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  1. Lovely blade! Please tell us about it!
  2. I liked that one a lot but sadly it sold before I was able to really look into it. The language barrier with that particular vendor makes it hard, I only know a little Japanese and they don't seem to know much English. Our communications were fairly confusing.
  3. Awesome thank you Ray! I'm not sold on the old NBTHK paper and condition for that price but it's not a bad piece.
  4. Thank you cliff. I priced it so great because I got a great price on it. This is a fine blade I just had more bills for our new baby than I expected lol. Been some years since the last I just forgot how dang much hospitals were here.
  5. NBTHK judged Hozon Mihara (Chu-Mihara, rougly ~1400) Wakizashi. Some slight kizu, one neat kirikomi (blocking mark, where the blade blocked a strike from another blade). Blades described as "Mihara" by the NBTHK are also sometimes called "Chu-Mihara" and were made around the Oei period (roughly 1400 AD). With a good polish and resubmission this may paper to Ko-Mihara. Mihara was a school in the Bingo province which for much of history was owned by the famed Mori clan, known to be masterful sailors and who due to the location of Bingo were in regular conflict. Comes with shirasaya and sword bag, NBTHK Hozon (new papers, not the defunct old ones) papers, and translation of NBTHK by Markus Sesko. Asking sold pending funds via PayPal. Includes shipping and insurance in the CONUS. Total length 72.0cm Cutting edge 52.0cm, Moto Kasane 0.65cm ,Moto Haba 2.6cm, Saki Haba 1.7cm, SORI 1.4 Hamon: Sugu JI-Gane: Itame Masa Polish: Older Japanese traditional Boshi(Kissaki): Komaru If you have any questions please ask! I aim to be as transparent as possible in the sale of this wonderful antique blade. Only selling because the new baby cost a lot more than I expected.
  6. I've got a copy. Figured it was probably worth the price of admission.
  7. md02geist


    I'm planning on simply trying to find similar fittings or a complementing theme rather than going full on same school / same maker. At least for now. lol.
  8. md02geist


    Well I believe tsuba will be easy, but FK / menuki may be much tougher....lol.
  9. I think it's probably a reasonable item but I feel like the price itself is high. It's an Uda school katana from the late Muromachi so not particularly rare or exceptional, that is in pretty solid shape but nothing amazing. It has no koshirae or anything although the shirasaya appears OK if nothing particularly special there either. It has a decent hada, and I personally enjoy bohi swords. I don't think it's a bad piece to have but I do think it's overpriced. I'd pay 1500 for it or so maybe? Ballpark guess. Of course I'm quite new in the world of Nihonto so please take what I say with a grain (or tablespoon) of salt.
  10. I'm sure it would still make a wonderful iai blade, and there is still quite a lot of history behind it even if it's not in the form we'd all love it to be in.
  11. md02geist


    Thanks, I'm happy with the grabs. Got a very good price on both of them individually too so that helps a ton. Now to find fittings!
  12. Not a big name guy I suppose. Didn't have a huge filmography. I bet if they were Mifune-owned swords they'd be up in the thousands or better (with documentation).
  13. I would think piece by piece on the board would work the best. Make like a thread with all the f/k for instance with labelled prices.
  14. md02geist


    So begins a daisho project. Two Chu-Mihara blades, both very similar in features and both from same relative time period. The sori is certainly more extreme on the wakizashi but both show Mihara features very prominently. Both in pretty good shape; they could both use a polish but they're not bad at all. Most of the specks you're seeing are dust etc that I wiped off afterwards. Both Hozon, purchased separately. A family reunion! Forgive the poor pictures! Quick snapshots.
  15. http://en.rocketnews24.com/2017/03/30/sword-of-one-of-japans-last-samurai-discovered-in-house-in-america/ Tanto identified as belonging to one of the last samurai. Pretty cool.
  16. They're somewhat rare yeah. That one on ebay is in bad shape and those papers are basically useless.
  17. Thanks man but that sword sold almost three years ago
  18. You ain't kidding. I just recently got my Chu-Mihara in and it's around 600+ years old give or take....I get chills looking at it. Simply amazing. Thank god the culture was so respectful towards passing down family weapons (plus it's helpful that the warrior class ruled so strongly for such a long duration) etc.
  19. Please forgive the poor pics.
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