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Everything posted by md02geist

  1. Thank you very much for that link; not quite what I'm looking for. I do appreciate it however. It's a nice one but feels overpriced. Ofc maybe I'm off base we all know something is worth whatever someone will pay for it lol.
  2. I think so. Ayasugi hada is found only in some early Naminohira and only partial ayasugi. It isn't wild and full like Gassan. At least, this is how I understand it.
  3. And preorder this one too: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1568365837/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o00_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1 That's ~100 dollars well spent on some of the greatest Nihonto reference and education books out there. People LOVE these.
  4. https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1568365837/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o00_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1 Available for pre-order now on Amazon US. Release date of March 17, 2017. 39.95.
  5. Hey man, Grab yourself a copy of this pronto: https://www.amazon.com/Connoisseurs-Book-Japanese-Swords/dp/1568365810/ref=sr_1_fkmr0_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1486082572&sr=8-1-fkmr0&keywords=connossieur%27s+book+Japanese+swords It was just reprinted and is now available for like a fraction (1/2-1/4) of the price it was before. You've jumped in at a solid time.
  6. Muromachi Takada? (Edit: I have more than 100 posts so I guess I'm disqualified but I'm still rather new at this)
  7. I like this display case a lot. Did you have it custom built / make it yourself? I'd like something very similar.
  8. Thank you! An don't I know it! I wouldn't think they would be, but they certainly seem difficult. I can find Edo naginata left and right....
  9. Wonderful these are all great. Please feel free to share any and all info on your displays such as the components, blades, tsuba, etc. I'm very interested in all of your displays as I am considering how best to begin my own.
  10. You can cancel with bids, just not within 12 hours of auction end.
  11. Looking for a Koto naginata, with koshirae would be just great. Papered is preferred. Kizu is fine (non-fatal) and older polish is okay too. Not particular on any one school or another in this case.
  12. As the title says, I'd love to see your displays. Thank you!
  13. I'm in the closed beta for that game "For Honor" and I can tell you that if you enjoy complex combat systems akin to fighting games, as well as a VERY steep learning curve then you'll like this game. It seems to appeal to the same sort of people that put hundreds and hundreds of hours in to the Dark Souls etc titles. If you don't dig that sort of thing then you probably won't enjoy it. It looks really cool and character design is neat but I'm not loving it so far, I'm too old and don't have enough freetime to devote to learning the nuances and mastery of every single option in a single video game. I just don't *care* enough to put hundreds of hours into one game. I'm playing it some but I'll just never be probably very good at it. I still get killed by the computer sometimes.
  14. I think being upset that your sword won't go past TH is silly lol. Also can't see why the oldest swords would begin to take a backseat to some of the youngest swords. OFC I'm still fairly new here so maybe that's just me.
  15. Still looking, thank you
  16. Ken and Jean, Exactly what I was asking; where they fit in *during* the middle and late eras. I'm sorry if I didn't phrase it clearly! I can see where my comma would provide confusion. I was just looking to see if there was actually any use of the ken (or straight edged blades) in actual combat, campaigns, or the like in the middle and late eras or if they simply became entirely regulated to ceremonial and display purposes or what. For instance like I said we see ken made in the muromachi; I can only assume they were made for ceremonial blades, glorified wallhangers, or the like. Although many of them seem made good quality and ready for combat if necessary; I could only guess that is to show respect for the blade itself and for the smith to show off their abilities.
  17. "A straight two edged sword that was produced prior to the 10th century, and may be without differential hardening or folding." "Usually a tanto or wakizashi length religious or ceremonial blade, with a gentle leaf shape and point,[4] but some may be larger and can also refer to old pre-curve types of swords as above. Symmetrical and double edged." There is nothing contrary to what I just said in the link you provided. And I need to add that this isn't a random question I haven't done *any* research on whatsoever. I'm simply wondering if there is any use of them *outside* of the stated ceremonial or religious usage in middle or later period. We see ken made in the Muromachi for instance.
  18. Where do they fit in, in middle and later eras? Ceremonial stuff?
  19. I have a hard time believing that a warrior whose life would rely on his weapons would not know or have techniques on how to maintain them, up to and including sharpening blades. I'm sure there were toshigi and the like who went along with armies and invading forces but I don't think they would do a complete polish from head to toe every single time the blade got dull. Of course I'm just speculating and have nothing to back this up but in an era where they were conservative enough to make things like naginata naoshi etc, one would believe they would try to get the most use out of their swords as possible unless they were filthy rich and could just buy more.
  20. Those are so neat. Have always wanted to get one.
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