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Baka Gaijin

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  1. Hi Bruce [drum-roll................] and the nakago!?!? All things in due time........... (The mounting is very firm and I'm gently using the specialist wooden tools for removing tight tsuka)
  2. This all looks like old work leaving me with the thought that both parts were, as Brian intimated, made from dome headed Brass screws. I put this theory to the esteemed membership for your consideration.
  3. I’ve tweaked the exposure and contrast slightly to show the glue-like residue at the mouth of the Mekugi Ana.
  4. Good morning Gentlemen, I've removed the Brass pin which is actually two tapering pins of slightly different diameter and, it was remarkably simple. The mouth of the Mekugi ana shows evidence of a whitish glue like substance, which may be rice starch. There are also traces of this on the “barrel” of the slightly larger pin. I’m drawn to the theory of a field repair, as the barrels of both parts show much filing and angling to get a tight fit.
  5. Its in reasonable condition after 77 years, the blade having been covered with the British version of Cosmolene. WD40 on a soft cloth has worked its magic, next is a light application of sword oil to stabilize. I think that Brian and Grey's suggestion holds water, and the groove is deliberate to indicate which is the "top" so to speak.
  6. Thank You Gentlemen, It looks to be in its original polish Non Traditionally made, I think. 68 cms nagasa There is a slight thickening of the Tsuka towards the Tsuba.
  7. Good morning Gentlemen, I have recently acquired an Officer’s sword surrendered in Singapore. It has an unusual metal Mekugi, which I think may be screw threaded. Before I apply gentle persuasion, I wonder if anyone has encountered this type before.
  8. Thank you Colin I'm referring to the tsuba in Glen's post, and the attribution of a Radish to the ura, I've just amended it so that there is no confusion.
  9. Good morning Gentlemen, With reference to Glen's post. The image of Hotei and his sack has long been used to portray a lack of concern for social conventions or material wealth. He is said to have carried his meagre possessions around in a large sack. As such, he became a popular subject for Zen ink painters, who saw him as the personification of non - attachment. The item on the reverse which looks like a radish represents a priest's horsehair sceptre, known as a Hossu, which Hotei has gleefully discarded along with the other attributes of Buddhist dogma.
  10. Much of this intricate carving came from the Canton area, now known as Guangzhou.
  11. Gangi maki perhaps? Sometimes referred to as "Musashi Maki"
  12. Try Shoki and the demon quelling Sword..........................................................
  13. If this is of any assistance, here are the three volumes of the Bunka Bukan 文化武鑑. 巻之1-3 It will be hard going to plough through it. https://archive.wul.waseda.ac.jp/kosho/bunko06/bunko06_01736/bunko06_01736_0001/bunko06_01736_0001.html?fbclid=IwAR0vC2v7ZSMNqi_Lu3FffF8s1OAVXerl7IjRNYu28py0-lbBfVKUlOjM9IY https://archive.wul.waseda.ac.jp/kosho/bunko06/bunko06_01736/bunko06_01736_0002/bunko06_01736_0002.html?fbclid=IwAR3Po5-JTglMRP-mk84How6ewp27egETHHXe5IC2vD_YVPLPinjfrmL-504 https://archive.wul.waseda.ac.jp/kosho/bunko06/bunko06_01736/bunko06_01736_0003/bunko06_01736_0003.html?fbclid=IwAR1FnoNwekBxsqBuX_i6fQ12BuzyrjVB3pMGIK1tX0j5dsVc5IrUL10jdUk
  14. Moriyama San and Piers, Thank you both once again for your invaluable input.
  15. Thank you Piers, Well spotted, the image came to me in this form, with the block visible, however, I don't think it relates to the Kakejiku.
  16. Good morning Gentlemen, A friend has just obtained this charming Kakejiku which looks like it was created in July 1935, Any input would be greatly appreciated.
  17. I couldn't help but think, when I saw the title, that he was the chap next to the Lone Ranger.....
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