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  1. Selling what appears to be a type 98 (?) gunto koshirae that has been upgraded. The tsuka has been re-wrapped with white ito. All the metal fittings have been electroplated with what I think is silver (possibly chrome) that has become somewhat tarnished and probably needs some careful polishing. The tsuba has been replaced with a good tachi tsuba with o-seppa. The saya is lacquered metal and has a few minor dents. There is a mon on the kabutogane but it doesn’t stand out because both are now the same color. It’s a fancified set of mounts in good condition. I’ve never seen another like it, but I do not specialize in in WWII-era collectibles. I don’t know if the enhancements were done during the war or after, but the plating is worn in places, suggesting that it has been carried. It supposedly held a Yasukuni-to at one time, but there is no blade now, only a tsunagi. For the specialist collector of militaria or unusual koshirae, I suppose. Not sure how to price this fairly. I know that folks here will let me know if I’m way out of line. Asking $1600 USD + shipping.
  2. Is this an awkward time to ask about the Tosogu Classroom series?
  3. I met Ogawa-sensei by accident while visiting the Boston Museum of Fine Arts some years ago. At that time, he was curator of the sword collections at the Met, MFA, and LACMA. He seems to have a somewhat negative reputation in the US, I don't know why. He has always been gracious to me, gave me and several sword-friends a personal tour of his landmark exhibition at the Met in 2010 -- IMHO one of the greatest exhibitions of Japanese swords ever, 25 national treasure blades and other top stuff gathered together from all over Japan: https://www.alibris.com/search/books/isbn/9780300142051?browse=1&mtype=B https://www.abebooks.com/Art-Samurai-Japanese-Arms-Armor-1156-1868/30037750546/bd?cm_mmc=ggl-_-US_Shopp_Textbook-_-product_id=COM9780300142051USED-_-keyword=&gclid=EAIaIQobChMIsIenttLS9gIVfz6tBh1JlAEYEAQYAyABEgLDsfD_BwE However, I do not know about his present whereabouts or availability for consultation.
  4. I've dealt with Mike a few times over the years and I've always found him to be straight-up about what he is selling, and easy to deal with. He does not make excessive or inappropriate claims about his items. The prospective buyer should pay attention to what is not said in the description. Les
  5. FWIW, this looks to me like something that could be attributable to kodai Jingo (i.e., Higo), or a late, derivative Jingo subgroup like Kumagai or Tsuboi. Les
  6. For a themed koshirae, looking for a single menuki of either a catfish or a gourd. Les
  7. This is an interesting piece. The NBTHK paper does say "Tametsugu," and it surely must have been tried at Juyo and failed, one reason perhaps being that the horimono appear to be ato-bori. Les
  8. This is very distressing news. I don't know how he is regarded in the diplomatic world, but Guido is well known and widely respected in this little sword world we inhabit, and has the most delightful sense of humor. We wish him a complete recovery. Les
  9. I've been told this distinctive type of mounting is referred to as "Ainu" koshirae, meaning made in (lower) Japan for the Ainu market. There is a typical example on permanent display in the Tokyo National Museum in Ueno Park, labelled ":Ainu koshirae." This daisho is a particularly nice set.
  10. Self, J and Hirose, N: Japanese Art Signatures. Bamboo Publishing Ltd., London, 1987. This little book seems not to be very well known, but it's my go-to for translating mei. It doesn't deal with stroke count, instead teaches image-recognition based on radicals, and is focused specifically and exclusively on signatures, so it deals with a (somewhat) restricted range of kanji. In addition to the actual artnames, it has very helpful sections on how to analyze a signature, and on how to read numbers, dates, places, ages, family/clan names, and titles. Most of the content is relevant to swords, though it does pay attention also to metal workers, lacquer artists, and netsuke carvers. It was OOP for a long time, and hard to find, but it was reprinted in softcover in 2006. Not dirt cheap, but recommended if, like me, you are image-oriented and mainly want to learn about reading signatures. https://www.amazon.com/Japanese-Art-Signatures-Handbook-Practical/dp/1891640097
  11. I have to gently disagree with Tom. Many people did hear the word. The exhibition room was packed, I doubt it could have accommodated many more. People lined up 5 and 6 deep in front of each item to see these wonderful fittings up close, and to hold Juyo swords in hand for study. What better for the NBTHK-AB to be doing than to promote this extraordinary educational activity equal to or superior to what one can see in Japan? Yes, it is necessary to get up and go to something like this, but how many comparable opportunities will there be? No one should believe they can sit at home and expect an experience of this extraordinary value to be delivered by DoorDash. All of us who attended are deeply grateful to those who offered their treasures for display. Les PS: And, for Peter: There was at least one fine Sendai katana offered in the sale room.
  12. When mounted on a tachi -- as its ancestors were intended to do -- won't the gorinto(?) be upside down?
  13. Assume you've seen this https://www.militaria.co.za/nmb/topic/35543-for-sale-soshu-den-meisaku-shu-by-junji-homma/
  14. I was taught that toppei koshirae like this were a 19th-century development to allow swords to be worn with (Western-style) trousers. I rather like this particular somewhat flashy example.
  15. I dislike being in the position of "piling on," and I too appreciate all that Markus has done to bring nihonto information to those of us who cannot read Japanese, but there is also an issue with "Tosogu Classroom" -- ostensibly a five-volume direct translation project, of which two have been published and three more promised to those of us who paid for the full series. An update would be much appreciated.
  16. For high-end swords, Jimmy Hayashi in San Francisco is fully Japanese-trained and certified. Possibly the only one in NA.
  17. I think that when Japanese collectors or dealers submit swords for Hozon shinsa, it is often to validate the signature. Hozon suffices.
  18. Just came across this reawakened old thread. Can I be the first to have noticed that the signature on the blade and on the disputed green paper are different?
  19. Is anyone willing to share their experience of doing business with Japan online seller Giheiya? The principal is Atsuo Imazu. Thanks. Les
  20. Anyone near Detroit, MI, USA, who might be interested to look at a found sword just out of the woodwork? Signed Munemitsu, that's all I know about it. Give me your contact info, I'll forward it to the owner. PM ok.
  21. Forgive my ignorance, but what is the theme of this tsuba?
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