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  1. Amazing story - and amazing detective work!
  2. https://photos.app.goo.gl/Hw3sjbKPiYX6m9id6

    The blade I mentioned on the gendaito book thread.

    Hada is masame with periodic ovals along the hamon (I presume from drilling the blank and then hammering it flat again, then drawing out into the blade, making them ovals).  Very fancy for WWII.   Tassle is diplomatic, though of course it could be moved.   Obtained from Lou Kanarek in 1995(?)ish.   70 pts from Yoshikawa at the Long Island shinsa.


    I have a partial oshigata of the monouchi and drawing of the hada

  3. I also would love to contribute to this project. Markus: would it be useful to you to get info on/pictures/oshigata or see in person a (murayama) Kanetoshi gendaito that got 70 pts from NTHK (Long Island shinsa ~1997)? In very good WWII polish.
  4. I still remember a really nice looking blade in polish with good horimono for sale at a gun show in Albany; I was a college student and $800(??) was way too much for my blood. (I was taking kenjutsu classes).
  5. Sugata looks kanbun shinto to me -- but that's about all I'm going on so far. The pictures of the tang seem like early shinto or late koto; the hi imply to me it's mumei ubu, so I'd put it say 1580-1650 -- but I'm going way out on a limb given the lack of detail in the pictures. Just trying as an academic exercise, since I've been out of things so long :-)
  6. Nice... I was thinking (before I read the comments) kamakura yamashiro, but nothing more specific than that (and no idea when in kamakura)
  7. "TJ"? I've been out of circulation so long (~20 years) the acronym doesn't ring any bells. I have my own example - 3 sets of papers for a beefy wakizashi blade I bought from Sotheby's (ex-Bruce Kowalski?); one to Daido; two to Kaneyasu: However: it's clearly a good blade given the attributions it got. https://photos.app.goo.gl/DRGLv5NwY2UFUUsH9
  8. Definitely. These discussion have been going on for a Long Time; I remember these same points being made 25 years ago on the nihonto mailing list. Perhaps it's because I'm gaijin, but I agree with the points made in the article. Side note: I have 2 gimei blades - one hitatsura wakizashi signed Yasumitsu (and not chiseled-looking, but carved and looks like set up for gold inlay, needs polish), which Yoshikawa says is shinto Echizen work; another wakizashi Higashiyama ju Yoshihira - Nice shinshinto work with a toranba hamon in fresh polish. Yes, I could remove the signatures (at least on the yoshihira; the depth of the carving on the 'Yasumitsu' would make removal problematic. The yoshihira *might* paper reasonably without the signature (I bought it for the shape and hamon and steel - i.e. I totally ignored the signature; didn't even bother deciphering it first). High-quality gimei blades are a great bargain, in a way. :-) And can make good targets of study (just ignore the signature). IMHO
  9. My first nihonto was from a friend who needed some cash back in the mid 1980's. 30" ce o-kissaki (tired, basically no hamachi, with some chips) nambokucho o-suriage tachi in WWII mountings for $300. Still have it; still tired, still in bad polish. I *think* the chips don't go through the hamon, but it will be very narrow with them removed - it's really hard to see the hamon at all given the polish (suguha I believe).
  10. Thanks, I was afraid that might be the case - I last saw him over 20 years ago. Nice guy. Last time I saw him he got to look at my Heianjo Nagayoshi Omi-yari (without my telling him what it was) along with a couple of other so-so blades - he liked it and said "keep that one, get rid of the others" (and then I told him what it was). Then he asked (againn) if I wanted to sell him back the Kanetoshi... I think he was honestly a bit surprised when it papered so well at the Shinsa.
  11. I wouldn't know about Chris's opinions; overall he knows more than I do I'm sure. I do know that this blade papered very well in the NHTK Shinsa at Long Island in ~98(?); 70 pts (which I believe is roughly equivalent to Tokubetsu (green) papers), and the 2nd or 3rd highest gendaito papers I've personally seen (I'm sure there are others, of course). The others were a custom-order tanto for a Naval Admiral IIRC, and I think a Yasukuni blade. It was a while ago, so details are bit fuzzy. I was told Yoshikawa-sensei liked the blade (by Bruce Kowalski, who was friends with him). He was certainly one of the better Seki gendai smiths, and this looks like one of his better works (perhaps related to the diplomatic tassel - I do wonder who ordered it). I bought it from Lou Kanarek (and a naginata whose koshirai got 73(?) pts at the same shinsa - mother-of-pearl pole and saya of snow leopard fur from the 1700's); is he still around? I'd guess he was in his 60's, perhaps 70 back then. The naginata blade got 60 pts, Echizen (shimosaka?) work, mumei.
  12. Some sort of acceptance test, from what I've read - basically a punch to test hardness.
  13. jesup

    Boys swords

    For more pictures of the Naomichi boy's sword, see
  14. OLD post, but I have a 5th? generation Tango no kami Naomichi boy's sword, with a very fancy hamon. Fittings are fancy tachi style, tokugawa mon. Old (original?) polish.
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