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  1. Looking for the 2020 DTI dates to put together the trip.
  2. A little time to waste ! After 20+ years of study and collecting; I focus on !!!! Mounted Soshu koto,papered, awesome blades with koshire to match. But !! I do buy all over the board if the blade and fittings are "out of site " !! One's taste evolve with the exposure of the current times. What you know and love today, changes as your knowledge evolves.
  3. Ok, I have to bite !!!! After over 20+ years of study, collecting, show attending, DTI, and club membership participation; I think this: The DTI displays showcases the most wonderful blades. The koshirea was reserved for the most special of smiths and quality with papers. The USA shows have the displays of those who want to ride themselves of bad past purchases; with many exceptions of some good choices. But, the DTI and shows, showcase the papered blades, as the front performers. Sword vs blade; sword vs blade; etc. The blade to me is the engine of the sword, without its power all else is but beautiful historical artifacts. I find at the DTI as well as the USA shows, the sword, with all it's grander, is lost without the whole package. This year, I searched the DTI for fully, mounted, papered, originated matching koshirea, and found but one I, that I purchased and had sent home to me. Unless you loose your mind and spend without rational. This is a fact that extends into the USA shows as well. I look at the USA auto trade shows, engines for sale, wheels, interior, bodies, etc: yet none are the car. Hence, my assertion is to find a true, fully matching, papered, and original mounted sword, is indeed, very hard to find. This agrees with the side that says a good fully mounted sword is hard to find, but the junk and parts are out there for all others; and great papered stuff.
  4. A big thanks to Steve for his higher knowledge of the kanji and Japanese language.
  5. Well, the 2018 DTI was awesome. The quality and quantity of top rated great swords was mind blowing. Too much to look at and search for the best choice. What a difference to the USA shows and items for sale !! I did purchase an early Muromachi Soshu koto papered Masahiro with papered fittings. Just got it in the mail from EMS to USA USPS. Since I will return next year to the 2019 DTI, I plan in advance for these trips, so, Would anyone who knows the up coming dates for DTI 2019, let me know. Thanks !!
  6. I have a koto tanto with the entire koshira done in silver with this smith's signature on the fuchi. All done wisteria, including the saya lacquer work. Anyone have any clue as to who this is ???? Akimitsu with kao. Thanks in advance !!
  7. Anyone familiar with the tosogu Akimitsu. I have a beautiful koto tanto by Kane [ Kin ] Michi that have all silver " excellent " matching fuchi, kashira, kojiri, kozuka, and korikata with the fuchi signed Akimitsu with a kao.
  8. Sorry; Chinese fake swords; And, what horrid condition !! Please; get help and education on what could be a great adventure in education and knowledge. Be patient, listen, learn, and get advice before you spend money. The best investment you could find is to go to the San Francisco sword show in August; to see real Japanese swords, talk to people who care and would gladly help you.
  9. I wonder why the Europe show got 4 pages of response, [ will be going to it next year ] yet the great San Francisco show 8/2018, less than 4 weeks away has had such weak enthusiasm . This !!!, is the best it will be for all, and a show those who miss wish they would had attended. My most hated word is " later ', in application to such as this show. When you give yourself the excuse to pass on this show, and do later " next year ", you find the felling of regret, as it may not happen. Get your room reserved at the Marriot, get the most of the show, find the treasure you think you need to make you happy. Am I pushing this; yes; but I have expanded my year from this annual show, to the DTI annual, as well as the Europe show. See you there !!!!!
  10. Ok Peter; Come to the show. Get your own room for peace of mind. We all in this study / passion can afford the little extras that make this special. Stay at the Marroit to get the full exposure. In the show room and out are just as great an adventure, After the show, as well as thought out the day, others get together for drinks, discussion, and social growth ??? Get to learn everyone who makes this their home each year. Sharon and I always have a table, and are more that willing to introduce to many of the folks that make this show special. Stop by, introduce yourself.
  11. As always, my wife, Sharon and I have a table at this great show. Would not miss it, period. To make your out of town stay at the Marriot Airport Hotel is the best value !!! And I make the point that the stay at the Marriot is a critical point to the show's continual existence ! Find out why !! Everyone is in the show mode, socializing in the hotels open area bar and restaurant, in and out of the show room, attending the lectures, getting to know the folks that make this culture, becoming a part of the family. The 24 hour stay at the Marriot is the only way to " get it ", so, if you are truly interested to get the best from this show, make your Marriot reservations ASAP, get the discount, and see you there.
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