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  1. Hi Ken. The blade measures 10 1/2" (26.6 cm). The kissaki measures 5 5/16" (13.5 cm). --Matt
  2. FOR SALE: A tanto with an osoraku blade--a rare blade shape. This sword is available for $2400, or best offer. --Matthew Brice
  3. FOR SALE: I have a sword available that has the highest class Army mounts. Everything on this sword is of the highest quality. Not the least of which is the red sharkskin-covered saya. It has the over-sized tsuba, contrasting color seppa, premium sarute, family mon, etc. The blade is a nihonto--it is signed Kaneyoshi. This sword is available for $7995 obo. This sword has the highest quality Army mounts to be found. --Matt Brice www.StCroixBlades.com
  4. Be sure to use the link to take a look at the listing. There are many more photos provided in the listing. A full description is available there as well.
  5. FOR SALE: One-of-a-kind Custom Japanese Military Dirk -- 1880's period. Custom mounts made during the time when Western military strategy advisors were in Japan to help them develop a modern army. Note the frog stud--this is one of the features of the custom dirk mounts that date the koshirae to the 1880's. Old nihonto blade by Mino Seki Kanemasu. Papered in Tampa in February. Here is the link to the full listing: https://www.ebay.com/itm/362597148511 $6000 obo --Matt Brice St. Croix Blades
  6. 3 Japanese Sword auctions end tonight in St. Croix Blades' eBay Store. Unlike a few sellers who have chosen to manipulate their auctions on eBay with schill bidding, etc., I won't take that course and run my auctions straightforward. That means when I screw up and pay too much for a sword, I accept the financial pain of my loss. I learn from my mistakes the old-fashioned way. Since my business relies on fair profit for sustainability, instead of manipulate, manipulate, manipulate. I market, market, market my auctions. Consider patronizing one of the straightforward, reputable sword sellers. I would very much appreciate it! Place your bid now--not ordinary swords! Here's why they are different: Sword 1: Army NCO sword, not just your regular matching NCO sword... --Handle affixed to Blade just like the Copper Handle NCO sword! Marked for drilling--but missed at the Arsenal, then carried in the War! --perfect condition WW2 leather tassel attached! --perfect condition WW2 sword hanger attached! --98% handle paint! Sword 2: WW2 Army Sword --Gendaito --Blue-Brown Company Grade Tassel! --IMPORTANT Paulownia Flower Samurai Mon!! Sword 3: Named Antique Samurai O-Tanto --Fine Shakudo fittings! --Smith named this Sword! 'Raikou', which means 'Lightning'. Every collector pays attention to named swords! https://www.ebay.com/sch/i.html?_sadis=15&_stpos=54853&_saslop=1&_fss=1&_sasl=salmon127&_from=R40&_nkw=Japanese&_sacat=0&_sop=1&rt=nc&LH_All=1 Thank you NMB members! --Matthew Brice www.StCroixBlades.com
  7. The named sword discussed in this thread is up at auction in my eBay Store, St. Croix Blades. This auction ENDS TUESDAY NIGHT. We all know named swords are something to pay attention to--place a bid to see if yours wins the auction! Here is the link: https://www.ebay.com/sch/i.html?_ftrt=901&_fsradio=%26LH_SpecificSeller%3D1&_sadis=15&_stpos=54853&_saslop=1&_fss=1&_dmd=1&_sasl=salmon127&_ipg=50&_ftrv=1&_from=R40&_nkw&_sacat=0&_sop=1&rt=nc&LH_Auction=1&_trksid=p2045573.m1684 --Matt B St. Croix Blades
  8. St. Croix Blades has 5 Japanese Swords being auctioned off this week in our Ebay Store--they end Sunday night. (3 more sword auctions end Tuesday night, 1 next Saturday night, and 1 next Sunday night as well). Here are convenient description summaries of some of these swords. Sword 1: Huge sword! This ca.1670 A.D. Samurai daito (long) sword has unusual length--this sword breaks the 30 inch mark. This sword's nagasa measures 30 7/16" (77.3 cm). This is a huge sword! The curvature of this sword suggests Kanbun Shinto era. This mumei sword has a habaki and saya only. This sword can either be mounted in Samurai mounts, or stored in shirasaya. This sword has a beautiful hada--see the photos for a close look. This sword has an attractive wavy hamon with regular peaks. A sword over 30 inches is difficult to find. Sword 2: Premium WW2 Army Gendaito with RARE Rayskin Saya -- An Army Sword with a RAYSKIN Saya?! This sword was made by the smith Morita Kaneshige. Kaneshige won the highest award in a national blade Kyoshinkai (competitive competition) in 1939. The saya is very desirable--it is a rare Army saya with same/rayskin -- yes, rayskin on an Army saya. The blade measures 25 5/8" (65.1 cm) from blade tip to notch in the blade spine. This sword has a beautiful wavy temper line/hamon. This sword has a fine clasped hands sarute. All fittings have the matching assembly number '0307'. Sword 3: Fine WW2 Army Gendaito w/Patriotic Slogan 'Defend our Country!' This sword was made by the 1st Seat swordsmith, Yoshitada. This fine Japanese Army katana would make an important addition to any collection. The blade measures 26 7/16" (67.2 cm)--as measured properly with a tape pulled tight from the blade tip to the bottom of the notch in the habaki. This sword is signed 'Hizen no Kuni Yoshitada'. This sword is hard-to-find among WW2 swords--the reverse side of the nakago has the patriotic slogan Gokoku--'Defense of the Fatherland', or read differently 'Defend our Country!'. Here is the link to the auctions www.ebay.com/sch/m.html?_ssn=salmon127&_armrs=1&_from=R40&_sacat=0&_nkw=sword&_sop=1 Take a look at each sword; throw your hat in the ring and place some bids! Good luck. Let me know if you have any questions or need photos emailed to you. --Matthew Brice www.StCroixBlades.com
  9. Military Collectors -- a heads up, I have listed a rare Iida Lock sword in the For Sale section. These are impossible enough to find, and will be of interest to many military sword collectors--so take a look. Thanks! --Matthew Brice www.StCroixBlades.com
  10. Rare Iida Lock sword available. The Iida Lock Army sword is among the most rare of Japanese military swords. The blade was made by Imai Sadashige. This 2 Million Yen smith ranked as Sword Forging Teacher at the 1941 Exhibition. Here is the link to the photos and description: https://stcroixblades.com/shop/products/rare-iida-gunto-Japanese-ww2-army-samurai-sword-saya-lock-old-sadashige/ --Matthew Brice St. Croix Blades
  11. So great. Thank you Ray and John. You guys are awesome!!! --Matt
  12. I could use help translating this mei. The first character is almost obliterated by rust. But enough of the character may be recognizable to make out. Thank you in advance for your help!! --Matt Brice
  13. Sure Stephen. How about on these 9 sword auctions (I added another tonight), how about free shipping within the U.S., and half price shipping to overseas NMB members! --Matt Brice www.StCroixBlades.com
  14. That's a great idea, Brian. Some years back--maybe 8 or 9 years ago--Ebay blocked knife and sword sales to the UK, because Ebay got some bad press there. A knife was purchased from the U.S. via eBay, and was used in a crime. So, Ebay went to the nth degree with it--and blocked sales to the UK. That's just eBay though. UK collectors/dealers can shop on my website: www.stcroixblades.com. I ship swords to the UK often via that route. Here's another idea--some guys in the UK have a U.S. based eBay account so they can see ALL of the listings. Or, if you have a friend here--or a proxy/business arrangement with a vendor here--you can use their ID to view all listings--not just the ones Ebay will allow you to see. I, for example, serve as a buying agent for an occasional overseas customer. The UK collector/dealer lets me know their bid, I place the bid on their behalf, I receive the item via mail, then package it and ship it to collector/dealer in the UK or other country. Thanks guys! Let me know if you have any questions. --Matthew Brice website: www.stcroixblades.com Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/St-Croix-Blades-143165322507779/
  15. Collectors and Dealers -- I usually always list my swords as 'Buy It Now' listings on eBay. But this week, I have decided to sell 8 swords via eBay auction instead. So if you like to throw your hat in the ring on auctions now and again, here is the link: https://www.ebay.com/sch/m.html?_odkw=sword&_ssn=salmon127&_armrs=1&_osacat=0&_from=R40&_trksid=m570.l1313&_nkw=Japanese+sword&_sacat=0 You'll see too that I have an additional 11 swords for sale via 'Buy It Now' currently. Thanks! --Matthew Brice website: www.StCroixBlades.com Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/St-Croix-Blades-143165322507779/
  16. Yes, I can. I decided to put this sword up at auction on eBay. Here is the link: https://www.ebay.com/itm/113331988601 The sword is an o-tanto. As mentioned, this sword was named by its maker 'Raikou'--or 'Lightning'. So interesting! As all of us know, yes there are named swords out there--but as uncommon as they are, we need to pay attention when we see one. The fuchi/kashira are matching shakudo, and gold. The tsuba has a paulownia flower motif. --Matthew Brice website: www.StCroixBlades.com Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/St-Croix-Blades-143165322507779/
  17. That's it then! Thanks Ray. Yeah, like you said, raimitsu does not make sense as a swordsmith's name. Thanks again, Ray!! --Matthew Brice
  18. Thank you, Ray. Rai would be an unusual name prefix. To explore for a moment--even though the second character looks very clearly to be 'mitsu'--could the second character be also a noun instead of mitsu? ...to form a named sword? Just a thought. Or perhaps, if truly 'Raimitsu', an unlisted smith? Or, even though I agree with Ray that the character appears to be rai, if one considers the possibility of poor handwriting, is this character close to any other possibilities? Thank you again, Ray. Your help is always apppreciated! --Matt
  19. The first kanji is confusing me. ______mitsu. Help! Thank you. --Matt B.
  20. Thank you so much. That is very kind of you to lend your expertise. I really appreciate your help! --Matt
  21. Hello. I could use help with this mei that is written in grass writing. Grass writing is difficult (or impossible) for most of us--including me! Can someone help? Thank you for your help in advance. --Matthew Brice www.StCroixBlades.com
  22. Giant WW2 Army Katana, early 1936 date -- was $3900. now $3400 Naginate Naoshi w/Shakudo & Gold Fittings -- was $2700. now $2200 Gendaito w/RARE Rayskin Army Saya -- was $3500. now $2999 --Matthew Brice www.StCroixBlades.com
  23. A member asked for additional photos of the kissaki/boshi. Here they are for all members. Thank you. --Matt Brice
  24. Wow, yeah. Enlarged like that really makes it unclear. Visit my website to get a better look. Thanks! --Matt www.StCroixBlades.com
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