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  1. Correct. It is common. Of course tas you will find healthier examples. Again, it is all in the price.
  2. Tom, the price has been lowered, as there were no takers when it was higher. Obvious, I know the price is probably not a screaming bargain but it seems fair. The sword is tired (polished down), nakago is deteriorated. This is all reflected in the price.
  3. Have a look at this 15th c. wakizashi: http://www.ksky.ne.jp/~sumie99/sword3.html Kojima san is a Japanese sword smith (Kei'un Naohiro) and his wife runs the Usagiya online shop. Descriptions are always totally honest, sometimes to the point of discouraging potential buyers. You would get a koto - a 600 years old sword, pretty long for a wakizashi. And you can have a payment schedule.
  4. To all who think about this one... Please note: this is a healthy and flawless wakizashi. And it is as good as shinshinto gets - you have an excellent school, the sword is an absolute beauty (look at those choji), it comes with oshigata and of course NBTHK Hozon, all this for a very attractive price. Last not least - Grey is one of the few great gentlemen (old school in the best sense of the word) of the nihonto world. Whoever buys this sword, will be very happy!
  5. Ray, judging by the picture of the sugata, this must be a stout blade, am I right?
  6. This is the best book on iron sukashi tsuba and a must for anyone serious about this category of sword guards. For those who do not know this book, there is a review on a defunct blog: http://gomabashi.blogspot.com/2010/03/this-book-will-change-way-you-think.html
  7. Quite interesting how everyone sees something different
  8. The main motif looks like a bag (full with goods), the small sukashi could be either a Cintamani (wish fulfilling jewel), or a kukurizaru. You can find a bag (fukuro) on several crests and the Cimantani (hōju) in countless scrolls. I have found one painting where Hotei (bag on his shoulders) is looking at a hōju jewel: https://blogos-haha.blogspot.com/2019/08/wish-fulfilling-vases-of-void-continued.html And here is a painting with a Cimantani (hōju): https://www.schneiblefinearts.com/shop/Japanese-asian-fine-art/Japan-old-hoju-wish-granting-jewel-scroll-hand-painted-calligraphy-signed-2/ (disclosure: I am in no way associated with the seller of this painting) Kukurizaru (photo from this blog: https://www.2aussietravellers.com/walking-kyoto-ryozen-kannon/) Fukuro kamon (picture stolen from Pinterest):
  9. I have recently made a purchase from the NMB. Axel (username Fuuten) has sold me a nice yamagane tsuba. It was a pleasure to deal with him and I am very happy with the purchase. The tsuba has arrived quickly. Plus, Axel is a really nice guy
  10. Judging by the workmanship (which is poor) it is Meiji at best. It could even be Chinese. The sword looks interesting, though. Yura, if you want to see a high quality koshirae (in fact, highest quality) have a look at this one: https://yuhindo.com/goto-mitsunobu-yokoya-nobusada-daisho/
  11. JT, sorry to say, but your tanto seems to be very very low quality (at least in your photographs, but it might also be the polish). It if were a Hosho utsushi by a reputable sword smith it would have looked way superior. Masame as such is not an indication of quality, it is just a way of arranging layers during the forging of iron (steel). I suggest you don't focus on the least important factor in the quality of the sword... No matter what hada, a sword can be bad or excellent. `Please dive into this excellent resource by Kojima Hiroshi, a Japanese sword smith: http://www.ksky.ne.jp/~sumie99/information.html
  12. Not really, just a few, (they focus on steel and I have no pics of the sugata of my own): My katana by Kojima: My ken by Kojima:
  13. Kojima Hiroshi (4th Naohiro of the Taikei Naotane lineage, signs his swords Kei'un). Kojima makes functional swords and only seldom tries to copy old works. He has his onw style, while keeping "the spirit" of old sword. His hada is usually tight, his blades have utsuri. Hamon ranges from flamboyant gunome to suguha. I have seen a sword by him quenched without clay - it looked like an Ichimonji. The site of his shop contains a wealth of information: http://www.ksky.ne.jp/~sumie99/ I own 5 swords by Naohiro and they are the only modern swords I have.
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