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  1. Hello, yes these bags are really very nice and the quality is exceptional . I am already planning to buy a second bunch of bags... but need some more blades as well greetings from Austria Klaus
  2. Hello, very few information English sources available. As I know Markus Sesko is working on a Gendaito book but as I know not finished yet. Most of the sources are in Japanese. Yes WWII blade.
  3. Hello Luis, any plan to sell it without polish (as I am looking for a "cheap" blade)?
  4. from Markus book: SUKESADA (祐定), 8th gen., Meiji (明治, 1868-1912), Bizen – “Bizen Osafune Sanryūshi Sukesada” (備前長船 濽龍子祐定), “Biyō Osafune-kaji-seitō Yokoyama Gennoshin Sukesada saku” (備陽長船鍛冶正統横山元之進 祐定作, “made by Yokoyama Gennoshin Sukesada, legitimate main line smith of the Bizen Osafune school), “Bishū Osafune-jū Yokoyama Suketada” (備州長船住横山祐忠), “Bizen no Kuni Osafune-jū Yokoyama Suketada” (備前国長船住横山祐忠), real name Yokoyama Gennoshin (横山元之進), son of Yokoyama Sukeharu (祐春), gō Sanryūshi (濽龍子), he studied also under the Bunkyū-era (文久, 1861-1864) Sukekane (祐包) and counted himself as 60th gen. Tomonari (友成), he signed first with Suketada (祐忠) and is considered as the last of the Sukesada smiths, even if his younger brother died two years later than him, Gennoshin Sukesada died in 1930 at the age of 75, gunome-chōji with tight nioiguchi and a sugu-yakidashi, chūjō-saku
  5. Luis, Any possibility to show us the blade which belongs to this Shirasaya?!
  6. Hello Manuel, Hello Didier, ah of course you are right!!!! Many thanks for advice!
  7. Hello, currently there a great blade from Ono Yoshimitsu here http://www.touken-matsumoto.jp/en/product/shousai/KA-0278 But I have never seen such Hamon. I am sure that this was intentional, but....?! Any comment would be highly appreciated. many thanks Klaus
  8. Daniel, see also: https://nihontoclub.com/view/smiths/meisearch?type=All&mei_op=contains&mei=Iwami%Kunisuke
  9. Richard, I guess you blade has been made from one of these two smith (form Markus book): KANETSUGU (兼継), Shōwa (昭和, 1926-1989), Gifu – “Kanetsugu” (兼継), real name Maekawa Gen´ichi (前川源一), born January 15th 1904, he worked as guntō smith and died March 9th 1951 KANETSUGU (兼継), Shōwa (昭和, 1926-1989), Gifu – “Kanetsugu” (兼継), real name Maekawa Yoshiki (前川喜儀), born March 5th 1913, he worked as guntō smith and died September 9th 1964
  10. Hi Bruce, here you are: KANEHISA (兼久), Shōwa (昭和, 1926-1989), Gifu – “Kanehisa” (兼久), real name Niwa Kihachi (丹羽喜八), his family name Niwa is sometimes also quoted with the characters (丹波), born December 6th 1908, younger brother of Murayama Kanetoshi (村山兼俊), he worked as a rikugun-jumei-tōshō and died January 1st 1989, jōkō no retsu (Akihide), Third Seat at the 6th Shinsaku Nihontō Denrankai (新作日本刀展覧会, 1941)
  11. Hello, from Markus book: KANEMOTO (兼元), Shōwa (昭和, 1926-1989), Saga – “Hizen no Kuni Nagase-jū Kanemoto saku” (肥前国長瀬住兼元作), “Higo no Kuni Kanemoto” (肥前国兼元), real name Motomura Kensaku (元村兼作), born 1907, he studied from 1924 under the 3rd gen. Mutō Hisahiro (武藤久広) and worked as a rikugun-jumei-tōshō, jōko no jōi (Akihide) , Fifth Seat at the 6th Shinsaku Nihontō Denrankai (新作日本刀展覧会, 1941)
  12. Hello, from Markus book: MASAYUKI (正行), 1st gen., Keian (慶安, 1648-1652), Bungo – “Hōshū-jū Fujiwara Masayuki” (豊州住藤原正行), he was a descendant of the kotō-era Bungo Masayuki lineage and according to tradition the son of Saneyuki (実行), he changed his name later to Mitsuhiro (光広) and belonged to the Aizawa family (藍沢), dense ko-itame, suguha mixed with ko-ashi, some interpretations remind of Hizen-tō, chū-saku
  13. What a great blade!!!! Would like to have the money...
  14. Also bought one, and awaiting to get it... :-)
  15. Hello Barry, it seems I am too late Are all sold now? Would be interesting to buy one copy. regards Klaus
  16. Hi Volker, awaiting photos.. :-) kind greetings Klaus
  17. Hi Jim, quite famous smith. You will find a lot of information if you google him e.g http://www.japaneseswordindex.com/emura.htm from Markus book: EMURA (江村), Shōwa (昭和, 1926-1989), Okayama – “Chōunsai Emura saku” (長運斎江村作), “Emura saku” (江村作), “Bishū Chōunsai Emura saku” (備州長運斎江村作), “Doshū Chōunsai Emura saku” (土州長運斎江村作). Emura came originally from Kōchi (高知) what was the former Tosa province and was from aroud 1940 onwards the head of a prison in Okayama (岡山). He returned to Kōchi in 1943. His gō was Chōunsai (長運斎). In the prison, he operated a forge and a kind of swordmaking school that trained several students. These students in turn worked from time to time as daisaku-daimei for him. It is said that he was a self-taught swordsmith and we know reports that mention that his blades were polished by prisoners. He signed the left radical (氵) of the character for E (江) as curve like ( and the character for mura often like the hiragana syllable o (お). Emura died in 1960.
  18. Hello, from Markus books: KANESHIGE (兼重), 2nd gen., Kanbun (寛文, 1661-1673), Musashi – “Kazusa no Suke Kaneshige” (上総介兼重), “Kazusa no Suke Fujiwara Kaneshige” (上総介藤原兼重), “Tsuji Kazusa no Suke Fujiwara Kaneshige” (辻上総介 藤原兼重), “Kazusa no Kami Kaneshige” (上総守兼重), “Kazusa no Kami Fujiwara Kaneshige” (上総守藤原兼重), real name Tsuji Suke´emon (辻助右衛門), son of the 1st gen. Kaneshige, he temporarily worked in Anotsu (阿濃津) in Ise province, there exist joint works with the 3rd gen. Yasutsugu (康継) and Hōjōji Masateru (法城寺正照), the workmanship is similar to Kotetsu (虎徹), it is said that he also matched his meiburi to that of Kotetsu, he was granted the honorary title Kazusa no Suke which was later raised to Kazusa no Kami, but there are only a few blades extant which are actually signed with Kazusa no Kami, there is the theory that this has something to do with the right that the post of governor (kami) of three provinves Hitachi, Kazusa and Kōzuke was always granted to the Imperial Prince, this right started in the 9th century but was officially never abandoned, that means Kaneshige returned to sign with his former honorary title Kazusa no Suke out of respect for the prince´s title, the workmanship is similar to his father but he also hardened a suguha or gunome mixed with the typical ashi of Kotetsu, the jigane is strong but not that bright as at Kotetsu, we know date signatures from the eighth year of Kanbun (1668) to the fifth year of Tenna (天和, 1685), ryō-wazamono, jō-saku Oshigata for mei comparison:
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