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  1. Jussi thank you for the clarification. Also am I right in saying that a Naginata Naoshi Katana means that it was originally the blade on a pole arm weapon?
  2. Piers, thank you very much. So 2012 papers. Wondered about what the lacquer signature was/is. Wonder if it's it's old attribution someone made on the maker?
  3. Was hoping someone could help me underststand what this Mihara School attributed blade's hozon paper says. I believe if it's just attributed as Mihara that means mid-Mihara. Ko-Mihara is the oldest going back to 1300s and Sue-Mihara going up to the end of muromachi. Is this just Mihara? Also does it say when it was issued? Side note this blade has a ware flaw and I'm also wondering if anyone sees any potential fukure as well?
  4. John, thank you for that. I do know what you are talking about from the Komonjo blade hamons. They do seem to have a type and I can identify the hamon characteristics you mention in them. Someone went the extra miles with this gimei blade over the usual "authentic Japanese" komonjo blades with "unfinished saya"
  5. Sorry to ask John, but what does my eye need to be catching? Here's why my eye was tricked: This blade has hada/forging/folding evidence, right looking patina for early 20th century (can of course be faked), yasurimei (could be a sign that it's the correct yasurimei to match the gimei), age looking wear on blade, water quenched hamon (is a bit messy though), real koshirae early type 98 (from what I see and if this is fake too Im even more afraid) shape of nakago doesnt draw immediate questions to me, shape of blade looks Japanese (but a non typical early 20th century shape but also a non typical blade) well fitted (according to seller) to a gunto saya with a 28.5" nagasa which is quite uncommon and would require uncommon saya....it all can make sense as an authentic gimei nihonto...I'm afraid...=|:^(
  6. I'm also hearing it may be a Chinese fake rather than at minimum an authentic Japanese blade which scares me because it hit the authentic nihonto check boxes that I know of. I'm naturally always suspect of meis so didn't give it much weight but the blade itself appeared at least an early 1900s authentic Japanese blade in what I think is nice authentic (or is it!!??!!) type 98 koshirae. I didn't buy the sword but almost went hard in on the bidding with the idea that it was most likely gimei to be safe.
  7. Just saw that someone already asked about this sword yesturday. Ray shared that it was gimei. Mod please delete. And thanks Ray!
  8. Here is the flaws and mei photos...uploaded in a weird order but photo #4 and 5 are the mei for this sword.
  9. So here is a flamboyant one. Is this an authentic Yasunori mei who became a Yasukuni shrine Smith? Thoughts on the sword itself? Below are pictures of the sword in question with a large temper/hamon, 28.5" nagasa in early type 98 mounts. At the end is the mei of this sword and some other examples Yasunori mei examples I've found on some websites. There is also a photo of the flaws that exist on the blade (few openings and nail catcher knick).
  10. Width (mune to ha) at hamachi 1.36 inches (34.55mm) and width at yokote 1.15" (29.4mm). Thickness or kasane is 7.75mm at munemachi The width then points to shin-shinto. Thats a helpful little bit of information. Thanks Paul.
  11. Here is another o-kissaki katana with the koto or shin shinto question. I'm gonna say koto but the shape could be shin shinto to to me. Has one hole that is punched and the patina looks black in the photos. 25 1/4" nagasa and looks to have been shortened and nakago is cut. These are the only photos I have.
  12. This is the one I posted in the mantetsu forum that doesnt have stamps on the back of the nakago. The "exhibition" blade.
  13. I feel like I had always known about Japan, which is odd for a kid from Wisconsin. I grew up with my Grandparents living in a Wisconsin town that was also home to a Kikkoman factory. Japanese companies, as they do, keep as much as possible in house. All management and executives were Japanese with the factory workers being a make up of mostly local Wisconsinites. Due to this Japanese families were provided homes in the area to live during their usually 3 to 5 year stints at this factory. Furthermore my grandfather had been stationed on the U.S.S Intrepid during WW2 and due to this experience and his desire to move on/heal from the war he took a trip to Japan. He went as a tourist along with his wife (my grandmother) with an open mind and heart. He absolutely loved his time there and brought back statues of Samurai, geisha, a couple paintings and random bits and bobs decorating the house. This brings me to my childhood among the statues, bits and bobs and the Japanese families in the neighborhood. I met two brothers from Japan whom I became close friends with spending summers playing together. I sampled some of their mothers cooking, saw their cooler than ours transforming robot toys and his father's small collection of Japanese Swords he had purchased here in America. I noticed them...thought about them...then moved on, but it had parked in the back of my young brain. I grew older and discovered I could study abroad. Japan it was, my University just happened to have a partnership with JoChi University in Tokyo, where I ended up transferring and then graduating. I lived in Tokyo for 7 and a half years during which I visited their museums, went into a few antique and sword shops just browsing. Still never had a desire to own a katana of my own but I was soaking up the experiences as I went along. I moved back to America and another 7 and a half years later, without a single thought of katanas, I saw a WW2 parade sword at an antique mall. In that single instant an unavoidable desire burst forth in me to own an authentic antique Japanese sword. One would be mine. I have a powerful collector's gene. I scoured ebay, did some research and then found a seller with a bunch of swords in a nearby city. I contacted him and the next day I was at his War Relics shop. He brought out perhaps 6 or 7 swords and gave me a run down of why they were all in the 2 to 3k range and my hope balloon was slashed by the pricey blades. He then says, "You know what, there's one in back I was going to sell on ebay. Might be perfect for you." He brought out an early type 98 with 27" nagasa, punched tsuba, cat scratch habaki, shinto mumei with some rust on the top portion of the blade. Besides that bit-o-rust it was beautiful. I could feel the history, it smelled of age and had a whisper of old necessity now outdated. It felt important but stoic in its relegation to an artifact. A noble acceptance recognized in age of one well lived who knows its time has passed. Made me want to love it even more. He gave me a good price and I paid in cash to avoid paying tax. Told myself, "I only need to own one". That was a lie. I still though think to how that first sword made me feel. My childhood friends, my grandfather...all the people I met in the US and Tokyo. This sword was important, this sword meant something and still is and does. Just in a different way. War, battle, old ways...each sword belonged to a someone. One sword for one human. Held with intent and by someone who didn't want to lose it; lose their ability to fight, to live. This was important. This meant something. Now it means something to me. I want to learn more.
  14. Don't forget to post pics when you get it
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