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  1. I could probably carry some swords between Canada and EU (if there is a need) since I travel at regular intervals.
  2. Mine would be a 30 inch katana by Kanemachi (a lesser Mino smith) but the sword just flew by my hands and later on I regret not keeping it! I remember it had a large fukure on one side. I love the Mino aspect where blades can be a little "dirty" but they are still weapons and wery effective in man-to-man combat where a Taima or Ichimonji heirloom would never be used, these where swords used to be made to be "dirty".... http://www.sho-shin.com/zenjo.html
  3. Can you elaborate on your thoughts here, thanks!
  4. Thanks, of the Kimura / Akamatsu Taro group then.
  5. Browsing a catalogue from a sword dealer that was printed a few years back, I come across this one. Having all my reference books packed away for moving I humbly ask the forum for assistance with translation.
  6. Markus wrote a good article about Kiyomaro a few years ago: https://markussesko.com/2013/08/14/the-case-of-kiyomaro/ And to quote: "Shortly before the end of the Edo period the samurai of this fief were so worried that they constantly sharpened their blades in fear of an imminent seppuku. This lead to a kind of contest of who had the sharpest blade. The poorer samurai were jealous because they were not able to keep up with fancy swords but Kiyomaro had compassion for them and forged them durable and sharp blades for a cheap price. Of course they were no art swords and because this was a secret he had to leave them unsigned. One of the „customers“ was Kiyokawa Hachirō (清河八郎, 1830-1863, see picture 3), a very patriotic samurai, student of the old classics, and master of the Hakushin-Ittō-ryū (北辰一刀流) (sic! I think Hokushin Itto ryu?) of swordsmanship. Kiyokawa was a sword lover too and was not very fond of having a „cutter“ so he asked Kiyomaro to forge him a slightly superior blade than for the others. In addition, he asked him to sign the tang at least with red lacquer so that his sword stood out from the others."
  7. To quote from Nihontocraft.com: Suishinshi Masahide and the Functionality of Nihonto: http://www.nihontocraft.com/Suishinshi_Masahide.html Of course you can breake the Kissaki if you try to cut stone "19. An Etchigo Takeda retainer hit his katana on a stone lantern in the garden of a Shinto shrine. The kissaki broke off"
  8. Did you put it in for the next Juyo shinsa?
  9. Admin: This topic is split off of another one where I mentioned fake papers, merely as an aside to prevent us from being accused of ignoring the issue. However, the issue is a minor one, and not one that we should concern ourselves with too much. As mentioned, it happens anywhere in the world where there is a financial stake in something, and we should not allow ourselves to become paranoid. As always, if you know your seller, and your sword, you should be fine. The percentage of false papers out there is minuscule. However, in the interests of transparency and fairness, I am splitting those comments and leave them up here. However I will be locking the topic unless there is good, constructive info to add. What follows, are the posts from the other topic. Can you inform a little about the controversy over papers that you mention? I always believed the H & TH papers to be "safe".
  10. Given the rarity of works by Kiyomaro for sale at any point of time, I would expect it to fetch top dollar, but how would you ship such a treasure? Sure not on a container ship and waiting for it to arrive?
  11. So payed 50 M Yen back in 1986 or so, now sells for 27 M Yen? Sound investment?
  12. Late Edo period fittings for a sword that turned 600 years old in 2015 The sword is still doing quite well!
  13. Waki Goto Fushigashira, these are mounted to a Koshirae for the Ujinobu Daito
  14. Little more iron this time. Higo tsuba 8.16 cm x 7.6 cm. Mid-Edo
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