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  1. Relishing as I need to lighten my load considerably. So I am selling some Nihonto related books. Canadian funds would be best for me. I prefer EFT, but will accept PayPal + fee. Will ship world-wide. Thanks for looking! 1. The AFU QUARTERLY by Harry AFU Watson 1st Edition (1995), Summer (1996), and Fall (1997). Each magazine has informative articles about swords and tsuba. Very educational for new and old collectors of kodogu and tosogu. A must have for any library. 1st edition - 64 pages, Summer edition - 128 pages, Fall edition - 192 pages. Approx. size for each 8 1/4" x 11" inches. Fine Condition $100 CAD + Shipping. E-Transfer or Paypal + fee Accepted 2. The Samurai Sword: A Handbook by John M. Yumoto This complete handbook reveals the lore of the samurai sword, fascinating both for owners and for the intrigued. Detailing the origins and development of the samurai sword, its historical background, styles, famous schools, and differences in construction, outlining methods of identifying and researching the sword, as well as caring for it properly. Very Good Condition $15 CAD + Shipping. E-Transfer or Paypal + fee Accepted 3. The Art of the Japanese Sword: The Craft of Swordmaking and its Appreciation by Yoshindo Yoshihara, Leon Kapp, Hiroko Kapp In this book, master swordsmith Yoshindo Yoshihara offers a detailed look at the entire process of Japanese sword making, including the finishing and appreciation of Japanese blades. Brand new, still in shrink wrap $45 CAD + Shipping. E-Transfer or Paypal + fee Accepted 4. Gokaden: The Five Schools 155 pages, Plastic comb binding. Fine Condition $25 CAD + Shipping. E-Transfer or Paypal + fee Accepted 5. Facts and Fundamentals of Japanese Swords: A Collector’s Guide by Nobuo Nakahara a practical, comprehensive volume that offers information, along with 300 photos and illustrations, enabling collectors to evaluate the veracity and quality of swords that they are considering acquiring or already have in their collections. Very Fine Condition (with Brodart Protective Clear Jacket) $40 CAD + Shipping. E-Transfer or Paypal + fee Accepted 6. Nihonto kansho No Shiori from Sano Art Museum This small book introduces the Nihonto and koshirae in Sano Art Museum with the title of 'Appreciation Guide'. Sano Art museum, founded by Sano Takakazu after the Pacific War, has lots of valuable blades including Kokuho Nagamitsu's Naginata. This catalog contains about 50 blades with clear photos and explanations. Especially, this book shows the hada of blades very well. Book size is 15cm X 21cm, 64 pages. Japanese language with English Index of swords. Fine Condition (with Brodart Protective Clear Jacket) $50 CAD + Shipping. E-Transfer or Paypal + fee Accepted 7. Introduction To Japanese Swords by W.M. Hawley A basic guide for collectors. Clear, concise history of the Japanese blade; construction details; well-illustrated with drawings and photos. Also includes a short section on the Japanese matchlock. Fine Condition $10 CAD + Shipping. E-Transfer or Paypal + fee Accepted 8. Arms and Armour of Ancient Japan Book co-sponsored by the Municipal Art Patrons of Los Angeles and the Southern California To-Ken Kai for a showing of Japanese arms and armor at the Municipal Art Gallery, Barnsdall Park February 19-22, 1964. An excellent survey of Japanese swords and tsubas. Very Fine Condition $25 CAD + Shipping. E-Transfer or Paypal + fee Accepted 9. Token to Rekishi ("History and the Sword") The journal of the Nihon Token Hozon Kai (NTHK). 12 Issues: No. 685 to No. 697 (Nov. 2008 to Jan. 2011). All in Very Fine Condition, mostly unopened or read. $24 CAD + Shipping. E-Transfer or Paypal + fee Accepted 10. Art Of The Samurai: Japanese Arms and Armor, 1156-1866 by Metropolitan Museum of Art Samurai arms and equipment are widely recognized as masterpieces in steel, silk, and lacquer. This extensively illustrated volume includes the Very Finest examples of swords, sword mountings and fittings, armor and helmets, saddles, banners, and paintings from Japanese collections. Dating from the fifth to the nineteenth century, these majestic objects offer a complete picture of samurai culture and its unique blend of the martial and the refined. Hardcover, Very Fine Condition (with Brodart Protective Clear Jacket) $130 CAD + Shipping. E-Transfer or Paypal + fee Accepted 11. Arms And Armor Of The Samurai: The History of Weapons in Ancient Japan by I. Bottomley & A. P. Hopson Illustrations and text trace the development of samurai arms from their earliest beginning to the ceremonial armor of the Tokugawa era. Hardcover, Very Good Condition (with Brodart Protective Clear Jacket) $15 CAD + Shipping. E-Transfer or Paypal + fee Accepted 12. Secrets of the Samurai: The Martial Arts of Feudal Japan by Oscar Ratti , Adele Westbrook This is the definitive study of the martial arts of feudal Japan, explaining in detail the weapons, techniques, strategies, and principles of combat that made the Japanese warrior a formidable foe. Hardcover, Very Good Condition $15 CAD + Shipping. E-Transfer or Paypal + fee Accepted 14. The Sword & The Mind translated by Hiroaki Sato this pivotal seventeenth-century how-to guide for the swordsman is also a penetrating philosophical and psychological treatise on strategy. Yagyu Munenori's step-by-step instructions for positioning, striking—with one and two swords—and defending oneself against an opponent can be applied with equal success to many types of conflict, from sword fight to political struggle to business competition. Hardcover, Very Good Condition $15 CAD + Shipping. E-Transfer or Paypal + fee Accepted 15. Samurai: The Weapons and Spirit of the Japanese Warrior by Clive Sinclaire A fascinating look at ancient Japanese weaponry, complete with 150 dazzling full-color photographs. Paperback, Good Condition $10 CAD + Shipping. E-Transfer or Paypal + fee Accepted 16. Canadian Journal of Japanese Swords by The Japanese Sword Society of Canada The quarterly journal published by the JSSC, filled with lots of info and tests on Japanese swords. 13 issues from Vol 3 No 2 to Vol 6 No 3 (Summer 2009 to Autumn 2012). Good Condition $20 CAD + Shipping. E-Transfer or Paypal + fee Accepted 17. JSSUS Newsletter by The Japanese Sword Society of the United States Newsletter published by the JSSUS. 13 issues – Vol 42 No 1 to Vol 43 No 6 (Mar. 2010 to Dec. 2011) Very Good condition. $25 CAD
  2. SOLD 1. Bows, Arrows & Quivers of Ancient Japan by W.M.Hawley
  3. Here's where I got a very nice wooden single sword display case. They also have a double display case. All for a very reasonable price - they are on sale now for $139 or less. http://www.sfdisplay.com/sworddisplaycases.aspx A couple of photos from the site:
  4. 2. The Connoisseur's Book of Japanese Swords by Kokan Nagayama SOLD
  5. Well Folks, This certainly has been a learning experience for me. Again I apologize for being lazy and not checking things more carefully. I was just going by the information supplied by the person I bought the sword from. And, yes, it's my fault for missing that key "Not Verified" comment, and for not getting the sword papered. At this stage, I have no idea of what the possible value of this Katana might be. All I do know is what I paid for it, and that the appraisal I have is probably not even worth the paper it's written on. That being said, I am going to ask Brian to remove this listing until I can get someone, with much more knowledge than I, to take a look and arrive at a fair value. Thank you all for your comments and insights. I really appreciate them. Good Days,
  6. Folks, Got some photos taken today, with more to come. Sorry it's taking so long, but it took a LOT of attempts, constantly going back & forth from camera to computer to check the shots. It's a very different kind of photography from what I'm used to, so it's become a learning process for me. (The photos posted earlier are the ones the I got from Fred Fimio, who sold me the sword.) Here's what I took today: Hopefully I will have some close-ups tomorrow or the next day. As a further note, I am letting you know that I also discovered when I got it out to photograph, much to my horror, that there are 3 areas on the saya where splits have developed. They weren't there the last time I checked it, but that was quite a while ago. The wood of the saya is quite thin, and I have been storing it in a display case, in which it has remained for the past seven years or so.
  7. 4. Nihonto no Horimono (Engravings on Japanese Swords) by Sato Yoshiki and Nakamiya Yoshiro SOLD pending funds
  8. Thank you Bryce & Bugyotsuji for your contributions. They are greatly appreciated! I hope to take some better photos this weekend and post them. Stay tuned...
  9. Thanks. Ken. You are totally right on that. I just wish I had had the funds available to send it (Ohhh, how I wish,,,,) As they say: "If wishes were horses, beggars would ride"
  10. Jacques D., on 25 Jun 2020 - 2:46 PM, said: Jacques, Please accept my most humble apologies. I have been made aware of a few things in the past few hours that have considerably changed my opinion. Among them, I came across this document buried in some files, which I totally forgot I had, in which you can see at the bottom in the Nakago description after "Signed two character signature Chika Tsugu", that Fred has hand written in: "NOT VERIFIED". Do you happen to know who the swordsmith is that forged this?
  11. My information came from Mr. Fimio, whose judgement I tend to trust, due to his extensive knowledge and experience.
  12. For me, I just couldn't afford it. I can't speak for the previous owners.
  13. It is not papered. I purchased it from Fred.
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