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About Bazza

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    Sai Jo Saku
  • Birthday 02/08/1944

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    Melbourne, Australia
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    All Nihonto - blades, tosogu, lacquer.

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  1. Yamashiro, Koto... BaZZa.
  2. Bazza

    kinmichi wakizashi

    That yakidashi looks like ski slope!!! BaZZa.
  3. There are none so blind ... BaZZa.
  4. Yas wrote: > I think the Japanese stirrup is shaped like sandals so that when the horse doesn't follow the instructions, it must be able to jump off immediately. Could I suggest that a "sandal" stirrup provides a more stable platform for standing up and shooting arrows even with the horse at gallop?? BaZZa.
  5. For those of you not receiving Academia emails this just popped into my inbox. Its a comments stream resulting from the article with some interesting questions and answers. https://www.academia.edu/s/096d6faf59#comment_799722 BaZZa.
  6. Well worth the read indeed. Thanks Peter for the reference, much enjoyed. BaZZa.
  7. Nice condition and patina. It certainly doesn't appear to have ever been brassoed (polished/cleaned) and here I find myself on the 'manhole cover' side... BaZZa.
  8. Bazza

    Nobuyoshi blade

    Johan, What we are seeing here are rust pits and kizu (flaws) of a sort called tateware (forging flaws along the grain). Furthermore the whiteish banded appearance is most likely shintetsu (core steel) showing through the kawagane (skin steel) either through over-polishing or poor quality forging. It would be helpful in this regard if you could present a photo of the tang taken directly above the back and including the munemachi (back notch). BaZZa.
  9. Gents, I have just "tuned in" to this thread for the first time and felt quite wistful that my very brief armour collecting days are long past. This post is quite unrelated to armour in general, but quite specific to the mon shown in Post #24 and Post #29. Some ten years ago I briefly had in my possession a friend's wakizashi and it was sufficiently interesting that I photographed it. FWIW and FYI the mon does appear to be identical to that in the above posts and I attach them here. Best regards, BaZZa. aka Barry Thomas Melbourne Australia
  10. micah, with all due respects, it is a noble pursuit to try and fully understand what a particular sword is, but in this case I truly think it is a lost cause and not worth the intellectual agony. I have been down the same road decades ago when I was trying to understand Nihonto, so I appreciate your "need to know"... But (there is always a 'but') might I suggest you keep this sword for what you can see in it and get thee along to a sword collector's show or meeting and get to grips with what good swords in good condition look like. There are many rocks in the road to appreciating Nihonto and this is one of them. An anecdote from my distant past may be helpful. I once saw a sword in another collection and desired it, but kept my feeling to myself. A few years later I looked at it again and said to myself "What on earth did I ever see in that sword??!!" So, if you decide to keep this sword put it away in the back of a cupboard and look at it again in a few years. Come back here and tell us your feeling. Most of us will still be here... BaZZa.
  11. Bazza

    Nobuyoshi blade

    Johan, Shinano no Kami Fujiwara Rai Nobuyoshi is a "big name", so we really do need to see good photos of the full tang both sides. On the blade photo above, to me, I opine that this blade is not a genuine work of Rai Nobuyoshi. Best regards, BaZZa aka Barry Thomas.
  12. Bruce, Bruce - wherefore art thou??? BaZZa.
  13. I've hesitated because the pics are somewhat low res. I have two Nobuyoshi katana, one Hozon, the other Tokuho. My 'thought' about this one is that the tsuba is a dud and the fuchi shown a modern repro, which to me suggests a 're-dressed' blade for sale. I have no confidence in the blade signature at all - it looks 'wonky' and 'insubstantial'. Simply collectable as Peter says - if its genuine. I would need to have it in hand before acting on it. BaZZa.
  14. Might it be a famous view??? BaZZa.
  15. Piers wrote: > Sanju Makibari Piers, Surely it is niju?? The only sanju gun I have ever seen was HUGE and weighed as much as an anchor!!! BaZZa.
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