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  1. It is  Kamuri Otoshi. Blade  quality is pretty low. .Slight scratches, O.K, it is out of any  polish. To discuss any signatures in this state...no.

    By the way, i am not sure if the boshi is there. The polish is to crude.

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  2. Well,  I am  the  last candle  on the cake, my big  brother  is much older. Therefore, no family to give it.

    My  library as my collection I will give to a museum. The Samurai Art Museum  in Berlin. Why ? It is a  private collection, open to the public. I  do think, fine pieces  of art should not be hidden.

    The other  possessions, well they  go  another way.

    Well, if  I  become  pretty  ill  bevor my death, it will take a lot  of money, than  i am forced to sell.

    But  I hope, that  god has mercy and  let me  go in peace.

    At  the  moment, i am  in good health. I  do hope that  will be the  future for a long time.

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  3. I am sorry, but  I am smiling. In  my beginnings I ve  been taught "Do not  buy signatures, do not  buy  papers, jugde the sword itself"

    Well now, I am  sitting here  at my writing desk and i see that we will  go back to the beginnings.

    Last time  we reached this point in the eighties, after  all the fuss about  the  Yakuza papers.

    I am  pretty sure in the  not  to far  future, the  paper game will start again.

    So  dear friends, one more round and cheerio to the believe in authoritarians  

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  4. May be we have to define the swords and markets


    0 -- 5000 € low end, no papers, bad condition, no polish...

    5000 - 15000 € medium, papered, good condition, ( old) polish

    15000 - 50000 € good, TH or Juyo papered, flawless very good condition, good polish

    50000- 250000 € very good to exellent, Juyo and Tokuju papers, extraordinary textbook condition, exellent polish by high ranking polisher

    for the really top end swords there is no presence in the western markets. A Hagenbusch or Piech collection wasn't seen on official western markets, 90 % did go go a calm way back to Japan..




    Just a few Moments ago I saw a Naoe-Shizu Ko-Katana witrh Koshirae, Blade TH . Price ? 5000 $. Severral days ago a Satsuma Shinto Katana with  Koshirae for 6000, also TH The normal Price for Wakizashi with T.H. 4000-5500 etc. Tanto even less.

    Nobody will  pay  your  prices at the moment  Peter. The  Prices are in the cellar,  buisness is down. God time for buying, hard times for sellers.

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  5. Hm, during  oer  30 years in the fields  of  nihonto  i learned :First  jugde the blade, than the signature. If the blade says  no, than it  means nope.

    On  the  other  hand,  I ve  seen many stranghe signatures  which  have been  papered by the NBTHK.

    Far  as  i can  see, this blade is Sue-Koto Mino.

    Sengo, no. i handled three  and  i owned once a Muramasa. but this  one, nope, never ever.

    But ! nevertheless,  the blade is nod bad, even  beeing  Gimei.

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  6. Well, for me,  and i do think for most  of us, there is a feeling  of  beeing honered by a master , who shows us how the beauty of  kodogu is born.

    By the  way, You are not the only tosogaholic.

    To introduce myself : Hi, I am Stefan, a kinko-fetishist

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  7. The school of fencing did have an strong influence  of the shape and weight  of the blades. By  example. Satsuma blades, thick, heavy, strong blades.  The reason  for this ? The  jigen ryu kenjutsu requires  extreme strong blades. In the  old days, while Samurai did their training with sharp swords, they used also trees for their training. Today there are still cuts visible on them. The Jigen ryu was most popular during the Edo Period, and just in that time, the Satsuma toko developed their style.


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