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Mark S.

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  1. I might be going out on a limb, but the nie in the shinogi-ji and possible muneyaki and some of the other activity might possibly point toward the Bitchu Mizuta school or something similar? I know this is a wild a$$ guess based on the pics and my limited knowledge.
  2. Interesting article on Yasukunito (Yasukuni Shrine) blades: http://www.jp-sword.com/files/yasukuni/yasukunito.html
  3. Interesting article from Markus Sesko about the shapes of the mekugi-ana. https://markussesko.com/2013/09/14/the-secret-world-of-mekugi-ana/
  4. Yasumitsu I think the full date reads First 2 kanji = Showa (starts 1926) 3rd & 4th kanji = 10 + 4 = 14 (14th year of the Showa period = 1939) 5th kanji = Nen (year) 6th kanji = 1 7th kanji = Gattsu (month) 8th kanji = Kichi (Lucky) 9th kanji = Hi (day) So it would read: " A lucky day in January, 1939" I believe he might be a Yasukuni smith? There are many here who will be able to help out much more.
  5. Without the blade in hand and no pictures of nakago, it is difficult to judge. This blade might survive as the hamon is still visible. Most buff jobs make the whole blade shiny but no activity is discernible. All I’ll say is “maybe”.
  6. I started backing some of the info up but didn’t finish all. There was a promise from a family member to Brian that the info would be available. Not sure what was worked out or how or what form it will take, but I’m sure something will happen. It seemed like family wanted his info to be his legacy. Such a sad situation with his passing. Information from Darcy should be honored and cherished and live on.
  7. There are lots of reasons blades don’t sell, and it isn’t necessarily a judgement of your blade or the quality vs price you are asking. Right now maybe it just doesn’t fit into the collections ‘of the people who have seen it’ and probably the main issue is that no one has the approx $5000 in their wallet they are willing to part with right now. Don’t be discouraged.
  8. And selecting the correct stones (many many different types) and techniques to match the time period, school, and smith to bring the blade back to what the smith originally intended and to see the most in the blade. Polishing is not a one size fit all… it is specific to the blade with a multitude of techniques. Clean and shiny isn’t the goal.
  9. Please go here: There is a discussion on amateur polishing. While it is a bit strongly worded and really aimed at people who pretend to polish Japanese swords as a 'hobby' or for whatever other reason they feel it is OK, I think it may answer some questions on why polishing Japanese swords ISN'T like any other type of sword. I also don't want to re-hash all this information here. Please read it and understand it is not a personal criticism of you... but we all have to learn somehow and sometimes education comes with a bit of pain. Hope you stay with us and continue to learn! Not sure what you mean by "cotton polish", but if it is a mechanical process (spinning wheel?) then it isn't doing the blade any good.
  10. Difficult to determine much from the photos and state of polish. Shape hints at late Shinto into Shin-Shinto. Fittings appear to have seen better days. The appearance of the area in the Ha-machi (area where the sharpened edge meets the tang) 'looks' like it might be rather healthy and blade may not have seen too many polishes, but that is pure speculation. Others may have other opinions, but that's the best I can do for now. Trying not to assume what you do or don't know, just want to be sure... Do not touch blade with bare hands, NEVER clean nakago (tang). You can gently clean blade with microfiber cloth or plain soft tissue (non-scented or no other lotion added tissue) and as close to 100% isopropyl alcohol as possible. DO NOT use any type of metal or jewelry polish of any sort. A shiny sword is NOT a well polished sword. Huge difference. Also, after cleaning, a bit of light oil (sewing machine oil) or Japanese choji scented oil (from sword supply dealers) may help as well to stop additional rusting (very light coat). Don't be afraid to ask questions before you do anything to blade or fittings.
  11. Wow! Thank you for the in-depth response and taking the time to provide the reference. I really do appreciate it.
  12. Picked this up for $2… is it something that can be translated? Also, kinda strange, it is mounted horizontally instead of vertically? There are hangers on either end like you would see at the top of a normal vertical kakemono scroll. My guess is this might be someone’s calligraphy class project and it got mounted strangely? I don’t know why camera adjusted colors to make it look like it is two different pieces put together? It’s all one piece. Thank you for your time.
  13. Count me in… and I might bring along a Beerenauslese for dessert!
  14. Before: After: a soak in mild detergent, wash with microfiber cloth, some light scrubbing with very tiny modeling swabs, a little work with wood toothpicks, and rubbing with the 99% alcohol and the tiny swabs, I think it came out ok. I really tried not to overdo and figured any dirt remaining needs to be there.
  15. I looked at it MANY times and walked away many times (just to give me time to decide). Too many things to look at, then I start to calculate how many purchases I can make, then if I get this I can’t get that. It really is the best kind of torture. I missed out on a couple tsuba I was interested in because I waited, but such is life. It was a great show and there was more I wanted than I could afford ALWAYS!
  16. Bizen Osafune ju Yokoyama Sukekane A day in February 1862 debatable o-tanto or ko-wakizashi Nagasa: 33cm Mt Fuji hamon
  17. Heianjo Fujiwara Kunishige Jumonji Yari Nagasa: 18.8cm x 14.3cm wide
  18. I posted this habaki in the cat scratch thread. I love the patina of the old copper but it appears it is also quite dirty especially in the deeper crevices. I do not want shiny! Should I leave it be (does the ‘dark’ add character?) or can soap and a very soft brush (maybe a paint brush?) get rid of the dirt and leave the ‘been there’ patina? Any other ways to clean up copper but not too much? thanks
  19. Really like the castle wall description! I was thinking stone path as well.
  20. Thank you Moriyama San. I would have assumed this only applied to newer ‘good’ HOZON and above papers and not old Kicho disavowed papers? I’m just wondering why they would change papers and put their name on something they don’t recognize? I know it is going out on a limb, but does it provide any indication they think paper is likely ok?
  21. Thank you. Ninteisho… got it. I appreciate everyone taking the time to help. Still really interested to hear opinions about whether or not NBTHK actually does these corrections???
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