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  1. 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.
  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. 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/
  7. 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
  8. 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
  9. 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
  10. I have posted 6 new swords on the website--please take a look! https://stcroixblades.com/shop/Japanese-swords/ Thank you. --Matt Brice
  11. 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
  12. $4,500 OBO: 1 very rare South Manchuria Railroad Company Mantetsu World War II Japanese Samurai sword. This South Manchuria Railway Company katana would make an important addition to any collection. The nakago/tang is marked with a rare railroad rail symbol. The reverse side is dated. Here is an excerpt from an article, 'Some of the mantetsu blades made in the Dairen Railroad factory may bear the stamp of the Manchuria Railroad company. These were made in the late 1930's and are considered relatively rare.' This sword was made in 1944. It has the Dairen stamp--with the rare railroad rail stamp beneath it. This stamp is exceedingly rare. The blade measures 26 3/8" (67.0 cm) from blade tip to notch in the blade spine. Condition: This vintage World War II Japanese Mantetsu sword is in good condition. The boshi is visible on both sides of the kissaki (blade tip section). The blade edge is excellent with no mentionable nick. There are occasional tiny finish scratches, and some staining. There is some light pitting on the kissaki. This sword will polish beautifully. The blade is perfectly straight. The fittings are excellent. The habaki and the lock release button are gone. A replacement habaki can be made--let me if you want help arranging that.
  13. 4 Swords and 1 large Yanone FOR SALE: https://stcroixblades.com/shop/products/ww-ii-Japanese-army-officer-koa-isshin-mantetsu-samurai-sword-katana-old/ https://stcroixblades.com/shop/products/ww-ii-Japanese-army-mantetsu-samurai-sword-katana-ww2-dairen-railway-old/ https://stcroixblades.com/shop/products/Japanese-ww2-samurai-sword-old-antique-ww-ii-army-2-million-yen-kanenobu/ https://stcroixblades.com/shop/products/Japanese-army-samurai-sword-ww2-ishido-teruhide-mon-menuki-ww-ii-antique/ https://stcroixblades.com/shop/products/Japanese-samurai-rope-cutter-yanone-arrow-point-head-antique-sword-yagiri/ --Matthew Brice www.StCroixBlades.com
  14. The blade was made by the 2 Million Yen swordsmith Kanenobu. The blade has kanji on both sides--one side refers to the god of archery and war. The other refers to a joining of Shinto and Buddhist theologies. Literally each side reads as follows: Kasuga Daimyôjin (春日大明神): The numinous unit of the associated kami and buddhas/bodhisattvas of the Kasuga-Kôfukuji multiplex, Nara. and Hachiman Daibosatsu (八幡大菩薩): The god of archery and war incorporating both elements from shintô and Buddhism. The blade measures 26 3/4" (67.9 cm) from blade tip to notch in the blade spine. This sword has a complex, wavy hamon. Condition: This Special Order Japanese WW2 Samurai Army Officer's sword is in excellent condition. There are a few small nicks in the blade edge--the biggest of which is 1/32". The blade has occasional carbon patina. The nicks and patina staining will all come out during polish. The hamon and boshi are perfectly healthy. This sword is guaranteed against fatal flaws. As mentioned, this sword will polish beautifully if desired--it is perfectly collectible and displays beautifully right now. $3750 obo
  15. Collectors--here is an 8" tanto by the 2.8 Million Yen gendai smith, Toshihide. One side of the nakago is full of kanji. This fine tanto is available for $3000. --Matthew Brice
  16. Hello. Could I get some help translation on this gendai tanto by Toshihide? I would very much appreciate your help! --Matt Brice
  17. Hello. I am asking for help from those of you who may read Japanese translating the kanji on both sides of the blade on a sword I own. Any help would be greatly appreciated! --Matt
  18. Custom Order gendai sword. 'Made for Mr. Yoshigawa by Harukuni. Exceptional sword with utsuri. $3400 https://stcroixblades.com/shop/products/custom-order-Japanese-gendaito-katana-ww-ii-samurai-sword-ww2-1941/ Thank you. --M Brice
  19. 1 rare South Manchuria Railroad Company World War II Japanese Samurai Officer's sword. The nakago/tang is marked with the South Manchurian Railroad Company symbol. The reverse side is dated Spring, 1939. The blade measures 26 5/16" (66.8 cm) from blade tip to notch in the blade spine. This sword has a thick pierced tsuba. These swords were the forerunner to the Koa Isshin Mantetsu. This sword has a straight temper line. The nakago's mune/spine is stamped 'N574". The bottom edge of the habaki is stamped with the same matching number 'N574'. CONDITION: The blade is in full polish. The hamon and boshi are perfectly healthy. This sword is guaranteed against fatal flaws. The saya finish is excellent with only an occasional lacquer chip. The locking mechanism works perfectly. This Manchurian Railway sword has its original silk tsuka wrap.
  20. WANTED TO BUY--Military Sword Collections. Gunto, Showato, Gendaito, NCO, Russo-Japanese, difficult-to-find Daggers, common Arsenal swords. Looking for small or large collections. Will buy individual swords as well--especially Shin-gunto with rare mounts: all weather mounts, Colonel/Field grade tassels, family mon, etc. Yasukuni Shrine, Minatogawa Shine, historic ownership (Admiral, General), special order, slogans and patriotic poems on nagako, swords with documentation/provenance. --Matthew Brice www.StCroixBlades.com 715-557-1688
  21. FOR SALE: Rare All-Weather Iida Mounts Army Sword. From Fuller & Gregory's Collection. Gendai by Sadashige, Special Honor Noted Seat/Sword Forging Teacher 1941 Exhibition. original paperwork from Fuller & Gregory--sword was in First Edition book. $6000 --Matthew Brice 715-557-1688
  22. Hello all, Just a short one, I'm looking at this sword in the next few days & it will be in hand for better pics to be posted soon. In advance, I'll apologize for these pics, they've all i got so far untill i get to it. Please if anyone has any comments or suggestions on it Thanks ps.The Tsuka Has not been ever removed Cheers Mark
  23. 6 Japanese Swords FOR SALE 1. rare folded-over signature wakizashi by Senjuen Nagamitsu. $4500 obo 2. exceptional Silver koshirae tanto. $4700 obo 3. rare early, premium mounts Japanese dirk. $2200 obo 4. Naval dirk, leather saya. $695 obo 5. exceptional handle and saya paint NCO sword. matching #'s. $1295 obo 6. rare crab claw hamon WW2 Army gendaito katana. $1900 www.StCroixBlades.com 715-557-1688
  24. Hi All, I have been asked to carve a Bokuto from a war capture sword. This sword was obtained directly from the returned soldier who obtained it, so I believe it is genuine. I think it is by Ido Hidetoshi, who worked out of Seki Before and into WW2. It has an interesting shape, and is between a Wakisashi and Katana in length, but perhaps with the shape of a Katate Uchi(?). From the various Bokuto I have carved from it in Australian hardwoods, it handles and feels balanced as a one haded sword I will post initial pics, if more are required (perhaps the full tang?) forgive me, I will take and post them as soon as possible. All the best, and thanks in advance, Stu Smith
  25. For Sale: Difficult-to-find Japanese WW2 South Manchurian Railway katana. This sword has been described by some as the 'Prototype' Mantetsu sword--these were the first Mantetsu. This sword was made in spring of 1939--the last months that Mantetsu were marked with the symbol of the South Manchurian Railway. Like their eventual change to Mantetsu swords in 1939, these Railway symbol-marked swords have an 'N574' (or other Arabic/numeric combination) on the mune. They have the suguha temper line. This sword is offered at AUCTION in my Store on eBay. The auction ends this Sunday evening. Between now and the day before the auction is scheduled to end, I will consider trade plus cash offers for this sword. The cash-only price is $4995 firm. If I am to take a trade plus cash for the sword, remember that I will need to sell the sword trade-in--so would need a trade/cash equivalent of greater than $5k. Cash is king in this case. Here it the link: http://www.ebay.com/itm/Japanese-WW-II-SOUTH-MANCHURIAN-RAILWAY-COMPANY-Sword-Old-Antique-Samurai-RARE-/112298290703?ssPageName=STRK:MESE:IT Let me know if you have any questions! --Matt www.StCroixBlades.com
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