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  1. Dear all, I am looking for an original and nice pair of abumi. Condition must be very good to excellent. I prefer to avoid a laquered pair. An iron pair would be perfect. I will be very interested in an inlay ornementation (ginzogan) in very good condition with a minimum of loss. A signed example is very welcome. Please PM me if you have such a pair for sale.
  2. Grey is a great person who sale quality items. I bought several books and tsuba over the years and I was never disappointed.
  3. I had one like the one at the top in my former collection of Japanese military swords. What you have here, according to me is a very early type of a military kyu-gunto from Meiji era. It is a rather scarce sword and not easy to find in complete condition (leather of the scabbard is rather fragile). I surmise that it was an official type and not a version made by a Han. I did not find any links with the navy and I am more inclined to think that it is an army type. I also think that It's duration as an army model was very short and that it was very rapidly replaced with the army and navy kyu-gunto that we know. Richard Fuller, in one of its books, described that this type of unindentified swords was made for civilian officials which can also be the case.
  4. Dear John, You are right, I forgot to specify a length. Any nagasa will do. Usually shin-shinto ones are short, around 10 - 12 - 15 cm. I understand that longer ones are scarcer and may be older. A good and representative example will be fine.
  5. Dear all, I am looking for a nice shin-shinto fukuro yari (an older one will also be OK with me). It must be at least signed but dated examples are also very welcome. I am not especially looking for a complete one with its pole and its original sheath. A fukuro yari by itself or in shira saya will fine with me. Full polish is prefered but decent condition will also be fine but I need to avoid major kizu. Please PM me if you have this scarce gem for sale. Thank you for looking.
  6. Dear all, I love to collect mekugi nuki. Here is my little collection I try to get one of each type. You will see here some common ones, some handmade and a few old ones. Please don't hesitate to sell me some if you don't find them here 😀. PS : sorry for the poor quality of the pictures
  7. Dear Jean, I did not get your PM and I've just I sent you one.
  8. Thank you Curran but this site is not in english and due to their copyright rights my translater is ineffective. An attempt of contact seems to be doomed from the start as I don't even see where to ask them some questions....
  9. Dear all, In order to fit a tsuba of my liking on one of my sword (and to replace the one on the picture), I am looking for a tsuba with the following features. I need an iron tsuba, tosho, ko-tosho, katchushi, ko-katchushi in good condition. The appearance needed must be austere. The shape needed is not an issue, rounded, squared..... The hitsu ana must be plugged or non existent. Please see the measurements needed below and on the picture joined. Thickness : 3.5mm, Weight : 165 gr. In order to avoid too much worries (for me), please try to be very close to the nakago measurements and also close to the thickness. The other measures can be more or less respected. If you have the needed gem, please feel free to contact me by pm. Thank you for your attention.
  10. Dear John, You are right, over the years or decades I've handled quite a few guntos but I never saw a sho stamp alone. At least, the swordsmith name is present.
  11. According to me you have three guys who "worked" on that blade. First the swordsmith. Second a non Japanese wise ass put a sloppy showa, then a third rocket scientist who was non Japanese also and obviously not far from the second ladd added the figure one and three and stopped short not convinced himself of his dexterity. I will add that even the swordsmith kanjis are somewhat suspicious because they are carved quite deep which is not common. You will have to compare with other swords made by the same smith.
  12. Indeed, Patrick found an affordable sword.
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