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  1. Isshu

    Tsuba translation

    Having a closer look at the "mei" side of the tsuba there is a slight dip/concavity in the seppa-dai area. Any thoughts as to why a mei would be (possibly) removed from a tsuba? Thanks. John C.
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    Tsuba translation

    Thanks for the replies. Attached is the reverse side. Regards John C.
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    Tsuba translation

    Hello all, Would someone be so kind as to translate the kanji on this tsuba please. Any additional information would also be greatly appreciated if possible. Thank you in advance John C.
  4. Isshu

    Before And After

    Hi All, I thought that I would share my recent addition to my collection. It's a Chidori jumonji yari signed by Echigo no kami Kanesada (Terukane). It is newly polished, papered (TH) and in new shirasaya. It's such a beautiful little yari and it's hard to stop admiring it since I received it. The photos are not the best but I think you can see the comparison for a before and after. Regards John C.
  5. Isshu

    Kabuto Information

    Thanks Guido and John, Great to see some other similar examples. Is there a "translation" for Zaboshizunari and Tenkokuzannari that determines the differences from one and the other? Also wondering if that Rare Kabuto book is available somewhere? Could anyone suggest if the hachi is finished in urushi or is a base metal finish? I am grateful for all the input from everyone. It's all very interesting. Regards John C.
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    Kabuto Information

    Thanks guys for the additional information and help. I think that is great looking kabuto! Regards John C.
  7. Isshu

    Kabuto Information

    Hi All, Just received my recently purchased Kabuto and was wondering if any of the members can suggest more information than I have. From my reading it appears to be a Etchu Zunari with a hineno shikoro that was made in the Edo period. The appeal of this kabuto are the raised rivets, brow wrinkles and the "decorative" additions to the bowl which I haven't seen often on other Zunari. Also could it kabuto shape be classed as a Tenkokuzan nari when looking at the side photos? So I was wondering, can the photos narrow down the options of possible school, area of and/or date of manufacture or any other points of interest? Thank you in advance for any information. John C.
  8. Hi Guy, Thanks for your comments. I think my skills as a photographer are lacking but there is a Nie based hamon that is hard to see in hand as well as in the photos. However, as most of you have guessed it is commissioned shinsakuto work dated 2018. The school is Miyairi (Akihira). The smith is Kato Shinpei from Tochigi prefecture. Kato san trained initially under Miyairi Akihira until his death and finished his training under Kanbayashi Tsunehira. He has won many awards over the years and most have been in the Tanto section. The commission request was for the shape and size as indicated in the initial post but for the Jigane in the style of a Matsukawa- hada. Kato san initial wasn't prepared to attempt this type of jigane as there was a good chance that openings would occur between the layers, but was prepared to try as long as I was aware of this issue. As it turned out it is a perfect blade with no openings at all. Three types of iron were used in the construction, tamahagane and two other different types of old iron. I was informed that due to this type of jigane the Nioi based hamon I requested was not possible due to the steel structure, carbon content and temperature required during Yaki-ire. As mentioned above the hamon is Nie based and is difficult to visualise but happy to say is there! Also it was certainly not acid etched. Attached are the requested Nakago shots with it's very beautiful solid silver Habaki. Regards John C.
  9. Hi All, Just received my first ever Tanto and I'm so happy with it I thought I would share it with you all. Also because it is quite unusual a Kantei of the blade might be fun for any who are interested. The shape is Kata-kirba, Shobu Zukuri with a blade length of 29.8 cm, hamachi width of 3.2 cm and a kasane of .6 cm. So it is a big blade for a Tanto. It was difficult to photo but I think the overall effect has been captured. So if anyone wants to have a go at Kantei I'll wait a couple of days and supply the answer to three questions. The only hint is that it is in Soshu tradition. -School -Swordsmith -Era Regards John C.
  10. Hi All, It must be nice to live in a country that has the ability to have shinsa every year, where here in Australia they are few and far between. Basic mathematics with a bag of rocks justifying the upgrading/changeover of certificates works well for dealers who can value add the cost to their products they sell. However, I am only a small time collector who did purchase items with green and blue papers that were considered OK at the time prior to the "recall". I no longer purchase items that don't have the acceptable certificates (except one, oops!) due to the information supplied by NMB. It would be nice to send my cherished swords to Japan to obtain Hozon+ but does that mean I will enjoy my blades any better? However, for me the "basic mathematics" is that the additional cost to send an item to Japan, engage an intermediate, shinsa costs, posting it home and the possibility of GST tax is not justifiable. I will just have to hope that in the future there will be another shinsa in Australia to up grade my old papers. I think that if you happy with the items in your collection it doesn't really matter if it has no papers, old papers or current certificates, the important thing is to ENJOY them. Regards John C
  11. Jean, Michael and Thomas thank you for your reply's Regards John C..
  12. Hi Gentlemen, It is great to see some photos from the expo and would have been interesting to have attended. However, I was wondering if anyone who attended could answer the following questions. There are two dealer booths that I have been unable to find on an internet search- Art- Antiques & Armour and Patrice Sabbah. Does anyone have a link to or can advise how to find them as there appears to be some interesting items. Many thanks. John C.
  13. Hi Stephen, Unfortunately not, google has the Touken Komachi presentation under Tadatsuna 2nd generation but I can't seem to get a link to work. Anyway for anyone who is interested here are a couple more photo's, thanks. John C.
  14. Hi Jeremiah L, Taking into account the the extra time for internal Japanese deliveries, international/Australian postage and customs it took about 6 1/2 months from payment to delivery. I don't think that that was too unreasonable. I had it polished in sashi-komi which I personally prefer. As expected the blade looks far more impressive in hand than in the photo's. I'm very happy with the product and "extra's" provided by Touken Komachi. John C.
  15. I have purchased a number of items from Shiho Tsukada and she has always been very helpful. There has never been any problems with obtaining additional information or photos. My latest purchase from them is a Tadatsuna 2nd which I had polished through them and was very happy with the results. Highly recommended. John C 03141_001.jpg]
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