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  1. Thanks to all for your help with the translation it was much appreciated, unfortunately John I have deleted the pictures of the blade as I dithered over purchasing it and by the time I got back to the seller he had sold it. Paul
  2. Many thanks John much appreciated Paul
  3. Hi, all looking for some help with the translation of this Mei have got Ju and Kuni but that is about it. Thank in advance Paul
  4. few more book links both swords and armour, some titles not really translated as skills in this area not up to it, enjoy. SWORDS Chokyo Mei - http://dl.ndl.go.jp/info:ndljp/pid/2539344 Koto oshigata 5 vols - http://dl.ndl.go.jp/info:ndljp/pid/2552933?tocOpened=1 koto oshigata - http://dl.ndl.go.jp/info:ndljp/pid/2533524 koto oshigata 3 scrolls - http://dl.ndl.go.jp/info:ndljp/pid/2609925 fujishiro - http://dl.ndl.go.jp/info:ndljp/pid/1116200 Imamura Oshikata. Volume 3 - http://dl.ndl.go.jp/info:ndljp/pid/1186830 Imamura Oshikata. Volume 2 - http://dl.ndl.go.jp/info:ndljp/pid/1186827 Imamura Oshikata. Volume 1 - http://dl.ndl.go.jp/info:ndljp/pid/1186820 Shinto oshigata - http://dl.ndl.go.jp/info:ndljp/pid/2533692 ARMOUR Akinomaki - http://dl.ndl.go.jp/info:ndljp/pid/2539276 Shimizu - http://dl.ndl.go.jp/info:ndljp/pid/1145544 Allegory. ? - http://dl.ndl.go.jp/info:ndljp/pid/1246487 Allegory.??????? - http://dl.ndl.go.jp/info:ndljp/pid/1246485 - http://dl.ndl.go.jp/info:ndljp/pid/771882 unsure of title,armour - http://dl.ndl.go.jp/info:ndljp/pid/2539259 Gun'yoki "Military Manual" - http://dl.ndl.go.jp/info:ndljp/pid/2551761?tocOpened=1 how to wear armour - http://dl.ndl.go.jp/info:ndljp/pid/1087048
  5. Brian, link you have posted is correct is it possible to delete link from original post ? Paul
  6. a few links to books on oshigata Kajihei shingi Oshigata - http://dl.ndl.go.jp/info:ndljp/pid/1144559 Tsuchiya Oshigata - http://dl.ndl.go.jp/info:ndljp/pid/1266644 Umetada Meikan - http://dl.ndl.go.jp/info:ndljp/pid/1183661 Meizukushi (Kanchi'in-bon) - http://dl.ndl.go.jp/info:ndljp/pid/1288371?itemId=info%3Andljp%2Fpid%2F1288371&__lang=en Ôsekishô - http://dl.ndl.go.jp/info:ndljp/pid/2483063 Imamura Oshikata. Volume 2 -http://dl.ndl.go.jp/info:ndljp/pid/1186827 Imamura Oshikata. Volume 1 - http://dl.ndl.go.jp/info:ndljp/pid/1186820 Shinto Bengi Kamada Gyomyô - http://dl.ndl.go.jp/info:ndljp/pid/2563722?tocOpened=1 Motoya Kotoku Dokkan - http://dl.ndl.go.jp/info:ndljp/pid/1190999
  7. Geraint, thanks for a very informative post, not something that I have heard of previously so will try to look into a little further Jeremiah , may thanks for posting the link, a fine looking blade, at least in my eyes. Paul
  8. Peter, negative or suspicious comments are your words not mine I was merely pointing out the contradictory comment on here as in my above missive of the 11 th August.Being a mere mortal and not having reached the god like status of Japanese sword guru from my first post I asked if anyone could point me in the direction of a genuine signature of Tomonari as an exercise in which I could compare and probably work out for myself that I was not correct, It would be interesting to know what you would have done had you come across this blade in you very early sword collecting days , would you have walked away from it I wonder ? With regard to my various messages, I come from a profession where one doesn't give an opinion unless it can be backed up with hard documentary fact and is in fact objective not subjective so perhaps that is a discipline that is not observed in sword collecting world ! You were very quick to decry the blade when others on here took a little more time and effort to arrive at a judgement and clearly see it in a different light than yourself, are you saying that these people are wrong I wonder ?is their ability to look at a sword inferior to your own ?because they are looking at exactly the same information as you and are coming to a different conclusion. The sword whether right or wrong will always form a part of my collection to be as I feel it has taught me quite a lot about Japanese swords but I feel that it has taught me even more about people and their opinions. I have accepted an offer to attend a Token meeting in September so will gladly report back on their findings Paul
  9. Matt, thanks for the information, both informative and interesting but as above in my reply to Jussi, the more information you get the more questions it raises, do you have a view on the blade presented here? Paul
  10. Mywei, do you know what Kimi Banzai means ? Paul
  11. Mywei, thanks for the information,not sure what it implies though, do you have any thoughts that you would like to share ? Paul
  12. Jussi, thanks for your insightful reply but as always more information elicits more questions, with regard to the dragon I too have seen examples of large dragons but to date not one going through clouds so would be interested , from an academic point of view , for a reference to one the kanji on the blade are actually carved into it, incidentally do you know what they mean ? , as I would be most interested in the meaning behind it, if any Paul
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