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Vermithrax16 last won the day on December 16 2020

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About Vermithrax16

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    Sai Jo Saku
  • Birthday 03/12/1976

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    Scientist. Masame sword works are my favorite.

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    Jeremiah L

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  1. I do not. Echizen Kanemasa, nice sword, but was time to move on. An NMB member now has it, or did a while ago.
  2. Biased clearly, but one of my favorite tsuba is one I am lucky to have: Part 1: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lvnRoOgsOaM&ab_channel=FordHallam%27sJapaneseMetalworkChannel Part 2: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_nRMl8sKZHg&ab_channel=FordHallam%27sJapaneseMetalworkChannel
  3. I came across this one in a book, it just strikes me as powerful with the imagery and motion depicted:
  4. JT, Ishido Korekazu has quite a few Juyo. A few others. Here is a Tokubetsu Juyo by Ishido Nagayuki: http://www.sword-auction.jp/en/content/as17202-刀:長幸於摂津国作之第24回特別重要刀剣-katana-nagayuki-oite-settsu-koku-saku-korenbthk-24th-tokubetsu
  5. Love Ishido works and Yasuhiro comes from a great line. I still search for a shodai Tameyasu to this day. This one is nice, congrats!
  6. Hey Peter! Nice to see you at the NBTHK meeting. Maybe we can convince Mike and the crew to do a meeting on masame hada works someday :) In regards to these swords, I too am always looking for masame works. Nothing excites me the same as that hada, when well done. Aoi has degraded in both offerings and descriptions as of late, but if they say the signatures are no good, I believe them. A quick comparison shows 1st kanji is not in correct spot and all the kanji are not a match for any Kunikane work I have a reference for. As for the swords, both need a polish and seem to lack any nie which means later works (shinshinto). Not worth your time IMO. Your questions (just my thoughts, which won't get you a bus ride): 1. The NBTHK can be maddening, but they draw from a reference set easily replicated by a collector using Grey Doffin's site and Markus Sesko. Maybe a few deep searches as well for a couple obscure items. Their experience is not able to be replicated. Best we can do is seek out the most experienced people we can to ask an opinion, and use our own judgement. Life is short, so my preferred route is to buy polished, papered blades. 2. Removing mei is tricky, Ted Tenold has covered this well. If a work fits the maker but the mei is off, it's tough. If a paper is only goal, it's an easier call. 3. Oh man, I could write a manifesto on this! How many times here on NMB or anywhere do you see the line "it's not a famous maker, so who would fake the mei?". All have been faked in time. All works. A name like Kunikane is a leader in gimei, it's not that crazy at all. Often local smiths only saw a small subset of "real" swords/fittings, and would emulate them as best they could, then sign them in the name of the piece they saw. It's not some wild conspiracy. 4. If anyone has a validated early gen (gen 1-3) Kunikane blades or a Norikatsu blade, PM me and let's make a deal. They are not going to be $5500.
  7. Nihonto should never be seen as an investment. Besides the very high end, enjoy being a caretaker and love learning.
  8. Another arrived today. Printed by Lulu, this one is already an amazing read:
  9. I find that spending time looking through collections and fine works allows me to better develop my eye for better pieces and themes. Never underestimate good books to increase your attention to details. These 3 were sent quickly by our own Grey Doffin. Thanks Grey!
  10. I am not bidding, love the set though. Best of luck.
  11. I asked Markus Sesko for help on the writing on the label, just says "set of snail fittings".
  12. Another transaction with Grey today, again just easy and a great resource. Highly recommend.
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    Very nice Grev!
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