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  1. Headed to the auction to check out 3 Nihonto, A cut down Bizen Wak, the very nice Yoshichika, and a Type 44. I was interested in the Bizen wak but upon inspection the blade was lifeless, fittings cobbled together, the Yoshichika was very nice with the addition of a silver family mon, wavy hamon and no hada. I didn't think much about the minty 44 beforehand, but upon inspection it did not have any inspection stamps and possessed a tight ko-itame hada. I picked it up, along with a old iron tsuba I'll post later. Any info on this Swordsmith fellas? Thanks again for all you experts do! Semper Fi, Bobhttp://www.okinawarelics.com
  2. Fellas, Thanks for all the keen schooling! I didn't buy it, I just get to help get stuff ready at a couple country auctions once in awhile, so I can bid on it when it comes up since I'm just a floor helper. Sometimes I do all right with old Imari vases and plates and chinese pottery sometimes not :lol: I was hoping it was a art piece but there's always next auction! Semper Fi, Bob http://www.okinawarelics.com
  3. Fellas, Haven't posted in awhile since all I've handled have been Showto for quite awhile. This Tsuba showed up with a bunch of asian pottery. Any opinions on era, quality? Thank you in advance for your opine! Semper Fi, Bob http://www.okinawarelics.com
  4. Nice Job, I remember reading your post in the past and watching those TachibanaMaru videos and as you stated a story never told. I sent the video back then to a few WW2 Marine Combat Vets who are still big into history on the Pacific and they did not know about the subject. You took a risk and it payed off handsomely, Great Job! Now find another rescue! Semper Fi, Bob http://www.okinawarelics.com
  5. Could it possible it is a Kaneyoshi made piece? "Kaneyoshi was a Yamato Tegai maker who signed Kaneyoshi (包吉). His given name was Seijiro, and having been a believer of the Hokke sect of Buddhism, had a Buddhist name of Zenjo(Zenryo) and belonged to …..temple that was located in the western part of Seki which at some point relocated to the center of Seki later. Among the mino-mono, his has the most beautiful sugata and has a very strong Yamato den influence." According to the Nihonto Meikan there are then at least 9 generations of Kaneyoshi smiths until the Bakumatsu period and the last Kaneyoshi who would become one of the men who sewed the seeds for modern sword-making.
  6. Gentlemen, Checked out this small yari the other day in a antique shop, but having trouble with the last character. Is it Seiji X? I'll post some more pictures if I purchase it. Thank you very much, Bob http://www.okinawarelics.com
  7. A couple of Okinawan guys started to dig out nice caches of weapons starting in late 90's. Some Japanese vets came back and thru word of mouth asked these two to dig out buried gear they left in the last days of the battle. They worked many of the easy to get to caves. Then word got out, we looked for harder to find places. All the videos of the surrendering guys has them coming out in lion cloths, makes sense that these guys took off all the gear so they may not get shot. Anyway, seems that some would bury the stuff about 5 feet down in the cave. Lots of coins, compasses, watches and personal gear too. Good times, a few more years and everything will be dust. Semper Fi, Bob http://www.okinawarelics.com
  8. Can't imagine how many strokes across the stones it would take to put a tip on. A question I have but have not run across the answer too is: Who did the sword shortening? A forger or a polisher? And how was this done?
  9. Brian, Again, that's for the insight and knowledge. Maybe someday I will be able to afford a resto, but it will probably fall to somebody else in the future. I'll keep my eyes open for some edo kani menuki and have the handle repaired and enjoy it for awhile. All said, the parts and pieces were worth the price paid. Reading the board for awhile now, I have learned early on, the price of a polish is a luxury for personal enjoyment not to be recouped financially in this economic period. Semper Fi, Bob
  10. Everybody, Thank you very much for the quality information and comments. Sorry in advance for the crummy photo's I've asked Santa for a new camera! I pulled out Yumoto and Sinclaire to refresh myself with the terms and characteristics. The Nakago's yasuri-me has ichi-monji on one side and kiri-suji-chigai on the other. Stange? Very faint I might add. The cutting edge is approx 25 inches and 31 overall. No ha-giri, the pic has some debris from the saya. Cleaned off the blade and oiled it, hamon has a few patches of suna giri on each side and is quite wide. Also, The Mune is quite high at the nakago which I take to mean a healthy blade. No openings or flaws in the Jihada, unlike most of the others I see. I'll have to take it to a show for one of you guys or a Togishi to take a look at the tip, but it looks like there is hamon left for a retip, but I'm no expert. The Tsuba's kanji strokes are perfect. I have a sloppy signed Kuni Hiro that you can tell was signed by hand, but this one if it was done by hand was done perfectly and with care. Thanks again for the interest and information! Semper Fi, Bob http://www.okinawarelics.com
  11. Gents, Picked up this sword today, as I collect gunto blades it was quite interesting to look at quality fittings up close. The tsuba is quite a nice work of art as far as the craftsmanship. Is the kanji trying to tell me something about it's place in Nihonto? Another interesting part I'm not familiar with was with the drag on the scabbard. The metal has much detailed artwork involved. Also, are the various diamond patterns on the fuchi family mons? I'm told the menki were gold and that's why they are gone. Such a shame. Blade is robust with a tight itame pattern and large hamon, somebody snapped the tip but looks to not be a fatal flaw as the hamon is quite wide, unsigned, 3 ana. Being a novice any feedback is most appreciated! Semper Fi, Bob P.S. anybody have some extra cording? http://www.okinawarelics.com
  12. Recently what I expect to have been a special blade came to a small town auction. I went, and checked out a Bizen blade. It was pretty awesome and did some self study being able to handle it and look closely at it with a loupe for a long time. it was defect free, in need of minor polish, and if you looked hard enough under light with magnification it looked to be a very handsome mokume under the tarnish. There were phone bids on hand, I was the only on floor bidder. Actually the only one who picked up the piece. I had to finally drop and eventually two phone bidders drove it up past 7 grand. the winner took it for 8 grand total out of Virginia. Semper Fi, Bob P.S. Belive it or not, it was a garage sale find sold by the Marine Vet himself http://www.okinawarelics.com
  13. Gentlemen, Thank you very much for sharing your knowledge. I really enjoy the board and learning aspects of this hobby from seasoned pros. Cleaned and oiled this sword up, it looks to be mokume in places but hard to tell due to all the fingerprints and lack of polish and me being a novice. No arsenal stamp. Black laquered saya, copper maple leaf menki , non-gunto fuchi, kashira, Blade has that older metallic color vice shiny under the habaki as referanced to older Nihonto in some books. I'll have to bring it to a show to have you guys take a look someday. Questions: - Does the chippy style Mei belong only in the Showa era? Would it be found in earlier works also? - What is the proper kizu term for a small, smooth, black spot in the jigane? Is it a bit of carbon? Semper Fi, Bob
  14. Gents, Last weekend I was doing some highbanking for gold in Western Carolina. I took a break from the shovel and hit the antique auction. Wondering if anyone has any ideas on these translations for the tsuba and nakago. Sword has a company grade tassel on it, wavy hamon and is beefy compared to few others I have handled. Thanks for looking. Semper Fi, Bob
  15. Gents, Some pictures of the inside of this snapped tanto showing the two part construction. I'm guessing it was snapped during the occupation in accordance with the weapons disposal order. It looks like it was a very beautiful piece back in the day, maybe the G.I. could not let it go to the smelter even in two pieces. Semper Fi, Bob
  16. I went ahead and traded after my buddy threw in a unusual USMC pre ww2 uniform which could be a prize in itself. I figured out that the tanto was from the shitahara school but could not match the bottom kanji to a individual This clean version is a pretty close match as far as characteristics that I see faintly on this flea market find. http://ryujinswords.com/hiroshige.htm A special thanks to Alex for taking the time to write a personal message. Semper Fi, Bob
  17. Thanks for taking the time to look at this tanto Alex. Habaki is silver over copper but damaged. extreme tip of blade is gone, There are 6 kizu, none in the hamon and the blade edge is undamaged. I would have liked to have seen it in it's glory days thats for sure. I usually look for valid battlefield pick ups to place in historical displays, I just want to make sure this is something that needs rescue from the flea market or not. Thanks again, Alex!
  18. Hello, Thanks in advance for the help and sharing your knowledge. A friend of mine is willing to trade a tanto in need of polish. It has a few kizu, strong Midareba hamon with faint itame hada. He's looking for $300 or some German stuff I have. Thank you, Bob
  19. Hello experts, I was wondering if anyone recognizes any of these partcial characters and hence the meaning on this battlefield pick up? Thanks for looking, Semper Fi Bob http://www.okinawarelics.com
  20. Hello, I was hopeing to get a verification and a little more info on this vet. pickup. Being a novice but learning I take this as a seki stamp Gunto made by Yoshiaki. Any comments on the desireability of this smith would be welcome. Semper Fi, Bob
  21. You guys are going to send me back to the Soba shop for translation service. However, bringing swords into the place makes everyone stop eating from thier rice bowls.
  22. Thanks Chris for the info! On the other side of the nakago was this series of Kanji. Thanks for your help in advance. Semper Fi, Bob
  23. Fellas, Thanks again for shareing your knowledge and helping the uninformed. A Recon Marine Staff Sergeant brought his Grandfathers sword into the training area for some pics, in the hope you can share your expertise on just what his Grandpa picked up. Semper Fi, Bob P.S. I produced the following page with this site's members assistance. Thank you! http://okinawarelics.com/SamuraiSword.aspx
  24. A Japanese girlfriend or wife will work best for kanji, and comes with additional benefits, a good penpal will due in a pinch!
  25. Fellas, Thanks so much for taking the time to respond to my inquiry for information. I've read the links provided and should be able to come up with a decent information card for display. This piece will probably be offered to the USMC Museum in Quantico or sent back to Camp Kinser Okinawa when I get the info board finalized and some USMC personal gouge collected. Does anyone have a bit more info on Col Takayama's forge I can include? Was he a martial arts specialist? Are his pieces usually in Naval fittings? Was his special stainless weapons highly sought after? How did the troops get his works open purchase or issued? Again, thanks and Semper Fi - Bob
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