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Lee Bray

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  1. Cody/Cory/Corey/Colonel(?) Barrymore/Baltimore? I've heard enough dodgy translations of my own name here in China to realise you may as well open the phone book and pick a name. Be it through their understanding or lack thereof or my own inability to speak in an accent they can comprehend.
  2. I think it is called a Kuwagata habaki and is styled after some old maedate on kabuto. Here's a pic stolen from ebay, with a link to the maedate for sale since I stole the pic... http://www.ebay.com/itm/Japanese-OLD-MA ... 3f3e45562c
  3. Thanks, chaps. Much appreciated.
  4. Hi Guys. Having trouble with the second kanji of this mei. I get Sada X Kitaeru Kore. Looks to be done in that nasty, chippy WW2 style. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
  5. So surely that means that the February/August temperature is not so important? Besides that, isn't it the case that quench water is heated to the right temperature anyway to prevent shocking the blade during yakire?
  6. Given that February is coming to the end of winter and August is the peak of summer, I don't believe the water temperature theory. In February, the average temperature is between freezing and 11 degrees celsius. In August, it is between 23 and 32 degrees celsius. Brian's theory makes much more sense to me.
  7. Hi Graig, I take back what I said about the fuchi/kashira. I have a zinc alloy wakizashi with fittings that look very like yours which have the cast shitodome but, of course, I'll trust your word and if your shitodome are removeable, then the set is likely genuine. The visible seam in the new picture backs that up. The triangle and two square stamp makes me wonder at their age, though, and they could be modern but made 'traditionally'. I've never seen that stamp though, so it is mere speculation on my part. The casting flashes on the new pictures of the tsuba are very visible now so I'll stand by my cast call on that. Obviously, your call on what you do with it but I'll post these pictures of mine that show the problems with cast tsuba. This one was an obvious cast that I broke with a single, light hit with a hammer. This one was part of a daisho set that a friend bought on ebay. In the pictures, they looked good. In hand, I thought them cast but they were finished very well with no casting flashes anywhere. I was asked to add sekigane to them so I warned him that they might not survive. One survived, one burst apart when I started to peen the copper sekigane into place. As you can see, the grain size in the broken piece is very large, hence very brittle. The 'survivor' - The 'splitter'(for Monty Python fans) - That said, I have a modern cast tsuba that withstood some serious abuse with a hammer and is solid. Modern cast steel will take the punishment needed to be a useable tsuba. Telling the difference without a destructive hammer test? That's the question...
  8. The tsuba looks cast. Look at that central ridge on the mimi. Same for the fuchi and kashira. Kashira has those 'cast in place' shitodome. If the sword is real, it has been cobbled together with some pieces from a zinc alloy replica sword.
  9. Please, don't offer your tanto to this members member.
  10. I'm with Roman on the make up of this tsuba. It looks like copper and brass wire laid out in various patterns on a brass base then the voids are silver soldered up then it's all ground back till flat. Then the various ana cut out and finished off.
  11. Lee Bray

    Rust removal

    Duct tape. Apply a length of it up to the sabigiwa; use the pointy end of your mekugi nuki to work it into the nooks and crannies and peel it off. Takes more than one application to make a difference. Doesn't harm the patina at all. It's been a while since I've done it but seem to recall no issue with adhesive residue afterwards. If there is any, a careful clean with isopropyl alcohol would work. Transformed a very flaky(rust) Shinshinto katana nakago that I thought had been through saiha into a very reasonable nakago that papered afterwards. I was 'taught' this by a respected Japanese dealer and had good results from it but duct tape comes in various forms and qualities so 'use at your own risk'.
  12. 89 pounds! I've been using standard Break-free CLP for several years with no issues at all so I'll be sticking with that.
  13. I've seen break-free oil in Tsuruta-san's shop(Aoi Art, Tokyo), Chonmage. Don't think he sells it but maybe worth asking him where he got it from as there could be a local source. If he ships it in from the states, my apologies.
  14. I cannot imagine a soldier who relied on edged steel weaponry did not carry a whetstone in his pack or on his belt. I've seen antique viking whetstones with a hole to attach a lanyard as a necklace or to a belt. As a chap who carries a machete often to clear trails and who does a lot of camping, I think it is unthinkable to leave without a small stone or two to maintain my knife/machete edge. It would be like carrying a gun with one bullet. We're not talking a standard bench stone but something around 4" long, 1" wide and 1/2" thick is easy to use and weighs very little. It's used in hand and on top of the blade as opposed to clamped to something and the blade taken to the stone. Does that discount the wall sharpening theory? Given that stones are brittle and people lose things, it's not impossible. I've seen one of my crew 'sharpen' a machete on the flat concrete of a drainage ditch over here.
  15. Thank you, Stephen. Nice to see someone doesn't think we are all thieves in this undeveloped country of ours. Though I have my doubts about the two chaps in the ebay ads... I've asked them if I can view the tsuba in person before making an offer. Holding my breath from now...
  16. I've done it twice and you can take a maximum of three swords. As you mention Aoi, I assume you're taking them there. Best to get some documentation from them stating that you are taking the swords to them for restoration, preferably in Japanese or bilingual. Both times for me, the police official could not speak much English and my Japanese is non existent, so the documentation helps a lot. NBTHK museum is just round the corner from Aoi, and I know the little shop you mean, but its name escapes me.
  17. Not to answer for Roman, but the inlays can be seen in a few places on the tsuba.
  18. Hi Hamish. Not looking for more swords or kodugu at present but would entertain a trade for armour.
  19. Shodai and nidai Tadatsuna centred their mei on the shinogi. http://www.militaria.co.za/nihontomessa ... php?t=1861 Certainly not usual, but as it often seems with Nihonto, there's always the exception.
  20. Lovely shape. Signed as well...can't make out the first kanji very well, but possibly Sukemitsu? *Edit - Yukimitsu, I think...
  21. Gendaito katana by Morita Kaneshige with full koshirae for US$2500. Pictures here - https://picasaweb.google.com/1083860067 ... Kaneshige# Signed Noshu Ju Morita Kaneshige Tsukuru Kore. Mino school. Kaneshige was appointed as a Rikugun Jumei Tosho in WW2 and took the highest award in a national blade exhibition in 1939. Nagasa - 64.5cm Motohaba - 32mm, Sakihaba - 22mm Kasane - 7.2mm Hamon - suguha in ko nie. Bright and consistent nioguchi. Hada - itame hada. Takanoha yasurime with ha agari kurijiri. Shinogi zukuri, iori mune. Seems to be of san mai construction as there is a visible weld line in the hiraji running the full length of the sword on both sides. Condition - in good, old polish. Some slight stains. A couple of rust or carbon pits, one in the ji and one in the hamon. Both pictured. Kissaki is missing the last mm. Some evidence of sanding or file marks in the kissaki but not deep. Some cutting marks/scratches in the monouchi. Looks to have been remounted for Iai or tameshigiri at some point due to the scratches in the monouchi. Tsukamaki also has that nice, used patina from being handled and looked after. Fittings Tsuba - iron, signed Kofu Ju Masahisa (Circa 1800 - 1850's). Cherry tree design with gold accents. Fuchi/kashira - shakudo, with Chidori(plover) birds in gold and silver. Menuki - shakudo with gold accents. Tree branch(?) design. Two, mismatched copper seppa. One piece copper habaki. Silk sageo. Silk itomaki. Black lacquer saya. Condition is overall very good. Fuchi/kashira and menuki are in excellent condition. Saya has a few minor dinks but fits very well and no cracking. Comes with heavy cotton with leather reinforced sword bag. Any questions, please contact me.
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