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  1. I have this box of fittings that includes a tsuba, menuki, fuchi, kashira, and seppa. I am sure there is a wide variety of how to mount things. Aoi Art has many examples of tosogu sets in boxes for sale. Looking on their site would give you some ideas.
  2. Hello Forum! What are some good resources for a person wanting to study Japanese from the standpoint of collecting and understanding Nihonto? Thanks in advance for your input!
  3. I am in the process of discussing coverage for my collections. I will let you know more when I have more information.
  4. Barry, There is a company in Canada called PAL that does insurance for collectables. https://www.palcanada.com/index.php/en-us/property-coverage/collectibles
  5. Peter, If the blade were mine, I would not worry about the koshirae too much. I would focus on the sword itself. For many collectors, it is not at all important to have koshirae for a blade, as it it the blade that is the artwork that is important. Many collectors will only have the blade in a shirasaya (白鞘) or white scabbard, which is a very plain wooden saya made specifically to store a sword over the long term. Ideally, sword blades and koshirae are stored separately as they really require different environments. Sword blades need to be keep away from moisture to prevent rusting, and koshirae need some moisture to prevent splitting and other damage. I know of collectors who have climate controlled storage for the various parts of their collections. There is nothing at all wrong with taking the fittings that you have and removing them from the saya and tsuka altogether and displaying them is a kiri box on their own as a set of Tosogu. I have attached an example below. In the end, it will all come down to what you want, and what you can afford. When it comes to Nihonto, the old adage "You get what you pay for" is very true. You can even end up causing more damage than you fix if you go with untrained people to do work on your sword. You probably don't have access to the resources to repair the damage to the saya and tsuka on your own. The art and craft of making and maintaining the furniture of the Japanese sword is highly specialised. The saya that you have seems to have quite a bit of damage as it is missing some parts, and it is starting to split. The tsuka is also damaged. I can't 100% tell from the photos, but it looks like the menuki are missing and that there is damage to not only the samegawa (rayskin), but to the wood that makes up the tsuka as well. Having a professional do the work can be quite expensive. Having a new tsuka and saya made can cost around $2000.00 if you already have all of the fittings (which you seem to have aside from the menuki). Just rewrapping the tuska if it is possible will cost around $200 to $300. In the case of this blade, I don't know that it would be worth all of that expense. If anything is done, I think that It would be far better to spend any money on having the blade polished. Even the expense of a polish might not be worth it depending upon the quality of the actual blade. If you do have the blade polished, then it would be vital to have a shirasaya made for it. The cost of the polish and the shirasaya, plus a new habaki (which the blade is almost certain to need after polishing) is going to be several thousand dollars. I am nowhere near expert enough to give you advice on whether or not your blade is worth polishing, but I know that others on this group can give you a far more valid opinion.
  6. Hi Peter, Your saya is also missing the Kurigata (栗形): The kurigata is a knob on the side of the saya for attaching the sageo (下緒). The sageo is the cord that is used to tie the saya to the obi (belt).
  7. This was based on the estimated age of the blades and the fact that they were both mumei. As a general rule, Muromachi and Edo period mumei blades may not receive a Tokubetsu Hozon paper. This can change if the blade is really outstanding and can be easily attributed to a famous smith or school.
  8. You can apply for both, but I did not, as I was guaranteed passing Hozon, but not Tokubetsu. It would have cost roughly $100.00 more if I had submitted for both and only passed Hozon. If it had passed both, it would have cost about $630.00 total.
  9. The blade in question was in Japan already, so it only cost me an extra $300 (CAD) for the Shinsa. The other blade had no papers. Thanks for your input.
  10. Finally some good news from Japan! The two blades (a Katana and a Wakizashi/Sun Nobi Tanto) that I had in for Shinsa since June have both passed for Hozon. I have to get some restoration work done on the koshirae of one of them, and also have to get a shirasaya made as it does not have one. So it will probably be a few more months before I actually have them in hand. I don't have a full report on the details of the Shinsa. I only know that they have passed at this time. I suppose that it will take another month or two before the Origami are actually produced. I have never gone through this process before, and really had no idea how long things take to happen. I will be curious to see the results for the Katana especially as it had two sets of older kicho papers. It was judged as Fujishima the first time and judged as Shitahara the second time.
  11. This piece of fabric came to me by way of my grandmother. It is fairly heavy, and is quite detailed. It was used as a wall hanging in her home, and has a channel at the top that a wooden dowel goes through. It is sewn onto a cloth backing. Is this just a wall hanging or was it originally part of a kimono? I thought that it might be part of the sleeve of a formal kimono. The motif is cranes. I also see chrysanthemums and drums. Thoughts from the group?
  12. Welcome Giulio! You have found the right place.
  13. I was not aware of the actual symbology of the feathers. Thank you for telling me about it. That’s one of the things I love about this group. There is always someone who can help me learn more every day.
  14. Here is the koshirae of my sun-nobi tanto. The saya is aogai-chirashi, the menuki are a feather design in shakudō, the fuchikashira is an engraving of ume tree and flowers on silver plate. The tusba is iron with a feather design on the rim and ishimeji on the surface. The kozuka of the kogatana is silver in what I think is a ishidatami pattern.
  15. Just out of curiosity, how many of you still own the first sword that you ever acquired? I still have the first gunto that I bought, and I really can't see myself selling the first nihonto that I bought. My mind might change later, but I really enjoy just holding it in my hands and studying it. It certainly didn't cost a fortune, and is only has hozon papers, but I think it is a beautiful piece. I look forward to acquiring higher quality blades in the future, but short of winning the lottery, I don't think I will ever have a juyo blade in my collection.
  16. Welcome Ken! I know from my limited experience so far on this board that the members here are great with answers to questions. There is a wealth of experience here, and the members seem to come from every level of experience. I think you will find any time spent here is time well spent. In this hobby, I would rather spend time than money, and a well asked question might save you a lot of grief with any future purchases!
  17. I received an interesting email from the vendor of my sunnobi tanto that came in very early this morning. They asked me to check my parcel to make sure they didn’t send me an additional koshirae. I’m pretty sure I would have noticed that straight away. I hope that if someone did receive a koshirae that they shouldn’t have, that they would let the vendor know.
  18. Hello and welcome! I have found the Connoisseur’s Book of Japanese Swords by Kōkan Nagayama to be a very useful addition to my library. There are other great titles listed in the forums FAQ section.
  19. Aside from his prices seeming to be extraordinarily high, are there other reasons this seller is to be avoided?
  20. Hello! Once I have posted a photograph on the forum, is there a way to use that same photo in another post without having to post it again? Thanks!
  21. A question for the group. Pardon my ignorance, but what do you normally do with a kogatana in terms of polish and restoration? I most often see kogatana for sale in a fairly distressed condition with quite a lot of age and staining on the blade. I have a kogatana in a kozuka that I bought along with my sunnobi tanto to fill the empty space in the saya. I think that the pattern on the kozuka goes nicely with the rest of the koshirae. The blade is almost black. Is there any value at all in having something like this polished? It is signed "Hizen Kami Fujiwara Kuniyoshi" Using the forum's kaji pages, I think it is as follows in kanji: 肥 前 守 藤 原 国 (?) 吉 I know that mei on kogatana are most often false. Thanks for your input!
  22. You do beautiful work. Thanks for sharing.
  23. I really like the sense of motion in this tsuba. The tiger looks very put out by being rained upon.
  24. So this seller is located in the USA, but the sword seems to still be in Japan. That looks like its torokusho wrapped around the shirasaya.
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