perhaps a partial statement, but
none the less not far-fetched, to
say that the sword appraisal
agencies and sword clubs in modern
Japan have made up and created a
mind set for today's collectors;
and have set them like sheep for
the polished, papered "Packaged"
sword products. - Little notice
has been taken that the real
Samurai swords, the actual swords
of the Samurai - are being wholly
altered, ground up by polishing
and re-constructed, essentially
ending their specific histories.
Temple or Shrine is completely
reconstructed; or moved down the
street to make way for a parking
garage - is it the same?
One of the aspects
for collectors is certainly
polished, and papered swords; -
While the other, however, are
original, real Samurai antique
The two are
not the same
the Japanese collectors would
never bother changing, papering
or altering their swords at all
- of course, the why of this
hasn't been loudly preached.