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  1. It is hada. Chikei must consist of nie. this is not the case. Beside this hada  ji-nie is visible on the blade. The  very smal black points. I do not  mean the pinholes. I do think that marius is right, that the other thing is simple hada tach. this can be the result of polishing or the combination of two  or more sorts of steel. If one polishes a sword with mixed steel to hard, than it will be to strong hada tach.

    This  hada tach can raise problems in meaning of seeing  other fine hataraki like ji.nie in the light reflex. Therefore honami said once that  a blade  like  sadamune should  never been polished hada tach. 

    Just some  random thoughts about hada tach.

  2. Nice  little  late shinshinto tanto. Such hada  is not  uncommon  during this  time.

    It is a pitty that the polish is in such terrible conditon. It seems that there is  intensive ji.nie.

    Here is another example of such colour games, a little  bit  bigger pattern. ( Matsukawa style, but the blade is shinshinto )

    By the way, there are no waves in the shinogiji, it is an light effect, still learning to photograph.



  3. Of coarse the kissaki can polished to the point that all features are visible during an madoake. That does not mean that the whole  narume  procedure is done. After uchigumori the hamon should be clearly visible, the narume is only for whitening.

    Here is an example why it is an good idea to  open a window. Part  of the  blade is healthy, the rest is nearly dead. Will be the madoake damaged during the  polishing process of the wohle blade. Well, the foundation is there, only the finish will be done again in order to blend with the rest of the balde.


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  4. Typical  Keicho-suriage. therfore the blade is earlier than keicho. If  we  see  the  original sugata ( simply  foll the  line  of the mune  up to the point of suriage ) we will have  an strong saki-sori. Middle to late muromachi.

    Can  not see the hamon or the jihada. From  the first  impression i would say  mino, but  I do not see enough  to confirm.


  5. Shinshinto, cleary by sugata etc . Bizen ?  There is one  fine  point in the  kitae to see the Yokoyama. The  swirl  like  Yokoyama  kitae, an whirlpool mixture  of  moku and itame. in ko-hada format. Bo utsuri in  Yokoyama, not so unusual. Seen  on  Sukekane and so on. Suguha dito.

    The double machi miracle, are  Youre  joking ? That is not original, that is  machiokuri in gruseome style.

    Please  keep in mind. Every nakago has an minimal nakago funbari. If this is gone, than something is wrong.

    To  jugdge  the quality of this  piece higher than  Rai Kunitoshi, well; some say  chemical  pear  aroma  is better than the original pear.

    By the way, Yokoyama  Kitae  is not  Yamashiro hada, An nie utsuri in bo formation is not the same  as an bo utsuri in  normal form. The  ko  nie-deki of Yokoyama  ist not  to compare with the elegant nie of Rai. 

    The great  differance  in quality  is the balance between the elements.

    In these terms, there are worlds  between Kunitoshi and Nanabo Yokoyama.


    Sorry  for the , probably  harsh words, but sometimes study together is  an hard time, isn it ?:)

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  6. Late Sue Koto. Sugata is neither Kanbun, Keicho, Keian, Genroku or what so ever.

    The  nakago is sligjtly machi okuri, please see the nakogo funbari  by example. 

    Hamon, Looks  like the typical Sue-Mino mixture, but not the typical  Kanemoto-Style.

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  7. Hm  Looks like an  very late Shinto or early Shinshintio blade. All the other things  I can not tell. I can see nor the hamon or the Jihada. There is  a hardend portion, but the real hamon, nie / nio , i can not see.

    If You want to know what  Yo do have, madoake, openeing a window. Means  polishing a small section of the sword.

    This way is much cheaper than a full polish for the whole sword.


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