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Lee Bray

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  1. RIP, bud. https://necrocanada.com/obituaries-2022/randal-howard-graham-february-23-2022/
  2. Here are a couple of links to help understand Japanese blade shapes and terms http://www.ksky.ne.jp/~sumie99/styles.html http://www.ksky.ne.jp/~sumie99/shaping.html
  3. Reading through this, Alan's comment about a 'Swiss army anvil' reminded me of a video I saw about an old Sheffield smith. His anvil incorporated hot cutters, swages and a variety of things that you smiths deem useful in one anvil. Maybe of use... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zpeyhC-UIFg
  4. Steve is right. it's referred to as Satsuma age shortening and refers to the period of the Satsuma rebellion where they had to utilise every available weapon and were therefore not too concerned with shape and traditions. Scroll down to the bottom of this link and you'll find some illustrations of the process. http://www.ksky.ne.jp/~sumie99/suriage.html
  5. Not disputing the final answer at all, I agree with it, just posting this here to show that Dan and I aren't completely daft. (note - weeds in the background for authenticity and to show the effectiveness of the pictured tool user...)
  6. I have a similar tool for pulling weeds.
  7. I think it is signed Iyetsugu(Iye Tsugu), which is the name of the smith. In Hawley's reference book, there are at least 50-60 Iyetsugu's dating from the 1200's to the late 1800's and coming from various schools and provinces. The two character signature would suggest earlier as it became more customary later on to sign with longer titles and sometimes a date on the other side but that is not a definite rule. The overall shape and patina on the tang suggest later Koto, maybe 1500-1600's, but that is just my rough opinion based on the pictures and no measurements. In it's current conditi
  8. Interesting blade. What is the length from the sharp tip to the notches above the tang? Not sure if we're looking at a katana or long wakizashi. Based on the stout, fairly straight profile of the blade, I'd hazard a wild guess that it is from either two time periods, late 1600's or 1800's. Difficult to judge with these pics and not knowing the length. The fittings are good. Especially the tsuba. The fuchi is nice but not in the same league as the tsuba based on the quality of the nanako pattern(raised dots). The tsuba is made from shakudo, an alloy of copper with a small percentage(gener
  9. Swords get bent when cutting and are often straightened using wood blocks. Do not heat the blade as that will ruin the hamon. Here's a video which demonstrates the method. The sword itself does not look like a WW2 era blade, but more like a Shinto era piece. So 1600's to 1850's and I'd probably go to the earlier end of that time frame. That is based on the tang(nakago) patina and, as you correctly pointed out, the wear underneath the hamachi, which is caused by the tsuba. In its current, unpolished state it is unlikely that you can identify the school or maker of the sword. The mea
  10. It is signed Yoshichika and looks to be a match for Noshu Yoshichika. http://home.earthlink.net/~ttstein/yoshchi4.jpg (link from Dr. Richard Stein's excellent resource site - http://home.earthlink.net/~steinrl/nihonto.htm) It is dated 1944 and appears to be in late 1944 pattern mounts. As Mark says, with the stamps, this makes the sword a Showato and non traditionally made. None the less, a genuine Japanese sword and probably in its original mounting from the latter part of the war.
  11. Agreed with Mark. This is a shinogi zukuri blade, not Shobu. Eric, glad we could talk this through. Forget the signature(mei) on the seppa. It maybe an indicator to who owned the blade once but I very much doubt it indicates a maker. Seppa are simple soft metal washers between potentially expensive fuchi and tsuba(guard)and are expendable. The mei on your kogatana(utility blade) is not an indicator of great price or quality. It could be but generally the mei on kogatana are gimei(fake sig). That's not to say faked yesterday but when they were made. Google 'gimei' for the full definit
  12. Si, comprende. Not looking for an argument, just making a point. If you don't believe that the kodzuka and kogatana blade are worth the $250, research the names I have given you and see how much they sell for. Here's a pointer - http://www.aoi-art.com/fittings/kozuka/main.html I've seen your style of kodzuka before so it is a copied design but still an Edo/late Edo period antique. I recall exactly what my 'buddies' said (and some on that forum are actual 'buddies') and the ones with half a clue said that the nakago can be repatinated and the blade looks in good enough condition to h
  13. Really? As a member of NMB, I think you're over reacting. To label them all as "snobs, nobs and purists" is petty. Nobody on that thread gave you a hard time and you were given some good pointers. Yes, there was griping but you committed the ultimate sin as far as they are concerned. Bear in mind that many of these guys have spent many years studying, traveling to and working in Japan for these swords. Let alone the many thousands of dollars spent on swords and restoration. If anyone has a right to be purist, it's them. Ok, one guy offered you $250. If you read the forum w
  14. Slaine was a character in 2000 AD comic, a Celtic warrior whose body morphed into some freaky proportions when the berserker took him over. Slaine's berserker was more intense than the average warrior and he would experience the 'warp spasm'...which got really freaky... Classic comic and one of its better characters. Cool project, Owen.
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