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About JackThom88

  • Birthday 09/21/1988

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  1. I'll have to look when I get back to the house this evening because I don't recall off the top of my head.
  2. I wasn't sure what the menuki was but I researched it and I do actually have what I assume is the original.
  3. So, I did some reading last night concerning this particular era in which the paper work claims the sword was made. From my understanding it was very, very common for swords to have been shortened due to the battle tactics of the time, where the warriors would use longer blades, surround leaders that were on horse back, and take them down using said longer blades. Those longer blades (excuse my lack of appropriate terminology, again I am quite new to this) were often shortened to accommodate close quarter fighting. IF this particular blade was shortened during the actual era in which it was forged does that still take away from it's value? That being said, was it common for longer blades to have such short grips? Seems to me that longer blades would also make for a longer grip for, well, better grip and more power in the swing of the blade. So now I am questioning whether or not the length of the tang is correct? Am I looking into this too much or is it possible that this particular maker just didn't forge a blade with the right hamon?
  4. Ahhhh, I see exactly what you're talking about. Thank you for clarifying for me. So, that being said I might just make a laughing stock of myself by saying this next bit... did I do well buying it at $1500?
  5. That is good to know, I will take it down and clean/oil it in it's entirety. I am unfamiliar with the term "boshi", what are you referring to? I apologize for being so inexperienced in the field. This entire process has been one of learning for me and I so appreciate the continued assistance.
  6. These were the pictures I had taken when I purchased the sword. The seller was unfortunately not using gloves to handle it. It has since been cleaned. I had no idea it was anywhere near that old. Does the origami say anything as to who the actual smith was? The blade is incredibly sharp so I don't want to get down to the tang if I don't have to. What is such an old piece like this even worth? Thank you all for the help.
  7. Hello, I am new to the forum and am seeking help. I am trying to come up with some information about this sword and paperwork. I have been told that the origami is done by Shibata Mitsuo and that's sadly all the information I have on either the sword or paperwork. I have no idea how old it is, who made it, it's value, or anything like that. Any and all help is very much appreciated. Thank you!
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