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    Japanese swords from the shin-shinto era, naginata all periods, menpo and hanpo tetsu sabiji finish.

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  1. Dear Jean, I did not get your PM and I've just I sent you one.
  2. Thank you Curran but this site is not in english and due to their copyright rights my translater is ineffective. An attempt of contact seems to be doomed from the start as I don't even see where to ask them some questions....
  3. Dear all, In order to fit a tsuba of my liking on one of my sword (and to replace the one on the picture), I am looking for a tsuba with the following features. I need an iron tsuba, tosho, ko-tosho, katchushi, ko-katchushi in good condition. The appearance needed must be austere. The shape needed is not an issue, rounded, squared..... The hitsu ana must be plugged or non existent. Please see the measurements needed below and on the picture joined. Thickness : 3.5mm, Weight : 165 gr. In order to avoid too much worries (for me), please try to be very close to the nakago measurements and also close to the thickness. The other measures can be more or less respected. If you have the needed gem, please feel free to contact me by pm. Thank you for your attention.
  4. Dear John, You are right, over the years or decades I've handled quite a few guntos but I never saw a sho stamp alone. At least, the swordsmith name is present.
  5. According to me you have three guys who "worked" on that blade. First the swordsmith. Second a non Japanese wise ass put a sloppy showa, then a third rocket scientist who was non Japanese also and obviously not far from the second ladd added the figure one and three and stopped short not convinced himself of his dexterity. I will add that even the swordsmith kanjis are somewhat suspicious because they are carved quite deep which is not common. You will have to compare with other swords made by the same smith.
  6. Indeed, Patrick found an affordable sword.
  7. Still looking for nice examples.....
  8. Dear Peter, Nice sword indeed. Can you show us the koshirae ?
  9. Dear Ray, Thank you for the links. Those two swords are nice but over my budget. I may have spotted a couple of such swords more in line to what I am looking for. But I have to wait the end of the confinment to see them in hand..... Dear Alexsandr, That would be a good topic. Give me some time in order to gather more info.
  10. Thank you Ray, this is quite a good example. Dear Peter, I strive to know more about those swords which were made not a so long time ago. Information are scant......
  11. Thank you very much John, but they are way too expensive for me.
  12. Dear John, Way too short but in the right time frame (and already sold). Dear Alexsandr, Very close to what I am looking for, I keep that one on line. Thank you very much gentlemen, I resume my search.....
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