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  1. We will need to ssee more photos with close ups to offer better opinions, Johan. Understanding nihonto better is a great undertaking and lots of fun, enjoy!
  2. late koto maybe, or early shinto would be my guess
  3. Yes it was a few months ago, not sure, maybe Izakaya?
  4. It would be very interesting to read a history of polishing technology; it may be that one or more exist (in Japanese) but i do not know.....I would pay good money for one in English! High level polishing, in my opinion, comes down to: access to good technique, access to good stones, and lots of patience. These are all things that the Japanese people have had access to for a thousand years. I have heard that some mines of particular stones have become exhausted and good stones harder to obtain (or very expensive, try $3000 plus for a good uchigumori finishing stone.) Goes a long way to explaining why polishing is expensive.
  5. And don't forget the articles on this forum, lots of good information to help spot fakes.
  6. We need a better shot of the tang, particularly where the stamp or impression is above the ana.
  7. Woodrow Hall....I do not have contact info for him, maybe Ken Goldstein on this forum has it? https://bushidojapaneseswords.com/index.html contact for Bob Benson....he will most likely be in touch with Woody; no guarans that either will have a recommendation, but nothing ventured, nothing gained.
  8. Depending on what stamp is above the mei, anything but a star means a non traditionally made gunto; what makes you think it is not?
  9. It would be nice to see the rest of the sword (judge the sword, not the signature); if an actual koto sword, the nakago has been cleaned, which is most unfortunate. The first nakago ana looks punched, which is in line with koto.
  10. Woody, who was Bob Benson's deshi for many years, is in Las Vegas now; maybe reach out to him and ask his opinion?
  11. Aloha Alton, glad you posted, funny i was recently wondering how you were! If Covid is not a major worry, and you want to get together, let me know....I have been back in Honolulu since January. Blades that are not in good polish probably gain little from shirasaya, as long as they are getting regular maintenance. I am not aware of anyone in Hawaii doing shirasaya, I have done some for my own in years past, and have gotten better over time, but it is a deceptively complex endeavor.
  12. i seem to remember reading something some years back that was a discussion of the origin of sword smithing in Japan in connection with the Ainu. I can't quote a source, but I seem to recall that some early big names were theorized as being of Ainu descent. Anyone remember something like this? Thanks for sharing, Peter
  13. A jewelers loupe or good magnifier will help clarify matters, but i have not seen rust damage mimic cracked steel. Unfortunately, it only takes seeing a few hagire in one's own work for recognition to occur. A polisher can use uchigumori hato finger stones to eliminate a scratch; hagire will remain.
  14. Polishing is a method of carefully removing metal in microscopic amounts to reveal structure; defects that penetrate into the body of the sword sometimes can be improved, but can also get worse. In my opinion, your sword can be improved, but the defects near the tip are not likely to be made better by polishing. It seems likely someone had started the process and found that to be the case.
  15. I would call it hagire and ask for a refund.
  16. The mei seems a lot brighter than the patina on the nakago and seems to have been added much later.
  17. Looks like a nice package, must have been a beast in original length.
  18. You will get a variety of opinions from photos, but definitive answers are best obtained by in hand inspection by qualified people.
  19. I think I can see some faint kanji on the nakago also, but can't read them from the photo; the active rust should be stopped, and maybe something more might be visible then. Looks to have some age to it and worth investigating further.
  20. SAS

    Sword returned to shrine

    Interesting that the sword mentioned was restored (polished) by a swordsmith not usually engaged in restoring rusty swords
  21. Nice looking sword....the last photos posted show a possibility of a hagire in the hamon (crack in the hardened portion of the blade.) This may be a photo artifact, my imagination, or something real which is considered a fatal flaw. The sword should be inspected by someone competent to evaluate the sword in hand.
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