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  1. Hi Curran, First off good.to hear from you! As I replied to Jay and put computer down, i thought something goto has to be waki goto but i fell asleep instead of looking it up. i didn't realize they actually papered to waki goto. I am used to hearing waki goto and then the branch but that is probably because anytime i looked up wakigoto it was in association with a particular name (usually a gimei lol). Thanks for the help. The story is an ancient chinese lore basically the king's chariot stopped with a praying mantis raising his claw to the chariot in middle of the road. The king said if i had warriors like that he would rule the world. The Japanese at some point turned it around and changed the lesson to don't be a mantis in the middle of the road (as brave as it is he would get crushed). I am not positive but that moral change is more modern i think. Thanks again. And hope all have good Thanksgivings if you celebrate. Ken
  2. Thanks Jay, i should have been more specific., I'm really looking for the attribution "section". I want to know.who.they are papering it to so i can evaluate it from there. I didn't look at the seller but they way they are selling/ descriptions/ pricing that they aren't regular sellers of this category ( purely a guess on my part which could likely be wrong). Appreciate the input. Ken
  3. Hi all, Just came across.this and was hoping to get some help with translating papers. I believe it says wagon wheels.or chariot wheels and ffigure of praying mantis. mumei. something goto? Maybe shakudo at end It.would take me.forever with trying to decipher handwriting. After the papers i need to.see if the price is crazy... If you didn't realize only interested in the mantis themed one. Appreciate comments thanks. Entire auction link is here https://buyee.jp/item/yahoo/auction/s1021830459?lang=en&rc=yaucc Ken
  4. Usually i am way too far behind to comment or add things and i understand my limited participation these days on nmb i shouldn't be jumping in and commenting. however on reading this beware; i am wondering exactly what you are offering .... Sex for 2 70 yos? Do you except trades? Always looking for mantis themed fittings. Lol. You know you have a problem if you are becoming a street walker for fittings. Ok back to my cave.... However, i would prefer a trade with daughters of said septuagenarians... Depends on the fitting..
  5. Coincidentally i just found this, although i didn't really look at the signature and compare how it looks to other mei. https://page.auctions.yahoo.co.jp/jp/auction/n506844828
  6. Hi all, Some additional potential names to cruise through. Wouldn't be the first time i just went through Haynes index, well in this case more names to go through. Something satisfying when you finally discover that first kanji in a name to solve the puzzle. Although very disappointing not to figure it out. Appreciate any more ideas, if they come to you. I'll share if i figure it out (actually did go through some of those variations although not completely). Thanks for the input. Ken
  7. Hi Piers, Thanks for the input. No, there isnt any other inscription that i can see in photos. Always a curveball out there. Thanks. Ken
  8. Hi Steve, Yes i agree this one is weird. Thanks for looking. Ken
  9. Hi all, I have been trying to translate this tsuba. I am not sure about the auction translation of hide yuki. I see there is a small character above hide not sure what that is. I could use the help with finding who this smith is. I have been trying to figure out kanji, this is what I have but I know not correct "心英兩可" +kao. The auction link is https://www.catawiki.com/l/39045283-tsuba-shakudo-Japan-late-edo-period Thanks. Ken aka "the Mantis Dude"
  10. Hi all, I have been slowly trying to catchup on posts but always get distracted and end up not "participating" in real time. Of course, someone was kind enough to let me know about this one. This is a well known design from the Shoami school (i know of a nbthk papered one). Design could be from early to mid edo, although have seen them labeled as ko shoami and they are repro'ing them currently albeit poorly.. Thank goodness. I can't remember but a museum has one online very similar and also have seen in a book (i think). I do believe this design is a representation of the famous Chinese fable of "mantis vs. Chariot" as Marius mentioned above. For more I refer you to https://www.freewebs.com/kamakiriken/symbolism2.htm All the best, Ken aka "the mantis dude"
  11. I remembered I had posted a similar question many years ago and found it. Just to show you more http://www.militaria.co.za/nmb/topic/9427-fuchi-stamp-can-you-id-it/?hl=%2Bfuchi+%2Binside+%2Bkanji&do=findComment&comment=95654
  12. Especially after the beer..... It had to be said:)
  13. Pete, Thanks for that. I am amazed that I didn't know that. However, reading many of the glossaries of fittings books, not 1 mentions the patination stage. They all say the same thing it's a Japanese alloy that is effected by the amount of gold content. always something to learn even the basics. This is a more technical question that I'm sure will have a "depends" answer but how thick is the patination layer to give us that black color? I saw the spot of copper coming through on this kozuka But I don't recall seeing this happening a lot. If it were more common i think I would have become more aware of the entire process a while ago. Still in shock from this true lapse in knowledge. Appreciate the insight. Thanks Ken E
  14. Hey Brian at al, As someone that occasionally looks for those all inspiring insects,aka the preying mantis, I usually will take a look at a piece if i see a wagon wheel (perhaps one of the biggest understatements I have ever typed) . However, the wagon wheel plays in other non mantis themes. Carriages are part of other lores. In this particular case, I don't see anything resembling a mantis. If those were mantis arms, claws would be at the ends. The head shape is wrong. Just about always there is a form of a triangle or something that comes close to that base shape. Wider at the top- coming to a smaller width if not a point at least a less wide flatter section. if the top of the head didn't exist, maybe but then there are no antenna. There is no neck which would be an important physical component before the body. If the body, there would be more legs. Now the famous legend of the mantis and the chariot has the chariot/cart carrying a king who decried if he had an army of these fearless creatures he would rule the world. I could get behind the king being depicted, although I don't see enough going on to describe this fable in the rest of the piece. There is the Buddhist dharma wheel which would make sense but I'm not sure this wheel looks like them. In conclusion, even for a guy that no matter what he sees becomes a mantid to me (play on tootsie roll). I just don't see it here. All the best, Ken aka "the mantis dude"
  15. Why do I have a different concept of shakudo? I didn't think it has to be patinated. The color comes from the mixture of the individual alloys. If I were to cut into a kaga piece would it not be a hunk of black metal? Not that I'm going to do that. All the ana's (hitsu, kogai, etc) are black. How it is polished gives the mirror black finnish. The rare sukashi shakudo tsuba is entirely in a black color. Was the entire piece patinated to get black? To me it would leave "spots" of worn color. I have an old mino shakudo tsuba that similarly i believed to be a massive hunk of shakudo. Obviously, I need more or better input. I had a fuchi kashira restored. It was black. However, the black was stripped and could not be replicated since the underlying base metal was copper, not shakudo and that particular pickling recipe was lost to time. Obviously, I have a different understanding which is not surprising but if I have it, I'm sure others can to. So do we have a bat phone for Ford? Thanks, Ken
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