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    Apart from the obvious! Motorcycles ,trout fishing, beer and red wine.

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  1. Hi all. Congrats and thanks to admin of the board and all who offer their expertise freely- much appreciated! Looking for a large fuchi- 44mm outside and 36mm kashira. Not common size! Am not committed to theme but just asking whats out there?Thinking I'll need to pay up to $1000 if that helps. Many thanks to one and all. Cheers Mike.
  2. Namikawa Heibei- usually has all timbers and great to deal with- highly recomend.
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    Found a tsuba...

    Hi Richard, Just for interest was any info given on the tsuba? NBTHK or one of the others? Personally I think it is a great piece and anyone would be happy to have- pm if you want to be rid of it!!! Hahaha! As others have said good nanako and extremely well done dragons- great scales! Enjoy Mike.
  4. They arrived on the 29th! Great packaging - even tsuba bubble wrapped to outside of box! Cheers
  5. Hi all, just an update- tracking shows the parcels have arrived in Sydney on 23/3 so only 54 days from Japan using surface/ sea mail. Thanks to all.
  6. Many thanks for your thoughts and experiences! DHL- well - jauce over packed my purchases - 65000 postage! But wait theres more- DHL refused due to length of parcel( you would think this auction company would be on top of that! Really!) I advised to collapse parcel/ repack to their specs- but wait theres more- DHL viewed my Edo daisho koshirae as replica swords- tsunagi- what the ____. Refused parcel completely!!! Advised jauce to send by surface- left on 28/1/21 and as most have said tracking is a joke! Certainly makes one wonder if its really worth it - but it's under my skin so " suck it up princess!" Getting hard! Cheers
  7. Hi Brano and Kids I, many thanks for your comments. Seems I still have quite a while to wait! But must admit I'm surprised that the tracking does not continue after it leaves Japan? I've been on JP website tried to find a contact email but nothing only the phone number of last point of despatch! - what would be thechances of reaching an English speaking worker! Thanks again for your input and I'll keep fingers crossed! Cheers
  8. Hi All, Anyone have recent experience with Jp surface mail( sea freight) tracking. I'm 7 weeks in waiting and am unable to track after it left Japan- anyone know how I can get any more information? I tracked a motor bike from USA and was able to follow complete journey- but here nothing after despatch? Only sent surface as DHL wouldn't send- only koshirae by the way! Would appreciate any views or contacts if there is one- apart from phone- my Japanese is very poor!! Regards Michael
  9. Hi Raffaele, have sent you a pm. Will list on board soon. Cheers Michael.
  10. Hi Hector, I too need some . I purchased one and have pulled it apart for a pattern. The cord is easily purchased and padding could be modern.I have also purchased kimino and intend to use inner material for linings. It just gets down to time and patience. Best of luck
  11. Hi Dan, In 2018 I unsuccessfully tried to purchase a katana in full koshirae- dragons ( love 'em!) This had kogai and kozuka and was papered- NTHK. Unfortunately the blade was very poor quality and gimei- also NTHK- last Sydney shinsa. If not for the blade I would have paid the sellers price. They do exhist! Cheers Mike
  12. Hi Piers, Many thanks again.I will look more at the sugata when it comes back from Japan. I would post some pics but I foolishly did not take one of the whole blade so makes it a bit hard. It has reasonable fumbari( width at habaki?) But doesnt taper drastically like a bizen blade and has a medium boshi. Thanks again- more research!
  13. Hi Steve, Many thanks for your reply. At least as you say not many in early Edo and I am searching Fujishiro and with temper line I think I maybe fairly close. But as you say mumei and not much to go on! Thank you once again.
  14. Hi all, Just received NBTHK papers for the Kanewaka. Does the paper show a period/ date at all? School is great but period would really help. Many thanks as always
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