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  1. I am far from being knowledgeable about many things tsuba but these examples above are just a dreadful blight on the whole story and history of genuine tsuba making and collecting. Of course, the definition of the word 'genuine' is one of the keys to the problem. Roger j
  2. This is a wonderful theme and any aspiring kodogu collector anyone interested in the subject should take a good look at these postings. Quite inspiring and generous of the members to share their top pieces. I have just spent more than an hour going through the display and am hugely impressed. I hope no one minds me saying all that ? Roger j
  3. You are right Jean and thank you for the correction. I only get a little bit embarrassed these days when I stuff up otherwise I would perpetually have a red face. It hasn't always been like this and I do try to be correct. Regards, Roger Roger j
  4. Steve I much appreciate your encouraging comment- thanks very much for that. Roger j
  5. Hello members, hoping that the following photos are satisfactory and clear enough for you fellow Nihonto collectors to see what you want to see ? If not satisfactory then we are quite happy to try again . We appreciate the irritation of not getting satisfactory illustrations but it is our lack of skill and not our lack of caring. Aikuchi - 31cms overall, 20.5cm Armor piercing blade, I think, 9.6mm wide blade at hibachi. Signed : HIZEN NO KUNI TADAYOSHI ?17th or 18th century. Almost certainly a spurious signature and I was aware of that when purchasing it having previously had a katana with a similar, spurious signature to Tadayoshi (soon advised otherwise). Suguha hamon in fine polish I was advised. I purchased it because I liked the blade. Any and all comments will be welcome. Roger j
  6. Thanks Uwe for clarifying that. There is a third mon on the scabbard which I will try to get a shot of. Roger j
  7. I must be a bit slow here Uwe and Piers but you say Uwe- "One of the few occasions where an assignment can be made clearly".... and I think it might be the Yamanouchi mon and the 'mountain symbol' ? or was it just the Yamanouchi mon ? I often enough need things spelled out. Again thank you both for your interest. Just for your interest I bought it here in Melbourne at an Arms Fair in 2008 from a Sydney collector (non specialist but with a broad range of interests).First chance for me- our Arms Fairs are mostly about guns and rifles (many ex military) and have greatly degenerated over the years IMO. Roger j
  8. Thanks for the comment John. Kind of you. Roger j
  9. Hamish- who ever your comment is aimed at, then fair enough and a fair warning to all of us. There is a similar issue with tosogu. Roger j.
  10. Thank you Hamish, $5,000US is serious money for a not too long period of chiseling. So that's where the word (chiseling) comes from? Roger 2
  11. I know nothing, in fact less than nothing but would anyone go to that much trouble and effort to copy this mei-attribution ? And why bother. Just wondering. Oh, it's the extra value. Anyway I would be pleased to own it. Roger j
  12. Thank you all, Piers, Paul, Geraint and Dave for your responses. Dave, it's 5.4mm wide at the widest, the habaki. Roger j
  13. That is an encouraging response Piers and I really am grateful to you for that. It (to me) has a lovely slender blade, quite straight but the scabbard maker has chosen to make it with a shallow curve- a nice touch I feel plus the understated mon included in the lacquer finish. Why I like your comment is because I wondered if someone might say- just a run of the mill outfit. I find nihonto still somewhat elusive in understanding with any degree of confidence, particularly the worthiness of the blades . Roger j
  14. 44.5 cms overall, 22.3 cm blade . Is the maker's name ' Tsugu Fumi Iye' and if so, does anyone know if he is he a known maker ? Scabbard lacquer includes the Yamanouchi mon with two others. All over in good condition. The information about the mon etc came from the vendor. Are the photos adequate as I welcome any and all input. Thank you in anticipation.
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    Omori Hisanori?

    This may be a little late, even unnecessary but going back to last Saturday when Dale commented about the features of a figure depicted on a kozuka- I didn't agree with his opinion but felt he was entitled to have his own take on it. I am not sure why I am getting in here but feel that Dale's research on duplicates and fakes and the confusion over just what is the 'real thing' and what is not has been a revelation and didn't Dale get this ball rolling ? Isn't Dale in fact the man who first brought the issue to NMB Tosogu adherents rather than someone accepting of spurious 'take offs'. I'm not wanting an argument here but felt that the depth of Dale's input might not have been realised by everybody? Yas too, of course and Ford, long term 'Protector of the Faith'. Just wonderful. One more unneeded comment- Dale is a fellow Aussie and we need to band together in times like this where our biggest trading partner is non too subtly putting the screws on our nation's exports. And they make lousy copies of tsuba. Roger j
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