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Tom Darling

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  1. I read many years ago in the Token Society of Great Britain ,that a kokuho was bought out of Michigan at a garage sale for $60.00 and sold for over $100,000. Maybe someone can produce the kaji, as I forgot.
  2. David, please let me know, were this kaji sold for 25K. Thank you.
  3. I don't know how to submit my reply to Rivkin, 'You nailed it'
  4. Show off time, if you have any that are of superior quality, with papers or not. A Sadakazu would be splendid.
  5. Thanks George, great Sword with full description, WOW. Tom D.
  6. There was another kokuho that was bought at a garage sale for $60.00 out of Michigan 40 yrs ago. It was mentioned in The To-Ken Society of Great Britain by Clive Sinclaire? I believe it was a tachi, but the name escapes me.
  7. Hi Ray, I understand. Just asking of sword names, not owners. I remember a few more, Kotetsu stout Wakizashi, horimono both sides O'kissaki. Iyetsugu NT out of San Diego, Enju Kunitomo, Kiyomaru out of the midwest, SA, 1st gen.Nanki Shigekuni, several Ichimonji, early Tegai Kanenaga. Sadamune, Tadatsuna 2nd, Naotane, Tadayoshi. Tadahiro, 1st,2nd 3rd 4th 8th gen. Kuinmune. Several Great swords came out of Fl. Texas, Calif. Mass. Ny. etc. Can Europe, UK and Japan add to this list, only names of swords you heard of, not their owners. That's all. Best regards, Tom
  8. If you know of any Great Swords that came out of the wood work in the last 50 years,do tell. It would be a welcomed edition to our hobby, knowing about them. Collectors in Japan may know best. Collectors of the S.F. Chicago, Florida Sword Shows can add light to the list.
  9. Can anyone add to this list of Great Swords found on E Bay? Besides Norishige a Kotetsu was (also) acquired many years ago.
  10. The sayagaki is the longest detailed one, I've ever seen, Tanobe san gave you, is outstanding. Congratulations.
  11. I recall Mike Q. in San Antonio running sword shows.
  12. Thank you for making that clear. The one I compared it to, may have also made juyo. It mentioned in large strokes, if I remember ( in 1974) correctly, something,something '5000 years ------------ ------- ------ etc. A Japanese nihonto dealer bought it. It may be listed as a juyo?
  13. I have reservations on this one, mei is different from good Naotane I have seen.
  14. Tom Darling


    It's similar to a Kotetsu.
  15. Luis, you do understand, it is only my opinion, doesn't mean it is correct. I am sure everyone has their doubts. I apologize for shaking up the world. I have nothing else to say about this sword. Good day.
  16. Luis, you got winner! It may be Yamato school? Early Koto period. Congratulations.
  17. Leave it as it is. As per the mei on all big name swords, whether good or bad, " The blade will tell you(before) if it's good or bad. Your blade is not near top quality. In fact, the mei is impressive, but gimei. The habaki is quite nice. It still is a complete attractive package.
  18. Tony, to get the true curvature, which is most important,if you hold the blade up right,holding the nakago so the mune of the nakago is vertical, this would determine the period. It appears to be saki-zori, muromachi period. The long nakago, also suggest that period. It is a nice sword, whatever the period it maybe.
  19. Hi Jeremy, Very intriguing and very nice blade. Thank you.
  20. Hi Jeremy, Am I correct it is momei?
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