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  1. It seems to me the issue raised has more to do with incomplete attributions that lack any real value for the time and money invested, rather than the questioning of the basic attribution... It isn't a cheap proposition, in terms of both time and money. I think the issue is a valid one and the question deserves to be answered. I just don't think this venue is the place to get anywhere with it. As I intimated, the NBTHK-US would seem the appropriate place to start.
  2. 備前介藤原綱俊 天保二年八月日 Bizen no Suke Fujiwara Tsunatoshi Tenpo 2nd year, a day in the 8th month So you were quite close! This is an unlisted smith.... It almost seems like a bit of a prank- using the Bizen no Suke title from Koyama Munetsugu and the mei of Tsunatoshi, whom Munetsugu is thought to have studied with....
  3. Have you brought this to the attention of the NBTHK-US?
  4. Not a problem, just a general observation....I understand the need, just is unfortunate where it appears.
  5. cabowen

    Nanban Tsuba

    The Donald Trump of the day?
  6. cabowen

    Goto Tsuba

    後藤清乗 Goto Seijo is my guess....
  7. The Meikan lists this smith as being a Naoe Shizu smith, from Mino, student of Kaneuji, from O'an (1368-75). This paper was written ostensibly in 1973, 2 years before the Meikan was published. So some other source was used for the info on the paper above. Who knows where it came from...I think the important take away about it is it was attributed to a Naoe Shizu group smith, not Bizen, and Nanbokucho period, by people who had it in hand and who should know something about what they are looking at...I think it's a reasonable start.
  8. You are most welcome....Regardless, it appears to be a really nice sword- congrats!
  9. No idea who or what the Kyushu Appraiser Association is, but the bottom says clearly states in Japanese what I mentioned above. There seems to be some connection between the sword, the paperwork, and the NBTHK/Ueno National Museum...
  10. 長州萩住井上清高作 Choshu Hagi ju Inoue Kiyotaka saku
  11. Looks like poetry or some sort of literature...
  12. It says at the bottom: Ueno National Museum/NBTHK so I would tend to think this sword was appraised and this paper written by someone there affiliated with the NBTHK.
  13. There is a well regarded line of Kanenobu smiths from the Kaneuji group in Mino in O'an (1368-75) (兼信). I would defer to the NBTHK appraiser who, if the paperwork is to be believed, apparently actually handled the sword... Do you have a kantei-sho or only this handwritten paper? The paper was written by a Japanese- possibly a representative of the NBTHK.
  14. It is a traditionally made blade by a good smith. When showa-to are going for $1600+, this to me is more than reasonable. Why, I wonder, do most of the swords this seller lists have the same "look" to the polish????
  15. That had to have been a real $%##7% for the togi-shi....Very interesting- thanks for sharing....
  16. cabowen

    For Sale

    No doubt most have some sort of financial constraints and (hopefully) buy/sell within those constraints. But let's be honest: collecting anything but the absolute lowest quality Japanese swords requires at a minimum a disposable income of some sort. It's just not a hobby you can actively participate in forming a collection at anything but the very lowest level unless you have the capability to drop several thousand dollars at a pop. This is not elitism, it is reality. Once one has seen quality, it becomes hard to be satisfied with less. I knew several sword enthusiasts in Japan (notice, I didn't call them collectors) who attended every kantei meeting, exhibition, etc. yet owned not 1 sword. Shibui! When I asked them about this, they said they simply couldn't afford the type of sword they would want to own and rather than live hand to mouth to own a nice sword, or own something of poor quality, they simply studied great swords every weekend at a kantei meeting and let the owners worry about the care and feeding of these treasures. Makes a lot of sense. I often wonder why we don't see this attitude more in the US... Instead, we see people spend years collecting all sorts of very poor quality items rather than studying and focusing their limited resources on a few quality items. Back when swords were $20 a piece, you could collect treasures for next to nothing and those at any financial level could assemble a wonderful collection. Unfortunately, those days have passed and collecting quality swords, like it or not,, has become what it has always been in Japan- a rich man's hobby. Just like most types of art collecting. Some continue to live in the past and instead of developing an eye for quality, knowledge, patience, and awareness of a good deal, insist on treasure hunting and bottom feeding. When they ask for opinions and are told their items are poor, they get huffy and cry elitism... Speaking personally, I became interesting in collecting gendai-to when in college and I couldn't afford older swords of quality. I recognized that there were those of very good workmanship and that the market wasn't valuing them (in my opinion)) properly. Now, the better ones are no longer $400-$500 but $10,000 and more. I rarely buy anything anymore for my collection-partly because really good gendai are scarce but also because they are expensive. But I haven't lowered my standards and started buying poor quality, cheap items simply because I can. I would rather not buy anything than buy poor quality items. For those on very limited budgets, I would suggest finding something undervalued, saving for that great deal that shows up (like this one), and make careful buying decisions with a long time horizon, rather than buying low end items willy nilly and hoping for a miracle. One should also keep in mind that there are always other hobbies that are less expensive but can be equally interesting and fulfilling. I have found these very alluring, and much less expensive than a good sword! As a bonus, they are a good excuse to drink sake:
  17. cabowen

    For Sale

    Glad to see someone stepped up. Deals like this don't come along that often.
  18. I have seen many chemical analyses of tamahagane and there is NEVER more than tiny amounts of elements other than iron and a carbon...
  19. That is very odd and quite unusual. There should be no material amount of copper in the sample. I would ask the NBTHK...
  20. cabowen

    For Sale

    That's a steal already...TIme payments on a $1600 sword? Really?
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