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J Reid

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  1. Ahh sorry! I have no idea why I mentioned 1000's.. I guess I was having a moment with numbers. Haha those estimates sound way better! Regardless- This topic says it all. Speaking of deals.. Lately, I personally find the best bargains are in buying family blades surrendered during WW2 and, if necessary, having them restored. Regards, Josh
  2. Yes please continue!!! So basically dealers buy blades in bulks of 10 for about $25 000 give or take with exchange rate. Each blade brings in between approx $3000 for wakizashi and $8000 for katana if they are lucky and they turn $25 000 into $100 000. Or at very least make their invested amount back plus a lovely premium. HMM. Josh
  3. I believe mine was 4th generation echizen Kanetane.. Looks like a brother to this blade>>> http://www.sanmei.com/contents/media/O9 ... _PUP_E.htm Josh
  4. Hey! I had an echizen kanetane wakizashi, mint, about a year ago with kicho papers. I have a photograph library of it for reference if you want to PM me we can share. The blade was well made, thick, and strong. Dotanuki, I believe. Comparing may be useful in making your decision for shinsa.. Regards, Josh
  5. Usually you can fetch like 500-900 depending on condition. regards, Josh
  6. Yeah I agree. Nie clearly outlines the hamon running off the edge in pic 3, in my opinion. Josh
  7. A Muto hidehiro gendaito (after the war -hizen style suguba) i used to own, had an Ikari OKissaki. Unfortunately, Mr. Benson had to bring it down to remove a chip in the tip. It was very interesting, although he mentioned it was impossible to salvage without further breakage. Still.. loved that baby. Josh
  8. Justin, Kunitaro San has already mentioned, and reminded us, that as a rule of thumb -any sword on eBay or elsewhere from Japan with a signature and no papers, or old papers, is almost definitely gimei. This sword needs a polish. Currently no hataraki can be seen. In my opinion though, the neat things about this sword for someone new to collecting are the features not found in every "package"... The sayagaki, lead plug, horimono, etc. It is also quite old with history. Other than that, this blade is nothing special, probably gimei, and in need of a polish. The Hamon also looks like its been "dressed up". If the price stays low, it might be neat to study for a bit hands on. Just remember to buy the blade, not the signature. Josh
  9. 1,4,5,8,9,10 maybe.. Sometimes showato look like they have hamon and hada, but really its just the oil hamon and ji natural pattern under lighting. josh
  10. Yeah! What George said! Built for battle! So guys- it's almost that time for the zombie apocalypse to commence and if you're looking for a mean durable zombie head cutting machine.. BUY MY SWORD!!
  11. Yes.. Having a hamon was not optional. However, the style was. Everyone involved -Thank you so much for that pdf. Josh
  12. Brian, Chris, George- thank you. I think anyone who hasn't already clarified for themselves what a star stamp means... needs to do some "current" research. Cross reference old theory with new evidence. The only thing not traditional about a gendaito with a star stamp is the stamp itself.
  13. I was just too excited, I guess. I'm sporadic like that! I really should have put it up here first. lol.. I will take $3500USD for the package. Josh
  14. Hey guys. Just thought I'd let you know I have a gendaito in minty mounts on ebay for sale. Item #: 221137166136 10% off to all NMB members. Just message me your username. Josh
  15. Love it. PM me if you ever want to sell! Or trade. I have a similar set that you may be interested in. Josh
  16. Best way to save this (I believe it was mentioned before). 1. get cheap ($50 bucks sounds fair......) 2. Send in for a suriage and new yasurmei. 3. Mount in shirasaya. BOOM. Worry about appraisal after its been treated. Josh
  17. Supposedly cracks on the nakago are a tell tale sign of retempering... Sorry bud. Best, Josh
  18. Okay enough bickering between eachother over certain posts and the like. Bottem line is... If you are going to foster a tired old blade and want to talk about it here on NMB. At least do yourself and others the courtesy to aknowledge the faults. If you do not, and present it proudly, then yes, you will get shut down as a noob should.. By words of wisdom. If you are a weathered collector and do not present a piece appropriately to the board, than expect to be viewed and treated as a NOOOB. Every nihonto here is worth talking about and will be discussed appropriately based on the specifics of the post and topic. A noob shouldnt take critical comments as an insult, and a weathered collector wouldnt get critical insults about a crappy blade he admires anyways if he worded his posts correctly.. ex. "Hey guys, I know this blade is old and retired. The horimono sucks etc. But I like it anyways because its signed "_____" and regardless of whether or not its gimei, its probably the closest I will ever get to something along the line of the real thing...No comments nessesary. Just thought id share something that I am happy about. etc. etc." You know? Best, Josh P.s. Again, a special thank you to the NMB, Brian, the mods, and its members.
  19. I would also like to say thank you. You guys are all amazing, and I aspire to be as knowledgable as many of you are, one day. I appreciate all of the input, both positive and critical, posted daily. Whether or not its in regards to one of my posts -its still educational.. I am on here about 10 times a day. Without this forum, I would feel so alone in my obsession with the Japanese sword. :| Josh
  20. J Reid

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    It doesn't look suriage to me. Look at the hamon and how it runs off the blade after the hamachi. This indicates that by design the ha ends there. The mekugi ana near the jiri was most likely placed there later on as this sword was probably used for tamagashiri. The missing yokote line in the hamon, due to poor regard during a touch up, likely means that this blade was cleaned up for resale by the owner or the dealer. There was a topic recently on: Using a nihonto for cutting. During the discussion a Japanese member noted the different kind of new or antique blades that would be used for cutting and more or less grouped into being considered as "possibly" expendable. This one may have been considered worthy of use in a dojo and expendable to someone. But that does not necessarily mean it isn't a decent blade, still collectable, or worthy of preservation.. Less to the wealthy=more to the poor. But don't worry!! Regardless- it's a good first nihonto for a martial artist. Josh
  21. Do you mean "Who here, in the forum, has an extensive knowledge of the Naginata?" Josh
  22. I'm a sucker for handachi/tachi koshirae and blades with deeeep sori. I also like gendaito solely for their "health factor". Oh we should do a thread on everyones' individual must haves' during a hunt for satisfaction down the road to collection. Best, Josh
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