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  1. 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.
  2. Some great deals Grev, surprised T316 & T288 have not sold yet at those prices!
  3. 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.
  4. Everyones an expert on the internet Also see a lot of pots Kettle & Black syndrome too
  5. Give it some more time, will turn up eventually.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. Nice, reminds me of Tadakuni. Its all a myth, made up by those that can afford Shodai
  9. Obviously you would only deal with someone who is well known. Some guys have 30+ years experience.
  10. Some guys can do good work, but then you see bad work too, from the same guy. Commercial crappy polish that ruins blades (often required by dealers to keep costs down) Make it clear you dont want the latter.
  11. Hi JP, you been in this hobby a good while now and your wise enough to work out who is capable of doing what. As you say, we cant all send off swords to Japan for one reason or another, or even want to. Its always a risk shipping stuff overseas anyway, plenty here have had hassles Get a set time for the work, dont pay up front. Better in future just to get on with it, bringing it up here will always ruffle feathers.
  12. Look through the dealers sites above, Aoi art, e-sword etc and get familiar with swords from each era and their differences. Look long enough and you will get to know what you like, wont take long, i expect. And as always, buy the starter books before you buy.
  13. You would be lucky to come across good quality fittings put together for a sword pre 1900, most you see have been messed with or cobbled together later. Tsuba swapped out, re-wrap, mismatched seppa etc. Also in UK, expect to see out of polish and bad polish. Not to say all polishers here do bad work. Dont expect to see many papered swords in the UK, especially from a dealer high up the google charts. Study blades and get to know what you like before you buy and work out a budget, then take it from there. Otherwise, buyers remorse maybe. Some good swords can be bought quite reasonably but expect to compromise on a lower budget.
  14. When you think you have seen enough, dont need any.
  15. The Fuchi seems interesting due to its shape but this may just be the angle. Be good to see clear images of it by itself. Reminds me of a pre-edo type that are hard to get a hold of..........possibly
  16. If you block someone then you dont see what they are rambling on about, although this could be a risk as you dont know what they might be saying ? (as in ruining sales) I was wondering if its possible to block someone in a way that stops them seeing your posts too. I say this because i see folk ruining sales and trolling, and it would be nice if they disappeared for good. (personal opinion) Kind of ruining being here.
  17. Thought you were keeping out of sales posts ?, AS MENTIONED BEFORE, THIS IS NOT SHINSA
  18. Alex A

    Kabuto opinions

    Thanks all for the replies, but Enough of my time and other folks time has been wasted over this helmet.🙄 Not heard from the guy so dont know WTH is going on, but can only guess. Sure we have all got better things to do, i know i have.
  19. Alex A

    Kabuto opinions

    Thanks Uwe, here is an image without the maedate, i dont yet have one without the liner.
  20. Alex A

    Kabuto opinions

    Thank you, appreciated
  21. Alex A

    Kabuto opinions

    Hi Uwe, thanks for the reply. Im just looking to verify that it is authentic and not a later copy. Cheers
  22. Alex A

    Kabuto opinions

    Hello, Ive had permission to list this Kabuto in the Katchu section for discussion as i have been offered it as part payment on the sale of one of my swords. To be honest, i dont know much about them. Its described as late Edo with more recent maedate and chord As pointed out, an unusual shape. Thanks for any help.
  23. Whoa, easy tiger, im not saying you re disrespecting metal You mentioned copper on copper, and i was wondering about steel on copper. Maybe a Samurai that liked a drink, or had the shakes lol
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