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  1. When I started collecting Gunto, I had a corner of my room dedicated to WW2 Japanese swords, with a back drop of a soldiers signed personal flag, and a going to war banner. These banners celebrated a family or communities pride in sending a loved one off to war. They look great as a wall decoration behind your swords. Beautiful calligraphy on silk. Any one interested can find them in the for sale section.
  2. $4500 obo. 1 antique Japanese WW2 gendaito sword by Nobufusa available. This fine antique Japanese sword would make an important acquisition for any collection. Nobufusa was judged a Sword Forging Teacher at the 1941 Exhibition. Nobufusa was a highly rated gendai smith--2.5 Million Yen. The blade measures 68.3 cm (26 7/8") from blade tip to notch in the blade spine. This water-tempered gendaito was made with Tamahagane. This gendai was mounted in Samurai koshirae. Condition: This sword is in beautiful condition. The mounts are excellent. The blade is in polish with an occasional light scratch. There are no nicks in the blade edge. The blade is perfectly straight. The hamon and boshi are perfectly healthy.
  3. FOR SALE: 1 Japanese WWII gendaito sword available. This sword was made by the 2 Million Yen, Sword Forging Teacher, Kanemichi. This World War 2 Japanese sword would make an important acquisition for any collection. This is early work for Kanemichi. He signed with his first, early signature Kanetoki. This a traditionally-made, water-tempered sword made with tamahagane. The blade measures 26 5/8" (67.6 cm) from the blade tip to the bottom of the notch in the habaki. This fine sword is mounted in shirasaya. At the 1941 Sword Exhibition, Kanemichi was ranked Special Honor Noted Seat--Sword Forging Teacher. John Slough noted in this book: 'His real name is Kojima Tokijiro. Kanemichi was born in July 1902. At first he studied under Kojima Katsumasa who used to be the student of Zenjo Kaneyoshi. Later he became a student of Watanabe Kanenaga. He was a Rikugen Jumei Tosho and had many students.' Condition: The blade is in original polish with only a few scattered small pits. Owing to this sword being an early work of Kanemichi's (having been made roughly 1935-1937), there are two small blisters. The blade is perfectly straight. The hamon/temper line and boshi are perfectly healthy. $2200 obo --Matthew Brice www.StCroixBlades.com
  4. St. Croix Blades currently has 12 Swords listed on eBay. Here is the link: https://www.ebay.com/sch/m.html?_odkw=&_ssn=stcroixblades&item=362949686568&_osacat=0&_from=R40&_trksid=p2046732.m570.l1313.TR12.TRC2.A0.H0.Xjapanese+sword.TRS0&_nkw=Japanese+sword&_sacat=0 You don't have to purchase on eBay. If you see something you like, let me know and we'll arrange a direct purchase. Thank you. --Matthew Brice
  5. ChrisW

    Unknown Gunto

    Hey guys! Been a while since I posted any new finds of mine, I have quite a few that are sitting on my back-catalogue of things to post! I will get to them all eventually... Anyways, today's item that I am putting out there for opinions and discussion is my most recent acquisition. I picked it up from a certain auction site from a seller who was selling a memento of his father's time in the service. His father was in the USAAF (airforce) and was a crew member aboard a B25 and he picked this thing up sometime during the war. Upon return, he did not talk about his time in the service nor did he specifically mention where/when he obtained this blade. It is in fairly solid shape and besides the mekugi-pin and one of the tassels on the portopee is entirely intact. What drew me to this blade is its rather interesting hamon style which is reminiscent of older swords and the pierced tsuba (indicative of earlier war models). This blade however appears to be very much WWII due to the lack of oxidation on the nakago. Its measurements are: Overall length 36 3/4". Nagasa is 27". My asks are as follows: What smith made this blade? Is this a gendaito or showato? I couldn't find any seki or other stamping upon it, just the two kanji. The nagako is also SUPER bright in the seller's photos, I will try to get a true-color picture of it in daylight. What style is this blade's hamon trying to imitate? I picked this up for $600. I wonder how well I did? Thanks guys! P.S. The photos in blue are the sellers, the crappy ones are mine.
  6. Hi Everyone, I'm just a humble enthusiast here, and I have been attempting to help a friend identify this katana. His grandfather was a Marine in WWII and sent this home to his father with a letter that he still has, stating that it was taken from a Japanese soldier during an island raid. It is in Japanese Army Gunto NCO fittings, the blade is not numbered or stamped, and I have attached photos of the kanji on the nakago. I believe that I have been able to effectively translate one side: "A day in the 12th month of the 18th year of Showa", which would be December 1944. On the reverse side of the nakago is where I'm running into trouble. I've been looking at the resources on japaneseswordindex.com, and have reviewed all of the indexes there over several hours of analysis, but I'm just not there yet. I think the 2nd kanji may be "Haru", but I haven't been able to identify the first (and I'm not extremely confident on the 2nd). The "X" in the circle is something that I haven't been able to see elsewhere. My friend thought that the katana was not notable, and when I saw that it was a gendaito I told him that I would try to figure this out so that he could find some peace on this. Could you help me? Thanks for your expertise. Nate
  7. I listed a few gendai & NCOs for sale on eBay this weekend. 1. Nagamitsu (Ichihara) $2,195 - https://www.ebay.com/itm/254373014234 2. Kanetoshi $1,595 - https://www.ebay.com/itm/264480785851 3. Early low 5 digit SN Tokyo FIrst NCO w/ thick brass guard & matching numbers $1,195 - https://www.ebay.com/itm/264481628450 4. Very nice Nagoya NCO w/ brass guard & matching numbers $1,595 - https://www.ebay.com/itm/254373806083 5. Bare blade nihonto w/ suguha hamon & 2 piece silver & gold foil habaki $595 - https://www.ebay.com/itm/254373951252 Please PM me here or on FB if you have any questions or would like additional pictures. I will offer free WW shipping if purchased directly off NMB and 5% donation to the NMB.
  8. I am taking a bit of a leap and am auctioning off 3 swords. Each ends on eBay tonight. Please take a look at them. You can contact me here in the message board, through eBay, or direct via info@stcroixblades.com. Here are the links: 1. https://www.ebay.com/itm/362762540154 2. https://www.ebay.com/itm/362762540156 3. https://www.ebay.com/itm/113898616059 --Matt Brice www.StCroixBlades.com
  9. Hello collectors. I have a great handmade gendaito sword for sale. The nakago literally says it was made with tamahagane--which makes it pretty cool. In this case, you don't have to guess traditionally made or not? 'Made with Tamahagane'--uh, let me guess. I am double-checking my translation of the mei. I get 'Noshu ju Seki Sato Sukemitsu Nobumitsu Tamahagane kore tsukuru'. But I would like to make sure I have it EXACTLY right. Can you guys help me out with an exact translation? Thank you. --Matt Brice 715-557-16888
  10. I am taking a bit of a leap and am auctioning off 3 swords. Each ends on eBay on Sunday night. Please take a look at them. You can contact me here in the message board, through eBay, or direct info@stcroixblades.com. Here are the links: 1. https://www.ebay.com/itm/362762540154 2. https://www.ebay.com/itm/362762540156 3. https://www.ebay.com/itm/113898616059 --Matt Brice www.StCroixBlades.com
  11. Hi, i got that shobu zukuri Katana that i bought only for the shobu zukuri style. When i recieved the Katana i had no informations about it and after i was checking it i translate the mei "Yasunori". After i did some google research i found out many things about yasukuni-to and Yasunori. Now im not sure what to think. Nagasa: 71cm Nakago: 24cm Moto haba: 3,26cm Moto gasane: 0.82cm saki gasane: 0,6cm Sori: 1,5cm I have only my phone to take photos, i hope thats ok and you guys can help me
  12. Greetings. This will be my first actual post on NMB other than replying in some threads. Here goes. In 2016, I purchased my first "Nihonto". I put the word "Nihonto" in quotes because the mei on my sword bears the name of a smith held in low regard (at least it would seem so from other posts on NMB), Hattori Masahiro. From what I know of this smith, he mostly produced WWII Gunto/Showato during WWII. That said, he also produced medium grade Gendaito, presumably (by me) mostly pre-war. I've only found limited information on Hattori Masahiro, and cannot find an example of his mei that is executed as it appears on my sword, although this one is very close, the third character from the top appears differently, and I'm no expert. At the time I purchased my sword, I had no reason to doubt I was purchasing a traditionally made Gendaito. I purchased the sword from a Japanese sword shop, and it shipped from Japan. I communicated with the vendor via phone and email. I did ask if this sword was traditionally made and if Tamahagane was used (rather than imported steel). I was told it was Tamahagane and traditionally made. Here is a link to the archived listing of the sword I purchased. Although I have no reason to doubt it's traditionally made, the hada is very fine and difficult to see unless viewed very close under led lighting. I would expect the grain to be more "loose" if Tamahagane was used (see the attached hada photo to see what I mean). I know I have no art sword. I only care about the form, construction, and to know if it is a Nihonto/Gendaito. I only question this because of the repeated references to other swords made by Hattori Masahiro that look similar to mine as being "Showato" regardless whether they were traditionally made (Gendaito) or produced for the war. I understand that Showato or Gendaito literally have no bearing on a sword's method of construction, but as they are used among collectors, "Showato" is used to denote modern swords that are not traditionally made. In that context is how I would welcome any opinions on whether my Masahiro is "Showato" or "Gendaito". I also welcome any opinions regarding my Masahiro's construction (Tamahagane or imported steel), the era the sword was made, pre-war, wartime, or post-war. Thanks for taking the time to look. -Jason Edit: In case it helps, I have some more pics from the seller that aren't archived. I made sure to download all pics at time of purchase. I believe the Tsuba and Habaki depicted are original. Obviously all the remaining Koshirae are newly produced. I also found another phone pic showing the full blade, although I doubt it shows any detail that hasn't already been shown. Edit2: Added attached image of original vendor data that is not shown in archived link.
  13. Soshin

    New Tantō

    Here is a new gendaitō tantō I picked up at the Tampa Japanese sword show earlier this month. It is small likely made as a lady’s dagger. It is my first signed and dated sword. It is signed ‘Sashū Mikawa Tensaido’. Here are quick photos with my iPhone better photos will come later. The ji-hada is a fine ko-itame. The hamon has a gunome-midare shape. Feel free to politely discuss.
  14. Hi everyone! I'm new to this forum and I wanted to share with you a Mumei I just picked up here at the gun show. Funny when I found it at the show the blade was lathered in cosmoline. No one knew quite to make of it, such as making it out to be a NCO type 95 or something unauthentic. I'm curious if anyone here has any particular thoughts on its origin, swordsmith, etc. I believe it's a Showa era Gendai with a beautiful Kesho Yasuri patterned Nakago. The back of the mune has a couple stamps, but otherwise no Seki, no Showa or Star stamps that I could find. The Nagasa measures 26 1/2 inches and the whole blade measures around 34 inches. The hamon appears to be Suguha with some form of ashi. There is very fine hada, probably itame I would guess. The "type 95 blood groove" was in my opinion hand carved Bohi in Ryo-Chiri.
  15. Hey all! I picked up this number with another katana about a week ago. After looking at ohmura (http://ohmura-study.net/212.html), I believe this to be "anti-rust gunto," the kind made with chromium alloyed steel during the wartime. I think this one is signed Takeyasu. Some measurements: Nagasa: 64.5 cm. Sori: 1.7 cm. Moto-haba: 3.3 cm. Saki-haba: 2.5 cm. Moto-gasane: 0.8 cm. Saki-gasane: 0.6 cm. Please let me know if my assumptions are correct and what the probable age is. I know he lived well after the war ended, but I don't know if he was still creating after the war. I'd love to hear anything you guys may know or can glean from the pictures! I think its a fairly gorgeous blade, despite not being made entirely traditionally! ~Chris P.S. As for the pictures, I did not take them. The seller did! There are small scratches here and there, but thankfully nothing that detracts from it seriously.
  16. 3 Japanese Sword auctions end tonight in St. Croix Blades' eBay Store. Unlike a few sellers who have chosen to manipulate their auctions on eBay with schill bidding, etc., I won't take that course and run my auctions straightforward. That means when I screw up and pay too much for a sword, I accept the financial pain of my loss. I learn from my mistakes the old-fashioned way. Since my business relies on fair profit for sustainability, instead of manipulate, manipulate, manipulate. I market, market, market my auctions. Consider patronizing one of the straightforward, reputable sword sellers. I would very much appreciate it! Place your bid now--not ordinary swords! Here's why they are different: Sword 1: Army NCO sword, not just your regular matching NCO sword... --Handle affixed to Blade just like the Copper Handle NCO sword! Marked for drilling--but missed at the Arsenal, then carried in the War! --perfect condition WW2 leather tassel attached! --perfect condition WW2 sword hanger attached! --98% handle paint! Sword 2: WW2 Army Sword --Gendaito --Blue-Brown Company Grade Tassel! --IMPORTANT Paulownia Flower Samurai Mon!! Sword 3: Named Antique Samurai O-Tanto --Fine Shakudo fittings! --Smith named this Sword! 'Raikou', which means 'Lightning'. Every collector pays attention to named swords! https://www.ebay.com/sch/i.html?_sadis=15&_stpos=54853&_saslop=1&_fss=1&_sasl=salmon127&_from=R40&_nkw=Japanese&_sacat=0&_sop=1&rt=nc&LH_All=1 Thank you NMB members! --Matthew Brice www.StCroixBlades.com
  17. Military Collectors -- a heads up, I have listed a rare Iida Lock sword in the For Sale section. These are impossible enough to find, and will be of interest to many military sword collectors--so take a look. Thanks! --Matthew Brice www.StCroixBlades.com
  18. Rare Iida Lock sword available. The Iida Lock Army sword is among the most rare of Japanese military swords. The blade was made by Imai Sadashige. This 2 Million Yen smith ranked as Sword Forging Teacher at the 1941 Exhibition. Here is the link to the photos and description: https://stcroixblades.com/shop/products/rare-iida-gunto-Japanese-ww2-army-samurai-sword-saya-lock-old-sadashige/ --Matthew Brice St. Croix Blades
  19. I could use help translating this mei. The first character is almost obliterated by rust. But enough of the character may be recognizable to make out. Thank you in advance for your help!! --Matt Brice
  20. Collectors and Dealers -- I usually always list my swords as 'Buy It Now' listings on eBay. But this week, I have decided to sell 8 swords via eBay auction instead. So if you like to throw your hat in the ring on auctions now and again, here is the link: https://www.ebay.com/sch/m.html?_odkw=sword&_ssn=salmon127&_armrs=1&_osacat=0&_from=R40&_trksid=m570.l1313&_nkw=Japanese+sword&_sacat=0 You'll see too that I have an additional 11 swords for sale via 'Buy It Now' currently. Thanks! --Matthew Brice website: www.StCroixBlades.com Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/St-Croix-Blades-143165322507779/
  21. Giant WW2 Army Katana, early 1936 date -- was $3900. now $3400 Naginate Naoshi w/Shakudo & Gold Fittings -- was $2700. now $2200 Gendaito w/RARE Rayskin Army Saya -- was $3500. now $2999 --Matthew Brice www.StCroixBlades.com
  22. This sword was made by Morita Kaneshige. Kaneshige won the highest award in a national blade Kyoshinkai (competitive competition) in 1939. The saya is very desirable--it is a rare rayskin Army saya. The blade measures 25 5/8" (65.1 cm) from blade tip to notch in the blade spine. This sword has a beautiful wavy temper line/hamon. This sword has a fine clasped hands sarute. All fittings have the matching assembly number '0307'. $3500 obo Thank you. --Matthew Brice www.StCroixBlades.com
  23. This sword was made by the Yasukuni Shrine smith Kotani Yasunori. The saya is desirable--it is a rare Army saya with same/rayskin. A rayskin army saya is found on 1 in 10,000 army swords--so this sword with its rayskin saya is exceedingly rare. The blade measures 26 7/8" (68.3 cm) from blade tip to notch in the blade spine. Condition: The blade has a couple of tiny nail catcher edge nicks, and barely an occasional tiny pit. The mounts/koshirae are perfect. The hamon is perfect. The boshi is perfect as well. https://stcroixblades.com/shop/products/ww-ii-Japanese-yasukuni-shrine-army-officer-samurai-sword-antique-old-colle/ $7,695 obo Thank you. --Matthew Brice
  24. I have posted 6 new swords on the website--please take a look! https://stcroixblades.com/shop/Japanese-swords/ Thank you. --Matt Brice
  25. Five Swords Offered FOR SALE. 1. BIGGEST GENDAITO YOU WILL EVER SEE. $4400 obo. https://stcroixblades.com/shop/products/Japanese-ww2-samurai-sword-old-antique-ww-ii-army-biggest-sword-you-will-ev/ 2. ARMY GENDAITO W/SURRENDER TAG & DATE: 2601 YEARS AFTER FOUNDING OF THE EMPIRE. $2995. https://stcroixblades.com/shop/products/Japanese-ww2-samurai-sword-old-antique-ww-ii-army-capture-tag-gendaito-1st/ 3. NAGINATA NAOSHI WAKIZASHI W/GOLD & SHAKUDO. $3200 obo. https://stcroixblades.com/shop/products/antique-Japanese-samurai-sword-collection-gold-shakudo-old-naginata-naoshi/ 4. TAKAYAMA FORGE NAVAL OFFICER SWORD--MADE BY MASHIRO, ONLY WW2 SMITH W/DOUBLE THICK KISSAKI. $2900 obo. https://stcroixblades.com/shop/products/old-ww2-samurai-sword-antique-Japanese-ww-ii-navy-naval-masahiro-takayama/ 5. Japanese CHOSEN (KOREA) COLONIAL SWORD. $1650 obo. https://stcroixblades.com/shop/products/Japanese-colonial-chosen-sword-ww-ii-korea-antique-old-ww2-military-samurai/ Thank you. --Matthew Brice www.StCroixBlades.com
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