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  1. 7 points
    A recent acquisition.... All the fittings have a Japanese number 9, even the locking clip.
  2. 4 points
    Dale wrote "Bazza - so you are what an ordinary collector looks like! [Its not an exclusive club I hope- can I join?]" Dale, self-appointees are always welcome!! I remember when I started 55 years ago my first book was John Yumoto's little primer. In it he wrote "Study never ends". How true I've found that to be over the years. I'm mainly a blade-man with just a slight detour into the world of tosogu, but without study Yas san has shown how much it can be a pit with sharp stakes at the bottom!!! Having said that I do have some "heavy" books on tosogu without seriously putting my toe in the water to collect. As Bert said in the song "Oi loiks wot I do and I do wot oi loiks" without worrying too much about authenticity - blades are another matter. So, how very glad I am that Yas san shares his knowledge here. To add some "juice" I've attached images of an Akasaka Tadatoki V tsuba. The description given when I bought it was: I believe this particular tsuba was made by Tadatoki V (8th master of the Akasaka school). He became head of the family in 1818. This tsuba has a near faultless surface and demonstrates the artist’s ability to create a dynamic composition in an extremely limited space. There is a imperfection on the ura side of this tsuba (near the signature). This looks like silver inlay, however I'm not sure how or why it is there. Overall it doesn't detract from the tsuba ... That little silver "blob" next to the -TOKI is curious. The tsuba doesn't have a paper, bit oi loiks it. It appealed to me the first time I saw it in a friend's collection and jumped on it when it was offered. I've just realised this is a "friends-of-y-auction" page and hope i haven't committed trespass... It wouldn't be the first time I have lost the plot. BaZZa.
  3. 3 points
    Bazza - so you are what an ordinary collector looks like! [Its not an exclusive club I hope- can I join?]
  4. 2 points
    This sword passed 3 bodies through cutting test. It was made by Yamano Kanjūrō Narihisa
  5. 2 points
    Folks, for those interested in wartime Seki swordsmiths we have done a compilation on the Kojima family (Kanemichi, Kanetoki, Kanenori, Katsumasa). This puts them in the pre-war, wartime and post-war setting of Seki. Answered a lot of questions for us. Article is in Downloads. Mal & Neil
  6. 2 points
    I can hear 1000 Nihonto collectors' thoughts in my head... "You military Japanese sword collectors!....Stick with the wartime stuff and leave the good older swords to us!!"
  7. 2 points
    I have one by Komonjo. I still think those are excellent blades, made in Japan but definitely Gimei. They have a iaito polish and cut better than any Chinese blades I have. So good buy? I’d say yes since you can get a very nice blade for about $500, but as to who actually makes them, this is a mystery.
  8. 2 points
    Yas san, very interesting and informative work, thank you, but it's enough to make an "ordinary" collector hit the bottle ... BaZZa.
  9. 1 point
    I have updated the bibliography and it can be found at the link below. Bibliography of Japanese Modern Edged Weapons, 1868-1945
  10. 1 point
    The Beatles song number nine number 9 number 9 number 9 kept going through my head it's really a 10 to me. The hard lacquered saya any chips in it? I would not be suprised if its coverage of same*. You should be able to tell where the lacquer ends on saya under fuchi. You sure know how to find them brother. Well done.
  11. 1 point
    Quite a useful index! If Jussi willing I am sure quite a few people would pitch in with donation to express their gratitude for the work, Kirill R.
  12. 1 point
    While not totally what you are looking for, I've been building a basic Jūyō Index for few years now. I will give it to NMB for free when I am finished with it (should be in 2021 [if I find the missing session], as I am missing only 2 sessions and I have magazines in mail from Japan that include results for one). I have pretty much 1-31 ready as I have books for them. I should have pretty much all swords done except for the 2 missing sessions. I still have lot work left on tosogu & koshirae (and attachments too) items from sessions 33-57 (haven't really focused on those as I have my other database project which I see far superior to this one). And as I'm still missing some items I haven't been in hurry. I've kept this totally under radar as it's just a hobby project for me. But lot of effort put in this one, so far 616 pages and a lot of items. Still currently looking Tōken Bijutsu magazines from 1985 and 1986 (Session 32 results in there) and I am looking for Jūyō book 32 as that is next in line for me and only session still missing. Here is a preview page: It is pretty basic but I like my idea
  13. 1 point
    Malcolm does amazing and in depth articles that are highly recommended. Along with George and our guys in the Military section, we have a ton of info that I don't think has been compiled anywhere else ever. Japanese military swords are booming currently and the market is very much alive.
  14. 1 point
    From what the NCO sword specialists have said it's not worth disassembling these, so I wouldn't really bother with that.
  15. 1 point
    Hey thank you to all who responded I really appreciate your time and information I'm sorry for posting this twice I thought the first one didn't post I will do my best to not let it happen again in the future. I really think this site is wonderful for the Nihonto world it's been extremely helpful to me so far thanks again you guys. Sincerely Edward.
  16. 1 point
    I saw other contributions from other members, but somehow they disappeared. What's up Brian? According to my findings, this is a TAKAHARU made, tenpo 15, who was the man ?
  17. 1 point
    Search the forum for Komonjo. Should tell you all you need to know.
  18. 1 point
    Paul will be sorely missed by all who had the pleasure of his acquaintance. Having known him for about four decades, I must say he was always a real gentleman. RIP Paul.
  19. 1 point
    It is difficult to distinguish akasaka-tadatoki (8 generations). Some have a unique tagane and some do not, and some are influenced by Higo and cannot be distinguished. It is one of the items that is difficult to judge the image because the side observation is the decisive factor when the jigane is glossy or watermarked. I have decided that the online sale in the image below is a no good.
  20. 1 point
    like these child officers and soldiers?
  21. 1 point
    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.
  22. 1 point
    Brief update: I called Aoi and spoke to a very nice young lady who was able to sort me out. Payment received and confirmed and am now waiting for the export permit. Turns out my email server was blocking their emails. We resolved the issue by providing an alternate email address. During and subsequent to my call they have been great, basically killing me with kindness! lol! Thanks again everyone! Paul
  23. 1 point
    A beautiful Kantana Kake for 3 swords from the late edo period. Panels front and back have old -age crackle otherwise In excellent condition. Price €950
  24. 1 point
    Dawson page 301, Tokyo Police Lieutenant.
  25. 1 point
    Welcome, two wheels down avoid pot holes called ebay. Have fun enjoy the adventure.
  26. 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
  27. 1 point
    I'm impressed with this work. I think that I would buy some of these and talk into these traps. I will have to look more carefully.
  28. 1 point
    It is very cool indeed! I can imagine the maker fitting the brass wire into the groves "just so". Nice tsuba! Tom
  29. 1 point
    Yas, I did a two page spread in my beginners book about the 'Geisha & Demon" fakes, there are so many versions it is difficult to keep track of them. Good Meiji 'reproductions' have themselves been copied - getting worse and worse over time. I believe somewhere out there is an original and I also believe it may have a roped edge fukurin - but I have so far not found it. There are other guards just like this example, some have been discussed before.
  30. 1 point
    Simon J, I'm presuming this piece is a yari?? Can we see some other pics please. Those in your opening post suggest to me a modern make rather than Tenpo era. BaZZa.
  31. 1 point
    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
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