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    Hi Jim, I've just received an email about the...

    Hi Jim, I've just received an email about the katana I've just rebuilt. My contact thinks the blade is late Koto, early Shinto, that's 1500's into 1600's. He'll have a better idea when he handles...
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    Here are the two "oldies". From left to right,...

    Here are the two "oldies".

    From left to right,

    400 year old blade. 400 year old blade.
    700 year old blade. 700 year old blade, note the combat cuts on the side of the blade. Probably from...
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    Hi Jim, trust you are well. Thanks for the...

    Hi Jim, trust you are well. Thanks for the comments, it doesn't look as good as the photos, but a great deal better than it was. I have a good idea on how to get the hamon back, but I need to...
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    Well, I've taken the renovation to a level I'm...

    Well, I've taken the renovation to a level I'm happy with for the present. Will do more with the blade once I have learnt how to bring up the hamon (temper line). I saw the hamon at one stage of...
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    Had another look at the puzzling menuki and...

    Had another look at the puzzling menuki and having looked more closely, it seems there are two sets of clenched claws/toes, under what could be described as the neck or crop of a crane.
    In the...
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    Hi Cinders, You appear to have an old blade...

    Hi Cinders,

    You appear to have an old blade dressed up in military guise. The main giveaways are the tsuba, menuki and the saya. The holes in the tang usually indicate that the blade has been...
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    Hi, I'm back again with another question I hope...

    Hi, I'm back again with another question I hope someone can answer. I would like to know what this menuki is/represents, it's been baffling me for days. It's shown in all three photos, the first...
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    It's not the apprenticeship that I would go for...

    It's not the apprenticeship that I would go for that's for sure. I understand the charge for a traditional polish is around $100.00 per inch, I don't know if that's calculated from the blade length...
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    Thanks for that Surpmil, always nice to get other...

    Thanks for that Surpmil, always nice to get other guy's views. Unfortunately, I have no experience of Tulwars, otherwise I'm sure we would be discussing them in some depth.

    Polishing in Japan is...
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    Thanks for the information, your explanation of a...

    Thanks for the information, your explanation of a tourist piece seems to fit, although the tsuba and the tsuka seem very old. The tang isn't signed but there is something on the tsuba.

    The tsuka...
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    Old Katana, or is it?

    I recently bought a rough katana at auction, it was badly in need of restoration, just what I wanted to practice blade polishing on, it seemingly had an old blade. I had polished a shin gunto blade...
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