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Everything posted by ChrisW

  1. Pictures are upside down! Also, never buy from Komonjo as a first buy or eBay for that matter.
  2. It may not even be the remnants of a longer blade, with the quality of the photos, it is hard to tell. Gilles could be correct here.
  3. Grey is a wise guy, take heed of his advice and you won't be disappointed!
  4. Looks like the very much abused remnants of a wakizashi. The geometry is all wrong for the boshi (the tip), so it was likely broken and reformed into what you see now. That being said, its not worth the effort and if you want a complete Japanese blade for a collection then you can do better. I'd save your money and wait for something better! I can't say as to what the kanji means but it is crudely inscribed and probably is nonsense.
  5. If it is on both sides of the blade in the exact same spot starting from the edge upwards, then the chance of it being hagire is drastically higher. But no, these are scratches from cutting something.
  6. A quick google search yielded Massimo Rossi. He is indeed recognized by the NBTHK as a polisher whose work is worthy of being judged. If this is the guy you're referring to, then he seems like he might be your best bet in Europe. I can't say I've seen his work, but he did indeed do the apprenticeship so you should be fine with him if he chooses to take on your piece!
  7. How long is the cutting edge? Not saying this sword is very valuable but it could have potential if a togishi did a window and if the sword could be more or less identified to a certain smith, thus making restoration financially viable. Those are two very big IF's.
  8. Big yikes. Thanks for watching out for everyone!
  9. I do not know of any Japanese trained professional togishi in Europe (but neither do I generally pay attention to that sort of thing for Europe). I would ask this guy if he underwent the 10 or so year apprenticeship in Japan first and also ask who trained him. If he didn't, I would consider elsewhere. Don't be too quick to have it sent off; if it is worth restoring, it is worth doing right the first time. As for the Portugeuse bringing matchlocks to Japan. That much is true; however, it was not exactly what you'd call a normal trade deal. The sailors that landed on Tanegashima island were shipwrecked there. So the story goes, they were given supplies to fix their ship and sail home, but were required to give some of their matchlocks over in trade. The Japanese then copied the design with some adjustments of their own and within a few short decades, there were thousands of them made in the country.
  10. Oh! I was not responding specifically to your claims about the iron (which are true, Japanese iron sands are inferior.. thus the long process they made to overcome it). I was merely responding to the post before me about 16th century Japanese swords specifically! As for the damage on the blade shown, they appear relatively minor and as long as the hamon doesn't dip below them, a good togishi will be able to remove them without issue.
  11. Hello gentlemen, I am currently looking for a blade in intact full WWII combat mounts that has a leather cover for both the saya and the tsuka. The blade can be traditional or machine-made, ancestral or WWII, as long as the condition is good enough to see the hamon and the leather is not disintegrating. The blade and mounts can be a fairly average grade one, it does not have to be a showstopper. The important part here is that it has fully intact and original full leather covers! Knowledge on its background history would be a bonus. Reply here or PM me directly with what you've got and your price on it! I do have a flexible budget, but I am going to go with a reasonable price to quality ratio. Thank you all for your time and happy hunting in whatever you choose! ~Chris
  12. Because the Japanese have a culture that reveres and preserves the sword? Also, many survive because so many were made and many of them ended up in armories that kept them for decades until they were dispersed by WWII and modern collectors. Also, that isn't saying that ALL 16th century swords are inferior.. but a lot of "bundle" swords are considered that when compared to their contemporary counterparts. Of course, there is also a lot of other reasons to consider too.
  13. What you said is true, Japanese weapons did not evolve to take on heavy steel and iron plate armor. It evolved alongside the contemporary style of Japanese armor which is made from lacquered leather and metal pieces, with gaps to allow for a lot of mobility which is required to wield such a weapon effectively. This evolution is in fact very similar to the process by which weapons like the macuahuitl and reinforced cotton jerkin in Mexico evolved (though the point in Mexica warfare was to capture your opponent alive in most cases). However, I wouldn't view European weapons as superior necessarily.. different tools with different perks and flaws. Japanese blades tend to bend before they break; and in most cases, a bent blade can be straightened and used again. European blades tend to be hardened through and will snap more often, reducing them to scrap. On the flip side, European weapons were easier to mass produce and replace; whereas the Japanese could do close to the same, the results were often inferior quality (bundle swords). I think they're both appreciable for different reasons. I've collected both and I appreciate and conserve them differently. Though I do tend to use my Choji oil for both!
  14. Far as I can remember, this guy sells modern copies/recreations that are probably made in China or Korea. Some of them have had artificial aging done.
  15. That's a very nice piece Gareth!
  16. Tassel looks like a reproduction, the tsuka isn't wrapped very well... My thoughts are: this is an assemblage of real and reproduction parts. But much more than that is hard to tell. Can you get some more photos of the blade itself? Especially around the boshi and the machi.
  17. Our next meeting is scheduled for May 21st at 10 A.M. We will be meeting at the Morgan County Public Library in Martinsville, IN. All are welcome. The topic of study is "Mystery blades." We will also be welcoming a new member who will be bringing some armor to share with us! As always, if you need directions or have other questions, feel more than free to email or message me directly.
  18. Am I going to see this at our next meeting Dan?
  19. Stay faaaaar away from this guy. He is known for shill bidding as well as selling spurious or fantasy items.
  20. Well, if you like, maybe reach out to some collectors in your area! Wisconsin has more than a few. See if any would be willing to show you their collection or join a Token Kai branch if possible. There's also many events in the community during the year where you can meet other collections like the SFS or Chicago Show or the Show of Shows.
  21. I would say that runs counter to what most experienced collectors here on the board would say. If they're unpolished, then there's not much to study most of the time. You can learn more from a relatively decent in-polish blade than a half dozen out-of-polish blades. Start with books, then blades is the conventional advice.
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