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Bryce last won the day on July 29 2021

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  1. G'day David, The masame is more obvious in this photo. Cheers, Bryce
  2. G'day Guys, I found an example on the net that is pure masame like mine, but still has the "Soshu Kamakura Masamune" hakogaki on the box. This confirms that this description really is a marketing "catch-all" for any blade that isn't done in ayasugi. Cheers, Bryce
  3. G'day Guys, I think it may be an alternative attachment place for the sword tassel. You sometimes see the same thing for sword knots on British swords. Here is a British 1796 pattern light cavalry officer's sabre with a similar staple attached to the ferrule at the base of the grip. The sword knot is normally attached thru a slot in the top of the knuckle bow. Cheers, Bryce
  4. G'day Ronnie, Thank you for sharing your blades. You have an amazing gendaito collection! Cheers, Bryce
  5. G'day Ronnie, Is that ayasugi hada I can see on the "Gendaito(wakizashi with horimono): Sakai ju Okimoto Kunitada Saku - made in Showa 3rd (1928) 8th day of June"? Any chance of some better photos showing the hada? Cheers, Bryce
  6. Thanks Guys, All privately commissioned Gassan Sadakatsu blades I have seen to date have this same wording. I don't know if other swordsmiths used this wording as well or if it was something peculiar to Sadakatsu. Interestingly, just as you see the original owner's name removed from origami, you also see examples of Sadakatsu blades where the owner's name has been removed from the nakago as well. Gassan Sadakatsu was very consistent in the way he signed. You can see gradual changes from examples in the 1920's thru to 1943. I agree Curran, one of the things I enjoy about his blades are his penmanship on the nakago. Here is the whole sword. Cheers, Bryce
  7. G'day Guys This sword was forged by Gassan Sadakatsu for Mr Morita Ryutaro in 1943. What I am struggling with is does the wording suggest it was simply made for him, or was it made to protect him in some way? Cheers, Bryce
  8. Thanks Thomas. Cheers, Bryce
  9. Thanks John, That is at one extreme of what Gassan Sadakatsu was calling "Soshu Kamakura Masamune" and the koitame example I posted above is at the other extreme. As David says it does seem to be a copy of Norishige's matsukawa hada, but I haven't come across an example of Gassan Sadakatsu actually calling it that himself yet. Below is another shot showing the hada of the tanto John posted. Cheers, Bryce
  10. G'day Guys, The mei on this wakizashi reads: "Eda Kikumon Omi no Kami Minamoto Hisamichi" and "Kikumon Hisamichi chakushi Minamoto Rai Hisatsugu" I think the second generation Hisamichi originally signed Hisatsugu. Does this mean this wak is a gasaku between the first and second generations of Hisamichi or the second and third generation hisamichi? Cheers, Bryce
  11. G'day Guys, Lately I have been looking at more of Gassan Sadakatsu's tantos online. Many of them come with their original display boxes like the examples above. Many also have a hakogaki stating that the Soshu Kamakura Masamune process was used, but the actual hada of the blades varies from "Matsukawa-ish" right thru to tight koitame/masame. I haven't yet come across a blade with this hakogaki that is actually pure masame. I am beginning to think this phrase doesn't refer to a specific type of hada, but is actually just a catch-all phrase for any blade that isn't ayasugi. Cheers, Bryce
  12. G'day Stephen, There may be something there, but I can't make it out. Cheers, Bryce
  13. G'day Stephen, It is a Minamoto Yoshichika with the stamped Hakudo cutting test you often find. Nice. Cheers, Bryce
  14. Thanks Steve, Here are the photos for prosterity. This is another example where the NBTHK has papered it, but the hada looks off and it wasn't signed by Sadakatsu himself. Maybe it was made by his student, but when does it become gimei? Not a great example. Cheers, Bryce
  15. Looks like it may have been a cut and paste error by AOIJapan in their description. The hada does resemble Awataguchi nashiji. Cheers, Bryce
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