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Dave R

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  1. Pretty much what I think as well, but at the price, I am not bothered. (cheap enough to wear for cosplay!) As for the tsuba, yeah I am pretty sure its cast as well, but the question is when? The rest of the fittings... well it's a Chonin sword with signs of wear, so pre 1872 when all sword wearing was banned. Not a high class merchant, probably somebody like one of these guys, second hand clothes dealers in the big city.
  2. .... and a few more, including one that I took of what came out of the parcel. The tsunagi is no real loss as it was a random piece inserted to hold it together and had been "buggered to fit".
  3. Having just seen a post about current shipping problems I am very aware of having just got this in time, (arrived yesterday)... and i no longer begrudge the shipping fee, which was more than the cost of the ensemble. I use the word advisedly because I have no idea if this package started life together or if it's just a collection of parts, assembled by the dealer. At the price paid, which was less than I would expect for any single item, saya, tsuka or tsuba I have no gripes or issues, though I would have liked the junk tsunagi to have arrived in one piece. Vendors photo's for the most part.
  4. I looks like my latest parcel just got in under the wire.
  5. I think you will find that multiple seppa are your friend here! Either side of a normal Tsuba, which is what was usually done at the time.
  6. Here's my contribution to the fun, described as a "Japanese ANTIQUE WOOD TANSU FURNITURE DRAWER KODANSU LACQUER DESING LEAF NR" and bought from Japan via Ebay in 2013. I use it for small items like seppa and koduka. I guess its Taisho at the oldest, but I like it.
  7. You would be surprised at how much stuff was made using "patrices" and "matrices", positive and negative moulds for thin metal stamping's. Its a technique that goes back thousands of years, for fine detail you hammer into the negative mould, usually using a lead filler or back. Most of the foils on Roman and Germanic items were done this way. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Torslunda_plates Silversmithing 101. D. Rushworth 22 BA Hons', 3d art and design Google will disappoint, because google is silicon valley stoopid.
  8. It can happen, but it's a lottery with the same chances as for a big win. The "one in a million" that I got was bought to be used as an example or "pattern" without any intention or hope of it fitting, so a big surprise when it did! More usually I buy a sound but shabby piece, with damaged or absent Ito, ( would never ever cut the ito on a good piece) and throw it into water for a few hours so the rice glue dissolves. Then I do whats necessary to make it fit. I have found a few where I was not the first retro fitter with things like plugged Mekugi Ana and glued in shims or fillets of Honoki and showing signs of age. Certainly done in Japan anyway.
  9. You beat me to it with the comment about the 47. Frankly they would not have cared less about sword length law. They were on a revenge mission and knew they would be forced to suicide afterwards, and had armed and armoured themselves secretly so not to alert the authorities!
  10. I dunno about that, it's a very mutilated blade if it is, with no base "kerakubi" to the blade. I would also say that even the very short styles of yari, for inside a litter or Kago/Palanquin have a different style of mount, yari sometimes even mounted as daggers/tanto! I think we see a Meiji period Western style triangular bayonet mounted as a yari here.
  11. A bit like this one..... which is supposedly a repurposed Western Bayonet blade!
  12. I think I missed a couple there, but never mind, I think the point is made anyway. A replacement saya is a gamble with poor odds.
  13. Having a bit more time I will go into more detail. Of the eleven saya I have bought off the market only the one wood and leather and two steel Gunto saya, were ready fits for spare blades I had. The wood and leather was a complete koshirae and all of it fitted the blade I had, saya and tsuka, which we all agreed in the local To-Ken club was a one in a million chance, never to be repeated. I bought a stack of three from Japan, one of them fitted a blade I had, and the other two fitted nothing, and still not with anything six years later. Non of the others fitted blades that I had already. So eleven saya, four fitted something. What I have done on three occasions is to split and re cut a random near fit saya to fit a blade, and I have repaired two damaged saya to hold their original blades safely. Repair is easier and more sure of a decent fit. (Apologies if the numbers are a bit confusing, I kind-a-got-lost-there-myself!)
  14. Repair is always easier, and better than replace.
  15. PS. I don't think the kneeling ladies are polishing, but doing some other job. No water vessel at the work station!
  16. What I find interesting is that one photo shows the women working while sitting seiza (which is why I think it may be a posed shot) and in the other they are standing at a work bench! Reality versus propaganda? Last pic. is from the Mantetsu workshop.
  17. I suggest this is done for the same reason the Riinji swords have double mekugi... They don't trust the fit of the wood to the metal. It takes skill, time and handwork all of which are costly in a factory situation!
  18. It was often done as a "quick and dirty fix" on older Tsuka as well. Here's an stripped example in my collection. (Yep I buy shagged out pieces for the information they give.) From the dimensions of the reinforced core I reckon its for a remounted older blade.
  19. They are usually what I have seen called "Kitchen Steel" or harihagane. They can have a hamon.
  20. Stuff like this I tend to pack between two or three blocks of polystyrene with the item in a carved out shaped void in the sandwich. It's how the Chinese pack their replicas, and it works.
  21. Looking at their popularity with Imperialists I suspect a bit of "historismus", a deliberate reference/homage to the very old style chokuto blades. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chokutō
  22. I have found "Evaporust" to be an effective and safe de-ruster. The problem with the phosphoric acid based ones range from user safety to environmental damage via ruining the piece you are working on. I have had scarring from the old "Pink Jelly" that took years to disappear. https://www.evapo-rust.com/
  23. The blessing and the curse of nihonto and gunto is that once the mekugi is removed, it's all yours to do with as you wish.... This includes swapping parts out to personal taste or replacement of the missing. The tsuba could be a replacement from any time since 1945.
  24. A lot of conversation about these swords on here, some will be genuine Gunto and some the local made pseudo Gunto. Good luck telling which is which in blurry vintage photo's.
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