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raynor last won the day on April 19 2019

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  1. I don't own many swords and none of them have I had polished though I have some mounting projects going, a less damaging greenhorn vice. Polishing is a very serious decision. These items cannot be improved, only preserved. Unless a sword is in a bad state, leave it be. Many collectors get tempted to have blades polished when they often do not need it save our desire to have it appear new and shiny, which even in the best hands requires removal of steel. Polishers need to eat too so I assume not many, even in Japan besides very top guys will raise a flag if a blade is not in need of work beyond a cosmetic face lift to appease a new owner. Over a few centuries that adds up.
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    Strange menuki theme.

    Ah, the ruffling of feathers. Too loud and it will drown out your ability to learn.
  3. I am in no way a nihonto expert. That is why I am here. There is lifetimes of knowledge in this subject, wich is part of the attraction. Sharp slab of steel or unique work of art - depends on ones perspective, or why not both? It is what you make it like everything else in life, and people will have different tastes, just because one is more expensive to pursue does not dimish the others in comparison. Passing judgements or absolutes one way or the other is different then passing advice, especially in a field like this where so much is in people's head and not just present in these wonderful slabs of steel.
  4. A late Japanese polisher, name escapes me at the moment, said ALL remaining nihonto should be cared for as if national treasures, were it feasible. With a millennium of time, tens of thousands of smiths and considering these are hands on weapons ofcourse there is spread in availability, quality and condition. People will collect based on different criteria. Much is established for centuries. Many collectors wisely follow those set guidelines rather then reinventing the wheel. Personally in my collecting quality is paramount. Quality as a sword, as a cutting, fighting weapon. Age, smith and provenance is a bonus, but not if it affects quality as a weapon of the time it was forged. Is a tokubetsu juyo, signed ubu down through the mists of time Heian period tachi an amazing sight and desirable piece to own? It sure is. Would I rather bring the only blade I currently own, a late shinshinto signed and dated hefty ubu mid level papered katana to a swordfight? You bet. I'd rather put the extra money into my savings and stocks. I am in no way dismissing nihonto as pieces of art, they absolutely are, more so then much else under that distinction in my opinion. But they are in the end swords, weapons. And beyond that, slabs of steel albeit carefully put together. The whole arguments about elitism and bragging rights become then to me very clear as pointless made up modern bickerings. Lets be better, especially considering actual important things going on in the world. Agreeing to disagree is a quite satisfying compromise.
  5. Not the worst I've seen but enough red flags to say stay away. No smith nor polisher worth their salt would let that kinda kissaki, or lack of, out the shop for instance.
  6. I didn't know Masamune dabbled in tosogu, such high level distinguished work is undoubtedly from his hand.
  7. Never had a bad experience with either DHL or Buyee, solid services.
  8. My stepfather's uncle in law is a farmer in southwestern Norway. Some years back he blew up a large boulder on his land and among the debris where the boulder had sat he found several flint arrowheads and one large pristine spearhead in white stone, looks like it was carved yesterday, about 8-10 inches long. Apparently someones hoard from way back, several experts agreed on it being a late stone age or so hoard. A couple tearing up their living room floor last week for refurbishing found a viking grave under it, and now that the glaciers are melting people are finding items from the viking age, middle ages and iron age almost daily here in Norway. "Biggest" find is probably the first viking ship being excavated this summer since about a century. Going camping this summer cause of covid and plan to drive by that excavation and peek since it is right by a road. People loose the strangest things indeed!
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    New "holy cow" tsuba

    They do indeed look more like water buffaloes, I assumed cows since there are not many water buffalo in Japan.
  10. Yep. If I wasnt in the midst of a pandemic and another restoration project I'd be all over this, beautiful blade.
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    New "holy cow" tsuba

    Those two holes caught my eyes to, overall the inlays seems to be in good condition besides those two holes, they appear placed more directly on the branch then the flowers, maybe two little metal birds escaped. Would this piece be worth sending to Shinsa once the world goes back to normal? Shoami makes a lot of sense but since that is a big bucket it would be helpful if they could nail down things like age etc more direct.
  12. I was surprised at the amount of zooming the photos allow, if every item is photographed like that the digital museum might be better then an in person visit
  13. A list of tsuba and a few fuchi kashira from the up and coming digitization of the new Norwegian national museum collection. The popup just states that the site is in beta. Google translate might be handy. The photographs can be enlarged by clicking on them and then further zoomed onto details at wish. https://www.nasjonalmuseet.no/samlingen/objekt/OK-08396 https://www.nasjonalmuseet.no/samlingen/objekt/OK-02955 https://www.nasjonalmuseet.no/samlingen/objekt/OK-09434 https://www.nasjonalmuseet.no/samlingen/objekt/OK-08390 https://www.nasjonalmuseet.no/samlingen/objekt/OK-08395 https://www.nasjonalmuseet.no/samlingen/objekt/OK-04742 https://www.nasjonalmuseet.no/samlingen/objekt/OK-02951 https://www.nasjonalmuseet.no/samlingen/objekt/OK-04747 https://www.nasjonalmuseet.no/samlingen/objekt/OK-04748 https://www.nasjonalmuseet.no/samlingen/objekt/OK-04752 https://www.nasjonalmuseet.no/samlingen/objekt/OK-04744 https://www.nasjonalmuseet.no/samlingen/objekt/OK-08394 https://www.nasjonalmuseet.no/samlingen/objekt/OK-02957 https://www.nasjonalmuseet.no/samlingen/objekt/OK-08392 https://www.nasjonalmuseet.no/samlingen/objekt/OK-04749 https://www.nasjonalmuseet.no/samlingen/objekt/OK-04741 https://www.nasjonalmuseet.no/samlingen/objekt/OK-08393 https://www.nasjonalmuseet.no/samlingen/objekt/OK-02954 https://www.nasjonalmuseet.no/samlingen/objekt/OK-09440 https://www.nasjonalmuseet.no/samlingen/objekt/OK-08391 https://www.nasjonalmuseet.no/samlingen/objekt/OK-07148 https://www.nasjonalmuseet.no/samlingen/objekt/OK-04753 https://www.nasjonalmuseet.no/samlingen/objekt/OK-04754 https://www.nasjonalmuseet.no/samlingen/objekt/OK-02967B fuchi https://www.nasjonalmuseet.no/samlingen/objekt/OK-08413A fuchi kashira https://www.nasjonalmuseet.no/samlingen/objekt/OK-08403A fuchi https://www.nasjonalmuseet.no/samlingen/objekt/OK-08403B fuchi https://www.nasjonalmuseet.no/samlingen/objekt/OK-07306B fuchi
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