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Mark C

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  1. Got nothing more to offer that has not already been said but what are peoples thoughts on the saya cover? Doesn't look like the normal leather usually found. Mark
  2. HI Mark, Habaki seems to be foiled copper.
  3. Thanks Geraint, I was going to ask about the gate symbol on the tsuba but having read the posts I now know what it is. I've only had the koshirae three days and I've learnt so much already. All the best
  4. Thanks Dale, After reading about Namban tsuba I can clearly see two dragons chasing a gem and the dragons are embedded in arabesque. Bit confused about Chinese/Japanese origins but I've only just started to learn about nanban tsuba so give it time. All the best
  5. Hi All, Picked up this Wakizashi koshirae in fairly good condition. Would it be classed as a Handachi koshirae? and is there a name for the layered/surface finish on the fittings? Any thoughts greatly appreciated. All the best
  6. Many Thanks Ray Regards Mark
  7. Hi All, I just cant get these two mei. Is the first one " No "? Many thanks in advance. Mark
  8. Great, Thank you Steve. All the best
  9. Hi All, Hope I've put this in the right section. I'm looking for some help on the red Kanji? please. It's on a black lacquer tanto saya. It looks as if it was added at a later date than the Wisteria Mon that is on the other side. The red Kanji seems not to be the same quality as the gold Wisteria Mon. Any help greatly appreciated.
  10. Thanks all, I shall continue to store them off sword and in the dark. All the best Mark
  11. Hi All, Unsure if this question has been asked before, Apologies if it has. How do you keep your sword tassels safe, Do you leave them on the sword or are they stored elsewhere? Currently I have 6 swords with tassels and I keep the tassels off sword in a ziplock bag attached to the saya ashi. I do this as the swords are not on display and stored in their own sword bag that risks potential tassel damage every time you take the sword from and replace the sword in it's bag. Interested to hear peoples opinions. All the best Mark
  12. Difficult to get in the UK so I have used Zeiss microfibre cloth for a few years with no problems. Available from Amazon. Mark
  13. Hi Adam, Can I please have: Japanese Sword Surrender Tags- R Fuller- £80 The Yasukuni Swords, Rare Weapons of Japan 1933-1945- Tom Kishida-£45 PM sent Regards
  14. Info below Jon. 20th June 2021 fair is now CANCELLED The next fair is going to be 19th September watch this space for further updates Superbly located at The National Motorcycle Museum, Junction 6 of the M42 Birmingham, B92 0EJ, adjacent to the Birmingham International Airport It is the UK's biggest and best antique and vintage arms fair Showing: antique & vintage sporting guns, airguns & deactivated guns, collectors edged weapons, bayonets, daggers, armour, uniforms, headgear, badges, medals, decorations & other militaria, books on related subjects. Part of the event Entry Time Ticket price Dealer & keen collector preview 08:30 to 10:00 £ 8.00 Public admission 10:00 to 14:30 £ 5.00 Children under 13 free admission. Event ends at 15:00 Future Events Dates 21st February 2021 20th June 2021 19th September 2021 21st November 2021 20th February 2022 19th June 2022 18th September 2022 20th November 2022
  15. Sorry Bruce, No numbers or stars. Regards
  16. Hi Bruce, I didn't mention a blade just the saya.
  17. Hi Everyone, Here's my offering. Nagasa of 14.6cm Regards
  18. You are right Ken, Not provenance and I would never claim that it would be. I personally think it is just interesting info to have.
  19. Hi Everyone, Hope you are all well. I was giving my small collection an inspection and clean when a thought crossed my mind. I wondered if I could find the sale history of any of my swords, So I chose a tanto attributed to Aizu Kanetomo. Jumped onto Google and surprise surprise, I found three different sites selling my little tanto. 1 – Ebay from a Japanese seller (Dec 2017) 2 – Militaria dealer in the UK (July 2018) 3 – Militaria dealer in the UK (Feb 2020) 4 – Me (Dec 2020) That’s all I can find for the moment and obviously this only covers shop/dealer sales and not personnel sales. I keep a file on each of my swords and this will be an interesting addition to this tanto’s file. Just wondering if anyone else has done the same thing with their swords? All the best
  20. Mark C

    Ara nie

    Apologies for the washy picture. This is unattractive. on a Mitsuhiro Gendiato. Regards
  21. Hi All, Here is a picture of my label/sticker if of any use. Obviously wooden saya leather covered All the best
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