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  1. Is it possible some of these nakago symbol's and fitting numbers are more ritual/spiritual than manufacturing codes. The number 6 is not considered a lucky number in Japan, however, 3x5=15 or 3+6+6=15 which results in 5 number 3's which are considered lucky? Are the three dots on the nakago possibly an aposiopesis, suggesting trailing off in to silence, or something that continues spiritually unspoken? The square another spiritual/ritual symbol, for instance the significance of pouring sake into a glass inside a masu, or one of many possibilities of a face/figure inside a square? Just a thought, Dave M.
  2. Excellent Sword Gareth! Beyond a bit of age discoloration on the fittings, the sword looks as though it could have been made a month ago. Hopefully, Bruce Pennington or one of the other members can help identify the nakago stamp and habaki kanji... Very nice indeed, Dave M.
  3. It's been a while since I've been to the SF sword show, although I can't imagine Mr. Hayashi not attending. I had the pleasure of speaking with Jimmy about a couple of swords I had brought to the show. Mr. Hayashi impressed me as a friendly soft spoken individual, who was very generous with his time and expertise in evaluating your swords. He is an individual I would trust with any level sword I owned.... Dave M.
  4. Twenty years ago I walked in to a small Pawn shop in Roswell, NM and bought a RS signed by Kanetsugu dated 1945 with "Gi" stamp for $200. Well, since then, as Stephen has suggested shop owners have been watching to many TV shows. Just a guess, but I suspect the shop owner took in the NCO shown above for less than $150. In the past few years, I've bought several swords from pawn shops/military stores and have found (most) of them willing to negotiate in a fairly reasonable manner. I have to admit, even the sword which Bruce has located, I find some what intriguing. It appears solid with the only real problem as its loss of paint and the blade possibly only needing a bit of a cleaning in an appropriate manner. When I see a sword like this, I can't help but wonder, how did it get to this condition, did it lay in the rain and mud for days on Okinawa, did it remain in a damp garage for 75 years, did someone apply paint remover? There seems to be a little original greenish brown paint remaining near the hanger. Definitely curious to see if someone will be willing to have Bruce negotiate... Dave M.
  5. Scott, excellent advice from Stephen with the Japanese sword index as a source of Japanese sword information. I may have overwhelmed you a bit with the terms in my earlier post, but with a little study within the sword index, your knowledge will be greatly increased, and sword terms will be quite clear. Dave M.
  6. Nothing particularly unusual about an unsigned sword, many reasons and much speculation as to why. There are many on the board that will hopefully provide an estimate as to age of your sword. To my eye however, the sword appears to be at least Shinshinto era and possibly older. The kissaki is a bit longer than what could be considered Chu and possibly a bit short of O kissaki. It could be just the photo, but it looks as though it is Koshi-sori which could indicate older age. The Tsuka, Tsuba, Habaki, and Same' are very nice and upper grade. Please acquire some high quality sewing machine oil and apply a light coat to the blade to prevent further rusting. Saya ?? Dave M.
  7. I recall now it was you Lareon, and thought it was interesting idea sharing an "unboxing" with members. Glad to hear you received a refund on the second one. Best regards, Dave M.
  8. Thank you for the additional information Bruce. I had a Rinji Seishiki in my collection a few years ago which also had a gifu stamp. The blade was dated 1945. I sold it for a reason I fail to recall, and have suffered from a mild case of sellers remorse ever since. My collection just didn't seem right with out at least one Rinji Seishiki. A few weeks ago I noticed what appeared to be a very nice Rinji Seishiki in a display case in a military store online. I managed to contact the owner and inquired if the sword was available for sale, by the appearance of the koshirae it had the potential of being a higher grade sword. The owner informed me the items in display cases were not for sale. However, he did have three other Rinji Seishiki's that were available. The other three all had tags, two tags indicated the nakago's were not signed, one was. I asked the owner which sword he would prefer and he mention all three were fairly nice, but liked the signed one best. He mentioned he had never removed the tsuka and was only going by what he had been told, I know now why he hadn't checked the signature. When the sword arrived, it took me over an hour to carefully remove one of the mekugi. I was very happy upon removing the tsuka it did indeed have date, signature, and the bonus of a gifu stamp. You guys basically saw it at the same time I did. Appreciate the likes... Dave M.
  9. I noticed a while back someone posted an "Unboxing" of a as yet unseen sword which had just arrived in the mail. I thought this was kind of a fun idea, so I decided do an (unboxing) as I had a sword which was going to arrive that I also had not seen. If I recall correctly, the individual previously had rather unfortunate results... It's definitely a roll of the dice purchasing a sword online, and until you have the sword in hand you really can't be sure of what you have. Well, it arrived today so lets take a look. I knew it was at least Rinji Seishiki. Ok...not a Star Stamped Rinji, but a decent Katsu Masa, 1944 with Gifu stamp. Wasn't overly expensive, I'm happy with It. Dave M.
  10. Seems to be a trend recently Bruce. A high "Buy it now" price along with a "Make offer." Dave M.
  11. Most of the time in situations such as this, it's about the attempt to open a new market. For years the bar stock Showato and Hantan remained (somewhat) the lower tier of the Japanese sword world. Illegal in Japan, and for many knowing at least a little about Japanese swords realize "Showato" were accepted to be simply machine made stamped out blades with little or no custom work involved. A generic weapon of war...hence, less value. As per remarks above, many of us are resistant to this "opening up" to a new or different way of thinking, myself included. In the case of this particular sword, I fail to recognize how it could be a profitable product at $3 K usd ... Cost of sword, cost of polish, cost of nice korshirae, cost of Shinsa. Hmmm. I own Showato, Gendaito, and Nihonto. I consider them all equal in respect of the individual historic value. The market will be the determining factor as the whether polishing, papering, marketing Showato will be successful. Will it ever be accepted by the Japanese sword collecting community??? Again, simply an opinion, Dave M.
  12. Perhaps Kanbun Shinto ?? Example below... Dave M.
  13. Hi Bruce, No numbers stamped on nakago. Only what can be seen in the pictures above, Kiyomichi, anchor stamp, and what appear to be black painted numbers. Nothing on the other side! Dave M.
  14. John, I mentioned your sword loss to my wife (30 yrs with USPS) and yes there are definitely thieves. However, is that your tape shown in the photo used to repair the box. She said that type tape would never be used by USPS for repair of a package. Identifying which postal service uses that particular type dark duct tape could at least narrow the search somewhat. Again, good luck and hope it shows up, Dave M.
  15. Damn...This is precisely the reason I am reluctant to send any of my swords anywhere by mail. Therefore, in a sense crippling me in pursuit of improving my collection by polish, shinsa, etc. Insurance, ok fine, but does it truly compensate for loss. Hopefully, as mentioned it somehow came out of packaging, (by looks of photo above) and is now in the possession of a Postal Supervisor waiting to be returned to rightful owner... Hopefully turns out for the best, Dave M.
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