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  1. A very personal matter to consider. For me, it is all about making sure each piece makes it to the next generation. Yes, they are investments/retirement plan pieces to me, but I also wish to make sure they will be appreciated and not abused by their next custodian. I think taking the approach that Stephen took is best, carefully curating who they'll be passed onto is ideal. I think selling them to fellow collectors is only part of the solution; I think what is more critical is encouraging, educating, and raising the next generation of collectors. For if we do not have knowledgeable and invested younger folk in this hobby/passion, it will surely die out. This would spell the end of many a piece, and the neglect of many more.
  2. That's great to hear then! I am glad that the remains are being handled properly. Rest to those lost at last.
  3. This looks more like looting than archaeology as Peter pointed out.
  4. That is a lovely blade John. Out of my price range though!
  5. Can you slide the metal collar (habaki) off? That should help too. Gut feeling is that the blade is an older, possibly Muromachi era blade. But I would wait to hear from more experienced members here.
  6. You have what appears to be an older, traditionally made wakizashi. A wakizashi is a blade that is shorter than 24" but longer than 12". However, for more to be gleaned, we would need some close up shots of the activity in the metal. Specifically, closeups of the kissaki (pointy end), the nakago (the part that goes into the handle), and shots of the hamon/side of the blade that shows details in the metal.
  7. This has all the bells and whistles just about! It could only get better if it had a cutting test. Gorgeous hamon, stunning hada.
  8. The condition of these is outstanding! Simply gorgeous.
  9. The blade is a showato (machine made). The small mark above the nakago-ana indicates that, that one appears to be a Seki arsenal stamp.
  10. Sadly, this is pretty standard with most auction groups. They work as conglomerates (read: cartel) and are only to happy to cheat customers for profit. I'd do what Brian says, make them pay for their lies with some minimal work on your part; sounds like a fair recompense to me! In the meantime, study all the books and resources you can lay your hands on, read all the things shared here, and when ready: consider buying a blade from a member here or from one of the affiliated dealers! Much less chance of being cheated if you do the above. Maybe even join a local sword group/token kai if possible! I'd suggest finding whichever one is closest to you.
  11. Next Indiana Token Kai meeting is being held this Saturday (the 2nd)! Please DM me for details about location and time if you wish to attend. The location is much more centralized this time. Per the location owner's wishes, masks are required. And its better for the swords anyways!
  12. Big reason: profit. They (the auction co. or the original owner) figured more money could be had for an older blade over a WWII blade. It only takes a cursory search on their part to verify this blade is WWII. Of course, their defense will be "We only say what we were told.. etc etc." So you could argue that they're being lazy too! But that's most auction companies these days. Preying on misinformation is very typical.
  13. That is some pretty dramatic damage Bruce! Nice find!
  14. I think what Grey is getting at, is that the crudeness to which the nakago was created speaks to someone who was not a swordsmith, but an enterprising individual who saw an opportunity.
  15. A fantastic firearm. Congrats to whomever picks it up. I am also sorry to hear you were threatened by a dealer who clearly lost their mind!
  16. No problem! Its baffling to me too! Insane case of "either I am really blind" or "a fool and his money."
  17. Already was posted earlier in the week by yours truly! And our reaction was pretty much the same!
  18. This is a very valuable thread for WWII collectors!
  19. Is the 'mei' period-correct or added on later?
  20. That is fair John, I will temper my response. Thank you.
  21. Not going to defend how it was handled. But from the photos available of it today, it appears to be in fine shape. So someone made sure it was kept carefully or its been restored. May I ask what you are trying to infer? It was a gift to Krueger. He then gave it to his commanding officer at the end of the war. Presentations like this were commonplace and considered a sign of respect. This has been a practice for centuries. If you think that giving a memento to a higher ranked individual after a hard-fought war or battle is kissing ass, then what is appropriate? Gift-giving to higher rank individuals is also VERY common and even expected in Japan. It was common for lords of any status to give other lords a gift of a Japanese blade or fittings when visiting. Sometimes the practice dictated a VERY nice blade with a very big name. Many times high-end Soshu pieces were given as gifts (who is to say how many?). Edit: response tempered!
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