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  1. GAKU MEI - 額銘 - original signature inlaid in a cut-off (o-suriage) tang
  2. Diagram of cuts, for those who may not have seen it before.
  3. 440 monme? Wow, that is like cannonball size, right?
  4. looks like a variation of this one http://www.japaneseswordindex.com/oshigata/kanenor2.jpg another example https://www.samuraimuseum.jp/shop/product/modern-Japanese-sword-shirasaya-katana-gendaitosigned-by-noshu-seki-jyu-kanenori/ 関 = Seki 住 = Ju 藤 = Fuji 原 = Wara 兼 = Kane 則 = Nori Is there additional stamping abouve the mekugi-ana (peg hole)? Possibly 濃州?
  5. Many thanks Jonathan and Steve! The link Steve posted is facinating. To my old friend, he feels that he has a treasure, with a name. Not sure where he got it or how, but whatever makes him happy. Thanks again guys!
  6. I was unable to get any translation returns on 贞道 or 源贞道. I even tried 贞 just by itself, but it comes back as a chinese character. Makes me think even more about possible Chinese origins of this blade.
  7. I would 110% agree you have the correct kanji. What is its translation? I have limited search abilities on my phone in a metal building with no wireless and VERY low signal strength.
  8. I'm setting-up for a gun show in Charleston, and a gun dealer brings me a slightly fuzzy picture of a mei to translate. From what little I can see in the pics, I am guessing a kimonjo. I already informed him that it does not appear to be old but I need to see it in hand for proper evaluation. The dealer says it is at home and he is going to keep it and not sell it. He's a very elderly gentlemen and I have a soft spot for helping the elderly. He deals in mainly early 1900's guns and always points people with swords my direction. I do the same for him with older guns passing by. I'll stop my yapping now. Thanks in advance! 源 = Minamoto 完 = Sada? 道 = Michi
  9. Barrel is 39" long (99cm) Bore is .480" (12.19mm)
  10. Had a few offers of trade, but nothing I was interested in. Open to trade or cash offers.
  11. Since they are saying Around Eishō. 永正 your smith may be... https://nihontoclub.com/smiths/TAD129 or this guy https://nihontoclub.com/smiths/TAD136 or if you are lucky, it is... https://nihontoclub.com/smiths/TAD133 Blade has to be judged on its own merits. Simple hamon with everyday itame hada with little to no activity in the jihada or is it a WOW when you see the hamon and the hada? That would be the simple difference between the two smiths and the third smith above. Post good quality pics and some of the great people of this board may be able to help you figure where your smith falls...then again, it is still a big list of Bizen Tadamitsu's https://nihontoclub.com/view/smiths/list?id_op=%3D&id=&name_op=starts&name=tadamitsu&kanji_op=%3D&kanji=&province=52&start_era=All&school_nid=All
  12. Was curious as to if there were ever anysmiths in Okinawa. Was there even a need for them there? Prior to WWII I never read of any great samurai battles there. My mind wanders to odd places sometimes.
  13. An excellent condition signed Sakai long gun. No corrosion on the flash pan and the bore looks excellent. Lock mechanism and trigger assembly work perfectly, with no issues. 摂州住松本宇兵衛作 – Sesshu ju Matsumoto Uhe’e saku 真鉄二重巻張 – Magane niju makibari 文政十二丑四月 – Bunsei 12 Ushi 4th month (Bunsei is 1818. 12th year is 1829) Tsuchinoto Ushi is the 26th year of the 60 year cycle beginning in 1804. I have not taken official measurements yet, but will post here soon. it is 2" (5cm) longer than my Kunitomo. Asking $2500. Shipping included in the USA. I accept Paypal and Venmo as friends and family. Dan
  14. I have enjoyed this tanto for a few years and will reluctantly let it go to a new home. It is mounted in aikuchi style mounts with a kozuka and kogai...all in black with black ito on the tsuka. The nakago is slightly suriage and mumei. I have had many evaluations by many knowledgable people as to the timeframe and school of this blade. Most lean towards Mino-den (Seki) but others say possibly Bizen-den (Echizen). To me, it is a beautiful blade regardless. Had it sold twice this past weekend to dealers at the Show of Shows, but neither had cash to pay with and wanted to pay by check. NAGASA - 長さ– 27.9cm (11”) SORI - 反り– 打ち反りUchi-zori MOTO HABA - 元幅 - 2.85cm (1-1/8”) MOTO KASANE - 元重 - 6.3mm (1/4”) NAKAGO - 中心 - 8.9cm (3-1/2”) TOTAL LENGTH - 全長 - 36.8cm (14-1/2”) ERA - 室町 Muromachi (1400’s-1500’s) SHAPE - 平造 Hira-Zukuri HAMON - 互の目 Gunome HADA - 松皮肌 Matsukawa Had it sold twice this past weekend to dealers at the Show of Shows, but neither had cash to pay with and wanted to pay by check. I do accept Paypal or Venmo via friends and family. Asking $2250 Shipped in the USA. International shipping available, but shipping will be additional. Dan
  15. Listing for sale a full sized (wearable) replica suit of armor. This armor was made by a college student at Kyoto college to wear during the Takeda Shingen Festival in 2012. The Shingen-kō Festival (信玄公祭り, Shingen-ko Matsuri) is a Japanese festival (matsuri) which is held annually to celebrate the legacy of daimyo Takeda Shingen in Kofu, the capital city of Yamanashi Prefecture. It is the "largest gathering of samurai" in the world. This is a three-day festival that starts on the first or second weekend of April. Takeda's death anniversary is on April 12. There's a reenactment of Takeda Shingen's Koshu Battalion Deployment. People dress in traditional and samurai costumes of the Sengoku Period. An actor plays Takeda Shingen and he is surrounded by his Twenty-Four Generals. After the Shingen-ko Tea Ceremony, Takeda leads his army through the streets of Kōfu. They march from the plaza in front of Kosu station through the streets of Kofu to Maizuru Castle Park which contains the ruins of Kōfu Castle. On the third day they reach the Takeda Shrine (武田神社, Takeda Jinja). A Shinto ritual is held on the anniversary of Takeda Shingen's death. There are multiple parades going to and from these locations. These parades are very theatrical involving serious reenactments who practice the rest of the year for this one weekend in April. The parades reflect the different comings and goings of Takeda Shingen during his life. This is one of the largest historical re-enactments in Japan. In 2012 the festival was included in the Guiness Book of World Records as the "largest gathering of samurai" in the world with 1061 participants. The role of daimyo Takada Shingen is usually played by a Japanese celebrity.[2] The 24 generals have extra detailed armor. Seeing so many people in traditional costumes and more than 1000 samurai gives an impression of what the Sengoku Period was like (1467 – 1600 CE). This armor was worn one time for the festival in 2012, then packed away in a closet, never to be worn again. The armor plates are a stiff but flexible type of black faux leather. All the lacing is done with Japanese ito, and woven the correct way. The kote (sleeves) were made from old kimono material, with the correct lacing to tie across the body and under the arms. The kabuto has real Japanese deer antlers and has the Shingen kamon for the maedate. I crafted a stand for it to be displayed as it is standing up. There are arms arms attached to the wood stand that are bamboo. Stand will be included for free if picked-up but, it may be too expensive to send. I estimate the shipping to be about $75.00 in the USA. I am located in Charleston, SC. If you are in the nearby areas, I invite you to stop by, try it on and load it up if you are happy with it. Asking $650.00 plus shipping, so I estimate $725 total, if shipped. Can work out shipping with interested buyer. I can accept Paypal or Venmo as friends and family. I will be listing other items for sale soon. Please check out those items as well. Dan
  16. I think you nailed it Jussi! You rock!
  17. Trying to help a friend with his new kai-gunto. These chippy Showato mei are tough to crack, sometimes. 小 Chika?? ? ? 公 Masa 作 Saku
  18. So many variations of Yoshi.. Many thanks Ray!
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