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Peter Bleed

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Peter Bleed last won the day on May 11 2020

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    Sai Jo Saku
  • Birthday 11/03/1943

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    Little Rock, AR
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    Sendai Kunikane, Ainu blades and artifacts, Namban fittings, rapiers

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  1. Looks good to me! Yasutsuna dated 2600 - - really patriotism - mebbe not great art. P
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    Certainly not Japanese. Chinese????
  3. Interesting sword that reflects a moment in Japanese and sword history. How is it mounted? Peter
  4. My interest in hinawa-ju is recent, but I AM interested - and as a result have discovered this discussion AND also the great stuff over on Facebook. There is a lot of energy and insight there. BUT I find FACEBOOK a real pain. It is hard to use and favors brief comments. I'd like to see the conversations merged. Is there a reason the world needs two? What can we/I do to help. BRIAN, please advise! Peter
  5. Robert, I am pleased to see this signature - and I thank Brian for bringing it to my attention. I don't see why you'd call this a gimei. Indeed, I would bet - were it to be submitted to a trustworthy shinsa team (assuming you could find one of them AND that the swords 'looks' okay), THEY would/should say "Mid-Edo, School of the Kunikane." There were at least 13 generations and the line fell on hard times from numbers 4 thru 11. But there were guys there the whole time with the name and the familial right and responsibility to make swords with this signature. NO ONE would think this a sword made my generation, 1, 2, or 3, But I would bet that it IS a Kunikane. Please tell us about the sword, MASAME??? Now, if you find this sword "suspicious", - and wanted to suggest what you would RATHER have, I'd be very happy to do some swapping with you. What do you like? Peter
  6. Piers and Jan, Thank you very much for your help and your insights. I only wish we could more comfortable sit around this and other similar arms. I would pick your brains since I have lots to learn!. Peter
  7. Piers, Well, gee. I patiently tap my toe. I saw in this arm a rather flat design, with a pierced trigger and a pan that looked a bit forward so I wondered about a Sendai connection. It is also impressive to me how little overlap there is between swordsmith and gun smith names. Those Japanese! Peter
  8. Dear Friends, Please allow me to show images of a gun in my collection - and in so doing beg the expert help of this community. The overall appearance of this gun makes me wonder if it might be a "Sendai zutsu". But, the the barrel which is very rusty seems to have a mei to" Eshu Kunitomo Minamoto Shige somebody else" Please advise! Peter Sorry, My images are too big - and I am a slow learner!
  9. Collector friends, This article is worth a read! https://www.academia.edu/s/096d6faf59 Peter
  10. Dear Jason, You are being laudably responsible in becoming a Japanese sword collector. Good on you!. Please let me try to help you by asking you to think about plywood, - that is 1) a material made of a bunch of thin layers of wood. It can vary 2) based on the kinds of wood that were used, and 3) the ways they were attached. And 4) you have to remember that plywood always has two sides – the stripes and the flat. ( it is tempting to call those masame and itame, but it is a bit different) Beyond all that, you also have to realize that 5) plywood has been used in lots of different ways, by craftsman 6) in many different areas and styles. So what do you do when you find a great Eames chair that a used furniture dealer is selling as a “Plywood Seat”? Do you argue with her? Do you question your understandings and tastes? Or do you say, “I like it, but can you do any better?” The gokaden was a way of classifiying Japanese sword making procedures before 1250 or so. To begin with those procedures were routine and supported by rather narrow tool kits and local resources. Basically, they were like slightly different ways of making plywood. Then, by about 1400 or so, mixing and reorganization and increased demand had begun. And so, smiths in different AREAS developed differences. They used established techniques, but developed distinctive ways of making effective weapons – call them regional styles. Soldiers in those regions got used to those weapons, And so you get things like “Hokuriku style” That usage is like talking about a “Kentucky Rifle.” Then you have to understand that in Japan, you learn a skill by entering into a close relationship with a social superior. These situations can be called SCHOOLS because the boss teaches you how to operate and he exposes you to a narrow and specific set of 1) skills and 2) tools. This means what you learn is narrow and specific. It is about how to behave NOT how to innovate. After the late 1500s there was great persistence in several of these schools. They were all making plywood, but by that time the medium and the techniques had changed a great deal… Let me also speak to Kunikane. He claimed to be a descendent of Yamato smiths, but I can’t understand how that could have been. And furthermore I do NOT think there is a gene for blacksmithing. I think he was a GOOD smith who figured out how to do masame. He also seems to have been a good local citizen. He earned the support of rich guys in his hometown. And he started an enduring “school” that lasted like 14 generations in Sendai. The second Iyesada was a student of Kunikane, but the swords he made, and those by his son and grandson don’t look TO ME like the swords that Kunikane produced. Peter
  11. I won't be at all positive about this item. It is ugly and crude. The only - ahhh - positive issue I can raise is about it terrible condition. I wonder if it might not be a bit older than others have suggested. How, I ask, could a Showa-era piece get so uniformly and deeply covered with surface rust? Peter
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