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  1. There are several bad acid polish examples in NMB’s archives. The worst off ones make it hard to see the habuchi and turn the hada into some garish “Damascus hada” like pattern. I honestly still have trouble telling some Japanese made victims of FeCl3 from replicas. IDK why a vendor would do that to an antique. And I also wonder if part of the reason some of the replicas made in China and other parts of the world look as odd as they do is because an acid bath is included in their manufacture. Brian and other experienced collectors say that acid etching can be repairable sometimes https://www.militaria.co.za/nmb/topic/17957-my-new-nihonto-with-pics/
  2. You're very lucky in that case since I placed an order through his website last month, see no sign of it and had none of my emails responded to. Which is really a shame since what I ordered seemed useful and nice and I don't want to have to cancel via PayPal.
  3. I bought some sword care items about a month ago and haven’t had any indication the packages are being shipped or a reply to my first follow up email so some of the comments here have me mildly concerned. I could be wrong though and he might be a great vendor so I’m not going to rush to judgment and will just write a second letter. I’ll update if something happens. What I can say right now is that the shipping is not as quick as I would have expected or hoped.
  4. I hope this doesn’t sound rude to either side in this debate (apologies if so I admit I’m ignorant and this is just a thought) but wouldn’t a Komonjo fitted in koshirae be a good compromise? I’ve never used swords for martial arts but I have a Komonjo and my impression is as far as having good geometry, balance, heat treatment, appearance etc they compare very favorably to non Japanese production swords; but at the same time, since they’re made in large amounts with likely shortcuts or machine assistance, have no provenance and might be gimei it’s not the same as risking an irreplaceable art sword. Also they’re much cheaper than shinsakuto and new ones are always sold.
  5. Thank you very much. To be honest I already saw that that thread and it somewhat confused me since some people said it was shingane and other people said it wasn’t and was some kind of benign school trait. The Aoe sword on the link also looks like it has a dense grain pattern in the dark spots which also doesn’t sound like how my books describe shingane. I guess that’s still a core steel? But since it’s high quality it isn’t really considered a serious detriment? Meanwhile exposed core steel with a very coarse or absent pattern would be bad? Or am I on the wrong track.
  6. Hope this isn’t a bad question but how can you tell shigane from areas that are merely out of polish? I still have trouble telling shigane when the hada isn’t well illuminated so I can’t discern the shigane. The main problems I see is that it looks like there is a break in the nioiguchi and the boshi might have run off. Is there a better way to spot flaws? Also if anyone could post photos of shigane (especially in old polish) that might aid in study, it would help a lot.
  7. It’s very nice looking... I love the patina and well aged look. Do you know its approximate age? Also do you know how much shipment to the United States would cost? Thanks
  8. @vajoYes that’s true although he’s placed his swords in the antique Japanese non replica category so it’s still misleading even if it’s in a grey area. I brought him up because it looks like Changtian are reaching eBay again. Honestly, It’s the case from post #2 which bothers me more since it was an American eBay vendor with a top reputation trying to convince new people that a mess with Damascus “Hada” and no nioiguchi was in fact a very highly rated gedaito and that people should send him thousands for that mess. I think someone else did buy it for thousands. I’m pretty sure this was blatant misrepresentation to push a bad sword onto a buyer. He said it was a “kihin no retsu” tier sword and basically said I’m an expert trust me. I guess I posted both because I want new people who might just be lurking at this point to see two common threats on eBay: well made fakes and well regarded sellers leveraging their reputation to unload problem merchandise on people. @0Takeda0 I never bought/interacted with Komonjo so it doesn’t feel right commenting. That said the sword and knife guy hawking that “rare and amazing” Gendaito from above sold legit cheaper gunto and avoided losses by pushing costly fakes onto “suckers” so that sounds spot on for what you said about vendors spiking mostly genuine, often cheaper stuff with horrifically expensive fakes. That sounds somewhat like the market for ancient coins.
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    Would anyone know if and when shinsa will return to the United States and which shows might have them?
  10. Thank you for the example Adam. That's a nice sword, I can definitely see some similarities with the masame and itame and the hamon. It makes me wonder if both are influenced by a similar tradition. I guess the biggest difference I see is that this sword’s large nagare and masame structures seem more prominent... Or perhaps that's just a trick of the light and optical illusion because the small grains are not prominent. That is very interesting indeed. I know very little about koshirae so I assumed the menuki were just missing and those holes were just damage (even though that doesn't seem to be a typical way metal exibhits damage) but this sure does sound like your description of satsuma koshirae. It sure looks like other examples I can find. It's a shame the precious metal inlays are nearly gone in mine, but I guess that gives is a wabisabi vibe which fits in with an antique so it's not all bad. Deffinitely glad I grabbed this sword.
  11. Hello Everyone, thanks again for the advice and sorry for putting off replies. I’m sorry Gueraint, I misunderstood your previous comment and thought you meant a polisher reshaped the Kissaki by moving the Yokote forward. Yes, this definitely is interesting, I had presumed Kanbun (cut down for some reason) because I wanted to keep my expectations from being overly high. That said things like the boshi did remind me a bit of of koto swords I've seen and combined with osuriage did make me wonder if it could have been older. I guess I got lucky, I’ll definitely be reading on what was suggested. I'm not experienced at judging these things but I think nearly all of the original nagako is gone: I took a closer look and it seems that at the far end of the nagako are very worn yasurime at a much sharper angle than the posthoc looking ones that are on the area around the lower ana (and stop well below the higher ana). That makes me think the nagako has been shortened more than once, the lower ana is not original and probably neatly all the old nagako is gone. I hope this photo depicts what I said; I just moved and my camera is in a box somewhere so apologies if the image quality is low. Thank you for pointing me in that direction. I've never held a Yamato blade before so no wonder I couldn't recognize something in that style be one. Now that I pay attention, this does sound like the book description of nagare, and I see masame in places like the hamon and near it. I'm sorry, I am having trouble removing it. From the looks of it, they hammered habaki’s ends in after they shortened it to keep it from falling off but now it's stuck. I'm not sure it there is a way to get it off without damage?
  12. I should probably clarify my last comment about the kassane by saying I meant the definition that uses mune width. Also, I took a few more photos of both sides of the boshi, I'd left the other one out because it was somewhat out of polish but here goes... It does look like the dense boshi pattern extends past the kissaki, which does fit what people told me about it having been moved forward. Is that a typical way of shortening a kissaki? Especially in pre modern times? Also, would the boshi, especially the one on the lower image be an example of kaen? Thank you again everyone for all your help.
  13. That's true, although I feel that's just an asterisk so customers can't get their money back. Also if these swords are being produced in large amounts then I'm sure they are ending up in the market elsewhere, probably even more brazenly passed off as the real deal.
  14. Sorry, I gummed up the photo. Anyways it takes a lot of nerve for a seller to spin what at best is an acid bath as a legendary sword.
  15. Also something else I’ve found disturbing is that many eBay sellers, even some with good reputations, will try to pass off fakes and problem swords onto people they deem “suckers”. Case in point an American eBay vendor who is well regarded, isn’t Komonjo or Showa22 and is a bigger seller than either contacted me when I was even more ignorant than I am now and tried to sell me this mess as some legendary Gendai work. Apologies I didn’t save high resolution photos but even these should show enough. Maybe it was a super shoddy showato that took a very long acid bath? Or possibly just a fake. Anyways the lack of any habuchi and the fact the Nagako is a mess made me not bite but had it been a Komonjo I probably would have been suckered into biting, thinking it was gendai. It’s honestly a miracle that I wasn’t had by a fake when I was more ignorant. I wonder if it’s possible to do things about the eBay sellers selling fakes (I never found an option to report) or barring that for the more experienced collectors to put together a guide on warning signs since they’ve gotten much better at fakes than the stuff listed in old guides like jssus.
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