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Peter Bleed

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  • 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. How is dinner at the Pearl Garden? Peter
  2. I wont disagree with the Kanemasa assessment, but I still see a doctored Kaneyuki there. Was there one of them? Peter
  3. This is an interesting and worthwhile thread. My experience in Japan suggests the shira-saya manufacture is a respect craft, but it is also an available service and no big deal. The wide world needs the service so I think WE need more saya-ji. Obviously there are fine shira-saya makers available, but the big names seems way too busy. There are as well, guys who claim to provide the service - on the basis of having seen a Walter Sorrells Youtube. Those guys are a complete waste. Look before you leap! Peter
  4. This has been a challenging - BUT very interesting thread. I think the blade will also prove to be interesting. In 200 years that may be the kind of blade that is shown to open a new historic era. Peter
  5. Tom makes a very good point. The first step in learning to read characters is learning what characters you have to read. Look at lots of tangs and see how they are laid out. Almost all the time, what you need to start with is the last two characters (well, mebbe the last three). And of those two, the place to start is the first one. That is the one to go to work on. In general, it is more useful to begin by counting strokes - every line/dot is one , oh and sometimes what looks like two line is only one. To approach all this go vist other collectors. Looks at swords. Page thru sword books translating as you go. Peter
  6. Lots of good advice here, - and I will be marked as a moss-back old timer, BUT I still believe that there is great utility in scanning the character sections of John Yumoto's book. And once you have a feeling for how to count stroke. Robinson's wonderful character chart if very useful. Peter
  7. I agree with the linkage to "Namban" but I think it is purely native in creation and conception. I think it was an item of the great Namban fad of mid-Edo times. It probably looked both flashy and exotic! Peter
  8. Stephen, You did a great job of accessing a museum object and using it open an interesting discussion. Thanks! I do not think that I will even own a Masamune, but this thread has nicely shown how interpretations and opinions change. Peter
  9. Adam, I jumped on this thread to see it it might be an Ainu sword. It is not that, IMHO, but it is very nice. Good find! Peter
  10. Well, gee. I am sorry to have set off a bit of apparently hard feelings. I suppose that I should also be ashamed to have exhibited ignorance. Thank you, James, for pointing that out. And Fred is completely correct in pointing out that serious sword appreciation has become a very high-priced activity these days. Membership in the NBTHK-AB does not make somebody a serious collector, but it does demonstrate interest and desire. I remember and enjoyed many discussions with Paul Davidson about the role and future of the NBTHK-AB. Paul had thought deeply about the preservation and appreciation of Japan art swords. As a result of those discussions I have come to see that American collecting has moved beyond the “preservation” phase and on to “appreciation.” The NBTHK, in Tokyo operates with high standards. My task as a collector is now to try to understand what in the world those standards are. The NBTHK-AB might be able to assist in that process. Peter
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