake-mukansa-swordsmith/ https://www.aoijapan.net/katana-hisyu-jyu-minamoto-moriyoshi-saku-no-mukansa-sword/ https://www.aoijapan.net/katana-yaguwa-yasutake-seitan-kore-mukansa-swordsmith/ https://www.aoijapan.net/katana-sagami-koku-zengyo-ju-tsuruoka-hachimangusha-mae-okubo-kazuhira-mukansa-2/
  3. I think there will be quite a lot of cold water poured on the romance of Scottish independence, including but not limited to: Loss of funding via the Barnett formula whereby Scotland receives around £11,000 per capita from the UK government each year and the need to recoup this from somewhere before they start receiving hand outs from the EU; The time lag between applying to join the EU and being allowed in during which time they will have to put in place their own currency as they won’t be allowed to keep the Pound Sterling; Being allocated a share of the UK national debt, currently through the roof compared to when they had the last referendum; The presumption that they will get access to the North Sea oil fields and that the price of oil will generate an adequate revenue from its sale; The other parts of the UK are Scotland’s biggest market for their products which they risk losing or paying for; and The need to use England as a land bridge to receive goods from Europe which will no doubt be made harder and costlier than it currently is. Ultimately, if Scotland wants to leave the UK then there will be a lot of pressure applied for it to stay via the above and other means and, if they didn’t want to leave the EU because they think they will be worse off, then they need to weigh being worse off still against the cry for freedom. Sorry for the lengthy post. Lockdown has given me too much time to fill.
  4. Doesn’t apply to VAT. Or rather VAT is now applicable on purchases of goods and services from the EU into the UK at 20% unless there’s an exemption. As Michael says, items that are antiques only attract a 5% charge, but the dispatch paperwork needs to identify them as antiques otherwise the full rate is payable.
  5. Hi Mike, I think the main bits are cherry bark (top two characters on the right) and tea caddy (cha zutsu) middle two characters on the left. I’m sure that the better linguists (or chado practitioners) will finesse this somewhat, but I hope that’s not too far adrift.
  6. In normal times the NTHK have at least one shinsa in the US, normally at the Florida sword show which is usually around this time of year. There may be individuals who are willing to look at your sword and give an opinion but the NBTHK and NTHK authentication papers are the gold standard (some would argue only NBTHK for high value swords) so having an opinion or paper by anyone else won't really carry any weight in the market but might give an indicator as to whether a sword is worth a polish and/ or going to the trouble of papering.
  7. 源鉄王 Minamoto Tetsuou No idea whether it's genuine or not.
  8. Cheers JP, I thought it was just me. For me, the state of polish is far from perfect. Given that, it’s going to be hard to definitively identify most features of the blade and that goes for a mizukage.
  9. Hi Peter, The signature is “Yasuchika”, bottom picture before the one above.
  10. Whatever the motto on the blade says, the carving hasn’t enhanced its artistic value.
  11. Another tanto by him here: https://www.aoijapan.com/tanto-hideaki-2/
  12. Hi Jean Paul, Blades made using Mikasa gun steel aren’t all that uncommon. According to Aoi art Hideaki made about 1000 blades from Mikasa steel out of 3,000 blades made in total (if I’m reading their blurb correctly). There’s a big difference in the prices of these two: https://www.aoijapan.net/tanto-hideaki-sakuhorii-tishihidemikasa/ https://www.aoijapan.net/tanto-mikasa-hideaki/
  13. But hundreds of thousands of people died in fires: https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Great_fire_of_Meireki
  14. Might be one of those katate uchi that had a machi okuri in order to take a longer tsuka.
  15. That was my first thought. It’s hard to see any kanji there; just look like random marks.
  16. Hi Tom, Have you seen this one?
  17. Fair play - if it works it’s one more sword saved for posterity. Glad yours worked out, have you got any “after” photos?
  18. It could be but, you’d need a professional polisher to see it in hand for an educated view and even then there might be nasty surprises when the job is done. It probably wouldn’t make economic sense to spend money on this: add the purchase price to the cost of a polish plus add-ons and you can get a good sword in polish and risk free.
  19. Because that story was used to inflate the price? 🙂
  20. Hi Mike, Try Paul Martin for the restoration work and shinsa: https://www.thejapanesesword.com He’s based in Japan, speaks fluent Japanese and can approach suitable craftsmen for the work required. I’ve used him for polishing and shinsa but have a search on the board as he is well recommended.
  21. Kind of both. It may be a traditionally made Japanese sword but it’s unlikely that there’s any buried treasure there. It’s hard to tell much from the pictures but the fittings look antique ( but pretty rough) so there’s perhaps hope for the blade. Back in the day there were lots of samurai and the majority of them had a cheap work-a-day sword or two and, if not a fake, this is probably one of those. If it is genuine, you haven’t wasted much money and if you have an interest in the subject then the value is on what you might learn from it. When you get it, post some more pictures and I’m sure you’ll get some more information. Don’t be tempted to do any home renovations beyond oiling the blade as modern abrasive products won’t make it better. Don’t clean the tang as the colour there is an indicator of age and removing it destroys an important clue as to that. Welcome to the forum and welcome to the world of Japanese swords - beware and investment of $100 might lead to far greater expense in the future. 😬
  22. Hi Mick, There’s a kanji not showing in the photo, so you need to provide one with the first kanji (or more). You’ve got “?zen ( province name) ju Minamoto Nobukuni. So: “living in the province of (one of Bizen, Buzen, Chikuzen, Echizen, Hizen I think that’s all of them) Minamoto Nobukuni. Nobukuni is a common smith’s name so you need to post another photo as it will narrow things down. “Minamoto” is one of the ancient Japanese aristocratic families and it added some kudos if a smith could claim some link to one of these families, even if not actually true. Hope that gets you going.
  23. Why not start a thread in the “want to buy” section? Members often have swords they are thinking of moving on and the possibility of a committed buyer might get them to open their sword chests.
  24. Mebbe - but you have it in front of you and pictures can be misleading. Have someone check it out at a (relatively) local club or send it off for an opinion, maybe to Ted Tenold a Japanese trained polisher in the USA: http://www.legacyswords.com
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