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  1. Get Yurie’s book. I have Connoisseur’s and Facts and Fundamentals, but find that her book is a great third opinion. I also like her chronological method.
  2. I don’t know. Sounds too good to be true, but the price point, if it stays below 1K, might be worth it if you like the blade and horimono. I doubt its what the mei claims it is.
  3. This is an item for sale (now on Hold—no, I’m not the buyer) from th Facebook Nihonto Group. It’s a wakizashi and it has a very strange metal ito wrapping, meaning the metal around the rayskin is flat metal made to look like fiber. Anybody have any info on this type of tsuka maki? Custom work? Chinese shenanigans?
  4. And don’t forget, libraries also may have some good sources and they can transfer books inter-library. Usually colleges and universities tend to have good books. You don’t get to keep them, but can always extend your check-out. I found the MET book Grey mentioned in the Lone Star college system, here in the Houston area. Great piece.
  5. I like the idea. I know there’s some folks here around here in the Houston area. Back in CT, friends and I who collected European swords (modern remakes) usually got together and talked, drank, and used (cuttesting, Liechtenaur school practice, etc.). Of course, nihonto gatherings would have to have safety and security as number one, due to some pieces members would bring being $$$$. Aside from that, I think a relaxed chit-chat environment and improvisational learning are good atmosphere for a laid-back club. Kind of like NMB in real life.
  6. That’s the most frustrating part in researching smiths; this was “smith name”, but he had 4 smith’s who also used his name the following decades, and oh yeah, he had two previous names, one not recorded. Oh, and another smith from the northern provinces also signed blades by that name for 10 years. Good luck with he identification! Every historian’s (nightmare) dream come true.
  7. First thing that caught my eye was the pronounced funbari. Usually I have to look to see it on a blade. Very nice blade, though. @omidaijo I’ll be downloading your book as soon as our new house is finished and we close on it. I swear!
  8. I must have missed that part (or forgot it). I did take that book out from the Lone Star library system a few months ago. I guess I need to check it out again.
  9. Of course, you will take better pictures of the details of the blade right? RIGHT?!
  10. That nakago is . . . something else. I also suspect f%#&ery has been had here, but I’m no expert.
  11. @mas4t0 What book are these excerpts from, Mark? I’ve been delving into Japanese visual arts lately. I got 101 Great Samurai Prints by Utagawa Kuniyoshi (woodblock prints) and have been meaning to also explore suiboku-ga.
  12. @Jussi Ekholm Absolutely agree! Fun for nerds like us! I think the value is now manifold higher with 5 pages of in depth opinions as well as hard data of one kind or another. My original intent with the post, though not clear at first, is to organize in some way the data and experiences of board members where it is more easily accessible. If online data had weight like gold, this thread would be heading to Fort Knox.
  13. This is the good "blowback" of this post. We're not just addressing the difficulties of grading, but also the other factors that would otherwise take years to hear and internalize when it comes to the nihonto world (at least to us, westerners) and the filtering of the associated jargon.
  14. Hi Vieira, Here is how tamahagane steel is made:
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