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About Ian B3HR2UH

  • Birthday 08/02/1955

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    I have been collecting nihonto since I was about 15 years old . In the days before the internet I was able to purchase a lot of swords from soldiers who bought them home from the war. Of course most of these were of pretty low quality but the occasional gem did pop out .I like quality blades in quality mounts but these are pretty hard to come by.
    I have probably handled several thousand swords over the years and have owned a couple of hundred . I currently have about fifty in my collection.
    My collecting highlight has been purchasing and identifying the Norishige katana which is one of the missing Japanese National treasures.

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  1. Thanks Brian , No I don't believe that there is any such requirement. My understanding is that if I took the piece to Japan I would continue to own it but would not be able to take it back out of the country unless I had received permission to do so before I took it in . When these missing pieces have turned up in the past there has been no push by the Japanese government for them to be returned so I don't think it is an issue The Treaty of San Francisco which was signed by Japan and the US in 1951 contains provisions recognizing the validity of dispositions of property made pursuant to directions of the US Military government . As the swords were handed in on the directions of the occupying forces this treaty , I think , validates our possession of swords handed in during the occupation. Article 19(d) of the treaty also recognizes the validity of all acts and omissions done during the occupation under or in consequence of directives of the occupation authorities ( ie the SCAPIN's requiring the swords to be handed in ) and waives Japans right to take action for those acts or omissions. Ian Brooks
  2. David , your friend didn't get what he thought he was getting . This is horrible. Ian Brooks
  3. Stegel , are you just going to tease us with the one shot of yours ! How about some more photos and details . Ian Brooks
  4. Everything about this sword . other than the mei which is well cut and looks old , points to this being a showa or gendai blade . Ian brooks
  5. I wish that I could claim that it was my photographic memory Bob but it wasn't . Toso Soran has photos of a lot of pieces from private collections so I thought it worth having a look in given the hakogaki. The T indicates that it was in the collection of Tanaka Kunichiro . I have a second copy of Toso Soran so will send you a PM . Ian Brooks
  6. Hi Bob , this piece was in Dr Torigoye's book Toso Soran . I haven't compared the pictures side by side but thought you would be interested to see it .Your picture is much better ! It is a lovely piece. Ian Brooks
  7. Hi Chris , have a look at the Control of Weapons Regulations 2011 , which are on line and also at the Vic Police Control of weapons site . This doesn't fit the definition of a sword any longer . It is probably now a knife, which from memory, is a controlled weapon ( as opposed to a prohibited weapon ) . You can possess this without a licence provided you have a lawful excuse ie to scale fish ,use in the kitchen or to hold a koshirae together . It falls into the same category as your Wiltshire stay sharp knife. Ian Brooks
  8. Whilst the sword is probably gimei ,I think , it would be foolish to remove the mei before you send it to shinsa . There are twelve generations of Yasutsugu so you never know what a Shinsa panel might say . I also think it would be equally foolish to get this repolished . The current polish looks good and a new polish would only be warranted if the mei was genuine . You will never get your polish money back on an unsigned shinto piece where some wally has messed around with both sides of the nakago. Also , unless you have this polished by a Japanese trained polisher then the chances are high that the polish you get back will be worse than what is there now. You have a nice piece take your own advice and leave it alone.. Ian Brooks
  9. Ian B3HR2UH

    Emura call

    It is a crap sword whether it is right or not . The yasurimei look a lot coarser than those in Christian's examples . Ian Brooks
  10. Well done Mark. Perhaps draw peoples attention to the unusual head on the animal . Ian Brooks
  11. It is a fake don't waste your time . If you must try, wrap the blade ( so it is not damaged ) put it in a vice and then use a block of wood and hammer to hit the tsuba . When you have the handle off you will have discovered nothing other to confirm that what you have is a Chinese fake . My best advice is to move it on . Ian Brooks
  12. As usual a lot of discussion about a pretty unworthy object . It looks to me like it was originally a silvered copper or brass tsuba ( or maybe even silver ) like that in the Walters Museum . Someone has glued a leather cover over the body of the tsuba , for some unknown reason , and then popped the shakudo (?) and gilt (?) plate back on the top . Seems to be Meiji or later to me . Ian Brooks
  13. Bob , it is a nice book and if you didn't have many tsuba books then it would be well worth having. However if you have an number of other books by Sato and /or Wakayama then I would give it a miss because much of the contents of Tsuba Kansho Jiten will be in those other books . Ian
  14. There were at one time some book indexes on the message board site . I can't find them . Are they still here somewhere ? Also does anyone have an index to Toso Kodogu Koza by Wakayama or to Kanzan Token Koza ?
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