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  1. Happy New Year everyone! I wonder if there are similar stories in the US with bring back swords. https://soranews24.com/2019/08/15/cool-housewarming-bonus-free-Japanese-katanas-potentially-carved-by-a-master-craftsman/
  2. Thanks for the offer Stephen. As long as its not active and not getting bigger, I'll just leave it alone for now. All the Orchards Hardware stores closed nearby so I'll have to go to the mom and pop hardware store sometime this coming week. I don't want my impatience to get the best of me and start scratching away at it. Its very small. Keeping it oiled and clean. Hi Ed, I cleaned it with uchiko but it didn't come off. Didn't want to do anymore than that. I have a couple of "copper" coins too but I don't know if its actually copper or not. This is making me practice my patience anyway.
  3. Thanks for the advice everyone. At this point, I'm going to make sure its not active or spreading. I think its been there for a while since I do clean and oil it every time I look at it. Its very small to the point that I have to look for it every time. Id rather not cause any damage or scratch it so will wait to see if I can borrow someone's deer antler at the next sword club meeting. If I can make it to Michael's this afternoon, might end up buying some copper wire or sheet. Thanks again!
  4. Hi guys, I was cleaning and oiling one of my swords today and I see I very tiny brown dot on the blade. I paid special attention to it and oiled it thinking it was dirt then put it under a magnifying glass. Looks to be a very small rust spot. Not sure if it was there before but I hadn't noticed it. Blade is oiled and maintained. What's the advice going forward for something like this? Thanks, Ben
  5. I got a few when I was at the toei movie studio theme park in Kyoto this year. Stole them from the kids when they started failing to notice them from being missing in their room. You can get the from amazon, varying prices depending on vendor so look around. . Authentic Samurai Figure/Figurine: Armor Series#1-Date Masamune https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00I7M6ANO/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_tai_1KyMBbJFXCBV8
  6. Yeah nbthk Tokubetsu Hozon. I can take a picture a little bit later. How precise are the variances of the meis? What are the essential clues to immediately look at? This sword is papered so I was just trying my hand at placing a date on it.
  7. The mei seems representative of the dated mei for 1633? 2 strokes on Fuji. Opinions are welcomed. I’m still amazed at how experts like Ray Singer can eyeball a mei without reference and figure out something fishy.
  8. Here’s some more photos along with the rest of the Nihonto family.
  9. Hi Ed, I ordered this from amazon. It’s designed to show the bare blade on top and the Saya on the bottom but you can cut it to fit your needs. The top holder has slots to slip the blades into. It’s also lockable with a set of keys and has clips in the bottom to keep the door closed even when unlocked. I added the link below if you want to find something comparable. It runs between $80 to $100 depending on availability. Thanks Ben https://www.amazon.com/Sword-Display-Cabinet-Stand-Holder/dp/B00QRDVR2Y/ref=sr_1_6?s=sports-and-fitness&ie=UTF8&qid=1536433868&sr=1-6&keywords=Sword+display
  10. Thanks Ray! Here’s the koshirae with it. I can post more pictures when I get back home.
  11. Hi Bob, Yes! I own this now. It has Tokubetsu Hozon origami. I was able to get Roger’s excellent book on Tadahiro. Pouring over it now. Really makes a difference in appreciating this Nihonto. Thanks Ben
  12. Hi guys, Been looking for one for a while and got some breathing room on this one. Omi Daijo Tadahiro.
  13. Thanks for looking guys. I went over to Krausewerks, in the bay area yesterday, since we're still a few weeks out for the next club meeting. Hoping to find some sort of information but wasn't able to find anything on this smith (also, I had my translation incorrect as well, kept coming up with Tokugawa Ieshige in the google searches). All in all, this sword was special enough in a sense that I went to the show with my 11 year old son (if you were there, you probably saw us circling a bunch of times, then sitting down then circling some more). He has been trying to learn like me and we both bargained together to get this one on the cheap side ( literally talked to the dealer while he was packing to catch his plane). We both liked the shape and generally had a good time "researching" this one up for the past week which consisted mostly on how to take care of it, oiling and wiping it down and basic etiquette (passing it to one another, careful not to talk so you don't spit on the blade etc). Hopefully you guys can help me get more info about this and thanks for everything so far.
  14. Here’s a closer look at the kissaki and nakago.
  15. Thank you Ray. I’ll take closer pictures of the nakago when I get home later tonight.
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