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Tokugawa Gord

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    Gordan Sumanski

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  1. Hi Rokujuro, what I am not understanding is how is this blade, attributed to the same tosho and in Shirasaya is going for 6500$, find link below: https://www.artswords.com/aizukanesada.htm The only difference is that the blade in the link has the papers, and is in a slightly better polish and geometry. So do papers then really make that much difference in the value of the sword? Or am I missing something here?
  2. Hello Ken! It came in Shirasaya, I would have placed it in the same range - 700 is what I paid for it.
  3. Hello, could you please advise market value so I can compare it to what I paid for it? Thank you in advance.
  4. Absolutely agreed here, the polisher is not classically trained but did a good job in my opinion. The picture has been fit to screen for the forum, so the detail is grainy, but in person it looks much better. In your opinion - what would be the market value here without papers? I was under the impression that without papers the value does not appreciate as much.
  5. Brian, thank you very much for your valued opinion and taking the time to view my Nihonto. I was under the impression that Shinsa is the only way to get the true story about this waki. I was also under he impression that the value of the sword would increase with these papers. If this is not the case, I will simply keep it in my collection as a prized piece and happily enjoy the hamon and geometry for years to come! It is the Nihonto of my dreams, and as the temporary owner of this blade, I vow to take care of it so that others may appreciate it for centuries to come.
  6. Thank you very much for your input here! I am also of the belief that it is the first Aizu Kanesada as the original owner had a similar hunch.
  7. Thank you Geraint. The Boshi extends out and appears to follow the hamon on one side, the other side not as visible as polisher tried to keep the geometry of the blade. You can see details of the temper process in the tip under specific light conditions.
  8. Hello Fellow Collectors, I would like to start off by thanking you for your continued support of my hobby, and some of you taking the time to guide me through what to look for in fittings and blades alike. This forum has been very supportive from the very beginning with my abused starter blades, which I am slowly taking the time to get restored professionally. My journey has taken me to Japanese Cherry blossoms at my local Japanese Society, it has taken me on virtual tours of Feudal Castles of Japan's glorious past, and virtual meetings with members discussing fittings and learning new terminology. I have been collecting for about a year now, so therefore decided to consider my first serious purchase, and recently received my latest acquisition; my very first signed piece, a Wakizashi signed by Kanesada. I am preparing to send this blade for Shinsa, as it is not papered, and would love your help to see if it is worth sending, and if it would pass the Shinsa with a slightly "tired" shinogi? If there are any experts on these smiths of Mino school, any help would be appreciated to help ID the generation and approximate time that this Wakizashi was made. It came to me in a Shirasaya, with no original fittings. The blade is done in shinogi-zukuri style, with a broad Kissaki. The hamon has a very balanced shape, is active, and has beautiful nie in the jigane (very bright nie-nioi) . With extremely beautiful gunome midare. The Nakago has signs of yasurime file marks, and is signed on one side "Kanesada" (thank you for help in translating on the translate forum) Any help would be greatly appreciated, look forward to sending this for Shinsa and getting my first papers complete! Measurements: Nagasa: 16.5 Inches Nakago: 4 3/4 Inches Sori (Curvature): 3/4 Inch Best, Gordan S
  9. Hello Everyone, I just received a my latest acquisition from a far away Croatia polisher, and would love to see what I have here. Please if anyone can help translate this mei? Gordan S
  10. Hello Collectors, Happy New Year and Holidays. Over the break, I acquired a new Nihonto, my very first katana in my collection. I am struggling to ID the smith, as it is unsigned but I know that the hamon is Hoso-Suguha, and it is in quite a good state of polish. It comes with original silver-gilded habaki, and the other fittings are new. Please help in ID this beautiful blade, nagasa is 27.5 inches, and it has hada on it when you look close-up. Please help with ID of the smith and the time period to help in my quest for knowledge on my newly acquired blade. Warm Regards, Gordan S
  11. Yes, may just get some custom stuff made, and put on a better tsuba and menuki etc.
  12. Thank you so much! What would the craftsperson be called? Is there a term or? I know polishers are very hard to find around here., but not sure what a koshirae maker would be called.
  13. That is a really good idea, and likely my only option. Either this or shirasaya, as the blades are bare currently. How would this work, and what is the name of the trade that does this? Are these people easy to locate? I know polishers are very rare around here (I am in Canada).
  14. Hello Everyone, I am seeking some advice on how to measure for my sword fittings. I have a few blades in need of a new habaki, tsuba and tsuka. I was wondering if there was some golden rule measurement to make sure the fit for each item is correct and lines up with the mehugi-ana. And for the habaki, how to measure and ensure it fill fit snugly on the blade, and will also fit the tsuka and tsuba! I have been shopping for new koshirae on the Japanese auction sites, and it would help me to know what to look for, as most of them have measurements posted. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thank you in advance, Gordon S
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