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  1. Hi Chris, I am probably not the right person, but from the limited knowledge I have, I would not send this word to shinsa or not now. The kissaki is regarded as the face of the blade and I see that it has several issues it can be a turn down for many. Then the polishing, I don't know if it was done by a professional nor if the hamon is real. The nagako looks to have a drilled hole, which probably limits the age of the blade. With my limited knowledge, I would take my words with a big bag of salt. For me there are several issues, is it fake or real. I started without learning enough and still don’t know if my first blade was good or bad, then one could argue what is the threshold of knowledge you need to have for first purchase and that is probably answered what your end goal is, which is, of course, hard to know in the beginning.
  2. Hi, thank you for all remarks! I measured a little bit, the chisel lines for the waves are at their widest a little less than 0.5mm. The "sign" has surprisingly the same length as the width ~2.3mm. The chisels for the bird right-wing are ~0.2mm at their thickest. Looking at the space between these chisels marks on the wing their sizes is between 0,42mm to 0,48mm ... so an error of 0,06mm O.O to keep the lines uniformely in between. I feel a bit evil when going in with magnification. I do hope they could work under a microscope to not strain their eyes. Mine are already watering up. I feel the "signs" to the right of the bird feel more intentional? than a random effect. Could the lower "sign" be the kanji for water, and if considering this what would the upper two signs then be combined with water. Another question, for the silver and gold paint? Is this original? or applied later and was this coloring something the artist wanted? Or was the whole piece black? Best Björn
  3. One could almost guess that the lower one to the right of the bird is the symbol for water. If this is true is it common to put in words like this?
  4. Close up photo, of the backside of the menuki on the middle "knob" is that gold that is centered around the knob?
  5. Dear all, I got this menuki bird set, they were advertised as mumei goto. They are about 40mm x 15 mm in dimensions. Gold and silver dots looks to be applied over the metal. Carving looks to be done with a round chisel which if goto points to a later generation. I noticed that there were markings on the waves to the left (upper menuki) and to the right of the birds (lower menuki), is that part of a signature? Front and back of menuki Upper menuki and "markings" to the left of the head of the bird. The lower menuki and markings to the right of the bird. All the best Björn
  6. Found one in my screen shot archive from http://www.shibuiswords.com/
  7. Nice tsuba, from aoi? A similar one was on there auction. Would have loved to have afforded it.
  8. HI found another one. Looks crude, modern piece? but anyway same design No, I did not "win" it from Bonhams. There were some nice items from that auction thought. https://buyee.jp/item/yahoo/auction/1018396620
  9. Thank you Jean, I like the motif design also. Devil horns 😬 Two more photos with the right side up. I almost think the "corrosion" is intentional.
  10. Hi, so previously I asked for advice on fittings for this Hoan tsuba. During this time I noticed a similar tsuba on sale without the gold and silver inlays. Now I have got it home and I have compared it a bit to the Hoan tsuba. They are very similar in design and dimensions. The Hoan tsuba is a little thicker. They differ also in how the iron looks but its second tsuba looks to have some sort of surface treatment. What do you all think? Both Hoan? Age? Is one older than the other? What is the coating? Any additional question or photos that is required. Does the iron tell anything, what do look for. Or just a general comment Best Björn
  11. I would say cherry wood, but take that advice with a grain of salt.
  12. I thought this one was reasonable and show that there is a window for not so much money for an ok blade. It all depends on what you want. Period, Signature, Smith etc... https://www.aoijapan.com/katana-mumei-yokoyama-suketada/
  13. Hi Everyone, I found this FK set of a cute "evil" hare on Yahoo auction. Any reason to why not? https://buyee.jp/item/yahoo/auction/c1016201473 Monthy Python killer rabbit ^^
  14. Hi all, I had no intention to bid on them. Thought it was interesting how auction houses put up stuff with questionable origins. Then I reacted to the kissaki looking way of and on the poor condition of the other one. Then I noticed the skulls and interest was sparkled a bit. Anyway, for people with lesser knowledge (like me), it is a good reminder of what to not look for and take a chance on. Thank you again for knowledgable response.
  15. Found this lurking around, first I thought the kissaki looked butchered but the skull fittings look interestingly but probably casts. blade nr 1. https://auctionet.com/sv/1923676-katana-Japan Somehow, I think koto and most probably a new tourist piece. Another one, that someone had some fun with blade nr 2. https://auctionet.com/sv/1927840-katana-Japan-1800-tal Blade Nr 2. Blade Nr 1.
  16. Thank you Jean, I was more thinking of removing the fushi and kashira and then commission a new tsuka to be made together with the saya. Alas, that might not be the correct thing to do. I am also inclined to agree that the tensho line is a better solution but sometimes I am wrong. Best Björn
  17. Hi, I realized that I have not looked at Tsuka´s for sale, and found this one at AoiArt. Iron FK, with plum blossoms. This could be another option as suggested to go with the four gentlemen. To complete the four Gentlemen then I further need bamboo and orchid to represent the set. The quality looks ok, but it is possible a little too "much" going on comparing to the tsuba. What can be done to the iron to remove the rust? oil or painstaking cleaning with a toothpick. What do you all think? https://www.aoijapan.com/tsuka-2/
  18. Thank you, sorry for the wrong side of the page. All small things are welcome, I am like a sponge keep on learning. Iron FK it is, and where to focus will be ^^ Best Björn
  19. Hi Christian, thank you for the information. For a person with limited knowledge, like mysel,f these notes and suggestion is a gold mine. I found a similar tsuba from Artur and I hope to get it home to compare the workmanship. Hopefully learning something in the process Anyway, I cant tell from what school it is from and I got it due to that it struck a chord in me It is very nice ^^ I agree that a iron FK set would be good and Ford work is the best option right now. Commission a new one is a bit over my budget at the moment and I need to save a bit to order it, to keep the wife happy. Maybe something will pop up in between, but so far after a few months of looking, I have not really found something that for me is a good match. Why I refer it to Hoan is due to the paper work that came with it. I believe it is a later Hoan piece as stated in the papers? Sorry for the large file size.
  20. The picture of the Hoan tsuba is in the first post of this thread. Best Björn
  21. Ah, the left one. Yes I was also thinking that it fell out and some one replaced it with a silver one. Then I thought that when the kogai hitsu-ana was filled, they replaced the gold or it was already lost then with a silver one to be more "in balance" ... Making a new gold one wouldnt be of much trouble, but replacing it on the tsuba is another story :| There is also a possible crack in the right gold infill next to kozuka hitsu-ana. Alas it has been around. I will contact Ford and check with him. Thank you again! Best Björn
  22. Hi, thank you for everyone advice and sorry for the absence! I was also thinking in the same are area and now I can put a name to it "Tensho Koshirae" with black Same. I have some experience with metal work, but I think I am far away to even try to do something to this or other antiques. What do you think needs to be restored? Another theme, would be of the autumn. For the FK, a good iron would be perfect. The horse FK set I have been oogling before at touken-matsumoto but it has been unsold for a quite some time and I think it is a bit over priced, but I have a perfect menuki matching it. There is a Funada Ikkin Yoshimori FK set at Yohindo https://yuhindo.com/funada-ikkin-fuchigashira/ but I think that set would then shift the focus point from the tsuba. For me this is very very nice. Alix posted a FK set of Minamoto no Yoshitsune, that might be an alternative, another he posted is of a scare crow. Ford, also posted of "simple/solemn" iron FK set, I took it of his facebook page https://www.facebook.com/tsubaman/posts/2271707079556643 I like Fords version, but I also like to have a story What do you all think! So hard.
  23. Dear everyone. I need all your help. This is a tricky one for me. I am in the process to locate and get different pieces to work together for a koshirae project for my wakizashi. The Tsuba is a Hoan and I find it hard to know what will work with it. One word I think of when studying the tsuba is solemn. One idea is a Soten style FK set. SO please add your ideas Very much appreciation from my side for any ideas!
  24. Hi I am looking for a FK set and/or menuki with tomoe, (comma) design. Best Björn
  25. Terrible, when this happens. I hade a tsuba sent from Japan sent early this year and got it 4-5 month later. So there is hope. As a tip with a bit more expensive orders is the possibility to add an Apple Air tracker to the package. 29 USD for an extra eye in the sky.
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