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#91 Dundee1000

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Posted 10 December 2009 - 04:31 PM

Hi All,
a newbie from Fremantle Western Australia,
My Sword was given to me by my Grandfather before he died,

hope to learn something from you people in the know..
I have no idea what it says, who the sword was from, and I'd only let it go if I was to take it back to the family that owned it..

cheers, Mike

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#92 John A Stuart

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Posted 10 December 2009 - 05:00 PM

Hi Mike, welcome. Your sword is signed Ishihara Naotane. 石原 直胤 John

#93 Dundee1000

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Posted 11 December 2009 - 03:35 AM

Thanks for the welcome John,
and thanks for the translation,

I can do some reading on the net about the maker,

and what kind of officer may have owned the sword,


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#94 John A Stuart

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Posted 11 December 2009 - 03:51 AM

By the look of the koshirae it is a sword owned by a lower rank naval officer. John

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Posted 11 December 2009 - 08:43 AM

Just an introduction. I am Will from Pennsylvania and though i have been a collector of modern firearms I am just now realizing the beauty of edged weapons and the craftsmanship. Thanks to all who have been providing expertise here and hope to someday contribute but I have lots of reading to do. If I may I would like to post an ebay auction so you can help me learn the tricks to help identify items. Let me know and I will post it on the internet sales section of the board.

#96 Toryu

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Posted 11 December 2009 - 04:56 PM

Will -
Welcome, I would say go for it! Post Away! there are lots of folks here eager to tackle toguh questions and provide answers.
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#97 Takahashi

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Posted 13 December 2009 - 04:45 PM

Hello everybody,

I just found this section and wanted to introduce me properly. I am Robert from Germany. Since my youth I was always interested by the Japanese culture. Through a few Japanese friends at my university I was introduced to Japanese swords but had no time to focus on this as my exams were due. Therefore it took a long time till I decided to look into this topic seriously. I found this board very helpful for identifying the multitude of fake swords sold in the internet (thanks for the info). I am looking forward to discuss various topics in the future with you. Perhaps I will even find other board users from Germany with the same interest. :o

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Posted 25 December 2009 - 10:31 PM

My name is Ron Watson, .. I am Canadian. I am 62 years old, and for the past 35 + years have operated an Antique Business dealing primarily in Antique Weapons. Due to ever increasing Government Bureocracy I am in the process of shutting the business down. Where there were once hundreds of items per section there are now but few on offer. I also for the past 40 years operated a demolitions business removing all manner of man and God's creations with the use of explosives. I got interested accidentally in Nihonto about 30 years ago when I was offered a very tired osuriage tache ( cut down to a wakizashi ) with a heavily painted tsuba for $ 75.00. It was the tsuba that perked my curiosity and after spending many hours removing the heavy layer of paint, ... to my surprise what turned out was to be a very fine Ono school tsuba signed Fukushige. Since that time, I have added steadily to my collection of Samurai arts. In swords I have specialized in the Mishina School Smiths.
I have not limited my interest to swords however, and have been fortunate to acquire a full suit of Armour, several Tanegashima, yari, naginata, yanone, gunsen, jingasa, Samurai Dolls, tsuba, and other Fittings, Hachiwawa, Jitte. Many woodblock prints, and a prized Bronze Cannon of the 17th century. My personal library on the subject amounts to several dozens of books, and periodicals. The Study of the Arts of Japan is both complicated and at times full of pit falls. It is not a game for the weak of heart or pocketbook. It is far better to own one or two good pieces than a grouping of the mediocre. My advice to the beginner is study study, ask, ask, handle, handle. My opinion of eBay for the beginner at least, is to use it as a RED FLAG of what not to buy. Better to stick to reputable dealers who stand behind their products, and more importantly their reputation. May you all find that special happiness in aquiring the best you can afford and the supreme joy in sharing with others.
....... Ron Watson

#99 John A Stuart

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Posted 26 December 2009 - 04:23 AM

Hi Ron, Welcome. You must be the only one in the world to have an 'Enigma' machine for sale. John

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Posted 30 December 2009 - 01:13 PM

Hi,

my name is Oliver and i am 33 years old. I am croatian but i live and work in germany, karlsruhe.
I training iaido (muso jikden eishen ryu) for more than 10 years.
I am looking around to buy this year my first real nihonto piece. Also i am looking if any collector is living in my near,

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#101 David Flynn

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Posted 30 December 2009 - 01:15 PM

Hi Oliver, welcome.
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#102 Toryu

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Posted 30 December 2009 - 05:33 PM

Welcome Oliver!
A student of Eisenack Sensei now? Always nice to see another Iaido-ka on here, let us know how your search goes for a nihon-to,
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Posted 30 December 2009 - 05:40 PM

Oliy

welcome, see this, this AM, a trusted seller in Nippon.

http://www.sanmei.co... ... _PUP_E.htm
as well as AoiArt.
not knowing your your price range, anything under 5K is a good start for first blade.

Big Mo, Fred W. Fred G and Ed M are all trusted statesilde sellers...sorry if i left out others.

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#104 oli

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Posted 30 December 2009 - 06:38 PM

Welcome Oliver!
A student of Eisenack Sensei now? Always nice to see another Iaido-ka on here, let us know how your search goes for a nihon-to,
-tom

Hi Tom,

i am in the organization IMAF (http://www.imaf-germany.com) and no student of Eisenack.
For long time a had a gunto , the blade was made from ishido mitsunobo.
The blade needs a polish and i was not sure if it was a true gendaito so i sold it.
This year i was looking for a katana for tameshigiri. I purchased a chinese one.
And now i am interesting once again in nihonto, maybe also for training.

cheers
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Posted 30 December 2009 - 06:42 PM

Oliy

welcome, see this, this AM, a trusted seller in Nippon.

http://www.sanmei.co... ... _PUP_E.htm
as well as AoiArt.
not knowing your your price range, anything under 5K is a good start for first blade.

Big Mo, Fred W. Fred G and Ed M are all trusted statesilde sellers...sorry if i left out others.

HI Stephen,

aoi is very interessting i look every day on there homepage :D .
My price range is not defined. I will look next year have much money i can spend. First i want to study nihonto and lern more. I have a lot of books to read :D

thanks
Oli

#106 Tokaido

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Posted 30 December 2009 - 07:22 PM

Also i am looking if any collector is living in my near,


Hi Oliver,
most times those meetings are no farer away from Karlsruhe than a two hours ride over the *Autobahn* ;-)
http://www.nihonto-club.de/

Greetings
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Posted 30 December 2009 - 07:24 PM

Also i am looking if any collector is living in my near,


Hi Oliver,
most times those meetings are no farer away from Karlsruhe than a two hours ride over the *Autobahn* ;-)
http://www.nihonto-club.de/

Greetings
Andreas

Hi Andreas,

cool when and where are the meetings? I am very intrested!

thanks
Oli

#108 Tokaido

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Posted 31 December 2009 - 09:43 AM

Hi Andreas,
cool when and where are the meetings? I am very intrested!
thanks
Oli


Hello Oliver,
next meeting will be held on January the 30.
For more Info about place and time, feel free to contact Joachim (see *Kontakt* on http://www.nihonto-club.de).

To NMB Members,
the mentioned website is in German language only, sorry for this obstacle.
We may be able to *upgrade* the websites or at least the most important information on it to English
language during the next year.
Greetings
Andreas

PS: contact in english language is possible without mayor problem ;-)
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#109 mattr

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Posted 08 January 2010 - 07:44 PM

Hello NMB and Happy New Year,

A belated & brief introduction. Ive been interested in Japanese culture since I was young (my father traveled to Japan several times in my youth which sparked my interest) but my interest in Nihonto started while studying Kashima Shinryu Kenjutsu. Sadly, life forced a move away from my dojo & sensi and my study of Nihonto was put on the back burner. Ive recently made time to pick up the books I own, purchase some new ones and begin studying again. Im quite excited to have found NMB and appreciate the time and experience that the members invest in furthering the education of new members and of each other. I hope to someday be able to contribute to the board.

Currently Im tentatively 'grazing' for a study-blade while reading books and info on the internet.
Matt R.

#110 David Flynn

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Posted 09 January 2010 - 12:05 AM

Welcome, good luck and happy hunting.
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#111 masterofweapons

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Posted 25 January 2010 - 09:07 PM

Hello everyone,

I am new here! I am eager to hear and learn from all of you!!
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Posted 25 January 2010 - 11:32 PM

G'day Meredith, I hope you enjoy being here.
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#113 masterofweapons

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Posted 27 January 2010 - 08:36 PM

G'day Meredith, I hope you enjoy being here.


Thank you! So far I am thoroughly enjoying it!!!
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#114 doug e lewis

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Posted 28 January 2010 - 03:18 AM

hi Meredith,

it took me many months of lerking around NMB before i posted anything. glad they have this intro thing now to get people into things.

what i have found is that even a profoundly stupid or uninformed comment or opinion is not met with ridicule here. you will be corrected, offered places or books to go to study, but all good otherwise.

lots of fun, and there are even folks who you would not mind meeting in person. Nice to find fellow eccentrics.

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Posted 28 January 2010 - 06:49 AM

what i have found is that even a profoundly stupid or uninformed comment or opinion is not met with ridicule here


Not always :rotfl: :laughabove:
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Posted 28 January 2010 - 11:06 AM

thank you Jean, for putting my somewhat over expansive praise of NMB into a more realistic perspective.

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#117 masterofweapons

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Posted 29 January 2010 - 09:26 PM

Thank you I hope to learn as much as possible!!
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Posted 06 February 2010 - 02:40 PM

Hello Gentlemen,

I'm complete new to the world of Japanese edged weapons, "stumbled" across this excellent forum while trying to find some basic information about WW2 swords. Thats is were my normal interest lays: WW2 edged weapons and more specific the British Fairbairn Sykes Fighting knife.
Very different than whats discussed here but in some ways maybe simular. A little picture of 4 WW2 examples and 1 post war for those unfamiliar with the style of these knives.

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It was (and still is) my original intention to add a military Japanese WW2 sword to my small collection, but with all the fakes on ebay etc its hard for me to judge whats correct and whats not, like the F-S Fightng Knife the market is flouded with fake examples so any help would be appreciated. Or if you know/have one for sale, please let me know.
But reading on the forum has stirred a bit more of an interest in the subject than intended, so more reading to do and books to buy :) what a fascinating and addictive subject!
I will do my best to learn more in the coming time, please forgive any ignorant questions i might ask on the forum.

Kind regards, Ruben

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Posted 06 February 2010 - 03:59 PM

HI Ruben,

your knives look great. i also collect edged weapons of any kind, new or old, though my main study and cultural interest is in nihonto and all things Japanese [mostly old, but some new -- must be current when ivisit Japan someday]

you will probably find information on the knives you mentioned, and other edged weapons from around the world in Sword Forum International [see links section at top of page]. great forum for many countries weapons, including Japan.

hope to see you here again.

newbie, doug e
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Posted 06 February 2010 - 07:33 PM

Hi Ruben,
Welcome to the forum. We won't allow this to go too off topic, as we stick to the subject of the forum pretty strictly..
But did want to say, very nice 1st pattern! An excellent etched second pattern too..and a "ribbed and beaded" :shock:
Great looking FS knives.
I have a nice pair of etched and named 2nd patterns to one guy. yep..a Wilkinson pair named to one person. Not good condition though - pity, but will oneday trade for a nice Japanese sword. But 'nuff of that now, back to swords. :)

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