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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.
  13. I looked back at my emails. I got mime from Tozando at half the price, which is Japan based but cheaper and I don’t recall it taking all that long to arrive. https://tozandoshop.com/collections/iaido/products/mekuginuki?variant=34433250066565
  14. Ebogu and other US kendo/iaido suppliers usually have them. I think I got mine with a discount code when I ordered a bunch of shinai awhile ago. Maybe cheaper options out there. https://www.e-bogu.com/Mekuginuki-Hammer-p/hir-iai-acc-mekuginuki-.htm
  15. Ko-mihara arrived! Not as flashy as the other two threads but uch harder to get in photographs how nuanced all the detail in the steel is. @Darkcon some attempts at the hada... I did not have my better iPhone camera handy. @John A Stuart another boshi shot for you as well. Will try again in better lighting, these do not do it justice.
  16. First off, I hope those of you at the Chicago show are having a great time on day 1. Hope to make it to one once I am back State-side. For those of us stuck at home, as promised the last in the series and it is for the Soshu crowd -- This sword is an osuriage wakizashi which appears to be a Nanbokucho-period naginata/nagamaki-naoshi. With ato-bori bo-hi and the kaeri looks intact to me. Although a commenter did think it was rather a shobu zukuri tanto or ko-wakazashi. It has itame jihada with nie arcing out of the hamon becoming chikei in the ji. The hamon is midare, with some gonome-midare. Like the Bizen in #2 I do plan to send this to NBTHK shinsa once global shipping is more reliable and will update the thread then. This was also featured on the forum for purchase so some of you may have seen glimpses of it before (hint hint to those looking for a first piece, some great deals here on the NMB with some patience ). Again credit to @Ray Singer for the better photos. to everyone for taking a look, I hope the series provided some examples of various smiths and traditions until we can all get out and view more swords comfortably again. Nagasa: 41.1cm moto-haba: 31mm 7mm thick at the shinogi The sword has two old attributions: an early 1962 green paper to Naoe Shizu and an old sayagaki from Honami Koson to Sa Kunihiro. (Those are lights reflected int he boshi along the edge...)
  17. As promised the second addition, this one for the Bizen crowd. This sword is o-suriage mumei with gonome choji-ba hamon, ko-nie, and utsuri. The better photos are again courtesy of @Ray Singer (that may be a trend with these) with some of my own thrown in... I know I need a darker background. Happy to provide any photos of specific areas if my skills allow. nagasa 69.9cm moto-haba 3.2cm kasane 6mm There is varying opinion on attribution: The NTHK attributed the blade to Hidekage, Eikyō era; there is a remnant of an old kinpunmei (see photo) that might be mitsu 光; and a previous owner was told it could be Nanbokucho Omiya. Attributions all in the same general style but vary from Nanbokucho to early Muromachi. In hand it has a lot of heft to it. I do plan to send to NBTHK shinsa once global shipping is more reliable and will update the thread then. The blade has a lot of heft and a lot of activity to see in hand that I am not good at describing quite yet. This was a forum purchase so some of you may have seen glimpses of it before. (The black line in the boshi is a relfection, not a ware)
  18. Shot in the dark at my level... but late Kamakura Yamashiro, maybe Ko-Enju? Or even into Nanbokochu Chu-Enju. Thanks for posting, cheers!
  19. I ran into a similar issues with FedEx, missed calls and no message, but was able to call their customs office that was 24hr service and got back to me very quickly in email and got it moving in less than a day sending the proper form. Maybe UPS has the same if you create an account or go to their homepage.
  20. Thanks John, I'll take some once it gets here.
  21. Hello all, acquired a few pieces over the past year's mix of COVID lock-downs and while eagerly waiting for the latest to arrive thought I would start a few threads to share the blades with fellow members and provide some more searchable examples of these smiths for the NMB. Also maybe start some discussion if anyone sees anything interesting. The first is a papered NBTHK TH to Ko-Mihara with a sayagaki from Tanobe Sensei. Photos are courtesy of @Ray Singer and will get an in-hand update/photos once it arrives hopefully this week… delayed due to an issue at the DPO transit point . Without a full translation yet but looks like Tanobe-sensei commented that it a representative example of the sword, dates to Nanbokucho jidai, is osuriage mumei, and yuhin (exceptional work). I had been on the lookout for a blade in this style with some helpful advice and comments on other pieces from @paulb . nagasa: 66.3cm moto-haba: 28mm saki-haba: 18mm kasane: 6.5mm The next two pieces to be posted await post-COVID shinsa but have other attributions that might spur some debate.
  22. Hey Charlie- I shipped the blade out mid-May and it was ready by the end of March, so about 10 months. I think the normal time for a shirasaya is a little shorter but a big project bogged him down and I wasn’t in a rush, worth the wait.
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