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Re: Nihonto

Postby jayinhk » Apr 6th, '14, 01:50

PH do you know what kind of stainless it is? I'm intrigued now!
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Postby Pig Hog » Apr 6th, '14, 11:39

jayinhk wrote:PH do you know what kind of stainless it is? I'm intrigued now!


I don't. I tried to look up more about it, but most of the searches lead back to ninecircles.co.uk or to forums with general discussion on them.

Maybe I'll try to dig around a bit more, later
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Re: Nihonto

Postby Fuut » Apr 6th, '14, 15:38

I'm glad to see the discussion is going fiercely. Here are 3 more photo's of the Hisayuki. I posted them in reverse order from top to bottom so these 3 fit together.

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Its seems they don't fit seamless. Not sure what went wrong, ah well. Look at that hamon. I'm not quiet sure but i believe those wrinkly lines moving out of the hamon into and out of again are called kinsuji.
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Re: Nihonto

Postby Fuut » May 2nd, '14, 11:08

Hey quick update here.

I (more or less) decided after quite a while, on the colors of the silk for the tsuka and the sageo (the knot on the saya).

I decided months ago, and pushed for a Ishime lacquered saya. Its dark brown in color. My idea was to have the tsuka created in a similar color of darkened brown over the white rayskin underneath, so it looks as if the saya continues. And because 1. the fuchi & kashira contain some gold parts, flowers and vines, i was thinking about a dark purple sageo in contrast to the gold and dark brown tints.

Something like below, though imagine a dark purple sageo (makes about anything look royal:)! (- and some gold tints on the f/k)

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Postby Pig Hog » May 2nd, '14, 12:29

Looks good. Making me think about replacing my black sageo with a colour.
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Re: Nihonto

Postby Fuut » May 2nd, '14, 15:21

Pig Hog wrote:Looks good. Making me think about replacing my black sageo with a colour.


I remember seeing a documentary on the color purple and how it was cultivated to be the color of the riches. It had to do with shellfish fluids, or something along those lines, making it quite expensive. Today its most likely a lot cheaper to reproduce, although the image has been imprinted, for me at least its that for a royal/formal activity.

Anyway, so i take it you don't disagree with the choices i made? I'm open to suggestions.

Also see below the tachi koshirae that has been finished.
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Postby Pig Hog » May 3rd, '14, 08:07

You have a very similar saya to me and your tsuka ito will be of a similar colour, too.

Bearing that in mind, I would either choose a dark blue or a dark green to put on mine.
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Re: Nihonto

Postby Fuut » May 5th, '14, 16:50

I've been thinking about green, sorry about the late response.

I received some sad news, the goto school fuchi (dai one, not sho), doesn't fit the hisayuki blade, apparantly its too large, which means i'll have to see about finding a new daisho set which does fit (and fits the tsuba, which is prepared for the tachi). Also i was shown the f/k and menuki (which are both goto school) together, knowing the f/k don't fit, we might not be able to source a goto school flower/vine set f/k that does fit and also goes with the current menuki:/ So that was kind of dissapointing news. This also means the colors for the tsuka and sageo are set still for now. I"m a afraid this will take a while.

But still, the hisayuki tachi will be worth it, i still can't imagine holding that enormous chuck of killing force, let alone the responsibility that comes with having something like that in your house:)
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Re: Nihonto

Postby Fuut » Jul 7th, '14, 10:43

OK wow.. I've neglected this topic a little bit. Update time!

To start off, the seller gave me the option to switch the Nagamichi wakizashi for a o-wakizashi by Hisayuki! Even though the lacquerwork had been started on the saya! He managed to sell the Nagamichi is a very short period after this. Right now, the artisan is working on the saya for the o-wakizashi in the same style as the tachi's. So right now it has become a daisho by the same smith, which is really nice (also for resale value).

The tachi was made when the smith was 75 years of age (and still working for Dai Tokugawa), the wakizashi was made 6 years later, when Hisayuki was 81 years of age. If I'm not mistaken the wakizashi has been granted Tokubetsu Hozon by the ntbhk.

When i was told about the opportunity to go for a pair by the same smith, i was also told that the wakizashi has a good chance to receive Yushuto status as well (next December). That would really be the cream on top of the cake.

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Now all that is left is to source a Fuchi & Kashira that will fit the long sword, as the first find really didn't fit it. When someone in contact with the dealer has something, work can start on the tsuka (the handles) and then we're near finish.

The tachi can be send when its at that stage, but the wakizashi will probably remain in Japan till after the Yushuto shinsa.
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Re: Nihonto

Postby JBaymore » Jul 7th, '14, 13:03

WOW! :mrgreen:

best,

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Re: Nihonto

Postby Fuut » Aug 20th, '14, 09:29

Update time!

Finally after many months of searching we found a daisho f/k set that fits :mrgreen:

-> http://www.aoijapan.com/daisho-fuchi-ka ... agi-school
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Re: Nihonto

Postby Fuut » Aug 27th, '14, 15:54

The link is dead by now because it was sold:)

See below please, the collage is too big too minimize it too 1000p lenght and less than 640p width.

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Re: Nihonto

Postby Fuut » Mar 24th, '15, 07:31

It has been quite a while, from November 11th 2013 to last week's Monday when i first received half the daisho set.

I received the wakizashi by Hisayuki first, the tachi was kept in customs for about 2 weeks because apparantly it lacked evidence to support it was a traditionally handmade japanese sword.. But either way, its been cleared now and is in transit somewhere in the UK.


Now i've been thoroughly stunned by the beauty of the wakizashi, where i first looked up to the tachi the most, without having seen it i have a much deeper appreciation of the wakizashi (middle sword).

I have made a bunch of photo's this morning, viewing it in the bright morning sun. I hope you enjoy :D


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Re: Nihonto

Postby Fuut » Mar 24th, '15, 07:32

A few more of the nie crystals bending the sunlight 8)
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Re: Nihonto

Postby William » Mar 24th, '15, 07:43

Stunning! :shock: :shock:

Congratulations my friend.
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