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  1. Bit confused here, are you talking about the blade with 3 nakago-ana in this thread? o
  2. Good to see someone new to collecting knowing what they want, for a change. And doing their homework Well done, good purchase The Nanako fittings are nice.
  3. With a long thin shaft like that, the only thing i can think of is an exceptionally rare type of arrowhead, but what do i know Edit to add. Got me curious this piers so started a look at the Stone Glossary book. p673 , no 48, similar shape. Perhaps something along those lines maybe, if not for a bow, maybe a crossbow. Maybe be totally wrong, but interesting though.
  4. John explained the Hozen paper...............genuine Hozen=worthy of preservation. This is an Hozen level blade. These papers are enough for a lot of people, dont need anything higher, even for blades well above the quality of this particular blade. Back up what they already think for themselves, which is how it should be, not just relying solely on a paper.
  5. Hello, looks to be a good healthy blade.
  6. Hello, Have you done clear pictures of the nakago ? Blade length ? Start comparing to Sue-Mino , end of Muromachi, see what you find.
  7. Always great to see Brians display. Just a few things ive learned you may already be aware of. Dont display swords near an outside wall or radiator. Dont display swords above which is a boiler, in my experience seen too many spring a leak. When you go on holiday move your swords upstairs and turn the water off at the mains (witnessed a disaster once), preferably leave them in a locked gun cabinet (get them cheap on ebay) Move them out of the way if any friends or family visiting. Lastly, dont buy any blade that shows any sign of spider rust.
  8. Made for hefty blade Bruno, even after being altered to the 8MM width. Seller said Momoyama, ana measurements meets the stout blades around at that time. Its difficult, just got to work with what you have Not studied tsuba for a long time, but from memory, read somewhere that when you come across thin plate tsuba like this that are not of the norm (as in square), was a Momoyama trait. The plate on your tsuba looks uniform, Edo, but perhaps just in good preservation, the edges also look crisp. Ive seen tsuba that date to the end of the Muromachi in this condition. Just thoughts, im here to to learn to. Perhaps ask folk like Ford Hallam, Mariusz a good call to as he has seen quite a few of these over the years. As for Katchushi/Tosho, dont really matter, to me.
  9. Before you do anything read just one book, take you a day or two Enlightenment. The Samurai Sword: A Handbook: Amazon.co.uk: John M. Yumoto, T.C. Ford: 9784805309575: Books Nothing worse than buyers remorse.
  10. I like it too What is the nakago-ana size ?
  11. Georg, with looking at the koshirae totally missed the blade. Looking at what Ray pointed out earlier, can you make out the hamon at all ?, Choji ? Nakago might be messed with but could be improved. Ishido blades in Choji, if in good polish can be also really appealing.
  12. Aye, the blades are difficult, some good advice on here if you do a search.
  13. Those fittings will be really appealing to a lot of collectors, real Samurai appeal. Vey nice to see. Ps, those new images are excellent, dealer quality
  14. Hopefully just a bolt in the bottom and not glued. I got one, black marble (not granite) base from a trophy shop lol, they made me one to suit, long time ago but was only £15. Will look so much better without the wood,
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