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  1. There is a Wakizashi on ebay signed "Inoue Shinkai" and dated 1676. It seems one of those too good to be true so I assume this a decently made gimei. I would like to hear other opinions on it though. I would assume if it was a real Shinkai the seller would have it authenticated, but maybe I am completely wrong on this, thoughts? Here is the Ebay link: https://www.ebay.com/itm/S2J22-Japanese-Samurai-Sword-Shinkai-Wakizashi-in-Shirasaya-/165286197987?mkcid=16&mkevt=1&_trksid=p2349624.m46890.l6249&mkrid=711-127632-2357-0 Thanks :)
  2. Hello, Is this a yari spear where the tang was shortened to turn it into a ken-like blade or were some ken blades made with square tangs like what is pictured? I am just trying to find out more about it before I commit to anything. Any opinions or assistance is appreciated. Thanks.
  3. I have attached a slightly better photo with a pretty horrible sketch that I attempted of the kanji next to it.
  4. I finally got additional photos added, not sure what the issue was before, but they are attached in the previous posts. Thank you for all the help, is it right to now assume that it says 三河国岡崎住筒井筒清兼造 which roughly says Mikawa no Kuni Okazaki-jū Tsutsui Kiyokane ? From the link Marc provided and reading through it, am I understanding it right that he also signed under Tachibana Kiyokane and Ryūjōshi Kiyokane? I am also having a bit of an issue with the date. I believe it is August ????, 1944. I can't quite seem to determine the day if the rest is correct. Thanks again.
  5. More photos of sword in general (Photos are not correctly uploading, please see imgur link in top post, will fix later if I can figure out issue)
  6. Additional photos (Photos are not correctly uploading, please see imgur link in top post, will fix later if I can figure out issue)
  7. Hello, I very recently purchased a gendaito. I believe I know what the swordsmith's name portion of the signature says, but I am having issues translating the remaining portion. I could also use some assistance on the date. Any knowledge on the swordsmith or more information on it in general is also greatly appreciated. I believe the swordsmith is: Tsutsui Kiyokane Thanks again for taking a look and for all the help. https://imgur.com/ovlZIxU
  8. I bought the Kiyokane and you got a nice one. Saw your post on it, it is sweet. It definitely is a small world and it was a pretty good show.
  9. Yep, that's where it was at. I picked up a nice gendaito and a nice naval dirk. I was after one or two others but decided to wait and they all got gone.
  10. Thanks for the help, I walked away and ended up buying a different sword that I'll end up posting later today or tomorrow since I need some assistance on the translation.
  11. I am completely new to collecting and had some reservations about buying this sword. I have attached pictures. Any assistance is greatly appreciated. Thanks Jake
  12. Ok, so I am really new on sword collecting, and I just starting to collect a set of WW2 era shin guntos (of the different variations). There is a upcoming auction for a Type 95 NCO sword: https://hibid.com/lot/98790192/wwii-Japanese-type-95-nco-sword/?q=&ref=lot-list I would like a better opinion on its authenticity. Lastly, would someone be willing to point me towards a better idea of today's going rate on different shin guntos? Thank you for the help.
  13. Thank you very much. I found another sword made by Yoshitada where the signature is almost the exact same. Thanks again!
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