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  1. I also have a custom suburito I will include to anyone who pays asking. It is a Nihonzashi custom weighting just over 3lbs.
  2. Hello all, I know this isn't a Nihonto but I have seen production items sell here before. And everything has its place in sword use and collection. What I have Is an Unokubi Zukiri Raptor Katana and a Hira Zukiri Wakizashi. The handles are both new in Haichi shape. Both Full Wrap Center Seem Same' with emperor node. The Ito is Lohman Blue Tsunami suede. The new handles are done by Nihonzashi and measure 8in for the Waki 10in for the Katana (measured Fuchi to Kashira). Mekugi are new made of Japanese Bamboo placed Gyaku Te same as Menuki. The Blades have been resharpened by Nihonzashi. They were used for training and competition in the US Ryu Sei Ken Tai Kai. Some minor scratches, but both blades cut paper with minimal effort. My only complaint is a little bit of tsuba wiggle on both, the Hira has some light staining that won't show on my camera, and the Koiguchi fit is minimal (if you turn the blade upside down it will fall right out). And the Unokubi has some minor waves in the Polish that didn't quite come out in the reworking. Swords will ship in original bags and boxes. Asking $1100 shipped US O.B.O for the Daisho. I paid $1500 for the swords, plus work and material. So I think price is fair On that note they were both Used and Examined Briefly by Mitsuhiro Saruta Soke of Ryu Sei Ken while at their US Tai Kai. I had both blades out as loners during competition and cutting extra mats at the end of the event. He kept seeing them and got curious. With the Hira he cut a full used Japanese Tatami omote (these mats were old used and even interwoven with plastic, some of the hardest targets I have seen behind checkerboard tatami) and he simply said "Okay" with a sideways pondering look. With the Katana he cut a few half's and pieces and I got a "not bad". And that was an awesome nerdy moment because I think he is a living legend. And it was cool that a $1500 Daisho didn't wow him, but didn't produce a "oh got what is this junk?" Response. The Unokubi sword helped a student win his division and pass his Shodan exam. So I am pretty confident in the blades.
  3. Removed from Sale! I'm going to keep the blade and Japan can just wait.
  4. Tozando In Japan has informed me Nakagawa Taiten Lives! He is a Monk in Shiga Prefecture Temple. They have contact with him and a few students of of his. They are helping me find out if Taiten Remembers my sword. It unlikely he would remember 1 sword he made 27 years ago. But I would love to know more about who it was made for. And if it was forged in Kobuse or Some form of San Mai. I know people love antiques. But I like the possibility of picking a master Smiths brain on a less commonly seen sword. I'm trying not to swim in possibility... But I can't help but wonder
  5. If someone wants to help me get my tickets fast I can come down to $2600 shipped US.
  6. A sword nor a gun is a toy. So "play" is not the word to use. Until people evolve past the point where a sharp tool can hurt them swords will always be relevant in fighting. Many modern arts and fighting systems are based on things centuries old... The Japanese sword found effectiveness in WW1 and WW2 during the "modern age" of weapons automatic or otherwise. But again I don't have a problem if you collect for whatever reason. Same with any other member here. But hopefully your collection is in a safe because if someone breaks in you may find your art relic a bit more threatening than you want to. But I also warn people who hide firearms in their house of the same thing. But again what does this have to do with a simple question?....Nothing.
  7. I don't consider it a shortcut exactly. Randy Black is held by some to be one of the most reliable US mounters in the business. Yet his prices are fair and he is not a common Googled name. People find him word of mouth. No website, phone or Facebook ex. I was looking for that here. Not cheap per say, but someone people knew enough to trust with work. I had already asked the obvious People. Same if you go to my local town I know a body and machine shop you won't find online that people come from all over the state to work with... So again I don't consider my original question to be bad or odd. People mistook that as I wanted some random guy to rub Stones on my blade for as cheap as possible and that is not true at all. Funny thing is you guys would go a lot further towards that preservation goal if you found someone wanting to learn and helped them along. Much can be learned from Books, Videos, Seminars ex. Even take donations to send someone to Japan who wants to pick up some things. There was a self taught polisher in Canada who earned the respect of a master Togi. So it can be done like anything with desire and hard work. My sword was made to use. It was made with Cutting in mind. So to have it sit (like it has for 6 years) and not be used for to me is disrespectful to the sword. Like a car that just sits, show car or not cars were made to drive not be stationary objects. But I sacrificed a lot to get the blade, it is my only one and will compete October 22nd. I would almost say I value this sword more than its previous owners. I think the clash is the logic of what you guys see as "proper" and "bad" or "ruined" Polish. I did autobody work for a while and used to hate places like macco. But now I get work done their often because you realize paying $3,000 for paint that WILL get scratched and fade is silly. But that is a point you guys may shudder like I used to seeing uneven paint spots, runs, over spray, bubbles ex. When you look at a regular shop Polish. But even the Lazy Hadori seen on Japanese Shinsakuto would make me happy just because it would show me more than I can see now and I would not feel bad cutting with a polish like this. It's not that I don't know the difference... But for my need and intended use the difference does not matter. But even the Polishers did not give me the guff that I got here. They simply gave "I'm busy, don't know anybody" and even commented that I might send it to a shop in Japan for a standard Polish because of my needs. So my point is even though it Annoys you guys you can point out an option while also making sure people know what they are getting (if they dont already)You don't have to agree with a choice to be helpful. If someone asked me where to find the nearest McDonald's I would not say "So you want to be fat and possibly give yourself cancer?" "You should save your money and buy grass fed beef". I would point them in the direction if I knew it because everything has a place depending on need and intended use (like macco). Collection and Ideals aside that is just common courtesy.
  8. I imagine it's not Easy. I teach shooters and Swordsman so I again run into more practical questions. Helping people find the right gun because the wrong one could risk their lives more than Normal for a high stress situation. Funny thing is self defense instructors will tell you that if you want truth you have to put aside your opinions. Also If you don't build a box you won't have to think your way out of it. This is not easy but a goal you shoot for. But again that is the difference between someone who uses a sword for training and spiritual growth to Just collecting. When I see people collect guns they lose sight that it is a tool and a weapon. That happens more with swords because people believe they are a part of "dead arts". But in dealing with people who only have movie and video game knowledge of swords and Martial Arts I try to be helpful. Because if I treat them the same way some here have acted then people never want to learn anything and find the path for themselves. I get people here love collecting, but I also have the Sword Art to demand my focus and money... You think that is easy? A sword is not much without the hand that carried it. I am sorry if I have been abrasive to people, but I have gotten a lot of offensive offers and advice lately and it's starting to get at me a little.
  9. Thank you for an actual response and not a value judgment.
  10. In 1,000 years the world may not be here. It kills me because that thinking about Collecting and Blades is why the Gimei market is thriving at the moment. People being sold a modern blade with a fake signature or a Mumei with an appraisal of who the appraiser thinks made it and when. A leap of faith at Best. My point is that you guys have to understand you don't apply that reason to every area of your lives. There are far museums, so you don't know where a Lamborghini will be in Futurama times Anything can be art, but sometimes you go to Outback or Chilli's because you don't want to pay $75 for a steak at a 4 Star. I have seen art swords and they don't speak to me. I have seen a Honami school Polish blade and would prefer my blade in a plain old Lazy shop Hadori Polish. Because I would rather have a Fully loaded Subaru than a Lamborghini. But I prefer modest and practical. But it all goes back to me asking for a simple name. All anyone had to say is What Mr Hoffine said "nobody comes to mind".
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