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  1. 14 points
    Today I went to a sales exhibition at the Nihombashi Takashimaya department store of works by Gassan Sadatoshi, and his son Sadanobu, by invitation of Inami Kenichi. I’m not a collector of contemporary swords, but wanted to have a look at their take at Sō-den, my main field of interest. Although the Gassan smiths are famous for their swords with ayasugi-hada, they also excel at the Sōshū style, and some very fine examples were on display / for sale. As a collector of antique swords, I sometimes feel a twinge of jealousy when looking at those absolutely flawless, healthy blades, exactly like the smith intended them. OTOH, they are also kind of “sterile” (for lack of a better expression, and not meant derogatory at all); in any case, art is art, no matter if it was made in the Heian period, or last week. It’s always a pleasure to meet Gassan-sensei, who is very friendly and humble (and constantly in need of a good haircut ). The only downside was the lighting, which was a little bright, so I had to twist my neck constantly to get a look at the details in the blades; that’s also the reason why I didn’t take more photos.
  2. 13 points
    Some more photos. The last one shows (from left to right) Gassan Sadatoshi (sitting), Gassan Sadanobu, Inami Ken’ichi (and an unknown visitor). I just couldn’t bring myself to ask them to post for a selfie with me …
  3. 10 points
    Hello, Just to share with you this nice tsuba signed Echizen Kinai saku with Mount Fuji and bird.
  4. 9 points
    Like many of us this year, a Non Profit Org (Youth For Understanding USA) important to me is having a brutal time dealing with Covid and the international lockdowns. The NMB could also use some support too. The first $50 from this sale goes to NMB. The rest will go to Youth for Understanding as soon as I confirm the buyer receives and keeps the tsuba. Up for Sale is a very enjoyable tsuba that the NBTHK Hozon papers say is Shoami. I felt it is Akasaka, due to the 3 layer construction and other evidence. Either way, I've enjoyed owning. Size: 7.65cm x 7.2cm x 5mm PRICE: $425 + shipping. PM me any questions, though I've had some difficulties with NMBs message system recently. Please be patient. Curran
  5. 9 points
    Hi. The mei Tetsuō(銕王) was a pen name of Moritaka盛高(RJT smith)in Kumamoto . Thanks Hidas for the pic.
  6. 9 points
    If you are interested in WW2 Fukumoto Amahide, his Seki workshop and support tosho, I have done a compilation and Brian has posted on Downloads. Hope it will be of use. Mal
  7. 8 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. $4000 net to me gets it to your door.
  8. 8 points
    Malcolm was recently offering some mekugi-nuki for sale; this prompted me to search around the house and do a historical shot. Five are Shinchū. The oldest one is in separate pieces and could well stretch back to the Edo Period. (The two iron ones are probably specifically for matchlocks. They can also act as a key to turn a Bisen breech screw.)
  9. 8 points
    I thought this blade might be of some interest to collectors of Gunto and Showato. It is a 43" (Nagasa!) O-tachi by Hikosaburo Akihide. It must be among his first swords made when he was only 18 years old. He made it to comerate his brothers safe return from the war. Akihide was a pivotal figure in the Japanese Sword world leading up to and including the war years. He trained many smiths, and facilitated the production of many of the swords we have in our collections. Anyway, this beast is now in the capable hands of Mr. Benson (It should give him a good workout). If possible I'll bring it to Chicago and /or post photos when I get it back. Jim M.
  10. 8 points
    These are two of my favorite blades. Not exactly high class gunto mounts, but top notch smiths and both with a nagasa of at least 27”. Top - Imai Sadashige. Bottom - Tomita Sukehiro.
  11. 7 points
    A recent acquisition.... All the fittings have a Japanese number 9, even the locking clip.
  12. 7 points
    Paul's passing is a tragedy. I will miss him personally as dependable friend and wise advisor. We worked together on a couple of adventures that I recall with fondness. He had a wonderful manner and a common touch but Paul was also a deep and real expert. His collection is amazing and his library without par. A sword visit to Paul involved systematic presentation of pieces arranged and curated to address the topic at hand. Paul responsibly supported sword collecting in ways that will be hard to replace. He was advisor to the JSSUS and was also, of course, President of the NBTHK-AB. He was also the rarest kind of serious collectors. He built an amazing collection of high quality blades, fittings, and armor. And he did so at the highest level. Everything in Paul's collection was just right, fully documented, and appropriately preserved. His contributions to sword appreciation absolutely need documentation. He was also hale and dynamic and the exact image of someone who would last forever. We all assumed that Paul would be there when we would need him. I truly can't understand what American Japanese sword collecting will be like without him. Peter
  13. 7 points
    Gentlemen, Jean-Piere inspired me to make a MEKUGI NUKI myself. I forged it from iron that was originally used in a wagon wheel's tire, back in about 1880. It is 120 mm long, has a max. width of 28 mm, and is 5,2 mm thick. Price is € 85.-- plus shipping. I also had another idea: A newly forged TANTO TSUBA (58,4 x 48,2 x 7 mm) with an integrated spike. Same material as above, but much more work! Price is € 220.-- plus shipping.
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    I think you'll be highly entertained by this first for me discovery of a metal sleeve in place of same* the samurai must have been a serious dude. Enjoy
  16. 6 points
    I don't know if this is appropriate to be posted here since this "trench knife" is half Japanese, half Chinese and used by an American who fought the Japanese in China. If this is not appropriate please delete. This Knuckle knife is made from the hilt of a Japanese army dress saber with the blade, scabbard and hanger from a Chinese dagger. The pommel has the name R.A. Tully and the date 1945 for his service in China. I believe the EGA on the pommel was added for a reunion of S.A.C.O. members since it dates from the mid 1950's. The U.S. Naval Group China, S.A.C.O. had reunions from 1955 to 2015. The Chinese belt was with the group. The dealer I bought the group from said it came from a Good Will Store. Richard Arthur Tully served in Company D, First Battalion, First Marines, First Marine Division in July 1942. Tully participated in the landing operations and capture of Guadalcanal Island, British Solomon Islands. He was involved in offensive operations against enemy forces from 7 August until 21 December, 1942. The First Marine Division received the Presidential Unit Citation. He then participated in landing operations against Japanese forces at Cape Gloucester, New Britain where he participated in the capture of the Japanese airdromes. Tully was engaged in offensive and defensive operations against enemy forces from 29 December 1943 to April 23 1944. In March 1945 Tully joined the U.S. Naval Group China (S.A.C.O.) and he served in Calcutta, Hankow, Shanghai and with the Yangtze Naval Unit. The Yangtze Naval Unit attacked river and rail traffic and ultimately severed Japanese supply lines in central China. Platoon Sergeant Richard A. Tully was discharged from the United States Marine Corps on December 29th 1945.
  17. 6 points
    Hi Tim and Dave, All of the Tully group came together in a box to the Good Will store, many of the it items are named including his Good Conduct Medal and the trench knife. The U.S. Naval Group China (S.A.C.O.) served behind the lines with the Chinese. I sent for Tully's records from the National Archive in St. Louis. He was entitled to everything in the group. The knife is named to Tully. Dick
  18. 6 points
    Here's my 10 yens worth... If, as some have suggested this is a genuine piece of late Samurai history with all of its supposed associated integrity etc. then perhaps whatever price is paid is it's current 'value'. However, it strikes me as suspicious, particularly given the overt political expressions in Japan in recent years of 'virile nationalism' that this rare treasure wasn't snapped up long before it became necessary to offer it to all and sundry on the internet. Even if we ignore that unsavoury aspect of our present political climate any serious and credible piece of Japan's history is unlikely to be hawked on an internet web-site so frivolously.
  19. 6 points
    If the bride allowed it, my whole house would look like Tim's. I make do with shop fittings display cases, and PERSPEX stands I designed and had LASER cut and fabricated.
  20. 6 points
    Thanks for the compliments, feels like home if people here are happy with me and not envious of what I had stumbled upon like it happened elsewhere. I'm myself highly looking forward to post pictures of the blade once I have it back! And Tom Darling, no worries, there are not plans from my side to sell it - I'm keen myself to hold it in hands. Yes, Darcy is aware of this blade, in fact he even contacted me when I originally had posted here. He also offered to do the work, but since that would had meant that I'd had to consign the blade finally with him for sale, I decided to use someone else. Despite following recommendations by more experienced persons than myself I prefer to always have full control over it, plus I would never let myself get in the situation to be forced to part with something.
  21. 6 points
  22. 6 points
    Have consigned two of my swords to Shoubudou to help me sell. Details and high res photos and videos are available in the following links: Tokubetsu Hozon Yoshioka Ichimonji Katana https://www.shoubudou.co.jp/products/detail.php?product_id=157 Tokubetsu Hozon Inoue Shinkai Wakizashi https://www.shoubudou.co.jp/products/detail.php?product_id=158 Feel free to let me know you are interested, I can work on the pricing if keen. Submission to Juyo shinsa can be arranged if required as both swords are in Japan. The submission window for this year's Juyo shinsa is 16th-18th Nov. Will make a donation to the board if it sells to any of board members too, thanks!
  23. 6 points
    The video showcase format is a great way of knowing what you're buying - far better than photos in my opinion. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eSARnI8V-1s&feature=emb_logo If I were you I wouldn't sell it at a loss. You should be patient and recoup what you have invested into it. This is a mighty fine koto sword and I see no reason why you shouldn't factor in the cost of the polish. That Ichimonji has to be one of the best koto sword I've seen offered on NMB, up there with Jean's sales. Hada and hamon, simply superb.
  24. 6 points
    They're a small item, and I suspect there are thousands of them in odd corners all over Japan unrecognised, unloved and ignored. Non of these are mine, alas, just images from the internet.
  25. 6 points
    Coming back to this late, but the latest photos are helpful. I am now open to the idea that this an authentic blade (shinto shobu-zukuri wakizashi) that has been put into an amateur polish and fake fittings. Perhaps a bad machi-okuri as well when the amateur habaki was added, giving the blade its odd sugata and proportionately overlong nakago.
  26. 6 points
    Regarding the habaki, they do pop up from time to time, but uncommon to say the least. I have this one on file - by Funada Ikkin (Hozon papers) - so a work of art in it's own right (but used for mounting nonetheless)
  27. 5 points
    WTS this beautiful Mumei Wakizashi in overall excellent condition. All ensuite . Signed Tsuba: 陽斎 埋忠就昌 - Ichiyōsai Umetada Narimasa [kaō] The blade is flawless with a good polish. Nagasa 38cm Nakago 13cm Moto haba 3,2cm Moto kasane 7,2mm Kashira , fuchi , Kozuka , Kogai solid silver. Gold Menuki. Total length of Koshirae 67cm Price €4850
  28. 5 points
    The Japan Weekly Mail (1888-07-21): 56.
  29. 5 points
    Thank you everyone for your thoughtful responses. I am waiting to hear back from my bank on the trace that I had them undertake. Once I do I think I will give Tsuruta a call and see what the issue is. On a more positive note it is a pleasure to be here. Thank you for having me. I look forward to getting acquainted and to broadening my education in nihonto. Best, Paul
  30. 5 points
    As per usual, krill puts forth a great and insightful opinion, that always makes me rethink what i have posted. Thank goodness for other people's points of view
  31. 5 points
    Dear all, I love to collect mekugi nuki. Here is my little collection I try to get one of each type. You will see here some common ones, some handmade and a few old ones. Please don't hesitate to sell me some if you don't find them here . PS : sorry for the poor quality of the pictures
  32. 5 points
    Thomas suggested I create a separate thread about this Murata-to. I have very limited information so I'll share what I can. the Nagasa is 25 3/8" . All of the fittings, including the habaki are copper. The tsuba too is copper and patinated black. The Saya is canvas covered and may be sealed with lacquer. The blade was polished and the original polisher's marks remain. There is a definate nioi line along the suguha hamon. In Mr. Ohmura's article on Murata-to he includes a photo of Prince Chibata's identical blade which is signed and dated 1933 along with the aribic no. 116. I don't know if the fittings & kosheri for Prince Chibata's blade survived or if they were like those on my blade which I assume are original. Jim M.
  33. 5 points
    Hi Bruno Soten tsuba, made in Hakone, were very popular as gifts and tourist mementos during the Edo period. I discuss this story in a film I made a little while ago, I posted a link to it in this forum a couple of weeks ago. As objects of a particular group if you bought one you would naturally want it to be clearly understood to be 'the real thing' and not a copy... or fake! We know that the metalworking guilds were in operation from the Ashikaga period already so such matters among the metalworking community would be a serious matter too. After all, your reputation and the name on your products was your livelihood. So, why then would a tsuba that appears to be Soten not bare a mei? To my way of thinking, in this case, it suggests that is is not Soten. And I'd suggest that the style, while a little similar, isnt really classic Soten but more 'in the style of..' To your second question, if indeed these figure are some of the 8 immortals then it would be a reasonable assumption to say that the missing tsuba to the pair has the other fellows on it to make up the gang.
  34. 5 points
    Bushu ju yamamoto genki toshinaga think the other side is truly forged/folded 15 times
  35. 5 points
    Here are some shots of my Murata-to. All the fittings are copper and the saya is canvas wrapped. It is not sharpened which makes sense if it is a practice sword. Also there are no Menuki but ovals of wood to orient the hands on the Tsuka. No. 103 w/ arsenal stamp. Two mekugi ana . Amazingly it's in perfect condition, Jim M.
  36. 5 points
    Shown this one before. Had it about a year, still one of my favourites.
  37. 5 points
    肥後金剛源鋳王作之 Higo Kongo Minamoto Chūō saku kore. Not sure about 鋳王. I can't find any similar signature on the internet. Could be the smith is claiming some lineage to Kongo Hyōei. Well-cut signature and date.
  38. 5 points
    Will, your date (nengo) seems to be "皇紀二千六百二年九月日" (Kôki nisen roppyaku ni nen kyu gatsu hi). It's the imperial dating and reads "a day on the 9th month 2602" = September 1942 if I'm not totally off?! Mei not finished yet...
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    Over the years these swords have been called, Naval Landing Forces, type 3, type 0, type 44. It is now accepted that the term RS is probably the most accurate. I offer this top example for sale. Close to perfect saya, with war time characters written on it. What makes this example less common, is that it has German Silver Seppas, not the usual dust cover, and a single release button. The handle wrap has a couple of scuffs, but intact and original. Now the good part, the blade. Made by sword smith Yoshitada, dated June 1945, it must be one of the last blades made in the war. Dated, signed, a nice Seki stamp, and beautiful long Nakago. In nice war time polish. At only USD1100, this is a nice WW2 blade and Koshirae outfit.
  41. 5 points
    Time for me to show my gendai Ishido Teruhide mei with kao. Not sure if it would be considered 'high-end' but I absolutely enjoy it! Photographs are realy hard to take of blades, I hope the sword and the pictures speak for itself The sword has a fully hardened kissaki(ichimai) if I am correct, hard to tell from pictures.
  42. 5 points
    Hello, let me put my two cents as well
  43. 5 points
    Gentlemen - There is no difference between a properly trained westerner and a properly trained Japanese employing a Shinsaku-to for Iai or batto. If you visit AOI arts and other websites you will see swords, mostly Shinsaku-to but sometimes antiques specifically outfitted and sold as ready for Iai. While I know of no secret short-cuts used to make shinsaku-to for practice I know that swords made as art swords are made using the best materials and extra effort that is reflected in the selling price. I think Michael has the right attitude, this simply may not be the best place to find what he is looking for. Antiques should not be used for destructive practice and that has not changed. I wish him luck in his search. -tch
  44. 5 points
    The official family shrine of the Ikeda Daimyō, Kibitsu Hiko Jinja 18 October 2020, our sole live firing this year. No public. Only large guns, 10 Monmé and above, not a full demonstration. A dedication to the gods.
  45. 5 points
    Another example for your viewing pleasure...
  46. 4 points
    A friends film won best documentary “My documentary 'The Art of Imono' gets nominated for 3 top categories at the Shorties Film Festival: Update: Won Best Documentary! You can watch it here: http://vimeo.com/edwinlee/imono
  47. 4 points
    HI a new acquisition, a type 98 with a shinto blade and a partial two body saiden mei
  48. 4 points
    Some nuggets: Late muromachi, Seki methods spread and dominate during Shinto times, leading to loss of school-level variations. Brief Momoyama effort to resurect the old methods, fades quickly. Some of it lives on in Hizen in a parallel universe. Shinto peace times reinforce the non-utilitarian aspect of swords, craft is driven by fades and fashions which are disconnected from function. Centralized Tamahagane production leads to loss of regional specificity in iron Reduction in demand for swords during Shinto times leads smashes the right tail of the distribution of geniuses which would have turned grand-masters. Shinshinto Masahide revival starts from scratch after observations that swords are no longer functional. Two generation, destruction test on Naotane swords reveal that the Masahide school wasn't successful in returning functionality. Mozart Kyomaro manages to reproduce some of the beauty of old Koto but then dies young and full of debt. Sword ban strangulates the craft even further... Amongst all these, I think the most underrated is probably 5.
  49. 4 points
    Okay, an update, and thankfully it should be the last one. UPS just notified me that the package was officially cleared by USFWS this morning (and I have the paperwork to prove it). @Brian I did find those other threads, thank you for sharing them, and thanks to all who have contributed to this topic over the years. And now hopefully I can add this insight to the mix. The amended invoice I submitted contained the following information re: the samegawa: Handle is wrapped in stingray skin (shagreen). Genus: Dasyatis Species: Dasyatis pastinaca Source: U; (This item is approximately 36 years old.) <-- ['U' is the USFWS code for 'unknown', which is most likely what will apply for shipments like ours because there's no way to know how the animal was obtained.] Country of origin: Japan This is the invoice that the USFWS used to clear the package and the genus/species they noted on the clearance form. It was truthful to the best of my ability. That said, after more research I now believe the actual species may be Dasyatis akajei. Everyone should note that this particular species is currently listed 'near threatened,' which is something to keep an eye on in the future. If that status changes for the worse, it could become impossible to import modern samegawa, and difficult/risky to import antique samegawa. All of this is of course only in reference to the USA. Thanks all for your help.
  50. 4 points
    長壱尺六寸二分有之 乙(己)酉年十二月初冬日 Nagasa isshaku roku sun ni bu ari kore Tsuchinoto-tori (Kinoto-tori?) nen jūnigatsu shoto jitsu Length 1 shaku, 6 sun, 2 bu 1969 (2005?) December, early winter The length uses the old Japanese units of measurement: shaku, sun, bu. https://www.kampaibudokai.org/Script.htm Hard to tell what the year zodiac date is. I tend to think it is 1969. The saya looks a bit "handled" to be from the 2000s. And the writing sort of looks like the writing of Sato Kanzan, so that would put the date at 1969 also. There is no guarantee that it is his signature, however. The erased part looks like it was probably a signature (kaō, in Japanese). The fact that it was erased makes one think it may have been a false signature that someone preferred to erase rather than keep on the saya, and that would cast some doubt on whether it was a Kanzan signature or not. In any event, I would guess 1969.
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