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  1. I find it too difficult to shoot a sword with direct lightning. Instead I shoot when the sword is lit by the (preferably low) ambiant light to avoid very high contrasts. This also requires a very long exposure (10+ secs), low ISO (to avoid noise), a tripod and a remote (or 2-sec delay). I believe that the end result better shows the hataraki in those conditions. Here's an example (edited in Lightroom).
  2. Steve, just a friendly advice: don't buy anything off eBay unless you know exactly what you're buying. The fact that you "were on the fence", don't know that a gendaito stands for "traditionally made from tamahagane", can't visually differentiate between a showato and gendaito probably means that you should read more about the topic before making another purchase. There was zero risk with this purchase: Eric is a honest and trusted seller, the sword is legit. Again, this is just a friendly advice to ensure you spend your money wisely and with confidence.
  3. This is just awful, the worst being that the offender seems very happy with the end result.
  4. Steve, You can read more about the different ways of rating swordsmiths here. I personally don't pay too much attention to "1 million vs 2 million" comparisons, the value is not absolute: you'll see that some swordsmiths are rated high by someone and low by someone else. Of course it's better if your sword is signed by a highly rated smith but that's a plus, the sword should be considered on its own merits first.
  5. Eric Molinier is a super nice french guy from New-York and always very honest when describing items. I consider him one of the most trustworthy sellers of nihonto on eBay. His swords are among the best you can get via eBay.
  6. Since someone mentioned the Evangelion sword exhibition, here are some pictures I shot in 2014 while the exhibition was in Paris. https://photos.app.goo.gl/RHZYxRNUFnuPcJ8C2
  7. That was my plan, thanks Barry I already sent him an email.
  8. OK, that's what I thought. Will find another way to get what I what. Thanks very much, Jon
  9. Do you know if the website https://www.kusanaginosya.com/ accepts selling to foreign customers ? I checked their website and couldn't find any information about this which makes me think they only accept sales to local customers. Has anyone from NMB already bought from this dealer ? Thanks very much.
  10. Grev, the Dropbox link is dead FYI: it says the file has been deleted
  11. Yes, this page provides some information about such cutting tests. Out of curiosity, can you please provide pictures of the sword itself ?
  12. I have a close-up shot of the aforementioned guribori, if this can help settle the question
  13. He already did here: I had found a PDF on the Unique Japan website describing a sword exactly similar to his: https://new.uniquejapan.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/12/ujka363-Gassan-Sadakatsu-Crown-Prince-Akihito-Ayasugi-Katana-Description.pdf
  14. Yes, it's this sword visible here (on auction tomorrow): https://www.drouotonline.com/l/15882162--shinto-wakizashiepoque-edo-16?actionParam=listLot&controllerParam=lot&fromId=116199 Copying the description below to preserve it. Adding some pictures too.
  15. An unusual habaki shot today at Drouot. The sword is absolutely massive, the motohaba is more than 4 cms
  16. FWIW, I called the french customs and was directed to this page where the procedure for exporting weapons outside EU is described. The page mainly deals with exporting firearms. I checked multiple times and I believe that for a Japanese sword, there is nothing special to declare. A Japanese sword falls into the category D as per this page (see "Arme historique et de collection").
  17. @Surfson, my work is just a 5-min walk away from Drouot. Let me know if you need help. I never shipped a sword abroad but I don't think you need any paperwork, AFAIK the only reason why this would be needed is if you want to ship ivory. I will probably have a look to the exposed pieces before the auction on my lunch break
  18. In fact, I found some close-up (before polish) pictures you had posted in earlier threads, I'll post them here for convenience. The polish makes a huge difference
  19. It's a very nice sword, you did well to have it polished Could you please also post pictures of the sword before the polish ? I've never been through this process myself and I'd like to see what the sword looked like before and whether it was possible to "predict" the final outcome. I've never considered having a sword polished but maybe your experience will change my mind. Do you intend to sell it ?!?
  20. Found older threads with some pictures showing what to look at:
  21. @watsonmil, your web browser should still be installed on your PC (alongside Chrome). To start it, click on the Windows menu (bottom left of the screen) then when the menu pops up, type "edge", this will narrow the menu selection. At this stage, you should see the "Microsoft Edge" shortcut, just click on it and voila.
  22. Thanks for sharing, I concur that Japanese packagings are the best. I just checked their website and all those pictures of the shop are just excellent, I had no idea sageo were hand-woven. The quality is really top-notch and the sageo pleasant to look at.
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