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  1. Just a heads up—I just listed a Special Work by Yasunori in the ‘For Sale’ section of the nmb forum. Take a look. It’s a rare one! —Matthew Brice www.StCroixBlades.com
  2. For Sale: $8750 (plus shipping and PayPal or credit card fee of 4.4%) 1 antique Japanese WW2 Yasukuni Shrine sword by Kagiyama Yasunori available. Yasunori was one of the founders of the Yasukuni Shrine Forge. This is a Special Order katana by Yasunori. This rare Special Order Yasukuni Shrine sword would make a fine acquisition for any collection. This sword is of special importance. The ura/inscription on the nakago reads ‘Commemorating the 2600th year of the founding of the Empire for the Aihara family and their succeeding generations’. This sword was made on a 'Lucky Day in January 1940'. This sword is of an unusual length for Yasukuni Shrine swords. This sword measures 27 9/16” from blade tip to the notch (mune) in the blade spine. A Yasukuni Shrine sword with these features is very rare among Yasukuni blades. The kabutogane has the mon of the Asano Samurai clan. The hamon is more complex than suguha—there are waved features within the hamon. The tsuba has the harp stamp associated with Yasukuni-to. The saya has been protected by the leather combat cover—the saya lacquer looks to be quite perfect under the cover. CONDITION: The blade is in original Japanese polish. There are no nicks. The hamon and boshi are perfectly healthy. The scabbard lock functions perfectly, and the silk sarute is still intact. This is an exceptional and rare Yasukuni Shrine sword.
  3. It is authentic, yes. World War 2. Looks to be signed ‘Yoshimitsu’. —Matt www.StCroixBlades.com
  4. Looks like it was made by ‘Teruhide’. It is signed Ishido Teruhide saku. —Matt www.StCroixBlades.com
  5. They should both be fine. I have owned many of each. Different manufacturers produce slightly different works. —Matt www.StCroixBlades.com
  6. A selection of Japanese Colonial/Territorial Swords to enjoy. —Matt www.StCroixBlades.com
  7. Ah, thank you ‘Kiipu’! Very kind of you to identify the stamp. Thanks again! —Matt www.StCroixBlades.com
  8. St. Croix Blades buys Japanese swords and militaria! In need of an appraisal, or want to sell or consign your sword or collection? Pricing out an estate collection? Contact Us!71 5 5571 688 $2200 (plus PayPal fee of 4.4%) 1 very rare General Grade Japanese WW2 era Police Superintendent sword available. This sword would make a rare addition to any collection. Note the custom fuchi and handle material. The backstrap is fully decorated. The scabbard lock release button is decorated with a cherry blossom. In Dawson’s book ‘Swords of Imperial Japan 1868-1945 — Cyclopedia Edition’, it is noted that this is a Police Superintendent sword. This sword measures 34 1/4” long. The blade has an acid-etched yakiba/temper line. CONDITION: This sword is in exceptional condition. The handle wire is perfect. The scabbard lock functions perfectly. The blade has just a few areas of plating loss. The scabbard is excellent. —Matt www.StCroixBlades.com
  9. Here are photos of the nakago as requested. As mentioned the arsenal blade has an acid-etched yakiba. Normally I don’t find anything on the nakago on an arsenal blade, but this one looks to have a Seki stamp. Thanks guys! BTW—I am listing a General Grade Police Superintendent’s sword in the For Sale section this afternoon. —Matt Brice www.StCroixBlades.com
  10. www.StCroixBlades.com has been updated with new listings. https://stcroixblades.com/shop/Japanese-swords/ —Matthew Brice
  11. Exceptional condition Army kyu-gunto sword with canvas combat cover. Combat covers are not often seen on kyu-gunto mounts swords. The combat cover is in EXCELLENT condition. The blade is an arsenal blade with bohi, and acid-etched yakiba. This is a combat sword. The backstrap has a 3-5-3 kiri mon. A fine piece, in exceptional condition. $1550 Plus postage and PayPal fee. —Matthew Brice www.StCroixBlades.com
  12. Made by Masahiro. He was at the Takayama Naval Prison Forge. He used prison labor to do his polishing. He allowed the prisoners to sign the nakagos as well. LOTS of kanji on the nakago. Masahiro also had a few other trademark features on his swords—his early swords had a ‘pinched’ handle for a better grip. And he had an extra thick ‘snubnose’ kissaki/sword tip for durability. An additional RARE feature on this sword—note the corded then lacquered saya (or the corded look could even have been milled into the wood). Beautiful! With Naval tassel. Rare sword. $3750 Postage and PayPal fee in addition. —Matthew Brice www.StCroixBlades.com
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