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Everything posted by cabowen

  1. Did you buy the tamahagane from the shop or pick up pieces from the kera outside?
  2. Often a new shirasaya/koshiare will not allow the complete insertion of the sword because the wood is slightly swollen due to the (higher) humidity in Japan. Once it dries a bit and acclimates to the local (lower) humidity, it may well fit fine. This can be observed in areas of high summer humidity, low winter humidity as well- sometimes in summer a sword will not fit all the way but will in winter. So MAYBE the sword will fit once the wood acclimates. As has been noted, building a koshirae without the blade in hand is a BAD idea.
  3. Does the seppa occlude part of the hitsu-ana?
  4. Ebay cancelled my auction because I mentioned the seller was responsible for funds transfer fees. Here's the Updated link to the relisting. Anyone bidding should contact me first for payment info. http://www.ebay.com/itm/Japanese-Samurai-Sword-WWII-WW2-Bizen-Kagemitsu-Copy-Famous-Smith-70-cm-WOW-/171731912178?
  5. i got a good laugh! I agree, the photos are poor. I need to get a tripod and a much better camera....
  6. The blade would appear to have a name on one side of the nakago (tang). No clue on the other side. There were swords being made in China (Manchuria) during WWII so it is possible that this was made there during the war....The blade is very crudely made and does look very much like the usual Chinese attempts.
  7. Good point Marius but you need to walk before you can run...learning about the quality of the steel and hamon requires an understanding of the terminology, as well as some knowledge of metallurgy. Get a clear understanding of the terminology and go from there. The goal is as Marius mentioned.
  8. Have a look at this excellent WWII era blade done in the style of Bizen Kagemitsu by award winning Aichi smith Tsutsui Kanekiyo. Dated Showa 18, it is over 70cm in length! http://www.ebay.com/itm/Japanese-WWII-WW2-Officer-039-s-Samurai-Sword-Ko-Bizen-copy-Signed-Kiyokane-Wow-/171730578827?
  9. http://ajw.asahi.com/article/behind_news/social_affairs/AJ201112310017 Remember that is an average- meaning there many shorter as well as taller.
  10. Now up to 4 times.... Ken, swords were quenched once. Nijuba can form from a single quench, depending on the steel, forging, construction, clay, etc. You would loose the first hamon if you reheated and quenched a second time....
  11. Jason- Please have a look at these: https://books.google.com/books?id=BWy3gx-0PR8C&pg=PA46&lpg=PA46&dq=inazuma+hamon&source=bl&ots=AcDSUsQGkG&sig=XKLb_MuAAKUQc5LDLod6Gr0tc1M&hl=en&sa=X&ei=yx0PVa56yo3IBMrBgqgI&ved=0CDUQ6AEwBg#v=onepage&q=inazuma%20hamon&f=false http://www.japaneseswordindex.com/terms/terms.htm If you still have questions, let me know...
  12. Whoops! Maybe 3 times is a charm? Sorry about that....
  13. How do you think he does the sukashi work? Traditionally with drills, files, saws, or water jet ?
  14. http://www.nihontocraft.com/nihonto_hamon_hataraki.html
  15. If you have a look at some texts I think they should answer your questions quicker and easier than the time it would take to type an answer.
  16. I would be happy to but first, you need to get confirmation from Fujishiro san that he will 1) ship internationally and 2) make payment arrangements. Please remember that shipping this will probably cost more than the oil. Also keep in mind that to send money to Japan by bank wire will cost many times more than the product. If he will take postal money orders that will lessen the fees considerably but not all countries have postal money orders with Japan- does Australia? He may not want to hassle with postal money orders as well. How many want to spend $60-$70 for $5 worth of oil? If someone wants to organize a group buy, say at least 10 or more large bottles, send me the funds (to include postage), I can get them from Fujishiro san when I am in Japan this summer and mail them back to the organizer to distribute.
  17. Interesting. I think it important to also remember that the average height of the Japanese has increased markedly over the past 100 years. Many swords just under 2 shaku were just as likely to be used by samurai who were smaller in stature as a practical matter. Even in WWII we see many gunto made right around 2 shaku. I would think a good place to get some actual data on this would be to look into the records of sword production said to still survive. Perhaps in the records of the Tadayoshi/Hizen Daimyo or some shinshinto smiths there exists details about who the swords were ordered for, specifically. We do know the economic fortunes of the ruling class deteriorated as the Edo era ran its course, with samurai became more and more indebted. As a result, we also know that swords were sold, pawned, etc. No doubt wakizashi formerly ordered by samurai ended up in merchant hands as time advanced. We also know that Daimyo and the upper levels of the samurai class were indeed able to afford wakizashi and kodogu by the top artists of the Edo period. Thus, it is quite uncertain when it comes to many wakizashi to determine exactly who owned and wore them through time. This is what the price differential addresses- the uncertainty. WIth daito, there isn't this uncertainty- daito were exclusive to the ruling class. There is no conjecture, no theory, no doubt.
  18. No doubt Ford Hallam or Kevin Adams could make one for you as well.
  19. Seki ju Kane ___ 関住兼 The rest is missing....
  20. That is the Fujishiro site so yes, it is Fujishiro's oil. There is no way to order internationally from the site. You would have to send an email to them and ask. Payment may be an issue.
  21. Nice looking, well made sword....Too bad your watermark occludes the signature.
  22. The top few kanji seem too spread out. The shape of the gatsu character seems off. The center stroke in the last kanji (日) is pointing in the wrong direction. I would think it is fake, but a fairly good one. Sukehiro is one of the most often faked smiths. There are some mei that are really hard to tell. Fortunately, his workmanship is much harder to fake than his signature.
  23. Notice the attention paid to finishing the nakago-all the Kato smiths were first rate craftsman. This sword would look a lot better with a real polish...
  24. Called a furoshiki. I agree with Henry- kotobuki....Though the middle one looks like it might be fuku (fortune/good luck) 幅 ???
  25. There was a line of Shimada smiths who signed Joshu ju Teruyoshi, though with a different kanji for yoshi, as you have found. This group worked from late koto into Shinto. To me, your sword looks Shinto. I would venture that your smith was related to the Shimada group but is not recorded. I tend to doubt that this is an alternate signature of a listed smith because none of those listed are recorded as signing "Ito" as yours is...
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