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  1. Hi Adam Sorry for late reply I will not post pictures , as this is your post (in wanted to buy section ! ) I just wanted to explain to you , what I understand about your original post request in order to help you , if that's OK ? I do have a katana (+ 2 x wakizashis made by this Smith) with this mei/kuyo mon , all are certified , they have just broken 100 and 101 year age barriers These blades are important as they prove that his career expanded in excess of over 70 years (there is a book written on him - Teishitsu Gigein - the 60 swords by Miyamoto Kanenori) ordered to make 60 swords for a shrine - by the Emporer of Japan As Teishitsu Giegin /Shoshichii , he had to complete , many Imperial Orders /Special requests I , as well , am on the lookout for another Shoshichii katana , however have not seen another one for sale (I'm sure there are some out there , however, at this Age/Title Status , I know they were only made on special order) Kanenori Surpassed the Imperial Court Artisan Title - Teishitsu Geiggin ...... And to my knowledge was " The Only Swordsmith to be given a " Direct Imperial/Hierarchy Court Ranking - Shoshichii # 7 of The Imperial Court " in this time .....? I feel he is under rated He is , " Clearly - One of the Most Superior Swordsmiths' of This Time ! " Continue Your Quest , as I will , and keep in touch ! Cheers , AlanK
  2. Yes Adam As you may already know... This has the Sho Shichii mei (7th rank of Imperial Court) At around age 90 he was awarded this rank He is aged 92 for this blade It is said the kuyo mon is only found on his most latest blades Kanenori's family crest is actually ivy mon
  3. Hi Adam I have nothing for sale This is however the particular swordsmith that my small collection is based on The circular signature/mon that you speak of , do you have a picture of it ? Is it a "9" circle mon (known as Ku Yo mon ) ? It usually appears on the ura/date side Cheers , AlanK
  4. Hello Aussie Mike Unless I missed something There is no shinsa certificate with sword - the bottom 2 lines from aoi are a suggestion ? I Have purchased from aoi , all certified swords are advertised as such You've already purchased ? Otherwise ask in regards Cheers AlanK
  5. Att Admin !! I don't post much However I regularly visit this site I ask that you lock this thread as it is doing damage to a Very Important Person of The Community ! Markus has already publicly given Refunds to those who have asked They can "PM or Email " him ! DON'T go publicly attacking him !😡 I have patience , and I know Markus will deliver Kind regards AlanK
  6. Hi Jesse Thanks for posting , I enjoyed seeing this ! The first/upper tsuba "chinnan sennin " I have 2 examples of Doesn't seem very common motif ? Thanks again ! Cheers AlanK😁👉🍺🍺👍
  7. Yes , John and Kristie are Good Guys ! Easy to deal with , but also Very Professional and helpful Also able to organise polishing , shinsa , having koshirae made etc.. services through his direct contacts in Japan , while my blades were in Japan Totally recommend Nihonto Australia 🇦🇺😁👍 Cheers , Alan
  8. almeister


    Hey Guys Much appreciate your input /efforts ! It appears it may not be a generally used motif ?? That's why I thought I'd throw it out there again after a while to see if any new input/anyone had something similar ? I purchased the first/smaller tsuba years ago , and then one night the other one showed up on Yahoo Japan (quite a while later) , when I saw it , I knew I had to have it ! I painstakingly won the auction$$ George , I think you've pin pointed another very relevant observation , thankyou ! Mauros first assumption sounded good to me as well ! Many thanks Gents ! Kindest regards Cheers , AlanK
  9. almeister


    Hi All Hope everyone is well ! Thought I would refresh my old topic as I still have tsubas to see if anyone else has any other opinions ? Stay well and be safe ! Kindest regards , Cheers , AlanK
  10. Vermithrax The word "mumei" means unsigned Which could possibly lead to a result in differing attributions Kind regards , AlanK
  11. As Brian said, A fatal flaw is a fatal flaw ! Any serious collector would never buy it as resale value is close to nothing if problem is disclosed as it should be . If one of the authorities are willing to certify it , than I'm sure it will be noted on the certificate if buyer aware. Buyer beware may not apply if the blade changes hands several times after original purchase Yeah sure , there's always the assumption that he's only gona chop down banana trees with it! Sticky situations are sometimes best avoided before regret Respectfully , AlanK
  12. Thanks Tom I've seen your site This is a Great Blade ! However , as titled , I seek only his "Shoshichii " signed blades that bear the ku yo crest Many Thanks ! AlanK????
  13. Hi Guys I speak of the shin shinto/gendaito smith Miyamoto Kanenori We are familiar with his "Teishitsu Gigeiin " (Artisan of imperial court ) title - however in his latest years he was given an Imperial Court Ranking "Shoshichii #7 rank of imperial court " at approximately age 90 I collect his most latest made blades with the Shoshichii mei & also blades that display the "ku yo" 9 circle crest on the nakago The pic attached is a wakizashi i have which shows the mei i speak of (nbthk hozon) certified Mei - Shoshichii Miyamoto Kanenori Ku Ju San Saku (93 years old made) Taisho Ju Ichi (1922) It is actually signed tachi mei - but the other blades i have are signed Katana mei - the ku yo may then appear on the ura side of nakago If anyone has/knows of a tanto as described that would consider selling - i would like to hear from you Thanks & Kind Regards ! AlanK ????
  14. When you consider the time/effort/research that goes into Markus's translation services/literature you really do appreciate the small amount you have paid for his services " Totally Recommend - Excellent Work Markus ! " ???????????? AlanK
  15. Hi I have these 2 which i posted a while back under motif/theme Members gave 2 possibilities 1- Handaka Sonja - 1 of 16 of Budda's apostles who was known for his dragon 2- Sennin Chinnan - the wandering hermit who would thrust his cane into the ground to awaken the dragon to merge up into the sky & open up rain clouds in drought stricken areas I still don't know which of the 2 ? Nevertheless they are happily mounted on a pair of blades Cheers AlanK
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