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  • Birthday 06/14/1952

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  1. Louis is into large lumber milling and snow mobiles now and I don't think he has polished in a while !
  2. Custom case with dehumidifier and locked glass front doors - over blade LED lights and I can sit and look at them all day !!
  3. Led lights and dehumidified and local craftsman built it and I put on locked glass doors for less than 500.
  4. Not exactly the same situation but I have talked in the past what happens to these treasures when we pass on !!!!! The estate or your family will certainly have no idea of the value and likely very little appreciation for the times themselves. I always look at the money lost on a sale as the rent you had to pay to keep the blades for the period that you do and now having several blades that cost over 20G I don't know if I will feel worse selling them now or waiting until I can't even maintain them any more. Some I have held for over 35 years and am not even sure I will get my money back in them and it is amazing considering the market for collectibles of all types that THEY ARE ALL more costly to buy than sell = that being said at some point SOMEONE must make something on the sale or the whole thing would fall apart ! Collectors are weird - think with their hearts more than their brains
  5. The methods to remove a spot of rust using a softer material really only apply to a rusted area that is higher than the surface of the blade. A rust spot that is in a pit or lower area of the blade will be very hard to pick out and all you will do is scratch the surrounding steel all to hell and make the whole area a mess requiring a toshigi for sure - leave it alone.
  6. The rise and fall of the prices occur for reasons that are not related to the intrinsic value of the blade as sometimes people need the money in a hurry. Many times dealers will buy a blade for half of what they sold it for and to keep anything long enough for it to come back to the retail price will take a long time. Unless you get a real bargain on a purchase there is little room over 3-5 years for it to go up in value unless you picked up something that was way underpriced but as you get into higher end blades you pay the going rate and hang on - IN THE MEANTIME - the cost and any loss you incur is the price you paid to have that bit of history in your pocession when you owned it because it will be around long after you are gone- if you want to see collections sold at a huge loss luck into someone selling their relatives collection and happy to get anything for them. I don't think of this collecting as a great way to make money even over 25 years and many hobbies are the same - you can buy and antique car for 15,000 spend 10,000 restoring it and then sell it for 12.000 and get nothing for labour !!!!!!!
  7. http://nihontoart.com/shop/kogarasu-maru-tachi-by-gassan-sadakazu/ This is not an ad as the sword is on hold but it is a beauty and although I have seen a couple of blades with this pattern nit very many. It would seem to be a pretty efficient cutting instrument with cutting edges on both sides apart from having pretty impressive hamon.
  8. I had this glass front case made to measure and it has a dehumidifier bar in the bottom so it stays dry and constant temperature
  9. http://nihontoart.com/shop/katana-signed-kanefusa-in-koshirae/ In Canada as well = great dealer =- good friend - all blades are papered - watch his site
  10. I have a naginata by Higo dotanuki matahachi - it is in shirasaya but is in excellent polish - no faults and amazing hamon Late 1500's = not papered but discussed on Board and mei is fine ! PM if interested and will let you know price
  11. I have whittled mine down over the years from a room with 275 Military swords and 300 bayonets to one cabinet with Nihonto and a couple others on stands by themselves - turn on the lights and sit and look is what I do = after all cleaned and oiled of course
  12. Carlo - I am so happy that you are feeling better and back on the board = the knowledge and access to information is second to none and I thank you from us all
  13. It always seems that there is roughly a 50% difference between the purchase price and sale price at a dealer. IF you buy a blade without any reduction and bring it back a year later you would be lucky to get 1/2 what you paid. This is a very large percentage to make up over time as an investment. If one buys a sword from a non-dealer and gets it for a good price you may be able to mark it up 30-40% and sell it for that profit but there is damn little money to be made as an individual in nihonto = especially if you are going to get it restored and\or papered. The difference between what you pay and what you sell for if a profit is a bonus = if you sell for less than you paid - that is the rent you paid to have the blade for the time you did. I believe the chances of buying a treasure for little and selling it for a lot is like winning a lottery - one in several million. Collectors and dealers are different - I am a collector that once in a while sells something for what I can get and if not will hold on it for a long time.
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