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  1. Looks like Jiro Taro Naokatsu and a Tempo 11 date.
  2. Ken, can you let us know how you do it? I have a koshirae that fits a blade perfectly other than being a bit loose where the habaki fits the sayaguchi.
  3. Surfson

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    Congratulations Mike. Is this your first blade? If so, you started at a top level maker and sword. I have a blade by this guy that was discussed a couple of years ago. Please do take proper care of it. It is very easy to scratch these by improper care or to allow them to rust by not keeping them oiled. Enjoy!
  4. My experience is that utsuri is most common in older blades, especially from Bizen, but it can be found in other provinces and eras.
  5. When I finally unpack from our move (everything in boxes since the pandemic has kept us from serious furniture shopping), I will take some photos of some of mine from Murtha. Most of them are Momoyama or earlier, 8cm+ and in good condition.
  6. Glad to hear it John. I like Heianjo and have quite a few of them, including many very good ones that I bought from Gary Murtha.
  7. Necessity is the mother of invention. The beginning of Meiji was a tumultuous period in Japan, especially for kodogu and sword making masters!
  8. This Heianjo just went for 185,000 Yen ($1850) on Yahoo Japan. It is around 8cm and has TH papers. I had no idea that they could fetch this much. Or is it an anomaly?
  9. Thanks Grev. Wow, Bruno, that is so similar! Do you think that yours was lacquered at some point in its life? It also looks like it was mounted, like mine. Since the design is so similar, do you think that the plates are stamped, pressed or cast? Or is it just a similar carving?
  10. By the way Geraint, you mentioned that you think the flowers are peonies. I am wondering whether they might be lilies. I'm certainly not a flower expert, but wonder how to tell in this case. I also suspect that the carving on the mimi is dragons on waves. What think you?
  11. Well done, gentlemen! It is indeed papered to Hirado. I found it to be very appealing and the only thing missing was their frequent use of Roman numerals or letters. I agree with you about Geraint's assessment Peter. I am adding a link to a short discussion about these interesting tsuba by Haynes and McElhinny. http://www.shibuiswords.com/EDLkunishige.html Apparently, a great deal of trade with the west came through Hizen, one of the southern and western most ports in Japan. Even at times when trade was theoretically banned. Consequently, there was a very strong influence of the west, both through items of trade as well as the incorporation of western designs in the art. The term "southern barbarian" was used to refer to the Portuguese that traded with Japan then, and probably reflecting this connection, namban tsuba were heavily made and traded there. Hirado island was a prominent location in Hizen for trade and production. Supposedly there were many that were made to be used as presentations/gifts. This particular tsuba was clearly mounted however, at least based on the nakago ana treatment. It must have had a strong presence, as it is just under 8 cm, the mimi is 7.6 mm and it weighs a hefty 180 grams. I am looking forward to its eventual arrival. If any of you have some Hirado tsuba to share, by all means, please do in this thread.
  12. By the way, if you saw the auction, please don't tell!
  13. A new acquisition, though it won't be in my hands for a month or two until after sea mail shipping. It has NBTHK papers. Any thoughts as to the school and why? I have always liked this school, and wanted an example. I have to say that this piece is in some ways atypical.
  14. Figure on the top of 312 on my Volume 2 is also not very visible
  15. Jussi, have you tracked prices as well? It is my impression that Naminohira and Konaminohira blades are generally reasonably priced.
  16. Hi Adam. I have enjoyed your posts and you post pictures of a lot of your things, which are really quite nice. I hope that you stick around. I have tried to avoid the "fray" which often emerges in these threads, other than offering a jibe or two in a humorous way if possible. In your recent post, you seem to be asking for some feedback as to what you might change to improve the situation. The majority of NMB people never or rarely get into these conflicts. There is a small number that gets into more than their fair share of arguments that get personal, sometimes rather quickly. I have not done a proper study of the posts that lead up to these fracases, either yours or generally; I will leave that to a retired psychiatrist. However, I have observed that there are a few traits found in posts that can reliably induce conflict. You might ask yourself if any of these apply to you. 1. Making definitive statements about either a topic that is uncertain or an area that the poster does not know well. 2. Being argumentative and arguing small points that are either not important or are completely inconsequential. 3. Being overly critical about items that NMB members have decided to share (not only can this one hurt the victim, but it can also be expensive). 4. Getting defensive when others disagree or criticize. 5. Assuming a superior attitude or prescriptive judgement on what is good and what is not. These are just some of the common posts that might trigger a conflagration. Items 1 and 2 are mostly irritating, but items 3-5 can often be taken personally. Many of us do one or another of these on the odd occasion but there have been only a few people, including the dearly departed Ray, who do these things with regularity. Once that happens, the patience of the others wears thin and the responses to even a single transgression can be swift. I hope you find this useful, as it is intended to be constructive. Cheers, Bob
  17. I think that naginata naoshi zukuri have been made in koto, shinto and shinshinto. Okissaki came back into fashion in late muromachi and on through shinshinto. A lot hinges on the sabi in the nakago, and I can't tell how old it is. It does seem to have fairly crisp yasurime, so you may well be right.
  18. Markus, I have the printed copies of book 1 and 2 and quite like what I have read so far. If you find a different vendor to make better quality printing, I would happily pay the difference rather than have it come out of your pocket. Cheers, Bob
  19. I would be interested in it too Dick. I don't collect kiseru but do plan to start smoking pot again when I retire and begin to act like an adolescent again!
  20. I read it as Kagenaga as well, and Inshu would go to a series of listed smiths. It does seem odd that the kuni character was used instead of the typical "in" character. I have never seen a "typo" in a tang, and imagine that they are quite rare.
  21. Babu, please read my post again. I believe that it is NOT a naginata naoshi. It is in the shape or style of a naginata naoshi, but purposefully made that way. Thus, the word zukuri is added at the end, meaning in the style of. Just my two cents worth.
  22. This sword appears to be a naginata naoshi zukuri. Cut down naginata (naginata naoshi) had become very popular, so in the 16th century and later, sword makers started to make blades that were intentionally in the shape of a cut down naginata. The zukuri (tsukuri) at the end of the description tells you that this is the "style, model or type" of production.
  23. You are right about that! This is way off the NMB typical topic, but similar to the search for the Honjo Masamune. Jimi burnt a guitar on stage at the Astoria in New York. A fake emerged years later. It turns out that the real one was given to Frank Zapa and then to his son Dweezil (who names their kid Dweezil?). Anyway, here is a link just for fun. http://hendrix.guide.pagesperso-orange.fr/Astoria-Strat.htm
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