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  1. DHA swords do not have any form of a Mekugi-ana, their handle mounting is with resin not a peg. This mekugi-ana looks original to the blade. Mark
  2. Well there it is, in the last 2 lines that Kirill just posted. "In most collectibles an item valuation is set by sort of collective perception of what its worth, so quite a few even high end collectors are moved to show and discuss their pieces so as to stay in touch with that general perception. Nihonto ones often feel they can only loose from their pieces being discussed." The first sentence is a basic true-ism in regards to just about all hobbies that deal with collectable/valued items. However, first and foremost, most people collect things because they enjoy it, value is all well and fine, but secondary at best. The second sentence is somewhat understandable, but just a shame if it is indeed true for Nihonto, and does explain a lot for me. Up to this point, I had a different take on why high end Nihonto collectors were basically stand off-ish. Now with this possible new enlightenment, I can see another side to the story. So it does appear we can learn things about this hobby, even without observing blades and doing Kantei. Mark
  3. Shure I can Ken, but the same can be said for say a chemistry class, it's all well and fine to learn the subject when you attend class each day...but sometimes it is just as rewarding to make a soda volcano! Mark
  4. Hummm...I'm hesitant to write here as my .02c worth of opinion is worth exactly that .02c, but here goes nothing. Purely from my point of view, a hobby, any hobby should be first and foremost, fun and entertaining and personally fulfilling. I love Japanese swords, Japanese sword history and all it's complexity. While it is important to know the details about the swords and fittings I collect, in the end it comes down to holding the item in my hand and simply enjoying it in all it's minutia. I rather enjoy cars and motorcycles too, having had 45 cars and 6 motorcycles thus far, and once again I like to know the details about each and every one of them. So needless to say, I have been to and involved in many a show/gathering/barbeque/Sunday coffee meets related to this hobby. Additionally, I was a member of a SCCA race team for 4 years (suspension specialist), where we were Pacific Northwest Champions for all of those 4 years, running a Porsche 911 in D production sports car class. so once again, deeply involved in the hobby. Firearms have been another hobby of mine and I've been around firearms my entire life, I have owned, traded, bartered, swapped countless varieties. I have been to more gun shows than I have brain cells to remember them all. I have been a member of several clubs and shooting ranges, I've been a rangemaster and a personal level firearms trainer. In all of these exploits, it all came down to having fun interacting with like minded people, sharing there proclivities related to the hobby at hand. This interaction was most fulfilling when it was at the simple level of sharing the experience, be it the last race, the last rifle, the car currently in the parking lot etc. Sure all of these interactions involved some level of detailed comment or comparison or data, but that was a lesser part of the overall experience. I certainly understand where some collectors need to know absolutely everything possible about their subject hobby down to the most minute degree of detail, in order for them to truly, deeply enjoy their hobby. That level of commitment is commendable, admirable and necessary, as it allows for accurate overview of any given hobby, and keeps the riff-raff at bay. However, I'm afraid that level is not obtainable or even wanted for a large portion of any hobbies participants. So with that being said, I too see the advantage of having arenas with a little more of a casual approach/environment regardless of what hobby it might be. After all, sitting around a buddies garage with several friends while working on his/her race car and drinking beer and talking shop IS FUN, why not the same with swords (maybe without the beer though, I could see problems arising with that). Mark
  5. 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
  6. 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.
  7. 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
  8. 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
  9. Received my soft cover copy 1 week ago, already read it cover to cover. Excellent job, thank you Yurie! Mark
  10. 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
  11. 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
  12. 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
  13. 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
  14. 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
  15. Hello Krystian, Could you post or PM me a few more pictures of the #6 Fuchi/Kashira set, thanks. Mark
  16. You had better be careful, or people will start asking for you to make stuff for them. Mark
  17. 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
  18. 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
  19. 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
  20. It would be cool to see a "window' opened up, to see what was what. There appears to be some rather deep rust pits on both sides of the blade and tip, could cause serious issues if a polish was attempted, but maybe the far away pictures just make them look worse than they are???? Mark
  21. Hello Jake, The style of the Mei from one side to the other does not seem to match, same goes for the patina inside each Mei, from side to side. Signature side is square and blocky with shallow incised strokes, while the date side is arched and curved with deeply incised strokes. It appears that each side were done by different people at different times. My money is on Gemei. Out of shear curiosity I bought a sword from this seller (super cheap, like $200), just to see for myself, what was up with his seemingly endless supply of swords. Verdict......yep, you get what you pay for. Mark
  22. Well, you just committed a cardinal sin, NEVER EVER CLEAN A NAKAGO!! You just reduced the value of it considerably. The patina on the Nakago helps determine the age and authenticity, and should never be altered. Prepare yourself for what others will also tell you about this dastardly deed that you have done. Mark
  23. Jeffrey, Wow, that looks really good, congratulations. Did you use a tying stand? Did you insert the swords Nakago into the Tsuka, to insure that it did not collapse too much during the tying? Mark
  24. Chris, Since you are also in Thailand (Bangkok), have you been west of Bangkok to the memorial in Kanchanaburi for the British and Australian soldiers that were killed building the "Burma Railroad". The site is a stones throw away for the real "Bridge on the river Kwai". And not too far from there is another memorial called "Hell Fire Gorge", which is cery worth seeing and very sobering as well. And just a side note, Hollywood got a bit of the story line incorrect about the "Bridge on the River Kwai", it is NOT built out of bamboo nor is it in the middle of the jungle, it is smack dab in the middle of town, built of steel and concrete and still currently being used. Further up north in Lamphun is a museum located at the current military airbase, which was the original Japanese main airbase during WWII, and includes wreckage of a P38 Lightning as well as other artifacts. There are other museums and such scattered all about Thailand, would make an epic road trip to go visit all of them! Mark
  25. Hello Chris, Ok, I know I'm probably picking the fly s**t out of the pepper here, but technically China is considered East Asia where as Burma, Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam, Malaysia make up South East Asia. The Flying Tigers were in China and had fixed air bases and operated for an extended service period. Mao's advisors were once again based in China. The advanced US engineer's in China were again, in China. The interdictions into Burma were individual operations which occurred over short time periods with no fixed bases. Merrill's Marauders operation was one of the longer time frame operations in the area. The OSS camp in north east Thailand you mentioned, was a 1 time occurrence in the late summer of 1945 at the very end of the war, consisting of only a handful of OSS operative trainers. This handful of operatives were parachuted into, what was then considered Japanese held territory, trained approximately 300 "Free Thai" to act as gorilla units, but the war ended before any substantial uprising occurred. It is my understanding that in a case of a single operation [such as the Merrill's Marauders raid}, this would still not be considered a Tour of Duty in the military. As a Tour of Duty is generally considered as an extended period of time during your service commitment (example, 1 year in country in Vietnam or 1 year in country in Afghanistan etc.). Marcus mentioned the story that was pasted down about his Grandfather doing a "tour" {of duty} in South East Asia, and I simply was commenting that there were no per say, Tours of duties on the mainland of South East Asia during the war. Getting back to the actual topic at hand, that being the sword Marcus now has, regardless of the circumstances, what he has is still a modern-ish tourist item and not an authentic South East Asian DHA sword. So historical minutia just doesn't come into play here. Mark
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