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  1. Posted before with no luck. Can anyone translate this script on my saya? For reference it is on an early Shinto blade. The writing is under the decorative cap on the end of my saya. I know it’s probably not super interesting, but that doesn’t stop my curious brain, haha. Thank you in advance Cheers,
  2. Thank you again for the advice and kind words. I hope to have it polished and papered after I save a little money. I will definitely post back here whenever I have that done. (Might be a little while). I responded to Surfsans question about the expert I sent my sword to in a private message. I didn’t want to post his name publicly, just incase he didn’t want me to. If you’re curious, id be happy to answer any questions about that in a private message. Thanks again everyone! cheers!
  3. I plan to save up the money to have it polished. It's sentimental value makes it well worth it to me. Having it in such bad shape drives me crazy, and I've spent so much time trying to observe the Boshi and just cant quite see it. Thanks again! I appreciate the kind words about my sword
  4. Thank you Steve. The expert told me that too, I think his comment was a nice way of saying “this is no Masamune” or sword made by a known masterful smith, haha. It’s certainly a piece of fine art to me! and I’m beyond excited to have a real Nihonto as a springboard into studying. I’m also a history buff, so it’s all just very fascinating and exciting to learn about. I hope to respect it and preserve it the best I can. Thanks again for your input; following the threads on this forum has been a wealth of information, and full of amazing swords to look at. I hope to add to my collection someday
  5. Script on end of saya under decorative cap depicting crashing waves
  6. There’s some writing underneath the saya cap, and some on the top of my tsuka. I have been struggling to get a translation and I hope someone can help! for reference this is on the saya and handle on an early Shinto, mino school, Mumei katana. thanks for your help, cheers,
  7. Apologies for reviving this thread from the dead, but I recently received my sword back from an expert (whom I found through this forum). And I wanted to share with ya'll what I've learned, and what he was able to share with me about this sword. Looks like your kantei was very very good! After seeing my sword in-hand, the expert believes it to be an early Shinto blade (maybe but less likely late Koto), Mino school, and a downstream late generation smith of the Kanemoto lineage. It is not an "art sword" but rather a utilitarian made sword, and on a scale of 1-10 of "quality of smithing" he said it was around a 4 or 5. In addition, he says it is restorable, but like has been mentioned, the process will probably cost more than the sword is worth. I still hope to have it done someday. This is all fantastic news for me! I'm just excited to have learned so much about it. I'm still very novice in this hobby, but studying my sword has been a lot of fun. Blade length: 26.75 inches (67.94cm) Nagako length: 7.15 inches (18.16 cm) Thanks to all those who have commented, Cheers!
  8. Very interesting, and thank you for the info! I’m still a very early learner, and with every page I turn, I’m enlightened to how little I know. Cool collection and thanks!
  9. Really interesting stuff and amazing sword. This is the second cutting test sword I've seen on NMB lately! Did every cutting test get inscribed into the nagako? How likely is it that these tests were done, but not recorded into the sword? Or was this practice only done with swords of high quality?
  10. I would be very excited to own this sword. Polish aside, what a cool piece of history; and dramatic hamon to admire. Cheers!
  11. The Tsuba is not signed unfortunately, but I love its design. Thank you for the info and input! I’m looking into getting it restored soon For a better look at the fittings I have a post in the Tosogu forum with some close-ups of the Tsuba
  12. I’m aware it’s likely not a “special” sword or a particularly valuable piece. Especially after seeing all the beautiful examples shared on this forum! But it’s special to me, and it would be a personal joy and achievement for me to restore it. Thanks again everyone for all your help!
  13. Thank you for clearing that up! and also the polisher recommendation. Thank you Stephen as well! I've done a lot of research on my sword, and I've come to terms with the fact that I will very unlikely get a solid date on it's manufacture. Because it's unsigned and I can only share photos. At least until I get it to an expert. I fully intend to get it analyzed by a professional sometime in the next few years. All the information you are all providing, gives me rabbit-holes to go down with my own hobby research, and I appreciate it! I hope to learn everything I can about my sword, and others, with my investigation. That being said, I understand that only so much information can be provided from photos. Thanks you all for the info, it's been a big help and a lot of fun investigating. I hope to preserve this sword, and maybe add more to my collection someday. Cheers!
  14. That's interesting and would make some sense being shinshinto. The menuki on this piece is a depiction of a mouse on an ear of corn, and while I was informed corn was brought to Japan by the Portuguese in 1579 (thank you user Spartancrest in the Tosogu forum), I can't imagine it was common enough crop to be making menuki in the Kanbun era. I could easily be wrong there, I'm far from an expert. I always thought IF the fittings are original, or near original, it would date the sword past the Kanbun era. I know fittings are often changed throughout the swords life, so it was just my uninformed thought/theory - before I was leaning Kanbun Can you explain what a copy of a Margoroku is for me? Is Margoroku a Kanbun smith or other era smith?
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