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Peter Bleed

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  1. The Russian invasion of southern Sakhalin was quick and marginally important. It certainly deserved systematic archaeological investigation, but this video shows pot-hunting rather than "recovery". It also looks like they were finding both Japanese and Russian stuff. This is site destruction and should NOT be encouraged. I also recognize that this was over in the Kuriles and VERY late. Peter
  2. Ron, I'd love to see the signature, Kanetsugu is a guy. peter
  3. Today I read (at) the recent two issues of the JSSUS-Newsletter. It was fun. And I deeply appreciate the fellows – Grey and Mark, notably – who are working hard to preserve the organization. But I have to wonder about the role and future of paper publications on swords in the modern era. Is there anything we can do to preserve our organizations and our publications? I want to be positive, but what can be do? Peter
  4. and you put it in upside down. we old timer have had to do gymnastics to read it... Awataguchi (something Kami) Tadayuki.. Peter
  5. I agree with rkg. It seems heavily waxed but with the heavy pitting, it may have been seriously covered with red rust. P
  6. And I agree. I love to learn how people form their collections. Please tell us how you have formed you collection. Peter
  7. Every new issue of Token Bijutsu carefully lists the successful participants in the previous issue’s kantei competition. It seems pretty clear that accepting and solving the monthly challenge is a major part of serious sword appreciation in Japan. What amazes me is that Americans seem not to take part in this activity. Kantei seems not to be a game that Americans play and I have to ask why. (And I recognize that this is an international forum, but I don’t see a lot of Aussies there) There are lots of serious sword appreciators over here, but we just don’t seem to conform to the Japanese practice. There are probably lots of reasons for this failing. Language skill is certainly a factor. And Americans don’t hold the semi-formal regional meetings that many Japanese collectors both enjoy and use to refine their responses to the puzzles. It is also worth noting that folks in Japan care not a fig about many issues that intrigue some American collectors (arsenal stamps, gunto variations etc etc). Our libraries are pretty good, tho, so if we wanted to, I think we could develop skill at assessing the presented problems. Would it be unfair to make sure that every months challenge is presented and discussed here in the NMB so that “we” can take part. Or maybe the NBTHK-AB should organize kantei zoom session to guide us thru the process. Or maybe we can just decide that sword appreciation is different in these parts. Peter
  8. How is dinner at the Pearl Garden? Peter
  9. I wont disagree with the Kanemasa assessment, but I still see a doctored Kaneyuki there. Was there one of them? Peter
  10. 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
  11. 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
  12. 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
  13. 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
  14. 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
  15. 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
  16. 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
  17. 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
  18. Failing to USE and develop this event is very disappointing. I missed this show for the obvious - and intervening - reasons. But I assure you that as a long time dues paying member of NBTHK-AB, I would love to see this display. Why not show it to us? Peter
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