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Bazza last won the day on August 27

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  1. Scumbags are everywhere - it shouldn't happen to nice guys like Larry. Lyme Disease is a vastly under-rated and misunderstood disease, like Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. I'm saddened to read that Larry was burdened with Lyme for 16 years. Thank you Ray for letting us all know and thanks to Chris Bowen for a heartfelt Obituary. Stephen's story underscored for me that good people are what is the best about Nihonto collecting. RIP Larry. BaZZa.
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    Echizen Sadamichi

    The taka-no-ha yasurime suggest a Mino influence. I know clumsy kanji is not necessarily definitive of gimei, but your pics to me indicate a "rustic" if not gimei blade. How does the quality of the blade stack up?? The sugata and general finish of the polish etc etc. BaZZa. PS: Oh, and on embarrassment, the word is my alter ego middle name after 'Gunnadoo' ...
  3. To give some perspective on the sword, how about shots of the bare blade both sides and tang both sides plus closeups of the boshi both sides???? The hada seems to be genuine enough to me, though. BaZZa.
  4. I'm a bit worried about him 'working on the sword' ... BaZZa.
  5. Michael, Like Alice in Wonderland you have fallen down a hole that will last the rest of your life if it grabs you by the throat!! I think all of your points (as I believe the Western yanone/yajiri collectors call them) are Japanese, however, No. 5 is a puzzle to me with its hollow tang. Reminds me of a fukuro yari and I've not seen a yanone like it. To reinforce my opening sentence you might like to look at this link, an Obituary I wrote for a dear friend of 50+ years who devoted his latter collecting life to yanone, even devising means of polishing them as he could not get professional togishi to even look at them, with one exception: Best wishes, Barry Thomas aka BaZZa.
  6. Jeez!! Fair suck of the sauce bottle! I have rarely read more much ado about (essentially) nothing. BaZZa.
  7. Ian, yes, but - I used to have the same experience as you know and I don't quite feel like a fool. Then as now true Nihonto were my goal and I turned down numerous 'metal hilters' over the years. For me it was also the "holding cost" when money was scarcer and always needed for something "better". With all due respect to our esteemed friends in Type 95 land I still won't buy them and still think they are overpriced. Fifty years ago we were still wet behind the ears (speaking for myself) and looking back there was quite a bit I should have kept, but the "holding price" beat me every time. BaZZa.
  8. Yes, thanks Omar. Extraordinarily interesting, I thought. I was amazed that the hagire didn't happen until the sword was seriously bent. And the "like vinyl" wrinkles in the steel surface we know as mukade shinai. I was surprised the katana kaji didn't know this? BaZZa.
  9. I once met a man who had collected 25 such swords... BaZZa.
  10. Its truly wonderful to see a piece of this quality come out of the woodwork, and substantially undamaged, the chip aside. The koshirae is top, top work and dare I opine will be found to be solid silver. Ken, you are close enough to Ford Hallam to take the sword to him personally. You will only get one chance in a lifetime to do this right and Ford is DA MAN. FYI and in case you (and others) missed it here are two links to Ford working on two of my projects: Restoration of a handachi koshirae. Only the tsuka went to Ford and the blade and koshirae stayed here with me (in Oz). I’ll let the 56 minute video speak for it: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g6FCHbVi0DY The next thing was a wakizashi koshirae (medium sword mounting) that was near complete (only a seppa – a ‘spacer’ - missing), but needed tender mercies from a metalwork genius. The scabbard is going to Japan (from the UK) to have some damage fixed and the lacquer restored. Here is a link to Ford’s ~40 minute video of the koshirae assessment: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X0yk24gfjWg In the beginning he diverts to a short discussion of the tsuka in the next above video. The following bit of work is to have the tsuka re-bound. Congratulations on your find and the courage it took to chase it down, with a little help from your friends!! Vive NMB. BaZZa. aka Barry Thomas Melbourne, Australia
  11. Congratulations John. having just "tuned in" for the day I missed this most marvelous offering by Steve. Earlier I might have been the one who "got to it first" as Curran put it. However, its not all downside as I have other Nihonto bills to pay for equally enjoyable items... BaZZa.
  12. Sorry about that Piers. Anyone else waiting patiently??? BaZZa.
  13. Jon's need of HINOKI for a habaki may well be the right wood, I don't know. However, being a pedant it falls to me to bring to The Peoples' attention the difference between HINOKI and HONOKI. Compiled from internet sources. BaZZa. http://tsukiita.jp/en/publics/index/93/detail=1/b_id=100000007/r_id=1/#block100000007-1 HINOKI (Japanese CYPRESS) Binomial name: (CHAMAECYPARIS OBTUSE) Hinoki is one of the most elegant types of wood in Japan. This tree is a type of cypress that is considered sacred and only grows in this part of the world. Hinoki has been used since ancient times in Japan as a construction material to build temples and shrines. https://maisonmukashi.com/blogs/news/magnolia-obovata-honoki HONOKI (MAGNOLIA OBOVATA) • The wood is solid yet light and easy to work with. • The grain is closed, regular with few knots. • It breaths and drains water easily. Since 1500 years, in Japan, the large leaves are used as substitute tableware and to keep food. Magnolia bark is used in the Japanese traditional pharmacopoeia for its antiseptic and therapeutic properties due to a high natural concentration of tannin. Honoki is traditionally used for the making of sword handles and sheaths.
  14. Enlarging the image it can easily be seen that the iron oxide colors have moved up from the point as it has been heated. Sadly, I think its a dead sword, but maybe the scabbard looks nice enough for a couple hundred bucks - or less. BaZZa.
  15. Steve, that's fantastic work. And Peter, thanks for sharing - is the sword yours?? Would be nice to see koshirae and full length bare blade looking straight down. However, if the blade was made around 1988 how come its in a Gunto type 98 Koshirae?? BaZZa.
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