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  1. They should both be fine. I have owned many of each. Different manufacturers produce slightly different works. —Matt www.StCroixBlades.com
  2. A selection of Japanese Colonial/Territorial Swords to enjoy. —Matt www.StCroixBlades.com
  3. Ah, thank you ‘Kiipu’! Very kind of you to identify the stamp. Thanks again! —Matt www.StCroixBlades.com
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. www.StCroixBlades.com has been updated with new listings. https://stcroixblades.com/shop/Japanese-swords/ —Matthew Brice
  7. 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
  8. 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
  9. Signed Tenzoshan Naval Forge sword, dated January 1943. Sharkskin saya. EXCEPTIONAL condition. $3500 Postage & Paypal fee charged. Ship anywhere in the world. Thank you! —Matthew Brice www.StCroixBlades.com
  10. dkirkpatricks prices are more in line with the market —and more the higher end of his range estimate.
  11. Yes, you are always free to consider my listings. www.StCroixBlades.com Let me know if you have any questions. I have so many more not listed yet, so I can likely fill any request. —Matt
  12. Ah. Could fit really. Early Naval Sword with part of the inscription reading Katsuki. I wonder if the rest of the inscription will give more definition. Thanks John. 👍🏻 —Matt
  13. Yes, all good. —Matt www.StCroixBlades.com
  14. Oh boy. I had that wrong, Ray. Thank you! Now to the reference books. Interested to hear what the Presentation says. This might prove to be as difficult as my grass writing requests! Thanks again, Ray! —Matt
  15. I am looking for help translating a Presentation on a sword I have. I suppose I might as well ask for comments on the Mei as well. I have it as Fujiwara Kuni Tadamichi. The gentleman who read it commented that the Fujiwara should not be before kuni, and the michi kanji is nonstandard. Those who can help, I kindly thank you in advance! —Matt
  16. Hello! I have posted 3 Japanese swords for sale on eBay. Here are the links as well as a few photos. https://www.ebay.com/itm/115006782324 https://www.ebay.com/itm/115006782321 https://www.ebay.com/itm/363553455027 Thanks for taking a look! —Matt Brice www.StCroixBlades.com
  17. Hi John. Would this be the sword you are looking for? —Matt
  18. Everyone knows Ikkansai Kunimori swords to be gendai. Everyone who offers one for sale—all the names in the business state they are gendai. Here are even just a very few examples: http://www.nihonto.us/IKANSAI KUNIMORI TACHI JP.htm http://swordsworld.blogspot.com/2009/02/gendai-swordsmiths-papered-by-nbthk-or.html?m=1 https://japanesesword.com/archived-pages/2017/7/28/gendaito-bymiyaguchi-kunimori —Matt
  19. Hello. I have a daisho myochin abalone tsuba set available. —Matt
  20. I’ll compare to the signature references you dug up too, Matt. I appreciate your doing that digging. Those signature references will be very helpful! —Matt Brice
  21. I hear you, Ian. I haven’t checked the signature with Fujishiro yet. Haven’t had a chance to photograph the sword to post yet either. I’ll get to it soon. Thanks Ian! —Matt
  22. Thank you Matt and Thomas! Thomas—yes, I’ll post photos of the sword and horimono tomorrow! Thanks again, gentlemen! —Matt
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