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  1. My apologies! I was looking at the top pic that says 19. The second pic does indeed say 18. Hoanh
  2. I second that. The only “problem” with the book is that it will help dampen the impulsive buying of cheap junk blades. Hoanh
  3. It would cost in the $100-$200 range, plus round trip shipping - not too much in the grand scheme of things. Hoanh
  4. The mei says “Hizen no Kuni Tadayoshi.” Here is one for comparison. https://www.toukenkomachi.com/index_en_tachi&katana_A021118.html Hoanh
  5. I'll stick my neck out to be shot down. The nakago looks fairly new and it lacks details expected of a Japanese sword, and it's unsigned. I would guess Chinese made. I would steer clear of this one. Hoanh
  6. Mark, I like your sword a lot - nice shape, nice nie. On the one hand, the mei and the placement of the nakago ana seem right. On the other hand, as Geraint pointed out, the age seems off. The nakago jiri seems off as well. The workmanship doesn’t match yasuhiro’s Ishido style, either. So, I am leaning on gimei. Again, regardless of the mei, it is a nice sword. Hoanh
  7. Aaron, Does the sword have an independent appraisal, e.g., NBTHK or NTHK? Is it signed? When I hear descriptions such as Nambokucho, ubu nakago, 71 cm, available for $3.5k CAD, negotiable, all kinds of red flags go up. I would approach this sword cautiously and with a hefty dose of skepticism. Hoanh
  8. Julius, I have been happy with John Tirado’s work. I can PM you his contact info if you wish. He is based out of Pennsylvania. Hoanh
  9. https://www.nihonto.com/11-3-17/ Hoanh
  10. Julius, “Restoration” is not a one-stop shop. Each craftsman specializes in one area. Also, it’s not a cheap proposition. For example, if you want to polish the sword, I would recommend sending it off to have new shirasaya made (~$400 for a wakizashi, ~6 months lead time). Then, send it off to have it polished by a properly trained polisher (~$100/inch, ~18 months lead time). By the time all said and done, you are looking at 2 years and $2k-$3k. You might want to hold off on any restoration and do a bit of reading to figure out what you really want to do. Hoanh
  11. Dave, IMHO, it's a nice package. Of what little I can see on this out-of-polish blade, there are some nice hataraki. Hoanh
  12. From what I see, it has zero chance of being a Inoue Shinkai tanto. Age-wise, I would guess no earlier than Edo. Value-wise, it's hard to say. Rough guess, under $1000. More close up pictures, especially without the habaki, will help to narrow things down a little. Hoanh
  13. The first book that comes to mind: The Connoisseur's Book of Japanese Swords by Nagayama. Hoanh
  14. Nate, It all depends on condition, CGO: $100-$200 FGO: $350-$550 The lower-end can be pretty beat up. Hoanh
  15. Jussi, I am so dang impressed with your memory. That was over 1.5 years ago!!! Hoanh
  16. Below is the thread on stamps on military swords. It's a wealth of information. Hoanh http://www.militaria.co.za/nmb/topic/5999-arsenal-stamps/
  17. JP, Thank you for the valuable info. That's quite interesting! Hoanh
  18. My guess is that there would be no stamp found. I have not seen an undated stamped sword. It's just a little weird that the yasurime seems so prominent to the point of overwhelming the mei. Otherwise, the mei seems well-chiseled. Besides the condition issue (e.g., pitting), I don't see a red flag. Hoanh
  19. hxv

    Shinto Katana

    Based purely on the nakago and whatever I can see of the suguta, I would guess shinto. Hoanh
  20. Mei removed, still no paper? It’s a giant red flag. Hoanh
  21. May be I am just dense, but is this not a hira zukuri daito? I have seen a few koto gassan in this shape. I do have a gendaito by yoshimune in this shape as well. Rare but not unheard of. Hoanh
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