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waljamada last won the day on September 1 2020

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  1. Howard, that looks very similar to the one I purchased. Also looks water quenched but doesn't look tamagahane. Odd that it also doesn't have a stamp on it...wonder whats going on with this maker and not having stamps. That is a clean looking blade. The kissaki on mine is also a "fat" one (wide along the mune side). Kind of like the stainless steel navy swords have.
  2. If you could, please post pictures of the blade. Would be curious to see if it looks similar to the one I bought! Also curious if yours has any stamps on it as mine didn't. Had perhaps a spot where one could have possibly been thougb. I can tell mine is non-traditional (not tamagahane) steel but the blade is water quenched and over all is actually quite a beauty. Also curious what the koshirae is....is it gunto?
  3. Wellll seems a pretty obvious and terrible gimei to me. Many of the Kanji aren't even finished.
  4. SteveM, there is no date on the otherside. So just the signature. Ill try and find some mei comparisons.
  5. Had my eye out for o-kissaki swords and came across this one. Appears to be post 1940 and hope to learn the translation of the mei and hear any opinions on the blade. I am very untrained in modern swords and their authenticity and I'm unaware of how good "fakes" are from this modern era or what kind of quality a blade lile this could be considered.
  6. Dale, Wow, thank you for showing that link. I lived in a dorm (which has been torn down since like most of the old campus buildings) on JoChi's campus and never saw that they had a "museum" space. Neat little collection. I guess as the paper does admit it was done "later" it seems an accurate thing. It attributes the tsuba to its original maker and says it also has this thing done by someone else. Guess if their role is to attribute things in an official manner it does that correctly. It seems worthwhile to have an organization that will honestly paper odd ducks (yet real antiques even if modified) to clarify what is there and is/isn't original. Reminds me of this sword below that has now sold on ebay. The papers don't mention a horimono so it just attributes/ confirms the blades maker/mei. I had wondered what the nbthk would do if asked to paper it now. I'd think they would do like this tsubas papers. Confirm the mei and state horimono added more recently type thing.
  7. Just in case here is the correct papers. Totally missed that the papers didn't match the tsuba in that photo. Interesting development on this one as you guys have shared a glimpse into the "underground" Christian tsuba market. What would Jesus think!? The title of the listing mentions nbthk but only seems to have the ntkk document (posted below) and really does almost try to appear like an nbthk document to untrained eyes.
  8. Saw this tsuba for sale and it caught my eye. I haven't seen anything like it. Christianity has some old roots and complicated histories in Japan. The Martin Scorsese movie "Silence" touches on a period of this and the University I graduated from JoChi has a part in this history as well "The origins of Sophia University could be traced to 1549 when Saint Francis Xavier, a prominent member and co-founder of the Society of Jesus, arrived in Japan to spread Christianity. In his letters to his fellow Jesuits, he had expressed hopes of establishing a university in Japan.[10][11] During the so-called Kirishitan period of Japanese history, the Catholic Church had been responsible for establishing and administering educational institutions in Japan called Collegios and Seminarios, serving as bridges between the East and West. William H. O'Connell had been appointed as a special ambassador of the Vatican to Japan. The establishment of the University only began to take place more than 400 years from St. Francis Xavier's arrival in Japan. In 1903, three Jesuit priests from Europe came to Japan to continue the missionary work of the Church and to help establish Sophia University. One of the founders, Fr. Joseph Dahlmann, SJ from Germany, who had come to Japan via India, had listened to the requests of Catholics in the country, who expressed their desires to construct a Catholic university to serve as the cultural and spiritual base of the Church's missionary operations in Japan." Anyways, cool tsuba I thought would be fun to share.
  9. One of his with that wording with an o-kissaki tempted me recently, but I didn't buy.
  10. Ended up buying that red German seven samurai poster (from 1976) and last thing is a woodblock print that calls to me. I do also have an oshigata of one of my swords I could use. Its funny though as I'm going to be buying a house soon and all of this is in preparation for some future space that doesnt exist yet. But soon.......sooooooon............completed an armor stand for my yoroi, menpo and kabuto and purchased a second foldable sword stand (im a big fan of these) im going to modify to hold more blades to fit the entire collection. So should have a nice little corner when done.
  11. Been on the hunt for some artwork to go along with sword displays. The go to seems logically Japanese woodblock prints and I'm still waiting to find the right one. Other tempting options for me are original akira kurosawa movie film posters. Then there are possibly some on theme original paintings, antique photos perhaps calligraphy. So far I've only purchased two pieces which are original manga art from the 80's with samurai (posted below). They won't be everyone's style but I also collect original comic art so it bridges the two. Wondering what others have and do with any artwork/images to go along with their sword/armor/fittings etc...collections.
  12. Maybe this? https://www.ebay.com/itm/293892155185
  13. Oof, a kai gunto is on my want list. Woof! Sold!
  14. Guido, interesting and thank you...I wonder if Yamaha had a meaning behind that when it commissioned those in 1986...
  15. Bummer its s good little video. Took screenshots of the view and the little hidden shrine.
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