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    Koto swords in order of personal preference: Bizen, Soshu, Yamashiro

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  1. Bob has very high quality fittings and we are so lucky in the U.K. he so generously shares them with the public. Thank you again, Bob!
  2. Ok, to be more specific, you can look some of the British royal family items up here and their location, description etc : https://www.rct.uk/collection/62628/court-style-sword-kazaridachi-and-scabbard
  3. I can also see who gives what reactions via voting emoticons. And frankly, Brian, it is useful to know who has voted how. It gives you a perspective into who “likes” what you have said / done or even you, or who “dislikes” you, perhaps an inkling as to who you might have angered..... So, please do not remove this feature.
  4. They do have Japanese swords and they are displayed in various places - Tower of London, their castles including Windsor, etc etc
  5. It has half heartedly tried to put a date on one side of the nakago. The sloppily chiselled kanji try to say Showa 18, ie 1943 but the date is not finished properly. Then the name of a hypothetical smith on the other side.
  6. Mike Hickman Smith could repair this without a problem
  7. Jussi, I think we know your preference for large dimensioned blades ...;)
  8. The design could and do trespass in the nakago area sometimes. Even one of the greatest did it sometimes but clearly much more skilfully as can be seen by the tagane work. Clearly the fake tsuba above are emulating some of his famous design features and I do admit that the elevation of the leaves is excessive here. What should have been highlighted above instead are the sloppy execution, blunt lines, lifeless replication caused by casting, the crudeness, etc.
  9. Hi Yas, quite the opposite actually. Many of your posts are informative and educational, eg #50, 60, 71, etc. In fact, I have commented positively above on what you are doing. However, many of the examples in this thread are too obvious, even for the novice tosogu person such as myself: they are too crude, the casting bubbles or fissures are too obvious, the lines are too dull/blunt and clearly an artefact of lousy, sloppy and lazy casting. Where your posts shine best is when you highlight non-obvious imitations or fakes, which only a more experienced eye could pick. You had a few posts in which eg the tiger looked very good but some of the lines in your circular highlights were just a tiny bit blunt rather than crisp as should be when done with tagane. Or in one of your posts you had circled some areas and one needed to look carefully in order to notice that there was a bit of “bleeding” of the gilding in an otherwise acceptably decent piece of work. That is all useful and what people should be becoming attuned to and looking out for. Also, in many of the posts the explanations are missing - why, what, how? Just low-res pictures of low-quality trash..... Please do not take this personally but constructively. It does not apply only to you but also Dale’s posts, by the way. That plethora of eyesores does not help. It is better to pick out one or two masterly examples of a fake and dissect it: eg “ hey, NMB, look at the hitsuana; look at the sanmai method; look at the way the flower is chiselled; look at the cast post of these menuki; etc etc”. I have always been a supporter of the maxim: “less is more”. Again, please keep up the good work - we appreciate it , are grateful for it and salute it.
  10. Would it please be possible please to revert this thread to the less obvious fakes? Not these crude imitations (eg the guilt brass monkey and wasp above) of tsuba-like objects but actually good-quality tsuba where a discerning eye notices something is amiss? Otherwise, you will keep flooding this thread with shocking examples but we as a forum shall not necessarily be learning, progressing, etc. Thank you.
  11. I second the recommendation of Massimo. He is a lovely, friendly gentleman and really helpful. I have been to his home, and treated with such great hospitality and warmth. He is an accomplished polisher and I have seen a number of certificates of merit issued by the NBTHK for swords he has polished. For a beefy, late tanto like this one, definitely try Massimo. He lives in not far from Firenze.
  12. Well, you would not believe it but the issues I had in the past with them were: - once they registered the parcel on their systems in the name of the sender and not mine. So the recipient was the sender according to them (data input error) - once they sent the letter to the wrong address to some neighbours who do not know me (so imagine the poor people receiving some letter about something they don’t know about related to a person they don’t know and with the wrong surname - all they had was Michael but still that did not help). Again data input error - my surname was wrong and the house number was wrong. In both these cases the senders had done an immaculate job including my correct data (names, address, mobile etc) and describing the contents beautifully and including the correct codes - however, of course, Customs or Parcelforce never call you or email you in the first instance. The first comms are always the letters. If the letters end up in the wrong place then you could wait many weeks. Once you have tracked to where exactly in the chain the parcel is, then you can call various people and exchange emails from that point onwards. This is an email that works for valuable items: pfw-ccb@parcelforce.co.uk Good luck.
  13. What they did with me is they sent the letter to another address and in the wrong name. Not the item itself but the customs charges letter, which unlocks the process.
  14. I have recently been through this. With two swords (one coming from the US and one from Japan) and a fuchi-kashira set. with the tracking number you should be able to see where exactly it is (in the UK or not, in customs, in the Parcelforce distribution center or the local distribution depot). if you notice that it has been in customs for more than 5-6 days, call Parcelforce. It sometimes happens, though rarely, that they send the card or letter with import VAT charge to the wrong address. Until you clear that, you will not receive the item. So, you can call them, they ask for reference number, your name, the sender’s name, your address per the sent items paperwork. If it all checks out, they tell you on the phone what the charge is and you can pay by phone or on the web. While on the phone with them, make sure to obtain the UK Parcelforce reference number (and not the UPSS or EMS reference number).
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