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Everything posted by waljamada

  1. Toryu, thank you. Haven't run into that site before. Hopefully people have had good experiences with them as they have some intereting inventory.
  2. JP, shinsakuto hadn't crossed my mind to be honest. I think the "newest" that I contemplated as an option is say pre 1945-ish. So I'd do a gendaito but would be pretty hesitant to do a shinsakuto (which is like post 1950's?). I think one of my collector/nihonto genes require swords I purchase to have been made during a time of active (in this case) Japanese societal/military "battle use" of swords.
  3. Would prefer with mounts over shirasaya but both is best! 25" nagasa and up also preferred since I'm making a wish list. My budget is flexible but the less the better =|:^) Open to all eras.
  4. 16k I didn't purchase it, just found bits of it quite interesting and hoped to see some other examples of mounted ubu nakago. I also really like the tsuka katate maki as it really does seem pure fighting utilitarian but still has some elegance. Im not positive of the age, going by seller description, but somewhat seems plausible. The rust on the nakago seems younger but due to condition I assumed it could have had some rough exposure and new rust layer in recent past as I do see darker patches underneath. Also I'm not sure when the longer nakago went out of fashion but seems that most mountings ive seen even going into early edo don't seem produced at large able to hold an ubu nakago of this sort of size. Or perhaps even this nakago is longer most ubu? The mei might be a lost cause but could help serve a better understanding of age. As to the sugata its hard for me to judge as each resource I look at has slightly different standards on era shapes and I cant find anything showing how the ubu nakago were originally for each era (Maybe there never were full standards?). I can see it looking close to a few of these eras but I agree seems closest to shin shinto actually, good eye.
  5. Came across a sword that I just kind of find interesting, 26.5" nagasa 1.1" wide. I thought it was neat seeing a muromachi era sword that doesnt appear to have had its nakago cut and how they mount it...I can finally actually picture the length of what "ubu nakagos" could be originally compared to the cut/shortened versions. Secondly this sword has the longest/tallest habaki I have ever seen. I kind of like the cut of this sword/mountings jib in a way (boshi looks gone and I can tell its been polished down a lot). Also has a perhaps lost signature....maybe see a kuni? Wondering if you guys have seen or have any other examples with really long habakis which I'm guessing is to mount it in a shorter tsuka than might otherwise be required. Anyone have examples to share of uncut nakagos and how they were mounted?
  6. Impressive tsuba. Love the imagery and characters.
  7. waljamada

    Ito color?

    I couldn't decide on one so went with a top 3.
  8. Shooting blind, randomly and dangerously from the hip.....I'll say "Spies Like Us" with Dan Aykroyd and Chevy Chase..."The Master of Disguise"..."Pink Panther"...also I remember loving how Kurt Russel's character quoted that Robert Frost "the woods are.." poem in the Quentin Tarantino film "Deathproof".
  9. Bob, thanks for the advice. I will search out Sesko. Stephen and Tom, thank you both for the kind words. I will keep on that shared diligent nihonto path learning along the way with inevitable waylays and stops and the adult table to ask for wisdom. Aim to return the favor in the future to those starting along. Gonna quote another author Robert Frost that ill use to starting in Nihonto, "The woods are lovely, dark and deep, But I have promises to keep, And miles to go before I sleep, And miles to go before I sleep."
  10. Thank you everyone for helping me learn about this blade, both its good and its bad and its inherent "qualities". This one feels a bit like an poor orphan sword to me that im taking under my wing warts and all. I will one day have it polished and the sumo wrestling toads will stay as.....I just like it. Also, I finally upped and purchased two books as a start so that I may upgrade my knowledge and ability to contribute. Shout out to Paul Martin.
  11. George, wow and thank you. Sumo wrestling toads...I'm a fan now. John, here is the best I can do with a cellphone that fights against close shots, an old polish and choji oil (i think i use too much). The boshi is hardest to capture but is visible in perfect angles as the kissaki has taken the most brunt of time, but here's what I've got.
  12. Ha, Vonnegut left us a quote for almost everything. The quote I use the most is from a novel of his called "Timequake" which is one of my favorites. It goes simply, "you were asleep but now you're awake and you've got a job to do." I tend to use it when someone learns something new and then has to do it. Can be used quite effectively and very smarmy like. Also "If there is one thing I know, damnit child, you've got to be kind".
  13. Michael, Thanks for that. Thats good to know actually. *hops on soap box* I understand and respect the notion of quality over quantity. It not easy in this bracket but for the health of the hobby and to absorb the wider variety of blades that do require care and inherent value it is important to acknowledge the middle road. The ideal path is rarely traveled and most go off on side trails that potentially lead to beautiful views and new expanses. Yes, you may also hit a dead end or find yourself looking or falling down a little cliff. You can recoup a wiser individual. But the wary yet adventurous traveler arrives at the destination with unique insights. Like that Kurt Vonnegut quote, "I want to stay as close on the edge as I can without going over. Out on the edge you see all kinds of things you can't see from the center." However the knowledge of the ideal path is important to share and the pitfalls mapped and marked for those that follow. I appreciate those that share it. George....would have preferred a kappa but ill take wrestling toads.
  14. Valric, thank you for the feedback and advice. I also appreciate what you shared on Kanemoto. The way you worded it added some cool on the ground level that many rewrite ups lack. Gives it some humanity rather than pure academics. The tsuba I had assumed was more like a $150 tops tsuba so your, French and Pier's answers validates that. It depends on your definition of hoarding and circus freak blades. I have 8 swords, two papered, four guntos (all type 98 two being early), a 1500's Kanekado with 2 ato-bori horimono and one Ko type 32. Ive sold four swords including a second Ko 32, a 1930's ww2 era blade with bohi, horse themed early edo sword, and a muromachi blade with leather gunto saya and made a bit of money on all of them. Now I also have this wakizashi that all in cost me $680. For a blade with these bohi that I really like, an interesting hamon, some real age, full koshirae and an old imperfect polish and probable old gimei that im ok with. I actually think I've done very well with what I have and what I've spent which by the way is an actual challenge. I lived 8 years in Tokyo, Japan, graduated from Jochi/Sophia University, worked for a Japanese International film festival for many years and tend to visit once every four years. Sadly didn't have an interest in swords during that time but have seen many in museums there. My relationship with this hobby currently is just that I refuse to spend say $3,000 on a single sword. I can tell that I'm in a bracket that this forum isn't quite for and can wear ones welcome down quickly if you actively stick around in a pre-well learned "lower bracket" blade phase. I understand that as it can sometimes be like a child interjecting themselves at the adults table. I feel safe amongst the gunto guys though. I do strive to be better. Will continue learning and upgrading my collection and for now I buy in a price range that I will never lose money as I do it.
  15. My thoughts are it is an older blade as is the polish. Maybe muromachi but the nakago looks like the shape of shinto katana of mine but the color/patina of a koto. Im not very familiar with wazikashi tangs. The hamon has aspects of crab claw choji midare and has a few tobi-yaki hamon that seems misplaced for a Kanemoto blade and the mei is just off. It resembles the first four generations but the moto kanji just looks a bit different as does the top and bottom of kane. Not sure if this is the right term but the "ten ten uu" or lines at the bottom of the Kane kanji are reversed from the other mei ive seen. The fat end is on the wrong end. So for now I'm going with gimei that was done a very long time ago. Fitings are possibly edo and of meh quality but still nice. The menuki are some kind of reptile or mythological creature. Japan didn't have alligators or crocodiles but China did...maybe a kappa...might have seen a komodo dragon from Indonesia...giant salamander...frog/toad?
  16. Looking for some insight, I purchased a gamble wazikashi from a seller with some conflicting information in listing. Finally have the sword in hand and hoping a more experienced eye can shed some light. Seller had it listed as koto wazikashi, muromachi/eiroku era (1558-1570) and also mentioned the kane period (1716-1736) in the same description. The Kanemoto line is long and deep so matching the mei has been difficult and could even be gimei for all I know. The tsuba was listed as signed Shaomi. Sword is a 21.5" nagasa in a wood laquered saya and I can't tell exactly what creature the menuki represents. It does have some age but how much im finding difficult and its in old polish...so here you go! *seller had also claimed the tsuba was a $500 tsuba...any truth?
  17. Bruce, Cool learning all this so thank you for sharing. I think the seller originally thought the sword was from a "master surgeon". I just looked up the sword to see if it has sold (still available) and noticed he's added a bunch of updated photos and you can tell what questions people were asking him. I had originally asked if he saw any other stamps and he said no but I see he looked a bit further and found a seki stamp on the nakago. I had a baseless assumption that a special nakago design would infer a likely gendaito...wrong...some seki smiths just had flair.
  18. Piers, meant Kanemoto, sorry. Misstype. I learned very quickly that there was no Kanamoto as listed in the sellers original description. Spent my recent bits of free time looking up Kanemoto signatures/mei and found out how many different ones there are amongst all the generations and also the variations each individual Kanemoto used. It's just a larger pool than I've ever found myself in up to this point. The Kanemoto pool is a very busy and ancient one...
  19. Man o man...I've since learned the rabbithole that is Kanamoto meis....I had no idea what I was getting into.... *meant Kanemoto. Thanks Piers.
  20. I'm in honest to gosh darn love with that rising sun fuji blade....
  21. Found this amazing graphic of the generations and partial line of Kanemoto. Not all use that 90 degree angle so maaaybe?
  22. John, yeah it kind of seems that way at this point. Im not finding a match to this Kanemoto mei. I don't have the sword in hand yet but I paid in the $600's for it so that doesnt break my heart. Hoping that the sword is still a quality blade and hopefully the fittings also have something to them.
  23. Piers, It's in and as light as the air. I'm giving the description as much weight as a guess so attempting to figure out how accurate or not it is. The seller has sold a handful of swords before and in his messages its apparent he isn't a native English speaker.
  24. Well this forum was really topical and perfectly interesting on Kanemoto. Still somewhat stumped on matching it as the last Kanji in the examples im seeing have that 90 degree angle like in my photo and the top of kane is strange. Will keep digging...but could just be gimei. The hamon isn't the one that Kanemoto (any gen) are most famous for.
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