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  1. If defenestration (throwing him out a window) doesn't work, you can fenestrate him with a tanto (definition #2): fen·es·tra·tion /ˌfenəˈstrāSHən/ Learn to pronounce noun ARCHITECTURE the arrangement of windows and doors on the elevations of a building. BOTANY•ZOOLOGY the condition of being fenestrate. MEDICINE a surgical operation in which a new opening is formed, especially in the bony labyrinth of the inner ear to treat certain types of deafness.
  2. I have also been told by others that these were Meiji period for export, though they usually have older swords in them.
  3. Oh, and please, please, please, if you have not been vaccinated for Covid-19, do it as a gift to your family, friends and self. It truly saves lives.
  4. I am so sorry to hear this, as Larry was a friend and fellow enthusiast. The Minneapolis show organized by Larry and Chris has been the only show that I have had the time to attend over the last decade or so and getting to know Larry there, I appreciated his larger than life personality, his great sense of humor and his generosity to others. I will truly miss Larry and send my condolences out to his family and many friends.
  5. I think that Darcy has had two Ko-Mino kozuka like the one on the Kunishige. This is one of the two that I happen to own (it had no papers and was the cheaper of the two). The one in the auction may be the same school, I don't know. https://yuhindo.com/mino-ryu-kozuka/
  6. Thank you John, Dale, Mark and Morita San. Is that a book worth having?
  7. I know of the fame of Wakayama. Was Kanzan Sato considered to be a true expert in kodogu? I see many hakogaki by him and have several myself.
  8. I agree the prices were high, bordering on absurd. It's my impression that the Japanese sword market is actually climbing lately, as the same can be seen with lower quality pieces at local auctions. Jussi, everything you say about #22 is right. The all in suite silver signed mounts were quite good though, and the menuki looked quite fine to me. The mounts were even better on #19. I studied the mei carefully and was convinced that the Yokoya Soyo mei was good on the tsuba and matching fuchi kashira. There was a set of fittings with NBTHK papers by him on Yahoo.jp that reached the price of the whole sword recently. I agree with Luis about the kozuka, and would think that it was closer to a $3000 piece considering how nice the kokatana was, in addition to the fabulous gold dragon kozuka. All said, I have to admit also that I am relieved that I didn't get either. I had set bidding limits for myself of 7,000 and 5,000 on those two, but got swept up in the heat of the moment.
  9. That would be greatly appreciated John!
  10. Thanks to all of you. I am amazed that Ford San and Morita San could figure it out just by looking at the photos! Is that an important book for tsuba collectors to have? Cheers, Bob
  11. I just bought a tsuba that looks just like one listed in a book that they shared with the ad. I am including a photo of the tsuba as well as two photos of the book shown in the listing that has a tsuba attributed to Hayashi Matashichi. Sadly, they didn't mention the book name in the listing. The tsuba I bought has NBTHK H papers to Higo. Do any of you by any chance recognize the book that is pictured? I can't read the page number but it looks to be 1XX.
  12. Tony, if you want to buy swords via Yahoo.jp, the best way to do it is via Kelly Schmidt. He will bid for you, receive the item in Japan, apply for the export permits and clearance, pack it well and ship it to you.
  13. It has some nice activity. An 85% discount sounds pretty good too!
  14. It is in shingunto mounts in fair condition. The tsuka has a little unraveling of the ito, but the menuki are still there. The tsuba is unpierced. The saya has a little oxidation and one dent in it. I think it could be cleaned up with a little effort. By far the best part of it is the blade, which is in a beautiful state of polish and the original polish was very good. There are a few scrapes on it, maybe from the saya, but no rust or even dark spots. I would be happy if people could tell me a fair market value for these swords and then I can list it in the for sale section or sell it to somebody that inquires about it. I will take some photos this week in preparation for that. I collect before Meiji and lately before muromachi.
  15. Are there folks out there that collect these? I am willing to part with it.
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