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  1. Ah... I forgot to mention... Most of my customers, who are familiar with and passionate about armor and nihonto, search themselves and so receive a reduced fee of 15%. There is a lot more work involved than most realise and I also offer a lot of services which other services do not, most at no extra charge. Kelly Schmidt
  2. I wil be happy to negotiate, as I always have, on a piece by piece basis, directly with my customers. Of course, the commission will depend upon, among other things, the value of the item. Longer term storage is also possible depending upon the size and nature of the items and the length of time. I would be happy to read the details about the new service; however, I do not have access to the Samurai Armour Forum... By the way, regarding teppo, I recently applied for an export permit with the Ministry of Culture and it was granted. However, upon sending, Japan Customs blocked it, stating that export of any operating firearm is illegal. They said it must be certified non-operable. I had to resell the teppo in Japan. Please do be careful, and confirm with Japan Customs before buying teppo! Kelly Schmidt
  3. My apologies. Kelly (male) I've not sgned into NMB for a long time, so a little unfamiliar with the rules~
  4. Japanese Antique Auctions How would you like to have your own buying agent, boots on the ground, in Japan? Many of you on NMB already use my service, but allow me to introduce myself again, as I have not checked into NMB for quite some time - I've been busy!! lI ive a few minutes from World Heritage Himeji Castle, about 30 minutes west of Osaka, Japan. For the last 10 of my 26 years here, I’ve been buying and exporting Japanese antiques (samurai in particular) for my customers all over the world. Yes... I do nihonto also! I’m not an expert, but I’ve laid my hands on many fine pieces and have learned much from my many sellers and of course from you, my excellent customers. If I may be of service to you, please learn more about my service in the “about” section of my Facebook page, and contact me there. https://www.facebook.com/Japanese.antique.auctions/ Ask to be on my direct mailing list! Just tell me your full name, country and email address and I’ll add you! Yoroshiku Onegai shimasu. Kelly Schmidt (Mr.)
  5. Can see lots of pics on ebay, but buy direct and save! http://www.ebay.com/itm/142255353601?ssPageName=STRK:MESELX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1555.l2649 ebay start price $3699 A rare beauty. Everywhere you look, so fine and delightful detail. Really a treat to look at - and touch! The pictures don’t do it justice. Apparently, there is a painting of Miyamoto Musashi with a mozu bird (shrike) sitting upon his shoulder. The mozu is known for impaling its prey on thistles or branches, as we see here with the fish head. In this way, it compensates for its weakness. In the Edo era, frogs and snakes were also venerated hunters. On Setsubun in early February, the Japanese wrap iwashi (sardines) in hiiragi (holly) leaves, making a talisman. The unpleasant smell and thorns are thought to ward off the devil and bad spirits. See picture: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Setsubun I believe the kozuka knife signature is Tamba no Kami Yoshimichi the 7th, who lived and worked in Osaka ca.1780 . He is called Yoshinori and died in Kyowa Sannen (1803). Certified on Showa 35 (1960) May 8 as Tokubetsu Kichou (particularly valuable) by the NBTHK (Nihon Bitjutsu Token Hozon Kyoukai) http://www.nbthk-ab.org/Japan.htm Check this out! Similar tsuba now on sale in Japan. 320000 yen ($3200) just for the tsuba!! http://page2.auctions.yahoo.co.jp/jp/auction/b206409274 Size: 38.5cm 320 g Age: Edo (1600 ~ 1868) Materials: Wood , iron, copper. Gold, silver, copper inlay. Silver habaki.
  6. Hi everybody. I haven't been here for quite a while, so I thought I should check in. 'Hope I'm posting appropriately... (my apologies, Brian, if I err.) I've had quite a lot of interest from Nihonto Forum members, so I wish to express my appreciation and also introduce myself once again to members who are wanting to buy blades from Japan. Next month marks my 25th year in this incredible Castle City of Himeji, Japan. I've been selling samurai and general antiques here for about 10 years. I am also into blade export, and although there have recently been a few obstacles with the airlines, my sellers and exporters have been able to get all blades successfully to their buyers. A few details: I can buy blades and all manner of blade related items for you on Yahoo Auctions… and Winners. Some sellers will export blades with no fee, but most sellers do not export at all, so if this is the case, I have a blade specialist who will handle the export process. Standard fee to nearly all countries is 25000yen. This includes legal paperwork, secure packing, track& trace shipping and insurance. Other buying services such as Buyee will NOT export blades for you – even after you buy the item! They keep your money and say you must discard the item!!! Contact me on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/Japanese.antique.auctions Btw, World Heritage Site Himeji Castle - a few minutes from my house - just reopened after a 5 year major restoration. We celebrated with cherry blossoms and not a little sake! Check it out and by all means come and visit! http://www.Japan-guide.com/e/e3501.html Cheers, Kelly Schmidt
  7. I can find for you. Dragon kozuka not too hard to find. schmidt_araki@ybb.ne.jp
  8. I sell lots of sangu. Mostly direct, off ebay.... I live and sell in Japan. schmidt_araki@ybb.ne.jp Cheers.
  9. And I thank you, Brian, for your efforts toward making this a most excellent forum. I shall endeavor. Alas, time is my enemy.
  10. Akemashite Omedetou Gozaimasu (Happy New Year!) Well, it has been quite a while since I last checked in, but I’ve made some inroads in the blade markets here in Japan recently. How would you like to have your own personal buyer in Japan ? I am an antique dealer selling on eBay as araki0726 (check my excellent feedback!) as well as to an ever growing list of direct mail clients all over the world (many of them Nihonto Message Board members). You can also find me on Facebook: Japanese Antique Auctions: https://www.facebook.com/Japanese.antique.auctions. I am not an authority on blades, but I do specialize in Samurai armor, and I can help you find what you need. Much better selection and less competition! I send out offers twice a week. I’m afraid I do not check in here often, so by all means mail me at schmidt_araki@ybb.ne.jp or through my ebay or Facebook pages. Yoroshiku. Kelly Schmidt
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