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Tim Scarlatti

Antiquing Finds

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Every year my family and I go to a huge antique mall in Springfield, Ohio called Heart of Ohio Antiques. They claim to be the biggest antique mall in America and I believe them. You can find anything there. I found some pincers, a new hammer I probably paid too much for, and a dead file for knives.

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The most interesting thing I found though were a wakizashi and katana. The dealer claimed 1600s and 1700s respectively for the two. I have next to no experience with Japanese swords but these peaked my interest. Let me know what you think. Sorry for limited number of photos.

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That is the wakizashi and the below are pics ofthe katana

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The wakizashi seems to have a nice hamon but nothing exceptionally fancy. I couldn't see a hamon on the katana. Neither had original furniture and were in plan wood scabbards and handles probably in place to protect them (or I'm just wet behind the ears XD). I should have taken more pics. Asking price seemed low at around $700 for the wakizashi and $900 for the katana. If I understand, that's on the low end, but probably because of missing furniture.

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