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  1. Hi Friends, in a bit of a pickle here and I don't know what to do. Perhaps a few words of advice and some sympathy from friends will help? To cut a long story short, I bought a very nice Koto (Nanbokucho) blade with two sets of Koshirae. The previous owner was a Japanese iaidoka. (Before I get roasted for this - I PERSONALLY DO NOT USE ANY ANTIQUE BLADES / NIHONTO or SHINKEN for Iaido). This is a study blade only. Anyway - I bought it with and an option for an "extra set of fittings that the Japanese master used for Iaido" so I went for BOTH fittings. It came housed in the everyday Iaido Koshirae with the good quality Koshirae (minus a Tsuba) housed in a Tsunangi. I was very pleased when I found a matching Tsuba for the good quality Koshirae and displayed them as a Daisho with the Good Fittings in Tsunangi on Top and the blade in the Iaido Fittings underneath. The display was pride of place for years. Until today. I suddenly got the urge to display the blade in the good quality fittings. ALAS... although the Saya fits, the Tsuka was NEVER made for that blade. As you see, I can no longer display them together, they are not meant to be and I am not happy. So now I moved another sword into the display. BUT What to do with the good quality fittings in the tsunangi? I don't know anything about their quality, what they are or what they would be worth. WHAT WOULD YOU DO ? Advice and sympathy please. Gwyn North Wales
  2. Sorry, please explain. All I know is that Rin Tin Tin was a famous dog in a 1950's western series.
  3. Sorry - I would have said it was a Fake.
  4. Ahhh - Naka Sensei One of my teachers. What a Character and a lovely man.
  5. Me also Barry, I got my Shodan in 1981 and like you felt that I needed a Nihonto. A friend of my brother got me this little beauty. Then I like you started on the "LONG JOURNEY TO NIHONTO". Made the mistake then of going down the Chinato path, But luchily over time I was educated and got rid of them all and now only have a few decent Nihonto and Iaito. To date I am now a Godan in Shotokan and a Dan Grade in MJER and still training every week and practising at 66yrs old. What was your grade in ?
  6. BUMP FOR STEVEN Hi Steven, I sympathise... I also regret all the things I sold years ago and then buy something that needs that part. DUHHHH ! Why do we do it ? Good luck with your search.
  7. https://www.barringtons-swords.com/hanwei-paul-chen-samurai-swords-natural-wood-double-sword-stand-oh2104.html
  8. Moley

    A tanto

    Hi Grev - Gwyn here.... JEALOUS !
  9. I know the rules and so it should be in normal situations, But in this case I agree with John J . A new seller appears with few previous posts. NMB has an impeccable reputation for quality, honesty and sharing knowledge. People feel safe buying from sellers here. This reputation has to be defended.
  10. Interesting... I wrote a bit about this for our Iaido magazine - "Obi". The Naming of Swords by Gwyn Mowll Whilst cleaning my Nihonto the other day, I noticed how over the years I have given them all names. This was not intentional at all, it simply happened. It's very useful as well because I can reference which one is which when writing up on them and cataloguing. Some are indeed named after the smith that made the blade and I have two Gunto's (WWII Blades) named Yoshe Tsugu and KaneTsuna. The very first Nihonto I collected, an antique Chisaii Katana (Small Katana) is called Hiroda after the name written in ink on the inside of the leather combat cover that it was found in. Another Katana I have has very nice Koshirae of two friends or scholars doing various things like having tea together, so this one was named Tomodachi (Friend) because of the theme on these lovely fittings. The Koto Nambucho blade I have came with both Iai fittings and with a spare set of original Koshirae. It was originally Oshita Sensei's sword. On swinging this sword, it has a deep sultry sounding Tachi Kaze, hence I named her "Marlene" (after the singer and actress Marlene Dietrich.) The sword made by Sada Toshi is housed in magnificent Koshirae made by Ford Hallam. The Tsuba, Fuchi and Kashira depict reeds on the river whilst the Menuki are Dragonflies resting on a pebble. This riverside theme is enhanced with light green Tuka Ito and Sageo. She is called "River Song". Another Chisaii Katana I have is very old and the steel is now "tired" (probably won't take another polish) She is named O-Baa Chan (Grandmother). My iaito is called Tsugi Kage (Moon Shadow). Naming swords is not an unique thing, throughout history we have heard the legends of famous men and their swords and these swords had names. Perhaps the most famous of all is "Caledfwlch"; Arthur's sword known more famously as "Excalibur". Caledfwlch which translates from Welsh as "Hard cleft" was first mentioned in the ancient Welsh oral stories known as the "Mabinogi". These oral stories were originally the basis for Geoffrey of Monmouth's much later writings that gave birth to the Arthurian legends and it was he who gave the sword a more French sounding name hence Excalibur. Caledfwlch is described in the Mabinogi in the story called The Dream of Rhonabwy, "Then they heard Cadwr, Earl of Cornwall being summoned, and saw him rise with Arthur's sword in his hand, with a design of two serpents on the golden hilt; when the sword was unsheathed what was seen from the mouths of the two serpents was like two flames of fire, so dreadful that it was not easy for anyone to look." Most people think of Caledfwlch as a Cross hilted sword, however that design came much later and the "real" Caledfwlch probably would have been based on a Roman Spatha or Cavalry sword as it is believed that the real Arthur was a post Roman era (Romano Briton) war chief struggling to defend this land "Prydain" against the Angles, the Saxons and the Jutes. The Japanese also have their legends and the most famous sword in all of Japan's history is Kusanagi-no-Tsurugi, a sacred sword found in the tail of a slain monster which became one of the three sacred treasures. In the Tale of the Heike, a collection of oral stories transcribed in 1371, the sword is lost at sea after a naval battle.There are many other famous swords some real, some fictional that have entered the history or story books, the following being only a few: Colada and Tizona are the legendary swords of El Cid, Campeador of Spain. Zulfiqar the legendary sword of Ali ibn Abi Talib (cousin and son-in-law of the Islamic prophet Muhammad) Joyeuse - Charlemagne’s sword. Legbiter - a sword that belonged to the Viking King Magnus III. William Wallace’s sword. Honjo Masamune - The most famous of all Masamune swords is named Honjo Masamune. The Honjo Masamune is so important because it represented the Shogunate during the Edo period of Japan. The sword was passed down from one Shogun to another for generations. In 1939 the weapon was named a national treasure in Japan, but remained in the Kii branch of the Tokugawa family. The last known owner of Honjo Masamune was Tokugawa Iemasa. Apparently Tokugawa Iemasa gave the weapon and 14 other swords to a police station in Mejiro, Japan, in December of 1945. Shortly thereafter in January 1946, the Mejiro police gave the swords to Sgt. Coldy Bimore (U.S. 7th Cavalry). Since that time, the Honjo Masamune has gone missing and the whereabouts of the sword remains a mystery. Honjo Masamune is one of the most important historical artefact to disappear at the end of World War II. Gwyn Mowll Gwynedd Seiro Kan Dojo
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