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J Reid

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  1. Jussi, Thanks for your reply. Could you possibly scan the oshigata for the kanenaga working in tensho? Kanenaga is my gut feeling as well. I guess I just fantasized an earlier, more important smith. This sword is definitely not kazu uchi mono.. I will post pictures of the blade later when I have a chance to take better pictures.
  2. Thanks for your input Joe. I was able to take clearer pictures today. I'm pretty confident that the second kanji is naga.
  3. Hey guys! I have a katana blade in pretty rough shape. Regardless, I've been able to verify a certain level of quality in the piece. (Hoping it's a) Suriage late kamakura period blade. 1 inch of original nakago in tact with taka no ha yasurime and partial mei. Blade has all traits of yamato: -high mune and shinogi. -gunome/ notare-midare hamon -notare boshi with no kaeri -chu kissaki -blackish more rich ko itame jigane with Masame running in the ha. -taka no ha yasurime -what looks to be a 2 character niji mei -**signed katana mei -Bohi terminating in nakago on both omote and ura. Blades sugata and patina on nakago has me looking into late kamakura/early nambokucho. Am I too hopeful? Is yasurime possible to be seen on blades this old? I know it's signed katana mei but that wasn't unheard of. I've recently seen an example of an early Yamato blade signed katana mei. My real question is can anyone identify kanji #1 in this picture? I have the second as naga 長. First could be kane 兼 I don't know for sure though.. I have a few other names floating around but any help would be greatly appreciated. I know the picture is bad but it's hard to photograph this one and it's equally as hard to see in person. Blade doesn't have much to show at the moment as it's terribly scratched and banged all to hell.
  4. Generally, the kanemoto line of smiths made similar swords. The generation is usually determined by how uniform the sanbonsugi Hamon is. Of course other traits assist in kantei as well.
  5. Very interesting.. Thanks for sharing!
  6. Looks great! I'm a huge fan of this smith and think his works have lots of character.
  7. Your grandfather told you a hell of a fib there, son.
  8. From your link: "However, until many years after the end of the Japanese Civil War (circa 1600) those old laws regulating the bearers of swords were not always followed by the people in Japan. This was partially because many of those older laws had varying definitions of katana, wakizashi and tanto in terms of their lengths. As the result, in the beginning of Edo period (early 1600s), there were still some chonin (i.e., townsmen) class commoners and many yakuza gangs who openly carried long wakizashi (i.e., called "oo-wakizashi") that were virtually equivalent in length to prohibited katana (Iiyama, 1995; Kokubo, 1993)." and then: "Then in March, Kanbun 8 (a.d 1668) the Tokugawa Shogunate once again issued Muto Rei, [No Sword Order], an executive order to firmly prohibit the commoner class carrying/wearing any swords longer than "ko--wakizashi" (i.e., small wakizashi) unless specifically permitted by the government (Iiyama, 1995). According Muto Rei, "ko-wakizashi" is defined as a sword whose blade length is shorter than 1 shaku 5 sun (= 45.54cm)." So not all wakizashi "length" swords over 45.54 were made just for samurai. It is ,however, highly likely that wakizashi over 45.54 made after 1668, were made specifically for samurai.
  9. I agree with hoanh. Mei placement is definitely NOT where it should be. Where it is currently, would have been above habaki, originally.
  10. Looks like a late Muromachi to early Edo period piece. A picture of the nakago would help ALOT in identifying the age. Kozuka is decent looking.
  11. I think these swords have already been discussed. Hizen blades usually have tachi mei. This sword is katana mei.. Dead giveaway to gimei, IMHO.
  12. I hope you don't take this as a hostile response, and more as constructive criticism.. But.. The sword you post as reference is in much better condition and comes with a koshirae that adds value. Moses Becerra is also a very good dealer who, often, gets top dollar in his sales.
  13. I'd value the blade at maybe $1500-$2k. Are the menuki antique? The kanteisho does help it hold value. However, Kissaki is in poor polish and the kodogu seems to be repro/ low quality. Koshirae as a whole is not original "enough" to add much to the overall package. Pinhole in the ha is not a great flaw to have. I would fear polishing the whole blade again due to that tidbit. Could probably clean up the kissaki for $2-300 to bring the overall value closer or just over $2k in the open market.
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    First sword

    Honestly, If you're going to make a purchase.. Then I think the masamitsu is a good choice for a first sword. Good quality, no flaws, decent polish, and fair mounts. I think it's excellent value. You obviously want (need) to learn from your mistakes, in order to know what you like and why. That's completely normal. With this sword, your mistakes would be only 1 (maybe). You would only regret this purchase if you decide you like older or newer swords. You most likely wouldn't lose any money and there would be minimal flaws in the blade/mounts to go OCD over. So go for it.
  15. J Reid

    polish results

    Wow!!! That turn around time frame is unreal. Results- phenomenal. Congrats!
  16. Just going to add the the conversation.. I notice that in the last picture you posted of the nakago.. The strokes in the mei actually travel into onto/into the cut after osuriage. I would think that if the blade had been cut through the mei, the strokes would be lost, as oppose to curl onto the edge. Just my 2 cents. I have added a picture to show you what I am referring to. Overall, this is a nice sword though, and I am sure you got a bargain on it.
  17. Yep thats a very attractive package. If I had that much to blow, I wouldn't think twice about buying it. EDIT: Well it would be one of many on a long list of purchases.
  18. J Reid

    New to Nihonto

    Kyler, In response to your question: I would say that you can find "unworthy" blades in all areas ie. dealers, ebay, shows, private sales, etc. However, I would not recommend ebay as the first place to look for a beginner.. If you are ever unsure, I would suggest you post pictures and details here, and we will give you an honest opinion (we would want to keep collectable/worthy blades out of the dojo). Spend the next year studying, and saving.. By the end of the year, you should know which blades should be used and which shouldn't.
  19. Kurt, Since you are a newer member here you may not be aware that after MANY long and heated debates, we finally have legit "proof" ( in the NMB articles) in regards to the star stamps meaning .. For your records: http://www.militaria.co.za/articles/RJT_Info.pdf
  20. Wakizashi with an edo period "flavour" , no Tsuba, or embellishments of any worth/ functionality.. hmm.. A merchant? That would be my guess.
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