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  1. Picked this one up, a fairly nice medium size sankaku yari.


    Per Aoi:
    Yari, Kanetane:
    Shirasaya whole length : 73 cm or 28.74 inches.
    Blade length : 27.3 cm or 10.74 inches.
    Sori : 0 cm or 0 inches.
    Mekugi :1
    Width at the hamachi : 2.26 cm or 0.88 inches.
    Kasane : 1.1 cm or 0.43 inches.
    Era : Late Muromachi period, around Tensho era.
    Shape : Kera Kubi is rather long, Sankaku Yari.
    There is a Bo-Hi on Ura side.
    Jigane : Ko Itame Hada well grained with Jinie attach.
    The Jigane is beautiful.
    Hamon : Nie Deki, Suguha Hamon with double Ha and Uchinoke.

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  2. On 10/16/2020 at 12:48 PM, Jussi Ekholm said:

    It is a statistical outlier and I was surprised when I saw it first time. I have been following Naminohira swords (pre-Edo). In general old Naminohira swords tend to have relatively large curvature on average.


    For 14 signed old Naminohira Tachi I have tracked down they average the following

    Nagasa: 73,6 cm (some of them are suriage) - Sori: 2,6 cm - Motohaba: 2,9 cm - Sakihaba: 1,7 cm


    For 14 Mumei tachi with Ko-Naminohira attribution they average

    Nagasa: 76,8 cm (some of the are slight suriage) - Sori: 2,4 cm - Motohaba: 3,0 cm - Sakihaba: 1,7 cm


    For 11 Mumei katana with Ko-Naminohira attribution they average

    Nagasa: 68,7 cm (all suriage) - Sori: 2,0 cm - Motohaba: 2,7 cm - Sakihaba: 1,7 cm


    For the 4 Mumei tachi with Naminohira attribution (most likely made after Nanbokuchō) they average

    Nagasa: 78,1 cm (all ubu) - Sori: 3,2 cm - Motohaba: 3,0 cm - Sakihaba: 1,7 cm


    For the 19 Mumei katana with Naminohira attribution (most likely made after Nanbokuchō) they average

    Nagasa: 71,6 cm (most suriage) - Sori: 2,2 cm - Motohaba: 3,0 cm - Sakihaba: 1,9 cm


    Of course this is not in any means definitive analysis but based on available examples that I have for data it is easy to see that in general pre-Edo period Naminohira swords are quite long and with strong curvature and average width.


    For comparison I do have a mumei tachi attributed to Naminohira and Early Muromachi period, it is 77,2 cm with 3,7 cm curvature. Quite the opposite in shape to this example in the opening.




    Thank you for your excellent commentary. I agree that it seemed an outlier to me too. It caught my attention due to the shape of it: super shallow sori and quite narrow even down to the hamachi.

  3. Please feel free to comment. I thought this was a very interesting blade particularly due to the length / width. With the shallow sori it almost reminds me of a rapier (I understand that this is not an exact metaphor, just the "feel" it has, no need to correct me on the differences or any of that lol).


    I have a translation to the shirasaya written down but if anyone wants to speculate on it seeing as some figures are missing feel free! It's my understanding that it denotes ownership of the blade.

  4. Per Aoi:


    Katana in Shirasaya.(NBTHK Hozon Token)
    Signature: Mumei(unsigned) attributed as Naminohira.
    Sayagaki (writing on the saya): Satsuma Hanshi ??? Jinjuro Shoji
    2 Shaku 3 Sun
    Naminohira Senzan(Kao)
    (Attributes ownership to a samurai named Satsuma Jinjuro)
    Blade length :69.5cm or 27.36 inches.
    Sori :0.8 cm or 0.31 inches.
    Mekugi : 1
    Width at the hamachi : 2.3cm or 0.90 inches.
    Width at the Kissaki : 1.84 cm or 0.72 inches.
    Kasane : 0.4 cm or 0.15 inches.
    Era : Early Muromachi period.
    Shape :
    The blade is rather thin thickness and width
    with small sori and longer kissaki.
    Jigane:Koitame hada and mokume hada mixed
    with jinie attach and shirake utsuri appear.
    Hamon:suguha hamon.
    About the Naminohira school: The founder of Naminohira School was Masakuni
    who moved from Kyoto to Satsuma province in the10th century.
    His works rarely survive so Yukiyasu is thought as the substantial founder.
    The school continuously made swords there
    until the last Edo period. The 56th of this school was Iwami (No)
    Kami Yasuharu who reinforced the school in the Shin-to period.
    His grandson Yamato (No) Kami Yasuyuki learned under Izumi
    (No) Kami Masafusa.
    The name Naminohira has synonymous meaning
    with the glassy surface of the water so water transporters
    and navy men highly appreciate the sword of this school.
    The special feature of Naminohira School is its traditional Suguha-hamon and well-grained blackish Jigane.
    This sword is oosuriage mumei and looks
    old early Muromachi period. The Jigane is a soft feeling nice texture.
    Even though, there are some Kitaekizu but not serious.

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  5. Hello all!

    I have a blade I am considering submitting for shinsa to NBTHK.

    I have never done such a thing before (so please be gentle with guidance), nor will I be traveling to Japan.

    I am based in the USA.

    What is the most streamlined way to do this? I have read accounts that certain dealers will handle the transaction for a fee or the like.

    Any help would be appreciated.


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  6. Iron wakizashi sized tsuba with beautiful inlay work added to it that appears to be gold, silver, etc. No, I have never cleaned it or handled it inappropriately.


    Please see attached pictures. Any further questions, please feel free to PM me.


    Asking 400USD or best offer, shipped via paypal in the continental United States. Out of country shipping is fine, but will incur extra costs simply because it's more expensive.


    Thank you!



  7. 50s or so vintage.


    Excellent condition, handmade sterling silver. Comes with book of authenticity, in original glass and wood container with cloth stand.



    Asking 250 shipped in the continental United States. Price includes insurance.


    These go for much, much more purchased directly from Takehiko.










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  8. Also y'all are correct; the boshi does not turn back. I apologize, my lighting was insufficient and I thought I saw something I didn't.



    All discussion and pointing out of stuff is very much welcome to me. I'm still only a little bit into learning so I have a long ways to go.

  9. I would very much agree that what is now the nakago was at one point part of the blade; positioning of the hi as you state seems to indicate this to me, as it goes well below the habaki. I wonder if it was a blade damaged or broken at some point, and but the upper portion of a fairly longer blade salvaged or similar.


    To my eyes (please feel free to comment if you see differently) it looks koto to me rather than a stylish Edo naoshi. In addition, despite the sayagaki saying Rai it seems *to me* (and to a few others who have looked at it) to look very Naminohira.


    The shape of it does to my eyes look like a partial Kamakura naginata, although obviously cut down and/or modified.



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