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  1. Hey Fellas- I finally finished my sword display and study space. Thought you might enjoy taking a peek into my little world. The swords displayed on the table usually live in the the bedroom/Livingroom, but I rotate them out in the display case from time to time. In total, I have acquired 18 pieces in 3 years of active collecting, 6 of them are "mystery nihonto" the rest are papered. I think that my next step should be to get a professional appraisal of the whole lot for insurance purposes. any suggestions for how to go about this? Thanks for helping me get this far! -- JT
    20 points
  2. Hi, The carving on the Tsuba is a famous maxim/Proverbs of TAKEDA Shingen. pic #1: 人は城、人は石垣、人は堀、 (Hito wa shiro,hito wa ishigaki,hito wa hori, ) People are castles, people are stone walls, people are moats, Mei is 秀斎(Shusai/Hidesai,gago) and 直忠(Naotada). pic #2: 情けは味方、仇は敵なり。 (nasake wa mikata,ada wa kataki nari.) Sympathy is needed to the peoples,and Don't be passionate.
    15 points
  3. The Car is the "Magnolia Special". I built her from scratch, and she now lives on the second floor of building that I also built from scratch. Check it out, thanks for asking! Brian - Apologies for getting off topic.-- JT
    11 points
  4. Just in Star stamp Hirokuni. In Rin Tin Tin mounts 😜 竹下宏國作之 - Takeshita Hirokuni saku kore (kore [w]o saku). Also reported to sign Takeshita Yasukuni. Enjoying new sword, no good photos of mei yet. Catching major flack on Chris Bowen's page saying over cleaned. Soon to come
    11 points
  5. Yours to do as you want. But this forum consists of collectors and guys who don't even speak over a Japanese sword in case they get droplets on it, and who won't put a sword on a hard surface. Not hard to work out that watching someone cut household things with it would not go down well. Really, don't hold it against guys who hold these things in such high regard. Posting stuff like that publicly was never going to end well. It's nothing personal. Topic closed.
    11 points
  6. Hello, Here are few photos of fuchikashira and menuki set before and after cleaning. This was done with mechanical cleaning, without damaging original patina. I highly value opinions off all board members so please let me know what are your thoughts and If possible what could still be improved. This is not my work, however craftsman who did this do not speak English so I post those pictures instead. Regards, Krystian
    10 points
  7. So, what is there not to like about a Kai Gunto? And what is there not to like if it has a MINATAGOWA JINJA blade? Here is a January, 1943, MASANAO. A colleague recently commented that war time blades normally have a badly cut nakago, this one proves that some are cut pretty nicely.
    8 points
  8. Gentlemen, Some of the " old timers " on this forum will remember me. My Name is Ron Watson. I am 74 now and since my son & grandson have no real interest nor money, I wish my modest collection of Japanese Art Works to go to those who have a serious interest in preserving and studying the ARTS of the SAMURAI. I will start off slowly with three items and we'll see how things progress. I will try and add a items a week . At that rate I should finish in about a year. My entire collection is available and I do NOT plan on hanging on to but an item or two which I have promised as a keepsake to my son & grandson. I did many articles for the NMB and I believe that most of these are Archived, ... so if you scan thru the articles and see an item I have not yet listed, an email to : 766watson@gmail.com will get a reply. All sales will be FINAL and payment by International Money Order or Wire Transfer to my bank. I must warn you however that given the WORLD"S confusion and being totally frustrated with SHIPPING RULES, ... I will only ship within the rules of CANADA to International Buyers. I will not use CANADA POST as our Post Office is no longer reliable for anything which will cut and / or possibly fire a projectile ( even if ANTIQUE ). For all other items I can use CANADA POST but will have to quote individual shipping costs for both Canadian and International BUYERS. I believe Air Canada Cargo will handle or possibly Fedex but I am not sure of Fedex. Anyway Buyer is responsible for shipping and shipping costs. The First Item : Katana Sword in newly custom made Saya with period Fittings ( Fuchi, Kashira and Menuki ) and Waterwheel Tsuba of nice iron. The Fuchi Kashira with gold and silver on a Shakado base ( unsigned ) Tsuka is new and wrapped with good quality same and silk. Katana is signed : Yamashiro ( no ) Kuni Heianjo Ju ( Nobuyoshi ) Nagasa : 71.9 cm Sword Shape : Hon Zukuri Jihada : Ko Mokume Hamon : Choji Midaire Era : Late Muromachi ( 1490 - 1510 AD ) Period : Sue Koto Boshi : Kaeri-Fukashi, with Mune-Yaki extending back over the mune for about 14cm. Sunagashi is prevelent, as is occassional line of Kinsuji The Shinogi-ji has patches of hitasura spaced evenly along its entire length. APPRAISED and papered by Kotoken Kajihara in 1984 Photographs may be seen by referring to an Article I did for the NMB by typing in the search box " A Favorite Sword Ron Watson " This article is archived by NMB and was done in 2010. For additional photographs please email me. PRICE $ 10,000.00 US FIRM
    7 points
  9. Oh man. I'm not trying to jump on the beat up on you bandwagon but you are definitely on the wrong forum to say that these antique works of art are meant to be used. Theory goes we are caretakers keeping them safe to pass one to the next generation. Machetes u buy at Walmart are meant to be used...
    6 points
  10. Dear Brian. You are asking a question that is impossible to answer. You say that it is by a certain maker and ask if it would be worth upgrading the status; it already has papers. So far so good. If the flaws in the shinogi ji, which by the way would be described as kitae ware, or forging flaws, are what you are asking about then welcome to the world of Koto, these are not serious. However you don't even tell us if this is a katana or wakizashi. I assume that it is a katana. So, you have a katana with papers by a known maker which is suriage but still retains it's mei, it seems to be in good polish and we can assume shirasaya but what about koshirae? It is being offered by a friend who you, 'really trust and respect', so what is the question? You trust the seller, you can afford it, (I hope!) and presumably you like it. So buy it. A lot of people will tell you that you can get a better deal but at the end of the day regard this a s a hobby which is going to cost you. The rewards in terms of satisfaction and delight are tremendous, they are worth the money. You will study this and learn a lot about swords from owning it, it will start to create your mental map of the history of the sword and Japan. What's not to like? Will you be able to sell it and make your money back? Who knows? Do you really care about that? In effect you are paying to rent a piece of history and high craft, if not art. It will bring you a measure of joy if it can be owned without too much financial pressure. Let us know what you decide. All the best.
    6 points
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  12. Big thank you to both of you! I really couldn't find those last few kanji - although I did have 子地 in my earlier tries, I switched to る地 because it seemed a better fit. As you both undoubtedly know - you're real credits to this forum! I'll make a small donation in your honor.
    5 points
  13. I came across this one a few years ago . It is a same saya that has been painted or lacquered black . The same has not been filled and then rubbed back . I have never seen this before and to my eyes it looked like it was original . . Ian Brooks
    5 points
  14. Sunny I didn't say that you are terrible, I said the video's are. As mention in the other thread Nmb is a place full of people that love Nihonto and want to respect and preserve them. My sword training is with a Sensei and is purely for my own personal development and not to show the world on youtube. I love doing tameshigiri too but with Chinese made katana and tatami and sometimes pool noodles too. Im not a master but it is obvious to me that you havnt had a lot of training with a sensei and this puts your swords and you at higher risk of damage. You say they were made to be used but when they were made I doubt the smith had in mind somebody cutting noodles in their lounge room on youtube. Surely you can understand why people are against this. You said in the other thread that I have a pathetic life but I have a life that I wouldnt swap with anyone and consider myself the luckiest person in the world. Sorry but I care more about the swords that you are unfortunately the custodian of that weather you get more youtube views.
    5 points
  15. Chris Bowen is not infallible. I saw this post on FB. His whole argument for Kunimori swords being Showato, comes from some very old articles and hearesay. I do however think that like a lot of us, we were given a lot of mis-information in the old days. Many myths and erroneous information has now been found out and altered. But here we are 2021 and there's those who still endorse these myths and erroneous mis-truths. Ikkansai Kunimori, are Gendaito. The have proper Jihada, they are water tempered and have a distict Nioguchi. Also, they get papered.
    5 points
  16. I just purchased this kodzuka and pair of menuki attributed to Araki Tomei. No certification. They are superb whether by him or not and of the quality I expect. Anyhow I share the videos. John
    5 points
  17. This is a rough speckled paint example, similar to the paint found on the premium Army RS Shin Gunto. Came with the original securing lanyard as well.
    5 points
  18. Beautiful kai-gunto swords. I have two, both in almost perfect condition.
    5 points
  19. I’ve always wanted a nice Naval kyu Gunto but ones in mint condition are so few and far in between! thankfully last week I acquired this piece. Absolutely mint Koshaire, Shinto mumei blade in good polish, 25 inches
    4 points
  20. Hi, Did my homework, but wasn't quite able to finish it :-) Any help would be greatly appreciated! 六花形 赤銅 魚る地 Mutsu kikka-gata shakudo niru? ji (where the niru is confusing me, maybe I got the kanji wrong?) 高彫 色絵 x x 也 takabori iroe x x nari 無銘 古美濃 (中期室町) Mumei Ko-Mino (Chūki Muromachi) 昭和 x x 年 x x Showa year (can't really find the right sexagenary cycle, doubting between a few) 寒山誌 Kanzan shirusu + double seal
    4 points
  21. The pattern on this Kozuka comes from the Analects of Confucius. The Analects of Confucius is one of the most important classical books of ancient Chinese Confucianism. Its content records the words and deeds of Confucius, the founder of Confucianism. In the chapter of gongyechang, there is a dialogue between Confucius and his student Zilu: The Master said, "My doctrines make no way. I will get upon a raft, and float about on the sea. He that will accompany me will be You, I dare to say." Zi Lu hearing this was glad. I think it is the reproduction of this scene.
    4 points
  22. I think that the point of the question is the place of “ju” rather than Bishu or Bizen. As “Bizen (no) kuni Osafune (備前國長舩)” is a place name, it may be natural to write Bizen (no) kuni Osafune ju (備前國長舩住) before a smith name. Oei Bizen or before Oei Bizen blades usually have such a mei. And after shinto Bizen blades also have the mei style. However, Sue-Bizen blades have Bizen (no) kuni ju Osafune (備前國住長舩) style before a smith name. I do not know its exact reason. As Chris W said in this thread, the context might emphasize “I am from Bize Prov and the Osafune group or school”.
    4 points
  23. I should have added that the sword is secured by a snap tab, and uses the fairly rare pierced tsuba/seppa set.
    4 points
  24. Came across this recently and was preparing to buy when someone else bought it. Had to pull a few strings to enable the ‘correct’ sale to take place! Nearly 14 cm long.
    4 points
  25. Dear Bjorn, very nice tsuba - I really like it. I believe that most good koshirae were tied together in a meaningful theme that was important to the owner. If the sword is the “soul” of the Samurai and the single most important item to him, why would he just put together a bunch of random tosogu on his sword? I think that your tsuba is a stylized chrysanthemum which symbolizes Autumn, Purity, Longevity and Nobility, and is featured in many different legends and motifs like “the Chrysanthemum Boy,” "the Four Gentlemen," “Master of the Five Willows”, etc. So in addition to choosing other tosogu to go with your tsuba’s color and “solemn” style, you might want to choose a matching theme that is important to you too. For example, if you like the Four Gentlemen, then you would want to find tosogu that match your tsuba in color and style that have the other three flowers/plants of this grouping. Remember that the Japanese view of flowers was very different from most Western perspectives. The Four Gentlemen (Shikunshi) was a well known theme to Samurai that was adopted from Chinese philosophy and consisted of orchid, bamboo, chrysanthemum and plum. The traits represented by these plants exemplified Bushido (the Warrior’s Way).
    4 points
  26. Mr Bowen has done a considerable amount of work for the research of Gendaito over the years, there is no need to call him petty names. This is a really great sword, why there is so much discussion on the condition of the Nakago as opposed to the blade is baffling.
    4 points
  27. Sunny this isnt the youtube comment section where little respect is given or shown. Christian had nothing negative in his comment and you call him a troll. What your doing is just acting like a spoilt child and seem to be missing what Nmb is about. Maybe take a deep breath and start over
    4 points
  28. Every MRS sword I have owned or seen, all have a SARUTE for a tassel.
    4 points
  29. Item No. 115 Iron Tsuba with brass 6.76 cm x 6.24 cm x 0.40 cm Iron Tsuba - Shingen style wire work in brass A wakizashi size tsuba with neatly applied wire work . Unlike a lot of Shingen pieces , this shows a restrained simplicity , and is all the better for it. This shows signs of having been mounted and so was apparently made for the domestic market - a case of ' less is more '. Item No. 116 Iron Tsuba with silver , gold and shakudo decoration - 7.66 cm dia. x 0.55 cm Subject of sliding doors in a wall or gate . Signed Nara Saku. Unusual subject for a Tsuba - the doors are partly open , to reveal whatever your imagination says lies beyond... NBTHK papered
    4 points
  30. Hi. I placed an add in the Wanted to Buy section of this forum looking to buy a kabuto. I received a personal message from a member here stating he knew someone selling one and provided me with an email address. Contacted the person who sent through some photos of a kabuto but no price. I enquired and he quoted £2100. What He didn’t know was that I knew if was on ebay and located in Japan. Here is the ebay link. https://www.ebay.com.au/itm/Antique-Edo-Period-Kabuto-32-Ken-Suji-Helmet-Samurai-Armor-Maedate-Free-Ship-/384241427651?mkcid=16&mkevt=1&_trksid=p2349624.m2548.l6249&mkrid=711-127632-2357-0 This person, via this forum, offered me a kabuto that seems wasn’t his to begin with at £500 more than the asking price on ebay. So this is a reminder that unethical people lurk here. The forum member who initiated the contact is not active with no posts, just lurking in wait for the unsuspecting. Mark
    4 points
  31. Johan, I think that is really quite nice! More comment: SHIRA-SAYA means 'white SAYA', so yours is correct! Fresh HONOKI is also white. I have no idea if poplar has similar properties compared with HONOKI, but in any case, the wood should not be treated. A SAYASHI will NEVER use sandpaper on a SAYA! There is always a risk that some tiny particles may find their way into the SAYA and start their destructive work on the steel! There are some videos on YouTube where you can see that ONLY cutting tools (KANNA, KIRIDASHI or KOGATANA, and NOMI) are used in SAYA making!
    4 points
  32. There won't be 'rebuttal' videos as we are interested in preserving old Japanese swords, not playing around with them like manchildren. Good luck buying/selling on here in the future.
    4 points
  33. I do owe Chris Bowen an apology, even if It turns out to actually be a Gendaito. He spent the time to give me his thoughts and I was not a gentleman. I was a bit animated and over reacted on FB. I don't expect to be able to rejoin the page though. I wish him the best! Best Regards, Corry
    4 points
  34. That was painful to watch. Shows the importance of who Nihonto should and shouldn't be sold to if it can be helped. Seeing an old sword being used by someone with no training on pool noodles on youtube is just painful.
    4 points
  35. David, Just looking as the photo of you tsuba (guard) and seppa I can say: You have 6 seppa...there should be 8 here. The two larger "4 lobe" seppas that match that design on the tsuba are missing. Get 2 of these 4 lobe seppa and I think you will probably find the assembly will become tight on the tang. Regards,
    4 points
  36. You're right Chris, but everyone has different interests and my family are no different - they don't "get" my collecting tastes. Perhaps it's better for such collectables to go to people who will really appreciate them, rather than our families accepting them reluctantly and then not appreciating what they have.
    4 points
  37. Another one on a Kyu gunto . Ian Brooks
    4 points
  38. So, I just got one of my Type 97's back from my local Koshirae repair guy after he performed a Tsuka re-wrap. This is a Hattori Masahiro (of Takayama Forge fame) Kai Gunto that I purchased a few months ago. The Ito was torn and was generally in bad shape - needed a re-wrap. Randy has a solid reputation for doing excellent Koshirae restoration work and I'm very happy with the results (and his price was very reasonable). I'm fortunate that he resides in my area, so I did not have to ship the sword to him. Attached are Before and After photos.
    4 points
  39. The problem is that there is no name at all for this variant. In his article Unveiling Rinjiseishiki Sword in 1940 (a very good read, BTW), Nick states: "This word, "Rinjiseishiki", was a social buzz word in 1938, as even the new coinage issued to conserve war-critical metals were called Rinjiseishiki Coins, reflecting an overall shortage of raw materials caused by the China Incident of July 1937." and after explaining the Uniform Regulation "loop hole" that allowed the creation of the variant, he says "If "Rinjiseishiki" is too much of a mouthful, now we can call it a "Type 98 Wartime Variant Version", as it was approved by the emperor as a package with the Type 98." Much of our lingo is for ease of communication, so I like "RS" as well. Much less typing!
    4 points
  40. Had a few RS swords with Sarute. This one is original, still has traces of the "bronzing" finish used on many outfits.
    4 points
  41. Here is a blog entry by a fellow collector, speaking on flaws on old blades. I'd recommend giving it a read: https://blog.yuhindo.com/fatality/ Trust what Darcy says, man knows his stuff!
    4 points
  42. Looks like Myōchin Ōsumi (no) kami ki Nobuie (明珍大隅守紀信家)
    3 points
  43. I think there are at least 6 signed tachi by Sueyuki. I have 5 on record and I know about the 6th one in Jūyō session 39 but unfortunately I don't have that book yet. There is long one (83,2 cm) at Itsukushima Jinja, the Jūyō 58 one is 80,4 cm and I know 3 signed tachi (77 - 71 cm) with Tokubetsu Hozon papers. For Sadayoshi I have only found 1 signed tachi that is in the collection of Tokyo National Museum. However needless to say they are extremely rare as those are the ones I have found after years of searching. For comparison I have 27 signed pieces for Sadatoshi.
    3 points
  44. Edward, same I'm a young gun in the hobby and sometimes shoot from the hip. Chris W., I really agree. The experience of owning, holding, staring into the details, looking at the parts, how it all goes together, learning how to handle it, how to care for it, comparing nakagos and even rust colors...all of it...no reading does the visual and tactile knowledge gained that way and it's integral to the spark that grabs hold of someone or throws wood on the interest fire to keep it burning. Then to have multiple blades to compare makes the difference of features so much more evident...same with having blades of different quality as your collection evolves. Also, on the life advice front, I would never suggest a young man building a life toss 8k at a sword unless they truly can afford it. Like any hobby I also wouldn't ever suggest using large debt to pursue this hobby. Buying comfortably within your means is important, and for beginners pieces don't need to be perfect to enjoy and just try and get the best you can with what you can afford. There's honor in the hunt/quest even with lower end pieces. They still have a history. One can always trade up later when you're tastes/interests evolve and have more "fun" money.
    3 points
  45. And a remake of it. What movie did Clint Eastwood make as a spaghetti western wher he played town bosses against each other was that few $$ more? Made from Yojimbo.. It tells the story of a rōnin, portrayed by Toshiro Mifune, who arrives in a small town where competing crime lords vie for supremacy. The two bosses each try to hire the newcomer as a bodyguard. Bruce Willis made one too set in the 30s
    3 points
  46. Greetings, it’s been a while, I hope everyone is healthy and safe during this pandemic. I recently purchased a kyu gunto and I believe it is a Murata Do in Mukade Giri Maru style.
    3 points
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