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  1. For sale
    Tsuba signed Naoaki (直鏡) + kao, full name Hata Naoaki (畑直鏡), who was also a swordsmith and the son of the 1st gen. Shōji Naokatsu (荘司直勝, 1805-1858) and grandson of Taikei Naotane (大慶直胤).   All the swordsmiths of the Naokatsu line also produced tsuba, mainly in the Nobuie style, and these tsuba are often characterized by a "melted" surface with a dark smooth patina.  This tsuba presents all the classic elements of Naoaki's works, it represents a wheel cart (partally in sukashi) and paulownia crests in vines by engraving.  The mimi on left and right sides are engraved with kikko pattern, the typical turtle shell pattern of Nobuie.  The patina is dark and smooth and overall the aspect of the tsuba is very "organic" due the melted appearance.  

    Dimensions: 76x72 mm 
    Thickness at seppa dai: 3 mm 
    Thickness at mimi: 5.5 mm

    Price 850€ plus shipping and Paypal

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  2. 26 minutes ago, parfaitelumiere said:

    Put some wax or resin on the mei area, leaving all the characteristics visible except the mei, the material could be removed using solvant or alchool.
    Then you send to be submitted again, saying not to remove the resin or material you added.
     

    Did you try this procedure before?


  3. 三位有功 (Arikoto, bearer of the third court rank) 
    court noble, lived from 1796 to 1854, it is said that he started to forge blades by his own because he was dissatisfied with the sword collection of his family, he was trained by the swordsmiths Ozaki Masataka (尾崎正隆) and Nankai Tarō Tomotaka (南海太郎朝尊)

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  4. Manuel,

    For my own education, what is meant by "practice sword?" Do you think it was made in Japan as a practice sword? The blade shape looks authentic as does the nakago jiri.

     

    The etched name "Randal" and possibly a unit "IIXII" could be the guy that brought it back, if made during the war (for practice).

     

    Of course i might be wrong, but from what i see the blade isn't tamahagane for sure and most likely not even steel. The hamon is drawn and the nakago is been badly adapted (most likely to fit the tsuka). Usually this kind of blades are called "mogito" in Japan, and can be wall hangers for tourists or iaito for practice.

    Tosogu are all modern cast and the koshirae is "wall hanger quality".

    At least is probably made in Japan, since usually China ones are steel

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  5. Manuel, with all due respect, your comment is presumptuous. These pictures don't allow for a clear judgment, too bad quality.

    If you refer to the hamon, know that Muramasa also did hitatsura.

    You should be more modest before looking at Japanese swords. :)

     

    And the subject is the certificate, not the sword.

     

    I'm sorry if i sound presumptuous, that wasn't my intention. Just i studied Muramasa and his works for a while and what i see on this blade doesn't look anything like his workmanship. He made hitatsura, but never this picturesque and regular. Hada doesn't fit either. 

    What i said about the papers wasn't against you, since you said yourself that this is suspicious, is just a general raccomandation. I always doubt of papers on mumei blades, even NTHK or NBTHK, after all is just an educated guess  :)

     

    And about the certificate doesn't seem Fukunaga's http://www.shibuiswords.com/papers1.htm

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