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PostPosted: Sat Mar 03, 2007 2:00 am    Post subject: Armor for sale Reply with quote
Today at the bazaar on post, $1700. Seemed a bit high for me for something I didn't particularly care for, but you guys tell me what you think (those that know armor, please--"wowee zowee that's kewl" doesn't help much).


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PostPosted: Sat Mar 03, 2007 4:23 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
Did you get any info about its fabrication year?
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 03, 2007 5:25 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
As far as replica armor's go, it's okay. It looks intentionally aged or sun faded. However, in this particular case is it worth $1700? In my opinion no. I would say it's worth somewhere between $1000 and $1200. If it was me, and if I was interested, I would negotiate the price down to at least $1200, then take it home, properly set it up (not sloppy like the picture), put fluff material into the arms (to give the armor body), professionally photograph it (w/white background) and then sell it on ebay for 2k.

Though I only collect the real thing, I would consider a replica piece for public display at my business office where its higher likelihood of loss from damage or theft would not concern me emotionally or economically.

My goto guy for Japanese armor, Toraba, sells nice replicas (as well as the real thing). There is one on his site (picture below) that I think is pretty cool. I would have bought it for my office. Too bad it's sold.

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PostPosted: Sat Mar 03, 2007 7:28 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
Ranger,

That is, indeed, an awesome set. Was that a replica or an original?


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PostPosted: Sat Mar 03, 2007 8:10 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
That was a replica.

If I was in the market for one that would be the gendai gusoku I would go for. It looks well crafted.

Now, if I had the money, I would have loved to have acquired this early-Edo armor. Who ever bought it is my hero. I'm so jealous.

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PostPosted: Sat Mar 03, 2007 8:30 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
Ranger,

You have great taste, man.


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PostPosted: Sat Mar 03, 2007 11:21 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
I browse through the site quickly, and everything is beyond awesome. (I hear Obenjo creeping behind me to smack me on the head for saying that... Just Kidding )
Any idea between what prices those authentic armors range? I'm sure it's a lot.
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 03, 2007 11:46 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
Baian wrote:
Any idea between what prices those authentic armors range? I'm sure it's a lot.

Between $8k to $75k
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 03, 2007 12:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
Ranger wrote:
Now, if I had the money, I would have loved to have acquired this early-Edo armor. Who ever bought it is my hero. I'm so jealous.


How about the Suneate ? Are they from the original
set in your opinion ?
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 03, 2007 2:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
Thanks for the comments, that's about what I thought. I'm not in the market, but just saw it and thought it'd be interesting to see what everyone thought.
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 03, 2007 3:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
I just want to know (1) why the haidate are being worn OVER the do, and (2) why the gyoyo seem to be stuck on the hands instead of over the breastplate...


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PostPosted: Sat Mar 03, 2007 3:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
Baian wrote:
I browse through the site quickly, and everything is beyond awesome. (I hear Obenjo creeping behind me to smack me on the head for saying that... Just Kidding )


Baian-dono, you've got nothing to fear from me! You're an "awesome" contributor the SA Citadel!

I use "awesome" quite a bit myself. It is just how it used and in what context and frequency!! Wink
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 03, 2007 3:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
Nate, if you want to make a bunch of easy bucks,
looks for sword fittings with swallows (Tsubame,
Hien).

Tsuba (hand guard), Fuchi-Kashira (caps for where
the handle begins and ends), Menuki (small
ornaments for the handle)... I'm trying to make
a set buying seperate parts without selling my
daughter. Anyway a well made complete set can be taken into consideration
(I can always sell my
wife with a double gain, no more dresses expenses
and no more excuses to find for sword purchasing...)

A genuine WWII Hinomaru signed flag (either with
or without rays) can be of some interest.
I'm not able to read the kanji of the ones on e-bay
and a couple I picked up (but not bought) turned out
to be covered of insults.
Early days of occupation items...
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 03, 2007 4:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
Tsubame1 wrote:
How about the Suneate ? Are they from the original
set in your opinion ?

According to the website it is.

Here is the link describing the armor ...
http://www.toraba.com/gusoku-0612-4990.htm
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 03, 2007 4:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
AJBryant wrote:
I just want to know (1) why the haidate are being worn OVER the do, and (2) why the gyoyo seem to be stuck on the hands instead of over the breastplate...

LOL ... doh!
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 03, 2007 5:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
I didn't talk to the guy at all, as I haven't really got any interest in buying it (I'd go with Toraba or someone I could get a guarantee from, and pick an armor I like rather than just what is there. This one isn't my style). For all I know the guy selling could have been Korean, and didn't know any better. I doubt many people at the bazaar would have known better either--heck, I didn't notice, but I didn't look that closely. Embarassed
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 03, 2007 6:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
Obenjo Kusanosuke wrote:

Baian-dono, you've got nothing to fear from me! You're an "awesome" contributor the SA Citadel!

I use "awesome" quite a bit myself. It is just how it used and in what context and frequency!! Wink


No worry, dude. I'm just pulling your leg.
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 03, 2007 6:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
Baian wrote:
Obenjo Kusanosuke wrote:

Baian-dono, you've got nothing to fear from me! You're an "awesome" contributor the SA Citadel!

I use "awesome" quite a bit myself. It is just how it used and in what context and frequency!! Wink


No worry, dude. I'm just pulling your leg.


I'm pulling your leg, too. You know what I mean about the "awesome thing"! Rolling Eyes

But to get back to mutual self adulation, Well, Baian, you are indeed *AWESOME*! Very Happy
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