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  1. George, I am happy for you that you have made a decision on it.  I expect that after having a new saya and habaki made, and getting a professional polish (best done in Japan in my opinion), it is likely to be a very beautiful sword and a nice family heirloom.  I recommend that you get NBTHK papers after polish if you have the work done in Japan.


    You don't seem to have any expectations that it is a good financial decision, but your attachment of sentimental value makes this a useful and valuable exercise.  


    I do hope that along the way you will learn how to care for it well, as a fully polished blade needs considerable care.  Depending on whether you live in a humid environment, or near a body of salt water, you may have to clean and oil it annually or even more frequently.  There are useful discussions on NMB as to the best way to care for it.


    This has been a great success, as you sought help from the right group, you processed the information you received well, and you made a very reasonable decision.  Even the "expert" that you sent it to gave you the same advice, so I presume they are a knowledgable person.  Was it somebody that you found through NMB?  


    Best wishes, and please post some photos after the restoration is done.  

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  2. Yes, this is a tough question.  Some will just say to start with Masamune and the Jutetsu and your list is full.  Others will focus on Gotoba and very early makers.  Yet others might pick a few of the best/most famous koto makers and then some of the very best who were founders and leading teachers of the shinto and shinshinto movements.  I would try to be in the latter camp.


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  3. Yurie San.  I bought the hardcover from Barnes and Noble and was the one that told you about it - to your surprise.  I assume that you will still get royalty for this?  Hey, maybe when you come out with the final hardcover, they will stop this rejected version.  I'm glad that the content is otherwise the same and have started to read and enjoy the book.  Congratulations on a great project.  Hey, maybe mine will be a "rare early error first edition" and a true collector's item!!   (jodan desu...)

  4. I have a Hojoji Tachibana Sadakuni wakizashi.  It is a beautiful stout blade (9mm thick), and his work was likened to that of Kotetsu.  Yours has a different hamon, but the mei is very similar in style.  It looks like an interesting sword.  I can bring mine to the show if you would like to compare them. 

  5. Markus, I use several of your books all of the time.  I'm sure this will be the go-to Gendai book in english when it comes out, and I will probably no longer pick up Slough.  Any one of your books is a huge undertaking, and somehow you keep generating them.  It has to be tougher now that you have a big job at the Met, but I have no doubt that you will do it.  Cheers, Bob

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  6. My pleasure, Markus.  


    I agree with Brian, that your contributions to our field have been magnificent, and I want to do anything I can to support and encourage.  Patience is a virtue in this field.  Polishing can take years, great swords only come across us occasionally (not counting the Ginza), and great works of scholarship can take a very long time.  I remember Bob Haynes working on his wonderful three volume set for decades.  


    Markus, is it $125 and what is your paypal address?

    Cheers, Bob

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