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  1. Brilliant, great to see someone thinking outside the box.
  2. For most of us, its just a bit of fun, like doing a crossword or something. For me, wasting time filling my head with enough info to do it without books is overkill. Also, if a shinsa team need a suitcase full of references then what hope have most of us got looking at images on a forum. As mentioned, if described well with good images, someone always gets it. For me personally, the fun of this hobby is the journey and learning as i go. Forums and an increase in knowledge can be difficult though, helping others often ruffles feathers can can lead to childish name calling etc, which ruins it for most folk. Most here regurgitate what is written in books. Ford Hallams knowledge is immense, and then we have folk like Jussi that come across as not being stuck in 1860, compiling info etc. So most of us, know *** all
  3. Didn't spend long on it, usually i find if you bump a number of keywords into a google search then sometimes it can lead you on to the right path and funnily enough im pretty sure the correct smith got a mention somewhere along the lines. So i suppose you could always fluke it. I didnt think the blade was that old, reminded me of Mino and Soshu, hence my wrong answer. If textbook and with good images and relevant info then its not rocket science, someone always gets it, especially those that have spent a bit of time getting to know the work of a particular smith/school for one reason or another.
  4. Exactly, unless the blade in question is "textbook", then for me Kantei is nonsense. If you look hard enough you will find similar work that looks to be a good fit, but in the end its just a waste of time, especially from images only
  5. From whats available, Shimada (wavy kaeri)
  6. Some interesting tsuba, been tempted but buying on hold for a while. The tosho revival also good price, for those that dont want to spend megabucks on a Koto, decent size. The nanako on the copper tsuba better than most you see.
  7. Some great deals Grev, surprised T316 & T288 have not sold yet at those prices!
  8. Thanks JP, no getting away from the fact that we do need polishers closer to home, especially in this day and age. No doubt those reading this in the same situation will stay away from unpolished blades in future. Good luck with the end result, nice to see you being kept up with progress.
  9. Everyones an expert on the internet Also see a lot of pots Kettle & Black syndrome too
  10. Give it some more time, will turn up eventually.
  11. You would assume a student working with a teacher for a long time would pick up all the skills necessary to replicate the teachers work.. Times change, quality of materials, demand, costs etc. Think the "respect your elders", goes a lot further in countries like Japan.
  12. Its a long time, is it a sword ? Ive not seen much difference between now and pre-covid with stuff from the US. Check the tracking and make some enquiries. If it is a sword, may have got held for one reason or another.
  13. Nice, reminds me of Tadakuni. Its all a myth, made up by those that can afford Shodai
  14. Obviously you would only deal with someone who is well known. Some guys have 30+ years experience.
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