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  1. How much is shipping to US? Is this an option, please private message me.
  2. Thanks everyone for your replies so far; it is appreciated. Even as a very early collector, I know the subject and question has multiple considerations; however, I also intentionally left it open ended. Sometimes you don't know what questions you should be asking and may be surprised of things you never thought to ask about. I collect for my own interest and not for resale. I have been reading, studying, watching auctions in other countries and domestically...almost on a daily basis since April this year. Which, is no time at all in the larger picture! I am looking forward to a lifetime of learning. Best to you and yours, Brian
  3. I am very new to this hobby. I have been reading a lot daily and try to do the best I can. Bought QTY 4 nihonto blades so far this year and it is truly a love and appreciation of the beauty and craft. I hope my inquiry may--in general terms--help others. Other then having a lot of luck, what is a collector to expect at the following price points (Nihonto): $1,500.00 USD $3,000.00 USD $5,000.00 USD $7,500.00 USD $10,000.00 USD $15,000.00 USD $25,000.00 USD $30,000.00 USD $50,000.00 USD and above. I understand it is a lot in a small message; perhaps pick one price point and provide commentary? I also understand it is a very difficult question to ask, given the complexities. So, let us assume all is good on condition, no koshirae, just the blade. Thanks and I hope this helps and is of interest to others. Best, Brian
  4. Received info. requested. Thanks, everyone.
  5. Does anyone have his contact info.? All I have is a name. Any additional advice is welcome.
  6. Friends, I have a katana that has a few smaller rust spots/areas; it is lighter brown/red in color. I'd like to send it to Woody Hall in the spring next year, because I don't want to mail it in colder temperatures and have temperature fluctuations in transit. Am I ok just using choji oil on it until I can have it professionally polished in about six months? Do you have any recommendations you can share? Thank you, I really appreciate it and am uncertain how best to proceed.
  7. FZ1, you are correct. It was just for reference. Sorry for any confusion. Thanks, Jussi, and everyone else. I appreciate it.
  8. Hi Adam, thanks for sharing your post. I am younger collector and new to the hobby, with limited knowledge. Started having interest as a child and for whatever reason only got around to start collecting this year. That said, I really like this blade and think it has an attractive hamon and hopefully the price is OK. Good luck on the house and everything. Best, Brian
  9. It's probably always a good idea to try to learn more. I really like this blade and the saya. If you decide to sell down-the-road, please let me know. I am just a new collector and find it interesting and appealing; I am not a reseller; or really know a heck of a lot about it. It just talks to me, warts and all.
  10. What's the story with #3? Is that wrapped in ray skin?
  11. Geraint and everyone else, thanks for your comments/feedback. I am buying it.
  12. Photos are of actual sword I am considering purchase on.
  13. ^^^^^Thanks for the advice. I am wondering if this defect is repairable.....no question on seller or authenticity....just trying to learn. To be clear, this item and others are not for sale...just to enjoy.
  14. Would it make sense to pursue higher status to get the TH for about $500.00 USD?
  15. Additional photos with the area of concern, all else is in order. Any thoughts would be appreciated. Out of respect to my friend, I'd like to give him an answer as soon as possible.
  16. Friends, I wish I knew more and am being hard on myself. I am reading a lot and very thankful for the shared knowledge here. I have a friend who I really trust and respect, who is offering to sell me a nihonto. This is the maker: https://nihontoclub.com/smiths/IYE381 It has "Kitae" or ware, which I will post in a picture. Otherwise in good condition. What would be a ballpark or approximate price? It is a thick blade, papers, later end of 1400's, signed by a fairly well known person.
  17. Thank you in advance. I hope this post not only helps me as a new collector but many others. -What type of condition issues would be a deal breaker? (Please post photos as an example) -Is there more leniency on condition if the blade is 1600s, 1500s, 1400s, et cetera? -What is an example of structural damage or damage that could not be fixed? (Please share photos if possible) -Obviously, better condition relates to higher price, but on the older blades, is some cosmetic issue expected (other then battle damage?)
  18. Just wanted to give a sincere thank you for translation.
  19. Friends, Hope all is well wherever this message may find you. I have an opportunity to buy a nihonto from around the tear 1500. One interesting item of note is that the signature is filled in with gold. What is the story behind this? Thank you
  20. Sorry my post was a bit confusing. The scabbard is bad and to replace I'm probably sending good money after bad. The wiring on the handle is loose. Is there a way to fix or replace? This deal just left a bad taste in my mouth unfortunately.
  21. Here you go...scabbard is rusty but I cleaned it...blade is like 90%.
  22. Second sword I bought ( I just started collecting in April of 2021). Not as described...Tons of old blemishes on scabbard...blade is good and has a Mon...wire wrapping on handle is bad; still has WWII tag on it and homemade box it was shipped back with. I am a new collector, please go easy on me. What would you do? Thank you
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