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  1. Thanks Steve M. This is very helpful and finding the term in a Japanese language diagram is really important. Searching my online Japanese dictionary (https://jisho.org/) I can confirm the meaning. When I search for the term "天井板" I get the meaning "ceiling boards". Therefore, I am going with the term (tenjōgane 天井金) which is not found in the dictionary and is likely the term I heard used by a Japanese collector.
  2. Thanks, Jussi Ekholm. The term would be (tenjōgane 天上金), which will allow me to complete my notes about a new Higo style fuchi-gashira set that is new to my collection and that I am writing about. Interesting the Kanji "天上" by themselves means the heavens. I wonder why these Kanji were used.
  3. I need some translation help for a specific sword fittings term. The term is for the inner most part of fuchi that is often but not always a sperate piece of metal. See attached photo for reference. In my research notes I have the term "tenjogane" but I do not have any Kanji associated with this term just a phonetic reading in Rōmaji. I would suspect that the term might consist of a total of three Kanji characters with the last one being "金". Below is a signed tenjogane example of what I am talking about. Thanks in advance for anyone that can help me. I will continue my own search for the kanji. I need this for noncommercial purposes for the detailing of my own personal collection on the Tsuba Otaku website.
  4. This Sunnobi-tantō by Kanefusa is now sold. Thanks, everyone.
  5. Dear Pippo, I generally agree with what Dale is saying I have tried and still do these approaches to remove active red rust on an iron handguard. I agree with Chris S. that when you would boil this specific handguard the small gold inlays would likely be damaged or all together lost. My advice would be very careful around the gold inlays and just skip the boiling in hot water step.
  6. Michael R., Your offer is accepted. I just sent you a PM with more details. Thank you.
  7. This is the tip (kissaki) of a large antique dagger (sunnobi-tantō) in a plain wooden scabbard (shira-saya) with a two-piece silver blade collar (habaki). Another common Japanese name for this type of large daggers is (ko-wakizashi). This sword blade dates from the late Edo Period circa 1840 CE by Kanefusa of Mino Province. Comes with a NBTHK Hozon paper and a sayagaki by Kanzan Sato. The regular price $3,000 USD the super sale price is $2,250 USD so no additional discounts can be offered on this large fine dagger. More photos and informaiton can be found here: Large Antique Japanese Dagger (Sunnobi-Tantō) by Kanefusa | Rain Dragon Fine Art (raindragonfineartandantiques.com). The Sunnobi-tantō by Kanefusa is now sold.
  8. Congratulations Brian! Great to hear you found something local in South Africa that was on your "bucket list" as a collector of Japanese swords.
  9. Just a quick notice about the update of my business inventory. Take a look and enjoy. Feel free discuss politely. https://www.raindragonfineartandantiques.com/so/77NqXBRiG?languageTag=en
  10. Just a quick notice about the update of my personal collection website. Take a look and enjoy. Feel free discuss politely. https://shoutout.wix.com/so/cfNqX8atz?languageTag=en
  11. Hello Piers D., In answer to your question I think so. I was notified by a mutual friend of Mr. Masami Kodama a Mr. James McElhinney. Mr. Masami Kogama at one time lived in New York city for over fifth years and was a longtime member of the New York Token Kai before I joined in 2016. He has since moved back to Japan to live in Higashi, Hiroshima. I hope this additional information is helpful.
  12. Notice and information about the thief of some important Japanese swords in Japan. Please follow the link for more information about the important Japanese swords that were stolen. Reported Theft of Important Japanese Swords | Needlewatcher
  13. Just a quick November 2021 update of personal collection website. Look, enjoy and feel free to discuss politely. https://shoutout.wix.com/so/85Npsl8Jl?languageTag=en
  14. Just a quick November 2021 update of the business inventory. Look, enjoy and feel free to discuss politely. https://www.raindragonfineartandantiques.com/so/8dNpsY9Qq?languageTag=en
  15. It should be noted so that there is not confusion that my katana had a double bohi cut into the blade during the late Muromachi Period. It was not recently done by anyone.
  16. Hello Piers D. and Jan, Thanks for the replies. Jan, unfortunately the right hand of the statue is damaged so it hard to tell if the statue was originally holding a stick/club or a long spear. I also agree it was once housed in zuchi given the flat profile of the back of the statue. Finding a nice antique wooden zuchi that fit the statue might be a good idea.
  17. I agree with Jeremy H. one of my best swords has a double hi (one large and one small) and it makes for a nice aesthetic note to long sword. Great you had a good experience dealing with Chris Bowen. I have deal with him and the NTHK-NPO and he has always been great to deal with.
  18. I came across this wooden Buddhist statue while at a local auction house was cleaning out their consignment shop in preparation for a move. The statue was inexpensive but very interesting and impressive. It is a Japanese Buddhist statue of Tamonten (Snskrit: Vaisravana) the guardian of the north. He is the leader of the Four Heavenly Kings and is blessed with infinite knowledge. He is also known as a protector of warriors. Statue is made from a sold piece of very heavy hardwood. A previous owner dates the statue from the middle of the Edo Period circa 18th Century. I think is likely an example of primitive (folk) art of that period. The statue and wooden base measures 50 cm (20 inches) long by 15 cm (6.0 inches) wide. I am just wanting to share this new acquisition and get some advice on how best to display it in my home study. I was thinking a small table or stand would be good near a hanging scroll. Polite discuss and advice is always welcome. Thank you.
  19. Thanks Bob, I have downloaded my copy. This will be a very run read. Looking forward to making my first DTI in 2022!
  20. Just a quick notice about the mid-month update of my business inventory. Please look and feel free to discuss politely. Thank you. https://www.raindragonfineartandantiques.com/so/aeNoG2G__?languageTag=en
  21. Just a quick notice about the mid-month update of personal collection website. Look, discuss politely, and enjoy. Thank you. https://shoutout.wix.com/so/3eNoFb8YW?languageTag=en
  22. Looks like they finally have the photos done for this sale that I have known about for a while. Going to register for the auction. Jon M. thanks for the reminder.
  23. Sad to hear this bit of news. I am hoping to attend DTI next year assuming Japan opens and relaxes the quarantine requirements for visitors. My wife and I also want to visit her family while in Japan before the show and then stop by the DTI when we visit Tokyo. I really miss Japan.
  24. This is an antique short sword (wakizashi) in a plain wooden scabbard (shira-saya) and a one-piece copper blade collar (habaki). This sword is by Yasukuni of Mushashi Province. He worked during the Genroku Era (1688-1703 CE) and is ranked as a master swordsmith (Jo-Saku) in Fujishiro Index of swordsmiths. It comes with a NBTHK Hozon paper. A full English translation of the NBTHK apparel paper is available upon request. The cutting-edge length of the blade (nagasa) measures 20.2 inches (50.6 cm) long. Overall, the condition of blade is excellent in an art polish with a few very minor scratches. Asking price is $3,500 USD but will consider reasonable offers.
  25. Congratulations to Bob! I talked to him and his son at the San Francisco show this year at their table. I remember hearing the NBTHK American Brach was having a board meeting at the show this year and that is likely when it was decided.
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