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  1. Bruce, who knows, but that is a likely scenario. Yes modifications do not look recent, and part of its history. I think considering hamon and type of nakago jiro could pick several Seki toshi.
  2. Hi Gareth, thats a great looking shingunto with quality mounts (as much as I can see) and I guess saya is the same. The blade also looks good, and as you suggest oil temper. From hamon and nakago it looks like Seki showato. However, to me it looks like someone has tried to make this look like an older mumei. Close up of nakago shows the taka-no-ha yasurime changes angle a few cm from jiri. Original filing continues up the left edge. Also the nakago shinogi curves a bit plus becomes sharp. A key feature looks to be remnant strokes of a kanji (the position suggests it could be "saku" ? ). Also, on the small pic of nakago, just above the hole, a few small lines could indicate a stamp? The yasurime here is also redone. This all appears to be wartime vintage. But I am often wrong plus have not seen the sword itself.
  3. Andy, yes Miwa Kanetomo as George notes, one of the earlier registered WW2 tosho in Seki. Some additional info in following article (tosho #29)
  4. Mark, its a nice looking package, but yes needs some work to pull it together. The very regular sanbonsugi hamon and the smooth (looks like) boshi (around the tip), plus the rounded mei, look like a late Kanemoto generation (Shinto). Presumably also has a nice saya?
  5. Yes Kiyomichi. Stainless steel blades at Toyokawa arsenal with anchor stamp. Here is an interesting one from F&G.
  6. The problem is with the number of flights to Aus. This is the main problem with parcels, and USPS maybe not accept them, but seems they can be sent via a combo of USPS + EMS (via Japan?). Can send parcels via couriers eg. DHL, FedEx, but can be expensive. Swords via USPS looks to be a problem, as may be too long or prohibited item. If accepted at a PO, may get stuck somewhere for a few weeks then returned to sender. I recently received a sword from CA-USA to Aus via USPS+EMS but needed to be <36". Was moderate price.
  7. Mario, information on Kanenori here:
  8. Bruno, looking at the pic from the FRONT, and considering the BACK row LEFT to RIGHT (and assuming a date of 1941). Left: NAKATA ISAMU KANEHIDE, born 1913, age 28 (your small photo). Middle: NIWA SHUJI KANENOBU, born 1903, age 38. Right: KISHI MITSUHIRO MITSUNOBU, born Taisho 13 (1924), age 17. He was a student of Shuji Kanenobu (your big photo, cap with black brim). Mal
  9. Bruno, information on this photo in this article page 28.
  10. Yes its Okada Kaneyoshi, see this article tosho #7.
  11. Yes thats him, Kanenao. See Naval sword article pages 39-42
  12. Peter Collector, have a look in NMB Downloads article on Amahide......https://www.militaria.co.za/nmb/files/file/52-ichimonji-minamoto-amahide/
  13. PeterCollector, name of article is Kojima Tokijiro Kanemichi and Kojima Tosho Family
  14. Peter, have a look in NMB Downloads, article on Kojima Kanemichi & family. This has summary and examples of Katsumasa on pages 3, 6, 69-86.
  15. Jeremy, how long ago, as this method may not currently be available. And as a matter of interest (a) what did you describe the item as, and (b) how long was the package. thanks Mal
  16. Ron An excellent couple of spits, most enjoyable, informative and I'm sure therapeutic. Also fascinating to see what you are selling. All the best with the sale. Mal
  17. Thanks Bryce & John, thats what I feared. It seems to have become near impossible over the last 12 months. Mal
  18. Help please. I am trying to get a sword sent from California to Australia, but any attempt via USPS is blocked as prohibited. There is only a dropbox of descriptions and most are banned. Most non PO couriers are very expensive. Any suggestions of best approach. There must be some way. Thank you.
  19. JT could you ID the motorbike, and a pic?? Thanks. Fantastic setup, a labour of love. Mal
  20. Stephen & Volker, there is a detailed summary of these tosho in Tokushima Swordsmiths article in NMB Downloads. Mal
  21. Yes it is Inaba, see Naval Swords NMB Downloads page 90 +
  22. Erwin, looks to be Kato Zennosuke, whose swordsmith name was Jumyo. Have a look at the Naval Swords article in NMB Downloads, p. 9 and 42, summary of him. From pics your sword looks early war. See the plain iron tsuba and sakura stamp on it, and green ito. Maybe the "16" is Showa (1941) but sword may be a bit earlier, so something else?? This Jumyo did do some heavily cut kiri yasurime like this blade. The word Jumyo meant "long life" so often popular as gifts. There were Jumyo smith in early Seki from Koto period, then in Shinto they moved to Owari.
  23. Something on his background. Ikeda Norihisa (Echigo, Niigata) (also known as Ikeda Hisashi, b.1932) from Nagaoka city in Niigata, Japan (formally known as the ancient province of Echigo). He was a direct student of Yamagami Akihisa (Yamagami Shigetsugu, b. 1910) which attended the Japanese sword forging school Nihon Tanren Denshusho founded by Kurihara Akihide. Norihisa's teacher won numerous prizes prior to WWII including Monbu Daijin Sho (Minister of Education Award), Kaigun Daijin Sho (Minister of the Navy Award), Rikugun Daijin Sho (Minister of the Army Award) in Shinsakuto (new sword) exhibitions. Yamagami also worked as Rikugun Jumei Toso for the Japanese army during WWII. In 1941 he was given Tokubetsu Meiyo Seki - Special Honor Seat in the Army Gunto exhibition. After the war, in 1954 he obtained a sword forging permit from the Japanese government and continued his career as a swordsmith. He won many awards such as Doryoku Sho and Nyusen in the annual Shinsaku Meito Exhibition while teaching numerous young swordsmith including his son Norihisa (則久) and Ikeda Norihisa (法久). Ikeda Norihisa's blades are quite rare.
  24. Ciro, looks to be Ikeda Norihisa of Echigo (Niigata), date is Heisei 11, 5th month (May 1999). There are a few on google. Its a nice looking blade by the way.
  25. George, Bruce, Geoff, there are pics and some discussion p. 30, of Inaba / Matsubara in Naval Swordsmiths #2 in NMB Downloads. As well as some comments on Kaigun Jumei Tosho.
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