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Mark Green

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  1. A 'no kami', and a 'daijo' ?????? Hummmmm??
  2. Hummm?, Not sure there were a lot of "no Kami" signatures on Koto swords. Were there? The sword looks well used, but Imho it looks good for that price. Nice get! Mark
  3. Awesome. Just seems like yesterday we were making those darn turnips A wonderful talent. Great job Kevin. Mark G
  4. The flaw was never mentioned????? WTF? Mark G
  5. Welcome ?, Nice start. Love Dragon tsuba of any kind. Don't forget to sign your posts. Mark G.
  6. Hi Gary, Welcome. I love Bungo Tomoyuki swords. I have had quite a few, and still do. Yours, to me, looks like a late Shinto period, long, Wakizashi. Or perhaps early Shin-Shinto. Your sword looks very nice. Do you have any full length pics? Congats, on your new sword. Mark G
  7. While I am sure there are those who likely know more. I would think, the most obvious reasons would be: 1. Metal was more precious, the further you go back. It takes a good chunk of raw iron/steel, to make a 5mm thick tsuba. Believe me, I know!! 2. Swords were lighter. A thicker tsuba may throw off the balance. There may be many other reasons. But these seem the most likely. Mark G
  8. Hi Bruno, Wow, I just got mine out, and looked at them close. They look like they could have been made by the same guy. Or at least the same house. I have thought about restoring mine. I have found the right coral. Haven't been brave enough, or had the time to try it yet. They are very pretty. Your tsuba looks great!!! Mark G viewtopic.php?f=2&t=4726
  9. WOW!! That 2nd one is wonderful!!! Thanks for sharing. Great pics! Mark
  10. That! Is a beautiful tsuba. Thanks for sharing. Mark
  11. Very nice!!!! Thanks for sharing. Mark
  12. Wow! That sure is a bummer. I fought beside him in a battle at Gulf Wars. We both had on our pretty samurai rigs. We spent every 'hold', talking swords. I got up with him later that night, and we talked swords most of the night. Seemed like a great guy. He was very helpful, and free with his vast knowledge, of all things Japan. Sad new. Mark
  13. I would say it is very unlikely that sword was used in battle. Unless it was just taken to one, to say it had been there. Maybe for removing heads after the battle. Shrine swords were meant to be used by Gods. You would sure be one, if you could play with that blade for more then one hit. I suppose, if you were lucky enough to chop some guys horse in half as it was running you down, it would be a great moral booster/killer. Mark
  14. Love it!! Shibuichi & shakudo. What is the back? Can we see more pics please?? thanks for sharing, Mark
  15. Wow! Not sure about the theme, but it sure looks like the artist was showing off every punch in the draw, with his texture, and inlay skills. Very wonderful. Thanks for sharing. Mark
  16. I think they are wonderful. Thanks so much for sharing. Mark G
  17. Very pretty!!!! Can we see the other side please. Mark G
  18. Thanks Chris. That was what I was thinking. I will try to get some nice pics of the blade. It is great looking!!! A war bringback. It belongs to the Uncle of a friend. He says there is a Katana as well, I hope to check it out soon. Thanks, Mark
  19. Hi Gang, Anyone recognize this signiture. On a wonderful near flawless hira-zukuri wakizashi. Mark G
  20. Hi Gang, The fittings look like they have all been "cleaned" to me. All the patina is lost. I would feel pretty sure the tsuba has brass inlay. I like it though. It's a shame everything got cleaned. Mark G
  21. Looks like a Tomoyuki to me. Any more pics please? Mark G
  22. Huhhhhhh?????? It may just be me, but I would say very late period tourist piece. Seems a bit overpriced to me. Not many Elephants in Japan. mark G
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