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    Columbus OH
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    My principal interest is antique edged weapons from the east. I have been collecting Ottoman, Arab, Persian, etc. for a few years and am just getting started collecting Japanese weapons.

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    Harry W.

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  1. Withdrawn. I will try my luck on eBay. Thanks everyone, and happy holidays! Harry
  2. I tried to sell this one previously but must have asked too much for it. Price reduced to move. $1,000 or best offer. Satisfaction guaranteed. This sword’s saya is made from magnolia wood coated with black lacquer decorated with sprinkled straw (resembles copper) and polished to a high shine. The mouth of the scabbard and the kurikata (suspension bracket) are made of black horn. The aperture of the kurikata is lined with gilded metal. The hilt has wooden grips covered in ray skin dyed yellow. The mounts (fuchi and kashira) have a chiseled Japanese fan motif further decorated with minute gilding. The menuki are held in place by a braided black cloth binding. The tsuba is iron, circular and with large piercings. The kozuka/kogatana (utility knife) is missing. Guaranteed authentic and antique. ADDITIONAL PHOTOS can be viewed at this URL: https://drive.google.com/open?id=1BTsfxjam3yZUAKJsCrA8svMAgTIkXaYw BLADE: Hamon (temper-line): irregular zigzag (gunome) Jihada (visible surface pattern): Masame Hada Mei (signature): Mumei (unsigned) - Mino school Length in Scabbard: 70.5cm (27.75”) Blade Length: 45.1cm (17.75”) Sori (curvature): 0.635cm (0.25”) Motohaba (width at bottom of blade): 2.7cm (1.06”) Motokasane (blade thickness): 0.97cm (0.38”) Mekugi Hole:1 CONTACT: PM or wagner.harry@gmail.com Free domestic USPS Priority shipping. International buyers pay actual cost. Buy with confidence. 14 day returns accepted.
  3. Has any US based seller recently shipped to the UK? If yes, what service did you use and how did you declare it? Thanks. Harry
  4. Some of us may need a 12 step program. A fellow collector I know had a problem with his aortic valve when he was 40. Twenty-some years later the problem has resurfaced and the thing that worries him the most is that this might interfere with a new addition he made that is in transit! Harry
  5. Harry

    Saya repair

    Good idea. Thanks. I fixed mine this afternoon. Followed the procedure in the video. Made my own shavings with a hand lathe. It did require a little filing. Fits like a glove now.
  6. Harry

    Saya repair

    Thanks all. Very helpful.
  7. Harry

    Saya repair

    Greetings, I have a waki that fits loose in the scabbard - probably from the blade being carelessly drawn or replaced. I would like to fix it properly but am cautious about making repairs. I don’t want to do anything that would reduce it’s appeal. Seems pretty simple though - a few small shavings of wood adhered to the interior mouth of the saya would do the trick. I am curious what other collectors would do with it? Advise welcome! Harry W.
  8. Edo Period Tanto in Shirasaya w/NBTHK Kichou Touken (white paper / precious). Hamon (temper-line): irregular zigzag (gunome) Jihada (visible surface pattern): Masame Hada Mei (signature): Mumei (unsigned) but attributed to 新々刀寿命 Shin shin tou Jyumyou Length in Scabbard: 34cm (13.38”) Blade Length: 17.9cm (7.04”) Sori (curvature): 0.1cm (0.03”) Motohaba (width at bottom of blade): 2.2cm (0.86”) Motokasane (blade thickness): 0.55cm (0.21”) Mekugi Hole:1 SOLD
  9. Many thanks! That kind of info makes this Tanto more interesting.
  10. Many thanks. I agree it seems like a classic example from Sendai. I am glad I posted this, and the other Tanto also. I have learned a lot. I like the monkey menuki also. I am glad I asked about cleaning Koshirae. Two hours with some metal polish and a detail brush and that rascal would really shine. I will resist the urge. Thanks again to all for the help with these two. Harry W.
  11. It is unsigned. On the upside - the spot on the blade just before the Habaki I thought might be a forging flaw is just a deep scratch.
  12. That is interesting, The seller mentioned that it was a Yoroi-Doshi style blade but that just bounced off me as the name is meaningless to me.
  13. This is the second of two Tanto I recently added. Probably another beginner piece, at least based on price. It also came without a Tuba or Seppa. I found a suitable Tsuba but the Seppa I paired it with has too small of an outer diameter and will need to be replaced at some point. I bought this one because I thought it was an antique and authentic. I hope someone here will tell me if I am wrong about that. I like it. It is probably low-end but has an "all-business" blade with a Motokasane of 9mm. The Koshirae metal is Suaka (a copper alloy). I think both the Mumei blade and Koshirae are Edo period. The Saya is lacquer over wood decorated with imbedded copper and glass (?) bits. Comments welcome. TIA! Harry
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