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  1. Can't access that link for some reason Dale. Does it end in html?
  2. Bill, as you can tell by the rating of 100 points in Hawley, he is a famous maker. He was the son of Tsuda Sukehiro, one of the most famous shinto smiths, and there are many gimei blades with his mei, so on both accounts it is worthy of study. There are many examples of his mei available.
  3. That page from Markus' book indicates that Akao and Ito are similar lineages, which resolves my earlier questions. I like the work a lot.
  4. It looks like it may well be healthy to me and deserving of restoration. You might try some Nevr-dull or acetone on it, in case some of the dark color is old grease that has hardened. The hamon does have a Mino/Seki feel to it, but the yasurime is not the classic criss-cross that older Mino koto blades have. The more distal nakago ana appears to have been chiseled, so it may be a koto blade with little sori or it may be kanbun shinto as has been suggested. I doubt it is younger than that. The mounts appear to be decent Edo era mounts and the tsuba looks like it might be a Tadatsugu pierced design (is it signed?).
  5. Nice listing Grey, and good luck with it!
  6. What time will you go and what time will that be in the US time zones? Sounds like fun if it works out.
  7. Surfson


    Just got my first bunny rabbit kodogu and happy to join the thread. Jeremiah, I hope we didn't bid against each other on this one!
  8. Looks like a nice find. The hada to me looks more like a masame nagare than ayasugi, but that would still be consistent with Gassan. Just to be sure, is the cutting edge 32"? Reference to "the blade" is unclear, as that could be total blade or just cutting edge. As to it being signed katana-mei, does anybody know if the ko-Gassan signed tachi mei or katana mei? I look forward to hearing more about this sword.
  9. Kosuke Daijo and Sukenaga were most highly regarded. Here are the final pages from a review by Craig Bird in Art and the Sword volume 1. Sorry if the pages are out of order! It
  10. Agreed, thus my use of the word "often". I haven't studied the mei with the books, but just from memory it looks likely to be good.
  11. If it has been on the site for a long time (it is possible to tell by the serial number of the sale, though I don't know the code), you can make an offer on the blade. I have gotten discounts (typically 5% or so) in such cases from Aoi in the past.
  12. Hi Nathan. It's an interesting sword, and has much to like about it for collectors of shinshinto makers. Sukenaga is arguably one of the two best of the Yokoyama Bizen school (there is an Art and the Sword article about them I think). The mounts are nice too. The seppa are interesting thick ones, presumably in gold foil. The tsuba looks like Umetada to me. The mounts on the saya and tsuka appear to be en suite; it looks very black like shakudo on the saya, but the tsuka makes me think that they are all silver with some sort of black patina applied. The activity on the sword is unusual for Sukenaga, including a "jewel" (I guess) near the kissaki, a long stretch of suguha, the typical Sukenaga choji/gonome, and what looks like a rendering of Fujisan. As Tsuruta san, or his associates, describe the hamon: "This blade is called Fujimi Saigyo which means Mt Fuji and other mountains and also Miho Matsubara(it is beautiful see side contrast of Matsu trees and seaside). The sentry from the view from the point(Miho Matsubara) Mt Fuji is excellent scenery.
  13. If you are going to boil them, be sure that you use deionized (distilled) water. "Hard" water has a lot of minerals in it.
  14. I have a couple of Sukenaga blades, that I pictured down this link. Often they have a kiku mon and ichi:
  15. For the envelopes. I have had papers for which the envelopes have been lost.
  16. Marki, I just skimmed this thread, but will comment that the sword you posted appears to be a very stout sword, long, thick and heavy, as is typical of Koyama Munetsugu. Some collectors find the Hamon of Munetsugu, and his student/son Sokan to be slightly repetitive. I own both a Koyama Munetsugu and a Sokan (tanto and katana respectively) and find them to be very pleasing blades. At the price that is being asked for the one you are asking about however, I would say that the mounts must be of outstanding quality. I think that a TH Munetsugu in just Shirasaya, even one of this size, would be half of that price, so if you are seriously interested in this blade, you should be sure that the mounts have great value. I didn't see photos or descriptions of the mounts enough to tell whether they are highly important.
  17. Brian, the most valuable commodities in sword collecting are knowledge and experience. These can be had a myriad of ways, but extensive reading, attending sword shows and, if you have the inclination, buying and selling in order to learn by ones experiences and, especially, mistakes. With these things, and hard work, there are still plenty of undiscovered treasures that you can unearth at sword shows or on eBay or in other auctions. They are still rare, but can be found. I am aware of friends finding important swords or fittings, and I have found a number of them myself, at prices less than $3000. Of course, they will usually require shinsa, restoration, more shinsa etc. If this is one's temperament, a person can build a wonderful collection on "sweat equity".
  18. Surfson

    Unique Tsuba

    By the way, I bid on it, but was cautious because of doubt about the mei and lack of papers.
  19. Surfson

    Unique Tsuba

    Piers, it had a Myochin Muneyoshi signature on it, though I couldn't find great examples. There was one from the Met signed Muneyoshi, but the chiseling was different. It is certainly in an "armor maker's" style.
  20. Every sword is different Brian. It is hard to find a juyo katana for under $20,000. Upper limits are hard to set, as a famous maker sword with Hozon papers can be worth over $100,000 in some cases (e.g. Kiyomaro or Nagamitsu...). Good entry level pieces can be found at the bottom of your range; as prices go from $5000-10,000, the condition of the polish and the quality of the mounts tend to increase dramatically. In-polish, tokubetsu hozon katana from jo-saku makers and better with nice mounts can be had in the $10,000-20,000 range. Just a very rough answer. Your question is like saying I have a car in my garage. How much is it worth?
  21. Surfson

    Unique Tsuba

    That nice Myochin 24 plate tsuba went for 254,000 yen. Did anybody on NMB get it?
  22. I'm looking for a bunny Jeremiah. Is it inside the tube? Nice piece.
  23. Mark, there is also often a shinsa in Chicago if that is more convenient to you. If you do decide to come, I would be happy to have a look at the sword and go over it with a fine tooth comb. A show would be a good place to find a nice pair of menuki as well. Another unknown in this thread is the extent of the repair to the says that will be needed. If it needs replacement, a new says in Japan can be costly ($2000-4000), though the product is beautiful. It's a nice sword and I'm happy that you are excited about it and want to bring it back to its previous glory. You will be amazed at how nice it will turn out.
  24. Mark, if it passes shinsa in SF, then I would send the whole sword to Japan for restoration. That can include the saya, having new seppa fitted (I would recommend gold foil covered seppa), rewrapping the handle (does it have menuki?), making a tsunagi (wooden sword) for the mounts, making a shirasaya and, of course, polish and papers from the NBTHK (preferred to NTHK papers). Total cost would be $5000-8000, depending on work required.
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