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MHC last won the day on July 19 2021

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  1. What's unbelievable is that there are currently 24 bids on this fine object, currently at $450!!! And just for the record...if I was charging a machine gun blazing away at me, my personal choice of weapon would certainly be a sword. Because after all, any Samurai worth his salt should be able to run headlong into the fray, all the while deflecting the pitiful American bullets with his blade, then slice the inferior American steel barrel in half and save the whole platoon....right! Mark
  2. I looked back, and that actually is the best picture of the Mei. 則 nori is possible but, all the right half is un-readable 元 moto is a much closer match, but the left half is very, very vague. I've decided not to pursue this item, so it's all a moot point now.
  3. Hello John, It would appear that it is always best to go with your gut, especially when you have limited practical knowledge, I think this one would be best to fall by the wayside. The taper of the blade is the most concerning to me for it being older than Shinto, seeing how it is a Wakizashi size. If it where an earlier blade I would have expected less or no taper on such a short blade. There are more photos online, that allow one to make out "Moto" as the third character in the Mei, but everything else is 70-90% obscured. Moot point at this juncture. Mark
  4. Attached are 3 poor online supplied pictures, this is not an Ebay listing. It is signed, but basically unreadable due to corrosion. I'm guessing Shinto era, of older revival style blade??? 14.25" Nagasa but incorrectly advertised as a Tanto. Not looking for advise, just observations. Thanks Mark
  5. Received my soft cover copy 1 week ago, already read it cover to cover. Excellent job, thank you Yurie! Mark
  6. Hummm...to put a stigma onto an inanimate object, just because an action is documented for that object is odd by itself, but then to wear blinders toward all other identical objects and pretend they did not deal the same type of action? This is a seriously delusional approach to logic, facts and reason. The reality is that many a Nihonto sword has been used for their intended purpose, whether it was in battle or in testing. Absolutely no way to know which is which on a un-marked blade, and no way to know if a sword is a "virgin" or not. I have no interest in trying to change anybody's ideals or morals, nor do I wish to entertain any dialog about these. In the end, I guess it all comes down to what ever lets you sleep at night. Mark
  7. Hello Gary, Sure would be nice to see all of these stunningly beautiful swords that you have been posting as of late, in the Sashikomi style of polish. Hadori just hides too much detail of the grain structure. I'm aware that Hadori is the current accepted style, and what is expected to be seen today by the NBTHK. Too bad the age of the sword doesn't dictate the style of polish, instead of the current trending fashion. Of course that is simply my opinion and personal preference, I mean to take nothing away from your extremely fine collection. Please by all means, keep making us all jealous of your collection by displaying more of your offerings. Mark
  8. Hello George, For everyone's sake, in the future, could you please downsize your photo templates before you post. Your current file size is unnecessarily large and take forever to open. I'm guessing (?) that I'm not the only one that has problems with opening huge photo files on this forum. Mark
  9. Hey there Pat, Just to pick the fly s**t out of the pepper......the 2 bombs dropped on Japan in WWII were NOT hydrogen bombs, they were straight Atomic bombs. Even though I think you did not intend to imply that the USA dropped atomic bombs on Tokyo, however, your verbiage was unclear and hinted at that being the case. Hiroshima and Nagasaki were the only 2 targets for the atomic bombs used. Hydrogen bombs were a further development of the base atomic bomb, which increased the yield substantially. No Hydrogen bomb has ever been used in combat anywhere in the world to date. Additionally, technically a cluster bomb is not an incendiary bomb per say (albeit an incendiary bomb canister contains many individual ordinance pieces), a cluster bomb contains individual explosive ordinance while an incendiary bomb contains individual incendiary ordinance. Now back to our regularly scheduled program. Mark
  10. Opinion dialogs on unseen/unknown swords for sale, regardless of seller or sales format, could inadvertently cause damage to any sellers reputation. Now once a sword has been purchased, and quality pictures made available, well that's a different topic all together. Simply be respectful of sales offerings, no matter where they are posted. Sure there are scammers out there selling questionable items, but the likes of them quickly get weeded out of the bunch. Lots of reading and education is your best defense from buying a turd. Mark
  11. Hello Krystian, Could you post or PM me a few more pictures of the #6 Fuchi/Kashira set, thanks. Mark
  12. You had better be careful, or people will start asking for you to make stuff for them. Mark
  13. Hello Tony, Right now the entire stack-up of parts and pieces fit perfectly, all real tight. The Tsuka slides onto the Nakago perfectly, nice and tight, no wiggle at all & the Ana hole lines up perfectly, all without any Seppa's. The Saya also fits the blade perfectly. When all is assembled, everything locks up good-n-tight, and the Habaki firmly holds the blade into the Saya, without any seating pressure needed, just a nice tight slip fit (almost "clicks" into place). I would expect if it was a war time, in the field repair, to not be such a precise fit, but maybe I'm underestimating the field skills during the war? Maybe it is just blind luck everything fits? Mark
  14. Hello all, The Tsuka on my Frankin Gunto has no retaining release button notch, so what type of retention might this sword/Tsuka had originally? All of the fittings parts-n-pieces, are a jumbled conglomeration. Tsuba is pierced and has a release tang hole that is on centerline. The 2 large copper Seppas have the release tang hole lower than centerline. Of the remaining Seppas, some have holes, some are on centerline, some not at all. The Fuchi has a release button hole, but nothing on the Tsuka {as seen in the photo}. The Saya has a release catch pocket and collar, but is lower than centerline {matches copper Seppas}. The strangest fact that is bewildering, is the fact that the Tsuka and the Saya fit the Nakago and the blade very precisely, maybe just dumb luck? War time repairs? Therefore it is hard to figure out the original configuration, maybe impossible. I would almost like to reconfigure the sword so that it is properly complete, but just don't know how I should approach it or even if I should bother??? Mark
  15. Hello Jani, Despite the bend, it also appears that an attempt has been made to re-drilled the Nakogo-ana, you can see on one side where possibly a drill chuck has hit the Nakago, scored it and flaked some patina off around the hole. Additionally, the Kissaki appears to have some serious rust pits on one side, and that side is out of polish. The blade looks Ubu, not Suriage, interesting hamon. Mark
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