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  1. My understanding is that it is thicker at the kissaki to allow for the sword to more easily penetrate when thrusting. It decreases the chance of the kissaki breaking if the thrust is done improperly. In my old ryu, we used to practice thrusting with our katanas.
  2. If that is celluloid same, cross your fingers and pray that it is a star-stamped Kanehide!
  3. Up for sale is a copy of A Guide to Showa Swordsmiths by Fuller and Gregory. This book was published in 1978 and contains 80 xeroxed pages containing 106 oshigata. There is an old price tag partially torn-off on the cover. It is in pretty good condition considering it's age. Price is $120 plus shipping. Please let me know if you have any questions.
  4. Up for sale is a copy of Early Japanese Sword Guards by Masayuki Sasano. It is in good condition with a Brodart dust jacket protector. The price has been clipped from the dust jacket. Price is $140 plus shipping. Please let me know if you have any questions.
  5. Thanks for the link Peter. I enjoyed watching that.
  6. I thought this was pretty cool...
  7. Brian it was $28.49 plus $5.99 shipping from Yesasia.com. Unfortunately, it doesn't look like it is available anymore on their site.
  8. And by the way the book covers the complete history of Japaneese swords and doesn't focus just on WWII era.
  9. I bought a copy but my Japanese isn't good enough to actually read it.
  10. I would definetly add Nakata Kanehide to the list. I've always felt he was underrated. I have a very nice example of his in original polish that actually has utsuri.
  11. I'm a big fan of Emura also. Here are some pix of mine that I bought from Aoi. Their pix are much better than mine, so I'm attaching those.
  12. Ray, Looks like he is also listed in the translated index to Tokyo Kindai Tosho on Richard Stein's Japansese Sword Guide site. You might reach out to Chris Bowen and see if he has any info on him. I hope this helps.
  13. I found a listing for him in Fuller & Gregory's Guide to Shows Swordsmith's. I know this probably won't help much.
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