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  1. In Germany, 10117 Berlin(Mitte), Auguststraße 68 on May 8, 2022: https://samuraimuseum.de/
  2. What Jussi, you do not own a tsuba? But you are missing an extremely interesting area! Actually just the thing for you, because there is still so much to research in this area and so little is actually set in stone. I am not at all surprised by so many different attributions, not even - I say - careful attributions. Often it only helps to research intensively yourself, to compare, to go into detail, to get opinions of other experienced to classify a piece for yourself. Perhaps it is also related to the fact that the trend of recent years to provide as many swords as possible with papers transferred more and more to Tosogu, although the findings in this area are correspondingly less certain than with swords. But this is only my theory. Also, I think that tokubetsu hozon is still somewhat special in tosogu, although many tsuba would have the potential for it. But the market is simply much more sensitive here than with swords. It is much easier to spend 3,5K for a fairly mediocre quality for a sword (just because it is a sword) than the same amount for a very good quality tsuba. Of course, the chance to sell the sword for 3.5K is much higher than to find a collector who is looking for exactly this tsuba, appreciates the quality and pays the price without hesitation. But everyone has his reasons for what he does. Let's see where the journey at Tosogu goes in the future....
  3. I'm not really a Kinko fan, but these flew to me in the spring of 2021 and have taken up residence.
  4. George, your photos show at least Ko-Hada as well as Ji-Nie and together with your description of the Hamon it points to Yamashiro-Den - no matter from which time the Tanto actually originates. The actual Nioguchi of the Hamon is not recognizable in your photos, nor the shape and position of the Boshi, length of the Kaeri, all important Kantei characteristics. Therefore, opinions here are simply speculations. But maybe you look at the Ryokai school, which can look very similar to old Rai blades, often only with much less Hataraki. This would also fit into the time, which I have written before. But I wouldn't rule out Mihara either.... It would be ideal if you could personally show the blade to other experienced people around you.
  5. Björn, I didn't mean any harm. With some people I had seen restored blades again after some time - and was horrified how much hike they had. Unfortunately, I currently know no sources with reasonable Uchiko here in Europe.
  6. Because of the unfortunately poor pictures can not say much. The only thing that remains is the shape. As for fumbari, this is rather rarely pronounced in tanto. To judge fumbari, you should rather look at the mune in the ha-machi area (munefumbari). Munefumbari remains much longer than the fumbari in the cutting edge area through various repairs and polishes. The "fumbari" in your tanto is simply the result of considerable material loss through various polishes. However, such worn forms and polished horimono were copied in the late Shinshinto quite deliberately. If the shape is changed by various polishes, the assessment is even more difficult. Mid-Kamakura is very often Josun, so around 25 cm. But there are also longer or shorter blades. In most cases, however, they show a discreet uchizori in the area of the tip. Caution, this can also be caused by kissaki repair, so pay attention to the boshi. Normally, Kamakura tanto have a very elegant shape due to discreet uchizori, a rather flat fukura and a discreet but even tapering. This tapering should also be considered with the Kasane. Later blades tend to be uniformly wide, uniformly strong in the kasane, and then quickly taper towards the kissaki, which is why the fukura appears rounder. Anyway, I can't see classic Kamakura at first glance. At best, late Nanbokucho/early Muromachi. But I can be wrong.
  7. The discussion reminds me a bit of a good acquaintance of mine. He wanted to sell a used car here in Berlin on a well-known used car market as quickly as possible and therefore cheap. But to his astonishment, there were hardly any interested parties. They got into conversation with other sellers and asked where the catch was, because the car was so cheap. They assured that the car was perfectly fine. The answer was that at that price, many potential buyers would doubt it. So they doubled the price on the sign and it didn't take long for the car to find a buyer. What if the Tanto had no paper, only Tsuruta-san's opinion at the same price? His opinion would be doubted. It could possibly be a late Koto, early Shinto, or a Shinshinto. But now it has TH, and what if the Tantol cost 9K? Would some be more comfortable then? I admit I don't see enough of the Hada, that may be due to the polish. It would just be better to be able to look at the tanto in your own hands. But that's the way it is with the www. Bottom line, it's a very nice dagger with TH on Tametsugu (nicer in any case than an attribution to Ko-Uda or Etchu Mitsuyuki - but that wouldn't change the beauty of the tanto). No more and no less. @Rivkin, I don't think Kinju, with Kanenobu I would expect prominent Masanagare. Basically I have no problem with Tametsugu....
  8. Hi Paul, hahaha, I'm afraid by this time Sunday I'll be in my cozy, warm bed! But here already a picture from Kawagoe to tune in for Sunday.... Good luck!!!
  9. Hi Paul, this is really a great idea! I would love to walk through a Japanese flea market again. The last time I went to the Kawagoe Antique Market was in April 2019 and I actually found a nice tsuba quite cheap. Good luck and most of all have fun on Sunday! Maybe you post some photos for all who can't be there "live". With a few nice photos of the flea market, you can dream of Japan again at home...
  10. I am basically interested in iron sukashi tsuba with Cha no Yu motifs. If someone would like to give such pieces from his collection, gladly by PM to me. Maybe there is something for me...
  11. Adam, there I feel also addressed, since I criticized the sword quite. But there is nothing to regret! Even if my best friend would have been extremely interested in this sword, I could not have recommended it with a clear conscience if he had asked me for my opinion. You can find the reasoning in my response at the time above. Ken is right, think about what you really want. After all, an o-kissaki still includes the rest of the sword. The development of the nanbokucho sugata in katana parallels the development of the soshu den. The Sugata change can be seen very well in Masamune blades. His disciples not only spread the Soshu characteristics in Japan, but concomitantly spread the typical Sugata, which peaked between 1340 to 1370. Other traditions also adopted the Sugata independently to at least some extent. Besides this origin, the most important renaissances of this style occurred during Tensho/Keicho, in Shinshinto, and in Gendai with a focus on Soden-Bizen and Kiyomaro-Utsushi. But also in between the style appears again and again. If I see a blade with typical Nanbokucho sugata that is not original to the period, I consider the extent to which the swordsmith is addressing the utsushi of a particular school in addition to the utsushi of the form. Can I see characteristics of Shizu, or Kinju, Hasebe, Sa, Soden-Bizen? Here is an example: https://www.nipponto.co.jp/swords7/NT331311.htm A rather short katana. Although some mune-fumbari can be seen, the shape fits to imitate O-Suriage Nanbokucho. But according to the dimensions of the Moto and Sakihaba, it remains an impressive and proud appearance. The strong kasane is typical of the time and would be too strong for an O-Suriage at this point of the blade. Sadakiyo is not among the top of Hojoji swordsmiths, but from personal experience I can say that many Hojoji smiths have worked to a very uniformly high standard of quality. This can be seen here. Hada is really typical of Edo-Hojoji. The quality of the deki is right for hojoji. Perhaps the interspersed ko-gunome is a bit too "excited" for this school, but it is also not unusual, and it fits the overall concept of a Nanbokucho utsushi, if Sadakiyo wanted to imitate Naoe Shizu. The nioiguchi is even and controlled, and the blade appears quite healthy. A nanbokucho utsushi would not really be typical of the period around Enpo. If the trend of sugata is not really in line with the taste of the time, it is very likely that the sword was purposefully requested that way by the customer. Possibly as a direct copy of an old sword owned by the client. No, the blade has no paper and the signature would have to be checked, but from the features of the blade I would not doubt Edo-Hojoji. It's a nice and solid blade. This is what I mean: proceed like a pilot before taking off his plane. check if everything is coherent and fits. The more you learn, the more your view widens and at the same time focuses on very essential and important aspects. This also includes recognizing, appreciating and enjoying the quality of swords that you do not own, or (also financially) can never own. If you go this way, you are more likely to regret buying a sword that at first glance is an impressive weapon, but on closer inspection does not fulfill you. Your budget is very tight, you will probably have to expand it. But it is not impossible to find something suitable that will give you lasting pleasure. Excuse my bad english!
  12. Adam, I can understand you completely. I was no different. There are always a lot of emotions involved in purchasing decisions. But emotions must not cloud the view. Even today, after more than 30 years, I am not free of them. If I am extremely enthusiastic about something, I leave myself a few days until I have cooled down a bit. Often one sees then things, for which one was blind in the first enthusiasm. I like the shape of the sword. The blade has a proud, confident shape. And if the shape is good, that's always a good sign for the rest of the blade's qualities. That's why I was surprised myself that the Nioiguchi presents itself so weakly on the reflection pictures. It just doesn't fit. Sue-Seki smiths in particular usually have a dense, strong nioguchi hardened - even if not always in luminous appearance. But with this blade, I can't shake the suspicion that the strong hadori is meant to cover up the weakening hamon. Why this is so, I do not know. Possibly due to external influences, such as heat. But this is speculative and can not be judged only from the photos. And as I said, I think that this blade, especially with the existing Koshirae was used by a Iaidoka and I fear that this sword is essentially aimed at clientele in this area. Finally, a word of advice, especially when it comes to the high cost of appropriate quality! Why necessarily Katana? With a little patience you can find for the price of this presented Katana quite a very good Wakizashi from a possibly quite well-known smith or school.
  13. Honest opinion? Yes, the Toushin and the dimensions look impressive. The Hada very soshuesk, but also fits for Sue-Seki. The strong Hadori makes the blade very showy. But the reflection photos make me think and do not fit the first, exuberant impression. The nioguchi seems very thin and powerless and has no luminosity. Also, the Ji seems quite dry, as if hardly Ji-Nie is present. I may be wrong based on the photos, but I fear the blade looks more than it really is. Also the mount seems typical to me that it was last used in iaido....
  14. I'm really going out on a limb here. The Hada is nice and clear and has a good portion of Soshu in it for me. In the area of the cutting edge in Nagare or Masame. The nioiguchi seems to be fine, loose, but dense nie, interspersed with fine sunagashi and sharp kinsuji. The hardening appears very controlled. The gonome seems rather restrained and elegant. Some peaks seem pointed, but I'm not sure if it's really togari. The boshi appears yakitsume with some hataraki. The shape is hard to determine from the pictures. The kissaki is a shu-kissaki, somewhat elongated. The tapering of the blade is difficult to judge. But considering the shortening and loss of material in the monouchi, it could also fit in time. So pants down. The blade reminds me of Kinju. Ur-Mino. Maybe still Kaneyuki, but actually prefer Kinju. Anyway, I would be happy if it is one.
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