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  1. I have also been told by others that these were Meiji period for export, though they usually have older swords in them.
  2. Oh, and please, please, please, if you have not been vaccinated for Covid-19, do it as a gift to your family, friends and self. It truly saves lives.
  3. I am so sorry to hear this, as Larry was a friend and fellow enthusiast. The Minneapolis show organized by Larry and Chris has been the only show that I have had the time to attend over the last decade or so and getting to know Larry there, I appreciated his larger than life personality, his great sense of humor and his generosity to others. I will truly miss Larry and send my condolences out to his family and many friends.
  4. I think that Darcy has had two Ko-Mino kozuka like the one on the Kunishige. This is one of the two that I happen to own (it had no papers and was the cheaper of the two). The one in the auction may be the same school, I don't know. https://yuhindo.com/mino-ryu-kozuka/
  5. Thank you John, Dale, Mark and Morita San. Is that a book worth having?
  6. I know of the fame of Wakayama. Was Kanzan Sato considered to be a true expert in kodogu? I see many hakogaki by him and have several myself.
  7. I agree the prices were high, bordering on absurd. It's my impression that the Japanese sword market is actually climbing lately, as the same can be seen with lower quality pieces at local auctions. Jussi, everything you say about #22 is right. The all in suite silver signed mounts were quite good though, and the menuki looked quite fine to me. The mounts were even better on #19. I studied the mei carefully and was convinced that the Yokoya Soyo mei was good on the tsuba and matching fuchi kashira. There was a set of fittings with NBTHK papers by him on Yahoo.jp that reached the price of the whole sword recently. I agree with Luis about the kozuka, and would think that it was closer to a $3000 piece considering how nice the kokatana was, in addition to the fabulous gold dragon kozuka. All said, I have to admit also that I am relieved that I didn't get either. I had set bidding limits for myself of 7,000 and 5,000 on those two, but got swept up in the heat of the moment.
  8. That would be greatly appreciated John!
  9. Thanks to all of you. I am amazed that Ford San and Morita San could figure it out just by looking at the photos! Is that an important book for tsuba collectors to have? Cheers, Bob
  10. I just bought a tsuba that looks just like one listed in a book that they shared with the ad. I am including a photo of the tsuba as well as two photos of the book shown in the listing that has a tsuba attributed to Hayashi Matashichi. Sadly, they didn't mention the book name in the listing. The tsuba I bought has NBTHK H papers to Higo. Do any of you by any chance recognize the book that is pictured? I can't read the page number but it looks to be 1XX.
  11. Tony, if you want to buy swords via Yahoo.jp, the best way to do it is via Kelly Schmidt. He will bid for you, receive the item in Japan, apply for the export permits and clearance, pack it well and ship it to you.
  12. It has some nice activity. An 85% discount sounds pretty good too!
  13. It is in shingunto mounts in fair condition. The tsuka has a little unraveling of the ito, but the menuki are still there. The tsuba is unpierced. The saya has a little oxidation and one dent in it. I think it could be cleaned up with a little effort. By far the best part of it is the blade, which is in a beautiful state of polish and the original polish was very good. There are a few scrapes on it, maybe from the saya, but no rust or even dark spots. I would be happy if people could tell me a fair market value for these swords and then I can list it in the for sale section or sell it to somebody that inquires about it. I will take some photos this week in preparation for that. I collect before Meiji and lately before muromachi.
  14. Are there folks out there that collect these? I am willing to part with it.
  15. Luis, it is certainly possible that the filing removed a mei. However, if you believe that it is nambokucho, then it was almost certainly shortened significantly. My guess is that there was a hole in the tang that was removed along with the mei when the osuriage occurred. This filing is in any case above the lowest hole, which would mean that it didn't remove a mei or that the lowest hole is the original hole and the sword's original length was slightly more than 60 cm, something that is very unlikely if you think it is nambokucho. Not conclusive, but I still think that the sword is truly osuriage (meaning that the mei was cut away also) rather than a short sword that has had its mei filed off.
  16. The joy of collecting nihonto transcends the cost for the most part. I remember the thrill of buying my second blade, a signed out of polish wakizashi, that cost me less than $200. As your collecting advances and your taste and understanding improve, the thrill is still there, whether your budget can take you to pricier and fancier items or not. If your budget is not large, then the game is to go out and find swords that are priced way under their value. If you must, you can then sell them and have a larger budget for your collection. As we see on this board all the time, it is still possible to buy blades for a couple hundred bucks that turn out to be worth thousands. (does anybody remember Georg (?) who picked up a cheap blade at a police auction that turned out to be a world class Kiyomaro, likely worth several hundreds of thousands of dollars? The best tool to unlock this is to study, study, study.
  17. Hi Luis. The Kunishige (#19) was an interesting blade. It had features that were reminiscent of Hasebe. It was hard to see if it had some hitatsura or, as you said, some utsuri. Most Kunishige listed were early, so if it wasn't Hasebe, there was a hope it would end up with another descent attribution to a nambokucho or maybe Oei smith. The mounts were wonderful and the reason I was bidding. The Soyo tsuba and fuchi kashira were probably good. If I was more of a fan of katakiribori work, I would have bid harder. I thought that #22, the katana with silver mounts, was likely osuriage nambokucho, even though they listed it as shinto. I didn't think it had a mei removed from the existing nakago but rather was shortened a couple of times with additional finishing on the tang. The silver mounts were nice, it had solid gold dragon menuki and the kozuka kogai were ok, but I doubted the mei on both of them. The guribori was probably urushi, as you said. When I compared the "layers" to those on my pieces, they were very irregular and unconvincing as layered metal. It was my impression that most swords with big names on them were gimei, sadly. Most of these swords likely came over during Meiji times. Even then, I imagine that the Japanese were not eager to sell their best items to the west. I think that the best collections built during those times were by people who actually were going to Japan and could find the best pieces, rather than those buying the pieces that showed up in France or the rest of europe. The Nosada went for a decent price and may have been ok but I didn't study it too carefully since an acquaintance was going for it. Here are the others that I thought had bad signatures on them: Muramasa Echizen Tsuda Sukehiro Kawachi no Kami Kunisuke Suishinshi Masahide Taikei Naotane Jirotaro Naokatsu I didn't see any potential juyo pieces, though #22, depending on who it papered to, might have had a shot.
  18. By the way Luis, that one blade with what looked like guribori, the guribori was simulated. If you look at the description, they even state that. Good thing you didn't get it!
  19. It is in shingunto mounts. The blade is quite bright and in excellent condition. Were these swords hand forged? It seems to have a fine hada but visible.
  20. Your uncle, or whoever brought it back, was smart enough to cover it in cosmoline or some other form of grease. If you take a soft cloth with some acetone, you might be able to clean that off pretty easily and you may be surprised to find that the blade is in pretty good shape, having been protected by the grease.
  21. This kind of activity with swords is measured in years, not months, Nick. I would suggest you wait for the next NTHK shinsa in the US.
  22. Thanks Ray!!! I would have never guessed that and finding it in the cursive book would be hard too.
  23. The first character doesn't look like Kane to me - maybe a strange form of Yoshi?
  24. Took a chance on a 27" gunto and it has this mei. Second character is Naga. Any clue as to the first character? Cheers, Bob
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