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  1. 7 points
    Up for sale is a Wakizashi attributed to Sendai Kunikane with Koshirae and NBTHK Hozon. Beautiful blade with stunning Masame hada and Suguha hamon. NBTHK doesn't say which generation Kunikane, but the quality of the forging hints at one of the earlier generations. Nagasa is 48.8cm, 6X31mm at the machi, 4X21mm at the yokote. Unaltered and in very good polish. Comes with a nice kosherae and shirasaya to complete the package. Shipping to the US only. SOLD
  2. 4 points
    Robert, you are mixing up hardness and stiffness with flexibility, but I think you mean brittleness, toughness and resilience. Carbon steel alloys do not harden deeper than 4 mm down into the metal in small workpieces. That means that a 8 mm thick blade would theoretically be hardened through IF IT WERE MADE FROM MONOSTEEL THROUGHOUT. But this is mostly not the case. By the way, the effects of hardening are different with test pieces of considerably higher mass (e.g. 10 by 10 by 10 cm). Annealing (YAKIMODOSHI) takes away some of the hardness and makes blades more resilient instead. In composite constructions (with a flexible low-carbon core/SHINTETSU) blades will just harden in the high carbon KAWAGANE, often a thin layer of steel. This is the reason why blades can lose their HAMON if polished too often. As Christian writes correctly above, you cannot judge a blade's properties by looking only at the HAMON.
  3. 3 points
    A beautiful Kantana Kake for 3 swords from the late edo period. Panels front and back have old -age crackle otherwise In excellent condition.
  4. 3 points
    Bruce I think it is 'i'512. I think he is Katsumura Masakatsu of Ibaraki, which is north of Tokyo. Here is the number of my Kunishiro, also RJT and also north of Tokyo in Aomori....maybe the same RJT blade inspector guy collected both blades to take back to Tokyo for polishing/mounting and gave them his stamp? I say this as your 'i' is from Ibaraki and my 'o' is from Aomori...both numbers 5 and 1 seem to match in font and size...just saying.
  5. 2 points
    Hi Mark, Can I reassure you that you’ve done pretty well with your first purchase: you’ve bought a sword that’s in polish, probably not shortened significantly from its original length (the paper suggests 73.3cm if the online converter works) and with papers to a well respected smith. The trick here is to “decode” the papers - there are a number of examples of unsigned blades on line with papers simply saying “Daido” attributed to the first generation by respected sellers. So this, and the length of the blade (a little longer than standard for the Edo period) are good signs that it’s muromachi guy rather than later. If it helps, Also, if you bought from a reputable dealer there’s a better than average chance that their judgement, made with the blade in hand, is good. The loss of reputation wouldn’t be worth misrepresenting the blade. Once more, we’ll done on your first buy.
  6. 2 points
    You have to show the blades sugata. A picture from a 90degree angle of the Blade without tsuka and the habaki. Even then you can’t be sure... For a „good“ amateur appraisal you better show everything. with that pic only I would say early edo
  7. 2 points
    Bruce it is not English letter "i" it is katakana "i" (the sound - look up katakana "i" and you will see your character)...on my sword the katakana (in pic) is pronounced "o". The two numbers you have added here are katakana "ta" 2353 and "fu" 37...(actually fu is pronounced more like "who"}. Hope this helps.
  8. 1 point
    For someone who has an interest in Soshu-den works, this is an extremely enjoyable sword to study. It is an o-suriage wakizashi which appears to be a Nanbokucho-period naginatanaoshi. The bo-hi appear to be ato-bori, and the upper portion of the blade is ubu (ie. the kaeri is intact). The jihada is an extremely beautiful, large pattern itame that is thickly covered in ji-nie and having areas which appear like yubashiri. Nie arcing out of the hamon becoming chikei in the ji. The hamon is generally midare, with areas of gonome-midare. There is deep nie-hataraki to the edge, including ashi, yo, kinsuji, sunagashi, etc. The hamon is brilliant. The nakago, as mentioned, is osuriage with 3 mekugi-ana (one plugged). The sword is very healthy and has a heavy feel in-hand. It is 7mm thick at the shinogi. The nagasa is 41.1cm and moto-haba is 31mm. The sword has two old attributions, which I will emphasize and make bold, are not to be considered guarantees of either attribution. One is an early Tokubetsu Kicho dated Showa 37 (1962) giving an attribution to Naoe Shizu. There is also an old sayagaki from Hon'ami Koson attributing the blade to Sa Kunihiro. Again in bold, the blade should be resubmitted to an NBTHK shinsa or discussed with Tanobe-sensei for a more current attribution. Regardless, this is an exceptional sword, and is whoever decides to purchase it is going to be very pleased. SOLD Kind regards, Ray
  9. 1 point
    I think their origin is unknown and they are what they are but never had one in hand and the gendai ones wont get nbthk papers in my opinion. I would love to see some pictures of the blade from someone who bought them and show their geometry.
  10. 1 point
    I merged these two separate posts together. Edward. no need to duplicate your queries. John
  11. 1 point
    I agree with the patina looking a little off and would think this is shinto or shin shinto. Still a very awesome blade! Freaking beefy!
  12. 1 point
    Ed Lets talk about this in one forum. No need for repetitive post.
  13. 1 point
    I say it’s modern and gimei compare with this https://nihontoantiques.com/project/yasukuni-akitomo-fss-681/
  14. 1 point
    Lovely little sword and it looks to me as though it is all original to the piece. I really like these tantos mounted as swords. Rare as hens teeth.
  15. 1 point
    Dawson page 301, Tokyo Police Lieutenant.
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    $850 Yamazaki kozuka originally sold by Ginza.choshuya
  17. 1 point
    Welcome, two wheels down avoid pot holes called ebay. Have fun enjoy the adventure.
  18. 1 point
    Interesting sword, Wayne. Thanks for sharing. Swords exactly like this should make up at least half of a Sendai Shinto collection - at least they form about HALF of my collection: nicely mounted. very well-made masame, unsigned short swords. There seems to have been a very serious market for these swords - which I assume means that they were what Sendai Samurai wore when they were out and around. It also means that smiths in Sendai worked very routinely and with good discipline. These were guys who did NOT wish to stand out. They were NOT showy. They knew their role and they gave a good product - thank you! As I said, I have a couple of these and I love them, but they also raise some questions in my (collector's) mind. 1. Who made them? There were 13 (or 14) generations in the KK line and they all had apprentices so assigning them to the "School" is as far as the "experts" will go. 2. Why are they unsigned? This is a good question. Maybe guys in Sendai just sort of figured...isn't it obvious who made this... 3. Why are unsigned wakizashis common? Maybe lots were made that way - BUT I also have to suspect that unsigned katanas were liable to having had a GIMEI signature added to them. Tut-tut All this to say, THANK YOU WAYNE. Peter
  19. 1 point
    Define "weapon oil", if you mean gun oil then for the most part they contain solvents to remove propellant residue and fouling from the projectile..... not the best oil for nihonto. I know some people use sewing machine oil, and "Choji" is in fact Tsubaki oil with a little Clove oil added, one story being that the clove was added to stop Mrs Samurai from cooking with it, and another story is it discouraged insects from eating the saya, and also reduced stickiness. In the Aoi-art video he uses Kurobara oil which is a commercial brand, and a mix of oils it is also the choice of Japanese Chef's and Carpenters for their blades. From what I can gather, Kurobara brand is mainly tsubaki with enough high grade mineral oil to reduce stickiness and a touch of perfume added. For what it's worth, it is my favoured oil for my collection.
  20. 1 point
    Writing as someone who did also once buy a nihonto blade in type 95 mounts, I think it's a real blade abused and fitted up to sell. It could be Bubba or one of the (much) less scrupulous dealers. The nakago is too good for a cheap Chinese knock off in my opinion.
  21. 1 point
    It’s not choji oil that is dangerous, but uchiko. Quality uchiko shouldn’t be an issue, but uchiko is basically grinding stone residue and can scratch a blade in new polish. On the contrary, a blade in bad state will benefit from uchiko. According to Aoi, Choji oil is sticky and vegetable oil and more sticky, so more prone to create rust than mineral oil.
  22. 1 point
    Polishing cream is bad for a real Japanese sword. First, the cream is going to get into the folds of the metall, hiding the Hada, then, the polish will remove or partially erase both the nugui and hazuya make up. So bad, bad, bad! As for oil, I use Choji, but the current recommendation is Tsubaki oil or machine oil. and Uchiko is only recommended on swords which aren’t in great polish. Today, most people use isopropyl alcohol to remove old oil.
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    Looking at the machi, someone has butchered them so they no longer line up correctly by grinding up the blade. However, misaligned machi is also a HUGE red flag for a Chinese fake. So.. this definitely muddies the waters more. My gut says its still real.. just horribly abused and thrown into lousy modern mounts.
  26. 1 point
    You were spot on. Upon finally removing the habaki, it was indeed cemented to the blade somehow. Pictures for your reference included.
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    Are you looking for display or for mounting with a blade? Are you looking for tanto, wakizashi, katana. daisho tachi etc...? Koshirae can range in price from humdreds to thousands of dollars. I need some guidance as do others with koshirae. 😀
  29. 1 point
    I ran across some pictures of a Jinsen Pattern 7 sword, which is the same type of sword pictured above, while going through my files. What was different about these pictures is that the owner removed the wooden grips and took some pictures of the nakago. Unfortunately, the pictures were printed on copy machine paper and thus the quality is somewhat lower than to be expected. Below are the details of the nakago markings. The reverse of the nakago is stamped with the number 1551. The obverse of the nakago is stamped twice with the inspection mark ヘ. In addition, the obverse side of the scabbard below the hanger is hand carved with the following inscription. WW2 N. Korea '45 I know of one other Jinsen made sword, a Pattern 8, which has a nakago serial number and it can be seen at the link below. Questions about "late war", NCO swords
  30. 1 point
    I think it was also a fad. It was apparently first developed (officially) by the Soshu tradition and then copied by others. If it had been so bad, I don’t think it would have stuck, especially during the Sengoku Jidai. And unless the first one was indeed a mistake, the others weren’t. Hitatsura creates tobiyaki, but the type of blade you seem to describe isn’t unheard of either.
  31. 1 point
    Mutsu Daijo Miyoshi Nagamichi Grey
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  33. 1 point
    I think i read at usagiyas website that choji heads can become tobiyaki after a polish because the big heads are deeper hardned then the lower part. After the polish they get disconnected from the hamon and become tobiyaki. In my opinion that means that a hitatsura blade dont have to lose its "felx" because the hardening could be mainly on surface. Also many blades have a lower carbon content in the core what makes it less likely to harden. I dont think you can say how durable a blade is just by looking at hamon.
  34. 1 point
    Dear Dan C., I talked with Bob Elder via Facebook message and he is considering the weekend of July 10 for the 2021 Orlando Show. He still discussing it with the hotel and no contact has been signed yet. Happy Thanksgiving!
  35. 1 point
    Dear Geoff. At 32cms it's way too big for a kwaiken and so we must assume that it's been mounted for curio value in the late19th early 20th century. Of course it is quite possible that it was all that was to hand when the lady was married and so served the purpose but enjoy it for what it is. All the best.
  36. 1 point
    Without any doubt it is a nice and interesting piece in good condition. However, the patina leaves me a little suspicious, as it could have been artificially done. The MEKUGI-ANA has a sharp edge or burr, if I am seeing this right, and this may make one think of a SHIN-SHINTO UTSUSHI.
  37. 1 point
    Im still in true nihonto court but she's heavily abused blade might have been katana at one time. Light tapping on habaki to see whats under but possible its braised on.
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    Wow! That blade has a bit of everything, Ray. If I collected Soshu, I would jump on that - one heck of a study piece! For all newbies, this is exactly the kind of blade that you should be studying, not the ugly, cheap ones. This is a university course in Soshu.
  40. 1 point
    Bill (Yoshimichi), my story is very similar to yours. In about 1995, Frankie called me out of the blue, because he had seen my name and address in the JSSUS newsletter (I had written an article). He said his band was playing in town that night, and he wanted to get together to talk swords. He came to the house by taxi, and left the meter running in the driveway - I told him I would take him to the show venue after we were done, so he could let the taxi go. Over the next few years, he came to the house one more time and had dinner with us. In 1999, he put me on the Will Call list for their show at the Colorado State Fair, headlined by Ted Nugent. Me and a buddy went, and after QR's performance we "hung out" with the band backstage. Kevin DuBrow (vocalist, he died some years ago) was quite the "class clown" type of guy. Rudy Sarzo (bassist) was a super nice and down-to-earth guy. When at our house, our daughter (age 4 at the time) saw Frankie's heavy-metal hair and his tattoos, and said in front of everybody: "Daddy, is he your *friend*??". 🙂 Frankie lived longer than his prognosis. He did at least *19* rounds of chemo, and was still posting updates of his battle online until about a month ago. Pete
  41. 1 point
    I was saddened to learn today of Frankie Banali's passing on August 20th from viewing Mike Yamazaki's website. Thanks for the post Mike. Frank was only 68, and just one year younger than me. He apparently passed from Stage 4 pancreatic cancer, and put up a hell of a fight. I will miss him. I first met Frankie when he came into the S,F. Token Kai one year. He had an interest at the time in Mishina Yoshimichi blades, as did I, so we had something in common, and we had some fun conversations about swords, his travels to Japan, and struck up a casual friendship. I found him very personable, friendly, and willing to share his love of sword collecting and knowledge very readily.What I found interesting was that he was not only a sword collector, he was the drummer of the heavy metal band "Quiet Riot," one of my secretary's favorite bands. When I told him of my secretary's love of his band, he was kind enough to send me an autographed picture of the band, signed by all members, and a copy of their latest album, before it was released, to give to her. He did this out of the blue, without me asking, just because he was that kind of thoughtful person. My secretary was beside herself. Sometime later, Frankie purchased a second generation Kikumon Yoshimichi from me. I do not know whatever happened to the tanto after he purchased it. I hope he enjoyed it like I did.. One time when Frankie's band, Quiet Riot, was coming to my home town (Chico, California), Frankie called or emailed me and asked if I would like to attend the concert, and of course I said "Yes," and he put me and my nephew, and his friend on the Guest list. They put on an incredible concert, and Frankie was amazing on the drums, as usual. It was a memorable concert that my nephew and others in Chico still talk about...thanks to Frankie. I will miss seeing him coming into the S.F. Token Kai and speaking with him. He was a great guy, a knowledgeable sword collector, and fellow lover of all things Japanese. I am better for our paths crossing on this journey of life, as I am sure many others are who knew Frankie. Rest in Peace, Frankie. Regards, Bill E. Sheehan
  42. 1 point
    He played with so many greats including Billy Idol.
  43. 1 point
    Bill, thanks for the note. No collector who has been "bitten by the bug" should pass from this world without a tribute from a fellow collector. A nasty disease and to hear he was "only" 68 is a sad note, but it puts my 76 into perspective... RIP. BaZZa.
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    Dear All. A confession of sorts. Many years ago, (pre internet if you can believe such a time existed), I decided to make my own mekugi nuki. All I had to go on was an illustration in Stone's Glossary so off I went. Found some nice brass and built my own, threaded punch and all. It turned out well and I was quite pleased with myself. It was some years before I came across another Japanese one and realised that mine was a bit of a beast. It is beside a conventional one in the photo and you can probably see it's more appropriate for cracking coconuts than getting the mekugi out. However I have to say I have yet to come across a mekugi that can resist it! 😀 One or two visiting collectors have blanched a little when I get it out to dismantle their sword. All the best.
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