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  1. Sorry it took me a while. Here are a few shots of both sides and the mimi, showing the welding of the two metals.
  2. Good looking Sadakatsu tanto sold today on Live Auctioneers. Thought I would capture a few photos for the NMB. Hammer was $7250, making the total close to $10K once premium, taxes, shipping and fees are paid. Looks like a nice piece, but no papers.
  3. Does she have a website or is it all on ebay?
  4. You did very well Dirk! Shakudo nanako ji is a very common phrase on fittings hakogaki.
  5. They are really quite beautiful in many cases, signed, and made to be treasured, not as disposable tips. I have quite a few, many carved, but have never restored or studied them
  6. Wow JT, I just watched the whole segment. Very, very cool. You are clearly an unusual mixture of artist and engineer. I can see why you like Japanese swords! I got to NOLA occasionally, and will definitely look you up to check out your amazing museum.
  7. I never went to have a look at that piece. Does anybody know if it sold and, if so, for how much?
  8. Based on this thread, and the many others that we have built on Showa 22 and Komonjo, these two believe that building a great reputation is the path to business success (just kidding here...). For some reason, they both have lots of non discerning customers and do a lively business. Unfortunately it is destructive to the greater hobby, as they damage healthy swords and misrepresent false ones. Sadly, despite the decades long complaints lodged against both of them on this thread, they continue to thrive.
  9. As far as I can tell, you have mitsu Mitsu.
  10. Thanks again Kyle, I will do just that and this translation will go into the box. I will take a couple photos of the rest of the tsuba later today or tomorrow and post them. Cheers, Bob
  11. Thanks go to all of you, Morita San, Steve San and Kyle San. What a great surprise that it was made by Iwamoto Konkan! I will have to show you both sides of the tsuba. The other side is iron and very different from the side you can see. The tsuba is the two types of metal welded together right down the middle. I haven't seen that before.
  12. Hi Marco. Which one is the fugu?! I assume it is one of the ones on the tsuba. Does this image help?
  13. Yoshihiro mon jin Edo Yotsuya ju Asai Yoshihiro gyotaku mei jin nari
  14. This is a set of fittings that I have owned for many years. The maker is Asai Yoshihiro, and one of the really interesting features is that the tsuba is made of soft metal on one side and iron on the other (shown is only the soft metal side). There is an inscription that looks like an appraisal underneath the set (see next page). I can make out most of it: Yoshihiro mon jin Edo yotsuya ju is the middle line and Asai Yoshihiro gyotaku mei jin nari is the right side. My understanding is that he lived in Yotsuya in the Edo period and was famous for making fish images. The left line appears to have the name of the appraiser, and I can't figure that one out (see next page).
  15. Mark, I recommend hitting the books. There are a lot of great general books on Japanese swords. You can also spend time on NMB and answer lots of questions that you have just by searching. Grey Doffin's site is a great place to buy books. The bright side of this sword is that it is genuine, has good resting mounts and is in good polish. It is also signed, and Kunimitsu is a very common name, so people won't be concerned that it is gimei. On the dark side, the ware, or flaws in the steel, are quite large and distracting. The temper line is chu suguha, meaning narrow and straight, and most collectors find simple suguha to be a bit uninteresting (although some love it). It's worth maybe $300-600, depending on the market. My advice is to enjoy it as long as you can and study it. Hopefully you got into it cheap enough that you will get your money back or even make a few bucks once you decide to sell it. After you have made progress on your reading and know what you want next, then you have a sword budget from the proceeds. Best of luck with your collecting!
  16. It does appear to be an excellent sword, well done. The kissaki can be repaired, I think. And I still think that the mounts are some sort of unusual court mounts.
  17. Are the menuki any good? Is it missing the fuchi? Is the kashira nice? Even if the sword is a tsunagi, it might be worth a few bucks based on the mounts.
  18. The paper also appears to state that it has gonome hamon and masame hada. I also think that it attributes the sword to the Edo period, making it a true samurai sword. Sadaharu is listed in Hawley's as Kensaishi Sadaharu, and worked in 1866, toward the end of Edo.
  19. My fingers are crossed that the cracks are small!
  20. Judging by the yasurime (filing pattern), it is probably fairly new (e.g. shinshinto or later).
  21. I agree with Matt's assessment. It looks like a nice blade that appears to be in good polish. It's hard to tell more with the photos about blade condition. The papers and the shumei (lacquer mei) are contradictory. I'm not sure that NBTHK or NTHK would paper it if the shumei is incorrect - perhaps others have had them pass swords with incorrect shumei, but I have not. On the other hand, if the shumei is correct, they would likely paper it. Setting value is more difficult, though again, I agree with Matt ($1200-1800 as it sits most likely). You can submit it to NTHK at one of the sword shows and if it does paper to Hasebe, life is good. If you set aside the papers, you are in the uncomfortable position of passing it off as a Hasebe or playing dumb, even though you know that at least one expert (the sword dealer) thinks otherwise. Most collectors prefer to put all the cards on the table and let the chips fall where they may.
  22. You have gotten lots of great advice. I also endorse the order of priority that Tom advises. Finally, when it comes to names, a very good general book for translations based on stroke count is Koop and Inada. Japanese Names and How to Read Them.
  23. Steve, I have seen the first two characters referred to as Ichiryu
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