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  1. Human hands sarute left, ape hand sarute right.
    9 points
  2. Hi Arnold, You say you want to buy an original sword; if so, you need to buy only from a dealer you can trust 100% or you need to study first (and, shy of getting lucky, those are the only options you have). The fact that you are asking about such an obvious fake tells us you are a beginner. There is nothing wrong with that; we all have been there ourselves, but as a beginner you need either very good advise or a whole lot more knowledge than you currently possess. Otherwise you will run out of money quite quickly. Grey
    5 points
  3. A little addition 1st row: 梨本総裁宮殿下 = Nashimoto sōsai no miya denka (Ref. Prince Nashimoto Morimasa - Wikipedia ) 2nd row: 御檢閲記念 = Goken'etsu kinen (military review's memento)
    4 points
  4. 7. With the beams in I decided to start in on the lighting. I used Hampton Bay mini tracks for this project. Here is what it looked like as I was installing: 8. Lights - check! Time to install the J brackets for the sword shelves. Or in this case level: B-A-L-A-N-C-E...balance (Can you guess the movie?). 9. With the brackets in - it was then time to install the beams. I used 2x4x8 stained in Kona.
    3 points
  5. And a couple more minor variations in castings.
    3 points
  6. Various deformed chimp hand sarute:
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  7. Besides the above references, Guy (AKA ghp95134) over at War Relics Forum (WRF) has a pamphlet from the Japan Steel Works (JSW) that depicts all of the swordsmiths. He even shows an example of a business card which I found rather interesting. It is worthy of a look if you are so inclined. The Emperor’s New Clothes, Post #37
    3 points
  8. A couple more Japanese language books for the bibliography. Thanks to @lucidorise, @mecox, and Guy (ghp95134) over at WRF for the additions. Jingū chōkokan nōgyō-kan 神宮徴古館農業館 [Jingū History & Agricultural Museums]. Gendaigatana no hyaku-nen: Fukkō to keishō 現代刀の100年: 復興と継承 [One Hundred Years of Modern Swords: Revival and Succession]. Ise 伊勢: Jingūchōkokan nōgyō-kan 神宮徴古館農業館, 2010. 71 pages. Show Us Your High Class Gunto, Post #466 Horii Tanetsugu 堀井・胤次. Enishi: Katanakaji Horii-ke hyakugojū-nen no rekishi えにし: 刀鍛冶堀井家百五十年の歴史 [Enishi: The 150 Year History of the Horii Family of Swordsmiths]. Muroran 室蘭: Horii Tanetsugu 堀井胤次, 1996. NLF Gunto Discussion, Post #32
    3 points
  9. This is a replica sword worth about $80 as decorative, nothing to a collector of Nihonto. So sorry, if you buy it. John
    2 points
  10. Larry, You mentioned that your interest is as a collector also. The gunto is worth collecting (possibly Iaido also), so I think Chris' comment about running away was concerning the price only. These gunto normally run in the $1,400-1,800 price range, so if the seller is willing to come down, and you still like the sword, go for it. But like Chris said, his price is double the market value.
    2 points
  11. 昭和十八年 - Showa 18th year (1943) 昭和十八年秋 - Showa 18th year, autumn 武久 - Takehisa
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  13. You just made my day! This needed to be in the joke of the day forum! Love it!
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  14. It's for the Sarute with clasped monkey hands, a long standing design on Tachi.
    2 points
  15. To get the ball rolling, there are four rows of kanji characters on the back. The second row is repeated on the front which also has the police emblem at the top and firefighting emblem at the bottom. This is what I have trancribed so far. 1st row: 梨本総裁宮殿下 = Nashimoto sōsai kyūden-ka. 2nd row: 御檢閲記念 = O ken'etsu kinen. 3rd row: 昭和十二年四月十一日 = 1937-04-11. 4th row: 岡山縣 = Okayama-ken. As for what the characters are referring to, I will leave that to someone else. However, I think the reference to Nashimoto could be to 梨本宮守正王.
    2 points
  16. It's pronounced Enpō hachinen hachigatsu kisshin. Its kind of complicated to reduce to just a few sentences. Generally speaking, in Japanese most kanji have at least two kinds of pronunciations. There is the Japanese-style pronunciation that is used when the kanji is used by itself or in some context where it is a stand-alone word, and there is a pronunciation that resembles the original Chinese sound of the kanji which is used when the kanji forms part of a compound word (as in the case of 延宝). There is also a third style of pronounciation, which is used almost exclusively for names, but put these aside for now... Most Japanese will know how to pronounce a word from its context. 延宝八年八月吉辰 Enpō hachinen hachigatsu kisshin This is a four word phrase. Enpō is a compound word that employs the chinese-ish style of pronunciation (en+pō). Hachinen - dates are a hybrid of Japanese and Chinese pronunciations (already it is becoming complicated). Anyway, "hachi" is strictly Japanese. Nen comes from the chinese pronunciation. Hachigatsu - Another hybrid. As above, "hachi" is Japanese pronunciation. "Gatsu" comes from the chinese pronunciation. Kisshin is a compound word that uses the chinese-style pronunciation for each character. Just as an aside: all of these kanji are common, and still in everyday use in Japan.
    2 points
  17. Hi Larry this is a showa-to non traditional blade in a civillian Koshirae. My best guess it was used for iato or cutting around. $3000 is astronomical for this sword. Run away from this sword and spare your money.
    2 points
  18. This is a lovely mitokoromono depicting Hotei dreaming on his bag of treasures, attributed to Kaga Goto. The branch of the Goto family called Kaga Goto is primarily represented by those mainline headmasters who worked directly for the Maeda daimyo in Kaga: Tokujo(5), Kenjo (7) and Teijo (9). Kaga Goto works show exceptional quality and are certainly on par with works of the mainline family. The condition is excellent and viewed closely you can see the careful modeling of the texture of his face and bag. Beautiful work. This is a set to either appreciate on its own, or would be an excellent choice for use when assembling koshirae for a high class tanto. $2,250 (plus shipping and PayPal)
    1 point
  19. At the San Francisco show coming up will be a OUTSTANDING display for study put on by the NBTHK-AB of Ichijo and Nagatsune fittings it will be the best display ever put on in the USA of there works I believe all of the Nagatsune are in his sketch book and the most of the Ichijo in the original boxes from Ichijo when he made them for the original buyer If you are a Kodogu person or just want to see the best of the best, come the the show and see the display as a grouping like this will not be put together again !!!!!! Fred Geyer
    1 point
  20. Hello, I have these two Tsuba and at first glance they look the same. I am looking for Information about them, but I do not get anywhere. Maybe someone can tell me something about it? Thank you in advance.
    1 point
  21. No one has said it yet, but the best way to learn about nihonto is to buy the various books out there, attend sword study groups, and handle authentic pieces in hand (asking collectors in your area is the best way). Once you've got some experience under your belt, then you should start looking towards your first piece. Reliable and safe places to buy one include here from fellow board members and the websites listed under "Nihonto Info - Commercial" pages at the top. Those dealers are also members here and are honest folk. Personal recommendations of mine include Ed at Yakiba and Andy Quirt at nihonto.us; aside from that, stay far away from eBay and other auction sites until you've got experience to be able to identify the key traits that made a nihonto what it is! Auction sites tend to be where the sharks are. Skipping the above steps, you'll be paying for a rather costly education through the experience of being fooled by imitations and poorly-made/poor condition pieces. I'd recommend against that path as said before, it gets very costly and yields disappointing results most of the time.
    1 point
  22. yup, that's the one I have only been at this tsuba collecting obsession for about two months now after a series of chance events that led me to meet a sword collector. He had a bunch of tsuba as well and that opened up this whole new world of amazing metalwork to me. ever since then I've been gathering up as many images and information as I can. Yahoo Japan is my go-to because of the thousands of tsuba they have up on offer each week. I also keep images of the ones with stuff missing so I can gain some insight into how different schools did their inlays. So this techniques thread by Grev grabbed my attention right away. I'm going to start dabbling in inlaying soon so I can add little accent touches (like dewdrops and leaf veining) in my blacksmithing projects.
    1 point
  23. Full payment in advance would be standard. A payment plan should only be considered if the member has a long history with lots of references.
    1 point
  24. Dave, I am astonished by the price points of so many of the Type 95's these days! Seems like they are appreciating at a faster rate than any other Gunto models. A few weeks ago there was competitive bidding on eBay for a first version Type 95 (good condition) and it sold for $1590.00 USD. I'm still under the belief that, unless it's exceptional (or rare, like the side-latch version), they should sell for $900.00 - $1200.00 range. Perhaps I need to update my belief system.
    1 point
  25. Yes, they do. Some of the guns they have sold in the last couple of years have been the cream of the crop, mouth watering. I don't think those swords are worth anywhere near RI's estimate, unless the blades turn out to be very big name. They could sell for a lot though, if a couple of deep pockets get into a pissing contest. Remember the octopus tsuba a few years back.
    1 point
  26. When will Chinese craftsmen start to make good reproductions of interesting old style swords - as opposed to trashy crap that looks like pure fakery? Peter
    1 point
  27. Hi, could be this smith
    1 point
  28. Hi Larry i think the condition of your sword is not bad. With a good light you will see all what is shown on the blade. I think too it is a mid/late muromachi blade in the bizen style. On the last picture i see a proud kirikomi. Overall the blade was often polish over the centuries so i would not go with a polish. Preserve it in that state.
    1 point
  29. Dear James. Looking great! As a matter of interest why did you scrap the idea of the low stand for your armour? I think it would look good and if you are canny you can have some low concealed drawers underneath it, just right for swords......... Looking forward to the rest. All the best.
    1 point
  30. IMHO, RIA gets very good prices from general militaria collectors. The sort of guys that will own that sword for 10 years and never take off the tsuka to see who made it. They are the US version of Bonhams or Sothebys....catering to people who demand the best and have deep pockets. I'd love to sell my stuff through them oneday.
    1 point
  31. I gotta admit. This translation made me chuckle pretty hard too.
    1 point
  32. Thank you - I also think it's the general's personal kao and that makes identification almost impossible. Maybe he signs with his kao or he uses a hanko / stamp for it. It would be a great coincidence to find such a signed document. Your "Stamps Of The Japanese Sword" is a very helpful compendium that I have already used! The book you mention is likely to be “Shosankenshu” by Henry L. Joly - it is helpful for Nihonto collectors. The blade is a simple chrome-plated blade, as it is mounted in many dress swords. It has no other marks. Michael
    1 point
  33. 6. Quick humidity check for good measure: I'll post another update tomorrow. Please let me know if you have questions, thoughts, or concerns. Also - if you do not find this useful please let me know.
    1 point
  34. 5. I toyed around with the idea of building a stand for my armor, but scraped the idea. Here are some shots of what I was playing around with:
    1 point
  35. Kiipu that is a really good paper from Japan Steel Works (2019/12/23; No. 70) about Horii smiths, with some good pics. It supports the Horii 1996 book you listed in your bibliography written by Horii Tanetsugu. It shows the line of Horii from Toshihide (see Slough p.173) to Tanetsugu (1996 book) to Tanetada (JSW paper). Thanks for posting.
    1 point
  36. No, this mei is Hoki (no) kuni Ohara Sanemori saku. Appears to be referring to the famous Ko-Hoki smith.
    1 point
  37. Hi Grev, I suppose you already know the two review papers here below. Anyway it could be useful remind them for other interested people. Bye, Mauro https://www.dropbox.com/s/8bps54bs4whi60t/The Techniques of the Japanese Tsuba-Maker.pdf?dl=0 https://www.dropbox.com/s/bilgfen2qcatn1i/Tecniche di decorazione di tsuba giapponesi e loro terminologia - M. Dziewulski.pdf?dl=0
    1 point
  38. I would think workmanship first... especially because there was so much "borrowing"/copying of designs between schools. I also know that many sword makers used surrogates to sign their pieces... maybe it was too much of a "waste of time" to chisel their name onto their own work so they often had someone else do it. There's no reason to think that this wasn't also true for tsuba makers... especially when they needed to produce them in quantity? Regardless, 81 is a really nice piece.
    1 point
  39. Barry -(you will forgive me for recalling your old name), I have fallen in with the bowie knife collectors here in Arkansas. They meet at the Historic Arkansas Museum and I figured it wouldn't hurt them a bit to see this stuff. AND I also took the opportunity to punch "Ainu" into Flea Bay - - and guess what happened. I bought a little knife and a carved wooden sagemono. Stuff is still out there! And I well understand that Victoria is taking the lockdown very seriously. My grandsons seem to be missing a lot of school. So take you time and show me what you got! All the best Peter
    1 point
  40. "清宣" (Kiyonobu) I assume!
    1 point
  41. Anyone else new to Nihonto (live on the forum, or still lurking!): Thirty quid is a really good price for one of the "must have" new-starter books. I bought one just a few weeks ago and the best price I could get mine for was £38 plus postage. Even if you're not going to buy a blade but are interested in the discussions on NMB , its a really good reference book. Note 1: I have no connection with the seller, other than having just bought a couple of books off him. Note 2: I am feeling very smug and righteous, having actually provided some (possibly) helpful advice on NMB ............ small steps! Cheers, Jon
    1 point
  42. Books Still Available are; Military Swords of Japan 1868-1945- Fuller and Gregory Hardback- £40 (Dedication written on inside page) Japanese Military and Civil Swords and Dirks- Fuller and Gregory Hardback- £130 The Japanese Sword, A Comprehensive Guide- Kanzan Sato- £30 (Some fading to the spine) Lethal Elegance, The art of Samurai Sword Fittings- Joe Earle £10 Facts and Fundamentals Of Japanese Swords, A Collectors Guide- Nobuo Nakahara- £30 The Craft Of The Japanese Sword- Leon & Hiroko Kapp, Yoshindo Yoshihara- £25 The Connoisseurs Book Of Japanese Swords- Kokan Nagayama- £30
    1 point
  43. Yours is the first I've seen with an actual kao, or kakihan, in that spot. I have seen name kanji in the place of a mon but not a kao like this. Normally, you see kao on the nakago or on tsuba. You can see several kao on nakago on pages 32-35 of my Stamps of the Japanese Sword document. And there is a whole book of tsuba kao, but I don't know the name of it. Is the blade signed? As it is a general's 19, it's quite possible the general who owned it came up with his own kao. If no one recognizes it on this forum you might run it through the Translation Assistance forum.
    1 point
  44. Spent Friday afternoon wrapping this Wakizashi to send off to NBTHK Shinsa in Tokyo. My Sensei commented, "It will be interesting to see if they narrow it further to a particular generation." I gave him my best 'I doubt it' look. The NBTHK motto seems to be: Less is More. In the box I have also included 2. a Bizen Sukekane Tanto of Meiji 2, and 3. a Suo Province Nio Hirokiyo Wakizashi of around 1470 perhaps. Roll on... October... ?
    1 point
  45. Joe, This is one of best reference book for researcher of Hideaki / Toshihide swords. Title: [Regarding The Japan steel works LTD, and Zuisen sword making workshop ] Author: Kenzo ADACHI, Deputy Chief of General affairs department of The Japan steel works LTD, in Muroran. Publication year:1974. Pages 81.
    1 point
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  47. Steve, Thank you very much for your wonderful English translation of the seller's the last sentence of the description. [The symbol inscribed on the tang indicates this was manufactured by the government for civilian use.] George, Thank you for your nice example of the inscription. Yes, it's says 吉祥日(lucky day, auspicious day). Joe, Nice find,It's an unusual Tanto and good shape. I don't believe the seller's last sentence of the description.Does this seller have any evidence? The carved Tanto like a Soshu Sadamune doesn't look good on civilian officers of the government. The "Symbol" means 日 in Tensho style Kanji. In this case,日(Nichi in Japanese) is the first one letter of a company name of Nippon Seiko Syo,日本製鋼所(The Japan Steel works L.T.D)(JSW) in Muroran city,Hokkaido. Horii Hideaki family moved to Hokkaido from Tokyo to get a job to JSW in July, 1918(Taisho 7th year). After that he has constructed an workshop and has begun sword making a little by support of this company. therefore,the number of sword making in 1918 and 1919 is a small number. I used pictures from a book [NSW and Zuisen sword making workshop] pub 1974. Aattached Tanto(oshigata) is also dated in 1919, Hideaki made it.
    1 point
  48. The clue is in the last sentence of the description 茎に刻まれた記号は、当時、政府の要請より文官用に製作されたことをあらわしている。
    1 point
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