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  1. Thank you all for the great information. I know that I have a lot to learn on my new quest. I appreciate all of the support that I have received from everyone on this site. The welcoming nature and effort at teaching a newbie about Nihonto has been unbelievable and welcome. Thank you all for all that you do and thank you Brian for running it. A donation to help with the effort will be coming soon.
  2. Does anyone have any ideas on the second one? I can send more pics of it as well. It is also in great shape but unsigned
  3. Thank you all for the incredible advice. It is greatly appreciated. I may do the chicago show first. I live about 3 hours from there. If it is a sword of historical value, I will treat it with the respect that it deserves. 5000 or more wouldn't be a problem, as I said, to me this is a work of art, no different than any of the paintings that I have. It will be treasured for generations to come. It really is in great shape.
  4. What is the best way to learn to read the Mei? I have quickly discovered that google translate is useless. Are there online resources to smiths names and how to read dates and locations. I fascinated how so many here can so quickly interpret the Mei.
  5. Do you have any idea of the cost of having the sword polished , determined by length of cutting edge, new saya, shipping fees of the agent and shinsa? Money isn't an issue. If it is worth restoring a damaged monet or Rembrandt for a few thousand, it would be worth it just to preserve the history.
  6. The guys on here have been great in identify the Mei as Shigimasa on my katana that came back from WW2. There are however many Shigmasa's can anyone narrow it down based on the appearance of the blade or the signature. I plan on eventually having it polished and getting a shinsa. Just curious how old it could be.
  7. Perfect. Thank you. ありがとうございました
  8. I looked to see if the ashi could be unbolted and placed on backward but it looks like it is some form of brad connecting the 2 sides, not a bolt or screw
  9. Thank you Bruce. Does a mumei blade = without Mei?
  10. Thank you. So does this one look like what I thought it was?
  11. We're a lot of these war era ones unsigned? I thought that the ones that weren't stamped has a painted signature on the Tang. On this one there is nothing.
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