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  1. $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.
  2. 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
  3. Hello. Could I get some help translation on this gendai tanto by Toshihide? I would very much appreciate your help! --Matt Brice
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. 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.
  9. 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
  10. 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
  11. 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
  12. 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
  13. 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
  14. 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
  15. Hi all, just thought I'd post pics of a Sadatsugu (I'm told)53cm nagasa wakizashi, Sorry about pics all i got. I'm looking 2 add this one shortly 2 the lot, and would like 2 know more about it. Comments all good, thanks Details not 2 good in pics Mark L
  16. Hello all, Can someone or anyone please tell me a little about this addition 2 b!? Problem is that all i have is his description/photos of sword thats it. It's in transit at the moment. and I'll post better when in hand.ta
  17. 8 SWORDS FOR SALE. Early Mantetsu w/RARE Manchuria Railroad Symbol on Nakago. $6000 OBO Rare Japanese Territory Mongol Military Government Katana. $3000 OBO Papered Blade, & Papered Koshirae--Elegant Samurai Katana by Hamabe Toshinori. $3200 OBO 1 Million Yen Army Gendai by Kaneaki. $1895 OBO WW2 Katana w/Dragon & Sanscrit Horimono. $1395 OBO Hitatsura/Full Temper O-Tanto--just polished by Bob Benson. $2750 OBO WW2 Gendai Katana by 23rd Generation Kanefusa. $1950 OBO Papered Soshu Hiromasa in Russo-Japanese Mounts. w/FINE HORIMONO. $6500 OBO www.stcroixblades.com
  18. 8 Swords FOR SALE: --1 Million Yen Gendai Army Sword by Kaneaki, $1895 --WW II Katana w/Dragon & Sanscrit Horimono, $1595 --WW2 Army Katana, Unsigned, $825 --(Rare) FULL TEMPER Hitatsura O-Tanto, Just Polished by Bob Benson, $2750 --23rd Generation Kanefusa 1944 Mounts Army Sword, High-Grade Koshirae, $1950 --PAPERED WW II Gendaito by YOSHICHIKA, Imperial Guard, w/(Rare) Family Mon Menuki, $4500 --WW2 Era Police Sword w/Nihonto Blade, $600 --PAPERED 16th Century Soshu Hiromasa D-Guard w/Fine HORIMONO, $6500 --8 Iron Tsuba, $75-$350 --2 Arrow/Yanone, 1 Sukashi, 1 (Rare) Yari shape, $350-$550 --1 Very Fine Kozuka w/Pilgrimage Motif, Miniature Kanji in Motif, $400 www.stcroixblades.com
  19. Hi, first of all 'kudoss' & congrats on the site. I'm a first timer..so pls be gentle. Sorry in advance for a thread. To the job at hand, I inherited from great grandfather a ww2 sword many a year ago. I remember the day as a kid, him showing & telling me all the stories. From that very first day as a kid, (think I claimed it!) I always kept my eye on it. Now 40ish, I blew the dust of it 3-4 mths ago & thought I'd give it another look. My dad's m8 had a go long ago & told us 'it's nothing, military made, standard thing pumped out in the day, not worth 1-2 hundred maybe, cr*p!..' and that's what my dad thought ever since, but not me i still though mine(only seen a cool sword). Here's what I've got so far, the mei (i hope!) is Noshu ju Kanenobu & was made in showa period march 1944. The blade is shinto style and tachi in length at a little over 27". The nakago is star & arsenal stamped + 'ho' stamped on mune. Slight gunome hamon, bit rough, but still sharp as 70 odd yrs on, since sharpened!. In shin-gunto type-3 military mount. It came with a tag, since learnt possible surrender tag(thought name tag).. That's where I'm part stuck.. So far I've got, Rikugun shoi, army sec.sub lieutenant, Okazaki eiiki? eiichi? aichi? Thats all I got. Anyone that would be able to translate it & check the mei+date & be able to tell a little more info. on sword 2 cross reference mine(so i can tell my dad it's not the cr*p sword like he thinks). Since I live in the land of kangaroos & koalas (Aust.) I would love to have the blade professionally sharpened & polished, but am very limited on options. Would anyone know of someone that can be trusted to do the job?!?(I know really only Japan) but you got to ask. Is the blade worth the polish? Or? is the polish worth more than the blade?! Pls post reply, any info. is all good. Sorry again for length of thread. Cheers, check out pics.
  20. Hi all, My name is Wouter and i currently live and work form the Czech Republic. I have studied Japanology and always dreamed of possessing a "katana". Last week I risked my first buy and discovered your forum. Before bothering you with my questions, I would like to thank every contributor to this forum. The information I have found so far has been extremely useful and only augmented my fascination. Please do forgive my lack of knowledge and making this new topic so long. These are my questions: 1. I discovered that the exact same gunto I currently possess has been described here. Please do refer to that site for the pictures of blade, tang and fittings. Yes, the year is incorrect, since Showa 17 is 1942, not 43 as written on that site. They are however correct when saying that the previous owner has "destroyed" the polish and making it impossible to "read" the blade (IE determine if it is gendaito). The Hamon is dead and only visible in 2 spots. I have discovered that there are 3 stamps on the Mune. A Mei, or Nagoya arsenal inspection stamp and a Ho inspection stamp. these are followed by a stamped number 1. This number matches with the tsuba and spacers. There is however no star stamp on the tang, but there are nowhere any arsenal stamps (apart from the inspection stamps). Since the date on this gunto is Sho 17, being the year when the star stamp system got implemented, does this mean that it is not a gendaito? Now I have found this "Gendaito", which is almost exactly the same, including the arsenal inspection stamps on the mune. They describe it as hand forged. This brings me to question 2: The gunto is signed "Seki-Ju Kanetomo". The seller from whom i bought the gunto assigned the signature to Ryūminsai Kanetomo (born as Kiribuchi Mataishi). I found out both are listed as members of the Rikugun Jumei Tosho, but Ryuminsai (KAN2550) is from Gunma, while Seki refers to the city in Mino province, Gifu prefecture. There is about 300 km between both prefectures? Also the Mei (signature) of Ryūminsai Kanetomo is: 上野住人龍眠齋兼友作 “Kozuke Junin Ryūminsai Kanetomo Saku”. Would he also sign as “Seki-ju Kanetomo Saku”? To add to the confusion, the "gendaito" offered via the second link I provided translates the Mei as KANETOMO Kiribuchi (rated one million yen smith in slough's book, pg.69, medium to high grade gendaito, 1st seat 1941 sword exhibition) Are these 3 different persons, or one and the same? Sorry for having made this first entry so long. I do hope you will be able to shed some light on these questions. they have kept me awake for over a week now... Thank you very much in advance, Wouter PS If you are interested in the purchasing history of this gunto. I have reached out to my seller and he confirms it is the same gunto as on quanoline.com. He has bought it from a Czech-American selIer 4 years ago, and he had it from militaryitems.com.
  21. I believe there are some fans of Shibata on the board. Just in case you haven't seen it, take a peek. http://www.samuraishokai.jp/sword/16119.html I have no affiliation with the site, but have bought a couple nice swords from him and the transactions went smoothly. I'd buy from them again.
  22. WW2 Japanese officers type 98 Shin-Gunto Nakago: Signed Emura Saku, maker of medium to high grade gendaito. With dent where it was struck by a bullet in battle. Blade: Is nice and straight, no bends. 65.6 cm from top of nakago to kissaki with a nice straight suguha hamon, blade in wartime polish with a very occasional spot of light pitting and one very small nail catcher nick less than 1mm just below the kissaki. The saya is painted a sandy brown colour and is in very good condition, without any scratches or dents. Locking mechanism also in good working order. The fittings are excellent quality, the tsuba, seppa and fuchi all have matching numbers ‘8’. The ito wrap is very nice and tsuka has brass fittings, including sarute with cherry blossom. The Tsuka is a replacement to the blade but is original and fits perfectly, the original Tsuka was damaged in battle by a bullet and we be included with the sword as a extra bit of added history. £1500 includes tracked postage within Europe. Item will be packaged in correct manner with lots of padding for protection in transit. Europe only, check laws of your country to make sure you can import swords. Buyer is solely responsible for confiscation, loss or damage of item.
  23. I hope someone can help me. I read Sadaroku. On the nakago is a star stamp and a number. The nakago looks very clean. I din't find out if Sadaroku was a swordsmith of yasukuni shrine, so is this blade traditionell made? What does the signature mean. Pictures are a little big. The blade looks lovely for me. The koshirae is not very eye catching.
  24. All, It dawned on me, since the Japanese Sword Index is now maintained by the NMB, that we could now expand/update the oshigata database to include more examples of existing smiths as well as add some that are missing. This site was vital for me as a new collector, when I had a rather paltry book collection - mainly Slough's, and I still occasionally visit it when trying to help newer members here quickly/when mobile. I think it would be excellent if we could update this site and that it would be beneficial not just for us, but for others in the community that are looking for information on Showa era smiths. Is there any support or willingness to take on this update? I would be happy to assist in anyway possible.
  25. Hello Gents, I have recently been looking at Koshirae in more detail and have come across a few Tsuka where Samegawa has not been used, they all just happen to be in Gunto mounts. The first couple of pics could either be low quality same or another material, The second pic comes from a Amahide blade on the UK to-ken society sword register. Finally the last couple of pics come from a Tsuka currently for sale on Ebay. What is the material used, it is described as doe skin or leather? and is it only used on Gunto, maybe because of a war time material shortage? Does anyone else have examples of this to share? Regards, Adam
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