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  1. Hi Bill, your right, thats all that matters. Searching within what you can afford or what you want to spend can be a challenge but is always good fun and for me has been the best part of the hobby. Truth is, most folk cannot afford the swords they wish they could so there are always compromises. The tanto i mentioned above is something that may have been attractive to me on one of my sword hunts in the past but some would describe it as junk, its all relative. Well made, signed, old, authentic and i like the fact it is with its old fittings and probably been sat like that for quite some time. If you cant afford the top stuff then you have to find ways of enjoying stuff at the lower end, though this i must say can become futile and probably would make an interesting topic. There will always be good swords for lower prices. Sometimes best keeping purchases to yourself, forums are great as a whole but alas there are always one or two elitist (fake elitist) ******** that feel the need to rain on a parade Anyways, happy hunting.
  2. Thanks Steve, much appreciated. A small curiosity ive had for a while, good to throw some light on it. The page above is from "Bushido vol2 no1 1980" so a long time ago. The writer does speak of the sound only, be good to find out where they got their info from but doubt thats going to happen. Most of the smiths for both variants, 兼升 and 兼増 are pre 1600, Maybe with illiteracy in those times a little confusion but sounding the same, then maybe Cheers again!
  3. Another long shot. Kanemasu blades being given as gifts ?, this is the only page i have ever seen it written. Common knowledge in Japan maybe anyone know anything or seen it written elsewhere.
  4. Im wondering if someone got a hold of a school mumei example and got inventive. Was this auction in Japan ?
  5. At first glance and leaving it there. I really dont like the look of the inscription and without papers it wouldnt be for me. The mei itself, again, could not buy from these images Something odd about it. Blade looks ok.
  6. This was a gift from Enomoto Sadahito for purchasing one of his fathers blades. A letter opener, all signed. Top dude, he really didnt have to do that but i was chuffed that he did.
  7. The original point to this thread was to work out whether its a good idea to spend $4000 on it, just using the images available and not spending all day on it. A few observations that would personally put me off Its on Ebay, and no mention of papers. The ana look like they were cut yesterday with crisp edges and to me what looks like burrs visible Why so many ana ?, looks odd. Made to look o-suriage but the blade itself looks modern Saya looks modern with a crappy fit of the kojiri To me, the fittings look questionable, menuki look especially modern. The ito wrap looks modern. The blade was by so good to start with that they decided to shorten it by giving a tensho chop straight through the big clumsy mei lol I may be wrong but usually when i start start seeing stuff i dont like about a sword it makes me not want to spend money on it. Chinese have been making these long enough to maybe want to try a new spin on things and suck in some Ebay newbie. ? Who knows, anyway, better stuff about that comes without ???????????????????????????????????????????
  8. I mean this joking Phillip, but 100% full on mounted cavalry horses asses A few seconds looking at the nakago was enough to start alarm bells, perfect drilled ana and the mei, looks dodgy and its on EBAY, What the others have said. Look at sales pages here and well known dealers , buy a sword with papers, no rush. Never let the heart rule the head, as we all guilty of at some point. Loads of advice and info on this site regarding purchasing swords,
  9. Nice sword Luis, especially the bright and thick Habuchi which really stands out. Reminds me of Bungo too, i gues its the nakago that has you leaning towards Bizen too maybe ?, perhaps a good clear shot of the nakago the right way up might help. Seen it written that many Bungo swords resemble Bizen closely. One for Shinsa should it bother the buyer enough.
  10. Thats one hell of a request On the subject of Seki into Edo, steel gets better and so does mei, but, lacks so much of the Muromachi.
  11. Hello, Dont be so sure its Kanbun, as said, tricky. All this best done before purchase., not after
  12. Difficult enough in hand, never mind pictures Just had the impression that if the blade continued to broaden if suriage, then it would be one hell of a blade at the hamachi in its full original form. In some photos that looks the case and in others it dont. Still, always good trying to work them out. Hope it turns out the way you want. Cheers
  13. Hello, Very difficult from images but your blade appears to have a decent amount of fumbari. In the picture with the older blade, it appears more obvious. Some info types of kissaki form (ksky.ne.jp) A tricky one.
  14. Just speculating, difficult from those images. You do come across Kanbun O-suriage.
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