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  1. NBTHK paper says it's '1 shaku 8 sun 0 han', which should be about 54.5cm.
  2. The story about Oda Nobunaga and the Musubi-jinja (shrine) and Ohira Shichiro was recently researched in Japan. Musubi-jinja is a very small shrine in a small village in Gifu prefecture. The shrine was build in 1169. They have a document that Oda Nobunaga visited the shrine in Tensho 3 (1575) and prayed 7 days for victory before he moves to Echizen, Battle of Nagashino. After He prayed, Oda Nobunaga gave "Shuinjo (red seal letter) and a Yari to the shrine. The Shuinjo addressed at Musubi shrine and the name is Ohira Shichiro. It is stored today in the Buddhist temple "Kakusei(sho) which is a couple of hundred meters away from Musubi-shrine. Because Musubi-shrine is very small there no place to store important paperwork. so, the neighboring temple is storing it for them The shrine keeper is living by the shrine, running a small metal manufacturing factory. His name is Mr.Ohira. so, they are keeping Musubi-jinja at least more than 450 years. The shrine keeper believes Ohira Shichibei is his ancestor because his family has been keeping the shrine since before Nobunaga's visit. but, the original document (family tree) was burned by fire 220 years ago. so, he has no written proof. The monk is also Mr.Ohira, he is also one of the decedents of Ohira Shichibei. People in that village have not much moved for a long time. . http://www13.plala.or.jp/MJHP/mushubujinjanituite.html?fbclid=IwAR1vyxvSCsZumbidbG7vlnhjkQh6rQey7Fyzm_ZjTJY-jKr0rW8RXYgf4iQ
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  4. kyushukairu......2500 plus p and p.
  5. AndyMcK......sorry to have omitted the price....2500 GBP...plus p and p
  6. Izumi no kami fujiwara no Kunisada with signature on reverse of Wakishita Otoshi HIraji who carried out cut test......... Kunisada is the father of Inoue Shinkai He got the title Izumi no Kami of rank in Genna 5 yeras Genna is around c1600. Cutting edge:68.5cm, sori:1.5cm................2500 plus p and p.
  7. "Nagitana with the signature of Samurai of Oda Nobunaga...... This samurai is Ohira shichibei mitsumori.He was Shinto priest of the Musubi Shinto shrine, and samurai of Muromachi era. He held this naginata He was a small feudal lord. He lived in Mino province. It was a vassal of Nobunaga Oda. He performed a prayer for Nobunaga by Nagashino War for seven days. Nobunaga gave him documents for the prayer. There are the documents in Japan. His descendant is still the representative of the Shinto shrine. Judge of NBTHK is Naminohira school.Owner was Ohira Shichibei."...........2500 GBP plus p and p
  8. Unidentified Tanto ...advised Muromachi era...double edge....750 GBP...in Cardiff Wales ..can be inspected
  9. For sale Naohiro Kobayashi Tanto,,,Dewa, Genji.....1864/1865..in UK....Cardiff Wales can be inspected.....750 GBP
  10. Hoki no kami hirotaka of Mumei with cutting test and NBTHK. Two body cut off O-suriage Cutting edge is 67cm With antique koshirae Edo era There is signature of cutting test of Inagaki Shigetira There is signature of Hoki no kami hirotaka. But it was lost when shortened It is lucky .... tortoise and cranes of menuki of shakudo Fuchi kashira is motif of Karakusa Han-tachi type of copper" Tony Creed..........8000 GBP
  11. Michinori. This is Michinori of Aizu of Mutsu province with NBTHK hozon paper. Michinori worked in Yotsuya of Tokyo. And Kiyomaro worked in Yotsuya of Tokyo too. So This micinori very resembles Kiyomaro of Bizen-den. His real name is Watanabe Daisaku.Michinori is student of Michitoki of Aizu. He made sword for Samurai of Aizu Matsudaira family Blade may have been used during Boshin war of late Edo era. There is the kirikomi-kizu of the fight in mune. After war, Michinori moved to Otaru in Hokkaido, Cutting edge : 65.3cm Sori : 1.4cm Jigane : Tight Itame-hada and masame-hada, there is ji-nie and utsuri in jigane. Hamon : Gunome choji. There is kinsuji and sunagashi and yubashiri in hamon. Hamon is bright. Nie is very soft and deep Boshi : Komaru Era : Late Edo era( Ganji era,c1864) Signature : Aizu no Jyu Fujiwara no Michinori Paper : NBTHK hozon paper. Koshirae : old koshirae Tony Creed.......price 3250 GBP
  12. Have deleted the story......sorry do not know how to change title topic.
  13. REKKO MITO TOKUGAWA NARIAKI. 水戸列公 "Mito Rekko. Mito Tokugawa Nariaki born the third son of the seventh lord of Mito in the Kansei era, he was to become an exceptional man for exceptional times. Learned in the arts of statecraft and literature, a fine hand at calligraphy and a noted martial artist. He was every thing a samurai lord should be at a time when most were mere puppets filling the seats at the head of their governments. His energy, passion and innovation inspired many, like no other of his generation. In Bunsei 12 he became Lord of Mito, not long after raised to the rank of Sangi (Counsellor) and was wed to an imperial princess. Thus strengthening the ties between Mito and the court, fitting for the han where the Emperors penultimate position had been “rediscovered”, and for a man that spread the restoration spirit wherever he went. He called together masters of swordsmanship from all over his han and all over Japan. Taking the best techniques from the most prominent styles he developed Suifu Kendo. Jozan-ryu naginata was developed from the naginata he designed. One with a short moro-ha blade of shallow sori that could easily cut and thrust, moving forward or backward or to any side with deadly results just as the serpent of Jozan mountain was said to do. Sekiyama says it was “the scientific weapon of his time period.” Rekko also took an interest in the development of modern arms, fostering the han armoury. Suggesting his own improvements to the matchlocks then in use and opening a foundry where cannon were cast and rifles manufactured. Shinpatsu ryu hojutsu, a school of artillery still holds that their tradition was founded by Rekko himself. It is little wonder then that such an active mind would turn it’s attention to the sword, as it did in Tempo 4 or 5. Originally he worked with Katsumura Norikatsu as his teacher, later he studied with Naoe Sukemasa and then his son Naoe Suketomo. Fujishiro says that he only did the yakiire but you have to wonder would a man so physically and mentally active have been content to stand by and watch only to have the near finished blade handed to him to be fired? Additionally how would you explain the appearance of signature kitae the Yakumo-kitae that sets his work apart from that of either of his teachers? If they were doing the forging wouldn’t this feature show up in their work? As to workmanship he made blades that were not quite on the grand scale of Norikatsu’s but with high shinogi and wide shinogi-ji with a flowing itame hada that becomes quite large and distinct, looking for all the world like two different metals mixed together and it is that layered look that gives his particular grain its name Yakumo or cirrus cloud grain. Rekko’s hamon are nie deki sugu-ha perhaps reflecting Norikatsu and gunome midare are occasionally seen. His nakago were slender in comparison to the blade and thinned down quite a bit having much less “niku”, he cut straight yasuri sometimes finished with kessho yasuri and rather than a signature he carved a Tokei-mon. Now the tokei mon looks like a clock as the name implies but in Mito it is known as Aoi kuzushi, simplified Aoi. It is just that a simple sketch of an Aoi mon, symbol of the powerful family to which he belonged. Interestingly Tsunaishi calls it Kiku kuzushi, perhaps he believes this is Rekko’s tip of the hat to the emperor and the Kiku saku works of his illustrious ancestor Gotoba. He seems to have worked mostly within Mito at Hakkizan 白旗山 where there was a workshop for the han smiths. Many blades were produced here and these were signed with a kind trademark Mito mei and referred to by the locals as “Yagura-to”, storehouse swords. Sekiyama cautions us though that these should not be dismissed as kazu-uchi works in spite of what people say they are of better quality than one might think and are hard to find nowadays . As to the works of Rekko his were certainly superior and though not as rare as the swords made by other han lords they are still hard to find. Several were lost in the war years and now most are only found in museums. Several years ago at the NBTHK convention in Kobe this author had the rare pleasure of seeing one of his blades up close and personal. An exceptionally strong work it came, interestingly, at the end of a hands on display of more than 80 Tokuju, Jubi and Kokuho blades which we had spent hours poring over, but Rekko we found was strictly hands off! He never signed his swords so you should remember that any blade signed Nariaki, or Rekko is undoubtedly gimei. Nearly all extant are like the sword he forged as a gift for the Kashima-jingu, and now in the Mito Toshogu, carefully preserved in paulownia shirasaya with sayagaki in Rekko’s own skillful hand . Ostensibly Nariaki built his foundry and strengthened his army to protect the country against the growing threat of foreign invasion, however he was viewed upon with suspicion by the government and was sentenced to domicilliary confinement in 1844. It is likely that he forged most of his blades during this period. With the coming of Perry in 1853 he was proved right and was released and placed in charge of national defense. He soon ran afoul of the bakufu once again when he pushed for his own son Hitotsubashi Keiki, to be made the next shogun. He was opposed by Ii Naosuke who sought to mollify the foreigners and strengthen the shogunate. Nariaki’s backroom lobbying got him into trouble and he was again confined, while others who had aided him in his cause were banished or put to death in Ii’s Ansei housecleaning . It was for this reason that the Mito men harboured such a serious grudge against the Tairo. Though they were ronin everyone knew they carried out his assassination to uphold the honor of Mito and their lord Rekko. Rekko himself did not live long enough to enjoy the new Japan which his men had given life to, he died later in the same year that his nemesis was killed, 1860" . About nariaki, cutting edge:66cm Sori:1.2cm Jigane: yakumo-kitae Hamon:suguha Koshirae:fuchi kashira:silver of shibuichi. perts of saya copper mixed material. Tsuba amida yasurime of iron of fukurin of shakudou 2800 GBP.........Tony Creed.....crdtny@yahoo.co.uk
  14. Kanenori. This is Kanenori of Yasutsugu school of Echizen province. Yasutsugu school is very famous school of Edo era . Yasutsugu is smith of Tokugawa general. As for this sword, Sword of early Edo era.(Shouo era, c1654) Also, As for this sword, it was tested the sharpness in the human body and Maejima Hachiroemon cut off the body of two condemned criminals at the same time for cutting test . Hamon and jigane is interesting. It's Soshu-den style. Cutting edge : 73.8cm Sori : 1.4cm Jigane : Strong Itame-hada and masame-hada, There is nie-utsuri and chikei in jigane. Hamon : Gunome and Hitatsura-gokoro, There is ko-ashi,kinsuji,sunagashi in hamon. Nie and nioi is deep and soft. Hamon is brght Boshi : Hakikake-gokoro Era : Early Edo era (c1654, Shouo era) Signature : Chikugo no Kami Fujiwara no Kanenori, Echizen Jyu Kiritsuke-mei signature: Shino Yuki Owakimo Ryodo Futatsudou Maejima Hachiroemon Kiriotoshi Shouo Gan Nen Tatsu No Ni Gatsu Nijyuichi Nichi Paper : NBTHK Hozon. Koshirae : Shirasaya Polish : 100% 9,000 GBP More photos to follow........Tony Creed.....crdtny@yahoo.co.uk
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