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  1. I was about to close a deal on fleabay but i still havent much confidence. The piece look quite decent imo: -Amida yasuri -silver sekigane -Brass hitsu ume -Maybe tosho? However i have also noticed that a lot of patine is missing and appear to be some flaws,but the rust in the ana's indicate it mustnt be a really modern piece. I would like to hear some other opinions about it before buying it Is this one: http://www.ebay.es/itm/424-Japanese-Antique-TSUBA-of-Sword-Samurai-Edo-Period-Iron-/291845674512?hash=item43f35b9610:g:zZ8AAOSw3mpXIYyW Thanks in advance folks,
  2. Hello, I just noticed this Type 25 NCO cavalry sword on eBay. It is an uncommon sword and I do not have my referrence material on hand at the moment so I have no opinion on its authenticity, I just wanted to signal it for anyone looking for such a sword. http://www.ebay.com/itm/Japanese-NCO-saber-WWII-Rare-/181681325424?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item2a4d0d0570 Personally, I am looking for a Type 19 cavalry officer sword (either company or field grade). If anyone has one for sale or know someone who does, I would be interested.
  3. A couple weeks ago i received my first blade,a meiji mumei bare tanto in deplorable conditions with a lot of active rust.First i made a shirasaya(very weird looking )Then ,after some cleaning i managed to remove the red rust and 'partially' make it shine.The problem is that it has some big black stains along the blade that doesn't come off(Under light they look red/dark brown)Any ideas of how to remove them? Thanks -Jose
  4. This is my first post on the Nihonto message board. My question is simple, are there any eBay sellers that have a consistently good reputation? Everyone seems to have 99% or better positive feedback with an extensive sales record (300 + sales); but I can tell from a cursory glance that their offerings are fake. I am admittedly out of the loop on current eBay vendors. I am fairly well educated on the topic, (and eBay/Paypal has made the process a lot safer, but return shipping to Japan is expensive), There must be some sellers out there that have a consistent, positive reputation. Any input would be greatly appreciated. Thanks, Mark
  5. Here is very strange tanto or nata knife I picked up some time ago on eBay. I think it is probably Showa period. It has very strange blade with "bottle opener" and very nice horimoto. I didn't found any Japanese blade like this. Do you have any idea what it can be? Bar knife? "Alcoholic special" - to pop the bottle, cut some chasers?
  6. Hello everyone! I was googling today and found these two tsuba attached to two separate auction sites. The one of lesser quality was on Ebay with a starting bid close to $100 if i'm not mistaken (no one fell for it, 0 Bids). I'm wondering if there is any chance that the other could possibly be "real" or are they both just production fakes. Thanks for any opinions! Ken
  7. Hello, Just to inform that a Naval kyu gunto is for sale on eBay. The rare combat sword, not the common parade sabre. http://www.ebay.com/itm/WWII-Japanese-SAMURAI-SWORD-NAVAL-KYU-GUNTO-KATANA-NIHONTO-/221785204292?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item33a36da644
  8. Hello, I noticed this rare sword on eBay. It was issued to high ranking Chosen (Korea) colonial administration officials, bearing the administrative title of sonnin kan, that is the civilian equivalent to Army superior officiers (major to colonel rank). http://www.ebay.com/itm/Nice-WWII-Japanese-KyuGunto-Hand-Forged-Army-Officers-Dress-Parade-Sword-/301575485134 It is an interesting sword for the Imperial Japan militaria collector. Like all colonial swords, it looks like a Navy 1883 type dress sword, with the main difference being the side insigns on the backstrap. It bears the 5-7-5 kiri emblem, which was used (among other functions) as a symbol of the Chosen (Korea) colony after the annexation of Korea by Japan. An interesting feature of this kind of sword is the similiarity between the floral motif on the guard and the one on the 1890 type sword for IJA Navy. It is also interesting because it is held together by a menuki, whic is rare for this kind of sword. Therefore, it can be taken apart. The seller is pretending that the blade was hand-forged, which I sincerely doubt since the hamon looks acid-etched. Anyway, it is a very good piece and the seller obviously does not know what he is selling. Cheers. Thibault
  9. Hello members of the Nihonto Message Board. I've been looking at the following sword, for sale on ebay: http://www.ebay.com/itm/291374956517?_trksid=p2060778.m1438.l2649&ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT As I see it, the pros are that it is a signed (suriage) koto blade from a known maker of the ko-Uda school, assuming that the seller has attributed it to the correct Uda Kunitomo. The cons are that the rust is obscuring most of the blade's features, including any flaws that polishing might reveal. While I think it would be rewarding to get the blade polished, mounted in shirasaya, and sent off to shinsa I want to make sure that I'm not romanticizing the results of buying a cheap blade in crap condition off of ebay. I would appreciate if you guys could not only give me advice, but also talk me through the reasons for the advice so I can understand what you're considering or seeing that I haven't had the experience for yet. Also, I understand that daito polish, shirasaya, and new habaki are quite expensive. If I bought this, the goal would be to have it ready for NTHK shinsa this summer- is that a reasonable timeline for the polish/remounting process? Thank you for the advice.
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