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  1. Logan, Thanks for the additional pictures. based...

    Logan,
    Thanks for the additional pictures. based on my experience, this is not a Japanese sword. The fit and finish even at the end of the war was far better than displayed in the photos. The nakago...
  2. That is exactly what it says, WA (peace) but it...

    That is exactly what it says, WA (peace) but it was upside down in the original photos. I have never seen this stamp before. The photos are not great are you 100% certain it is Japanese? I am not...
  3. I think the "no" is proper and in common usage. ...

    I think the "no" is proper and in common usage.

    CAB
  4. I believe this may be it; 勝人の剣 My best...

    I believe this may be it;

    勝人の剣

    My best shot.

    CAB
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    J., As was previously suggested, definitely...

    J.,
    As was previously suggested, definitely Nihonto, and most likely altered to fit military mounts at some time in the past. It has been polished quite a bit over the years and is a bit hard to...
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    I believe the mei is...

    I believe the mei is YOSHISHIGE...................

    CAB
  7. Honestly, I would just leave well enough alone....

    Honestly, I would just leave well enough alone. Since it is a period "tourist" piece and the blade is on its last legs, even if it were signed, the mei would be of a very minor smith or gimei. That...
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    Actually, it is signed; HIZEN (no) KUNI MUTSU...

    Actually, it is signed;
    HIZEN (no) KUNI MUTSU (no) KAMI TADAYOSHI and the signature and story both sound a bit dubious. The signature is in Japanese and is definitely intended as the name of the...
  9. Best to buy books before blades. In the end you...

    Best to buy books before blades. In the end you will save yourself a lot of money. There also is a large number of internet sword sites that sell swords that are a good resource to learn to at least...
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    Have you thought about contacting Moses Baccera...

    Have you thought about contacting Moses Baccera at;

    http://www.nihontoantiques.com/

    He is not terribly far from CT and it may be worth a phone call and a day trip.

    Craig Bird
  11. Thread: Nodachi

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    My belief is that the hamon is not a real yakiba,...

    My belief is that the hamon is not a real yakiba, rather it is cosmetically manufactured. It is either acid etched or buffered in.

    Either way, it is a NO-dachi. Slowly but surely the Chinese are...
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    Hi Keith, Thanks for the post and glad you still...

    Hi Keith,
    Thanks for the post and glad you still like the pots you got.

    FWIW, I am far from an expert, but when things start to ring bells, everyone should pay attention.

    Hope all is well...
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    I never said it was cut-down, machi-okuri or...

    I never said it was cut-down, machi-okuri or o-suriage. I said, I believe the hamon was thin at the machi area and as the blade has been polished over 600 years, the actual ha has been diminished, ie...
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    The question really would be, why would it be...

    The question really would be, why would it be yaki-otoshi by design? The fact that the hamon drops off the blade tells me the ha and the sugata have been significantly polished away, thus the hamon...
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    Never assume a dealer will voluntarily tell you...

    Never assume a dealer will voluntarily tell you what is wrong with a sword. The real point about learning about Nihonto, is to make most determinations for youself.

    I am not saying it is saiba,...
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    Something to think about, in the oshigata, the...

    Something to think about, in the oshigata, the hamon drops off before the machi, yaki-otoshi. This could be to a number of things, thin hamon at the machi and numerous polishes moving the ha up a...
  17. I agree the mei is just not right, nor is the...

    I agree the mei is just not right, nor is the style of sword. I have seen so many gimei Kotetsu, Hankei, Masahide and Kiyomaro swords it is impossible to figure out where they all come from, but...
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    Anything is possible. My 3 best swords were all...

    Anything is possible. My 3 best swords were all bought for less that $250.

    My advice, spend that money on books, go to a few shows (ie; as many as humanly possible), study, study and study some...
  19. Thread: Tsuba help

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    I wasn't implying it was an actual Soten school...

    I wasn't implying it was an actual Soten school tsuba, rather it was "trying" to be a Soten tsuba for the uninitiated.

    A classic Soten design is a battle scene with lots of samurai figures and...
  20. Thread: Tsuba help

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    It is a "copy" of a Soten tsuba. Definitely 20th...

    It is a "copy" of a Soten tsuba. Definitely 20th century (or 21st).

    Look at how the nakago-ana is handled and how crisp it is for an 200+ year old tsuba.

    CAB
  21. 1) HIZEN (NO)KUNI JUNIN FUJIWARA TADAYOSHI SAKU...

    1) HIZEN (NO)KUNI JUNIN FUJIWARA TADAYOSHI SAKU
    2) NORINAGA
    3) KAGEKIYO SHOWA NIJU NEN

    You have been on this forum for a while, have you thought about learning kanji or getting a few...
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    It should read; * * ICHIMONJI CAB

    It should read; * * ICHIMONJI

    CAB
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    It sort of reads; shitayama and then jibberish....

    It sort of reads; shitayama and then jibberish. Obviously from a Chinese fake..........

    CAB
  24. Being honest, very little can be gained from...

    Being honest, very little can be gained from looking at those pictures.

    The downside of collecting and studying swords is the need to handle then and access first hand what you are looking at.
    ...
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    Though the picture is bad, JD is mostly correct....

    Though the picture is bad, JD is mostly correct.

    I think it is;

    NOSHU (no) SEKI FUJIWARA KANESADA

    Better pix would certainly help.

    CAB
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