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  1. Actually most folks on this board are financially in your "bracket", Adam! However, you will find a preference for quality over quantity because quality is ultimately more instructive over time (especially when coupled with books and trips to Japan, where you are likely to see a lot more good swords).
  2. Just to be clear, 'saku' is not part of the smith's name. It essentially means 'made this.' Ted Tenold (http://www.legacyswords.com/) is another polisher who is 100% legitimate and does great work. Do you know how to properly care for the blade in the meantime? If not here is a good primer: http://nbthk-ab.org/cleaning-maintenance.php Ignore anything about uchiko – you don't need it and shouldn't use it. Good luck!
  3. I agree with your sensei. Put it in for Hozon after the togishi is done, if you want. Being a local it seems like a no brainer to me. Interesting piece!
  4. Truthfully I don't see it as a debate in the first place if everyone understands the semantics the same way. Your idea is totally valid. It really is a personal choice that is based on priorities, budget, and many other factors. I would never use an antique nihonto for martial arts. A shinsakuto made specifically for that purpose however is simply another tool. As I and others have said, plenty of shinsakuto exist or are commissioned specifically for martial arts use. For example, this sword was likely made with martial arts in mind: https://www.toukenkomachi.com/index_en_tachi&katana_A030720.html It's in a 'batto polish,' iai koshirae (no shirasaya), and has ubu-ba. And with a quick search you can find art swords made by Ogawa Kanekuni that were never meant to be used. This daisho that Joe posted definitely was not made for martial arts use: http://sanmei.com/contents/media/A58786-7_S2229_PUP_E.html?fbclid=IwAR3sIBjfH4045wDc7niYzgdwkTW2EaOWYfbDk-HN4gaYe59_9Wq-f5EoB6M And here is a sword made by the same smith who made the daisho that absolutely was intended to be used: http://www.osaka-ryujindo.jp/Table/Page/201404/23154330/index.html?fbclid=IwAR0dMO18FuKkZF3QAoBwllwFMrvxMrHb9nr8vg0CquOdf_hZGGvJxgn8LA8
  5. I'll drop this to $1900 with free shipping worldwide until Monday. Have a good weekend!
  6. Greg, there’s a huge difference between historical / art sword nihonto and everyday shinsakuto made for actual use. What do you think everyone in Japan uses? There are gradations of quality in materials, workmanship, and finishing, all of which create a spectrum from tool to heirloom. I agree nihonto should be preserved, but there’s also nuance in there that should be acknowledged. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
  7. Price drop to $2000. Thanks for looking!
  8. That’s a longer conversation, but suffice it to say that many swords are made to be used and the line between training tool and art is clear if you know where to look. Chinese and other production swords are simply not the same for a variety of reasons – especially in terms of feel – and it really does impact the training.
  9. I am looking for a shinsakuto in koshirae suitable for batto. I am especially interested in blades made by either Ikeda Norihisa (池田法久) or Fujiwara Motohisa (藤原元久). Nagasa needs to be 2.3 or 2.35 shaku (69-72 cm, give or take). Please get in touch if you’ve got something I should see. Thanks!
  10. Nice work. The right way to begin. How long is the blade (cutting edge / nagasa)? I believe smiths generally had to get permission to engrave the kikumon on their nakago (it's the imperial chrysanthemum after all), and so it was an honor to be able to do so. Welcome, Jason!
  11. Oh, and here is a gimei Nobuie (likely later myochin) I have that fits the bill.
  12. FWIW, I received a tsuba from Japan today via FedEx, and the declaration was: "Antique Metal Ornament(s). Over 100 years old." Declared value was relatively low.
  13. Thank you all so much for your help. I love that they compare the shape of the tsuba to a Go piece.
  14. Yes, 1992 is correct I believe. I think this could work on a katana as well, though certainly it'd be on the smaller side. I keep an eye on this seller because every once in awhile you can get a papered tsuba of good quality (but nothing important) for less than $400. Outside of Japan that strikes me as a good deal for a tsuba I like with Hozon papers.
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