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  1. Here’s one that’s for sale in the U.S. Seems very similar to the variations being discussed.
  2. Steve - Thanks for breaking it down like that. I would say that the mei and nengo on this blade does not look like his finest work. Bruce - Here’s a photo of the tsuka. The koshirae looks like a pretty fancy rig. Full set of graduated seppa, thick tuba, gold colored menuki, the tsuka/same is a full wrap that is reinforced with a metal band at the top (never saw that before.) If only the metal saya didn’t have so much paint loss. Neil - Nice! Nicely signed. Based on the hamon and hada on the blade that I have, Kanetoshi looks like a smith to seek out to collect. Plenty to look at. I think it was Brandon Reeder that had a nice looking Kanetoshi on eBay a few months back that “had a slight bend”, but the hamon was very interesting. I took a hard look at that sword. John - That sword has less seppa than the one that I have, but the rest of the koshirae looks very similar. I wonder if there’s a correlation to Kanetoshi and the koshirae maker that outfitted blades that he made. Green ito, etc. Dave - Thank’s for posting those.
  3. Thank you for your replies. -Mr. Hennick. I wonder if this is a glitch with the new format? The font color is always black, right? I’m not sure how to make it visible for both the light and dark background formats. Before I post something like this, I usually write it out in another document, copy, and paste it. Possibly that is why. If you are aware of how to accomplish that, please do not hesitate to tell me. I’m here to learn. Maybe you could switch back to the light mode real quick to be able to read it. -SteveM. This is not the first time that you’ve helped me with a translation. I thank you. Please forgive my ignorance. Is that what it reads literally, Showa 18? If not, would you be so kind to break it down by each individual kanji?
  4. Would anyone be so kind as to post a/the page from John Scott Slough’s book showing the information and oshigata for the sword smith Kanetoshi? Shoka Kanetoshi or Murayama Kanetoshi - I’m guessing Murayama based on the “flamboyant” choji hamon and also this blade has some very nice hada (which I understood as somewhat rare in Gendai blades - please correct me if I’m wrong.) There are several examples of a Kanetoshi mei online, but all are significantly longer. I was unable to find an example in nijimei. The nengo looks rather “sloppy.” My shot at translation was Sho-Wa-Ju-Roku-Nen, but I can’t figure out what that correlates to. Another question would be regarding the green ito. It seems that gunto with green ito are few and far between. Am I wrong about that? As always, thank you so much. I am grateful for your expertise and help.
  5. You fellas fast with your replies. I appreciate it. Chris - Would you have any photos of examples. I’m struggling to picture how that looks and/or the technique to pass the needle through the ito to negotiate around the menuki. Jean - I like the sound of stop fray, rather than carpenters glue for this issue.
  6. Looking for some advice on how to shore-up some ito that is starting to fray and cause the menuki to become loose. Unfortunately one strand has already broken off and of course, I am worried that it will start to unravel completely. About the only technique that I could find online (tameshigiri.com) was: “Loose Tsuka-ito: You can extend the life of your handle wrap by impregnating it with glue. This is a fairly effective technique that does not seriously "uglify" the tsuka. Do not wait until the ito is completely frayed or just hanging in there by a few threads. This fix works best on a handle wrap that is loose but mostly intact. Use a good quality carpenter's (yellow) glue and use your finger to carefully work the glue into the ito until it is saturated. You may need to do multiple applications but make sure to let each layer dry overnight. Being extra careful during the application will give you a superior looking tsuka that will not look much different. The tsuka may feel "sticky" the first few times you use it and some excess dried glue may come off on your hands. This is only temporary and goes away qickly.” Also from tameshigiri.com, there is a description on cleaning the ito wrap: “Cleaning the Handle Wrap (Courtesy of Paul Smith): Take some woolite in a dish and a soft toothbrush. Wet the toothbrush and touch it to the woolite. Gently scrub the ito until it's clean. You'll have to get more water on the toothbrush and more woolite periodically. Once you are done scrubbing, take a wet cloth and wipe down the ito several times, then take a dry cloth and wrap around the handle and squeeze it to get excess moisture out of the ito. Let dry for at least 24 hours before using. Don't scrub too hard because that will roughen the silk. You do want to work quickly, but as long as the water doesn't sit on the tsuka for hours, it won't hurt anything. Do not get any water down inside the tsuka. It is obviously much easier to do this with the tsuka off of the nakago if you can remove it.” If you have ever attempted either of these or something similar please share your experience. I know that sometimes things are better left well enough alone and after starting something like this, maybe you wished that you wouldn’t have. Any thoughts, good, bad, or indifferent would be much appreciated. Thanks a lot. Justin
  7. This sword has been sold. Thank you to all who had expressed interest. Can be moved to the sold section of the forum if that is the proper protocol.
  8. Here’s one. All of the other fitting numbers match, so I can’t imagine the tassel isn’t original as well. This sword was found wrapped in a blanket in the rafters of a barn in Pennsylvania. Those that I obtained it from weren’t collectors. With that in mind, I highly doubt it was added at a later time.
  9. Feel free to make a reasonable offer. Terms subject to change concurrent to negotiation of price and any potential offer/acceptance.
  10. Gunto with a Seki stamp signed by Fukumoto Kanemune. 25.5” nagasa / 37” overall in koshirae The koshirae is in really nice shape; all matching numbers with a tassel. Ito is tight and in excellent condition. The saya is wooden and has a few nicks here and there, but unfortunately is missing the koiguchi. However, the blade does fit tightly and is retained within the saya without issue (takes some effort to draw the blade.) The blade has some staining (oxidation?)and toward the kissaki it looks like it has done some cutting. No bends, cracks, or rust though. The hamon is readily visible throughout the blade. The nakago looks to be finished quite nicely for a Seki gunto (only my novice opinion.) All in all a nice honest and original gunto that shows some signs of age, wear, and use. A clean example that I imagine looks much as it did when it was brought back from Japan (again only my novice opinion.) The cool back story on this blade is it was found wrapped in a blanket hidden in the rafters of a barn in Pennsylvania. SOLD Donation to be made to the NMB for providing us the forum to even do this. Thank you all for taking the time to look. I realize the photos are not of the greatest quality. If any additional may be wanted or needed, please don’t hesitate to ask.
  11. I would be very interested in gleaning methods of constructing a paper saya. I'm sure that much of Ray's free time is being consumed with this new collection intake. If anyone else has done this and would be able to show examples or post a brief tutorial and or explanation it would be extremely appreciated.
  12. Hello Gentlemen, Just looking for confirmation on this mei. I read it as Ishihara Kanenao. Which, if correct would make the blade a gunto/showato. This mei, I think, looks much more “crisp” than other examples (which I don’t know how to link.) The nagasa is 25.5”. The nakago measures 8.11” and is finished in sensuki. It also has a nice sori at 3/4” or so. However, I cannot find any kind of arsenal stamp. Please excuse the rotated photos. It is absolutely maddening to me that I can’t figure out how to prevent this from happening. I’ve done a search on the board for help, but can never find anything, even though I’ve read other posts, numerous times about how to prevent that. I want my posts to be presented in the best possible way, so they can be useful, I can be taken somewhat seriously, and so that other, more learned board members don’t get frustrated. Could someone maybe que me in, send me a pm, or something, so I can stop cluttering up the NMB with misoriented photos? I would really appreciate that.
  13. Mortis

    Maru-Mune Wakizashi

    Again, it is utterly amazing to me Ray, that you can pull that mei out of there. Also, thank you for spelling it out for the new folks to the study, with the graphics, and an example from another sword. Just wonderful, so we can see what you are seeing, and it really does help. Now I'm like, "oh yeah ok, I can see that." Thank you very much for presenting it in that manner.
  14. Mortis

    Maru-Mune Wakizashi

    Thank you Kirill for your valuable input and suggestions. [ I would invest some time into looking how these "ichimonji" peaks look in detail (crab claws or not), which period the sugata matches the best etc. ] Would you be able to point me in the right direction and/or expand on you point? More so regarding the part about the detail of the "ichimonji" peaks. I also fear that I may not be able to get a great read on sugar a due to the abuse this blade has seen. My nihonto library is quite small. Any additional advise would be much appreciated.
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