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    Gordan Sumanski

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  1. 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
  2. Yes, may just get some custom stuff made, and put on a better tsuba and menuki etc.
  3. 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.
  4. 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).
  5. 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
  6. Hello Rokujuro! Thank you so much, please find attached the photos requested.
  7. Hello fellow collectors and enthusiasts. I am happy to announce a new addition to my collection, and I would ask for your help in identifying this beautiful blade. The blade feels heavy in the hand, and could use a new polish. I have done some research, and to me it appears to be a WW2 blade, with older fittings. The blade itself is reminiscent of later works by Chounsai Emura, a famous prison warden turned bladesmith during WW2. The hamon style is choji-midare with mixed in gunome-midare, which fits his style. Haagari nakago also fits the style. Emura tended to sign his blades, and this one does not have a signature, so I do believe this to be the work of one of his convicts, but perhaps an expert here could tell a different story. The hamon is The kissaki is ko-kissaki, and sharpened in the traditional way. The blade feels heavy in the hand, and will most definitely survive a new polish, I am now trying to figure out if it is worth polishing or not. The blade dimensions are: Nagasa: 22.25 Inches Curvature: 0.5 Inches The fittings that came with the blade are mixed, sa-me has fake ray-skin with older looking bronze menuki, with matching futchi, with an older looking Goto school tsuba with shi shi and peonies inlaid in a silverish/gold inlay. Traditional nanako-ji (fish egg) background. The blade and the tsuba may not match in age, but habaki looks original. Please any further help with identifying this blade would go a long way. Thank you all in advance! Warm Regards, Gordon S
  8. You were spot on. Upon finally removing the habaki, it was indeed cemented to the blade somehow. Pictures for your reference included.
  9. Hello Stephen! It is with great excitement that I would like to announce that I managed to take off the habaki. It took some serious grit and pounding but here are the shots :). Let me know what you think.
  10. Thank you so much Ken! I finally managed to take off the habaki, it was cemented on there pretty well (took a lot more than a piece of wood) . Find pictures without the habaki attached, and let me know your thoughts
  11. Hello Christian, I have managed to finally pull off the habaki. Please find pictures attached, I think you are right.
  12. Absolutely agreed, I am new to the site and already know that Ray is one of the experts . I think in this case, the seller may have just had the blade with no fittings, and slapped it together for quick sale to me. Thank you for being on team real!
  13. Thank you Ray for circling back around, I am glad to hear the blade is real. Now I can get to work: ID smith, match the fittings to the period (I have a Goto school tsuba with shi shi and peonies), some umeghane filling, and new polish should do it.
  14. Tried my best to tap, but it is indeed braised on there pretty tight. Will have to take it to a professional for a new habaki, polish and some umeghane filling.
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