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  1. I believe you translated the mei correctly! Good work!
  2. Well, I am not in a position to say if the mei is valid or not. I found a reference mei in here (scroll down). The mei in this oshigata looks very different from the mei in your post.
  3. Maybe: 阿波守藤原康綱 I'll leave the rest of the translation to you, you were going into the right direction, but check your translation of the first kanji
  4. Thanks to all for your kind comments! I am not going to pretend I know more about habaki making than any of you. I just would like to say that silver is a very nice metal to work with, and not as expensive as you may think. Secondly, lack of skill can partially be compensated by working more slowly.
  5. I have a koshirae project going on, where I plan to build a low-cost koshirae for a blade with a hagiri, so that I can have a nice display piece with little value that I can use in lectures, and let also less experienced people handle it. Well, I realised that I did not have a habaki for the blade - probably lost it somewhere. Anyway, the original habaki was a battered plain copper one, so no big loss. Being on holiday, I decided to give it a try and make one myself, although I had serious doubts about succeeding. So I bought some 2 mm thick silver plate, special brazing materials, a torch, watched a couple of youtube videos and started. I want to emphasize that I would not do this on a valuable blade; hammering a silver plate around the nakago is a little scary business. Why I decided to use 925 silver instead of copper? Well, it is more ductile, looks better, and the material cost me only 45 Euros. The first brazing trial was a total failure, but then I tried Bergeon 5337 brazing rods with flux core and then things started to go smoothly. I finished the project today, pics attached. Well, it is not perfect but does the job. Actually, I was rather happy with the result, since this project was more a learning experience than anything else.
  6. ...and IYE398, Joshu ju Minamoto Ietsugu... Strongly agree with Chris, forget about the shogun. I would assume, however, that the blade was signed before the time of Tokugawa Ietsugu - who died at the early age of six, by the way. Furtehrmore, the Shogun's name was written 家継 and not 家次. BR, Veli
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    Tsuba arrived

    Aesthetically pleasing! Reminds me of some Bushu school tsuba... BR, Veli
  8. Hi Dan! Would you be so kind and upload a couple of pics of the blade. The nakago (tang) looks, well, somewhat suspicious to me... I hope I am wrong... BR, Veli
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    Strange kinsuji

    Thank you all, and special thanks to Darcy for excellent additional pics and enlightening explanation of nijuba. Should you wish, I can later provide a full set of photos of the blade as well as the NBTHK attribution, but I need to wait until the latter half of January before I can publish the pictures. BR, Veli
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    Strange kinsuji

    I encountered a blade with bright, long kinsuji running outside of the hamon. I thought I'd share a picture, since this was something I hadn't seen before. Kinsuji inside the hamon, yes, but so clearly outside... no. Any educational comments? BR, Veli
  11. EMS out of Japan is ok as long as there is a direct flight to the destination country, operated by a carrier that happens to have a freight contract with EMS on that specific route - as I bitterly learned... BR, Veli
  12. Czech Republic + Sweden case: http://www.militaria.co.za/nmb/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=20674 Veli
  13. Dear friends, There has been a lot of alarming news lately about problems with shipping swords via Fedex and EMS. Thus I propose this topic for sharing information about shipping failures as well as successful cases, but since this trouble seemed to escalate in late October 2014, let us discuss only recent issues, i.e. November 2014 and later. Real cases only, please, no hearsay... My own case: I Bought a katana at DTI on November 1st. I told the dealer that I never had any issues with EMS shipments from Tokyo to Helsinki, so he tried to ship the blade via EMS. But they told him they cannot ship because there is no direct flight connection between Tokyo and Helsinki. First I thought this was just a mistake because both JAL and Finnair fly directly from Tokyo to Helsinki. But unfortunately EMS Japan has a contract with SAS (Scandinavian Airlines) only for shipments to Finland, and SAS flies via Stockholm. So EMS Japan cannot use JAL or Finnair on Helsinki route, although they have contracts with JAL on other routes. Then our backup plan, Fedex, backfired too because they categorically refuse to transport weapons... Luckily one of the Finnish collectors is in Japan and will bring the katana for me as checked luggage. So, no nihonto shipping between Japan and Finland any more, except as checked luggage, which seems to work without problems on Finnair and JAL flights. Veli
  14. Mumei, attributed by NTHK as Den Koudai Tsunahiro. In full polish. Hitatsura hamon, Itame/masame hada. A few minor lamellae openings typical for masame hada construction. Rare and aesthetically pleasing shape for a wakizashi: kanmuri otoshi with naginata hi. I have had this blade for a long time. Owning it has been a great pleasure. Its beauty is hard to catch in photos. I am selling it to fund a major nihonto investment. The blade is in a new shirasaya. Asking price 2500 USD/2000€ + shipping (reasonable offers welcome). A lot for a mumei wakizashi, a bargain for a Soshu den hitatsura blade with a rare shape. A donation to NMB will be made if sold here. More information about the blade: http://nihontofinland.com/7 BR, Veli
  15. 高田住行長 You can have fun and do the translation by yourself :D BR, Veli
  16. Now this is why nihonto are called art swords... wow Veli
  17. This was a nice exercise!!! Veli
  18. Hi Paul, Thank you for your insightful comments! I would like to keep my mind open about the age and maker of the blade until I find examples of similar workmanship. That said, I am inclined to think this is an older blade: The hada and hamon show signs of several polishes; the hagiri looks battle-inflicted (some bending was associated with the hagiri); someone has tried to polish the hagiri out a long time ago, but without success; the patina of the O-suriage nakago looks much older than shinshinto; and the workmanship looks wild and organic, giving a koto impression rather than shinshinto. The original nagasa looks a bit on the long side for this to be a Keicho Shinto blade, although the sugata would match that idea. I do not think the sugata resembles a typical late Muromachi or Shinto sugata. About this blade belonging to the Uda school… an idea worth considering! However, the mihaba is wide, the sori is shallow, and the shinogi is low, so not sure if this matches with a typical Uda Daito. BR, Veli
  19. Thanks a lot Darcy, Hojoji Kunimitsu did not come to my mind when looking for examples of the same kind of workmanship. There are clearly some similarities in the Hamon outline. One of the most distinct and peculiar characteristics of my battle-damaged blade are clusters of Ara-Nie scattered on the Ji, and on some places also on the Shinogi-Ji. Any ideas where I might find examples of similar Ara-Nie formations? BR, Veli
  20. I recently purchased an interesting blade which unfortunately had a hagiri. Luckily the seller was an honest person and we swiftly agreed upon a fair price reduction. The hagiri was very hard to spot, so no blame to anyone, no harm done. Despite the hagiri, I find the workmanship quite unique, and would like to hear your opinions and observations. The blade is not worth much, so the discussion can flow free and relaxed Most of the pictures have a link to a high-resolution image, so please try clicking on them. The pictures can be found here: http://nihontofinland.com/25 If you prefer, the photos can be freely uploaded on the NMB pages, but due to their size, I decided to start by providing a link. Veli
  21. 濃州関住兼弘作之 Find out the rest by yourself :D BR, Veli
  22. Wow, I cannot see anything that would directly speak against the Tadayoshi being Shoshin... there are some aspects in the mei that are not the most typical but still seem to be within the documented variations. Let's hope for the best ( in spite of myself being guilty of the deadly sin #6 ) Veli
  23. Just a guess, but maybe 藪下義光 Yabushita Yoshimitsu Veli
  24. The blade signature in comparison with the reference... My personal opinion is that it is not chiselled by the same hand. And note tachi mei vs. katana mei... Veli
  25. The mei does not really match with the Kanehiro mei example in the Hizento Handbook. Veli
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