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  1. 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
  2. Hi Everyone, Mario here... I wanted to share something with you all because I don't know who else might appreciate it like I do. I purchased my first Nihonto, a couple years ago, and slowly have been working on collecting the fittings to complete the koshirae I plan to build. I found a tsuba that I like, and I also found a quality fuchi kashira set that I really, really like... But I've been struggling to find Menuki to bring it all together. Long story short, I gave up searching and I hired my wife to make some for me. Attached you'll see the wax carvings that will be used for the mold. Once received, we'll go ahead and complete this using mostly silver, and some gold to finish both pieces. Anyway, I just wanted to share, I'll also post pics once they are all done. If anyone else out there was having trouble finding specific fittings, making your own is always an option! -Mario
  3. Going through my stuff, I decided to take close look at my KOTANI YASUNORI shin-gunto. It has a pierced tsuba, large nodule same on the tzuka, a cupped (dust cover) bottom seppa, AND surprisingly, an aluminium saya. My questions are, 1. was the aluminium saya an upgrade, as the rest of the koshirae looks like it was made as a high rank special order. 2. when was the aluminium saya available to officers? I assume the aluminium saya was lighter in weight, and was popular with officers in the field who wanted to carry a lighter sword. 3. has any member run into a YASUKUNI-TO with an aluminium saya?
  4. I decided to carefully remove (and replace) the WW2 canvas/leather combat cover from one of my Koshirae to examine the fittings. To my pleasant surprise the condition of the metal/paint/fittings was like it was made and assembled yesterday. MINT! Thought I would share what an original (Showa 1942) outfit would have looked like off the assembly line.
  5. Gassan Sadakazu tanto, with Bakumatsu style koshirae, with fittings by Shoami Masamitsu. Double Tokubetsu Kicho certification, one for the blade and one for the koshirae Age: Shinshinto, Edo Jidai, Bakumatsu Nagasa: 27,4cm Sori: 0,3cm Moto-haba: 2,8cm Saki-haba: 2,0cm Moto-kasane: 0,7cm Saki-kasane: 0,5cm Mei: 月山貞一造 - Gassan Sadakazu tsukuru (Kao) and commission Certificates: koshirae (Tokubetsu Kicho, 04/05/1970, specially precious item), Tanto (Tokubetsu Kicho, 5/4/1970, specially precious item). Description: Shinshinto period tantou signed Gassan Sadakazu, mounted in typical Bakumatsu koshirae. U no kubi zukuri sugata, powerful masame hada with scattered sparkling nie, suguha hotsure hamon that lead to an average kaeri boshi. This tantou is among Sadakazu's first period blades, Yamato style. Most important the presence of the commission inscribed on the tang, indicating the highest quality level. This blade's nakago is signed with Gassan Sadakazu tsukuru mei , owl's kao with sada character inside and commission. Koshirae is of highest level, typical of Bakumatsu period, with kodogu made of shakudo, shibuichi, gold and silver. Details are incredibly fine made by master Shoami Masamitsu, which signature with kao in inscribed on the back of kozuka. Every kodogu is of the highest level, from tsuba's pitting to kojiri's peony, from details on fuchi and kashira to the scene depicted on kozuka where a monkey, a rabbit and a frog are sitted around the go table. The kogatana is signed 日本鍛冶宗匠雷除伊賀守藤原金道 - nihon kaji sōsho raijo iga no kami fujiwara kinmichi (wazamono), 2nd generation, Kan'ei period 1624-1644, which real name was Mishina Kanbei; on the blade is inscibed a chrisantemum. The hada is itame mixed with masame, while hamon is gunome midare. The tsunagi is skillfully crafted, with detachable habaki made of magnolia. Gassan Sadakazu is ranked JoJoSaku and both certificates are of Tokubetsu Kicho level. Since this is my first item here the price is €8900 + shipping
  6. For sale is a wonderful Gunto mounted mid Edo period blade.The mounts are good quality Type 98 Shin-Gunto mounts with a leather covered saya. The blue and brown field officers Knot is in unissued mint condition and the koshirae is in excellent condition. The blade itself is O-Suriage with a square cut kiri nakago-jiri. The overall look of the sword and the typical hamon point very strongly to the Edo Ishido School from the 17th or early 18th century. Hamon- Flamboyant choji midare in the style of later Ichimonji work. The hamon is nioi based with some ko-nie. The combination of Ichimonji style hamon and shape suggest Edo Ishido as a possible attribution. The blade itself is in good clean condition which is uncommon for a Gunto. There are two small bits of wear, 4mm and 5mm and the slightest indent to the cutting edge (pictured). Description: Shinogi-zukuri, ioiri-mune, tori-zori. chu-kissaki. Nagasa 63.3cm Motohaba 2.9cm Sakihaba 2.0cm Sori 1.9cm Kasane 0.65cm. Nakago O-Suriage Mumei 17.8cm. The price for such a sword is £1850 UK postage included. Postage within UK preferred or Collection, Will be 24 hr tracked and signed within UK. Also comes with sword bag and stand.
  7. Hello good morning gentlemen today i have an interesting kurikata i recently picked up. i have not seen this motif before and i started researching it and found the origins quite interesting i'm curious to any information on it and if you guys think its worthy of sending to shinsa. it appears to say its signed by Toshinaga after some research i found out he is a maker for the nara school if its the same guy i do not know. as i have not heard if this school before today and find it quite an interesting piece. will let others also formulate their opinions in good faith. any information would be appreciated. link is to original ebay listing https://www.ebay.com/itm/292444293918?ul_noapp=true
  8. For sale are four very different Tsuba. 1. Moon behind clouds: a nice Wabi-Sabi piece, signed "Mitsushige Bushu (no) ju", very pleasing in hand, dimensions 81mm x 76mm x 4,8mm; 220,- Euro 2. Sukashi Tsuba showing the motif of 16 rings (according to Haynes this is the Mon of the Wakizaka Family who lived in Tatsumo in Harima Province). Unsigned, dimensions: 70mm x 70mm, x 5mm, SOLD 3. Sukashi Tsuba showing a group of Pines, unsigned, good iron, nice choocolate brown patina, dimensions 75mm high x 75mm wide x 5mm thick, 220,- Euro 4. Tsuba with a No-Mask and different music instruments (drum, flute...), a lacquer box and a court hat inlayed in different soft metal, dimensions 67 x 65 x 4mm, mask is very detailed; 280,- Euro PayPal: add 4% fee Shipping: Germany: 5,00 Euro Europe: 17,00 Euro Outside Europe; 30,00 Euro
  9. For Sale: Koshoami Tsuba. Condition--exceptional color, excellent 'bones' on the outer rim, tight hairline crack at kozuka hitsu-ana (per one of the NBTHK-American Branch board members--nothing to be concerned with on this tsuba). $650 boxed. Thank you. --Matthew Brice www.StCroixBlades.com
  10. Hi, WAKIZASHI from EDO period Japan, come with nice KOSHIRAE and shirosaya. Made JYUMYO. Blade (cutting edge) : 47 cm Lenght (in koshirae) : 71 cm Period: EDO Made: JYUMYO The blade has nice shape, the blade is sharp, nice hamon, couple light skraces. ..look pictures..nice blade -Come with NBTHK certificate and copy of registration card, sign kozuka no tax in EUROPE price 2900$ + shipping, paypal sashaa@net.hr
  11. I'm sticking this post here for now, instead of the WTB section as I'm only looking for now, no guarantee I can buy at this moment. I'd perhaps be interested in acquiring a Soten tsuba, and certainly a Kinai Tsuba at some point. I once had a Kinai, I will find a similar image of the one I had; but I had to let it go, unfortunately. My priority is the Kinai. The Soten can wait as they can get pricey. Thanks.
  12. Both of these kozuka are thick solid material, not plated. that's about all I can tell you about them. The spine of the copper one says 千四百五. aka 1405. I think the back says: 千不二六十七翁月人子 富隨X Which I believe the signature is supposed to be from a guy named 齋藤富隨 or Saito Fuzui?
  13. Hello all, I'm trying to find a translation for a mei (at least, I think it's a mei) on the back of a kozuka. It's one of the items from my collection for sale at Grey Doffin's website and can be viewed (or bought) here: http://www.japaneseswordbooksandtsuba.com/store/nara-collection/r142-kotsuka-crows-and-waves In addition to the photos on Grey's site I managed to dig up a larger photo of the mei in question: Any assistance would be greatly appreciated. Thanks, Rohan
  14. Hi, I sell wakizashi from EDO period Japan, come with KOSHIRAE. Singned SUKESADA. Blade (cutting edge) : 32,5cm Lenght (in koshirae) : 52 cm Period: EDO Mei : SUKESADA The blade has nice shape, the blade is in good condition, good polish, sharp, nice hamon, only one light opening(look picture). Comes with copy of registration card. Price 1700$ + shipping sasa.barkovic@gmail.com
  15. Hello. I acquired last month a daisho koshirae, which I got in an estate auction in Paris. I don't know what to think about the quality of all the fittings. IMHO, the pair of tsubas with tokugawa aoi mon look good quality, but the fuchi kashira (mei "mune nao" I think) seem to be in copper instead of shakudo. I'm not very good in fittings, so any thoughts about this is welcome. Sylvain
  16. Hi, I am looking for fuchi which would match this kashira. Planning to finish my project so it would need to be quite big 37mm at least. Anyone has some nice fuchi to offer? Thank you, Lukas
  17. Hi guys, I recently bought this fuchi and kashira but it turned out (my fault for no checking) that it's too small for the project I need but still nice peace added to my collection. Just asking you guys what do you think about the set? Is it legit? Edo period? if anyone could tell me anything more about it it would be great. Thanks in advance, Lukas
  18. Greetings all, this is my first time selling on the boards so please excuse any 'first-timer' mistakes. I'm heartbroken having to create this listing at all as this piece was a gift, but due to personal matters I'm in need of selling it. Foremost, I'd like to extend thanks to the members of this forum for providing more information on this wakizashi than was provided by the seller, the details of which are as follows: Koto-era Wakizashi, purchased from an owner in Texas who obtained it in Japan. Certification states this piece is Hozon level, issued Heisei 19, August 21 (2007) and specific to the blade it says Late Seki and the length is 1.22 shaku (a shaku being 11.9303" or 30.3030 cm). It appears to be a typical blade of the period and a nice rig all things taken together. Information from predecessor: This KOTO WAKIZASHI was made at the school of MINO around 1570, in the latter period of the Muromachi times. The blade has a good, recent polish that shows the blade well. KOSHIRAE of this WAKIZASHI is old, but in good condition. There is a signature of the famous HAMANOHOZUI in FUCHI and it is in delicate work. FUCHI KASHIRA is a wonderful work of dragon's being made with TAKABURI. TSUBA is made with iron, a person and a pot are pictured and gold ZOUGAN is used. NBTHK-certified papers included. JIHADA: KOITAME HAMON: GUNOME CHOJI CUTTING EDGE: 37.1 cm SORI: 0.5 cm MOTOHABA: 2.8 cm MOTOKASANE: 0.5 cm SAKIHABA: 2.1 cm Signature: MUMEI (SUESEKI) Out of respect for the original owner, this piece was offered back however it is their wish that a new owner enjoy the piece as much as they have. They suggested I list the price for this piece at $5000, however I'm not certain of the 'sentimentality' attached to that figure. Nevertheless, I'll go ahead and list it at this price in hopes that this market will 'correct' the amount in case it is over-inflated. My apologies in advance for not having this piece appraised, and for not being an authority on the matter myself, but if you're interested or have any suggestions then please feel free to PM me. I'm situated in the NYC area, and would be happy to meet and discuss at your leisure. Thanks!
  19. Hi, if anyone is interested I wont to sale katana purchased at auctions before 5 years ago, healthy, nice polish with one opening. Price: 2500$ Orginal description from auction: A great KATANA with a beautiful Edo period KOSHIRAE mounting, the blade dates back to Japan in the Shinto period (1600 – 1780)Here comes a Shinto period Katana sword with a precious Koshirae mounting, dating back to the Edo period. Blade: This blade dates to the Shinto period (1600 - 1780). NAGASA: 21.4 inches. (54,36 cm) Mounting: The sheath Saya is made of fabric coated wood showing an appealing golden decoration with butterflies and water wheels. The scabbard tip Kojiri is made of gilt Shakudo and features a dragon. The Sukashi - open work - Shakudo tsuba shows an elegant water lily design. The ferrule Fuchi as well as the buttcap Kachira are also made of Shakudo and again we see dragons. The hilt is coated with Same ray skin and has a fine Ito hilt binding. Underneath the Ito we find a Menuki on each side, made of copper. One can be identified as a warrior, the other as an Oni. The entire Koshirae dates back to the Edo period (1603 - 1867). Condition: Blade appears to be shortened and has one surface crack. The entire Koshirae is in very good condition with NO RESTORATION. Total length is 37 inches. (94 cm) KATANA.doc
  20. Hello, The Kozuka handle insert was missing when I obtained it from my uncle. The mon can be duplicated, but I need a plain, finely punched nanako ground background it can be applied to. The attached photos show the type (quality) of the nanako I need, and the temporary replacement that is on the kozuka now. This is a long term search. Thank You, Mark
  21. Hello, I know this is a long shot, and I realize that this will be a long-term search, but here goes I own a fully mounted Wakizashi in formal, duty mounts. The mounts are: Mountings (KOSHIRAE): Semi Formal / Formal Finely punched nanako ground, raised gold Mon Signed: OMORI EIGEN (Omori School) on Kozuka and Fuchi Circa: 1790 - City of Edo I am able to purchase a polished Katana by the same smith, but it is unmounted and would need saya, tsuka and all koshirae. The mounts I need DO NOT HAVE TO BE OMORI. Just a similar quality nanako without decoration. I would also be open to any plain, black undecorated mounts that my mon can be added to. I am trying to obtain Koshirae with a similar, finely punched nanako ground. The mon and Menuki can be duplicated by my jeweler, but I am hoping to find undecorated, Edo period koshirae items to apply the mon to. The tsuba is simple, undecorated Plain Formal Shakadu alloy. If possible, I would prefer a tsuba WITHOUT an opening for a kozuka. But it isn't a deal breaker. You can PM me for information and higher resolution photos. Thank You, Mark
  22. 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?
  23. If you were building a koshirae in Uchigatana style and your ready to have a new saya started your vote please A: plane saya no pockets B: one for kozuka C: one for kogai D: two for both kogai and kozuka Thank you for your answer. searching images i have found all the above
  24. 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
  25. Hi all. I've had a sword floating around the house for a while and the other day I decided to try and do some research on it. According to a member on another forum (Reddit), it's an antique Japanese tanto from the shinshinto period. I took it apart to take some pictures of the tang, and there were quite a few markings on the tsuba that I was hoping you guys might be able to help decode. There were no markings on the tang, so I'm hoping that the tsuba might be able to tell me a little more about the history of the sword. I know that the fittings were changed pretty often, but this would at least give me a jumping off point. I only have a few pictures of it, but they should be clear enough to read the writing and see the design. I can provide more pictures if needed. Thanks in advance for your help. Since one of my pictures is more than halfway to the file size limit, here's a link to an album I made with a bunch of pictures of the sword. http://imgur.com/a/WzV2m
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