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PostPosted: Sun Feb 25, 2007 1:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
Carlo,

Would you have any publishuing information about this book, and possibly where we might attain a copy from? Also, do you mind mentioning some of the other koshirae that are in the book?
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 27, 2007 3:00 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
My PC is at repair and I need a couple day to reply. I'm writing from work. I'll try to find ISBN
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 23, 2007 10:54 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
Thought this was an interesting turn of events. I wonder if this would be acceptable to most iai sensei.

http://www.tozandoshop.com/product_p/ntuesugi.htm
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 23, 2007 2:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
Obenjo, take a look at the caption of this
picture, bootm *EDIT* right, (not left) :

http://japantrip.tripod.com/nodachi/kanemitsu.html

Maybe it's the Nodachi you're serching for.
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 23, 2007 3:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
Carlo,

Thanks for sending that. What a beautiful Kanemitsu!

I can't really say that I still know much about nihonto from a technical sense, but reading your posts as well as those of others in this section, whetted my appetite. In late January, I made a "pilgrimage" to Bizen Osafune to go the Sword museum and workshop that they have nestled in between rice paddies there and had a poke around. The collection was nice and I learned a lot more about how katana are forged, but was disappointed that most of the craftsmen were not around. I've also picked up the following books since going to Bizen:

The Art of the Japanese Sword by Kunihira Kawachi and Masao Manabe
The very basic but useful Introduction to Japanese Swords through Pictures by the All Japan Swordsmith Association
The Japanese Sword by Kanzan Sato, translated by Joe Earle
I also have a Masamune book that I picked up some time ago at the Nezu museum during an amazing Masamune sword exhibition.)
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 24, 2007 12:04 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
Have you read it was Uesugi family's treasure ?
Likely is the blade of the Nodachi you mentioned.
A thread about this blade is here :

http://forums.swordforum.com/showthread.php?t=78070

Obenjo Kusanosuke wrote:
The Art of the Japanese Sword [/i]by Kunihira Kawachi and Masao Manabe
The very basic but useful Introduction to Japanese Swords through Pictures by the All Japan Swordsmith Association
The Japanese Sword by Kanzan Sato, translated by Joe Earle
I also have a Masamune book that I picked up some time ago at the Nezu museum during an amazing Masamune sword exhibition.)


The "Masamune and his lineage" catalogue is an
amazing book that now goes fot 3 or 4 times
the price you've paid it at the Museum.

First two are really good entry-level books.
I've the one of Kunihira with an Haiku, signature
and Kao of the author :


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PostPosted: Sat Mar 24, 2007 12:10 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
Obenjo Kusanosuke wrote:
I can't really say that I still know much about nihonto from a technical sense, but reading your posts as well as those of others in this section, whetted my appetite.


Being in japan you can have access to used books
in original language that here comes for hundred or
even THOUSAND of dollars. If you begun interested in
the matter let me know and I'll give you a list of
interesting reading that likely you'll be able to
purchase for a fraction of what I've paid.
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 24, 2007 12:14 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
rikoseishin wrote:
Carlo,

Would you have any publishuing information about this book, and possibly where we might attain a copy from? Also, do you mind mentioning some of the other koshirae that are in the book?


Sorry Rikoseishin, totally forgot to reply.

Here's the ISBN :

4-87449-239-8 year 2006

link : http://toshokan.city.fukuoka.jp/FOCLIB/servlet/search.detail_list?tilcod=0610064855&btn_flg=02
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 24, 2007 3:36 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
Tsubame1 wrote:
Have you read it was Uesugi family's treasure ?
Likely is the blade of the Nodachi you mentioned.
A thread about this blade is here :

http://forums.swordforum.com/showthread.php?t=78070


Tsubame, thank you very much. I read your info-packed thread. I am stunned by your level of technical knowledge time after time. Yes, I noticed the comment about the Kanemitsu being an Uesugi family treasure, and I agree, it probably is the sword I was thinking about. I just have to dig into things a bit deeper when I have a little extra free time.

Again, I am a newbie to the technical details and history of nihonto, so I appreciate your help! bow
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 24, 2007 11:30 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
Carlo,

Thank alot for the book. I will definitely pick it up assuming I actually have some money sometime in the next ten years or so Rolling Eyes
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PostPosted: Thu May 24, 2007 5:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
Here's a nice gendai nihonto on the market ($10,700). Now this is what I would call a true fighting nodachi at over 36.6 inches long - not your typical six foot shrine offering.

I really like the hamon (Gunome midare mixed Choji midare - my personal favorite pattern).

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PostPosted: Sat May 26, 2007 3:03 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
The hamon is awesome. Shocked
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PostPosted: Sat May 26, 2007 5:53 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
The whole sword is awesome... Cool
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PostPosted: Sat May 26, 2007 5:58 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
Ranger wrote:
I really like the hamon (Gunome midare mixed Choji midare - my personal favorite pattern).


Paul, have you read "The world of Juka Choji" by
Ono Yoshimitsu ? It's now available with english
translaation CD even if you don't need it :

http://forums.swordforum.com/showthread.php?t=79175&highlight=yoshimitsu
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PostPosted: Sat May 26, 2007 8:53 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
Tsubame1 wrote:
Paul, have you read "The world of Juka Choji" by
Ono Yoshimitsu ? It's now available with english
translaation CD even if you don't need it :

http://forums.swordforum.com/showthread.php?t=79175&highlight=yoshimitsu

Thanks Carlo. Beautiful book. I just sent an email to Kakuta-san.
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PostPosted: Sat May 26, 2007 11:14 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
Ranger wrote:
Thanks Carlo. Beautiful book. I just sent an email to Kakuta-san.


Another hint : take a close watch to Darcy's site.
Maybe you already are aware of this, but he's starting a whole line of books with Bob Benson
about NihonTo in US (top knotch ones of course).
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PostPosted: Sat May 26, 2007 2:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
Tsubame1 wrote:
Another hint : take a close watch to Darcy's site.
Maybe you already are aware of this, but he's starting a whole line of books with Bob Benson about NihonTo in US (top knotch ones of course).


Yeah, I was aware that he and Bob Benson were writing several books. Darcy has in his collection some of the best swords in the world, but I never liked his photography. Sword photography is one of the hardest subjects to master. It takes a special skill set to do properly. Darcy's images are okay, but in my opinion his photos do not adequately resolve the intricate detail within the metal.

One of the best sword photographers in the business is Ron Bingham.
http://www.ronbingham.com/sword_photography.htm

Examples:
Darcy's image
http://www.nihonto.ca/taima/sugata-l.jpg

Ron Bingham's image
http://www.ronbingham.com/images/Nambokucho-katana-Barrett.jpg
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PostPosted: Sat May 26, 2007 2:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
Yes, far better...
I know Rick and Anthony. They are "Old school",
often clashing with the plethora of rampant
new-age smiths. We had several conversation about this. I think the pics you linked to were used for
a catalogue of an exibition in Macau (Masters of fire) a couple years ago, but I'm not sure, even if seems to me to recognize the blades.

Sadly, Darcy and Bob have the blades and Ron the
ability...
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PostPosted: Sat May 26, 2007 2:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
BTW, I've put for sale in a benefic auction a couple
copies of the catalogue of 34 blades of the Stibbert
Museum. Poor pictures in front of the ones you've
posted, but interesting items that are not showed
elsewhere :

http://forums.swordforum.com/showpost.php?p=917294&postcount=72

There is a Gassaku sword (made in conjunction) by
Suishinshi Masahide (signed Omote) and his son
Suikanshi Sadahide (signed Ura, with date + Kao)
that is very rare, done during the passage of the
school from father to son. Only another example
reported (NihonTo Koza vol V pag. 249) but with
Oshigata only. This one has pictures of the
upper,central and lower part of the blade and big
detail of the Kao.
I was delighted handling it.

The other blades are quiet good too...
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