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 Post subject: Echizen seki Hirotaka
 Post Posted: Wed Dec 28, 2011 7:15 am 
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Hi guys,

I just recently bought this sword from e-sword. The sword is currently in Japan with a friend of mine until I go to Japan in October 2012. What do you guys think of the condition of the blade? Does it look like its been polished too many times or is it any way tired? My friend says the sword is near perfect with no flaws. From a practical standpoint, does this sword appear to be in a satisfactory utilitarian condition, to be a good weapon? (Not that Id ever imagine using it!) Also, what is the meaning of "bonryu" mentioned in the description on the website? Any info would be great. The link to my sword is here:

http://www.e-sword.jp/sale/2011/1110_1083syousai.htm

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Jeremy


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 Post subject: Re: Echizen seki Hirotaka
 Post Posted: Wed Dec 28, 2011 9:10 am 
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凡流 Bonryu means it is an ordinary style. John


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 Post subject: Re: Echizen seki Hirotaka
 Post Posted: Thu Dec 29, 2011 10:17 am 
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Thank you for the explanation John, appreciate it. Can you offer me your opinions on this blade also, in terms of healthiness and overall condition? Ive always respected your opinions on nihonto and hold your thoughts in high regard, which is why I am asking you.

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Jeremy Hagop


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 Post subject: Re: Echizen seki Hirotaka
 Post Posted: Thu Dec 29, 2011 1:57 pm 
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The text mentions it is from around 1655 and looks like a solid sword. It needs a finish polish if you were to show it, but, not necessary for use in practise. Tameshigiri? Perhaps, I would be reticent.. You will have to assure the tsuka is solid. John


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 Post subject: Re: Echizen seki Hirotaka
 Post Posted: Thu Dec 29, 2011 6:53 pm 
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The sunagi reads den hoki no kami Hirotaka, Echizen ju Yasuharu (kao). Hacho: 2 sun go sun kyu bu ari kore then I can't make out the last three characters. Isn't Bonryu the alternate reading for Hirotaka?

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 Post subject: Re: Echizen seki Hirotaka
 Post Posted: Fri Dec 30, 2011 5:20 am 
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You may be and probably are right Paul. I just went for what 'bonryu' means in romaji as common speech. I would have read 汎隆 as 'Honryu' which is not a coincidence I think. John


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 Post subject: Re: Echizen seki Hirotaka
 Post Posted: Wed Jun 25, 2014 5:38 pm 
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This is a nice looking blade that still seems to have a lot of meat left. It would be a nice addition to any collection.


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