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  1. Hi Mauro and Curran, thanks for the interesting links!
  2. @Bruno, thank you very much! @ Dale, yes, that is exactly the Kozuka. I bought it from Alan in 2016. It was an impulse buy because I liked it - although I am not a Kinko collector. I was hoping, if available, for more detailed info.
  3. Would be happy if anyone has information in their records or books about an artist named Suzuki Ichirin (period of activity, affiliation with a school). I would also be grateful for pictures of his works. Best regards, Thomas.
  4. I think the shape was deliberately made this way and not accidentally as a result of post-hardening. Also, Ara-Nie, of all things, are not a prime example of Saiha, and Saiha hardening does not start so far behind Ha-Machi as in this example. Basically, though, I can't rule out it being Saiha either, certainly not from the pictures. How to make blades look nice and old in later times, here is a nice example: http://www.kanshoan.com/english/swords/h41_kanetora.html
  5. Just turn the tables and ask yourself, who would have done such a thing in the Kamakura? I can't think of anyone. If you look closer, you can see an almost straight monouchi. That's more like a heian-sugata. This sugata was also picked up again in the Oei, Sue Koto and Shinshinto. The hamon lacks the "self-evidence" and "lightness" of early koto, and even late koto. I would expect more sparkling and loosely sprinkled ko-nie. The hard Ara-Nie seen here belongs more to Shinshinto. It all seems very intentional, and here and there the concept of hamon seems to slip away. Then there's the boshi, the crowning glory of any good blade. This boshi is midarekomi, but - please excuse me - clumsy and unimaginative. Everything really screams for a very late blade.
  6. I am waiting for a sea freight which left Japan on January 30. And I think it will take a while. When my daughter was in Japan for 1 year, she sent heavy packages by ship twice. They usually took 3 months to reach Germany. It was not possible to track the shipment. That being said, I recently waited two and a half months for a small package by air from the US. Despite tracking - hadn't been much use - you could only wonder why it was criss-crossing the USA and lying around at airports for ages before it went across the ocean.
  7. Hi Markus, yes, it was a long time ago indeed. I hope to see you sometime, somewhere again. I am all the more pleased about your help. I had already flirted with the Kanji "Sho", but I just couldn't explain Kanji 2 anymore. Does this unusual "wa" mean the same as the "simple form"? Thank you very much, Markus!
  8. Hi Mark, yes Kinoe Inu in the 9th year of the era ??. The dating can't be that old, and most of the younger Nengo are less than 9 years. And if it does, the kanji don't match. It doesn't make sense to me.
  9. Usually this is my "favorite sport". But this time I gave up. Maybe someone has more experience ... I cannot assign the first two Kanji to any Nengo I know. Then comes the 9th (year), then Kinoe Inu, then the Kanji for year, then?, Month ?? Thank you in advance!
  10. sabiji

    Another two for ID

    I would like to learn. I'm sure I'm wrong, but to me the insert does not look nunome, but very flat hirazogan. At the edges to the mon, the material of the tsuba seems slightly raised. In Tony's enlarged pictures (thanks for that), you can see a fine groove even on the left Mon at the missing part at 12 o'clock. And why shouldn't stencils have been used earlier for efficient work? Such tsuba were certainly not unique, but were produced in small series. For me, the tsuba seems quite normal as a work from the Bakumatsu or early Meiji.
  11. This special version of the Uchigatana would be the Katate-Uchigatana.
  12. sabiji

    Another two for ID

    ...or, what I rather believe, they were removed on purpose. On the Omote it would have been outside, more visible Mon. Probably it was also no Aoi Mon, what was removed...
  13. I don't think you should be too meticulous about many terms to pigeonhole them. An Uchigatana stands for me historically seen for a companion sword/secondary sword, which is at least longer than a classical Tanto, in order to correspond to the Kanji "Uchi". This would make our classic katana just as much an uchigatana as the wakizashi - completely independent of the quality of the blade or the rank of the wearer.
  14. There is also good news from my side. Yesterday I finally held my shipment in my hands after two and a half months. The package looked pretty battered, but the contents had remained intact. What never worked for me in the past, this time the tracking of the US Postal Service was reliable. Quite the opposite of DHL. A little over 2 months the shipment needed until obviously an airport was found, from where the package could go to Germany. Dear guys in the States: You really have good and interesting stuff. But I am now really afraid to buy something from you. From Japan it has (so far) always worked without problems.
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