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  1. My first impression was that the stamp was that of a Seki. I apologize for this blurred photo of the stamp - maybe you can determine that it's Seki? I put the sword back together about an hour ago and it's getting late, so I don't have the motivation to remove the tsuka again tonight. I can remove it again tomorrow night and take a clearer photo of the stamp, if needed. Also, nothing but file marks on the other side of the tang. Thanks!
  2. Bruce, the skin is black, although, with the lighting in that photo, it looks a little off. I just took another good look at the tsuka of this kai gunto and it's definitely black - both sides. It feels like sharkskin, though, as opposed to that nice bumpy ray skin we see on some kai guntos, as with many of the high-end examples.
  3. Sorry, Bruce, I was confused. You referred to the Ito and I somehow mistakenly inferred kabutogane and fittings from that. Lol Anyway, here's another photo. This time the lighting is different. The Ito has not been painted gold and I'm grateful for that! And, though it does appear in the photo that the color of the sarute cord is lighter than the ito, when you see it in person, the color of the sarute cord appears darker and much closer to the color of the ito.
  4. Hey guys, I purchased a Kai Gunto a few weeks ago and I've finally taken the time this evening to take it apart for closer inspection, along with doing some very minor black lacquer touch-ups to some saya chips and dings. I used the flour treatment on the one side of the tang for visual enhancement of the chiseled kanji. Just one side of the tang has chiseled kanji - the other side shows only file marks. I would appreciate a translation. Who da smith?
  5. Interesting that you noticed that Bruce. I just thought it was patina unique to the sword and, in this case, the Kabutogane. I'll examine it further and perhaps post some photos of its other fittings.
  6. Here's a close-up of the Tsuka from my Tenshozan Forge Type 97. It has the cord sarute attached. It is the only gunto I own that came with a cord sarute attached and I think it's probably original.
  7. Thanks Bruce! I'm wanting to add a dark brown cord sarute to one of my Kai Guntos and I'd like to find cord that appears as authentic as possible. Anyone have ideas about where to find the cord? Months ago, I found cord at my local Hobby Lobby, and attached that to one of my swords, but the color is a bit too light - not the darker brown I'd prefer. I've been searching online since, however I haven't yet found what I'm looking for.
  8. Thanks guys! Bruce, what is the width of your sarute? I used digital calipers to measure the width of the one gunto I have that has, what appears to be an original, cord sarute attached. It's attached to a Kai Gunto and the width of the cord is approximately 3.0mm with a dark brown color that nearly matches the color of the Ito.
  9. Hey guys, I read the 2018 NMB thread about Cord sarutes and I wanted to know the thickness measurement of the typical rope used - 1.5mm? 2.0? 3.0? And, Bruce, for reference, I have included a photo of the tsuka of your Mantetsu - a close-up of the cord sarute replacement you attached (as mentioned in your post from 2018, all that was left of the original cord sarute was a "nub"). And, where did you acquire the cord? Thanks, Geoff
  10. Studies show that the age of female that men find most attractive is 22. The age range of men studied was from 18 to 70 years. Didn't matter the age of the man - age 22 was the most desirable. Men are innately wired to seek signs of youth and fertility in potential mating partners. It's just our nature. When it comes to Japanese swords, however, most of us would take a nice 500 year-old. Lol
  11. Well, he want's $5K USD for the sword, so that's a bit above my price range, currently. I may help him sell it. Or, if it goes unsold long enough, and he's willing to come down on price, then I may have a shot at it. The one draw back for me, other than price, is that the blade has some serious nicks to the cutting edge and the full extent of those were not revealed in the photos I posted. Anyway, we'll see what happens.
  12. I'm in negotiations now. I don't believe the seller is aware of the sword's value - he just believes it's one of his grandfather's old war souvenirs. But I'm not out to take advantage of anyone and I let him know that it is indeed, an older blade, and from the highly reputed Bizen school. I want him to get a fair price and, of course, I want a good deal. I'll keep you guys posted. Thanks for the help!
  13. So, the sword is of the Osafune Bizen school style and the swordsmith name is most likely Sukesada?
  14. Thanks guys! So, Osafune, of the Bizen school, would be the smith and August 1526 is the date? Or is Sukesada most likely the name of the smith? Here are more photos:
  15. Hi guys, Not sure if I should post this here, or in the Translation section. Since I'm exclusively (for now anyway) a Gunto nerd, I almost always post in this section and I'll start here. So, I recently purchased a Type 97 from this guy and I really like my new Kai Gunto - more will be revealed about that in a future post. However, I just learned that he has another of his grandfather's swords that he is willing to part with and this time it's a Type 98. The mounts are nice, but the blade is a little beat up with some very noticeable nicks on the cutting edge. It could have a traditionally-made blade and I'll explore that later. Right now, I just want the kanji on the nakago translated. Perhaps this is the work of a Seki smith? An RJT smith? A smith from an older era? And, the date may be chiseled on the other side of the nakago - there is kanji on both sides as we typically see with gunto. Attached are some photos of the nakago.
  16. And we saw a Zoheito blade, albeit in nice Type 98 mounts, sell for around $2000.00 on an auction side recently. It was discussed on a thread on this board about a month ago, if my memory is correct. Apparently, some find value in these examples.
  17. There are some interesting and mysterious examples out there, as the one being presented here suggests. The search for the Truth continues...
  18. I think many of us believe likewise Bruce. Lol
  19. Bruce, being a newbie myself (started collecting Gunto earlier this year), you guys taught me to take notice of Damascus steel as one of the more obvious signs of fakery. In fact, that was the first thing I noticed about the sword in question. Thanks again - I'm learning more all the time! And, posts like Robert's reinforce our understanding of fake versus real, and the information shared can help newbies avoid making costly mistakes. Remember, no sword is worthless, it can always serve as a bad example.
  20. John, I posted the photos in the thread you mentioned. Happy collecting! Geoff
  21. Kolekt-To

    The Sanemori

    I usually post in the Military Swords of Japan section on this board since I'm a Gunto nerd. However, the exceptional sword I saw and handled during a recent visit with my local mentor may be worthy of posting here since it, is in fact, Nihonto. This sword had been in Japan for months waiting to be papered. My mentor received it back last week. It was a most enjoyable experience holding this sword and viewing it up close, especially for a newbie hobbyist like myself. Behold the Sanemori!
  22. Per request, I will post photos of the Sanemori sword here - originally posted earlier today under the "Show us your high-class Gunto" thread in Military Swords of Japan category on this board. I had the pleasure of visiting with my local mentor again recently and this is one of the swords he showed me. This sword had been in Japan for months waiting to be papered. My mentor received it back last week. A fine Gunto indeed!
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