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  1. First off, I'm not trying to denigrate your argument in any way, and secondly you know way more than me about these sort of things. That being said, I've never seen a Type 14 with a screw on pommel, all of them that I have seen have been peened. I've only seen machine made police short swords (such as the one in the photo) with a screw on pommel. It also looks like the tang on this sword has similar makers marks to the tang of that short sword (see photos). Also, the patina on the nut fits the reddish patina of the rest of the pommel as well. I'm not saying it's not a put together monstrosity but there looks to be enough ambiguity that it makes me more, and not less confused. What are your thoughts? Thanks. (The peened end of the type 19 that came with the other sword.) (Police short sword - can't say wakizashi as it's machine made) (The tang of a police short sword) (butt cap of pommel and nut with same patina) (The possible makers marks on the tang)
  2. Very interesting, thank you! I have never heard of a nihonto being cut and fitted in such a manner. Do you think it's possible that the saya belongs to the sword even if the habaki doesn't fit?
  3. So I just purchased a Type 19 Army Officer's sword as well as a very interesting police lieutenant's sword. The man I purchased it from told me his grandfather took both of them from the battlefield per grandpa (Grandpa was definitely lying as the officers sword isn't even service sharpened). He told me his grandfather used the smaller sword for weed whacking (which is why its been sanded a good bit). Long story short it looks like someone mounted a genuine wakizashi blade in a type 19 police hilt on a European style tang. I say authentic because I can see what looks like ware. It came with a traditional saya and the blade fits in it perfectly when the habaki is off, when it is on it wont fit. The hilt itself looks authentic although it's missing the locking mechanism (which would make sense if it had a wakizashi blade in a different scabbard.)
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    Cleaning Menuki

    Thanks for the info. I gently cleaned them with a toothbrush and some gentle soap. I then got out some high magnification glasses and I noticed there is some red lacquer on certain parts of the menuki. Could that be original to the pieces?
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    Cleaning Menuki

    I have a pair of menuki from a wakizashi and I was wondering if there is any way I could go about cleaning them? I don't want to damage them so I thought I might ask around, thanks.
  6. I don't think anyone can define art. I think Solzhenitsyn put it best when he said: "So also we, holding Art in our hands, confidently consider ourselves to be its masters; boldly we direct it, we renew, reform and manifest it; we sell it for money, use it to please those in power; turn to it at one moment for amusement – right down to popular songs and night-clubs, and at another – grabbing the nearest weapon, cork or cudgel – for the passing needs of politics and for narrow-minded social ends. But art is not defiled by our efforts, neither does it thereby depart from its true nature, but on each occasion and in each application it gives to us a part of its secret inner light. But shall we ever grasp the whole of that light? Who will dare to say that he has DEFINED Art, enumerated all its facets? Perhaps once upon a time someone understood and told us, but we could not remain satisfied with that for long; we listened, and neglected, and threw it out there and then, hurrying as always to exchange even the very best – if only for something new! And when we are told again the old truth, we shall not even remember that we once possessed it. One artist sees himself as the creator of an independent spiritual world; he hoists onto his shoulders the task of creating this world, of peopling it and of bearing the all-embracing responsibility for it; but he crumples beneath it, for a mortal genius is not capable of bearing such a burden. Just as man in general, having declared himself the centre of existence, has not succeeded in creating a balanced spiritual system. And if misfortune overtakes him, he casts the blame upon the age-long disharmony of the world, upon the complexity of today’s ruptured soul, or upon the stupidity of the public. Another artist, recognizing a higher power above, gladly works as a humble apprentice beneath God’s heaven; then, however, his responsibility for everything that is written or drawn, for the souls which perceive his work, is more exacting than ever. But, in return, it is not he who has created this world, not he who directs it, there is no doubt as to its foundations; the artist has merely to be more keenly aware than others of the harmony of the world, of the beauty and ugliness of the human contribution to it, and to communicate this acutely to his fellow-men. And in misfortune, and even at the depths of existence – in destitution, in prison, in sickness – his sense of stable harmony never deserts him. But all the irrationality of art, its dazzling turns, its unpredictable discoveries, its shattering influence on human beings – they are too full of magic to be exhausted by this artist’s vision of the world, by his artistic conception or by the work of his unworthy fingers." -Excerpt from Aleksandyr Solzhenitsyn's Nobel Lecture, 1970 https://www.nobelprize.org/prizes/literature/1970/solzhenitsyn/lecture/ I think Nihonto fits this category if it could be defined as such. It is so unique that it's not as easy to define as other forms of art. It is in and of itself, however, a form of art. Unique on this earth, unable to be reproduced. It seems to illuminate another unique part of that inner light.
  7. Yeah, here are some photos. The pommel disk was covered in extremely hard oil but once it was removed I could see the koftgari that remained. It has a much more angular style than most other tulwar's I've seen. It's got a scarf weld about 1/2 way down the blade although I don't think it is visible in these photos.
  8. This is a crazy idea but I have to ask. I have an old wootz tulwar from India which has a very nice but barely visible watered steel pattern. (it's not Damascus steel but actual crucible wootz) I have looked into having it professionally restored by a group over in the U.K. but the norm for bringing out a wootz blade pattern is to chemically etch it (which is what they do). I was wondering if it were even possible to have a wootz blade professionally polished like a nihonto and bring out the pattern. The wootz pattern has similar characteristics to a hamon although wootz is crucible steel and is one solid metal. The first picture is a section of my tulwar, second is what it would look like in better condition. Thanks.
  9. Thanks for the info! I bought it from the guy and I have a few questions. This will be my first nihonto that I personally own. I already read the NBTHK care and etiquette guide for taking care of it. I was wondering what resources you all use to learn about nihonto's and their history? Do you have any recommendations? I'm currently trying to read through ohmura-study.net. Thanks.
  10. Well, that's good news! I don't know how to clean a Katana but I know enough not to try. Thanks!
  11. Hi, there's a local man selling a purported "WW2 Japanese Sword" on craigslist and I was wondering what your thoughts are on it. Its beat to hell and almost everything about it looks wrong to me. The only thing that seems legitimate is the tang. Your thoughts are appreciated, thanks!
  12. Thanks, I told the guy I'll pass on his swords so I can't get any more pictures for you all, sorry about that. Thanks everyone for all the good advice though!
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