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Lee Bray

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  1. My pleasure, chaps, and feel free to use the pic if you want, Brian. Now...anyone got a thickish iron tsuba, preferably sukashi with Kirimon motif for sale?
  2. Yes. This tsuba came on a papered sword I bought in HK a few years back. The seller was an old fella that said he bought it in Japan twenty years back. Sword is good but the tsuba was plainly cast with cast marks and cast "sekigane". Whether the guy replaced the tsuba whilst in HK and didn't tell me or the tsuba was made in modern day Japan is only going to be speculation. I had intended to file off the cast marks, give it some proper sekigane and a new patina because it fits the sword and also matches the koshirae theme(Kirimon). I know that's sacrilege but the sword's a keeper and I don't have a tsuba to fit it, so... Anyway...all this stuff about cast tsuba recently, I thought sod it and hit the thing with a hammer... Firmly held in a big vice, it was surprising the lack of effort needed to break it. Broke on the first tap with a 1/2 lb hammer. You can see the grain size is huge. I've seen tighter grain in an Aero chocolate bar. So, yes, it would still be a cast tsuba if someone took the time to do some work on it... but now they're going to have to do some welding to this one. If they can find it in the bin...
  3. I'll be diplomatic and say that only by being in that situation could I truthfully answer your question. :D
  4. You failed her test, Ford...
  5. I tend to agree. I think their use as a wood saw was practical to a degree. It would work as a saw but there were much better saws around for proper use. As Piers says, 'Swiss army knife' style, although they do have their uses.
  6. I do not think the thick, saw toothed blade would be very useful at deftly cutting flowers or whittling bamboo. A sharp, plain edge is much better for both applications.
  7. This thread has a few examples. viewtopic.php?f=1&t=8186&st=0&sk=t&sd=a&hilit=fishing
  8. No restrictions at all. Except all Nihonto must come through my place before reaching their final destination. PM for my address.
  9. I asked a dealer(Westerner in Japan) on ebay by the name of Mackstar(long dead account - his reputation is documented in this forum) why he had sent the original Torokusho with the blade I bought off him. Next thing I know, my real name and address are on his auctions labeling me as a troublemaker. I complained to ebay and within a day, they had pulled all his auctions with my name in them and apparently issued him a warning. If you wish your name removed, it maybe possible.
  10. Well said, Ron. I don't know about buying Nihonto for the fittings but I have one here that I am thinking of keeping because I like the fittings it has. It's part of a collection myself and a friend bought. It's just come back from shinsa in Japan; a wakizashi that papered to Sue Mihara. It's a reasonable blade but not one I or my friend really care to keep. It has a good set of signed Nara Toshishige fuchi kashira though which I like a lot. I have an almost matching Nara tsuba which fits the blade, too, so together it makes a good set. If I can manage the finances on it, I think it will be a keeper because of the fittings. The blade will make a good tsunagi.
  11. Jason, Norimitsu and son? If you're going to ignore the opinion of some of the most knowledgeable members using the best references around and make up your own smiths, maybe you should just send it straight to shinsa and save everyone lots of time?
  12. Lee Bray

    Any comments?

    Either a drunken polisher or camera angle problems. Check the first picture of the side by side nakago. The lines look straight in that shot, though the shinogi is somewhat crooked. Perhaps this points at some 'bending' of the nakago but I don't think so based on the resultant nakago.
  13. Well, for me in this instance, keeping the original habaki was about the art, not artifact. It's an artistic habaki and to recreate one the same...well, it just wasn't needed, it fitted. To discard it for a new one would be foolish, in my opinion.
  14. I say keep the old if it still fits and is still functional. A new polish doesn't necessarily mean that the habaki loses fit and as it will not be cut with, I don't see the need for a super tight fit. I have a Kamakura/Nambokucho tanto here in signed koshirae by Kajikawa, with a two piece gold and silver habaki in the shape of Mt.Fuji. It's just come back from the restorer, new polish and shirasaya and we kept the old habaki. Fits perfectly and I much prefer the fact the habaki is old and original to the koshirae, not modern.
  15. Thanks, Gentlemen. I guess the lack of year confused me. First time I've seen that...anyone know of the relevance? It's on a sword signed Harima (no) Kami Minamoto Kunitsugu; the few in Hawley's are around the Kanbun era.
  16. Hachi Gatsu Yoshi/Kichi ? This date? is making no sense to me, please help.
  17. Grey - I'm also dubious about the nakago - shape, patina and the mekugi ana(peg holes). Overall shape of the sword and the way it fits the shirasaya seem a little suspect to me as well, but it's only my opinion. My 'gut' says fake sword fitted to a good shirasaya or possibly a real sword very poorly 'restored'. I hope I'm wrong.
  18. Hi Michael. Just so everyone is aware, I'm the fella expressing scepticism toward this blade on the other forum. Regarding the tip and the wavy line(hamon); the hamon curves around the tip of the sword following the sharp edge to some degree. This is called the Boshi. Should the tip sustain damage for some reason, when it is repaired, this boshi is decreased and obviously it can never be replaced. Therefore professional polishers take great care restoring the tip. Your sword doesn't show that care, unfortunately. Compare the shape of your kissaki(tip) with the sword in the link I provided on the other forum. Go to the home page of that site and find other swords to compare kissaki shape. You'll see what I mean.
  19. You're working from the 1966 edition of Hawley's, apparently without the introductory pages of Vol.1 or the complete Vol.2. K & S represent the Koto or Shinto volumes of the Nihon Toko Jiten, one of Hawley's references. The addenda are extra smiths compiled in Vol.2. In your image, there are four extra smiths for the addenda.
  20. Looks more like a Shishi dog with the short face and hair.
  21. http://home.earthlink.net/~steinrl/unji.htm That should help.
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