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  1. Jyabara ito nihonkumiage, I believe. John

    I do not agree.

    In this style the cross over would be twisted as in the normal nempu -maki style.

    In this case the visible croosover is in the Tsunami style, therefore I would call it an

    "Kiodai Murasaki Jabara Maki "

    If this ist correct, the crossover of the stings underneath this visible crossover in tsunami-maki will be in nempu technique.


    Greetings from snowy Berlin


  2. Very nice blade. Juged by jihada, I would say Masahide Group. This Kind of O-Hada at the hamachi is often seen in tanto. The lively hada with ist flowing elements support this.

    Tetsu seems to be full of colour, another suishinshi trademark.

    Hamon ?

    I can´t see enough, but the ( ko ) nie seems to be good.


    Signature : Masakage is correct. Indeed there was a Smith in the mon of Mashide with this name.


    However, a beautyful blade.



    Greetings from Berlin


  3. The blade does not have the typical nambokucho shape. It looks like middle to late muromachi jidai

    The shape of the nakago and the mei are wrong for sadamune.

    Hamon is not typical. It seems to be an very broad midareba as seen in sue shoshu.

    In my humble opinion : Gimei.

  4. Hi Josh

    Yes, so would I. I've tried taking more pictures but can't seem to capture the details. This one shows the hamon at the expense of other detail. I bought this sword from a Dutch guy selling from the boot of his car - he had a lot of antique weapons but nothing else Japanese.




    To be honest : I see nearly nothing clear.

    O.K. an attempt : A very thin habuchi, suguha and super fine kitae...Lord of Kuwana ?

    Greets Stefan

  5. Lucky timing.... as this topic just came up elsewhere.


    I have seen a tsuba with recent NBTHK papers to 'Tachi Shi'.

    *However*, the tsuba was photographed with the nakago ana blade up, rather than blade down.

    Pre-Edo tsuba. No hitsuana.


    While many regard it common practice is to photograph tachi tsuba with nakago ana blade down, is this the practice of the NBTHK in papering tsuba?

    Anyone able to link to a tachi tsuba with modern NBTHK papers to illustrate?


    Tachi-shi is, far as i do remember, a group of artists, like katsuchi. So a tsuba made by them does ot necessarly has to be a tachi-tsuba.

    Please correct me if i am wrong.



  6. Please look into the kanji. Additonaly look on the shadows of the kanji ...

    I aggree, it is not easy to judge by photos


    And no, not all blades do have clear yasurime. But when one Feature ist "overclean" why the other is not ? Many blades of this period do have clear Yasurime....

    Only points to think of.

    Not more, not less.


    Beeing true : There are exampels, but they are more than Juyo....

  7. I do not think that this is an old example in my humble opinion.

    The zogan does not look correct. it is partial only gilded and not as usual true hirazogan. At a first glance i thought of partial uttori, unusal, but possible in Yoshiro, but this is also not the case.

    Even the fallen out parts are looking strange.

    Most probably I am wrong, I am no expert in kodogu.

    Greetings from Germany


  8. Hm, die Kashira sieht wie eine schlechtere Mito Kinko-Arbeit aus,

    die Fuchi : Typisches Hamano von guter Qualität.


    The Kashira looks like low grade Mito-Kinko workmanship, the Fuchi : Typical Hamano of good quality.


    Greetings from Germany


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