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  1. I once met a man who had collected 25 such swords... BaZZa.
  2. 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
  3. 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.
  4. Sorry about that Piers. Anyone else waiting patiently??? BaZZa.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. EDIT to the above; FYI I put this string into google and there is quite a lot on these three ladies: Sutematsu Yamakawa Oyama, Ume Tsuda and Shige Nagai Uriu BaZZa.
  9. Fellow Nihontophiles, Just saw this in an unrelated trawl: https://www.wsj.com/amp/articles/BL-SEB-88753?responsive=y The article hits a paywall but the introductory text reads: ======================================================================================== THE WALL STREET JOURNAL ‘Daughters of the Samurai’ Sheds Light on a Strange Chapter in U.S.-Japanese History By Barbara Chai May 19, 2015 3:00 pm ET In 1871, five Japanese girls were sent to live and study in the U.S., and become versed in Western culture. Their mission was to immerse themselves in Western customs and education, so they could one day return to their native, Meiji era Japan and share what they had learned. The two oldest of the five girls, who were between 6 and 14 years old, struggled upon arrival and left the U.S. soon after. But the remaining three -- Sutematsu Yamakawa Oyama, Ume Tsuda and Shige Nagai Uriu, all from samurai families -- stuck it out,... ======================================================================================== BaZZa.
  10. I must say it looks less like paint than real lacquer - urushi????? Note the ishime-like appearance. BaZZa.
  11. Brian, I had to get mine from overseas as I recall, because I couldn't find a source in Australia. That might have changed these days. Costa, looking at your AUD $66 cost mine at the time might have been of a similar order. I asked another collector what he did when the cloth became saturated/choked with oil and suggested washing it. He said NO, toss it out and get a new one. I haven't reached that point yet - does anyone else have a point of view on this?? BaZZa.
  12. I'm sure I remember originally seeing a purple cloth elsewhere and was a little concerned when red/pinkish turned up for me. But the label says it all - PRO OPTIC, Micro Fiber Deluxe. I'm sure it is the real deal. Was it expensive Costas, say about $30 to $40??? BaZZa.
  13. I'm intrigued too by the straightness of he nakago mune causing an unnatural (to me) narrowing to the nakago jiri meeting the curve from the ha. With the remnant mekugi ana one can imagine an upsweeping mune and nakago with (perhaps) a lost fumbari. With a present nagasa still at a healthy 27.25 inches/69.2cm the blade is possibly an o-suriage tachi. I think it is time to seriously consider a window in the blade and also the boshi. I think there maybe more to yet be revealed ... BaZZa.
  14. WOW!!! A masterclass by our Wunderkind members. Fascinating stuff to read and lets me know I'm still in pre-school on my way up. The road is steep and long, but the view keeps getting better!! Hats off to all our members who make this a good place to be. BaZZa.
  15. Robert, just to clinch this do please show us the tang, both sides, full-length from notches to tang tip in good photos. I'm intrigued to see what appears to be edge steel and the grooves add another element (I think) not usually seen in run-of-the-mill repros. BaZZa.
  16. I thought Shinto ... Hey George, do stay please. I've immensely enjoyed your posts. BaZZa.
  17. Stefan, Without checking I'm sure I remember seeing the portrait of SUKEHIRO in Ono's GENDAI TOKO MEIKAN... Nice sword, beautiful nakago and mei. BaZZa.
  18. Serves me right for sleeping in!!! I'm still in love with the Yamakichibei I bought from Steve a couple years ago. This one (now) of Robert's has a passing resemblance to mine. Good buy. EDIT: It's probably better that the tarts are spread around!!!! BaZZa.
  19. Dolls, I believe so. I have seen these with my own eyes on a kozuka. Now if I could just remember which of my mates' collections has it... BaZZa.
  20. Very good stuff Trystan. I once read an intensely interesting book about John Birch's time in China during WW2. I recall he was involved in saving a US aviator on one occasion. I no doubt still have the book - somewhere!! BaZZa.
  21. Thomas, thanks. Yes, that is the situation. I guess I could attach the PDF, but that might be an infringement under some law or other. I'd forgotten about this, sorry, but there is another avenue to try. Hopefully I'll be back... BaZZa.
  22. Simon, All-in-all I think you've done well. Authentic object with an original nakago not cut down, paper, koshirae and shipped from Japan without objection from the carrier. Well done. Two things: - it's MONJU not NONJU - the koshirae may be modern - BUT - its a very good piece of work Lastly, I can't recall a nakago jiri sliced off at an angle like this one. Anybody have a clue about this??? BaZZa.
  23. As an undesirable ruffian I'll stick my neck out and say this sword has to be Shinshintou ... BaZZa.
  24. Tachimei as well. This a very interesting sword indeed, thanks for showing it. Kudos to Morita san and other efforts. Considering the translation work it would be nice if we could see a suite of photos of the entire sword - blade full length, koshirae full length, with closeups of tsuka etc etc etc. BaZZa.
  25. If it helps the discussion along I collect debts ... Perennially... Still, you should see my (small, somewhat insignificant in the big picture) collection... I also collect because my wife lets me... BaZZa.
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