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  1. First glance, it reminds me of Ishido, not sayng it is though. Plenty to go off there, Folk always talk about sending swords of to Shinsa, sometimes i wonder, why bother? What i mean is, sometimes there is enough to work it out for yourself and avoid all the hassles, worries. Nice sword!.
  2. If im being honest, if i was extremely wealthy, there would not be an end. Even now, not in buying mode but still look around the same old sites. Occasionally, maybe once or twice a year i see something that i really like, something that you seldom see for sale. The last one was a late Edo Tanto, lovely blade by a good smith, but it was the inscription that was rare! Nearly, but had an holiday pay for so had to be sensible. For anyone keen, there is no getting away from the odd temptation now and again. Saying that though, something would have had to go Maybe thats the right way to go about it, if not a lottery winner.
  3. When you realize that you dont actually need to acquire any more swords. A big awakening, sometimes caused by issues out of your control, job loss, house purchase, divorce etc etc etc. Some have owned all they feel they need to own and no point putting any more money into acquiring more swords. For a lot of folk, that interest never goes away though. Just a few points.
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    Led to some interesting pieces that kind of resemble the work. http://sanmei.com/contents/en-us/p1637.html Shows what a goose chase it was
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    Aye, 2 sides to this. It is interesting looking into smiths you may have not looked into before Irs not interesting when you cant find the answer Needs to be more info available Thanks though.
  6. I cant say say Paz, they know who they are. Some good honest dealers in UK though, real sword dudes, will advise you to do the right thing when it comes to good blades.
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    We have been given the era and its one of the best swordsmiths Why are we struggling Someone get it and put us out of our mysery, please!!! Misjudged as Koto, top of head thinking of smiths like Masahide and assuming Shinshinto smiths are too late.
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    No machi-okuri ? Looks typical machi-okuri. Nakago moved up the blade with another ana added, one filled. But anyways.................. One of those cases where to know that boshi you would have had to have studied the blades of that particular school quite well. Anyways, always interesting.
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    Ok Kirill, needs to be said. That boshi on a SHINTO blade is as rare as rocking horse **** !! Cmon, for kantei to work it has to be typical work for a school.
  10. Late reply, but just been thinking about this. In contradiction, it may actually make matters worse. Imagine customs officers making a big deal about dealing with the import of Japanese swords, the headaches involved and the hassles. Wouldn't want them to make life easy for themselves and just ban ALL Japanese sword imports
  11. Not mentioning any names but there are well known sword dealers destroying good quality historic heirlooms with cheap crappy commercial polishes. I hope they read this and i hope it makes them STOP!!! Its all about profit, not a care about what they do.
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    I see, you mean the fact its not ubu The boshi was the reason i waa taking so long. Off the top of my head difficult to think of high ranking Edo smiths that did it that way Other swords came up, Osaka too but nakago-jiri was slightly more rounded (in examples i looked at), similar though. Inoue Shinkai After that, its back to the drawing board to find the boshi.
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    Ok, spent enough on this today With Jacques, not enough info. Can see why folk saying Masahiro but tachi mei?, i even thought Tadakuni to start with. On that note, im going with Edo Kanesada 2 Time crack a beer open, get me out of here!!!!!
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    Also, just to confirm. This is not just a mumei sword with an attribution ?, it is signed on the other side? (katana mei)
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    Is there Yasurime at all visible, im not seeing any
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