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  1. Lee Bray

    Thoughts please?

    I have a Koto wakizashi with a very similar sugata to this. It's signed Munemitsu and Tsuruta-San thought it might be Mino den. (it came from Aoi-art originally). Nakago jiri is the same as the one pictured and I, too, thought it might be Bizen. Is there any documentation of Mino smiths changing to Bizen style or vice versa?
  2. Third hand information off the internet so take it for what it's worth but I understand it is very difficult to import a sword into China. http://www.swordforum.com/forums/showth ... a+shipping The question came up in the above thread(hope you can read it); I know Lance well so it's probably good info but nothing verifiable as I've never tried.
  3. This law was dumb from the start. Nothing clever about it at all. It's the same as the potential British law against 'pointy' knives. There is talk of removing the sharp point from all knives to make them 'safe'. No word of a lie. If the lawmakers think that a non pointy knife is going to help them, maybe they should come to Hong Kong and see the damage a cleaver can do...
  4. I almost thought you were Scottish until I saw the humour. :D Good luck with the blade and its identification. Stephen et al will steer you in the right direction.
  5. I think you're adding meaning to my words, Stephen. My undies are just fine and I don't see that I was rude in my post. Choji 'back in the day' is probably far removed from a modern day spray on Pam. Can you honestly say you know the ingredients for all current vegetable oils? No, neither can I. Hence why I suggest not using it and sticking with known oils. My friend did far more damage to his blade by using margarine than if he had left it alone. Zeugmax - no offence was intended by my post, if indeed you took it that way. I was merely pointing out my own experience.
  6. Veg oil is not good. I recently restored a friends Sgian Dubh that belonged to his Grandfather. He had no mineral oil to hand and had used margarine to 'oil' the blade. The blade became so badly rusted because of it that it was stuck inside its scabbard. There's a reason substitutes are not used. Research sword care, please.
  7. Masanori. May, 1944. I think.
  8. Sandpaper might proof troublesome if it leaves any grit in the liner. I'd stick to the scraper. Be wary of the glue used also. Some are known to cause rust, such as Titebond II. I've used Titebond and Elmer's wood glue (not nihonto) with no bad effects to the steel.
  9. There is no plural. You have 1 wakizashi; I have 10 wakizashi. So there...
  10. Simon, respectfully, this is a nihonto site. I do not know the history or the vocation of any members of this board. Not that I don't want to but it is irrelevant to the information here and the reason I read the board. Now with just a few posts you have managed to tell us all several times that you've had 120 swords, a Kotetsu, etc, etc, you've lost 2 fortunes, you're having bad times and you want a new sword... Some people will like that, some won't. That's the way of the world. We all have our problems, etc. I've got plenty. I come here to forget about them and study swords. You've got input to add to the site, I'm sure. Please keep it nihonto related and you'll get on fine. Ask for translations and sword advice but keep the rockstar and the tameshigiri comments private, please.
  11. By the way it is signed, I'd say spending any more time looking for Kaneuji is pointless. Stick to identifying the traits of the sword and take it from there. The mei is fake and just a red herring, in my opinion.
  12. I have a knife collecting friend from Singapore. I'll drop him a line and see if he has any info. Singapore tends to have very strict rules and laws. If they tell you something is not allowed, you can pretty much bet it isn't and there are no ways round it. Unless you fancy being caned or hung. As for the storage option, you do know how close HK is to Singapore, yes?
  13. Singapore is quite strict when it comes to engine emissions due to its small size so the bike could well be a problem. They also have some expensive rules regarding the taxation value of old vehicles, I believe. If I were you, I'd stick to the metro over there. Much cheaper and very efficient. Taxis, on the other hand... Can't help with the swords unless you fancy sending them to HK and occasionally coming over to visit them...
  14. "Remember Astroboy?" No, but I'll do some searching and take a look. Thanks for your interpretation of inome.
  15. I've always wondered at the artistic license needed to translate a boar's eye into the heart shaped hole we see on koshirae. Having seen many a boar's eye in person, they look nothing like a heart, they're just regular shaped eyes. The snout(nose), on the the other hand, looks remarkably similar.
  16. Hi Lorenzo, I previously owned this piece, viewtopic.php?f=2&t=6203, which appeared to be Tembo school. From recollection, there appeared to be 1 or 2 lines that I could see in the nakago ana, so possibly either 2 or 3 layers. They're just about visible in the photos in the thread.
  17. It's not the seppa, it's the back of the copper plate still in position on the tsuba...it's not photoshop. The nakago ana on the iron base is obviously larger than the nakago ana on the copper plate. Reinhard - with respect, I've seen work of less than fantastic quality come out of Japan. Edit - Further 'evidence' that it's not photoshop - check the 2nd and 3rd pics of the whole tsuba. The 2nd pic, the iron nakago ana is flush with the copper plates either side. The 3rd pic, the iron nakago ana is offset from the copper plates. The seki-gane also shows that the mounted sword is offset to one side of the iron tsuba base. Looks to me like a yoroi-doshi tanto tsuba that's been reworked for a slimmer tanto.
  18. Happy Year of the Tiger, John. Kung Hei Fat Choi!
  19. To my mind, Nihonto means Japanese sword. Therefore, a sword made by the traditional methods by a native Japanese person would be Nihonto. I don't believe it matters where it is made as long it meets the above criteria. Case in point - I saw a katana on Aoi-Art a short while back made in Hong Kong. "FAKE! FAKE!" No, it was made by a smith(I forget the name) who was part of the team of smiths sent to Shanghai to repair the damaged swords during WWII. Apparently they returned to Japan through Hong Kong (occupied by Japan at the time) and this sword was forged. So a genuine Nihonto forged in Hong Kong... Would love to own that one. :D In my opinion, the exception to this rule would be foreigners trained by a 'qualified' Japanese smith such as Keith Austin. If you do the proper apprenticeship and are recognised by the authorities in the field, I think you deserve to use the correct label.
  20. That is Rich Chen that I mentioned above. This link shows him making the steel, forging, tempering and polishing. http://forums.dfoggknives.com/index.php?showtopic=14133 It's "iron sand from North China" so 'Tamahagane' is a falsehood.
  21. This is the original 'Shabby-chic'...
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