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  1. What looks like a trigger is for the cord , it feeds back into the handle and out the side. To shoot the gun you have to cock the Hibasami and while holding the handle in your right hand....take your left which is supporting it and pull the Rabbit. It then flips the pan open and touches the cord to the priming powder. It's all old and quite unusual. I've never see this kind of semi automated firing mechanism.
  2. I won't get it in hand until next week. Like most things it's necessary to see it in your hand before judging it. I'm a collector , not an expert so that is part of the process at times to take a chance and see how it proves out. I had a friend who once had a osuriage sword that had been submitted 3 times to the NHK and was deemed an osuriage shinto sword , a osuriage sue koto sword , and lastly a gendai. A mutual friend of ours who had a relationship with the NBTHK submitted it for him and it was awarded Tokubetsu Hozon to a Kamakura Jidai school and invited to challenge for Juyo which it eventually received. If you eliminate nefarious intent it seems it's not always apparent even to experts what something is so I look forward to the process of finding out.
  3. I just bought a late Edo matchlock pistol. It's unusual and pretty ornate. It has this plaque on the side of the stock. Can anyone help with the translation or a general idea of what it's about. Thank you in advance.
  4. Katana - Kashu ju fujiwara Nagatsuna 63.9 cm Kanbun jidai Kinzogan mei : Kago tsubei or a woven basket meaning water can't be held or cuts like flowing water. It could be a name or expression. It is sometimes used for swords used for Tameshigiri that cut well. Sayagaki by Sato Kanzan
  5. Katana - Kashu ju fujiwara Nagatsuna 63.9 cm Kanbun jidai Kinzogan mei : Kago tsubei or a woven basket meaning water can't be held or cuts like flowing water. It could be a name or expression. It is sometimes used for swords used for Tameshigiri that cut well. Sayagaki by Sato Kanzan
  6. Kashu Iyetsugu Katana sue Koto Ubu signed and dated 66 cm with koshirae Two tests Side 1 - Miyai Rokubei - two body cut through the dodan. Dated 1650's Side 2 - Fujita Yoemon - Riokaruma , the most difficult cut through the hips . Dated 1650's
  7. I did say this has meaning to me. When the previous head of the NBTHK takes the time to take a good look at the sword ( often over a few days ) and then form an opinion and write everything he believes to be relevant to the sword on the saya it is important to me. In a shinsa they will often look at 100's of swords and are pressed for time so it's no guarantee of increased accuracy. I value Mr. Tanobe's opinion more than a Shinsa but that's just me. Even in sayagaki they often state there is a disagreement and the attribution given is a result of that and it's open to further study.
  8. I have another sword coming from Japan that has the Last Morishige paper. I will post at that time. Mr. Tanobe was injured recently and it was either wait for the Sayagaki and paper or send the sword. I asked for the sword to be sent. I am being told it states to Morishige and mid to late Nanboku-cho. Again , i will list the paper. The Sayagaki means much more to me than the paper.
  9. They were acquired a year apart
  10. Two Tachi both NBTHK papered to Morishige mid to late Nanboku-cho One is longer and thicker.
  11. I'm not debating just stating what it's papered to. You are free to disagree with the paper. It's papered to a specific smith and not a school so convention would dictate it would match his recognized working period. I am not knowledgeable enough to argue one way or the other.
  12. It is papered mid to late Nanboku-cho NBTHK
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