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  1. Lots of practice looking at different mei. I’m nowhere near as good as many folks here, but I am a fan of @Grey Doffin’s flash cards to get a good foundation.
  2. I just ordered some more pillows from Bob Benson's site: https://www.bushidojapaneseswords.com/store/p64/Pillow_for_sword.html It says sold out in the description, but I think they may still have some in stock, mine arrived pretty quickly. Probably also has the fukusa you are looking for. I use plain kleenex tissues to wipe the old stuff off followed by using a microdear/pro optic microfiber cloth which I think are still on Amazon.
  3. Lost status is slightly better than "delivered" but not to you. As Brian said, keep up the emails, online inquires, and pressure on USPS--I had a nihonto in shipment recently with USPS that disappeared for about a week. Once I put some pressure on (maybe they cared because it was insured via USPS) I actually got some decent customer support who located it and got it where it needed to go-- still took another week or so. Anything that has to transit a customs point or exchange with 3rd party vendors, like UPS and DHL, has been a mess the past year. Even routine Amazon shipments worth nothing have disappeared for weeks getting to me. Good luck, and will still keep an eye out on the markets in case somebody did swipe it, but I hope it's just USPS taking its time. (Realize my location says Bangkok, I have access to a USPS mail point and rely on it a lot more than the local mail)
  4. Is “Japanese Spears” an updated version of the older “Japanese Polearms” or is the content different enough that it is is worth getting a hold of both? Thanks.
  5. Like Barry and some others I had set getting shodan in Kendo as the point I would save till to get my first. Life events and such dragged that process out about 10 years so I had plenty of time to save up and learn a bit. My first nihonto was an o-wakizashi signed Dewa Daijo Fujiwara Kunimichi, and assessed to be one of his later works, or the 2nd gen depending on which theory you go by. Have learned a lot more since then, not sure if I'll ever trade it up yet. Most of my other pieces and interests have been much older koto and in my range ones just attributed to broad schools, and it's been nice to have a signed piece and be able to research a smith who has a little bit more of his life documented or written about in various journals. I need to get some of my own photos, this one has been tricky to capture appropriately.
  6. There was this: and I’m thinking of another one I’m trying to find a well. Had a bunch of replies, really old blade that was polished.
  7. Update on the sayagaki, thanks to the translations forum: 備後國古三原 Bingo kuni Ko-Mihara Ko-Mihara of Bingo 大磨上無銘也 Ō-suriage mumei nari Cut shortened, without signature, this blade 白氣映ノ立ツ板目ノ肌合ニ匂口ノ締マル小沸出来ノ直刃ヲ焼キ細カ ニ ホッレ ガ絡ミ Shirakeutsuri-no-tatsu itame no hada-ai ni nioiguchi no shimaru ko-nie-deki no suguha wo yaki komaka ni hotsure ga karami hada of standing/straight itame of white haze?, straight hamon of narrow small nie deki of nioi-guchi, small spots entwined throughout 帽子ガ丸ク掃掛ケテ稍深ク返ルナド Boshi ga maruku hakikakete yaya fukaku kaeru nado Boshi round, broom swept portions, somewhat deep turnback 南北朝期ノ同派ノ特色ヲ示ス優品也 Nanbokuchō-ki no dōha no tokushoku o shimesu yuhin nari Nanbokucho era features of this group, shows superior/well-made, this blade 長さ弐尺壱寸九分弱 Nagasa 2 shaku 1 sun 9 bu jaku Length 2 shaku 1 sun 9 bu 時(时)在己亥暦霜月 Jizai Kigai Shimotsuki Dated 2019 November
  8. Steve, That's awesome, thank you so much. Makes a lot more sense now when I look up the characters. It's like when I used to have to go from modern to classical Chinese... almost a whole other language at times. I'll need to work on the finer strokes, this will help flag those for me for sure. Cheers, Chris
  9. That's why I'm glad Ray took the first crack at it and narrowed down for me areas to focus on, haha. It does look great when I have it out on the stand.
  10. A bit hectic lately and have not been on NMB much... trying to get back into things so taking a shot at a Tanobe sayagaki translated on one of my swords. @Ray Singer has done much of the initial grunt work and I’ve added in a few parts. Red sections are where I am not sure I for it correct. I have Chinese language, so that helps to recognize the characters and radicals, but reads like gibberish to me, and I know one stroke or radical can throw the whole character off. Would be interested if the formal writing has any “read between the lines” context but can also save that for a post in the Nihonto section. Let me know if I am off to a good start with the right characters at least to dive into the deeper meaning, if any, when I get some time. As always many thanks to the help from the board! Any yes... I know I need to get cracking with my set of flashcards I got off @Grey Doffin and finally learn some more. *I know the common terms we use among ourselves, itame, maru, suguha, hakikake, etc... left them for the most part when I wrote the English parts out. 備後國古三原 Bingo kuni Ko-Mihara Ko-Mihara of Bingo 大磨上無銘也 Ō-suriage mumei nari Cut shortened, without signature 白氣映ノ立ッ板目ノ肌合ニ匂口ノ渧マル小沸来ノ直刃ヲ焼キ沺カニホッレガ洛彡 shirake no tatsu o itame no hada-ai ni nioiguchi no tei maru ko-nie-deki no suguha o yaki qiang kanihorrega raku ga marami ??? hada of itame, nioguchi, and suguha of small nie deki ??? ??? straight blade? 帽子ガ丸ノ掃掛クテ稍深ク 返ルナド boshi ga maru no hakikake ku te yahukaku ku kaeru nado Boshi ga?-maru of hakikake ??? deep ??? 南北朝期ノ同派ノ特色ヲ示ス優品也 Nanbokuchō-ki no dōkō no tokushoku o shimesu yuhin nari Nanbokucho characteristics and workmanship are shown 長さ弐尺壱寸九分弱 Nagasa 2 shaku 1 sun 9 bu jaku Length 2 shaku 1 sun 9 bu 寸在己亥厝霜月 Jizai Kigai Shimotsuki [jizai? assume signed/dated] November 2019 (Yeah... took me awhile to realize it was the Sexagenarian calendar) End with his signature and Kao.
  11. Bob Benson has one- good price too and great reputation in the community here. https://bushidojapaneseswords.com/store/p66/meguki_-_Brass_hammer.html
  12. Can’t answer your question, but which book? Always looking to expand the history portion of the library. Thanks.
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