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    Mark C.

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  1. Thank you Steve, and for your comment, Tom. It is a really nice piece, in condition as if made yesterday.
  2. Hi everyone, I just received a nice TBH Akasaka (rokudai) tsuba from Japan. Attached to its box's inner lid is a sticker with kanji that I would appreciate some help in translating. I have attached an image of the sticker and of the tsuba. Of interest, the hako is kiri but has a clear varnish finish applied to the exterior-. something I had not seen before. Thanks for any help.
  3. I received the poster today for the July 2021 Orlando Japanese Sword Show and have attached it here for any interested members. Once again, a growing show with lots to see and learn. Orlando Japanese Sword Show Poster 2021.pdf
  4. Well, Stephen, as we say in Florida - ya don't shovel sunshine. The Orlando show is becoming a nice one. Hope to see you there.
  5. First one looks Early Edo Katchushi. Maybe earlier. It is thin and the plate looks older. As for the second, late Edo, maybe Bushu? (A big basket). Plate looks young and carving sharp. A little bone and oil can clean up the active rust on that one.
  6. I watched Akira Kurosawa's "Seven Samurai" on the TV sometime around 1960. I was seven. Evidently it left an impression on me that led me to my first sword in 1987, the year of my son's birth. I bought a Showato in gunto mounts. I wondered where the hamon was, and became less satisfied with that purchase once I read through John Yumoto's book and learned more. Believe it or not, a few months later this dealer offered me a full refund towards another sword more to my liking - this time a wakizashi, niii mei "Yoshimitsu" with also a shu mei. Probably gimei, but had visible hada and hamon for study. What a nice man. He still travels the shows with his son who has stepped into his father's role of mentor and collector. Since then I have been in a constant state of acquisition, study, and upgrade, having now a modest collection of Nanbokucho Period Soden Bizen works. It took me many years of study and savings to get here from that humble start. What I have enjoyed most about this journey are the people I have met, most of who have been so unselfish with their knowledge.
  7. The Orlando Japanese Sword Show is on for July 9-11, 2021 at the usual spot, DoubleTree Hotel just 1 light north of the airport, with free shuttle service. Great location and a growing show. At this point, Orlando looks like the only Florida sword show for 2021. I plan to have a table, as usual, and some kind of display of swords or iron tsuba. Let's see... right now 72 and sunny in Orlando.
  8. I wouldn't submit it to NBTHK Shinsa due to the expense and unpredictability of international shipments in present days. In August the SF Token Kai has its show that may give you an option. The sword and mei, though, looks shoshin to even a semi experienced eye like mine. It's sandai Yoshimichi hamon is unmistakeable and there are plenty of references to compare that well carved mei. Nice sword.
  9. Well, not Higo. The Edo Myochin used a mokume gitae iron technique of which your tsuba is reminiscent of, but is much more pronounced making me think of something modern. The Edo Myochin focused on their plate and not so much on carving decoration, and so I feel that it neither Higo or Myochin.
  10. Chris, I like that you are able to assign a provenance to the tsuba. I find that it adds a little bit of enjoyable history to a piece.
  11. Hi Chris, While its plate looks old the bamboo fukurin seems later. I also like that tiger, and the tsuba itself, but I don't know if I would submit it for papers, and would enjoy it as is. Mark
  12. Hi Dale, Congratulations on your publishing initiatives. A favorite quote of mine is by Henry David Thoreau, and it goes: “There is always room and occasion for a true book on any subject; as there is room for more light on the brightest day, and more rays will not interfere with the first.”
  13. I have not seen bowls of water in displays at the Metropolitan Museum in NYC, Boston MFA, George Walter Vincent Smith in MA... for either sword blades, armor, or koshirae. I am not certain of their case specifications, and admittedly I may have not been looking too hard at anything but the Nihonto.
  14. Hi Adam, I second Jussi's recommendation. A focused, shorter video allowing for some feedback from viewers might be a way to go. Any way you decide, though, sound like a fun and learning experience many can enjoy. Good luck with your project.
  15. I also wanted to mention that when shipping tsuba from Japan to the US, I would recommend Fed Ex. my ltest experience (January) was 3 days. Fed Ex does contact you in advance of your package hitting US customs to clear the way with declarations (especially if the value is above $2500. Fed Ex will not ship swords from Japan. UPS is another story, and would not recommend just now, although some Japanese dealers are saying that they would ship swords UPS.
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