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  1. Hi Neil. Yes, the buyer will likely choose to not attempt a fix. The cap just doesn’t have that extra snap is all. It functions perfectly in doing its job—locking and unlocking the saya to the tsuka. BTW—looks like the same spring steel material that was used on regular Army locks. Could be a likely source of material should anyone be so inclined as to tackle the project. Thanks for the photo, Neil! —Matt
  2. Hi John. No mon. 👍🏻 —Matt
  3. Here are a couple of quick photos. This sword was shortened by—at least—4 inches. So it would have been at least 30 13/16” originally. Having said that, I suspect that the bottom mekugi-ana may not have been the original one. If that is in fact the case, it was originally at least 34”+. —Matt
  4. I’ll take some photos and post them today. 👍🏻 —Matt
  5. Thanks Neil! I didn’t have another Iida mount here to reference. I had never thought to look at the others I have had. Would you maybe take a photo and post it here, Neil? Thank you, Neil. —Matt
  6. Well that’s interesting! Thank you, gentlemen! Very kind of you to translate. —Matt
  7. Mr. Morita—thank you. Could I please ask if you would have time to also translate it into English? I would be very appreciate if you would be able to. —Matt
  8. There isn’t any writing on the other side. 👍🏻
  9. Hello. Can anyone read grass writing? I could really use your help. Thank you! —Matt www.StCroixBlades.com
  10. Thanks for the question Hugh. No—I don’t tinker and work on items I pick up. I buy and sell as they are found. Since I make a living buying and selling swords, I don’t have the time a collector would to spend on projects. Sure, many collectors are super busy too. Those that can afford it, can choose to buy swords already polished and papered. Other collectors collect swords that might have some staining on a blade, because they might not have the income for all polished and papered swords. Other collectors take advantage of lower prices—like on this Iida type that is missing a simple spring—and locate one...and once complete, they know that got a deal on what would have otherwise been much more expensive. —Matt
  11. Ah yes. That is the smith. Thank you. This is a Shinto period, old family blade.
  12. Hello. I have an Iida Lock gunto for sale. This blade is an old Koto blade—by 10-pt smith Sadahiro. It is wakizashi length—23 3/16”. This sword was just purchased from the veteran’s family last week. The veteran’s Service papers come with the sword. While the blade could use a polish, in hand I can see the entire hamon. The spring is missing from the Iida saya cap so it doesn’t have that snap. While a bit disappointing, the right replacement spring would cost less than $1. This sword is available for $5900. —Matt Brice www.StCroixBlades.com
  13. 1 antique 18th century Japanese wakizashi available. This fine antique Japanese sword would make an important acquisition for any collection. This sword was papered by the NBTHK, and has Toku kicho papers. The sword is signed Fujita Omi no Kami Tsuguhira. This sword is dated ‘Horeki 1754 in Spring at Toto’. The blade measures 54.5 cm from blade tip to notch in the blade spine. This sword is mounted in new shirasaya, and has been polished. So, already polished--new Shirasaya made--already papered...money, and time saved. CONDITION: This sword is in new polish. $2625 shipped to anywhere in the world
  14. Hi Greg. I just posted the next set of koshirae that I mentioned for sale. This one with papered, shakudo and gold Goto fittings. Thank you, Greg. —Matthew Brice www.StCroixBlades.com
  15. 1 fine NTHK-NPO Goto tosogu wakizashi koshirae available. The owner asked the shinsa group to evaluate the fuchi/kashira. The signed fuchi/kashira were affirmed by the shinsa group to be by Goto Mitsunaga. These tosogu are fine shakudo nanako with gold clan mon. These are exceptional fuchi/kashira. The shakudo horse menuki are beautiful—these may prove to be Goto as well. The koshirae are in such fine condition, that we found it hard to justify removing the menuki to get a look at their backs. This koshirae has a wood tsunagi that was fashioned after the original sword blade. The blade measures 52.4 cm. $3300
  16. Hello Greg. Thank you. Another nihonto message board member agreed with you, and has agreed to buy this koshirae. I quite like it myself. The next koshirae to be listed...wakizashi koshirae with papered and signed Goto shakudo fuchi/kashira, and fine shakudo horse menuki. --Matt www.StCroixBlades.com
  17. Very fine gold and shakudo Hosakawa motif tanto koshirae available. This koshirae has a elaborate matching Namban iron fuchi, kashira, and tsuba. The finely carved shakudo handle wrap is of the same matching design. The Hosakawa menuki are fine shakudo and gold. The fuchi, kashira, and tanto each have a dragon in their intricate carving. This koshirae holds a 9” to 12” tanto blade. CONDITION: This rare koshirae is in exceptional condition. $2400
  18. Very fine gold and shakudo Hosakawa motif tanto koshirae available. This koshirae has a elaborate matching Namban iron fuchi, kashira, and tsuba. The finely carved shakudo handle wrap is of the same matching design. The Hosakawa menuki are fine shakudo and gold. The fuchi, kashira, and tanto each have a dragon in their intricate carving. This koshirae holds a 9” to 12” tanto blade. CONDITION: This rare koshirae is in exceptional condition. $2400
  19. 1 antique Japanese WW2 Yasukuni Shrine sword by Yasushige available. This fine antique Japanese Yasukunito sword would make an important acquisition for any collection. The blade measures 66.8 cm (26 5/16") from blade tip to notch in the blade spine. This sword is mounted in shirasaya. There are no longer any army mounts with this sword. This Yasukunito sword has NBTHK papers already—a nearly $1000 cost (when sent from the U.S. to Japan), and a many months-long process. Condition: This fine Yasukuni Shrine sword is in original, very fine WW2 polish. There are no nicks, and there is no pitting of any kind. In fact, the blade only has a very occasional micro finish scratch. The blade needs no polish, which is a significant savings in time and money as well. $6500 obo
  20. 1 antique Japanese WW2 Yasukuni Shrine sword by Yasushige available. This fine antique Japanese Yasukunito sword would make an important acquisition for any collection. The blade measures 66.8 cm (26 5/16") from blade tip to notch in the blade spine. This sword is mounted in shirasaya. There are no longer any army mounts with this sword. This Yasukunito sword has NBTHK papers already—a nearly $1000 cost (when sent from the U.S. to Japan), and a many months-long process. Condition: This fine Yasukuni Shrine sword is in original, very fine WW2 polish. There are no nicks, and there is no pitting of any kind. In fact, the blade only has a very occasional micro finish scratch. The blade needs no polish, which is a significant savings in time and money as well. $6500 obo
  21. My name is Matthew Brice--I own St. Croix Blades. I am a U.S.-based dealer of Japanese Swords. I have been buying and selling Japanese swords for over 10 years. I am a table-holder at the Japanese Sword shows in the U.S.--so if you find yourself in Chicago, San Francisco, Atlanta, or Orlando during show time, look me up! My swords are available for sale online via my site: http://www.StCroixBlades.com. I also sell on eBay: https://www.ebay.com/sch/m.html?_odkw=&_ssn=stcroixblades&_osacat=0&_from=R40&_trksid=p2046732.m570.l1313&_nkw=Japanese+sword&_sacat=0. Note that I always have an inventory of swords on hand that have not yet been listed...so some of my customers know to inquire what's not yet out there for sale. You may want to as well. I specialize in military swords--gendaito, Yasukunito, early mounts, rare mounts--as well as showato, and arsenal blades. I buy and sell nihonto from all eras as well. And I have a special interest in finding Kamakura and Nanbokucho era daito that have so far gone unidentified. I enjoy selling Japanese swords, but...my special passion is BUYING Japanese swords. My favorite thing is to be contacted by a collector or family member, and coming home with 10 or 100 swords to be added to my inventory! If you have a collection of swords to sell; if you wish to sell just a few swords to fund other purchases; or if you are in need of appraisals, contact me at info@stcroixblades.com, or via phone/text at 715-557-1688. Kindly, --Matthew Brice
  22. Thank you, Steve. I appreciate your help. It is very kind of you. —Matt
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