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    Williamsburg VA
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    tosogu, metallurgy, Japanese alloys, kinko techniques, patinas

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    Darrel Lauren

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  1. YAS.A- fmyi- do you know if there is any other kosherae where the shitodome is absent from the kashira?
  2. Very nice katakiri work.
  3. Lots available on e-bay if you just google Buffalo horn.
  4. Bjorn- I don’t think you get much satisfaction using ETOH for cleaning. My experience suggests you could probably extract DNA from old pieces! I have used surfactants with much better results and they won’t affect patina either. There are various strengths of ultrasound and I haven’t had much luck with low strength units used for jewelry. On the other hand these low powered units haven’t removed any uttori either. In some cases I’ve used bamboo toothpicks to soften the grime but you have to be careful. Menuki weren’t often made of brass so they could either be gold or fire-gilded. In either case they should clean up nicely. Look underneath the ito to see the original color.
  5. Following the Iron Brush had just about passed away but if you look in the Discussion Board section you will find plenty of old posts that address just about everything you’ll need to know.
  6. I go the SF show every year but I take my Optivisor and I know what to look for. If you know there are bad apples at the show you should name them here and save others from making the same mistake. It’s sure easier to evaluate tosogu in person than online.
  7. Huh? You blame the SF sword show for your lack of diligence? There are plenty of good people and objects at the show and what makes you think you wouldn’t had made the same mistake in Chicago?
  8. I think only ivory and maybe walrus are prohibited. Both have obvious characteristics that are different from bone. It would be much easier to show what you have isn’t ivory or walrus than to prove what you prove what kind of bone you have.
  9. Definitely not walrus. Walrus tusks are not hollow, are filled with very dense crystalline structure and are not so long.
  10. Nor have I. And once the sword has shipped it arrives in a few days. Great service, no extra fees.
  11. It may depend on whether you are in the auction section or the buying section. In the buying section it clearly states that shipping and insurance are included in the price. When I bought from them in Tokyo there was no additional shipping or insurance charge. They also took a combination of cash and credit.They are very easy to deal with and may take credit (plus the 3% credit charge) so it’s worth dropping them a line and asking. Good luck!
  12. Well, after many false messages from USPS, the sword arrived about 1 hour ago, in perfect shape. Mail from Cincinnati to Williamsburg takes USPS longer than DHL from Tokyo and there is no way to contact a person. After the horror stories about empty packages arriving lately, I can now rest comfortably. The blade is beautiful and rather hefty despite the bo-hi. Now on to the kosherae!
  13. Yup, just sign or stamp them in English letters.
  14. Merci Francois- the reply area was confusing but, thanks to you, it apparently worked.
  15. Robert- I have no idea how to contact you but I want this katana and agree with your payment requests. Having never bought on NMB I have no idea what a PM stands for but that’s what I’m trying to do now.
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