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  1. Great book from Christies auction house of this famous collection i am making available for sale The book itself is in as new condition. It still has its outer hard sleeve which is also in great condition with just some minor wear to the corner edges £50 + postage costs Msg me here or at donadam@blueyonder.co.uk Paypal only. Will ship internationally but it is a large heavy book so postage may not be cheap. Adam Hart
  2. Hi Ken. I cant see any chips or damage to the Kissaki from my eyes. I got a partial translation but i was told it may not be correct. I was told it states something along the lines of: The shirasaya has a fascinating (for me!) wartime inscription which i have so far had tentatively had translated as:   修理固成の神勅?? 皇運扶翼之血誓 小松恒太郎   Japanese oracle to repair the national land injured by the war and strengthen the foundation. the blood oath of supporting imperial court the sword owner KOMATSU KOTARO   天壌??尊皇攘夷 大いなる悲願に生きて天地と極みなき代を拝みまつる    heaven and earth ?? Imperialism and exclusionism      I (KOTARO) do at the risk of my life for great earnest desire and bend the knee to Empire of Japan uniting with Japanese gods of heaven I am a complete beginner with nihonto and cannot give much info about the sword maker. However i was sent a picture of another wakizashi by the same smith, that did have NBTHK papers, and the signature was a very good match. Hope that helps. I will try and get some more pictures of the blade.
  3. I am a novice collector and cant tell you much more than what the images show. I have a trip across the Amercias planned for June, and need to raise some funds if possible. I picked up this Wakizashi a little while ago. It came in some very well fitting but not original WW2 gunto type mounts, i expect fitted to the blade as the Shirasaya has some script which i am told is a WW2 Patriotic phrase and signed by the soldier that carried it during the period. I was told the original translation i got was not correct, but hopefully from the pictures supplied you can read it better than I can. Sword is now housed in its Shirasaya but i will include the ww2 mounts in the package. I am based in the UK, but will post to all of Europe, and the USA. Blade length: 428mm Motohaba 27.5mm Motokasane 6mm Sakihaba 21.5mm Sakikisane 4mm Blade is signed but has no papers. The blade is in good condition, shows a healthy hamon. No fatal flaws, only some small scratches, openings, and one tiny edge nick right by where the blade meets the habaki. £1100 includes all paypal and postage fee's PM me here, or email donadam@blueyonder.co.uk
  4. Hi, I have a nice Wakizashi for sale, that I bought from Aoi Art a while ago. It is perfect for someone looking for a complete package at an affordable price. I put this up on ebay earlier this week, but have now ended the listing while i first offer it to the good folks of this forum. Blade is in good condition & polish, and comes with both a set of beautiful koshirae and a plain shirasaya,It comes with the appraisal form i have attached a picture of (which describes the item better than i can), and the oshigata tracing they also provided with the sword. Price is £1200 (I am based in West Midlands if anyone interested is from the UK and would like to view / collect in person)
  5. thanks for the replies Gents. I haven't received the item yet and so will post more pics once i have it. I had some doubts over the fittings myself, but at the price i paid it was good value just for a signed Wak in Shirasaya, any genuine fittings would just be a bonus. Once I post better pics I would be really grateful if someone can then help with correcting the translation of the sayagaki.
  6. So I thought i would share with you all my recent purchases. Some of you may have this one up for auction recently, and after some haggling with the seller i feel i got it for a good price. It is a nice older wakizashi in wartime ww2 mounts. It was described as naval in origin, and attempts to trace any detail on the former owner Mr 'Komatsu Kotaro' has so far turned up blank. Signed Kanemichi blade length:428 mm motohaba:27.5mm motokasane:6mm sakihaba:21.5mm sakikasane:4mm The shirasaya has a fascinating (for me!) wartime inscription which i have so far had tentatively had translated as:   修理固成の神勅?? 皇運扶翼之血誓 小松恒太郎   Japanese oracle to repair the national land injured by the war and strengthen the foundation. the blood oath of supporting imperial court the sword owner KOMATSU KOTARO   天壌??尊皇攘夷 大いなる悲願に生きて天地と極みなき代を拝みまつる    heaven and earth ?? Imperialism and exclusionism      I (KOTARO) do at the risk of my life for great earnest desire and bend the knee to Empire of Japan uniting with Japanese gods of heaven Interested in peoples comments. It has no papers, so i am treating it as gimei, but the mei is almost identical with another wakizashi i have found that does have papers and is attributed to the same smith. Regardless of whether the blade is original, i just think the whole package is fascinating.
  7. thanks guys, i really appreciate the information. That site explaining the various papers was very interesting.
  8. Good day all, After collecting a couple of interesting Wakizashi & Tanto, i wanted to add a few nice Tsuba to my humble collection. For first purchase I picked up this Tsuba with boxed with papers for just under $300. The style appealed to me, and the fact it was signed with papers was an unexpected bonus, as i expected higher costs for even a lower grade papered example. All the gold inlay seems to be intact. How did i do? Did i overpay? It is signed 'Echizen jyu Kinai saku'. I have yet to get a full translation of the certificate. It is not a high end piece i am sure, and i doubt it is particularly old (late 19th / early 20th century?) but would like to hear any thoughts from you about the piece, and the pricing. The pricing for Tsuba collecting seems to vary massively, and i am finding it abit of a minefield!
  9. I saw this on ebay. The seller has quite alot of cheaper wakizashi. Bit unfair on the seller, as he put clear pics showing this defect on the listing. If you ended up getting this item for $300 then that is a very fair price imo even with the crack in the nakago. It is still better than most collectors very first purchase of Nihonto (mine was a fake type 95 NCO sword for about the same amount!), and the flaw would not be visable when the blade is mounted, and as you wont hopefully be cutting with the sword it shouldn't be a problem. What can you really expect for $300? It is still a decent item for early study, and it shouldnt be too difficult to sell it on for the same amount. It will cost you a chunk of that amount just in posting the item back. I am an amateur compared to others on this forum, but imo if $300 is the budget then you wont get better than this, certainly not with the lottery that is ebay. Any item at this price range will almost certainly have flaws.
  10. Go to the sword buyers guide website (sbg), great site with a wealth of info on good modern katanas. With your price range you would be able to get an excellant modern made katana. Most are made in china now for cost reasons and none whatsoever are made in Japan if i understand their laws correctly. For a $1000 you would have a lovely piece, mostly made by hand, that would look fantastic on a wall, would be a lethal weapon, and would cut through targets with ease if you ever fancied practicing with it. This site is dedicated to true nihonto pieces, which have more in common with works of art than modern production katanas made elsewhere. With your price range you would have difficulty finding a nice condition nihonto as i am finding out!. If you were willing to have a blade in shirasaya only, or prepared to have a smaller wakizashi or tanto instead of a katana, you might have better luck finding something in acceptable condition. Good luck with your hunt. Paul Chen blades are a safe bet and you would be able to get one of their higher end pieces with the money you have available. If however your interest lies with authentic, historical pieces of culturally significant art that is nihonto, then i suggest spending some of your budget on books and doing some research. I was in exactly your position a few years back and despite many books later im still a complete novice. I cant help feeling that if you want to buy just a single katana for display, then a modern made non-nihonto katana from a chinese or an american smith is the way to go. The sbg site i linked you to actually sell their own katana for about less than half of your budget, and have real clay tempered blades made from super tough T-10 steel that have wonderfull hamons (temper lines) and good quality fittings. Good luck with your hunt Adam Hart
  11. Im a complete novice at nihonto, and my only expierience other than books and online reading is a single shinto era o-tanto ive held. Saying that, even to me that nakago looks definately off and nothing like ive seen before on a nihonto piece. Saying that, depending on the price this could still be an excellant buy. A work of this quality looks like something from one of the top american smiths. I understand they normally clay temper a mono-steel blade and rarely use tamahagane, which would account for the lack of any visible hada. That hamon is beutifull and its a wonderfull looking sword....if it wasnt for the very dodgy nakago id be drooling over the pics of that hamon right now. Ken i see you havent responded to this thread in a while and i hope you havent taken offence at some of the replys, i think many here are very eager to get to the bottom of this and help you as much as possible. Any pics of any hada would go a long way, plus the full description that the seller gave you would also help. Personally, if you paid more than $2000-3000 for this id take it straight to a proffesional for confirmation, and if it appears to be what it seems then id go back to the seller for an explanation. Adam H
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