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Lots of action but lots of history.

 

 

I love it...  unfortunately a considerable amount of artistry will be lost should it go through proper polish, IMHO.

 

 

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I kinda agree… definitely this blade been thru a lot but still somehow has a lot of artistry left in the hamon as you pointed out. Blade has very deep curvature and very thin and light almost like a Calvary Sabre. 

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Nagasa 67.4cm. I think it is an early Tachi maybe mid or early Kamakura especially the very tiny kissaki. Compared to my other swords in comparison the kissaki looks ridiculously small. Also surprisingly the original boshi is still there. I’m sure others will come out and give me the smack down and say it’s a worn out Shinto made to deceive others to think it’s an early piece then quickly move on… but I like it so…. Also to add the sword was greatly cut down

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14 hours ago, Utopianarian said:

... I’m sure others will come out and give me the smack down and say it’s a worn out Shinto made to deceive others to think it’s an early piece then quickly move on…

 

Nah i dont think this will happen. 

 

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This to me appears waaay before Shinto, a huge tachi that makes me think Nambokucho. The hamon is pure art and I'd spend the money to get it restored, just my opinion.  Until then choji oil would be a great friend to the blade.

 

 

 

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Yes I keep going back and forth about that. One thing to note is the other side of this blade is bad condition. Somebody in the past before I acquired this blade looked like they just restored one side. I posted this sword on the forum a few years ago about it. Not so good pics tho. Here is a pic of what we’re looking at on the other side…. I see it one of two ways Jimmy Hayashi to work a miracle or study piece. What do y’all think. It’s been a few years and still can’t decide 

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I still have yet to have it looked at. I am sure whom ever had the blade before me there was a reason they stopped after only polishing one side and did not pursue any more restoration. I’m sure this avenue was pursued many times throughout the years. Only if by a small chance it’s a late Heian Tomonari or something along those lines would I pursue an expensive restoration venture such as umegane/polish if it’s even possible. I got this blade for close to nothing so for me might be worth it after an expert looks at it in hand. I do believe the age of the blade to be late Heian to early Kamakura for what it’s worth. It’s amazing to me that these blades as old as they are still exist and didn’t completely decompose back into the earth that they were forged from.

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Here is an interesting comparison is kissaki size also boshi

 

 

What is your method for determining the size of the kissaki ? This blade is already very tired and we haven't invented the thickening file yet...

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