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#355448 - 08/10/07 09:44 AM My sword got here :D
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My instructor ordered it from Japan and it arrived yesterday. He inspected and cleaned it and it's in good condition. Once I learn how to take it apart and reassemble it right, I'll get the date and such off the tang.

It has an interesting theme though; the furniture shows a Samurai having his way with a woman in various poses. My wife will be 'thrilled' about that
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#355449 - 08/10/07 09:46 AM Re: My sword got here :D [Re: jpoor]
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Pictures?
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#355450 - 08/10/07 09:48 AM Re: My sword got here :D [Re: seito]
jpoor Offline
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Quote:

Pictures?




Eventually. I just made the switch from PC to MAC last night, so it will take me a while to get up and running full speed again.
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#355451 - 08/10/07 09:54 AM Re: My sword got here :D [Re: jpoor]
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Ordered it from Japan? A shinken? And it arrived this quickly?

How much did it cost?
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#355452 - 08/10/07 10:03 AM Re: My sword got here :D [Re: Charles Mahan]
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He actually has ordered a few of them before one was really mine. I just got first pick since I was close to his house when they came in.

Yes a shinken, antique (I'll get the date later). As for cost, I don't think it's my place to disclose the deteails on what sort of deal he struck with the seller in a public venue.
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#355453 - 08/10/07 10:04 AM Re: My sword got here :D [Re: jpoor]
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So...you're unwilling to disclose the price you paid or the name of the maker?

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#355454 - 08/10/07 10:11 AM Re: My sword got here :D [Re: harlan]
jpoor Offline
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I don't know the name of the maker. Once I learn how to take it apart, I might find the name (for sure a date) on the Tang.

As for price, you are correct, at least for now. Had I personally ordered it and done the negotiating, etc, that would be different.
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#355455 - 08/10/07 10:14 AM Re: My sword got here :D [Re: harlan]
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No offense intended Jim, but this smells more than a little fishy. Generally speaking, instructors do not go out and by a bunch of antique Japanese shinken to start a new Iaijutsu class. It's just not the way things are done. Most Iai folks don't train with antiques due to the liklihood of damaging them.

I strongly recommend you post pictures ASAP on Swordforum. Don't mention anything about your training, just present it as an antique sword you recently acquired and ask for opinions. That should be a reasonable way to get some unbiased opinions. Good close up photos, preferably including pictures of the nakago (the tang under the handle). Be sure to include pictures of the blade and the fittings.
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#355456 - 08/10/07 08:22 PM Re: My sword got here :D [Re: Charles Mahan]
kaien Offline
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Take Charles advice, personally I am dissapointed if it is real that he would have you use it in class. Antiques should be used for show so that they will be around for future generations to enjoy. I really have trouble believing it is an antique, I might buy that the blade is antique and has been mounted on modern fittings. Still it shouldn't be used. I don't understand why telling us the price is an issue. If he got it cheap and it is real then kudos, if you paid a high price for it it still doesn't matter. Did you pay up front? Were you given any details prior to buying, such as the era it is from or who had owned it? Is there any obvious marks on it from battle? I saw one the other day with minor damage on it from a bullet, no blood though.

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#355457 - 08/10/07 11:10 PM Re: My sword got here :D [Re: jpoor]
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jpoor

Not meaning to "pile on" but that sounds a little strange.

How much cleaning does what sounds like a special order blade stright from the forge need?

(sure it would need some--but how much and what kind of cleaning needed to be done???)

Also sounds as if there were mutiple blades ordered--and sounds like this is not a one time deal either.

If it were me, I'd want to be there when my sword was "inspected and cleaned" esp if it were one that I had ordered for my personal use.

Also would have been a good time to show the student--in this case you the proper methods to clean the blade and what to look for during an "inspection."

I don't know the person involved--so I may be totally wrong but to me, with what information I have right now--this seems a bit odd.
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