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  1. I took the sword apart yesterday and took some better pictures of the mei and the nakago. I'm told the Yasuri-me is in the style of Mino school, but that the hamon/choji are not necessarily in the style of known Kanemoto.
  2. @Shugyosha, I took a good hard look at the kissaki area today on the Wakizashi and I can indeed confirm that the hamon/Choji does NOT fall off the edge at any point on this blade.
  3. Thank you! I don't remember the hamon falling off the edge, so it should be fine. Are the age estimates with NTHK usually pretty accurate? This is my first Nihonto with paperwork, so just curious is all.
  4. I picked up a new addition today. Mumei Echizen Seki Group NTHK papered Wakizashi. The paperwork is from September 2006, and says the sword is estimated to be from 1704 to 1711 in the Shinto era, but a friend of mine seems to think it might be a bit older and possibly from the 1600s. The blade itself seems to be in old sasikomi polish and looks fantastic. It is missing the kojiri, but I will have a replacement made and fitted at a later time by a sayashi that was recommended to me. The kashira has a samurai on it, the menuki is a Koi fish on both sides, the fuchi has a depiction of a horse, the tsuba is an iron one which appears to be zogan tsuba. The saya, I'm not sure if Edo period or older, but appears to be nicely wrapped. I only see one small flaw on the blade, but it doesn't bother me much at all. The hamon and choji looks fantastic, but a bit hard to photograph, though, I tried my best in outside lighting. I think For the price paid, I think it's a very nice Wakizashi and I'm happy to have it in the collection. Once the sayashi added the kojiri, I will have him address the seppa on the tsuba to see if a tighter fit is possible. What do you guys think? Flickr album for the rest of the pictures: https://flic.kr/s/aHBqjzVffJ
  5. From a few people I asked, they thought likely Muromachi, based on the hamon/choji style, but I could be wrong since I'm still very new to this.
  6. Yeah, that's what I'm not sure of. The mei (for most people I asked looked more or less good, especially with the file marks in Mino school style), but... The hamon/choji is different than known Kanemoto styles. Not sure on this one.
  7. I received my first Nihonto today. It may or may not be a legitimately signed Kanemoto Wakizashi, but the mei might either be a lesser known Kanemoto signature, or simply Gimei. If it is Gimei, an expert in the field seems to think the blade might be a Sue Bizen blade, potentially, judging by what appears to be a crab claw choji on the hamon, and the overall style of the hamon, but the yasurimei is in the Mino style. If that is the case, that should mean it's from the Muromachi era/period. The fittings are later, Edo from the Shoami school. It appears to have a few small forging flaws, but nothing of any concern since it's going to hang on my wall for my enjoyment. I love the single/dual bohi on the blade, and I think it gives a very unique look! Any input on what this sword may be, if it isn't a legitimate Kanemoto Wakizashi? Another friend suggested, possibly Shiga Seki, but it seems like the hamon might be closest to that, or Sue Bizen. The Hamon is really nice looking in person, but a bit difficult to photograph in its current condition. I don't think this particular one is worth sending to Shinsa, especially if Gimei, and since it was on the cheap side, I don't think it's worth sending for polish either, so it will be a nice entry-level Wakizashi to hang on my wall, I'll appreciate it, and keep it oiled with choji oil. It sure looks great on the wall with my pre-WWII Type 95! I would love some more insight, on what you guys think this blade might be since there seems to be a handful of differing opinions - whether Gimei/maker of the blade, age, etc. Flickr album link, since there's a ton of pictures: https://flic.kr/s/aHBqjzUjyR
  8. Thank you to everyone that chimed in! Thanks to @Death-Ace, he forwarded a contact's info and I was able to score a nice Kanemoto Wakizashi for my collection as my first Nihonto sword! Thank you, @Death-Ace!!!!!
  9. Hi Lev, I'll think on this one, for sure. I'm still kind of mulling over what I'd want out of a Wakizashi, I suppose more of a display piece that I can leave in Koshirae and not have to worry about too much, while keeping it oiled for rust prevention. I sent you a PM asking about your Wakizashi, it is super nice.
  10. Hi Lev, I'll think on this one, for sure. I'm still kind of mulling over what I'd want out of a Wakizashi, I suppose more of a display piece that I can leave in Koshirae and not have to worry about too much, while keeping it oiled for rust prevention.
  11. I'll send you an email with a request for more info, but will also look for others too, just in case. Thanks!
  12. Good evening, As the listing states, I'm looking to buy my first Nihonto, I would like a traditionally-made Wakizashi sword to hang on my wall as a nice representative piece that does not need any restoration work. Below is what ideally I would like to find. I am in southern California, zip code 91701 for shipping. Budget: 1,250 USD. Under budget is a plus. Condition: No restoration needed - I am not looking for a sword that needs any restoration work, polishing, no missing tip, lots of chips on the blade edge, etc. I would like one that is in nice condition with a nice looking blade, fittings, hamon, etc. Signature: Preferred since I'm a sucker for a nice signed blade, but not necessary, so long as it is at least Edo period (or older) Period: I'm not picky, Edo, Shinto, Muromashi are all good to me. Length: Now, this one I am a bit picky on - I would like one that is 20 inches or so. Bigger is fine, slightly under 20" is ok too. Fittings: Traditional nice fittings are what I'm looking for, non-white sheath wooden fittings. (Preferred wrapping color - Black, Blue, but others are fine also) Style: Grooved preferred, though non-grooved is ok. Paperwork: NTHK/NBTHK are a plus, but not necessarily needed, so long that era, maker, can be determined. Please let me know what you have. I would like to research what is offered before making a purchase to make sure it is what I am looking for since this would be my first Nihonto that I am purchasing.
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