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  1. Steve, can I ask you where you found this information? I'm puzzling over this soemei with a friend who can read Japanese and he couldn't find reference to Tadatsuna's family name in his references. Thanks, Grey
  2. Thank you Steve; now I understand. Grey
  3. Interesting and thanks all. I found this on wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Azai_clan and this: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Azai_Nagamasa Which leads to a question: if the Azai were obliterated by Nobunaga in the 16th century, can we assume Tadatsuna, who worked in the 17th century, was making the sword for a descendant who had no official position or did the remnants of the clan make a come back and reestablish importance? Grey
  4. Hi Bruce, Unfortunately, Mr. Plimpton is not available for correspondence. I'm sure that when he acquired this sword he went with the information of the time and called it what he called it. Nothing more to add. Grey
  5. Hi guys, I, along with Mark Jones, Matt Jarrell, and Eric Molinier, purchased the Plimpton collection and have been selling it. This sword was in the collection but it wasn't sold on ebay by any of the 4 of us; it was sold some time back to a different sword dealer and he has placed it on ebay. We want all of you to know that when we are the sellers we will be honest in our descriptions and we will stand behind them. I think the sword's buyer should contact the seller and ask to return it. Although I am not responsible for this sale, I would like to mention that the seller may have been relying on John Plimpton's description of the sword in his soon to be published book: "ARMY NAVY LATE WAR. These swords were made near the very end of the war by the Tokugawa naval arsenal in Aichi Prefecture. Many of them have mixed army and navy fiittings. All of them have navy arsenal stamps, stainless steel blades, and black lacquer scabbards. In rare cases the tang is signed." Mr Plimpton has not been in good health and his description likely was written before modern research into the souvenir swords. That said, if the buyer is unhappy he should contact the seller; no honest seller wants dissatisfied buyers. Thanks, Grey
  6. Hi guys, Harry Watson, in his translation of Nihonto Koza, says that Nidai Tadatsuna signed with "a soemei of Asai Uji on the ura". What does Asai Uji mean in English? Thanks, Grey
  7. Hi Grev, There was the Koshu Tokubetsu Kicho paper (see below) that was a higher paper than Tokubetsu Kicho. Also, the 1st Juyo papers date to 1958, well before Kicho and higher were replaced by Hozon and higher. Grey
  8. If I understand the question: Tokubetsu Kicho are not on the same level as Juyo. I came to Nihonto about the time that the NBTHK made the change from Kicho and above to Hozon and above. At that time I was told that they were also upping their expectations to qualify for a paper: Hozon would roughly equal the old Tokubetsu Kicho and Tokubetsu Hozon would roughly equal the old Koshu Tokubetsu Kicho. Not all of the old papers are suspect. An old green paper to Muramasa or Masamune on a sword or Nobuiye or Kaneiye on a tsuba, say, are to be eyed suspiciously but, for less important artists, not so much. Grey
  9. Hi Dan, I don't plan to attend that one; sorry. Grey
  10. Hi guys, I haven't posted here for a while; thought I should stir the pot. I just listed a lovely signed and papered katana with itomaki no dachi koshirae: all of it in excellent condition. https://www.japaneseswordbooksandtsuba.com/store/swords/q642-signed-papered-katana-itomaki-no-dachi-koshirae I know there have been newer collectors here on NMB asking about possible purchases. They could do a whole lot worse than this one. And as long as I'm tooting my horn, I don't understand why I still own this Hojoji Kunimasa katana: https://www.japaneseswordbooksandtsuba.com/store/swords/q404-long-katana-hojoji-kunimasa Give it a look. Cheers, Grey
  11. With the understanding that I haven't seen the sword in hand (it may be wonderful) and also, since I do sell swords, I have a dog in this fight, I think you can do better for the money. 4,500 GBP is about US$6,150; I would expect something more exciting than unsigned Jumyo in shirasaya with a paper for that amount. Grey
  12. I think it is shiny because the habaki protected it from corrosion. Grey
  13. Hi Khalid, Pretty sure this is a broken sword and you're looking at the lower half. This is close to being worthless in an informed market. Grey
  14. Hi Khalid, The mei is Tango no Kami Fujiwara Kanemichi and on the reverse Kiku Ichi. It is a real Japanese sword but that doesn't mean the signature isn't a forgery; may or may not be. Tango no Kami means Lord of Tango, which is an honorary title. Fujiwara is a clan name and Kanemichi is the smith's name. The kiku is the imperial crest and ichi means the # 1. Not sure if any old smith could use the kiku or if permission had to be granted. Pictures of the rest of the long tanto would tell us more. Tanto don't usually have shinogi (the ridge line). If the sugata is shinogi zukuri (with ridge and yokote markig the kissaki), this may be the end of a broken sword with a forged signature. Grey
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