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Everything posted by waljamada

  1. Thank you John for confirming that. I will now dive into Kanemoto meis and see if I can find a match.
  2. Greetings and thank you in advance for any help. So the description of this sword has it as Kanamoto....however I can't find a single reference about a smith by that name. I'm believing that its actually kanemoto however my eye doesn't quite match the mei to that either but I can kind of see it. If it is then id also wonder which kanemoto this would be...? Also, how accurate is the description do you think to the actual sword? Also any opinions on the tsuba and the shaomi attribution?
  3. So the spots in the example o-kissaki sword are also a mixture of kitae-ware rather than all jizukare (thanks Guido for teaching me this term) and exposed shingane due to over polishing. For some reason I always had the image of kitae-ware being larger and the obvious fact they can come in smaller pockets didn't click when I saw it. I made some pics of the tang (which do look older to me) but I needed to photoshop them to make a single image. I couldnt download the pics and the images were too big to screenshot the entire tang so had to do it in pieces. Those pics are below. I think alot of it is also Jizukare 地疲れ. with small kitae-wares. I don't really see any hada but that could be photo quality but the o-kissaki photo is pretty clear and it seems featureless. In the quest to connect with other Nihinto enthusiasts I've reached out to quite a few people and places within a 3 hour radius to no avail. I could be a little more diligent and creative with the effort but as of now the only actual swords I can see are the ones I buy. Will be at the next Chicago Sword Show though and anyone in what I call the "Midwest triangle" (Madison, Milwaukee and Chicago) send me a message!
  4. Stephen, sorry just saw your listing request. The link to the ebay listing is: https://www.ebay.com/itm/353241689804 He sent me some additional photos of the Masayuki of some rust spots, one looks like spider rust but it is a cool blade. Still can't tell if its gendaito but if its from 1943 (thanks Peter Bleed) and its not stamped then...maybe?
  5. Same guy has another blade with a w stamp for sale in mixed fittings.
  6. Bruce, Interesting, so perhaps tells a story of either the Japanese soldier climbing the ranks or the us soldier piecing it together to take it home. Stephen, didn't purchase it, just came across it and hadn't seen a nakago like that one. Found it interesting and knew I'd be able to learn about it here. The price is higher than I'd want to pay even though i think its really neat and I think its a showato blade. I have to constantly hold myself back from spending anything while new house hunting and refinancing a rental property. But once that's all done I shall reward with a sword!
  7. Stephen, Here's what is up and sadly the pics are found wanting.
  8. This is a gunto sword and a blade that doesnt appear to have any stamp but it has a unique nakago as far as I know. Thought I'd put it up on here and see what the scoop is. Perhaps the maker did this like a hot stamp?
  9. Paul and John, Thank you very much for your responses. So it seems that there is a sliding scale for shintetsu and some schools in which its can almost be a feature due to them using a thinner skin layers etc... It also seems logical to be more forgiving of it on koto blades for example. Also makes sense that for some a single flaw is too many and on the other end someone can love a dinged up out of polish blade. So that broadly covers the academic end and the collector spectrum. The resale/market value part and also the scale of shintetsu im still not too sure of. Like in that example blade, is the amount of shintetsu visible there considered a lot or a little? Or is that also kind of subjective? Markets are usually subjective with an underpinning of objective, so I can either see it being a powerful negative or an acceptable flaw. But in general I would assume it would detract from value in the majority of cases unless historically protected by known maker/school...and to what degree/significance...totaaaally depends.
  10. I'm wondering with any of the collectors, preservationists, hobbyist perspectives on how much shintetsu is held against a blade (in a koto blade is it more forgiven or equally negative across all age boards?). Obviously its a tell towards a tired blade at the end of its polishing life, but does it kill the value both appreciation wise and monetarily to a very large degree? Im posting an example blade that I think is really a cool sword. I've watched it for many months and it still hasn't sold so its either priced too high or the shintetsu is just too heinous for the blade to be adored by a wisened collector. Wondering on your thoughts towards this specific flaw. Also a more expert eye to help me gauge the level of shintetsu on this blade and if it would be considered lots or not so lots =|:^)
  11. I really hope this discussion keeps going and I get to be a fly on the wall to a great discovery.
  12. Yeah, ebay can be a minefield...only helpful thing is there aren't many sellers specializing in antique Japanese swords and after some observations over time you'll learn their names and their games. Some of the "legit" mid-tier sellers come with their own mid-tier problems for buyers and use multiple selling accounts such as Showa22. If you complain to him for receiving something not as described you may be banned from future bidding but at least does offer returns (I do think he reads these forums as well and may spite ban if you mention negative things.) I know from experience. The low/mid-tier sellers on average that many new buyers would go to come with risks/hurdles and there aren't many options out there. It's a hard world out there for new sword buyers sub 2k and they are more likely to gamble to get something they can afford.
  13. Stephen, nothing like a VHS fire to relax after a long day. Also your tsuba display set up is pure class. I like that your display looks artistic and almost blend in to the surroundings. When I do set things up people will have to do a double take to fully notice its there. The armor set up might be a bit harder to do that with. Will also have this nearby. The paintings not for everybody but I like it.
  14. I have ambitions of display but currently they rest in sword bags next to my closet and laundry hamper. I really need an office room as our extra room currently has become my fiancee's walk in closet. Cant display them in the rest of the house as my pets would probably get to them. I bought an old collapsible stand for the day when I can but sadly (or happily) ive gotten too many swords that I need to buy a second one. Also have an armor display but I can't put that up either as it would dominate the living room or rec room and that same pet issue. Going to be buying a larger house in the next year or so and my eye will be on the room to finally give it all a home. I set it up like this though when I take them out to clean. Best I can do.
  15. 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.
  16. 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.
  17. 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.
  18. Was hoping for a good price on two authentic edo period items...=|:'(
  19. 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.
  20. 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.
  21. 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.
  22. Ian, just to confirm, is it always fancy side up with tsubas while in the saya?
  23. While fixing my tsuba to be the right way up I found this mei on the fuchi. Might give some answers on age perhaps?
  24. 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.
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