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  1. As far as smithing, I can recommend better ones. As far as cutlering and bladesmithing in particular, I wish I had time. Between an 8 month old, a 6 year old we're keeping out of school during this idiocy, and my day job (I have 9 national bestsellers in print and four books on contract), I get a couple of hours a day in the shop, mostly to help unwind and focus. It's 0130 and I'm hard at work.
  2. The Ottoman is an original in my collection. The Viking repros are about the limit of my skill, though I've done some very nice dress daggers. Here's one I did several years ago, with hand-fluted dyed maple burl, bronze wire, and tigereye.
  3. I've been forging blades for 37 years, though nothing of the quality of the better historical smiths of any country, though I've observed and met a handful. I have very limited knowledge of Japanese work, but I understand metal when I see it.
  4. Ottoman bishaq, about 1850, wootz steel, jade, and gold inlay of a Persian poem. Another Viking era shaping axe, the smaller back used mostly for crushing and splitting mortar, the edge inset with carburized iron. A weld line is visible across the socket. My daughter's blade after initial polishing.
  5. Viking era reproductions based on finds from Gotland, about 10th century. Soft iron spine, pattern welded cores, carburized edges. These are my work. My eldest daughter, then 13, helped forge the billets and finished her own.
  6. As I said, I have polished repros, and completely trashed and bent guntos (also used for straightening practice). I don't touch anything that could have historical value. I previously had a pattern 1889 dated here. Turns out the blade was quite a bit older. It has been oiled, and that is it. This one is actually a good display piece for my presentation on edged weapons, which starts in the Neolithic, through the Bronze Age, Middle Ages, Napoleonic, through to the present. It makes an excellent example of, "This looks like junk, but doing a Youtube-grade 'restoration' will make it even worse." Bronze Age dagger/sword, Luristan, about 800BC, Iron Age Celtic adze, about year 0, Viking era axe found near Archangelsk, Russia, about 1000 AD.
  7. Thanks for the info. Two mekugi-ana suggested it might be older than WWII. I polish reproductions for practitioners. I'm willing to clean up stamped gunto if they're low value. That's how I learn. I don't touch anything until it's identified. This has no visible dings and is very clean under the gunk and surface oxidation. So I'll leave it as is. I'll give it some oil and wiping. After selling the bent and corroded scabbard, I basically got it for free. Is it possible to estimate its original length, style, and timeframe?
  8. This showed up in a badly rusted military scabbard, and is obviously corroded, but mostly superficial. However, since it's signed, I want to ensure it's just an unremarkable piece before I use it for polish practice. 35" overall, 26" from kissaki to mune-machi. No visible hamon or boshi.
  9. It does seem to be the correct depth. It's a slightly loose fit, but I'd attribute that to shrinkage with age.
  10. I just noticed the saya is about 4" longer than the blade, and has far more curve. I believe it's not original to the piece.
  11. From my friend's collection, I had a stack of about 50 of these for sale. All sold now, but it might be of interest to some here. Translation was by a Japanese friend.
  12. When I've uploaded images reduced to fit the specs, they're too small to tell much. I'll try to get some polarized light on. The hamon is visible, but barely.
  13. 25" sugata, shortened ~2" from original, based on the polish along the current nakago, and the hi rather far into it. Definitely suriage. The hamon is visible, very lively, and much thinner toward the tip. Kissaki is about 1.25" long, boshi seems to run parallel to the edge all the way up, possibly tarumi? There is some irregularity of curve to the hi. I presume the blade was fitted to the military scabbard. https://www.sharppointythings.com/piwigo/i.php?/upload/2019/04/06/20190406131322-314e8b70-la.jpg https://www.sharppointythings.com/piwigo/i.php?/upload/2019/04/06/20190406131306-61552c5f-la.jpg https://www.sharppointythings.com/piwigo/i.php?/upload/2019/04/06/20190406131249-ba49513e-la.jpg Other images added to the link in OP. The hamon is very hard to photograph. I'll try with proper lighting later. It appears I'm unable to post any images from my site now.
  14. Yes, as fun as the humor is, I'd like to get back to the sword and what it might have been before.
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