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  1. I usually have shinsa done before restoration, unless I have no doubt about the sword's authenticity. I haven't studied the mei on yours at all. But the company that it keeps (i.e. the very nice mounts) and the hamon are both helpful to give confidence. It's not that hard to submit to NTHK shinsa, and restoration for this sword in Japan is about a $6000 proposition, so yes, unless you are sure it is shoshin, I would suggest you submit it.
  2. That is a great site John, thanks. I have a Omi Daijo katana in general's mounts that have a family mon. When I get back home I will have to see if I can figure out who carried it!
  3. Hi Chris. Looks like an Edo era wakizashi, possibly by the Kaga school, based on the tang shape only. You can take some ivory or horn and rub it to remove the active rust on the tang. Some oil on the blade is a good idea too. My guess is that it would not be worthy of a polish based on economics, so I suggest you study it and move it along. It might fetch a couple hundred bucks on eBay. Hope this helps.
  4. It's a nice blade in aikuchi mounts,Tatyana, and worthy to be enjoyed. The hada, or grain of the steel, is attractive, the tanto is in a good state of polish and has some Gassan features. If this is your first sword, it is an excellent study piece. Hopefully it didn't cost you too much and when your studies are completed with the tanto, you can get your investment out and find the next piece to enjoy. Welcome to NMB!
  5. Maybe Volker Hoffert will chime in, as he is very knowledgable about the Minatogawato and the Yasukunito
  6. I didn't realize that this is possibly the same as Minatagawa Masatada. He was the original sensei in the shrine as far as I know but had a relatively short career. I have been lucky enough to have two of his blades. You can find some information about him online, and there are also a couple of books about the Minatogawa, one by Kishida and the other by Wallinga (very hard to find).
  7. Nice sword and nice thread. Looks late Edo to me and very worthy of consideration for full restoration. Is it missing seppa? If so, it may be loose and there is danger the habaki will put undue wear on the very nice tsuba. I just skimmed the thread, so sorry if I am repeating what others have said, but I would think that the next step is to get it into shinsa, though I am pretty confident that it is genuine. By the way, nice posting Geraint!
  8. Wow, that Ki kanji really looks like a tortoise, and has a tail like a rye (dragon)
  9. Did you buy it? I would like to know more about it, as it is an interesting inscription. I'm away from my books and don't know about either of those men.
  10. Yes, Byron is the first name, I misremembered it. His polish work looked like the one in question.
  11. Was that polished by Brian Shimizu?
  12. The yasurime are not inspiring of great care exerted during finishing, however
  13. You are correct Vince, it may just be machiokuri, which is when the machi is moved up without shortening the end of the tang. There is a little kurijiri on the end of the tang, so it is possible that it is the original jiri.
  14. So sorry to hear this and I hope you recover it. I do have to echo what Grey said for any of you who might ship a sword. I buy the heavy cardboard tubes with plastic ends. They are incredibly strong - a full grown person could stand on them and they won't crush.
  15. Vince, I think that it is unlikely to be a lost treasure, and is probably not worth submitting to shinsa to get an opinion as to school. Kirill is probably right that it's late muromachi. You never say how long the cutting edge is, but I am guessing under 20", is that right? It seems to be in decent polish and the mounts are nearly all there (other than the kurikata), which means it could be enjoyed by an entry level collector and doesn't really need any serious restoration. So, with no papers, and being a cut down wakizashi, I would estimate that it would bring $800-1200 or so at a sword show or an online auction, possibly more or less depending on the quality of the photos and listing.
  16. I see a fair bit of tobiyaki/hitatsura, some kinsuji, some gunome with long ashi, some yo.... What does the tang look like? Also, is that rust in the shinogi ji or just some red clouds reflecting?
  17. Here's one I sold on ebay last year. I had had it in the closet for over 20 years. Not sure if that is the type of damage you were looking for. This one clearly took a bullet, and I always imagined that it may have save the life of its owner at the time.
  18. It looks like it could catch and hold a rope as well.
  19. Based on George's attribution that the design is a chrysanthemum, I would think of a shishi dog - chrysanthemum theme for it. I think that Umetada might go well with it.
  20. Hard to make out. Maybe Seki Kaneshige. Do you have better photos? It has the "feel" of an arsenal blade, perhaps hand made.
  21. Thanks Ian, much appreciated. Cheers, Bob
  22. Ian, is that a recommendation or are you neutral?
  23. Thanks John. It's funny how some paper to Higo, others to Hayashi. Yet they look nearly identical. Well, I am happy with mine, considering the one you just found is nearly 5 times as costly!
  24. 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.
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