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  1. I may revisit this sword down the line. Right now the tsuka and the saya were specifically made for this blade commissioned by the previous owner who obviously had a taste/vision for it. The tsuka is made of wood and actually feels quite good quality to be honest. Its tight, real rayskin, the leather ito wrap looks consistent/pretty competently done and feels really great in the hand/grip. Both saya and tsuka seem to house the blade well and keep it safe but I will look into having a shirasaya made. Bummer to find out the menuki, fuchi and kashira are all just modern blah pieces. Hoped for a some age on them but shyoganai...(one of my favorite Japanese phrases, means "can't be helped, it is what it is type meaning). I bought it off my brother for what he paid which was $1,800.00 and don't want to invest more in it at this moment (except maybe a shirasaya). I really appreciate though all of your advice and I screenshotted it all and emailed it to myself under the topic "When you're ready for the Iehira". Having this sword has made me notice that non-nihonto collectors that have seen my collection are most impressed by this one and a flashy tachi I have. They think the older fittings are neat but this one is "cool". Flash impresses the masses. Then I try to tell them the history of some of the other swords and I can see it in their eyes that they just want me to stop talking and let them hold it or just move on with our day. I need a real life nihonto friend. Thank God for this board though and I do promise to keep learning and actually be able to contribute with some knowledgeable weight down the line.
  2. Brian, Last night I did report the seller to ebay. I also informed 3 sellers whose items were being used on the scam account with screenshots and two responded they will also report them to eBay. So we shall see what happens.
  3. I felt terrible asking but the seller agreed to cancel my order. Had a good discussion on collections and armors with him. Seems a real great guy who is upgrading his collection with a registered complete armor set from the Minamoto clan coming his way hence wanting to make some room I consider this a reinforced lesson of what I already knew. Be patient, be wise and click with confidence only when the first two criteria have been duly met.
  4. Was hoping for a good price on two authentic edo period items...=|:'(
  5. I'm kinda edging towards it being early 1900s (but it could still be authentic, there just enough to give me some confidence in it). Heres another one I've found thats first half of 20th century. Similar but different. Either mines just one like that with some false aging or this more modern one is modeled from an older example if my original posted kabuto is authentic.
  6. I had asked the seller some questions beforehand and he guessed the menpo was also late edo and mentioned the early Ansei period as a guess. The menpo doesn't have any lacquer on it which seems alarming to me but it does have the holes for the neck guard which is good. No lacquer inside makes it seem not meant for use as I don't really see authentic examples with no lacquer on the inside at least. He thought the kabuto might be a similar timeframe.
  7. Greetings, I put in a low offer on a Suji Kabuto and Menpo advertised as late Edo period. It got accepted and that kind of scares me a little bit. Seems too good a buy to me. I offered a low price because it seems authentic to my eye, but I wasn't 100% confident, and I like it's look/features and I even like the shape of the simple menpo. I'm hoping for some help to confirm what it is I have an accepted offer on. Comes with the maedate etc..as well.
  8. Ian, just to confirm, is it always fancy side up with tsubas while in the saya?
  9. While fixing my tsuba to be the right way up I found this mei on the fuchi. Might give some answers on age perhaps?
  10. Its the first time I've ever run into an operation exactly like this. Its not a lazy typical ebay scam. That scam account is a seller with 1,400 reviews and a member since 2011. This is different and a larger more pervasive scam as this shows they must have made accounts going back many years (probably rotates between the more "matured" accounts as others get shut down)....not only that but keeping a continuous drip feed of solds coming in (maybe some real some fake? all fake?) that also leave reviews including some bad reviews to appear more authentic (two bad reviews months apart are exactly the same for the same item, the robot makes mistakes...same in positive reviews). I've been ebaying basically since it came out and haven't run into something like this before, maybe I was just really lucky or not paying attention to areas they were targeting. This honestly took years of efforts/set up or they know how to hack the core ebay systems which I highly doubt. Its like the Terminator and they've evolved. This is someone playing the really long game.
  11. So being the ebay conossuier that I am (worlds largest flea market and I do love it for that knowing the risks) I discovered a scam seller thats popped up a lot recently in Japanese antiques. Basically what this seller does is take previously sold listings in Japanese antiques and copies/relists them at a higher price than they even originally sold for (bold bastards). Not only that they brazenly copy currently active listings for items such as a Jingasa I had asked about here. So be careful if you find an item you want and its from this seller, stop right there. They do not have the item, you will not receive it and its just a giant dummy operation. Im posting pics of the sellers profile. An image used by that seller of a Zunari Kabuto they have "for sale" that I had already purchased and received from another seller along with proof of that purchase. So beware......
  12. So when I googled Kukoho it came up with a few things. Most notable was a nine sided mirror meant for contemptations on self reflection and something to do with a divine sword. Also a national living treasure. So with the mirror on self reflection the topic makes sense as you'd constantly have to be looking at and into yourself....perhaps could drive one mad as you must also look externally to balance the internal. The next I pictured living with a living national treasure (human not item) and could also make sense to the topic. The spouse would always hear something like...."but I'm a national living treasure....you do it." Or to end any argument they just say as they point to their smug looking facial expression and say "national living treasure". Could also drive one insane.
  13. Ha, thanks Ian I will flip it and make it right. Adam, the copper one felt artsy therefore touristy. Yeah, the tsuka and saya were recently made which was stated in the ad (the habaki might be new as well). The ad for the sword when my brother bought it also said all fittings were antique (but I think the unofficial rule is to make something an antique it only has to be 50 years old?). Then again it also said it was signed but the papers say mumei but attributed to Kasyu Iehira. I actually posted the sword on the forum asking about NBTHK papers after my brother bought it. I'm ok with the look of leather ito and black samegawa and it does have a very different appearence than anything else I have. It does almost feel like that copper tsuba in that its stylized/artsy therefore touristy. Its the sword I have the least feelings towards that I now own but to a normie not into nihonto it will get some oos and ahhs.. Ill attach the description from the listing and some things the seller said about who did the saya and tsuka. So beyond all that I've never been quite sure what was here with the blade.
  14. Ok, thank you Adam and Grey. I will pass on this tsuba. My gut was telling me to pass hence sitting on it for months but I needed that more experienced eye to confirm so I appreciate the feedback. Adam, I do have a ghost/oni themed tsuka and the tsuba has a nature theme. The tsuba that is there works and I like it but if I found the right oni/ghost themed tsuba I would be pretty tempted to change it out keeping the one it has as a display/decoration item. I attached the photo of the one that came with it and its oni fittings. Also does anyone know what that menuki is that looks like an anchor? The tsuba I posted definitely seemed to have some good etching and I do like what was done with the surface of the tsuba but I did feel it had more of an "art" therefore touristy piece vibe that didn't match the other used "functional" tsuba I've seen. The sword was originally bought by my brother and I havent owned it that long so I'll continue to let it be and see if it grows on me. He bought it after me getting into nihonto and had a form of buyers remorse so I bought it off him. Its kind of my fault. Adam, off your thoughts ill view it as a peaceful/lighter scene on top darker forces. Kinda like that quote "Sometimes you've got to go through hell to get to heaven". It always helps me love something when I apply a meaning/symbolism to it.
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