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  1. Well, that depends on if a togishi can restore the blade... such a deep chip may completely change the geometry or it may require such a large amount of the steel skin on the flat of the blade to be removed, making the blade 'tired' - where core steel is visible.
  2. Idea: for the sales forum, there could be a mandatory fill-in field for sale or buying price that must be filled in before a thread can be posted?
  3. This should help for maintenance: http://www.nbthk-ab.org/swordcare.pdf
  4. Hamon is very difficult to see, looks Midare with some Suguha mixed in. But experts with far more expertise should chime in soon.
  5. Looks Koto to me, greatly o-suriage, without any remaining original nakago, its impossible to tell.
  6. Hey there, I've noticed you've been trying to buy from a variety of blade listings. Have you done some reading on a specific kind of blade you'd enjoy the most? For most new to nihonto, we suggest familiarization with some of the various books and materials out there. It'd save you A LOT of trouble in the future and help you spot possible fakes that you'll encounter outside of this safe zone. Feel free to message me if you'd like some assistance with that!

    1. JD808


      Hey man thanks for the advice and yes I'm in the market for one. Been in love with Nihon for a while but now I'm taking the proper steps in owning one. For me right now price point is one thing. What I'm interested in is right now is traditional made blades but doesn't have to be antique. Also what book do you recommend? 

    2. ChrisW


      Try this for a list of worthy literature: http://www.jssus.org/ijsl/

  7. Its less about length (though that certainly is a deciding factor) and more about WHEN. It was a predecessor to the katana and many evolved into wakizashi later in their lives. Uchigatana were mounted a certain way, largely made to be disposable, and were the companion sword to the longer tachi. At least, that's what I've always heard.
  8. A very handsome blade John! Forever out of my price range though. Congrats to whomever picks this one up!
  9. Might be a kyu-gunto early variant? Reminds me of some that I've seen. Nakago is certainly small enough to fit a kyu gunto mount.
  10. Thank you for your help everyone!
  11. That is probably the most troublesome situation in Nihonto with regards to identifying it as shoshin, thanks Steve! And you're right, smith could have changed signature style or had a bad day. Its not SO far off from the one I saw. I'll probably advise him to see about showing it to someone in-hand who more of an expert and perhaps getting a window done first.
  12. Any other opinions guys?
  13. Oof. Almost certainly gimei. Looked an Aoi Art piece and the signatures are not similar enough in my eyes.
  14. Hey guys, Got a friend here who sent me some pictures of a wakizashi he acquired and I thought I'd share them here. The mei gives me an off vibe, despite being unable to read it, it looks too fresh and awkwardly written. Maybe I am wrong there, so I thought I'd ask! For him, I'd like to find out: Translation Gimei or shoshin Approximate era/school Is the horimono a recent addition or period correct? Thanks guys!
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