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Surfson last won the day on October 14 2020

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  1. What is the total number of tsuba Dale? I assume it is less than 1000 per book. An index of 1000 entries could probably fit on 20 pages double sided, I would think. Of course, the value is that one can look up makers of tsuba in their own collection. It's not an important criticism. In fact, I love the set and will spend many happy hours with it. Cheers, Bob
  2. Dale, I received the two volumes of books on the Tsuba in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and am very pleased with it. I have been going through Volume 1 and will head to Volume 2 next. Even though the artist name is not included for every item, it is for most and the book would benefit from an index. If I can be disciplined enough, I will try to do that for myself.
  3. That looks like the same book that I have, which was purchased a couple of decades ago. I think it cost me about $600-800 even back then. I have used it on occasion, but it's too big to put on the shelf in the vertical orientation.
  4. There are plenty of US collectors and dealers with expertise enough to give you an opinion. An appraisal by one of these folks might be useful for insurance purposes, but it would not be of value to collectors that might buy the sword. Collectors only rely on the Japanese appraisal organizations or the judgement of themselves and trusted friends.
  5. He probably took a stone and ran it along the ha, making it dull. I have seen dealers do this when there are small nail catcher chips. It is easy for a potential buyer to overlook the fact that the ha has been reduced less than one mm.
  6. You are correct Mark. I have gone through them and rated them 1, 2 and 3. I will study the 1s and then the 2s, taking photos and building a file on each of them. I bought a Dymo labelmaker and it can support kanji, so I will make labels for the boxes (or tags if there is no box). It should take considerable time but be fun and stimulating.
  7. There are a few here that are ex. Dale Garbutt Collection!!
  8. Michael, you are right about a tansu. Do you know of one with many shallow drawers on the top and deeper ones on the bottom, so it can hold kodogu, koshirae and nihonto? Alex, I just bought a light box and if I can figure out how to take nice photos, I plan to start photographing my favorites, studying them and doing brief writeups about them. Cheers, Bob
  9. Thanks Bruce. I am in the Island of Chicago!
  10. I had a wakizashi in fairly good polish with ko kissaki that papered as Oei period with NTHK NPO. I eventually sold it on ebay (I don't remember what it brought - maybe $1000 give or take) and the buyer found that it had a hagire, which had not been noticed by me or by the NTHK. I refunded his money and then sold it as a study piece for $50 to a collector with full disclosure about the hagire and only after he promised not to resell it without disclosure. I wouldn't destroy it, and even if I never sold it, it would still find its way into the market when my heirs passed it on. I think that is about the best we can do. There are lots of these dilemmas that we face. For instance, if you have a blade with two or three sets of papers, do you throw away the lesser appraisals and sell it with the best appraisal? Is this ok, slightly dishonest or an unforgivable act?
  11. I think that maybe it's time to slow down....
  12. Those insects can do some damage though, Jesse!
  13. We have had conversations about other swords appraised by Mr. Fimio. Unfortunately, he was apparently simultaneously a dealer and an appraiser, which can raise obvious issues. I suggest that you judge the sword without relying greatly on the appraisal by the "Master".
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