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  1. Try David. He is really good http://www.montanairon.com/restorations.html
  2. Last year Showa22 outbidded me on a bare blade RJT gendaito that Komonjo had for sale. Komonjo told me after, that Showa22 often "scretly" buy him blades under several different accounts names to re-sale them after and make profit. (Different names but same shipping address so not hard to guess) Indeed. Less than 10 days after, the not anymore "bare blade RJT gendaito" was for sale at Showa22's, fully re-mounted in random Type 98 koshirae, blade fully horribly cleaned so was the freshly rubbed nakago. To be honest, it was an average RJT blade by an unrecorded RJT Seki smith KANEUE. I was sad not because I lost the auction but because I could not save this one.
  3. Hello Curran, Very nice commemorative tanto, but not made for the imperial family. Actually on the picture, there appears to be no hada and there is no nie so it certainly looks like an oil quenched western steel blade. In the Taisho and early Showa period, many smiths were using western steel because tamahagane was very hard to get- Yoshichika, Minamoto Kanenori, Hayama Enshin, all used western steel in this era. Using western steel was not disrespectful for them
  4. We are too much influenced by social medias and their instantaneous answers that satisfy us. We have less tolerance for waiting than we used to and get more easily frustrated by that. I don't take a long wait of response as a lack of respect. A communication can be very good with only a few messages, while it can be useless with many. In the past I used to send work to talkative craftsmen. They were keep telling me how good they were and always sent prompt replie but at the end were not so qualified. Quantity is not quality. Once again, the most important is to have the best job done, and with David you will have it.
  5. Hello Craig, My communication is 100% by emails with David. Sometimes I wait one or two months to have an answer, sometimes a few days It depends. Maybe the time passes differently in Montana! It took several months to have my work done, it was not an important one. I always tell cratsmen I am not in a hurry so don't expect anything done fast. Plus as long as I know my sword or fittings are beetween his hands I don't worry. Maybe if you have ordered a more consequent work it is normal to wait longuer. I also think he has many customers and take the time to do an excellent work.
  6. Hello Craig, Yes David is not the fastest to answer I agree. Not sure why, but you don't need to worry about your sword. He might just be busy and communicate a little. This year he did some little work for me, shipped back the sword to me in France and...Never asked to be paid although I asked him a few times to sent me his invoice. I have another sword I will sent him soon. I totally trust him and accepted he is just not a phone or email guy. Just be patient, he is a quiet type.
  7. Ronnie, your gendaito collection is among the best. Nice one!
  8. Ni blade, nice hamon, nice find!
  9. The hamon is rather disorganized. From a practical standpoint, it's not an issue but from a workmanship and artistic standpoint I find it lacking. I have seen such unbalanced choji hamon on his co-worker's work SUKENOBU.
  10. Since more and more torokusho and even NBTHK Hozon papers (Mantetsu-to) are issued to non-tamahagane swords , the least is we can see them for sale by Japanese dealers. There must be some flexibily in the rule abviously...Times are changing. I dare to add that without stamp and a good keisho polish, it is not so easy to spot a non- tamahagane sword imho.
  11. Nice example! I too was looking for one at a time... Probably should be considered a gendaito because it was put through the oroshigane process (the hada in the blade means it was heated repeatedly and folded, then forged into a block, then drawn out.) and water quenched.
  12. Yoshichika made a name for himself in the early 30's when Hakudo, a famous swordsman of the day, used one of his swords to test cut. He praised in and Yoshichika started stamping his blades with the Hakudo seal of approval. Many members of the Imperial Guards then commissioned blades from Yoshichika and he made many, like mass production. Most are average but cut well.
  13. Amateur polisher caused it in my opinion.
  14. In my case, I cannot tell as the Mitsunobu sadly has no Gunto koshirae, "only" a shirasaya.
  15. Here you are Bruce and a big thank you for all your work on stamps.
  16. My RJT Mitsunobu has also a tiny (Seki) stamp near the habaki
  17. Leen, I believe I have a similar stamp on my star stamped Mitsunobu (Kanenobu's student).
  18. Samuel, If you want to restore the wrapping, you can contact David via his website: http://www.montanairon.com/swords.html The scews on the koiguchi may not be appropriate. It is possible I guess to find replica if you ask Greg Gulch.
  19. Dear Colin, Looks like a decent blade you have here. A hadomake will tell wether it is water quenched or oil quenched imho. AFAIK, water quenched nanban tetsu is darker than tamahagane...Sorry I can't help you much, polish is too far gone to tell. Yes swords are still neglected nowadays by cheap polishes etc. Bruno
  20. Hello Colin, I used to be quite interested at a time by Gunsui-to but get bored since they were so hard to find. AFAIR they are all oil quenched non tamahagane swords thus not gendaito. They are closer to Mantetsu-to since resistance was a key point for those swords too. If nakago is well finished, good shape etc, you might ask Bob Benson or Woodraw Hall if they can do something about the polish even if it is a showa-to. Good examples of Gunsui are not common so it might look nice in polish and shirasaya.
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