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  1. Shogun8

    Kabuto and Menpo

    Hello all, Let me preface what I'm about to say with the fact that I'm not one to wade into a controversy (and not that I think that this topic is particularly controversial), especially when one considers that at the end of the day, what one chooses to do with items in their collection is personal and reflects their own approach to study preservation and collecting . The subject I'm referring of course, is that of whether one should or shouldn't open an ukebari in order to examine the interior of the hachi. For many - especially it seems many here on the NMB - this is sacrilegious and tantamount to destroying part of the heritage of the kabuto itself. However, for many of us whose main focus is the study and appreciation of armour, opening an ukebari (and I do mean opening, whether it be by detaching it from the koshimaki (preferred) or gasp (!), making an incision in the precious ukebari, but not destroying it - which again many seem to think is synonymous with the aforementioned procedures), is the only way to truly gain access to the insights revealed by the interior of the hachi. Of course, the first thing that one looks for inside a kabuto is the existence of a mei. However, it is the interior of the kabuto that reveals the most information even in the absence of a mei, allowing one to deduce period, school, maker and the very history of the particular piece (i.e. repairs, alterations, enhancements made are very telling). One also has to consider that rarely is the ukebari itself ubu, with the kabuto in question likely having several replacements throughout its lifetime. So, for certain collectors of armour, it is much more important to know the kabuto than to have a perfectly pristine and intact ukebari. But, then again - to each his own...and don't get me started on the subject of shikoro...
  2. Hi Dave, No, the sword that was featured was indeed a rapier with a very fancy hilt.
  3. Sorry gents, but it seems that the article has been taken down for some reason. I even tried to search it with the title of this topic (which is the exact headline of the article), but to no avail. If someone knows how to retrieve it please chime in!
  4. Not sure if this has already been posted, but just in case, I came across this interesting article: http://www.asahi.com/ajw/articles/13068309
  5. Shogun8

    Kabuto and Menpo

    The mabezashi is interesting with the nawame fukurin on the inner edge only, which I have never seen before. I wonder if it once had the same fukurin on the outer edge which has since been lost (in fact, I don't recall ever seeing fukurin like this anywhere except the outer edge).
  6. Hi Brendan and Brian, Unfortunately, I know absolutely nothing about reproduction armour (except the ability to tell that it's reproduction). I do know that there are a number of people who are more immersed in this world on Facebook and Instagram, if you don't find any help here.
  7. Ruben, Please do post any information or images you may have!
  8. Hi Jonas, I'm assuming that your question has not been asked tongue-in-cheek, so I will attempt to give you a serious answer. This is because ANY o-yoroi in existence is either a National Treasure, in a shrine or museum or exponentially less likely, still hidden away in some noble family's kura - they're certainly not floating around on the market, much less online. The real question is if this is even a real reproduction of an o-yoroi because even reproductions made by modern day katchushi have been known to have taken years to make with prices in the hundreds of thousands. I'm not sure what this particular example is (can't make out anything really from the pictures supplied), but it is assuredly not "real". Besides, it's from China - not the bastion of authenticity when it comes to Japanese antiques.
  9. That's excellent, Grey and Geraint - thanks to you both!
  10. Dear All, I'm hoping to gain some information on behalf of a very good friend who recently purchased the sword below. Unfortunately, the information is somewhat scanty with only the 3 images and the fact that the sword measures approximately 24" in length total. If someone can provide a translation of the mei for starters, that would be great. Thanks in advance.
  11. This could explain why the plates don't show signs of taka-niku, Luc - as one would expect with a Yoshi-ryu kabuto.
  12. Shogun8

    Edo period armor

    Thanks for the additional detail, Gary!
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