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  1. Hello, I'm overwhelmed by the offers on Ebay, not being knowledgeable enough to detect flaws and quality of the blade in all the listings I see. Hence I post here, hoping to find a blade from a reliable seller (Europe, anyone?) at a fair price.


    I am after a Katana from the Kamakura/Early Muromachi. Mei or Mumei, as long as it comes with NBTHK papers, no Kizu and a sane appearance/polish.


    Thanks for your help



  2. Hello, is it possible to spot a re-tempered koto blade easily, before polishing? Or is it just a polishing that can reveal the mizukage?


    I bought my first sword via Ebay from a member of this group some time ago. Even if the seller is knowledgeable and described it "fully", he never ever said it was a re-tempered blade. It is only after polishing (that cost me a leg and an arm) that I was revealed by the polisher, the presence of the mizukage.



  3. Hi there, we all know the methods of these people. A funny remark : if you check the address of the pics they use in their Ebay listings, you can see where the object is actually listed : they don't even save them on their hard drives to repost them on Ebay, they use directly links of pictures coming from yahoo auctions.



    Demonstration : let's use this auction: http://www.ebay.com/itm/Japanese-SAMURA ... 0848216168


    You can find this picture on the listing ( right click -> save image link to access the link of the picture) :


    http://auctions.c.yimg.jp/img309.auctio ... 427936.jpg


    If you want to go further, by copying this link in google image, you can find back the page with the original auction. In this case :


    http://winners-auction.jp/productDetail/3694/ (sold for 20000 yens already)



  4. Hello, I recently bought a Momoyama blade on Ebay for a fair price. On the shirasaya, there was a paper label, slightly eroded. Here are a couple of pictures.

    I guess this inscriptions are not contemporary to the blade, but were added later...

    Can this however help "identify" the blade, some of its origin and history?

    Thanks for your help ! (I'm still at the beginning of studying, and really need help) :


    9017530_bigthumb.jpg 9017529_bigthumb.jpg 9017527_bigthumb.jpg



  5. Hello all,

    My name is Laurent, and I always had interest in Nihonto. For decades. I try to educate myself the best I can on the subject with books and internet, but nothing replaces expertise from other people, and this place seems to the best for that!

    I always dreamt to buy a genuine antique blade with a "soul". Until I could afford an antique, I bought a modern katana, just to train how to respect it, and to learn how preserve a blade from rust and other aggressions over time.


    I found this katana on Ebay, and even if the auction ended, I'm still in contact with the seller that kept it aside for me a few days:




    It comes with a NTHK origami, that, from what I read, judges more the quality of the blade that its historical value. Please could you help me and have a look at the auction and tell me if, according to your experience and expertise, seller claims are right and it is worth purchasing it.


    This would be my first buy and my first step in the world of blades collecting, and I don't want to make a mistake funded by lack of experience. ANy expertise on the blade/fittings would be much appreciated!


    Thansk a lot!



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