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Richard Arias

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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".
  11. The funny thing though is there is a Point where once things are Symmetrical, Sharp, Properly Shaped ex. Your paying for the fact that the polisher has a big name and is from a school of tradition more than what he is actually doing to improve the sword. Not that this isn't justified someone like David Hoffine (Very nice prompt Guy) deserves his fee for what he does. It's just that I don't think my blade has that need due to its tight hada and simple hamon. It would be like me paying to see a Standford doctor for just needing some stitches. Any basic urgent care can do that at a fair price. People keep asking me why I had Nihonzashi do the work. But they did correct a lot of asymmetrical geometry, scratches ex. So I made the choice to have the sword sit in a proper functioning Polish that might not look pretty but is Symmetrical, Proper and Sharp. I didn't let some DIY polisher rub Diamond hones on it. Whatever a traditional Polisher might improve on they would not have to go all the way back down to foundation. So either way it's time and money saved. But it seems like the option I took was the best option. And I think I will take Dave's advice and stick to my Sharpening Polish. Because there are no good options in my time frame... I agree that right now the market is either cheap or expensive with no middle and that is sad.
  12. Many shops in Japan have apprentice drop outs doing refinish work for about $500. Even master Togi in Japan have their apprentice doing work and projects they decide the apprentice can handle. But in America it's a lower price point because of the mass production market. Even Gunto are not allowed In Japan but good market here. But here there is a "what's practical?" Mind set. So shops here are 1 person and I have yet to see a togi here with an apprentice still doing work... But much of the arts and craft is dying here. I have felt that first hand for years on the JSA side. A good polisher is like a stylist as opposed to a Barber. They know exactly the technique to achieve a look based on what they want to represent in a sword. Nihonzashi would be a Barber shop or say a Neighborhood mechanic. They went to 80 grit stone up to 1/4 micron on my Shinsakuto to fix the geometry, scratches ex. So any complaints a traditional polisher would have are from a style perspective where they would have done some things differently ex. But people lose sight of this fact all to easy when your taking about ideals of collecting. At a point your paying for who rather than what or how. I doubt when people here have car trouble or need a paint job they head to a custom shop or the highest priced shop in town. I doubt they always buy the best parts. I doubt they only drink Jonny Walker Blue and only eat the porter house steak or Kobe Beef... Sometimes you prioritize based on what you think is right to spend with what you have and the situation.... Am I going to pay $400 for a Kona Nigari Water?... No but man even though there are good reasons it's expensive... it's still water. Randy Black is someone not common knowledge outside a certain circle. I was hoping to find his polishing equivalent here, but alas no dice.
  13. Every known you or someone you can simply Google is busy or not working.... So that was the meaning in my post. I am looking for someone not obvious... Yet that is all people keep giving me. The usual suspects... Sending to Japan I was advised that was not a good idea by my Sensei in Japan at the moment with customs and the lack of paperwork I have. As for collectors... Yeah some are normal, but maybe it's just the level of condescending comments I have gotten in just a few days that is making me abrasive. But when your take home pay is $8 an hour your income is most likely privileged or upper class by my scale. I asked for an unknown avenue... Not to tread the same ground I already have even before posting people.
  14. A lot of questions... Bump to the top hoping for a fair offer. Japan tickets getting higher every day.
  15. Well guys I'm not a new to this. I have been a Swordsman for 10 years and before that I was a vendor. Yeah I have been to the Token Kai and seen $40,000 swords. And honestly you can't get me to see the light of collecting in almost any form. It's mostly for people born to a higher privilege or people that have acquired "f**k you money". I am sorry I plan to use my sword to train for a competition in October. So I can't sit and wait 2 years on some high class Polishers backlog and pay him a small fortune for what is pure cosmetic finish work that does in now way alter the swords cutting ability. A simple " no we don't know anyone " would have been nice. I honestly feel for my needs sending a blade of full Polish is like a custom paint job on a stock car. Hataya Sensei used to touch up blades at tai kai for the swordsman and I was looking for someone more of that level. Just someone with experience that Could give me a little cosmic light without draining my wallet. I honestly feel like most collection hobbies are a rip off that only pay dealers. And I the attitudes I am met with by some just reinforce that view. I would be happy with the grade of Polish many Shinsakuto arrive in... Because it will allow me to see a bit of hidden beauty and not feel bad for ruining the finish. -Richard
  16. He is a heavy.... Anyone that big I already have reached out to. Looking for someone up and coming. I'm not looking for the obvious usual suspects.
  17. I know the heavies that have 2 year back logs. I'm looking for someone lower key that can work a little finger stone magic on my Shinsakuto to see a little of the hidden beauty. Can anyone vouch for a forumite or Shop that won't charge me a small fortune? -Richard
  18. Can I ask that people be respectful. I have had 3 people try to offer me 1/4 the Swords value. I don't need to sell this blade I am happy to keep it. I feel it's very disrespectful to assume that when I say I am willing to work with a JSA student that people have assumed I won't be a little offended at being offered the price of a Cheap Hanwei blade. I am being reasonable. There are trade options and PayPal financing. If there is a REASONABLE offer I am willing to talk it over. -Richard
  19. http://www.ebay.com/itm/302290513612?ssPageName=STRK:MESELX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1555.l2649 Put the blade up on eBay to give buyers the chance at PayPal finance if they are short of cash at the moment. Also if they have any want of extra safety making the buy.
  20. Thanks. It has not been easy. It would have gotten a full Polish but the polisher bailed on me last minute.
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