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  1. Thanks Bruce, just what I was looking for.
  2. The article mentioned a 1948 list of missing swords that is located in this site's archives. Can anyone tell me how to locate this list or provide a link for me?
  3. Very nice blade! Always great when these can be rescued. Do you have any pictures from its pre-restoration days?
  4. Here is one I just came across. Its coming up for auction later this month.
  5. Yep, looks like a type 19 dress sword with mon (family crest) on the handle back strap. Appears to be authentic. Looks like the mon is that of the Matsuura clan. Someone might correct me on that.
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    Beefy Wakizashi

    Thanks guys it really is a nice piece. The blade has some rust and looks like it was put away wet at some point. There is some rust at the boshi so it is kind of hart to tell. I will have to examine it more closely. This picture from the listing seems to portray the boshi the best. Im trying to determine if its a koto blade or maybe a shinshinto reproduction. One piece of the two part habaki is stuck and I am still working on a way to gently remove it.
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    Beefy Wakizashi

    Just picked this waki up recently. Its got a big beefy blade to it and some nice koshirae. I suspect it could be a cut down naganata or nagamaki. Either way I thought it looked really nice. Figured you guys would enjoy it as well.
  8. A double gold habaki with zigzag pattern on my newest wakizashi.
  9. I like the hamon on the left sword but prefer the sugata of the one on the right. If it came down to it I would pick the one on the right.
  10. I can vouch for Dawson's book on Grey's site. I bought the same book at the same place. He has it for the cheapest I've seen online. The book is 100% worth it and will save you money in the long run.
  11. Unfortunately the back strap is the only picture I am missing.
  12. Yeah that Habaki is really what caught my attention. What do you think about the blade? Its listed as a koto blade. It has a bohi that starts halfway on the nagako and ends halfway down the blade. It also appears to be without a Yokote.Would this indicate a cut down koto naganata or nagamaki?
  13. Just came across this one that caught my eye. Really don't know what to make of it. The brass on the handle looks too bright/new. However, the habaki and the blade look very promising. The handle wrapping doesn't look like ray skin but more like snake skin? It also has the locking mechanism at the front of the handle where the index finger would rest. The metal piece at the throat of the scabbard looks weird as well. Like I said, don't know what to think about this one. What do you all think?
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