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    Tachi and Tachi mounts NBTHK Tokubetsu Hozon Papered to 1st generation Omiya Morishige O suriage 75.7 cm Hi , 9mm thick at mune . Very healthy with lots of activity
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    I find that spending time looking through collections and fine works allows me to better develop my eye for better pieces and themes. Never underestimate good books to increase your attention to details. These 3 were sent quickly by our own Grey Doffin. Thanks Grey!
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    Posted across several threads due to size limits....please see my profile for the rest.... As promised I'm sharing an overview of our small collection of nihonto. We're a small volunteer run museum in NZ. We don't know a ton about this collection and due to many factors much of the paperwork is missing, so we don't know the stories around how they came to be in the museum. At some time in the past the blades were all liberally coated in oil, we think maybe linseed oil. We've gently cleaned it off but as you can see it has stained the blades. They are all very much out of polish, which makes it very hard to see the hamon. We've done our best with the photos, to show the elements which would be useful in terms of ID. Full care for all of these nihonto is unfortunately outside the parameters of our current project, both time wise and budget wise. However, if the community on here identifies anything particularly special, we might be able to organise some special treatment. I hope this doesn't sound harsh. It's just that we are cataloguing and caring for an entire museum on a tiny budget. We really love these nihonto which is why we're sharing them here. So, any ID help is greatly appreciated, or just any general info or discussion at all. Every little bit of knowledge helps. Many thanks friends :-)
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    Item No. 62 - Iron Tsuba with gold highlighting - 7.1 cm dia. x 0.45 cm thick Choshu Tsuba of typical design , signed - Coshu Hagi ju Kaneko Jurobei nojo Yukinaka - Kaneko school around 1700 - Haynes 12435 ? Nicely worked piece with good overall colour and patina - much darker in hand than in pictures Ex Paul de Coninck Collection Ex Ivan Lepage Collection Ex Deutz van Chouiek Collection Purchased from a European Auction 8 years ago.
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    Dear Jeremiah. That's some lovely reading there! The only snag is that once you have trained your ye you then have to find pieces that meet your newly refined criteria and a source of funds to go with it. Oh, and apparently drool marks on the pages devalues the books. All the best.
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    Sorry for the poor photos. I just got it. It's really a beefy blade for it's age. It was recently polished and papered.
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    Welcome aboard, Charles. I like your Sunnobi tanto, & hope you will post your other blades when they return from shinsa. Sounds like you're also having an interesting career.
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    real show us the whole sword.
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    Based on that one photo I would say yes - you really need to see many examples of Kotetsu and then the differences with all pretenders will be obvious... -t
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    Hello Hugh There are no guarantees whatsoever But the things below increase your chances tenfold: First, I am familiar with the smith to certain extent. Second, I am more than positive the signature is authentic (who would put a date if gimei since it is not a big big name swordsmith?). I have done thorough research comparing every stroke of the chisel. Third, the folks here are knowledgeable and they have not said it is problematic so that makes me feel like this will be an easy one to paper. For me, honestly, it'd be a waste of money and time to do it, as I know what it is, But papered blade is a papered blade and will allow the buyer to make an educated purchasing decision. If the blade is in your hands any doubt will disappear. John
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    Dear Inna. I think Bruce is spot on, the fittings are low end 20th century but Japanese, not quite so sure about the tsuba. The same on the tsuka and the wrap look brand new so perhaps this was mounted as someone's iaito? All the best.
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    Hello Dale, The NBTHK main office at the Japanese Sword Museum in Tokyo, Japan (The Japanese Sword Museum (touken.or.jp)) has a registry of the NBTHK certificate numbers. What information is recorded in the registry and how helpful it would be to study I am not sure because I only had limited use of it myself over the years. I have been a member of the NBTHK since 2007.
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    Alex, I hope your friend can return the item for a refund because it is a Chinese fake. Several "tells" and clearly fake. If it was $150 or less, it's ok for a wall-hanger or toy, but not Japanese.
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    Here's your smith: 秀俊 (Hidetoshi), Real name: 井戸 俊三 (which my google translate says is Ido Toshizo) The small stamp at the top is the Showa stamp which puts the blade's manufacture in the 1935-1942 range. Can't speak to the fittings. The handle (tsuka) looks like a modern re-wrap, but I could be wrong about that. In fact I could be wrong about everything I've said! Hopefully the experts will chime in soon.
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    2380 reads 来國久 Rai Kunihisa
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    A hot stamp for Seki swordsmith 兼清 [Kanekiyo] can be seen at the link below. His full name is 長村 清三郎. The nakago is marked as 長村兼清作 [Nagamura Kanekiyo saku]. A puzzler Cross Reference Same sword but missing the host stamp picture. Arsenal Stamps., Post #175
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    Catalogue number 2380:
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    Yeah, that's my feeling too.
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    From what I can see, I believe it to be a polish replica
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    Thank GOD! I was already trying to figure out what to sell to try to grab this. If it had been 1974 I would have been in trouble. Beautiful blade, good luck.
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    Hi Thomas, About the Nihonto Meikan by Homma and Ishii, yes I have a copy and no...as far as I have seen there is no distinct Meobo list included...but from reading it I can tell you that (I think) ALL RJT are mentioned...you just have to go through it - only 1226 pages with about 25 smith details on each. I seem to remember Chris Bowen saying long ago that "someone" should go through it and do that...list them all...(I pretended not to hear him ha ha). Regards,
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    Evening all, I am new to the Nihonto world and just starting to find out about it all via this forum, recommended books, etc. I've been lurking for a while, but now joined. I'm UK-based and looking to buy my first sword soon, I have reasonable funds, but can't afford to get stung, hence learning who are the reputable dealers (or not) from the pooled knowledge and experience on this forum. The topic about imports & customs is very useful. I'd prefer a private sale (I just missed out on a nice one in the "for sale" forum!) but appreciate that I might be safer using a reputable dealer and paying a higher price if I don't get lucky here. I'm interested in military history, so antique blades (signed) mounted for WW2 interest me, but its early days and I'm not exclusively looking at these, so we'll see what comes up. Thanks for giving me the benefit of your knowledge and experience as a lurker and I hope (one day) to be a useful member of the forum myself. Until then, please forgive the newbie questions that will I will doubtless ask! Cheers, Jon P.S. I posted this elsewhere before Brian pointed me in the right direction - thanks to, Shugyosha, Vajo and Brian who already welcomed me in that thread!
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    Rather late to this thread but thought out of interest to post this. This sword is by the 2nd Generation Oshu Sendai Kunimitsu who made this sword in January 1937 who in addition had thankfulky recorded his age of 63. The sword is done in a Yamato Hosho Den as befits his teacher’s teacher Mito Yoshimitsu who was taught by Mito Norikatsu hence the Hosho influence. Most interesting of all is what is written on the Shirasaya: Sho: Dai Ninju San Shidan cho Ogisu Chujo Prize or Award 13th Divisional Commander Lieutenant General Ogisu Sendai shi Kawahara cho, Okubo Kenjuro Kizo Donated by Okubo Kenjuro of Kawahara cho, Sendai City Showa 13 Nen Ku Gatsu 21 Nichi 21st September 1937 This sword was gifted to Lieutenant General Ogisu Ryuhei who was appointed to the tri prefectural 13th Division. This General became famous (or infamous) in 1939 when he launched his divisions against the Russians at Nomanhan without authorization from Imperial General Headquaters and after the sound beating the Russians inflicted on the Japanese was forced to retire (short of being chashiered the service) dying in 1949. Okubo Kenjuro was apparently an admirer of the then divisional commander in 1937 and the 13th Division being a local Division for Miyagi, Fukushima and Niigata was thought appropriate to present a Sendai To to the Divisional commander. Dr. Bleed mentions the death of the 2nd Kunimitsu but this surely mistaken as the age and date of this sword proves otherwise. Enjoy Mr. SwordGuyJoe
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