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J Reid

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  1. Hey guys.. sorry to disagree.. but I see cracks. I think the white-ish appearance is the flash from the camera (which daimyou54eb is notorious for). I found this pic from KSKY and it looks pretty similar.. but it's shinae. I then found this old discussion here discussing the exact picture... http://www.militaria.co.za/nmb/topic/11269-pic-of-shinae/?hl=shinae .. now I'm not sure what this is.. but I really don't think it's spider rust.
  2. Shinae are vertical(ish) wrinkles in the blade. The hada gets crushed together when the blade bends and when the polisher straightens it out, the hada tears open ..wrinkles are left in the steel. The more severe the bend, the worse the cracks. They can be shallow or deep. It is a case by case thing.
  3. Looks like shinae "wrinkles" (from being bent). Edit: If it is Shinae.. it isn't too bad. They can be severe deep vertical wrinkles.. these could also just be hada-ware.. the blade seems to have a very loose and tired jigane.. But my bet is that the blade was bent. Either way.. not good visually, or functionally.
  4. Good eye Stephen ! I agree that it very petite.. Habaki too..
  5. Starting bids are wayyyyy too high. What's with all the wakizashi in oversized koshirae? Haha
  6. Yeah that is where I was heading with my opinion. I read somewhere once (can't remember source) that collecting heads by quantity became a big trend and that fallen soldiers of little worth were scalped instead of decapitated. I could see some "dedicated" samurai hunters having a blade like this on their person during battle. But hey?! looks like a garden tool too.. It could have possibly developed from the nata or vice versa.. like the ninja Kama etc.
  7. Short video sums it up! http://www.tameshigiri.ca/2014/03/26/smithsonian-video-samurai-taking-heads/
  8. Scalping was as common as beheading a fallen combatant. It was much easier to carry 30 scalps than heads. Samurai were notorious for collecting heads/scalps to prove their success in battle. This shape would surely be easier to use than another blade type.
  9. Agreed.. O-Suriage by about a foot. The hi in Nakago show that the blade had decent saki-sori. Boshi is koto. I strongly think early Muromachi mino with Gimei fuyuhiro attribution.
  10. The main issue with the sword is that the Nakago has been vigorously cleaned.
  11. If you recently purchased something- Check your packaging. Return address and # should be there. Or you could just ask him via eBay messages? He's a pretty straight forward dealer.
  12. For $3500 you could dig up a papered and polished piece on eBay.. or from AOI! I see them all the time. Why would you consider buying a questionable blade at that price point? Maybe if it was $1000-$1500.. but even then, personally, I would struggle to go for it. I would rather go for a nice wakizashi. Hold on to your money and keep searching! The market is at an all time low. Take advantage of that.
  13. I see hada and bright nie. I'd say Gendaito, confidently.
  14. The Japanese have been always been creative with their blades. I honestly feel like sometimes there just isn't an answer.. or a classification. Check out this European influenced "pirate sword" a friend had me research a couple years back. Gimei sadamune.
  15. Thanks for all the kind words guys! I have listed my lowest price, however I would really like to sell this wakizashi sooner rather than later so I'm open to any reasonable offers, or trades/partial trades. Any interested parties please don't hesitate to pm me.
  16. Thanks Joe!! I'm sure who ever goes for it will be very pleased.
  17. Ah! The pictures were on the other duplicate post that was removed. Well here they are again. Thanks for pointing that out.
  18. Bump and price drop $995 ..Motivated to sell. Offers welcome!
  19. Yes.. apparently I did haha. Oops! How did I even do that? Can I get one of those deleted, dearest mods?
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