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  1. Ok, fair enough. I am in total agreement with both Ken and Chris about how the togishi should not remove any more metal than is necessary and only attempt restoration work with sufficient knowledge, training, skill, etc. Beyond that, I do not know enough to agree or disagree about David Hofhine's abilities, except to say that the photos on his site look pretty amazing to me personally (and apparently, to numerous other clients,as well). As for the particular sword in these photos, it would seem that he just re-finished the surface appearance without altering the actual shape/geometry. And while all polishing removes some material regardless, I would assume that whatever amount is removed by fingerstones is probably only measurable in microns, if that. Anyway, not what this thread was about. Since I seem to have chosen photos not high-resolution enough for an interesting and informative conversation about kantei, I will keep googling and try to chip away at the helpful resources like the Markus Sesko link. Thanks for your input.
  2. I thought that the entire blade was visible in the bottom-most picture. Perhaps it was not high resolution enough. What do you see that is less than ideal about the new polish above? To my eyes, I thought everything looked a lot more crisp and attractive after the new polish, and more details of the hamon was also revealed. Maybe a higher resolution photo under different lighting would have shown the hada better as well....
  3. Well, I guess we'll just have to chalk this one up to my not quite knowing what to look for yet. Wish there were other photos of this sword but these were the only ones on the site. Oh well!
  4. I chose this picture from the internet bc I thought it was a good candidate. It shows close up and overall picture of a blade in fresh new polish (you can zoom in if you click on the image). The kesho/hadori is not overdone or so thick as to obscure the details of the hamon. So, I figured pictures of this mumei sword would allow the more experienced collectors here to make good assessments. What would need to be more visible? [Edit] Actually, now that I'm looking at the zoomed image, the hada is not clearly visible. The image is not high resolution enough and not the right lighting for that. But do the sugata, shape of nakago, and style of hamon reveal anything?
  5. Anyone else with thoughts about this sword and its origins? I'm just interested to hear the thinking process, how and why you're applying certain specific criteria and knowledge in your assessment. I figured it's probably the best way for me to learn (through such examples), rather than flailing wildly in a sea of information and getting things completely wrong without improvement.
  6. To my inexperienced eyes, I didn't even see this as an o-kissaki... I thought this was a slightly longer chu-kissaki. Is it because of the geometry of the ko-shinogi that this is an o-kissaki? Or is it a matter of ratio (e.g. yokote : length of the kissaki being at least 1 : 2+, etc)?
  7. I don't understand the obsession with cutting paper. It's like watching someone gut a Lamborghini because he thinks it should work like a tractor.
  8. I will definitely read these this weekend! Thank you so much for the helpful links. Any guesses about the sword in the pictures above? When do you think it was made and by whom, etc? It would help me to hear the opinions of more seasoned collectors so that I don't miss the mark too wildly. Thank you!
  9. It's the first sword on this page: http://ipolishswords.com/beforeandafter.html What are the things a total beginner like me should look for/notice in a mumei nihonto like this one, if trying to figure out its origins (era/age, probable school/-den, possible maker, etc.)? Thank you! It's pretty overwhelming the amount of things I don't know in the study of Japanese swords....
  10. Ron, Is that something to look for as indication of good quality overall (across all JP swords), or specific to determining if a blade is koto?
  11. Looks nice to me as well. I don't see any noticeable kizu or ware or any edge damage that detracts from its overall quality or beauty. Some of the core steel is being revealed in spots, I think, which partially speaks to its ancient age and repolishing during its long life. I think it has a very pleasant shape and graceful sori. Looks to me like a lot of care was taken when it was shortened to preserve the sugata... and I really think its slender dimensions is reminiscent of other tachi I have seen. Your father would be happy for you to continue to take good care of it. 😊
  12. To my (inexperienced) eyes, it looks like a tachi that was shortened. The blade dimensions are rather slender but looks very well made and nicely preserved.
  13. I see. Thank you for the clarification.
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