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Alex A

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  1. 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.
  2. 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 ???????????????????????????????????????????
  3. 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,
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. Hello, Dont be so sure its Kanbun, as said, tricky. All this best done before purchase., not after
  7. 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
  8. 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.
  9. Just speculating, difficult from those images. You do come across Kanbun O-suriage.
  10. Reminded of Kanbun too Also, maybe not suriage but made to look suriage and if suriage, no great care was taken and the nakago looks a bit odd now, which is not a good sign. But anyways, good luck.
  11. Tracking at a few well known couriers is terrible these days, such things as "we dont recognize the tracking number", even when typed in correctly As mentioned here, fine until it reaches the destination country then goes blank for weeks on end then just turns up, had it twice over recent years. Not just other countries, its gone bad just within my own country. Special delivery next day has took 3 days on some occasions lately. They get there, eventually.
  12. Postal services these days dont know what day it is!!, im hoping its just sat in a warehouse waiting for someone to do something about it. Best of luck.
  13. What an unusual mix. What i find interesting is the tsuka, the way the snake has been attached over what looks to be baleen. Cant remember seeing anything so elaborate, i guess not a daily carry
  14. Zatoichi decent, some subtle humour thrown in. The Blind Swordsman: Zatoichi (1/11) Movie CLIP - Blind Fury (2003) HD - YouTube
  15. Yes, an ornamental Samurai sword i got when i was around 10 years old, never had the heart to get rid of it. Also, not so long after, a Ninja sword with a Towkay 440 steel blade (whatever that is) along with a bunch of throwing stars etc. Found a pic, xmas 1982. Easily pleased back then not like kids of today with the ps4 etc etc (i was a strange kid tho) It was all the Ninja movies at that time.
  16. Be good searching for a suitable tsuba
  17. Personally, sometimes struggle with these old blades. Made so long ago and seen so much wear over the years that it shadows the blade it once was. Changes along the hamon, weaker in some areas than others, distraction for me and would probably end up getting a little bored. (at that price) As always, horses for courses.
  18. I looked again too, and actually, for a katana with TH and decent antique koshirae/shirasaya thought the price was pretty fair indeed.
  19. Jon, id be happy to own it, a TH sword with nice koshirae. I can see why you went for it.
  20. We use the term "cobbled" a lot but again worth mentioning that folk have been cobbling koshirae together for hundreds of years. There are things to look for when buying swords with a koshirae. Fit.....is the saya and tsuka made to fit the sword?, does everything line up ok for kozuka/kogai Seppa, do they match the size of the fuchi correctly?, are there too many ? (not to say you wont find examples in the Tokyo museum with seppa that are undersized or stick out like a dogs hind leg) Ray skin............old or new Ito...........old or new Ito wrap, done well or amateurish Damage Quality of fittings Small things can be put right, loose tsuba, seppa, small damage, not the end of the world. Over the years, seen some very good deals on good swords with good antique koshirae. Nick and Ray sold some very nice examples if my memory serves me right.
  21. Hope it comes with some provenance regarding its history, im not seeing any. Tsuka ito dont look so old in the images.
  22. Rare and from an excellent smith, im interested and wishing i could!! Good deal.
  23. Not been on Ebay for a good while but remember one would appear occasionally if i was looking regularly.
  24. Jon Told you you would get some opinions! Another thought, be careful where you show potential purchases, seen one or two get snapped up on sight haha
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