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Everything posted by raynor

  1. Absolutely disgusting behavior. What is wrong with people? What did the customs office have to say for themselves?
  2. 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.
  3. raynor

    Strange menuki theme.

    Ah, the ruffling of feathers. Too loud and it will drown out your ability to learn.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. I didn't know Masamune dabbled in tosogu, such high level distinguished work is undoubtedly from his hand.
  8. Never had a bad experience with either DHL or Buyee, solid services.
  9. 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!
  10. raynor

    New "holy cow" tsuba

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

    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.
  13. 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
  14. 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
  15. Fairly large and heavy iron tsuba at about 8cm (slightly over 3inches) horizontal and vertical, mumei and unknown school to my fresh eyes, shakudo cows and likely gold, brass or so flowers and leaf inlays. Does anyone have any idea or opinion on the school, ballpark age or other information of this? I know I like it, but always eager to hear other actually educated perspectives. I take it the tsuba is older then the fairly recent meat eating practice in Japan, (since Meiji restoration or slightly prior I think) before European influences the cow was one of the most revered animals to the Japanese. Unfortunately these two first photos in bleak indoor light is the best I can do at the moment, until the pandemic passes this tsuba is out of the country and my reach.
  16. Yes, very clearly fake, and badly made at that. Notice how no effort at all went into the tang.
  17. raynor

    Habaki - tosogu?

    I can't imagine habaki on equal artistic footing as tsuba and fuchi kashira, but together with its intended blade a well made habaki to me personally have the potential to be a piece of art - simple, direct and effective with a high level of skill evident in its making.
  18. I fully recommend being patient and watching or browse the sales section on this very forum, I've yet, as my still limited knowledge has grown, seen any better deals online. Ever. My first real nihonto I picked up here on the forum- it got me a hefty shinshinto katana in perfect polish, original habaki and saya with a fairly new shirasaya and tsunagi for a price I still can't believe. Granted the blade was unpapered at the time but easily passed Shinsa, as promised by the specs and seller. Any purchase here wont steer you wrong unless there is a string of warnings by members following the ad but that doesnt happen here, people look out for eachother. But first, as already stated, figure out what you want, grab a couple good books and study. Figuring out what you want and getting a taste for the depth of the field makes it more fun.
  19. Gordon Robson has been a great help after contacting him, looks like things might work out.. cautious optimism for now.
  20. I'm gonna risk a bump on this since to avoid succumbing to corona induced wall crawling I have decided to go ahead on this project. Guido gave a very good description of the craftmanship I am after and I got all the pieces together sans the needed new from scratch tsuka and saya. I am in no rush but seeing how shipping items to Japan is out of the question for now does anyone have some names for me stateside regarding quality work for new tsuka and saya, maybe same wrapping? I've already found someone to do the tsukamaki down the road. Looking for quality work and materials, this will not be a flashy mount but I'd want it done right, form from function and so forth.
  21. Stephen has very graciously and kindly given me some information, but I'd rather not get more people involved unless absolutely necessary, especially during these times where a missing piece of paper does not matter at all. At this point, about a year since the Tampa Shinsa I've given up on getting my origami from the agent, and will thus also take a planned sword restoration project elsewhere. Not my best spent $440. If anyone happens to have a way of reaching the NTHK (Yoshikawa group), an email, a phone number or otherwise I'd be happy for any information and try to take it from there myself.
  22. Yep, read those links. In short, NO oil on nakago and tsuba, ever. Regarding the nakago it's not that simple if we consider future generations but leave it til you know what you're doing. Microfiber cloth >>> uchiko powder unless you are literally wiping off the coagulated blood and guts of your enemies..
  23. Get a sub one million rated shinshinto smith's katana in decent polish, let that be your watermelon katana. You wont get great Chinese repro katana for under $800-1000 and even then there will usually be glued tsuka, fake silk ito (not safe!) and $5 zink menuki. Blade will be good if you pick a good smith. For a good Chinese cutter dont buy Japanese swords from them, buy Chinese swords but go through a middleman to avoid the astronomical prices they charge in mainland China now since Chinese collectors are starting to also have money. http://www.lqzwdj.com/247.html
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