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    Jean Collin

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  1. John, that is what I expected. But it does not work always that way. Not a big problem though.
  2. Brian, I have the impression that with the former website it was a longer span of time we had for the correction of mistakes in a post. Did that change? How long now?
  3. Same problem here. I thought I was too slow, but probably a website bug.
  4. This why bells are cast. (irony off). This test does not work. It is mainly the form of a metal object that makes it ring (or not).
  5. Louie, prices are requested in the 'for sales' section.
  6. Danke, Peter! Very good article with nice photos!
  7. John, the first MEI looks like KANEHIDE, the second reads HISAYUKI SAKU, I think. This latter MEI lacks the usual confidence of a trained smith, so my impression. If you want to show the blade in full, we might tell more about it.
  8. I display everything Japanese style: In the drawers of a TANSU. Sometimes I have one single TSUBA out on a stand for a short while.
  9. Tony, KITAE is the inner structure of a blade. KITAE WARE is a visible defect in the welding of the steel components which can show in different forms, often longitudinal fissures. You do not want a 'mirror polish' in that place, you want to see the HADA.
  10. Tony, probably not a KIZU, just a little lump of not perfectly homogenized steel, I think. It would not disturb me if it were mine, unless it was a very, very valuable blade.
  11. Very good, Grev! Accident prevented!

    Help with Tsuba

    Joe, the photos are upside-down. This looks a bit like the sad remains of a rustic iron SUKASHI TSUBA with some traits of KYO-SHOAMI school (I don't say it is KYO-SHOAMI). It is heavily corroded, and the 'treatment ' on the one side did not improve the appearance. On both sides, the soft metal application (I don't think it was gold) was lost. It might have been made in the early EDO period, so at least it is no recent cast copy, I think. If you did not pay much, it is certainly o.k. for studies. Better ones will follow as you improve your knowledge.
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