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  1. And you could be right! There were many people who had the opportunity to argue, but didn't. Thank You, JP, for the time and expertise. David, Thank You for being willing to help! Sorry I can't get a better shot of that munemachi; but the shortening forward probably erased much evidence. I understand that the hamachi can disappear after much polish. But it was moved forward, too. There is a lot of steel missing from polishing, leaving a "tired" but wicked blade. I'd sure hate to be on the wrong end of it.
  2. Hey, JP... Does this work? Already had this one.
  3. David - I understand. Let me see what I can do about that. With the habaki being affixed, it might not be easy. And with the munemachi having been moved forward; that might defeat the purpose. Will get back to you on that! JP - I can do that. Didn't know that lying down was inexact; had hoped the yardstick would reflect the sori well enough. Almost glad it's not a Muramasa... I like to get it out and adsmire it. Glad that doesn't cost any blood! I treat this one a slightly different, with a little more respect; due partly to the history that Bruce mentioned; and a little bit like what you said one time about Nihonto being alive. I try not to imagine what this blade has seen. Viper is its name for a reason. Bruce - That's a real nice sword. Interesting menuki, and I love those sharkskin saya. Don't have one, yet. You can't pay too much for something you love!
  4. Please forgive the question; but why would anybody want to do that? There was a recent discussion about the weight loss versus the possible strength gain/loss involved in the original design; but if you're not gonna be fighting with it, why change the identity and history?
  5. Hey, David. Thanks for asking; but that habaki isn't going anywhere anytime soon. Since it was so loose that it went up over the munemachi, I did a Hillbilly repair that worked like a charm. (Please don't make me confess about the details.) I will say that the munemachi had been moved forward about a half an inch, probably for the wartime fittings. Is there anything else I can do to help? I do appreciate your time.
  6. Thanks, Tom. That small gunome is what I kept trying to capture on film. It's not komidare, but I couldn't find anything closer to compare. Need to study that ashi.
  7. So far, only JP has registered an opinion; and it was mixed. Could I request some other input; or is Late Shinto the consensus?
  8. Cool, Man. You ought to show us some more of your collection!
  9. Hey, Ian, that's funny! Not that I haven't considered it. There's Poodles, and then there's Junkyard Dogs. I'm intrigued that the edge is nick-free. Looks like it's been through a lot.
  10. It's thicker than the rest of the sword; but not unusual. The habaki would not go all the way off. Must be the camera angle. I tried hard to get the hamon to show. Have been trying to find something comparable for a long time. It doesn't look like suguha to me; but I have trouble in that department, as you might know. Hoping someone will recognize the truth with what is here. No way to take a picture of its presence. But you sure can feel it. Thanks for asking, Bruce!
  11. Forgive me for saying; but ther's nothing military about it. Nice sword!
  12. They need a better word for that. Thanks for weighing in, JP. Was hoping you would address those ana. Can we tell if they are punched or chiseled? One kinda looks drilled.
  13. Have tried to get some readable nakago pictures.
  14. This one is a Viper. No Apologies, No Remorse. In person, it's downright scary. Said to be a battlefield pickup, there's plenty of damage here. But the tip and edge are sound. And very sharp. The ito is partly gone, along with a menuki. Malcolm says this mon is "quite rare." Pierced tsuba, matching numbers, #95. It has been shortened more than once, and has been heavily polished over time, making it light and very fast. I shudder to think what this one has been through. There are a bunch of scratches and habaki damage that suggest heavy use. But to call this Nihonto "tired" doesn't do it justice. It could still ruin your day. There are no stamps or any signs of a mei. But I bet y'all can read this like a book. Any and all comments are appreciated. Nakago pics will follow.
  15. Thanks, Steve and Bruce, for answering my dumb question. Might not have asked if the handle had not been compromised. Still learning; and this is a great place to do it. Congratulations, Ron, on the nice sword and wonderful wife. How long you been a Smith? When I look at a Type 95, I see a no-nonsense Warrior sword that was ready for cold or wet or muddy combat. Your blade looks really good, didn't see any damage. Think I might start looking for one like it.
  16. Does the number on the scabbard match the number on the blade? Can't read it in the picture. Still worried about the brass tsuba with a number this high.
  17. Isn't that number way too high for that tsuba?
  18. I agree with everything said here; and hate to see a separation. But there's a huge resposibility in owning a Nihonto; and not everyone is willing or able to do the job. Plus there might be kids in the house. Hopefully, the blade will go to someone who can take on the care necessary. I recently realized that koshirae is a lot like lingerie.
  19. Congratulations on your new sword. You came to the right place for information. Recommend you check out the FAQ section in the sign-in bar for good basics. Don't clean anything! Maybe put a little oil on the blade, but not the tang. If it's your first sword, you did good. More items like yours are found in the Military swords section.
  20. Unfortunately, it looks like ebay is complicit. They get their cut.
  21. Welcome, Ron! My folks lived in Summerville for many years, and I've spent some time there. That Low Country humidity will be a challenge for your swords; but best of luck in your journey. You have tapped into an incredible source of knowledge and information, and some great folks to help along the way. Enjoy!
  22. As a "newbie" of 6 years or so, this is an area I am still struggling with. Was relieved to see Bruce's response, having trouble with the terminology used; because he's well informed and experienced. The use of the term "white line" is much of the problem. It seems that many times, when using the term hamon, people are really talking about the yakiba. When you throw in the effects of Hadori, it can be quite confusing. I'm still trying to understand "activity" or lack thereof; and the difference that oil tempering makes versus traditional. It seems that oil tempered blades don't have activity; but there are many traditional blades that look the same way. That's a great website, Dave (and JP); but I'm still grappling with this. Hate to include this; but I had a Type 95 in the 68,000 range which I accidentally poked into my drywall. That curled the tip slightly. Makes me wonder if these were even hardened or well tempered. I sold it at a loss.
  23. That's the best looking living room I've ever seen. I bet the unseen reason is a woman! How about posting some of those swords in the "High Class Gunto" thread?
  24. Another terrific result! How long does a project like this one take?
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