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    Honiton Devon UK
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    Tosogu but not so much Gotō school.
    Swords of the koto period.
    Unusal shaped blades.
    Middle to High end sword fittings, tosogu

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    Adam maunder

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  1. Brian please can you permit this question. Hi I wonder if anyone knows if there were kantei points on hamon that terminated in a downward sweep about 1mm after the ha? I've just bought a blade that exhibits this and wonder if it's not such a common trait? All my other swords tend to go into the nakago even when ubu. For the record this blade is ubu nakago with no movement of the ha or mune. It's untouched. Second question on utsuri. If this is clearly evident and easy to see are we talking about very early koto blades or Shinto? Thank you Adam.
  2. For sale Is this tsuba. First photos without flash. It's large being 84mm around. The nakago ana is 26x9mm but you can remove the copper to make it bigger. With copper removed it's 29-30mm £325 or best offer.
  3. I understand things went full circle and the early lacquer artists who went into tosogu went back to lacquring and also pipes and tobacco pouches.etc Artists I've known to have done this are Masachika of the Bushu school and ever Tsuchiya yasuchika. I've seen glorious lacquering by both.
  4. Be that as it may if the post office lose a parcel that's one thing. If a parcel arrived empty that's a criminal offence although they may try in defence that it must have bust it's way out if the packet in transit. It's a difficult one. One of the things I've noted is that when we send swords away to a specialist to ship to Japan for say shinsa they always ask us to low value the item to $100 so they don't have to front import duty This is a big worry for me for just the reason above and insurance. When my sword gets returned to me I will ask Bob to declare it's full value including any polishing cost as I will not pay duty on my own goods being returned and I want the protection.
  5. I'm not sure if it's true for everyone but my friend who works at our post office stated that when they are scanned as part of tracking they are weighed so it should be relatively easy to determine at what part of the journey the weight changed and put it down to a specific depot.then to the operative who handled that delivery shipment. So them getting away with it is slim.
  6. Gents there is evidence of polishing the Nakago as the yasureme at the highest points are rubbed flat. I had a late shin shinto 1870 echizen tanto signed Kanetsugu years ago and there was literally no rust or patina on the Nakago it looked new but the yasureme was not flattened out as this is.
  7. Babu

    Tsuba motifs ?

    It is a bat roost in the eaves of a Japanese temple where bats are considered as great fortune and lucky.
  8. And yet Jacques when I callange the books I'm shot down in flames. But I totally agree they are often copied from other much older sources that may or may not be reliable.
  9. Ok please do not take this the wrong way I'm just curious. If you can buy aTamba no Kami in Aoi Art for $2200 why would you invest what $600-700 in shinsa of a similar blade? I appreciate that it's interesting but it will not add any significant value as this Smith lineage was prolific. Please take this as a genuine question rather than a slight. Regards Adam
  10. Bob, your sage council is very much welcome and is the voice of reason in an unreasonable world. I have already said I feel all of us would get on well in real life and even if we disagreed it would be good naturely disagreements. The written word though is another matter. Thank you
  11. I'm sorry but on this occasion I'm unsure exactly what I've done to piss off so many people. It helps to know where I err. You know I'm pretty certain that if we all sat around a table with a beer and a packet of pork scratchings we would get along famously . I think the typed word removes context and inflection from a statement and causes more misunderstanding than you would believe. I cannot change how a person might read into a statement to interpret it in the way they choose. It still may not have been the way it was intended though . It's that subjective view we all have.
  12. What prey have I invented in this thread that could even remotly justify such an off the topic responce? People are weird.
  13. On that Brian I totally agree and have said it many times I'm not suited to the herd attitude of forums with established guru members who know it all. Soon people...I'll be gone soon. I'm just tidying up loose ends. You can then spend your days agreeing with each other and patting yourselves in the back. However the PM comment was true George has built his own reputation on here and his attitude has worked against him as much as mine has against me. It's only a friggin Goose vs bat conversation FFS.
  14. Are you then suggesting he could not have phrased it better Brian? I've had about fourty PMs from members asking if I had killed your dog George. Isn't that interesting.
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