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  1. Juan, not a dagger (= both sides sharp), but a nice little TANTO. It is difficult to judge by photos alone, but to me the shape looks older than EDO JIDAI.
  2. Nick, welcome to the NMB! Is there something you want to ask? In case you want to sell this, you have to put a price down.
  3. Björn, that is a very nice TSUBA, and as you are a goldsmith I am optimistic that you could restore it yourself. I could imagine this TSUBA in a plain TENSHÔ KOSHIRAE with simple, plain KODOGU. Black SAME, black leather ITO, black horn KASHIRA. No other metals than iron, except perhaps small gold decoration like KARAKUSA on the FUCHI. Just the 2 YEN of my taste.
  4. I absolutely share Brian's opinion. Also this is not urgent and can be done at any point of time in the future. Maybe one day you will have an expert within your reach who can do this properly. Would look nice and will increase the value a bit!
  5. Jan, SAYAGAKI on a SHIRASAYA are certainly o.k. and look nice.....when written by a Japanese! Any other attempt of DIY will not be an improvement, in my opinion.
  6. Johan, I think that is really quite nice! More comment: SHIRA-SAYA means 'white SAYA', so yours is correct! Fresh HONOKI is also white. I have no idea if poplar has similar properties compared with HONOKI, but in any case, the wood should not be treated. A SAYASHI will NEVER use sandpaper on a SAYA! There is always a risk that some tiny particles may find their way into the SAYA and start their destructive work on the steel! There are some videos on YouTube where you can see that ONLY cutting tools (KANNA, KIRIDASHI or KOGATANA, and NOMI) are used in SAYA making!
  7. If I remember correctly, Ford Hallam once wrote in a post about the famous millet depiction by TOMEI and showed an example by his own hand. I am absolutely not an expert on this, but I think I remember that the TOMEI original was much finer than the items above.
  8. One aspect to think of may be the general size of a package. I have talked with a deliverer a while ago and he said that very small packages are more likely to get lost.
  9. In my opinion, that is not an original SEPPA but some ornamental material used as replacement.
  10. I really appreciate the cancellation of the Japan News, but I miss the 'edit' function!

    Wan-Gata tsuba

    Ken, your WAN-GATA (not Lady GAGA) TSUBA is rather rare among the many different TSUBA shapes. As far as I can see, it has a little surface rust, but is not really dirty. Please do not clean it, especially not in the openings! The mythical animal is a rain dragon (AMARYU) which is often seen as decoration on TSUBA. Almost any metal in Japanese arts was patinated for two reasons: To give it a more antique, used look (shabby chic or WABI SABI in Japanese), and the patination provided a little corrosion protection as well. So probably the dark look was intentional. In your case, the inlaid metal could be SHAKUDO or silver, maybe other alloys as well. It is difficult for me to name a school or manufacturing date for your TSUBA which may have some Chinese influence. Many designs and techniques were used by many schools at the end of the EDO period simultaneously. Basically I think the whole KOSHIRAE was made at the same time, but we cannot be sure that this applies to the TSUBA as well. As we have a great specialist in the West, I really suggest that you discuss that with Ford Hallam.
  12. James, welcome to the NMB forum! The pictures are not detailed and sharp enough to tell much in addition to what was written above. We cannot know the history of the blade other than that it was probably a rough one, considering the bad condition of the blade. It looks as if someone had tried to grind or sandpaper the blade which is a safe way to ruin it. There is usually no hint to former owners unless there is a tag fixed to the blade. What I think I can see - no guarantee though - is that it is probably a blade that has been traditionally made. The possibly fake MEI (signature) on the wrong side lets me believe this was added later to enhance the value in a sale. Even if the market value may not be high, it may have a personal emotional value for you, so keep it dry and apply a drop of thin machine oil to the blade, not more! No excess oil should go into the SAYA (sheath)!
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