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Mark J

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  1. Good morning! I read that the information in parenthesis on this part of the Hozon was usually important stuff. Can anyone help me with what this reads? I thank you all in advance! Mark
  2. Thank you Sir - excellent information and duly appreciated! I sometimes feel like I am stumbling around in the dark here - so thank you for the light!
  3. Thank you! Appreciated!
  4. A Question about Daido I bought an unsigned Daido katana that the seller asserted was from the late Muromachi Period. In researching the sword maker, I came across “The Index of Japanese Swordsmiths A-M” by Markus Sesco. Sesco lists a total of 8 different swordsmiths named Daido (using the same characters that are on the NBTHK Hozon) who produced swords between 1573 – 1989. So, quite the range! I have read some items about the changing blade curvature over different periods. Does anyone here have the ability to ballpark a period based on the cutting edge length / Full sword length? Some sort of formula? Conversely, can anyone take a stab at it based on a photo of the blade? Am I missing something, or is there a better way? Much appreciation!
  5. Brian - thank you Sir! I am a bit of a novice here:-)
  6. Greetings all! I want to introduce myself to the group! I have had a long-time interest in owning a Japanese Sword but I am just now starting to carve out time to pursue it properly. I am a retired US Army NCO / Officer, Combat Veteran, living in North Carolina. In my post military career, I am a self-employed Certified Public Accountant with a business consulting / tax practice. I have also served as an Adjunct Professor teaching business courses at the College level. Over the decades I have dabbled in Harley Davidsons, Martial Arts (5 years), Stand Up Comedy, and Improvisational Comedy. I am now dabbling in Antique Japanese Swords:-) I have already received excellent value added guidance regarding a Hozon Translation question from this site, and I am very happy to have found this – thank you all in advance!
  7. Ray - thank you SO much! That's a "load off"! Duly appreciated Sir!
  8. Ray - thank you so much for your help with this! Should I have any worries about the document being a forgery? Is that common?
  9. Greetings all! Can anyone tell me anything about the information on this NBTHK Hozon?? Also, is there a large problem with counterfeit certificates, and could this be one? Buying the sword from what appears to be a reputable dealer online - but a bit terrified! Any help would be greatly appreciated! Thank you all! Mark
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