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About drjoe

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  1. nice daisho recently for sale (but sold now I think) http://sanmei.com/contents/media/A58786-7_S2229_PUP_E.html?fbclid=IwAR3sIBjfH4045wDc7niYzgdwkTW2EaOWYfbDk-HN4gaYe59_9Wq-f5EoB6M
  2. Looking to buy catalogs from the NBTHK Shinsakuto Competitions... this year's just went on sale... I'm interested in any of the from the past couple decades.
  3. Still available if anyone is looking for a higher end, but used, iaito. Warp has been fixed; tsuba has been swapped. Joe
  4. English translation courtesy of Hiroko and Lonnie Kapp here: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1teJkwb3FxcnD7WDVBsj17YQsAfCjp7bj/view?fbclid=IwAR0H5nl-9kGWkjfzLFtLpD9GJ75jbgj79tqyDVDDDIc0aLTD41YoYNiUOx8 Does anyone have the results from 2019? I'd also be interested in purchasing any catalogs from these competitions if anyone is selling.
  5. drjoe

    Mokume tsuba

    Interesting example. “Sugata” is similar to another one I picked up. BTW if anyone is interested in buying the non-spiral ones above, send me a PM and make an offer.
  6. In case anyone is interested in this as an iaito, I am happy to report that the warp has been corrected. It otherwise remains in used condition with scratches from tameshigiri and shinae from a corrected bend. Back to $5000 now.
  7. drjoe

    Mokume tsuba

    didn't think i'd like if when I saw the description on email, but as i see it now, that's pretty cool
  8. Hmmm... there's a lot to unpack here and I don't claim to be an expert by any means, but... First of all, I'm not suggesting that shinsakuto are better than older blades, I was just explaining where my interest is as a collector and why. If I had a choice between a Tokubetsu Juyo level Bizen Ichimonji and a modern shinsakuto by one of the best mukansa smiths, I'd take the koto blade. I also completely agree that there are still many good koto blades out there that are in a very, very healthy state of polish -- I've been fortunate to see and handle quite a few up close. Second, while it's said that many smiths are trying to recreate koto blades and many work in a particular style, I wouldn't say that means they're imitating to the point of copying or pastiche. An swordsmith working in a tradition is still creating as an act of self-expression, even when doing utsushimono (by way of corollary, there are Elvis imitators and new rock artists inspired by 1960s classic rock -- I would argue that the modern Japanese smiths are more like new rock artists than Elvis impersonators). Even with something like Ono Yoshimitsu's Yamatorige utsushi, it's not as if he's trying to make an exact copy or that anyone would confuse the original with his work. Similarly, going back in time, it's not like all of the Shinshinto (or any other post-koto period) smiths were just recreating previous work within one of the Gokaden traditions. Was Kiyomaro just doing Kanueji pastiche? I don't think so. And finally, although many smiths do work within a certain tradition, there are plenty of smiths whose work is instantly recognizable as something fairly unique. Sugita Yoshiaki's hadakayaki blades come to mind as an obvious example. Incidentally, I also happen to admire Western smiths who work in the Japanese tradition, not copying the work (sometimes to a fault), but adding to it in their own way. Howard Clark's L6 blades from a performance standpoint or Michael Bell's forge welded cable katana for example. Or Pavel Bolf's work trying to unlock the mysteries of koto blades by experimenting with different orishigane and quenching without clay. Alas, my collection of shinsakuto is modest and mostly consists of second hand blades, so I'm not supporting the smiths directly through commissions, with a couple exceptions. I also enjoy working as an occasional bladesmith myself as a way of creating something while appreciating the larger Japanese tradition (not to mention saving myself from buying more blades made by other people).
  9. drjoe

    Mokume tsuba

    it's just suboptimal (actually too much) lighting.
  10. drjoe

    Mokume tsuba

    I found your Toshisada in my online searches and liked it a lot -- it might be my favorite example. I was lucky to find one very similar.
  11. drjoe

    Mokume tsuba

    yes, assuming we're talking about the "tortoise shell" tsuba, Michimasa was the original translation (see above). what I'd really love to know is that the other side says; something makes me think it's the real mei. Kiyo - something - something it seems.
  12. drjoe

    Mokume tsuba

    Doesn’t seem so... here’s some better pictures of both sides (sorry, not sure why they want to post sideways)
  13. drjoe

    Mokume tsuba

    These obviously have some wear and pictures are not the greatest -- they all look better in hand. Any corrections to my translations are appreciated.
  14. drjoe

    Mokume tsuba

    Finally, two more... One signed Myochin Ki Moritsugu and another mumei.
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