Thank you vidar, totally agree. I also got a few replies back from eBay sellers, and I must say I really cannot trust buying from them because their English level is just so... elementary? I'm worried they might use that against me too if the sword turned up not up to my specs, they can simply say it's due to miscommunication? Man this is so difficult!
Fact is that Tachi are not so popular, and more difficult to make than katana. I'm quite sure that most, if not all, Chinese forges will have some details wrong. The one of Huanuo looks very nice IMO, but from the picture you can see that the ichimonji line (first line of the ito wrap) is on the wrong side. It would be correct for a katana, but a tachi is worn on the opposite side. This is no big deal, it's only a cosmetic error, but a connoisseur will see through this kind of details that the sword is not authentic.
Something completely different you could consider, depending on your budget, is to buy a bare blade from a good Chinese forge, like Huawei, and then send it to a Nihonto restorer who can make Tachi koshirae. For example Giorgio Movilli, from Italy, seems to be able to do this. www.japanese-sword.it/
And then we still overlook the fact that the blade will not resemble a real tachi. You would need to ask the forge to make a blade that has the geometry of late Heian, Kamakura, Nanbokucho or early Murumachi era. But this may be mission impossible...
treeslicer: Well, shoot! It was worth a try.
Apr 12, 2021 2:40:29 GMT
christain: I gottaneedtawannahave (my wife's talk, NOT mine) a nice set of plate gauntlets, but they don't give those things away. I finally got a pair of sabatons (foot armor) and had to send the company a blank check and a sample of DNA.
Apr 12, 2021 0:42:06 GMT
christain: treeslicer---I don't have a 'nihonto', unless you count a great-sword, dagger, and a shield. Oh....and three sets of armor...maille, darkened plate, and polished plate. Matter of fact, I'll be getting more armor real soon.
Apr 12, 2021 0:31:25 GMT
christain: Djinnja----What do you need to complete your armour? Ask me---I may just have it and be willing to sell.
Apr 12, 2021 0:23:45 GMT
treeslicer: It's not senility. Your nihonto are infested with fox spirits. Send me your swords, and I'll take care of it for you.
Apr 9, 2021 7:28:16 GMT
christain: Disappearing swords? This would be a game-changer for sure.
Apr 8, 2021 22:29:12 GMT
christain: I'm getting old and senile. I found two empty sword scabbards in my 'dressing room'. I say to myself---"Where the heck are they?" I looked under the bed. Nope. I looked in every room in the house. Nope. Went back to my room and there they were.
Apr 8, 2021 22:17:12 GMT
Brother Nathaniel: Markus, I would love to see your thoughts on "Custer's Revenge". Over.
Apr 8, 2021 17:23:34 GMT
bruntson: Beef and Bourbon, say no more. I'm heading over.
Apr 7, 2021 19:27:41 GMT
christain: Inject the bourbon with a meat syringe and get to smokin'. (The ham, that is. )....McM
Apr 6, 2021 20:03:13 GMT
christain: Or maybe a big ol' brisket on the smoker with my special bourbon/garlic/onion injection., Put about a half cup of your favorite bourbon in a jar, chop and smash the garlic,slice the onion. Lid the jar and refrigerate for a day or two.
Apr 6, 2021 19:50:29 GMT
christain: Sounds great. May do that for July 4th. I never met a ham I didn't like!
Apr 6, 2021 19:17:58 GMT
christain: Happy Easter to you and yours also, Brother Nat. I had the Easter Bunny hide an egg in your yard with the SBG logo on it. If you find it, it contains a gift certificate from KOA for $10,000. Happy hunting!
Apr 4, 2021 22:03:22 GMT
christain: Does it really matter? I'll be eating ham for a week, then use the bone to throw into a pot of beans. That, and a big skillet full of cornbread....happy man here.
Apr 4, 2021 21:57:16 GMT
christain: My wife has a huge ham cooked up, along with potato salad, baked beans, and yeast rolls...along with a strawberry cake and a buttermilk pie. Buttermilk pie may sound gross to some, but don't knock it 'till you try it.
Apr 4, 2021 20:10:39 GMT
christain: Happy Easter, everyone. I hope you are all safe with family and friends. Hope everyone has a good meal and maybe a few drinks. Great weather to be outside here in E.Texas, so an outdoor meal would be great.
Apr 4, 2021 20:05:59 GMT
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