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mtexter

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About mtexter

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    Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA
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    WWII Japan artifacts, nihonto, katana, wakizashi, tanto

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    Mike T

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  1. Maxime, that's a beautiful display, wow! Where do you get a glass case like that, or is it custom-built?
  2. This is a topic I never really thought too much about. The humidity in my house fluctuates from probably 10% in the winter to maybe 60% in the summer, though with A/C it's probably less. Time to get a hygrometer to know for sure!
  3. Hey that's the guy who shows up on Pawn Stars from time to time! Seems to know his stuff.
  4. apparently this set was 52 inches tall and 24" across, so a big boy's day set They sold it for $2000 US. too rich for my blood!
  5. I love all the fine details on this, if I can get it for a good price I'll probably display it with my swords someday. I just have no concept of what a fair price would be on it. ≈500 would probably be my max budget for something like this
  6. Wonderful info, thank you! I got a translation from reddit: kabazaiku https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kabazaiku
  7. I ran across this on an auction site, looks incredibly detailed but i'm not sure if it's fake or what... Any info is appreciated!
  8. Hello, I stumbled across this on an auction site, and I was curious if anyone could tell me more about it. Described only as a Japanese wooden box. Bonus points if you can translate the kanji on the outer wooden box!
  9. Those should be in a museum for all to appreciate, in my opinion. Wow
  10. I agree with what Steve M said above wholeheartedly. You might find an entry-level collector (like me) interested in a blade like this for ≈$100, but you can always try your luck on eBay. Old, traditionally-made blades with issues are still collectible, and very old and sharp things are still cool to people like me, regardless of condition. Or, keep it! Care for it as best you can, get as much rust off of the blade as gently as you can, and you might find yourself with something you think is cool too at the end of the day
  11. Oh wow, If still available, I might just be your ideal customer for this! PM sent
  12. Here's my wish list: -Type-95 Gunto wooden tsuba and tsuka (BIG bonus if they match serial # 213182) Happy to spend ≈USD$200-300 for the pair - picture here. -A complete daisho, not necessarily by a well-known smith, not necessarily in great condition. I'm all ears in terms of what a daisho traditionally consists of, whether a katana + wakizashi, or wakizashi + tanto, etc. Budgetary figure ≈USD$1000-2000 which I'm allowing myself as an early birthday present If anyone has something collecting dust that they'd want to let go to a rookie collector like myself, please get in touch! -2 pairs of menuki, nothing special here but if one could be somehow related to the tea ceremony (younger brother's tanto needs these), and the other related somehow to cherry blossoms (not the military-style ones) for my wakizashi (see my avatar, it's the kashira for the set). ≈USD$100 for each pair? -A contact for arranging a polish, handle re-wrap, saya restoration/re-creation and origami attempt for my wakizashi. I don't have even a rough idea of a total price for all of this work. The logistics are a little daunting... Thanks for looking! As always, I'm open to any input or thoughts from all of our forum regulars. Everything you guys do is awesome and I truly appreciate it.
  13. The Seki Cutlery Company? Cutlery indeed. Thanks again for the knowledge Bruce!
  14. This is exactly right! We didn't know the name of the substance, but this has to have been it. I've removed it all now, but that's an important thing to know about the history of these. Thank you!
  15. So awesome that it still has the kogatana... Looks like the real deal to me, although the mei looks a little different compared to the style i'm used to. I'm sure it's a combination of the signer's handwriting and my inexperience. Wonderful looking piece you have there.
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