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    Name the Hamon

    Thank you all So I can record the hamon description for future reference, and being honest I was lost in the expertise. What do I record as to describe this style? Denis.
  2. The art of translating characters on the sword and fittings, I have believed to well above my ability. But now heres a thing! At various places in posts here, translation attempts are welcomed from novices, and even helped with corrections. There are many instances, where a novice has been guided onto the true path, and this is fully illustrated. So I want to join the ranks of serious study in this aspect of collecting. Mission statement made, how do I start? I have a MAC running Lion, and have all the time and patience in the world. My main reason to request here is that board members, have been this route, so where better to get considered advice. Thanks Denis PS (I was not sure exactly where to post this request.)
  3. Mauro You pointed me in the right direction and all is revealed. In the explanation below, the reference to 'metalwork' and 'symbol of good fortune' will tie in nicely with the tsuba. Shippo Tsunagi has been used by courtiers since Heian era (running from 794 to 1185). "Seven Treasures" refers to a repetitious background design utilized by Japanese artists and craftsmen. The pattern was filled in with flowers and printed on pottery and lacquer work, used in textiles on kimono, designs for metal work and porcelain. It is characterized by interlacing circles and is one of the most auspicious patterns to stitch Sashiko. Shippo Tsunagi is characterized by interlacing circles, which are the same sizes, and the circles are spread out unlimitedly to all the directions. For this reason, this pattern is considered to be a symbol of good fortune. Denis.
  4. Thanks Mauro Thats a good clue to work with, I'll do a bit of digging and see where it leads. Cheers Denis.
  5. Mr Ford Hallam This is without doubt, the most skilled demonstration of an ancient craft, executed in modern times, that I have ever seen. It ranks right up there with the best. Sir: Respect. Denis.
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    Name the Hamon

    Thanks Mark The hamon is a bit random, but in places sort of repeats, and differs on the other side. But its that scattering of pattern that was so appealing, and helped my decision to purchase this particular sword out of those offered. Denis.
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    Name the Hamon

    Hi Mark Yes there is a similarity there, again an Echizen blade, what I could not find any reference to, is the way the hamon separates, and to then give the appearance of breakaway clouds. Thus picking up Roberts opinion, as did I. Is this a particular style confined to Echizen? Denis.
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    Name the Hamon

    Nice one KM From your help, I find I was looking up at the sky, when I should have been= toranba Submitted by kazarena on Mon, 2007-04-09 15:19 Hamon Types Japanese term 濤瀾刃 Definition A hamon pattern resembling large, surging waves of the sea. Toran-midare - irregular toranba. Thank you Denis.
  9. Here is the tsuba previously mentioned. Any idea what the device on disc is? And do you think this has age. Thanks Denis
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    Name the Hamon

    If at first you don't succeed etc Denis.
  11. Dr Fox

    Name the Hamon

    Hi all. This is a sword I have, and it is pleasing in every way, in 1972 it was submitted to the NBTHK for Kanteisho and was issued a Tobubetsu Kicho. The sword is attributed to Kanetane in the province of Echizen circa 1600. Blade length is 69.7cms. Can you tell me what style or name is given to this hamon on the blade. It always appears to me to be a panoramic view of a cloudy sky. In another post I will show the tsuba, that came with the sword. Thanks Denis.
  12. Thanks Geraint Whats a man with a real Welsh name doing in Cornwall? Not banished I hope. Denis.
  13. Hi to everyone, may I say hello and introduce myself. My name is Denis, and I live in Wales in the UK, I am a member of the TO-KEN Society of Great Britain. I am a collector of Japanese art swords and their fittings. Now this all sounds very grand, but let me say straight off. I have seen the posts and answers on this site, the quality and knowledge displayed here is beyond me. But isn’t this what the forum is all about? So that said I hope to continue to enjoy, as I have already done, the content of such a valuable reference resource as this. Regards Denis. Ps. I will post a couple of enquiries very soon
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