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  1. Thanks a lot guys, starting to feel a bit like Sisyphus, looking at the mountain of knowledge yet to be learned. Not that that's a bad thing. Mike
  2. Thank you in anticipation Piers or anyone else who can help. Mike
  3. Hi Alan, there is a certificate I just did not post it, will correct that now. Mike
  4. Thank you for your replies, they are truly appreciated. I can see the smith you are referring to in Markus Sesko's list, (sorry I don't read Japanese yet so the index in English is helpful) I understand that certainty is difficult with these blades and mean no bad reflection on Aoi, I am happy with my purchase as it is and as described. I was just trying to clear up an issue I noticed when looking for the mei in the index as the index does not list this mei for the Kanbun era smith. I do not have adequate knowledge to know when the reference material may be incomplete or how strict the interpretation is. Thanks again, Mike
  5. Hi Bugyotsuji, Thanks for the reply, I did not mean that there were no Kanesaki's listed in Inaba for the Kanbun period, just none listed as using the specific mei Kanesaki Saku. WulinRuilong above you has already replied that the index must have a lot of names missing. The sword index list has a Kanesaki from Inaba in the Tenbun era who used this mei along with Kaneyoshi yori godai Kanesaki sandai saku and Inshu-ju Fujiwara Kanesaki Would this smith not be seen as Inaba school? Not really doubting the attribution by Aoi, just hoping to learn something and maybe find something more specific regarding the smith. Mike
  6. Thank you for replying, it is much appreciated. I am going to show my deep ignorance and ask a question or two if I may. I could find no information online about the Ianaba school, is this an alternative spelling to Inaba? Mike
  7. Hi, I have just bought this blade from Aoi Art (don't have it yet). They identified the blade as being a Kanesaki from Inaba in the Kanbun era with mei Kanesaki Saku. I have checked Markus Sesko"s Index of Japanese Swordsmiths and only 2 smiths listed have the mei us just Kanesaki Saku listed, one from the Tensho era (p160) and one from the Tenbun era (p161). I could not see one with that mei from Kanbun era. The smith from the Tenbun era is listed as an Inaba smith. Any help with attribution to the correct smith would be greatly appreciated. Thanks, Mike Aoi description Signature: Kanesaki Saku 兼先作(新刀) Shinto: Cyujyo saku:Inaba. (We divide 4 sections for each sword as Saijyo saku, Jyo-jyo saku, Jyo saku, and regular saku) This sword belongs to Jyo Jyo saku ranking. The blade was polished. Habaki: Gold foiled single habaki. Blade length: 65.1cm or 25.6 inches. Sori:1.5 cm or 0.59inches. Mekugi: 1 Width at the hamachi: 3.16cm or 1.24inches. Width at the Kissaki: 1.5 cm or 0.59inches. Kasane: 0.73 cm or 0.28inches. The weight of the sword: 725 grams. Era: Edo period Kanbun era Shape: Wide and thick sword with deep Sori and longer Kissaki. Jigane: Ko-Itame-Hada well grained. Jinie attached beautiful Jihada. There are Utsuri around Habamoto. Hamon: Ko-Niedeki Deki. From Habaki, Suguha then Choji-Midare and Funome- Midare mixed. Special Feature: The sword has Mei as Kanesaki and from the style, we think this is Ianaba school’s Kanesaki.
  8. Hi all, My name is Mike, I live in the Northern Territory of Australia. I have been interested in Nihonto for some time now though I never thought that I would actually own one. Kids have grown up, things are paid off and I have a modest discretionary income now so I just bought my first sword from Aoi. I know the normal advice is to see as many blades as possible first but that is not practical given my location and budget. So I decided to bite the bullet and buy one and begin my learning curve for real. Can't wait to have it in my hands and I am sure I will be pestering you blokes with all manner of dumb questions in the future. The blade I bought is a blade by kanesaki with papers. Regards, Mike
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