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  2. Hi Chris, Also, if a genuine mei, whether the smith was any good. There’s more than one generation, this one gets a fairly average 15 in Hawley’s: https://nihontoclub.com/smiths/YOS915 Also, you’d need to consider that Hizento often have thin outer steel so a polish might reveal an unsightly amount of core steel. I’d not put money into this.
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  4. Difference in seppa dai I think just proves it's a late piece. Regarding the ana, they have a Higo feel to them, that Higo influence can also be seen on the missing zogan, it's common for them to have a fabricated 'worn' look. I do stress 'influence' however, this isn't a Higo tsuba.
  5. Dear Pier. Thank you for your thoughts. I had assumed it to be a wheel of the law design, in fact most of the zogan on the blades is present, not showing very well because it is in silver and tarnished. It is in net form, that is discrete lines of silver crossing each other. The difference in the seppa dai was one of the issues that made me pass it up on first inspection, I can't remember coming across this before. Any ideas? All the best.
  6. Up for your consideration is a Katana Japanese antique Long 71.2cm sword in excellent condition, no damage to it's original state. More details about this exceptional piece: Swordsmith: Soshu ju Masahiro (Masahiro lived Soshu), Cutting Edge Length: 71.2cm (28.03in) Age: Muromachi period, Primary Material: Tamahagane, Sword Full length: 91.3cm (35.94in). Saki-haba: 2.8cm (1.1in), Saki-gasane: 0.8cm (0.31in), Moto-haba: 3.1cm (1.22in). Moto-gasane: 0.8cm (0.31in), Jigane: Itame, Hamon: Gunome-choji, Sori curve: 1.4cm (0.55in) Koshirae length: 107cm (42.13in), Shirasaya length: 100.3, The blade is unconditionally guaranteed to not have any fatal flaws and/or hagire. Asking Price: USD$6800 If you are interested kindly send me a message, keyh503 at gmail dot com Thanks for looking...!!!!
  7. Any other opinions out there guys? Much appreciated, as always!
  8. To close this topic. Nihonto Koza (AFU translation), Koto, vol 3 page 353. Thanks to those who digress to stop this
  9. Lots to consider within this interesting Tsuba. The fill-in on the seppa dai was an education. I kind of like these windows for the gunto catch, though, indicating further practical use at a different time-frame in history. The dragons are fascinatingly sinuous. Among the thoughts that bubble up are: whether that is the Buddhist wheel of the law, and have the blades lost their zogan, and why are the seppa dai completely different shapes?
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    Type 98 ?

    Looking for another nice shin gunto in type 98 . A mantetsu blade would be nice . Show me what you got ~ ~ ~
  11. Georg, give us another taste of your master piece and include the kissaki area. I am beginning to wonder what the hold up is. Cheers.
  12. Tom Darling


    I would have guess with some straight, leaning towards Tegai Kanenaga. I handled a flawless momei Kanenaga that was beyond beautiful.
  13. yeah, already got a book by sesko called "Leitfaden zum japanischen schwert".no idea if there is an english equivalent tho
  14. Thanks for the added pics Paul! The "10" on the fittings seem to me to be fitters taking part of the "510" of the nakago, which, to me, seems to indicate the 510 was put there by the smith or forge, not the fitters. The 2 letters seem to be "S 九" or "S 9" which is WAY out of my experience with the whole stamped-numbers gamut.
  15. My job is pretty entertaining sometimes. I just hope I can get back to doing it again soon! I see where you are talking about the seppa dai. For the display of the tsuba it's a bit of a problem, but if you were to mount it on a blade, any sins would be hidden by the seppa and fuchi.
  16. Paul, once again, many thanks for the additional pictures. The subassembly method of your sword is similar to another Shinbu-Tō that is linked to below. One obvious difference that I can see is that the reverse tang on yours is marked 振武 while the other sword is marked 振武刀. Unfortunately, the nakago mune markings on this second sword do not appear to be noted or pictured. It is thus not possible to determine which marking precedes the other at this time. For your information and that of others, this is the same sword that is illustrated over at Ohmura's website. Hefty WW II Era Katana with High End Mounts Nakago Reverse: 振武刀 = shinbu-tō Nakago Obverse: 東洋刃物株式会社作 = Tōyō Hamono Kabushiki Kaisha saku = Made by Tōyō Knife Company., Limited. As an aside, 振武 is spelled as shinbu but should be pronounced as shimbu. N (kana)
  17. Thank you all. I have zero idea how suriage is done on a blade but this appears to be the case here. John
  18. I hope you've invested in a few books to study. Fellow NMB member Markus Sesko has written quite a few. Welcome aboard.
  19. Thank you all for the information ... Right now there is an exact match for this tsuba on ebay add says Antique iron TSUBA with landscape by famous soten , so must be a cast reproduction??? I dont know how to put a link for the add
  20. John, I see nothing there of any note. Prep for suriage seems a good guess.
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  22. You might be thinking of the early ichimonji signing Kiku-ichimonji (菊一文字) ("Chrysanthemum-straight line"), often romanized with a somewhat ... traditionally inscribed only the Japanese kanji character "Ichi" (一, one) on the nakago
  23. That's what I thought also.. John
  24. Looks rather like it was being prepared for suriage. Just my two cents.
  25. Hello, Once upon a time I remember reading an article about these markings on the nakago but I can't seem to find it or to remember how I first found it... Any help and honesty is always appreciated. John
  26. Thank you Michael I will definitely follow your advice George
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