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  1. Agree ... one quick way to distinguish between a Japanese sword and cheap Chinese is check the position of the HA Machi and the Mune machi if there is more than 1/8 or more difference its probably Chinese. After making so many swords in China it would seem they would learn. The reason they do it that way is because it much easier to jam a caste Habaki on the blade tang , rather than forge one on the blade..... James
  2. Funny that's the first thing I thought of ......
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    Possible Hagire

    Kronos , there seems to be a pretty good crack dead center of 1st picture . I do not see well and could be mistaken or maybe some debris on blade ha. James
  4. Outstanding craftsmanship , just simply beautiful ...... James
  5. Very sweet blade , much prettier than my girl friend ... Just kidding . It is very nice . James
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    My New Tsuba

    Very nice score ...... ! James
  7. Mark how about the 3 dragons . let me know what you want ..... James
  8. Mark I would be interested in the 2 poor dragons ? in second pic . drop me a pm and let me know what you need to get .... James
  9. Not difficult at all to find .... Here are some sources depending where you live... http://www.industrynet.com/search.asp?headers=LU0260,+LU0280,+LU0325,+LU0350,+LU0355,+LU0266,+LU0267,+LU0268,+LU0270,+LU0320,+LU0323,+LU0327,+LU0333,+LU0336,+LU0340,+LU0351,+LU0353,+LU0354,+LU0365,+PA0671
  10. Brian, sorry I did not get back sooner . If you are interested in starting a collection maybe I can help ? I really don't sell much of my collection . I am one of those guys " if I did not find it , Its not important to me because of so many outright fakes and some reproductions that can be very convincing , somewhat like the Japanese sword industry . I would be willing to trade something . Knives , fittings or whatever you may want to trade ? Every blade I have was found or excavated by Myself. I even have provenance of where each blade was found and its age and typology . Some large stone knives can be quite pricey , depending on quality of stone and workmanship i.e. and length of blade, I also have some that are very reasonable . Also similar to sword collecting. Please drop me an email and we can talk a little .... Regards James
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    Tora Menuki ID

    Nice blade . The menuki fits right in ... I love using W-2 water Quenching steel mostly. It does produce a great hamon. It is usually low in Manganese as is some 1075 . I also make blades (modern) using antique parts menuki, tsuba, and occasionally a saya that fits. here are a couple with old hardware and new blade.... James
  12. I have a source for southern magnolia . He sells boards that are 1" x 4" x 4 FT long I buy 2 boards at a time . I will look for the email address . They are near Atlanta Used to buy it from a fellow in texas Ben Chrysler not sure if last name is spelled correctly .But , he passed away last year. Although some folks do not realize it but, shibuichi metallurgical speaking it is a type of Brass . Hard to work but I love it . I can make some in 1"x 4" strips from 1/8" to 1/4" thick . I n order to work it you have to anneal anneal anneal each time you make a bend or it will crack . Brass is very durable much more than copper although it doesn;t look as good in my opinion. I n fact they make machine bearings from brass. Habaki making is not an easy proposition , it took me about 2 years before I could make a decent one ........ Good luck James
  13. A few volts is all it takes when you are speaking about hundreds of years. As Far as cutting a shirasaya , you will never learn unless you try , heck you might be really good at it with practice .(Koketsu ni irazunba koji wo ezu) Literally: If you do not enter the tiger's cave, you will not catch its cub. good luck on your work. James
  14. If you can find some, try southern magnolia which is a close relative to Japanese honika wood . As far as copper against steel ... There is a chemical reaction between 2 dissimilar metals , its called galvanic action. It occurs when 2 metals that are different that come in contact with each other . If a small amount of heat is applied it creates an electrical charge that can corrode metal. It's basically is a thermocouple and you know what happens to them on your furnace from time to time . It can happen if a sword is left in sunshine or near some heat source .Its one of the 7 different ways to produce electricity. I don't know how many habaki I have seen that are practically welded on the sword . Moisture can have a chemical effect also . Its what makes some automobiles rust at the weld lines when different metals are used for the weld , called an incompatible weld. Crude thermocouple Rainbowing of Habaki can also be caused by heat. I heat treat copper and brass shibu silver . Even heating steel will cause metal trace elements to change color . very similar to heat treating precious stones and even rocks. Maybe the sword was exposed to heat ?? In that case it may spell doom for the Hamon ?? The previous poster mentioned a 400 year old sword normally does not have 400 year old habaki correct, they wear out. James
  15. Peter I guarantee that I care . I think if someone wants to truly understand the Japanese culture , you must study all of it, not just a small period . The first Question I want to ask you , do you want to sell one of those ?? Here are some pieces from my collection . I studied Archeology ( archaic) Titerinton focus with Dr Carl Chapman . He is passed now . But I learned a lot from him . We excavated sites in 3 different countries . One item that should be of interest to most members . At the turn of the Century several human effigy pipes and stone carvings were discovered in southern Illinois just south of Cahokia mounds ,And Spiro mounds that contained several effigies that most Archeologists Agreed that it looked very Japanese including the hairdo . I will post it . There is another one that I haven't been able to locate picture yet that looks even more Japanese ... He is carrying a sword that looks like straight Japanese blade ???? Here are some pics Enjoy........ James Ps there are several Japanese points in collection , see if you can pick them out . Who ever gets it right first gets a free excavated American Indian Projectile!
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