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  1. Sorry Jean, yes my error, I was typing faster than thinking, should have written Nakago. Mark
  2. Hello Jeff, Try this video, should be very helpful to you. https://www.sword-buyers-guide.com/diy-tsuka.html Mark PS. it does look like you made the Nagasa opening to match the opening in the Fuchi, if that is the case....you get to start over ;}
  3. For me, Nihonto collecting is a hobby, same goes for cars, guns and my landscaping endeavors. These are for personal pleasure not financial gain. I have stocks, bonds, IRA's etc. for financial gain. The twain are not meant to cross paths. Mark
  4. Hello all, I bought this several years ago and I think this blade has a promise for a good outcome from a polish. I believe it to be a Shinto or Shin-Shinto? Katana that is ubu but mumei. Nagasa = 69.53cm Overall = 86.04cm Sori = 1 cm Opinions please. Mark
  5. So out of shear curiosity, if Australia post is offering full compensation, does that mean they are acknowledging that the sword actually arrived in Australia, then went missing after arrival, or are they simply honoring the insurance aspect of the shipping agreement? Mark
  6. Hello Scott, In a general sense, I have to voice my concern with your statement about where to go for Nihonto value assessment. Generally speaking...Ebay & Auction houses are not a good barometer for value. A lot of merchandise on Ebay is incorrectly/falsely advertised, and auction houses may or may not have in-depth knowledge of all the items being sold. Ebay & Auction houses often end up with final sales amounts that are inconsistent with true values, there are folks that in the heat of the moment, who end up bidding $5000 for an item, only to find out after the fact that it is a modern replica or inaccurately advertised. While others bid $500 and end up with a treasure. Neither result reflects an accurate portrayal of the actual real value of the item. My .02 worth Mark
  7. Hello Geraint, Well you see, this is exactly my problem, viewing items solely from online photographs. I have only viewed in person, the swords I OWN (plus one I did not buy). So that leaves me with pitifully lacking hands on experience/knowledge/observations. Since I own 1 Wakizashi dated 1692, 1 Katana estimated to be late 1700's, a trashed Wakizashi of indeterminate age and a WWII non-traditionally made Katana, these leave me with a very limited information base to work from. Woefully lacking I tell you.....I will keep buying books and trying my best to learn what I can from those. Thanks for the needed enlightenment, it does not go unappreciated. Mark
  8. Hello all, Ok, I'm still trying to learn details here about Nihonto, so bare with me and even humor me if I'm completely off base on my following observations of the above submitted sword. 1.) The patina on the Nakago would have looked ok...if it had not been cleaned. 2.) Same goes for the freshly polished Habaki. 3.) Additionally, the Mei looks to me to have been done very crudely? 4.) The entire Koshirae looks very pedestrian, to the point of almost looking Rebellion era. How far off am I? Mark
  9. Thanks all for the info. John, is Kelly Hicks currently living in Japan? However, this auction house blocks international bidders and refuses to ship out of Japan, so most likely a moot point. It would appear that if you are not physically IN Japan or have a in country contact {like Kelly Hicks mentioned above?}, it is simply too difficult to cut thru the paperwork to ship a sword out of Japan. Mark
  10. Great, thank you both. The sword is on a Japanese auction site, but I still cannot get clear information as to whether I can bid, win, then ship to Thailand without issues. It appears that considerable paperwork is required to release a sword out of Japan, and having no in country contacts, I'm thinking it is not worth pursuing. More research is needed. Thanks again. Mark
  11. Hello all, More curious then anything else, but the following is a shot of the Nakago of a sword of interest to me. Any help with translation would be of great help. Thank you in advance for your assistane. Mark
  12. Well I'm a mere 63 years old and a newer member to NMB, so unfortunately have not had the opportunity of getting to know Mr. Watson. However, from what I've read so far, and with his direct comments...I like him already, and dare I say, share a lot of his type of attitude. As is often said of missed opportunities, wish this was another time and place. Mark
  13. I'm glad to see a Sashikomi style of final polish, always my personal favorite. Mark
  14. Hello Ronald, Just FYI if you are not currently aware. If you cannot provide an unbroken line of provenance, proving that anything IVORY is at least 100 years old prior to about 1974, you absolutely cannot sell it to any American. Anything ivory made after about 1974 sale if totally illegal. Obama saw to that, additionally some states went even further with that said federal restriction, and implemented additional rules and restrictions pertaining to ivory anything. Yes even pianos with ivory keys and guitars with ivory frets. Hope this email does not irritate you further, it is only meant to aid your future sales attempts. Mark
  15. Hello Matt, At first glance, it looked like a potentially nice blade, but then there is the Nakago. Was the Nakago damaged buy grinding/filing/sandpaper, before you obtained it? That level of damage puts the value in question now. Interestingly too, I've never seen what appears to be a Shirasaya that has been lacquered or one with a Seppa. More knowledgeable folks will most likely chime in soon. Mark
  16. See there you go, I was reading the Mei absolutely incorrectly. I errantly was assuming the name was first, when in fact the name is last......sheeez rookies! I need better/more books, that's the bottom line. Sure wish I could see more Mei's in person, pictures make it tougher to learn. However, seeing blades in person now that I'm in Thailand, it damn near impossible. Mark
  17. Hello Brian, I didn't want to air my apparent ignorance to the whole group, so I tried to send you a PM, but your membership status does not allowed for messaging. So here goes nothing....... I've been learning a lot over the past few years, and I'm just now starting to compare Mei's on swords with existing confirmed examples, to see if I can try to learn. Mainly to see if I can spot Gimei from authentic. Concerning the Katana that you noted above, you had posted pictures of the Nakago, and a link to the signature of the purported sword smith. Here is where I get confused, in that the Mei signature on the link, does not even remotely come close to the Mei on the sword. I'm assuming that I simply don't know what I'm looking at, so could you please shed some light on this matter for me. Thanks in advance for your help. Mark
  18. That's just wrong on so many levels... Mark
  19. Just like 99% of what that auction site has to offer.....Chinese fakes, WWII machine made blades purported to be 16th, 17th, 18th century "treasures", horrible condition, worthless stuff...pluuttttth! {bolwing a massive raspberry}. Mark
  20. Brian, You never did tell us what "papers" the sword has??? Mark
  21. Hello Ron, Sad that you are liquidating your collection, but I understand. No one for me to pass anything along to either, so my time will come as well. I look forward to all your upcoming offerings, although only 1 or so offerings a week is going to be hard to wait on, but will give me a reason to log on! Mark
  22. The kitae ware is not something that you should consider repairing, it is just an artifact of that era of sword making, and part of the "character" of this particular blade. Although it is probably just my eyes playing tricks on me, but I think I can see what appears to be a partial Mei that has been obscured, both directly above and below the crisply chiseled Mei. The Oshigata is picking up what I think I see as well. Also a very, very distinct straight line perpendicular to the blade axis, directly above the bottom Nakago-ana. Could be a wear mark from a previous Habaki, when the sword was longer, but the mark is in a very strange location for that possibility, so it could be something else altogether..... What type of PAPER, does the blade have? Mark
  23. Even at $2500...please take the advise of the good folks here on the forum, and save yourself possible grief, simply buy a quality blade from one of the proven members here, or at least a known quotient from Japan. My .02 worth. Mark
  24. Hello Gary, I have no experience with the Japanese EMS system, so I can give you no advise, sorry. Hello Ken, So for clarification, you paid DHL the $225, DHL shipped the drum, you received the drum, then DHL came back at you for the balance of their claimed $3500? How long did it take for you to receive the drum from the east coast (presumably mainland USA) to (presumably) Hawaii? I ask only because DHL generally uses airmail over the various ponds, so if it took more than a few days, like say a month or so, then it was probably put in a sea going container, and DHL got charged for the entire container, either case, should not have been your problem or bill. Mark
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