The Tokubetsu Juyo competition is underway at the moment and the results should be coming soon. So this is an opportunity to discuss this very prestigious category.
I am starting to see more of this kind of thing online and I am happy to see it.
This Hasebe sword had old green papers and Aoi submitted it to get new NBTHK papers to clarify any doubts about the old attribution.
I have blogged many times that green papers = no papers, and this is what dealers should do when encountering green papered items. It is not only good for the buyer of this piece, it is good for the dealer, and good for the overall market.
This is what responsibility looks like.
This is a famous sword owned by Uesugi Kenshin and the blade is now Kokuho. It is an Ichimonji sword and has an extremely flamboyant hamon.
The blade is often called Yamatorige or Yamadorige which is one reading of the characters of its name
These characters can also be read as Sanchōmō though and it’s generally felt that this is the more correct name of the sword.