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  1. Try Mike Yamasaki. http://www.discovernikkei.org/en/journal/2009/5/22/mike-yamasaki/
  2. I'm looking at Barrie's photos -- could someone point out what features distinguish an Owari koshirae, or tsuka?
  3. Here's a link to the Sesko article. Sorting out legends around Ôhara Sanemori | Markus Sesko
  4. According to Markus Sesko, quoting from earlier sources, Ohara Sanemori (or the lineage of Ohara Sanemoris) worked in the Heian period (12th century) or possibly earlier. Wakizashi like this one were not made in any significant numbers until the Nanbokucho period ( mid-14th century).
  5. I'm interested to know if anyone has dealt with Tokyo dealer and online seller Ginza Seiyudo and is willing to share their experience? Please feel free to pm me if that's more comfortable. Thanks. Les
  6. This is a great topic. Since no one else has mentioned these, here are some things that can make my pulse race. Naturally, the many physical aspects of the sword as discussed are also very important to me, but these three can add a special frisson of excitement: 1. Signature 2. Date 3. Good horimono Some might say "elitist,' but I would disagree. Many fine Shinshinto and Gendaito blades have these features, and to my eye they add an extra dimension of interest.
  7. It's been my understanding that the kuyo mon, as depicted on this sword, is most strongly associated with the Hosokawa daimyo of Higo province. I can't think why this should appear on a sword purporting to be by an early generation Kunikane. However, I have noted that Kunikane blades, especially the early ones, command a high price at DTI, so perhaps are worthy of counterfeiting.
  8. I just received word that Paul Davidson has passed away. Paul was not active on this Board, but was a good friend and excellent colleague to many of us, and a leading figure in the world of nihonto study and collecting as President of the NBTHK-American Branch. His loss leaves a major void in our little community. Les
  9. Price reduced to $1200 USD. Offers considered.
  10. UPDATE: Thanks to Bruce and several others of the "knowledgeable folks" I referred to above, I now understand that this is what has been called a Naval Landing Forces sword, meaning that it was not carried and used during the war, but was assembled afterward using authentic parts, including the blade, but categorized as a souvenir rather that a true war relic. Bruce himself has written what seems to be the definitive article about these: file:///C:/Users/s0003882/Downloads/The%20Mysterious%20Naval%20Landing%20Forces%20Sword.pdf Now more accurately described, still for sale...
  11. Thanks to all for the education. Great to have so many knowledgeable people on this board.
  12. Hope I'm not violating a board policy. This is just a heads-up that I've listed a kai-gunto in the "for sale' section. Les
  13. Friends, I have been asked by a neighbor to help find a new home for this sword. It belonged to her uncle, Lt Commander H.A. Guthrie (see photo), who served in the navy during WWII, and it has spent the last several decades in a brocade sword bag under her bed. This is not my collecting focus, and I know there are knowledgeable folks on this board, so kindly bear with me. It seems to be overall in pretty good condition. The tsuka is covered in some kind of fabric, rather than same, and the wrap is well done and fully intact. All the fittings are bright and shiny. The tsuba is plain shakudo and there are no o-seppa. There is a single ashi. The interior of the saya is healthy, but the exterior lacquer has deteriorated along the glue-lines of the underlying wood on both sides, and will need some restoration. The blade is stainless, 25” nagasa, not in full polish but in good condition with cosmetic hamon, and bears the stamp of the Toyokawa Naval Arsenal. I am uncertain how to price this. It’s not the top end of kai-gunto, but a decent collectible wartime sword with some provenance, that needs a little t.l.c. I thought I’d offer it here, where experts live, before resorting to Ebay. I think the neighbor would be happy with $1500 US, but she trusts my judgement so I’m open to pm offers (feel free to go higher!). Les
  14. Isn't this the same blade referred to as Taima in the previous post?
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