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  1. 8 points
    A Type 98 with Samegawa saya, they are fairly uncommon to find on Army swords. The blade is a decent Seki-To by Murayama Kunitsugu, one of the nicer half forged ones I believe.
  2. 7 points
    I offer for sale, a Spring 1943 Koa Isshin WW2 officer sword. They are rarely found in the original leather combat covers these days, which I have left on to preserve its originality. I have slightly peeled back the leather, and looks like the painted metal saya is immaculate underneath. The blade is in as found condition, no rust no pits, no chips. The features of the blade are there for the eyes to appreciate. As expected there is very slight staining with age and combat use. I love the patina on these swords that show that they have been taken to war, and not left in an office or cupboard. The mei is well cut, and the nakago is in very nice condition. To further prove its originality, the MUNE stamps are evident, and not obscured by rust that so often happens. At AUD3150, I will express post with tracking and signature any where. These swords are now very collectable and sought after, not often does an original example that hasn't been monkeyed with come up.
  3. 7 points
    For those who didn't see the story on Facebook, and didn't know about the discovery, I would urge you to check out the latest article in the Downloads section regarding a significant find in the Nihonto world. My thanks and congratulations go out to Ian Brooks - @Ian B3HR2UH Awesome story!
  4. 7 points
    A fine Edo-period Tsuba for sale Old Sakura / Ume - tree under the moon Iron,Gold,Silver Dimensions 87 mm x 83 mm x 4 mm Very nice condition Price is 180.- Euro ( plus shipping ) PM me if interestet Cheers! Christian
  5. 6 points
    For anyone who collects modern knives..it's a Shirogorov 110 Kickstop. It's an awesome flipper, and an easy $1700 on the secondary market. So the waki isn't cheap. But it fits into my main interests better, and add a kozuka and kogai, I think antique swords will hold value better than modern customs. I'll do the deal. And then spend a few months trying to replace that knife anyways
  6. 6 points
    Blade isn't the main interest here I think. Here is a pic or 2 of the fittings. Not superb, but nice. It also has a decent kogai and a kozuka/kogatana. Tsuba isn't bad either.
  7. 6 points
    Jan Pettersson has been pushing me to write something about our latest defense at Tsuyama Castle. Therefore. Early on Sunday 4th April, our various baggage trains set out for magnificent Tsuyama in the pouring rain. We all arrived around 8:30 am to offload tons of kit as the rain grew more persistent. Perhaps 100 boxes and bags. "No point in putting on the armour and strapping on our swords", I thought as we lugged everything to the changing rooms. My back has been suddenly letting go recently, (since Tottori Castle above in mid-March) and I had brought a 'new' complicated set of Kote greaves that needed trying out for size, strength and fit, so I was not feeling entirely confident anyway, in body or outfit. At the back of my mind was also the worry that they might just push this thing through regardless. I should add that one of the characteristics of our troop is that we use genuine antique armour, sword fittings and matchlocks. If we do compromise, it is mostly in the footwear, although some members will insist on wearing genuine straw waraji, with their toes hanging off the front. One mark of a true leader is the ability to get people to do things they would not normally contemplate. Bento lunches appeared, gunpowder was handed out, and our marching and firing orders were given. Still the rain fell outside. Everyone started loading the guns, and donning armour, piece by piece, in time-honored fashion, as if they had not noticed the weather. A message came through that we had been summoned up the flights of steps to the second level of the castle, where the main Sakura Festival was being held. We gathered outside in the street, the banners were raised, the drums and gongs were beaten, and we formed into a snaking column, ready to march off to the castle gates. I tried to find somewhere dry for my powder and matchcord. There were very few people around, although rows of foodstalls had been set up in forlorn hopes. Again I counted the massive stone steps under my feet. "Step by step one gets to Rome", I muttered. Exactly seventy of these later we were up at the staging area. Luckily there were some small tents where we waited to be called. I managed to grab one of the few chairs, hoping age might come before beauty. Rain poured off the edge of the tent roof. Now I have a confession. The wife had made me promise to make the right decision over me back and the heavy gun. "I trust you", she added, (although I have never heard her say that before). All the way to the venue I had debated in my mind. Eventually I went to our leader and begged out of the 50 Monme part of the display. He reached down and picked up a sealed bag. He had prepared a special short section of hammered match for me with my name on it, so I felt both ashamed and guilty. He accepted, but took the opportunity to make loud comments over my shirking of duty, even over the microphone during the live display. Luckily I am old enough to laugh and shrug it off, and the spectators enjoyed the little tidbit. So there you have it. Suddenly all was movement as we stood up and formed outside, carrying guns and equipment to the main steps to the upper levels, forming the backdrop to our display. I lit my now shortened matchcord before leaving the safety of the tent, and kept it burning inside my cupped fist. All of our gun/cannon boxes and cases were kept closed until the last second, and then we began. The muzzle reports were strangely muted in the rain, and clouds of wadding landed wetly like Sakura petals. A knot of spectators, perhaps fifty or so, gathered under their umbrellas in front of us. I think they had come to see the famous newly-repatriated 100 Monme, advertised recently by the lovely DJ Misuzu San on Tsuyama FM radio. The highlight of the show was when Mr K lifted and fired the 100 Monme. This time it was loaded properly and the boom was most satisfactory. The kick knocked him over onto the sopping ground, but he managed to pull himself upright and recover. Finally it was time for our last full broadside. "Tama-gomé", came the shouted order. I poured a tube of blackpowder down the now slippery gun and tried to remove the wet ramrod. Impossible. For a second I thought of using my teeth, but gave up. As I leant over to insert priming powder, a trickle of drops fell from my kabuto into the firing pan, so I jerked my head right. Lifting up the slimy gun, I blew on the match one last time, fitted it, and cocked the serpentine. In the general roar of twenty matchlocks, she went off better than I was expecting. I am now more certain than ever that six shots in the rain is probably close to the limit for a matchlock, relying as it does on dry powder and cord. Awaiting photos...
  8. 6 points
  9. 6 points
    Andrew i paint this fast to explain. On the upper side you see gendaito / down side showato. You see on a gendaito the structures of the pearl matrix of the iron after hardning in water. On a showato all is uniform. with a mostly dark line during the hamon and dark shadows in the spikes of the hamon if it is not suguha-ba (straight hamon). Most of the gendaito where forged in masame hada - straight lines. Most of the showato you didn't see a hada between the layers of the iron. If you see some dark or bright shining spots which looks like asteroids rocks in front of the sun, this is nie and dark ones like ara-nie and a sure sign of gendaito. Btw: Don't forget that a wartime polish isn't such shining as a modern polish. The sword looks much more decent and you must play with the lights and angles to see all the beauty of a blade.
  10. 6 points
    What Jean Said. Micah, the problem here is that it seems that you have approached this the wrong way around in that you've decided what you would like the sword to be and tried to make its characteristics fit that description. The issue is that there isn't much that can be gleaned from this blade. Even if it was in perfect condition, you might struggle to get past late muromachi to shinto mu mei wakizashi but, in this condition, there's nothing definitive that can be said and to categorize it as a "Satsuma" blade, whether made in the province or used in the rebellion, doesn't add up. Yes it may be, but it's way more likely that it got into that condition being stuffed into someone's attic and forgotten about. When you hear the sound of hooves, think horse rather than zebra.
  11. 5 points
    Shingunto Mei - Kikumon Shinano no Kami Fujiwara Nobuyoshi (1st generation) Kanbun period 1661 Nagasa - 67.2 cm Sori - 1.3 cm Mekugi - 2 Width Hamachi - 2.83 cm Widith Kissaki 1.93 cm Kasane 0.68 cm The blade is suriage however flawless with well grained Koitame Hada and Gunome Midare Hamon with Tobiyaki. The shingunto koshirae is in excellent to near mint condition with a Company Grade Tassel. The sword was originally purchased from Aoi Art some years ago and they gave a 100% Guarantee at the time that it would pass NBTHK Hozon. Price $5,750 AUD (Australian Dollars) which is about $4,400US...........Payment by Bank Transfer Only Additional photo can be found here: http://www.guntoartswords.com/nobuyoshi.html It is time to sell some nice pieces Kind Regards Doug
  12. 5 points
    I like your evidence based reasoning - far better than unsupported opinion. It is a worthy acquisition to anyone's collection. The sukashi patterns may be linked to 'Tale of Genji'
  13. 5 points
    I'd suggest buy from the dealers here. Reputable, knowledgeable with proven track record and guaranteed quality. No offense to the Japanese dealer, he had a Yosozaemon Sukesada Yari I missed few weeks back... most is out of polish considerably overpriced Cheers John
  14. 5 points
  15. 4 points
    We are indeed, and it never came across as a "look what I have" Often, no comment is needed, it is just nice to see a steady flow of nice items. Like you say...a virtual exhibition. Please keep them coming. Each one has been viewed and appreciated. We don't always have to discuss. Sometimes we can just admire and enjoy.
  16. 4 points
    Just a few observations on ' A series of fittings ...etc ' Having just posted item No. 25 , I wanted to mention that this is a similar quantity to what I would take and show at a Token of GB outreach meeting , and this in part is the idea of the thread. As we have all been in various stages of lockdown , for probably a year or so , for most people , I thought that I would put my fittings on the NMB instead and give a wider access to those who are interested. The main difference is that the entire collection will be displayed , albeit one at a time , over the coming months . Of course this may be regarded as a ' look what I've got' vanity project , but that is not the intent - as I have stated in an earlier post , the good , bad, and indifferent will all be shown. I have numbered up all fittings and then generated a random sequence of them so that , with the exception of a few favourites which I am keeping to the end , any quality or type of fitting could appear next. No. 26 will be posted tomorrow ( Wednesday )....
  17. 4 points
    Dear All This is one of my recent acquisitions: Size 94.4 mm x 94.2 mm, thickness; at seppa dai 4.5 mm at mimi 3.9 mm. The motif I think ois Grapes and vines (budo tsuru kusa-zu) and sukashi is Genji-mon. What is your opinion? The iron look similar to other Heianjo Zogan tsuba with a nice chocolate brown color and prone to corrosion as in many examples of this "school" (if Heianjo can be considered a school and not a style). The tsuba is thin but not too thin with it 4 mm uniform thickness. So looking just at the iron, its conditions and thickness I would put it around Azuchi/Momoyama. Looking at the inlay I see some missing parts, as expected given the age, and some oddities. I took some pictures of the tsuba with a USB microscope. In a couple of points there is an overlapping of the inlays that I have never seen before on Heianjo Zogan tsuba. Maybe there have been some repairs? Also there are zones of cross hatching on the base iron that look like the preparation for nunome zogan. In these regions there are ghost-like circles of the same dimensions of the grapes inlaid in hira zogan on other areas . I have the impression that some of the grapes have been rendered in nunome zogan that was then lost but protected the underlying material from corrosion since the ghost circles in the hatched regions are somewhat raised over the cross hatched areas. Since I have never seen papered Heianjo zogan tsuba with nunome zogan I am for discarding this attribution. Maybe we can consider Shoami? These are my first, chaotic impressions, I could be utterly wrong of course. Comments are more than welcome... Best regards Luca
  18. 4 points
    金華山麓 – The base of Kinkazan (Mt. Kinka) 於濃州長良川邊 – at the riverside of Noshu Nagaragawa 藤原清長 – Fujiwara Kiyonaga
  19. 4 points
    From left to right 明治時代副官軍用刀 Meiji period Adjutant’s Gunto 尉官用 Company officer use 佐官用 Field officer use 尉官用 Company officer use 佐官用 Field officer use 佐官用 Field officer use 將官用 General use 海軍用 Navy use 海軍用 Navy use 各種刀緒Various Sword Knot
  20. 4 points
    OK, so the whole name would be Kangi-nyūdō Akihide, showing that he has some special devotion or affiliation with Kangiten https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kangiten 於相武台下歓喜入道明秀作之 Oite Sabudai shita, Kangi nyūdō Akihide saku kore Made by Kangi nyūdō Akihide, in Sōbudai.
  21. 4 points
    Out of Japan, from a dealer of low level stuff, big name, no NBTHK paper. Draw your own conclusions
  22. 4 points
    Matt only a view from a loving collector of these swords. Please do not lay your sword on the ground. You will frighten any potential buyers. This is the only way to do it right. Btw your sword is nice from a highly reputated smith. I hope it gets a new home. Mods: You can remove this post, no problem. But i must wrote this advice. I have a nice munemitsu in collection and love it.
  23. 4 points
    Item No. 23 - Shibuichi Fuchi Kashira with copper , shakudo and gold inlays. Sparrows ? flying amongst stooks of rice , signed Yasuchika ?
  24. 3 points
    This was a fine sword, right out of Neil's Treasure cave. Neil thanks god that i'm not an australien resident. I would constantly annoy you for looking on your swords
  25. 3 points
    Yes i will be selling more. The next to be listed will be The Tsukamoto Okimasa in Shingunto Koshirae. It will be going back up for sale at a reduced price from what it was advertised for some 12 months or more ago. Doug
  26. 3 points
    日本刀一振南満州鉄道株式会社 所有主 阿部文雄 Nihontō hitofuri Minami Manshū Tetsudō Kabushikikaisha Shoyūnushi Abe Fumio Japanese sword (one) South Manchurian Railway Corporation Owner: Fumio ABE The cloth tags also belong to Fumio Abe, and give his address and the name of a neighborhood association (presumably near where he lived). The address is Motobuto in Urawa (close to Tokyo). Urawa is a fairly major town. The section of Motobuto is still there, but the address system changed, so you'd have to find an old map to pinpoint the location.
  27. 3 points
    SOLD............. Thank you to the buyer and to all those who who shown interest. Kind regards Doug
  28. 3 points
    I can also see who gives what reactions via voting emoticons. And frankly, Brian, it is useful to know who has voted how. It gives you a perspective into who “likes” what you have said / done or even you, or who “dislikes” you, perhaps an inkling as to who you might have angered..... So, please do not remove this feature.
  29. 3 points
    One katana, mei Hisakatsu, (Mino, around Eisho). Eisho was the nengo period between 1501 and 1524. Length, a bit over 2 shaku, 1 sun, 9 bu.
  30. 3 points
    Nothing in particular but yesterday morning I went to Kurashiki to see the local NBTHK sword exhibition of members’ blades. It was a beautiful day with deep blues skies, and I was happy to wander around the narrow streets of the old town, with very few tourists around. How long has it been since I last visited? I used to live here about 45 years ago. Here is a Twitter feed with shots from the exhibition. The venue behind Ohara Art Museum
  31. 3 points
    In the evening was the branch NBTHK sword appreciation masked meeting. Great place to pick up rumours of this and that, but a little chilly with all the windows open. One blade had a distracting Habaki which kept drawing my eye so I decided to shoot it.
  32. 3 points
    長﨑國住人 - A resident in Ngasaki 弘雲子彫之 - Kounshi (art name) carved this.
  33. 3 points
    I came across an interesting signature on a guntō today. The sword was posted on FB by someone who supposedly inherited it from his grandfather. My attention was immediately drawn to the engraved cherry blossom, which I have never seen on a gunto before. Below which is written ‘Tōkyō Kaikōsha (東京偕行社). After a little research I discovered that Kaikōsha was an ‘old boys‘ club of sorts for retired officers. However, it also seems that they manufactured and sold military equipment, though I was unable to find any other examples of the cherry blossom or organisation’s name engraved on guntō. Has anyone else encountered one of these before?
  34. 3 points
    小林昌荣依好鍛之 - Depending on Kobayashi Masahide's taste, forged this. 黒▢光孝 - Kuro+something Mitsutaka +kao I am unsure about the characters in blue.
  35. 3 points
    Or one of these... From personal experience, percussion is more reliable but the powder fouling still clogs and sticks in wet weather.
  36. 3 points
    I kindly disagree, several mekugi ana are not a proof of suriage, the location of the mei, the path taken by the nakago shinogi and the nakago jiri suggest that this sword is ubu. There are several Nagamitsu even if we can exlude THE Nagamitsu Jason, Measurements will be helpful (nagasa, sori, motohaba, moto kasane etc.).
  37. 3 points
    Three is a crowd! I am going to embark on writing up the sword's history soon, after I learn a little more about RJT. I have been reading through some excellent threads here and on other forums linked from here.
  38. 3 points
    Roger - its clear you have a nice blade by Ryumon Nobuyoshi with a sayagaki by Tanobe Sensei of the NBTHK - the photos are a little small, having trouble enlarging them enough to read. Might help if you can post closer up pictures. Of Course there is sure to be someone on here who can translate this for you. -t
  39. 3 points
    At least two that I am aware of. The Kaikōsha had a store, sometimes called a counter, where pistols and swords could be purchased. Officer Swords & Enlisted Men, Post #4 Please Help With Mei Translation
  40. 3 points
    I don't think there is a mystery to be solved, the description of the tanto that was written down on the page is accurate. It is tired in places, the jitetsu is worn and there is shingane showing. The seller is honest and I am sure he will send additional detail photos if requested.
  41. 3 points
    I would like to thank everyone for their time and comments on a previous thread on a signed tsuba.. I disregarded that piece but ended up being lucky enough that Nihonto Australia was coming to my city and brought a heap of tsuba to have a look at and buy. Thanks John having read Kokubo's Ten Rules of Tsuba Collecting I followed rule number 3.., Respect and learn from other collector's opinions and knowledge... so after narrowing the choice to a few I asked some other collectors in the room their thoughts and they steered me towards this piece... a Japanese version of ying and yang... I was worried that the cut outs didn’t really look like they were finished to a high standard as they were not overly straight and symmetrical but I really was drawn to all the inlay work...Their advice was it was old and not to worry... it wasn’t until hours later at home I finally saw the ying yang shape the others were seeing... I was concentrating on the ugly U misshaped voids not the iron that was still there... Ah...you need to look at what’s there...not what you don’t have.....as soon as that thought popped into my head my next thought was... wow I need to live life like this motto too. sorry the story is so long but for those who read it I thought I would share. I’m not sure what the Japanese meaning of this piece is but now when ever I look or think about it to me it means “only look at what you have and don’t worry about what’s not there...” Hopefully I chosen well and it’s a good piece.. mid edo? what thoughts do you all have on the shape, it’s meaning and the school it’s from?
  42. 3 points
    A Type 98 from Japan with remnants of black paint on all the fittings that has worn away: https://nihontou.jp/choice03/toukenkobugu/katana/1210/00.html
  43. 3 points
    Jan, There is NO way anyone here can easily say the mei compares well with genuine Nobuyoshi blades. You would need to read up and study gimei for years before understanding what is involved. It is not like gimei is only identified by obvious differences. You need to becomes somewhat of a handwriting analyst and be able to detect subtle pressure changes and stroke angles and the way the mei is carved fluently to even begin to understand gimei. I've only been studying Nihonto for about 18 years, and I wouldn't even attempt to make that call. Perhaps someone here will post a pic or 2 of the chapter on gimei from the Nihonto Koza volume, showing how tiny the differences are. The average person is incapable of just comparing 2 signatures and saying they look the same. I won't make a call on whether yours is shoshin or not. But I can say that I regard any sword with a biggish name without papers to be gimei and treat it as mumei until proven otherwise. Remember there are supposedly more gimei swords out there than real ones. If I were you, I would focus on the sword and not the signature. You are never going to know if it is right or not anyways, since neither you nor I will likely have $4000+ to polish and send any of our swords for papers. So I learn to focus on everything else and not the signature. You cannot be certain of age either, and any guesses are going to be just that...guesses. Without confirmation ever. Suffice to say it has a few hundred years on it, and that should be enough to enjoy. We all like to put things into neat little boxes, but one of the first things to learn when collecting or studying Japanese swords at an entry or low-mid level is that you likely will never know for sure and it shouldn't affect your enjoyment.
  44. 3 points
    Andrew, There are a number of scattered pieces of this discussion all over NMB, but I don't think there is a dedicated thread to it (note: What a great topic for a thread!), so the abbreviated version is "all the above." Officers had to buy their own gunto, NCOs had them issued to them. Swords were sometimes brought from home. Some villages pooled together and commissioned a "sending off" sword. There were big sales events at Department stores, Sword clubs hosted sales, individual forges sold swords, and both the Army and Navy had Officers Clubs that sold swords. I cannot say whether the arsenals did any selling. In 1942, the Army Sword Office took control of all sword manufacturing for the war, so you see a concerted effort to funnel swords from all over the country into key arsenals. But how they got from there into the hands of officers, at that point, I cannot say. Good post about a 1942 sale in a department store, by Nick Komiya: https://www.warrelics.eu/forum/f216/1941-ija-weapons-prices-todays-values-786328-post2158440/#post2158440 and another: https://www.warrelics.eu/forum/f216/1941-ija-weapons-prices-todays-values-786328-post2154949/#post2154949
  45. 3 points
    Have very much enjoyed the above presentations. Hoping someone can clarify my offering. Purchased here at NMB just over a year ago from Mark who was very generous to me after being given something of a barracking from one, maybe more spectators on the "For Sale' sidelines. A Kwaiken, a concealable women's knife, great condition, about 16.8cm blade, originally a Kikutchi Yari cut down to make a small tanto in 1897 as per inscription on reformed tang. The maker's name is more obscure ?-Kane ? Koto period ? Actually it was Mark then BaZZa who put me in some of the picture. It is a lovely Kwaiken in my opinion. Thank you.
  46. 3 points
    I built a fire proof lined vault in the man cave and lined it with slat board. Then we got to work in the shop and made wooden, stepped brackets which allow a blade in shira saya to be displayed adjacent to the koshirae. Blades having just shirasaya simply rest on slatboard hooks. I’m now gradually repositioning blades and grouping them by eras, and schools which is useful for study purposes . jim
  47. 2 points
    Dear all Thank all of you for your comments. Dale thank you for the table. Ford I know your point about the brass introduction and when I wrote Azuchi/Momoyama I was really thinking about the end of the period. Thus I am ok with your assessment of early 1600. I had also the impression that the nunome zogan was a later addition but I had no points about it so I kept silent on this point. Coming from you has an altogether different weight Being no botanist I said grape vines only due to the small circles. If any of the other member has a better attribution I will not dispute it. Best Regards Luca
  48. 2 points
    Welcome aboard, Thom. From the thickness of the blade, my first opinion is that you have a yoroi-doshi, in what looks to be moderm mounts. In the future, please show the completely bare blade, rather than everything else. The sugata (shape) tells the age, which leads to other info about the blade. The tosogu (everything else) was probably changed many times over, with way we change our clothes (at lest pre-pandemic), & tells nothing about the blade, itself. The markings are probably used to match up the various pieces.
  49. 2 points
    It has half heartedly tried to put a date on one side of the nakago. The sloppily chiselled kanji try to say Showa 18, ie 1943 but the date is not finished properly. Then the name of a hypothetical smith on the other side.
  50. 2 points
    It’s followed by the zodiac date (Mitsunoto Hitsuji) “...癸未年辰鬼宿月” and then with what I would translate as (month of the dragon ghost ?!).... The dragon stands for the third month of the lunar calendar and “鬼宿” refers probably to the Chinese “ghost” constellation (one of the 28 mansions)...but I can be also totally wrong
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