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  1. John- Sure, I shared it in the mil forum when I got it. Exactly what I was looking for to have an example of the period.
  2. Geraint- Sadly the boshi is much out of polish and not much can be seen-
  3. Not much more to go off of, but I do have updated measurements and some *slightly* better photos of the hamon line. Polish till makes it hard to made out any activity in the steel, and lots of small ware. Assessment still falls as a mumei probably kazu-uchi mono, not sure Bizen or Mino though. Appreciate the history of these swords, but really highlights how nice the true art pieces stand out. Nagasa: 61.5 Sori: 1.7cm Kissaki: 3.1cm, ko-kissaki Kasane: 0.6 Width at the hamachi : 2.8cm Width at the kissaki : 1.8cm Given the discussion on kazu-uchi mono in another post, sharing the newer details to have another example on the board.
  4. Those are awesome! Giving me flashbacks of being a Chinese major way back in college... and the boxes of cards somewhere that haunt my neglected studies. The emphasis on sword terms is great, no better way to pick up characters IMHO than flipping through cards, and the font is fantastic!
  5. Really cool thanks for sharing, especially fits the Christmas season!
  6. Sorry I'm a bit late to the thread... sharing some books I've read and found useful and some on my list of books to read... Karl Friday is a professor on Japanese history at the university of Georgia and has written a few books on the topic. I like his writing, but I'm also an avid reader of history books so I don't mind the level or detail or tangents they can go down. The downside is his books can be pricey or harder to find in bookstores. His most well known are "Hired Swords: The Rise of Private Warrior Power in Early Japan" and "The First Samurai: The Life and Legend of the Warrior Rebel, Taira Masakado." The later is more narrative quick read following the life of Masakdao. I recently received his more recent "Samurai, Warfare and the State in Early Medieval Japan" which seems like it has a lot of detail, but may be a bit more dry read. For a very top level, quick history of the Samurai and some of the modern mythology that accompanies them--"Samurai: A Concise History" by Michael Wert, a professor at Marquette University, is also a short easy read. My next book up focuses on the Edo period, it is by Eiko Ikegami called "The Taming of the Samurai: Honorific Individualism and the Making of Modern Japan," will probably get to that around the new year. Like all good history fields there is debate in the community so also recommend searching some of the reviews and seeing where other scholars have differences. There are two autobiographies from late Edo period Samurai that have been translated as well: "Musui’s Story: The Autobiography of a Tokugawa Samurai" and "Lust, Commerce, and Corruption" -- I have not read them yet, so cannot comment on how well it was translated or how interesting a read. Enjoy!
  7. Christmas stocking stuffer idea found. Thanks for sharing this!
  8. Found! Many thanks for a fellow forum member for finding the issue. Cheers, Chris
  9. Thanks Brian and John. Brian-I talked to a few pharmacies by me (in Thai) but they only kept the shelf stuff. I might try one of the hospital pharmacies next time I am over there. Latest word is the State-owned school supply chain might sell them for science projects. So that will be my next stop. John- that's exactly the one I got, it's ethyl based, but more or less similar for our purposes. Will give it a go tonight on one. Cheers
  10. Hello all- I used to use 90-99% isopropyl rubbing alcohol to clean the old oil and such off my blades back in the US. However since moving to Thailand I've only been able to find the blue dyed 70% ethyl. I think by law they have to dye the non-consumable alcohols. I've read the old discussions on the types and percentages, but my question is if the blue dye agent makes it un-usable to clean the blades? I've been hesitant to use anything that contained additives. Wasn't sure if anyone in other countries that mandate the dye have used them. I could always Amazon a small bottle over but APO/DPO frowns upon "hazardous chemicals" and didn't want to run afoul of them. -Cheers and thanks. (Admins, I used the general topics but move wherever fits best)
  11. Thanks JP! I’ll try and get some better photos in or more detailed descriptions of the activity up over the weekend when I have time. See what I can do to narrow it down!
  12. Hello all, Companion post to the gunto mounts I shared in the mil section. With many thanks to another member I was connected with a nice set of gunto mounts with an older blade. The focus was on the furniture and the details of the blade an added bonus to practice my own study skills on once it arrived. The blade was thought to be Shinto Mino-den, but I think it might be older based on the sori, feel, and nakago patina. Mr. Bowen on a FB group thought maybe late koto Bizen. I recently moved and my books are enroute... my photos aren't the greatest and as a novice having my own trouble trying to pick out some of the details in the metal in its wartime polish. I’m struck how narrow and slender this one feels in hand and don't mean that as a pejorative just descriptive. My other two blades are Shinto and a bit heftier. Nagasa: 62cm Sori: 2.5cm Hamon: ko-midare? I'm not sold on it and the pictures don't help. Working on assessing the hada and details in the steel Would be happy to hear any thoughts. I'll be (slowly) working through my own study and post any observations. It has some small chips and rust, not sure if its "financially" or physically up for a new full polish but looks nice with the mounts. Adds a nice bit of recent (and old) history to my collection. Cheers, Chris
  13. Hello Mil Swords Section, With many thanks to Neil (IJASWORDS) I am excited to share with the group my first gunto mount . I mainly own and have studied Shinto and earlier blades, but the mil historian in me wanted to have a gunto in the collection, and finding one with with an older blade helped meet both interests. Neil's recent slew of sale items and having recently moved to Thailand, being around some of the vestiges of the Pacific Theater, pushed me to get one for study. Neil was great to purchase from, connecting me with a perfect set for my interests and it arrived well packaged. I've read up on some of the history, but welcome any additional comments. A complete Type 98 set, nice fittings marked "54", with leather saya cover, and company grade tassel (my favorite grade since afterwards lies the misery of staff assignments...) Guess I'll need to spend more time on this sub-forum! And maybe make room for more Cheers, Chris
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