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  1. In hindsight it seems nearly impossible to begin understanding the writings of someone like an Albert Yamanaka without having actual 'text book' examples to study in hand.
  2. In regards to fit, much will depend upon the time of year and conditions of when the saya was made. Here in the NE USA, what I've experienced is that shirasaya made in this region will fit just fine throughout the year when made in the summer. However, if the shirasaya was made during the winter months, it will fit on the looser side come summer. For shirasaya made on the west coast or Japan during the summer months, come winter here in the NE the shirasaya becomes too tight. No matter what the case may be it means paying close attention, which you should be doing anyway. In recent years the change in weather conditions transitioning from fall to winter have become so sudden, even drastic, 60F one day, 32F the next, that if the sword is fully seated when that happens, it could mean the sword is locked down (safe and secure) until the following Spring.
  3. Thank you. You have a very good eye. Sometimes I think of 'Mito' as being the Xerox of fittings makers.
  4. It's ok to use oil on the nakago, use a clean soft absorbent cloth to remove all excess. DO NOT RUB! Also, if there are any lacquer attributions on the nakago, I would not apply and completely avoid putting any oil on those kinds of features. And, when in doubt don't!
  5. Go to the ninonto forum and use the search box at the top of the page inserting the words "uchiko" and "oil", there you'll find many discussions on these topics. Thank you.
  6. Having owned Settsu blades this hada definitely looks Settsu to me. As Bruce Kowalski lectured don't overlook mumei wakizashi.
  7. Thank you for sharing, congrats, and 3 cheers for your brain and liver. Having tried and finally giving up, yes, a very difficult task to accomplish. 'It's the swords/koshirae that find the owner.'
  8. Flaws within the hamon certainly detract visually and value wise, and in terms of restoration you would have to learn to live with them. Above the hamon flaws sometimes can be tightened up by the polisher, and sometimes they'll open up under polishing. Once again, it's best to understand the NBTHK standards for papering and how they would apply to the sword in question. In that way you can at least make somewhat of an informed decision, evaluation.
  9. Congratulations and thanks for sharing. Could you tell us who handled the submission for you? Custom box making? Thank you
  10. A place to begin answering some of your questions ... http://www.nihontocraft.com/Nihonto_Shinsa_Standards.html
  11. Jean-Pierre, I said made from "hand forged machine steel", "water quenched." Please read more carefully. Thank you.
  12. 1. A Microdear cloth with anhydrous 99% + Isopropyl alcohol is the way to go, especially on polished swords or swords in good condition. 2. A Microdear cloth can be washed, use a fragrance free baking soda based detergent. I use Arm and Hammer. 3. If using uchiko, wipe only once and in one direction. Uchiko can and will scratch if not used absolutely properly! And while many of these scratches are too fine to see under normal conditions, a very bright light and especially a quartz light will leave many sword owners regretting ever having used uchiko. 4. Care instructions should have been given with the sword.
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