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  1. Dear All. Just one more to add to the record. I have seen one other of this design. (Sorry about the photographs.) I have often wondered about other fittings produced in Nagoya, the tanto that Chris posted seems to suggest that quite a lot of the fairly clunky fuchi kashira and kozuka that we see around might be from the same source. From what I have seen there is a variation in quality which is no surprise. All the best.
  2. Geraint

    Unknown barn find

    Dear Bert Everyone is waiting with bated breath to see what emerges on the nakago. The screw is just possibly original as they were sometimes used. Have a look in the hole on the tsuka and check which way the threads go then a pair of flat nosed pliers and some gentle manoeuvring should see it come free unless someone has peined over the other end of course. It is possible that the glue is just there to keep the fuchi in place, we can only hope. Don't try to clean anything, just a little light oil on the blade at this stage. When you do succeed in getting the tsuka off then a nice shot of the tsuba and the whole blade would be good. Whatever you find this is a genuine Japanese katana with some age to it and not any sort of tourist piece. Looking forward to seeing it. All the best.
  3. Hi Mark. Well I like it. Looking at the sword from the back edge what do you see? On one side of the nakago there is the remains of a hi which runs out, this suggest quite a few polishes and would usuallyy be associated with Koto work. He re is one which usefully has oshigata from both generations to compare. http://www.nihonto.us/YASUHIRO WAKIZASHI.htm Unusual long habaki. If you are anywhere near the South West then fell free to get in touch when this is all over. All the best.
  4. Dear Dale. The auction listing states that these are a pair of modern seppa and the thickness is 2mms so I can't imagine any confusion here. I do not think I have ever seen a tsuba with that castellated mimi but hamidashi tsuba have open hitsu ana for kogai and kozuka. All the best.
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    high end tsuba

    Looks like someone applied the Yagyu test! All the best.
  6. Dear Robert. I think Piers' advice is good, you just need to weed out some of those. As a fellow collector I would be happy to ease your burden and take some of the less significant pieces away from you, provided that you will accept my advice on which ones to let go. Seriously a lovely selection and I would find it difficult to let any of them get away. To borrow a cycling aphorism, "The correct number of bikes you should own is the number you have now plus one." Enjoy! All the best.
  7. Dear Jesse. Shakudo should have a deep black colour, look at the seppa dai and you will see a brownish colour. This is often seen in Nagoya mono. The surface is nanako or fish roe, the quality of this is an indicator of the quality of the tsuba. When you start to look at Nagoya mono you will se repeated designs, often thin and worn gilding on the mimi and distinctive punch marks around the nakago ana. All the best.
  8. Dear Inna. Welcome to NMB! What we would like is a shot of the whole blade, like this please. Please also remove the habaki, the blade collar, so that we can see the whoe of the nakago, the tang. Looking forward to it, this sword has nice mounts as others have said. All the best.
  9. Geraint

    Cast copper Tsuba?

    Dear Thomas. Welcome to NMB! You are quite right these are cast tsuba and in this case that makes them 'reproductions'. The casting seams, or flash, are quite evident. There are some genuine cast tsuba but none that would be left so raw. If you want to dip your toe in the water you might enjoy this as a starting point. http://www.shibuiswords.com/tsuba.htm All the best.
  10. Dear Jean Paul. You say this is a wakizashi but everything about it suggest that it is a tanto. Do you have a length for it? All the best.
  11. Dear Chris. I would not be too quick to rush to kazu uchi mono, not all late Koto swords are such and though this has some small flaws that does not necessarily mean the same. As regards the kissaki given the look and measurements you supply it would not be ko kissaki but rather an extended chu kisssaki. This would fit with Jussi's suggestion. I confess that I cannot make out much of the boshi, what do you see there? All the best.
  12. Dear Nicholas. You are a brave man to conclude that it is from the 1600s based on our guesses which run from Muromachi to Shinshinto! We do not even know if this is a wakizashi or a katana as you have not given us the nagasa. For what it's worth here ares some thoughts. The kissaki is quite large and would have been a fraction longer before the slight damage to the very end. The nakago is signed and has typical takanoha yasurime so no reason to suppose that it is not Minoden. Mino smiths worked all over Japan after unification and worked in many different styles of hamon. The person who moved the machi did not do a very good job, look at the lines of the nakago mune and ha, they are awkward. You have the sword in hand so can confirm what happens to the boshi, what can you tell us about it? Enjoy. All the best.
  13. Dear Edgar. The short answer is, "No!" No one is going to be able to confirm the maker of this sword. What you have is an out of polish, suriage sword. From what we can see it has a midare komi boshi and given the overall shape it might be Muromachi period. From the kurikata on the saya we can assume that it was a civil sword converted for WWII. After that we are working solely on what we think the writing on the combat cover might say. Not many swords have information written on the combat cover. If you really want to know then you are going to have to send it to Japan for a proper polish and submit it for papers, all of which is going to cost a lot of money and is probably not worth it in financial terms. What you have is a genuine samurai sword that was carried in WWII and might be several hundred years old. That's a piece of history and worth preserving with care. Enjoy it and enjoy researching Sukemune. All the best.
  14. Dear Peter. Either a conversation starter or a conversation killer. I have found that people react in some very interesting ways to Japanese swords, some, a few, are fascinated and want to know more. Quite a lot of people find themselves very uncomfortable around them. You will quickly learn to recognise the shutters coming down over the eyes of those who are not interested. You will probably also meet the, "Wow! Let's swing it around, who cares about the furnishings!" group and the, "Yes, well of course I know all there is to know about these things, I saw a samurai film a few years ago." Hopefully you will also meet some fellow collectors who love them, will guide you if you are ready to be guided, and teach you a lot along the way as well as having a great time looking at swords. Enjoy the ride. All the best.
  15. Dear Geoffroy. To answer some of your questions: Torokusho is a Japanese government registration only, it is not a paper in the usual sense, it forms no sort of guarantee about the blade. It does suggest that the blade has come form Japan and some would want to know why it therefore has no papers. However it has sayagaki by a well known expert. Wrapping thin plastic around the saya to protect this is not a problem though, of course, you can remove it if you buy the sword. Here is a start. http://www.sho-shin.com/chikuzen-nobukuni.html Chikuzen Nobukuni school is well known and usually well regarded, I cannot speak for the mei on this one. You should be able to find examples which are paper online to compare. You should also be able to find other examples of sayagaki to compare. I have not personally dealt with the seller but if I recall someone didn't like the way in which he priced his items, nothing to worry about if you have been in contact and agreed a price with him. For me it is always difficult to see swords as an investment, I know that there are those who do collect this way. I know that others will add to this but do let us know how this turns out. All the best.
  16. Dear Robert. Your pictures are too small to tell a great deal. The overall design corresponds to what Sugawa calls flat butt guns. Have you dismounted the gun to see if it is signed? All the best.
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    fukuro yari

    I think perhaps we are talking about a makura yari, or pillow spear, rather than a fukuro yari, which as John says , has a socket rather than the conventional nakago. Would love to see some pictures of the blade please Walter. All the best.
  18. Dear Greg. For the length of a Japanese sword measure from the tip, the kissaki, to the notch, the machi, at the start of the tang, the nakago. In your research you will find that the name is well known but expect a false signature, gimei. It's a bit like finding violin with a Stradivarius label, suggests it's a great fiddle and it turns out it is as the man himself never used paper labels. Enjoy. All the best.
  19. Dear Steve, If you go to the to of the page to the Nihonto info tab, then on the drop down menu go to Links, the next menu has a link to clubs and societies. All the best.
  20. Geraint

    Mito Dragon

    Dear Colin. I do like this tsuba. I have a feeling that the double nunome line around the clouds is quite distinctive and so have spent a couple of happy hours trawling through various references to see if I could find its like. Alas nothing so far. I guess I will just have to keep looking. All the best.
  21. Dear Roger. I have to agree, it's a nice package. Lovely restrained design for the koshirae. Someone thought a lot of the blade to put it into this mount. You might do well to examine it with a copy of "Facts and Fundmentals" to hand. All the best.
  22. Thank you Michael, Clive's description confirms the connection with Dobree so that closes the loop. I hope that handling it was a thrill, one of the joys of life is that we sometimes get to handle masterpieces, something almost impossible for collectors in so many fields. All the best.
  23. Wow! Thank you for these Michael. It seems like this is the one in the original exhibition from the description though I can't find accession information online for it. I don't want to ask you to put your neck on the block as it were, but would you care to talk us through why you think it is genuine? If Clive's description is his usual accurate assessment then the small amount of shortening would seem to leave enough nakago to contain the original mei. Well that's the most distinctive of the six listed in the catalogue, just need to find five more. Wasn't there a tanto in the Festing collection? Perhaps that was oneof them. All the best.
  24. Ah! I wondered if any of the pieces might have made it into the V & A collection. Clearly the ones leant by the Royal Family ought still to be around as Piers pointed out. The one referenced was listed as leant by A Dobree, another well known name in early collecting. I wonder if the V&A accession information includes that name? The entry gives no dimensions, simply stating that it is an unmounted blade with Masamune inlaid on one side of the nakago and the Honami kinzogan on the other. Sound about right? If so then we have a complete story. Would love to see the video. All the best.
  25. Dear Jojo. It's a wakizashi, is it? If so it will be less than 24" from tip to where the tang starts. It is signed so we could assume that it was originally an inch or two longer. First thing to say is that shinogi zukuri wakizashi are not a feature of swords from the 13th century. There area a few smiths signing Nagamitsu and from what we can see so far this just might be a later one. Last thing for now, someone, clearly not you, has done unspeakable things to the nakago with a file! This is serious damage, don't do anything to this when you get it until you have taken a lot of advice and had some better opinions from learned people here when you post some better photographs. Bet you are looking forward to opening that parcel! Enjoy. All the best.
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