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Jacques D.

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  1. I have heard that we are not responsible for the current climate change, that the earth is flat, that aliens visit us. should I believe it ? I don't give credence to rumors, I only believe what is proven. It's probably my scientific mind that makes me react like that but I won't change. Be skeptical and don't believe the first person you meet. Always check to see if it makes sense (but it needs knowledge).
  2. Just your opinion, not a fact. Shinsa is not "open bar". How many times have you been to Japan ?
  3. For my personal knowledge, i would love to know what a splendid nioi-guchi is.
  4. I have a question, did Darcy (RIP) even once attend a NBTHK shinsa ? I doubt it very much; so, his opinion is only worth what it is worth ie the opinion of someone who speaks without knowing.
  5. Kakedashi due to repeated polishings have never been considered by the NBTHK as fatal flaws.
  6. I don't know much about tosogu (that's why I don't intervene) but I already saw tsuba with this kind of nakago ana on yari converted into wakizashi or tanto
  7. Mei reads Tanba no kami Fujiwara Terukado 丹波守藤原照門 but this sword is gimei (false signature). A proper polishing would be more expensive than the real value of this blade. Terukado used a particular nakago jiri even if it had different variants http://world.seiyudo.com/product/swa-090221/
  8. The nihonto meikan lists 4 Nagamitsu of the Yamato Senjuin school. Two of them worked during the Oei era (considering the sugata this sword can't be older). What bothers me however is that the nakago is typically Bizen and that the Nihonto meikan does not mention this signature.
  9. Why not a sword made especially for him? It would be more in the spirit.
  10. That sword is pretty tired, hamachi has gone off and i would say we are facing to a tsukare utsuri rather a shirake
  11. The saya covers the blade, not the nakago which is inserted in the shaft named nagaye or ebu, it is this last one which is in oak,; the saya is in magnolia
  12. If I'm not mistaken the photo you share is of the nakago of a yari. In this case you can't compare with the nakago of a sword because the wood of the koshirae is not the same. The wood used for a yari is oak and it contains tannins which accelerate the corrosion of the nakago and make it look older than it is.
  13. Jacques D.

    Kantei

    Just false, shinto Yamato Tegai (Kanekuni) and Sendai Kunikane worked in Yamato style at the same time. I also wonder why you talk about shodai Shigekuni while the kantei blade is by the nidai. I would like to add that for a long time it was believed that Kanekuni and Shigekuni were one and the same person because their work is so similar.
  14. Jacques D.

    Kantei

    No comment but that's totally useless in any kantei. Only one book and one smith
  15. Jacques D.

    Kantei

    Brian, I know that trying to fight stupidity, ignorance and obscurantism is a losing battle, but that's the way I am, and if I can get even one to think and question, it's always a victory.
  16. Jacques D.

    Kantei

    Brian A valid argument to make instead of trying to mock your interlocutors? Oh yes, that is the tactic used by climate skeptics to denigrate the work of scientists they don't understand. The same causes produce the same effects.... ps take a look at my signatures, 2 concern you particularly...
  17. Jacques D.

    Kantei

    You should learn what a kantei is, a kantei is something educational based on a lot of parameters (sugata with measurements, hada hamon, etc.); it is not a lottery like here.
  18. Jacques D.

    Kantei

    Why then propose this type of kantei especially without any measure? It is divinatory art (chicken entrails or coffee grounds) and it brings strictly nothing to the level of knowledge
  19. Jacques D.

    Kantei

    At the little that we can see and without measurements, it could be rai (ko itame with a little hadatachi hada mixed in), but I am not soothsayer and I do not read the future in the entrails of chicken.
  20. Shinto Bungo smiths (2 generation) early XVIII century
  21. All kokuho here : https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_National_Treasures_of_Japan_(crafts:_swords)
  22. My last intervention on this subject. Being a collector does not mean being an expert, I know some very high level collectors (those are not on the web) who have little or very little real knowledge. On the other hand, a dealer has a commercial interest in passing himself off as an expert, especially those who only sell on the net. Finally, I have never seen a Japanese expert (and I know a few) establish a top 10 of swordsmiths. Fujishiro lists 55 koto smiths saijo saku, for him they all have the same level.
  23. Lol, what's the title of that topic ? Top 10 Swordsmiths In Japanese History Not who are your ten favorite swordsmiths. Worth reading https://www.verywellmind.com/what-is-a-cognitive-bias-2794963
  24. Ah, you are also expert in music and painting, as i'm not i won't comment. I think however that comparing Bach with Mozart, Rachmaninov, Mussorgsky is not relevant. On the other hand I can say that Yehudi Menuhin was much better than André Rieux. ps I have great doubts about the comprehension skills of a climate skeptic.
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