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  1. Supposed to be Ichiguchi Myochin , 24 plate . Ukebara still intact so not sure if signed. Maidate is Sanada Mon. Could be early Edo or a little older , any thoughts ?
  2. I acquired another cutting test blade but I'm not sure if I will post it after this. I think it's fair to say during the Edo period armor lost a lot of it's functionality because it wasn't being used. During the mid 1700's sword making dropped off because of the lack of demand and interest . Tameshigiri was the only real proof of the functionality of the sword. The Shogunate encouraged it and if you read about the systems in place to manage it , it did establish a rating system of performance. It's always reminded me of contemporary people who will spend $100K on a sports car and never drive it over the speed limit vs. those who own one and take it to a track and drive 160 MPH. It can be appreciated for beauty and functionality !
  3. There was a long discussion of this on this site in 2020. I have seen Bakamatsu swords that are longer than usual with a flatter sori referred to as Kinnoto style. I don't think sword smiths adhered to specific dimensions and have never seen a origami designating as sword as Kinnoto. Just like Satsuma rebellion sword fittings are called such because they were lower quality and put together , often with plain pieces of metal in place of menuki. There are no specific designation of Satsuma rebellion fittings.
  4. Something robust ! Shinshinto Katana signed Fujiwara Kunishige - dated 1861 77.5 cm NBTHK Hozon A very hefty sword. It's been said that Samurai who carried extra long swords at this time were mostly rebels who supported the Emperor. Those that supported the Bakufu tended to carry swords that were shorter and more resembled Shinto swords perhaps to allude to a time when the Bakufu was in control.
  5. Koto Katana Osuriage - Oei jidai ( 1394-1428 ) with Honami attribution to Bizen Smith of this period with modern Hozon paper to same Smith. I wanted to post this because of the Chidori bird theme. Samurai respected these birds because they migrated for long distance across the ocean and many would perish in the process. Because of this they became symbols of perseverance. Edo period Koshirae in silver all of Chidori bird and waves theme.
  6. This is a Yasuhisa sword of mine , I believe the same above . His Father Nagahisa was head of the Yamano family before his sone took over using the name Hisahide.
  7. "To me ga are" , this is the term used in the NBTHK papers if the mei on the sword is good but the cutting test is fake.
  8. Samurai sometimes named their swords , the most interesting name I have seen was "the nasty lady" ! Here are 3 I have: 1. Koto Katana attribution to Shimada Hirosuke 72.4 cm . Name given "Sasa no Tsuyu" cuts like dew falling from a Bamboo leaf. 2. Koto Katana attribution to Bizen Den circa 1500. 75.3 cm it's also a Tameshigiri but the sword is named "Shikainami" it means the waves of the 4 seas , it references a line in the No play Takasago regarding harmony. 3. Katana signed Kashu ju Fujiwara Nagatsugu 63.9 cm sayagaki by Sato Kanzan. Sword is named "kago Tsurube" it means a woven bamboo basket - it implies it cuts as easily as water running out of a woven bamboo basket.
  9. I am a collector absolutely not a Kantei expert. I agree that it's almost unimaginable to understand the years of study that someone like Mr. Tanobe has worked at. For me personally I would take sayagaki from him over anything else. The one thing most of us can't do is to have personal access to the best swords ever made for years on end. Most of what we learn is based on observation. If someone can constantly see top grade swords whenever they want they will develop an eye for characteristics which allow them to pick out small details we can't see. Not just to schools but individual smiths. Year after year study and constant challenges to support your opinions in a professional setting give you a perspective most of us can never achieve.
  10. It's 100 monme , it's 60 lbs in weight
  11. There are certainly cultural beliefs that swords and other inanimate objects have a spirit of their own. Many temples will accept swords believed to be evil for safe keeping. Please share information about this practice if your aware of any.
  12. It was very expensive to have the test done , about the same as purchasing a new sword from one of the better sword smiths of the period . Because of the cost they wanted the results recorded. There were only about 100 recorded sword tester during the Edo period. Some sword smiths worked directly with the testers so they would make the sword then send it directly to the tester for the cut. It was like one stop shopping then. There are also fake cutting tests added to swords during the Edo period because of potential profit in selling swords with a cutting test. If you submit a sword for shinsa there is a term they will use to call out if it's a false test.
  13. Swords we're tested during the Edo period as a means of establishing the cutting ability of the sword. During the age of wars they didn't need this since the sword was tested/ used in actual battles. The practice became institutionalized and subsidized by the Bakufu ( shogunate government ). A rating system was developed for the cutting ability ( wazamono ) so swordsmiths could be judged. There were different punishments for crimes but death was one of them. They needed someone to be the executioners so the bodies became properties of the state and we're also used for testing as part of the system to judge the quality of the swords. I won't go into the whole thing but it served a purpose during times of peace to regulate the quality of swords being made. It wasn't just for the pleasure of killing people. From my perspective it's just part of the history of the sword and culture of the Samurai during a specific period.
  14. Tameshigiri is part of the history of the Japanese sword. Swords are designed to be used to cut , I don't know how you separate historically it's intended use as a weapon. Some of the best swordsmiths of the Edo period worked directly with the sword testers. If it offends you please don't look at it.
  15. Kaga Tameshigiri tests cuts by individual Samurai #2 Sue Koto sword with (2) Tameshigiri or cutting tests 69.8 cm Ubu signed Kashu Iyetsugu late Muromachi period katana with mounts 1570's Cutting test I dated in 1650's by Miyai Rokubei - two bodies cut in half. Inlayed in Kinzogan mei or gold Rokubei is a listed tester of Samurai status Cutting test 2 dated in 1650's by Fujita Yoemon - a cutting test riokaruma ,the most difficult cut through the hips. Yoemon is also a listed tester of Samurai status. Inlayed in Kinzogan mei or gold . Test cuts on Koto swords are less common Kaga Samurai conducted their own test cuts similar to the Yamano family. The Samurai were the executioners and also did the test cutting , sometimes on live condemned criminals
  16. A big part of my problem is trying to load up files from my phone. A lot of the images are very small and I have loaded up the wrong image of the 3 hole Nakago and did not notice it. The image of the Nakago with the Hi going through it is correct. If someone sees something just bring it to my attention and I can address it. It's a simple error not an attempt to misrepresent something. My phone photography skills are not great so I can be prone to making an error in trying to upload small images. I will be back at home on Friday , if anyone wants to see something let me know.
  17. Sue Koto Naginata NBTHK Tokubetsu Hozon to shodai Shimada Sukemune circa 1532 Blade length 52.7 cm Nakago 50.8 cm Total length 103.5 cm Has original pole not pictured Typical wide and beefy Shimada school blade made in Soshu style.
  18. Koto O suriage Tachi NBTHK Tokubetsu Hozon attribution to Bizen Morishige circa 1350 Nambokucho jidai 68.6 cm Omiya Den made swords from Nambokucho to Muromachi jidai in Omiya in Okayama city. The founder of the school was Kunimori who is said to have come from Yamashiro provence. It has an elegant Tachi shape typical from late Kamakura to Nambokucho.
  19. Koto Nagamaki Naoshi NBTHK Tokubetsu Hozon attribution to Echizen Rai Den. Mid Nanbokucho 52.07 cm Echizen Rai school founded by Rai Kuniyasu , also known as Chiyozuru school Rai Kuniyasu moved from Yamashiro to Echizen mid 1300's Owari style Koshirae.
  20. Thanks jussi , my ability to take photos of swords is abysmal ! They look a lot better in hand.
  21. Tengu1957

    Sa Sadayoshi

    Koto Tachi - O suriage 75 cm 3.8 cm at Hamachi Signed Sa Sadayoshi in Kinzogan mei on both sides of the Nakago Nambokucho about 1346 Sa Sadayoshi was a student of O Sa , one of the 10 best students of Masamune There is a Horiomono of a dragon matching on both sides added during the Edo period. Sayagaki by Mr. Tanobe It is very robust and must have been typical of the Nanbokucho sword style before O suriage
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