The NBTHK in Tokyo is the main organization for authenticating Japanese swords. They currently issue papers at four levels, from lowest to highest level, these are: Hozon, Tokubetsu Hozon, Juyo, and Tokubetsu Juyo.
There is not much difference between the first and second papers, but there is a big leap to the third and fourth level papers.
Continue reading Hozon is a test, Juyo is a competition
If you passed by your friendly neighborhood Ford dealer and asked a salesman for his opinion… you wanted some good honest advice if you should buy that Mercedes you had your eye on… what do you think he would say?
I think everyone will understand that his job is to sell you on Ford, so he’s going to give you 10 reasons to not buy a Mercedes and 10 reasons to walk out of that dealership in a new Ford.
Be careful who you ask for advice because there is a lot of that going around.
Also, if you do the equivalent of pull up to the Ford dealer in your brand new Mercedes and ask the salesman what he thinks, don’t be surprised at his answer.
Q: What is the difference between an inferior work of Norishige and a masterpiece of the Uda school?
A: Norishige has a reputation as a great master, one of the best. Uda has a reputation as a second or third tier school. Even the best work of a third tier school will not compare to the worst work of a grand master. And even if it does, the top makers will gain attributions of master works and the lesser works will be attributed to lesser makers. Quality is the first step of attribution.
Continue reading Attribution is Everything, and when it’s not it almost is
It’s gotten to this, yes, a blog. I’ve been wanting a place to deposit some of my ramblings, where lessons I’ve learned or conclusions I’ve come to can end up in one place. Here, I hope to help people or at least guide them and maybe can teach people to avoid common mistakes or pitfalls that I myself fell into when I started out in this hobby. So from time to time, I’ll deposit something new here and we’ll see if this ends up being of use to people.