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  1. Southeast Japanese Sword Show & Auction February 9-12, 2017 Tampa Airport Marriott Hotel SHOW SCHEDULE Thursday, February 9, 2017 Exhibitor Setup & Trade 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm Friday, February 10, 2017 Exhibitor Setup ONLY 8:30 am - 10:00 General Admission 10:00 - 10:00 pm Live Auction 7:00 pm Saturday, February 11, 2017 General Admission 9:00 am - 10:00 pm Dealers’ Dinner 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm Sunday, February 12, 2017 General Admission 9:00 am - 4:00 pm Please, see attached Poster and sign-up form. Bill Green 904-347-3144
  2. Hello All Looking for some advice on where to find replacement screws for ishizuke (Chape-tip) (model 44-blackish color), need one screw here, and one for Kuchi-Gane (throat) have no ideas where to even start as far as size etc (maybe .5MM???) Also need a couple of screws for am early war shin-gunto (the type with open cast patina covered Tsuba and the fairly standard OD green Saya. Any ideas on where to look? Thanks
  3. Hello All, Well, I guess I am another one of the inheritors, I picked up a Gunto last month while cleaning my Moms estate, both in a box that said give/throw away! My mom (age 94) said it was just junk that my uncle had brought back after VJ. I think it is a type 98 (or so my wobbly research would indicate) with all mounting etc. My brother painted the saya (arghhhh) to dress up as soldier in a school play. I never really noticed it, but regardless of value, my uncle did take the sword on Saipan, while serving as an Army tank crew commander. I then got the fever and bought a second unmounted blade at a local Gun show, probably just got hit by a Chinese stealth weapon, as I guess it is their intent to subvert and remove all the joy for imperialist new collectors. There is picture attached which I think is the Type 98 gunto no marking on nakago, and the tang seems like it was either cut or intentionally made short. Conversely, my gun-show unmounted blade seems noticeably heavier, and noticeably thicker right at the top notch point. The owner said the unmounted blade might have been Naval, but he was not for sure. I realize the script maybe important and tell me meeeahh, the sword is worth nothing or maybe something, I will get that checked later. If it turns out to be of little of no value I hope to make it into a restoration project anyway. Hence the following questions: My most immediate question is why the nakago (tang) lengths (measured from base of Habaki to the tip of tang) are so different? The one taken from my mother's home measures about 14 cm and the gun show 100 dollar wonder measurements from base of Habaki to tail is just under 20cm. Was there a standard tang length? My mounted Gunto has an almost straight cut at the end of the tang, and the blade itself has some what of a gentle curve, whilst the unmounted one has a pronounced long skinny tapper to it tang? Lastly are all meguki whole locations somewhat different?
  4. 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
  5. Hello, Interesting in purchasing a Naval Japanese Gunto 1938-1944 in decent condition in the $900-1500 US dollar range. Also interested in Gunto blades in "rougher" shape for restoration projects as well $150-500 U.S. range I can be reached on the board, or at my email Jshawk66@gmail.com Thanks All
  6. After trying many forums and discussion boards I have decided to sell this sword. Translated Nakago-Izumo No Kami Fujiwara Yoshitake Shinto Smith Overall length is 31 1/2" Nagasa 23 1/2" Tsuka 8" Saya has several chips and a 3" X 1/2" strip of Laquer missing ne'er the Koiguchi which is also missing Kuri-Kata is intact There is a slot for a Kogatana but it is not present I will send you any pictures and help in any way I can $2000 + Shipping
  7. Hi,lets say i have a blade in very bad shape,extremely rusted,so my question is:would it be better to leave it like that,or take out the rust by force? I don't care about looks,i could always take it to a polisher someday,but i want to get rid of rust to prevent it from spreading,what do you recommend me to do? How could i start the proccess? Is there any way to remove the rust without ussing abrassive tools? I heard somewhere that wrapping the sword with a cloth with some oil and leaving it rest for a few days will weaken the rust so it could be removed,does that work? The picture attached is taken from the internet,my blade shape is similar to that one's Cheers Josh
  8. 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
  9. Hi all, I have a Higo Koshirae that was missing the Kozuka, and although I tried to find a match, I could not, so I sought the assistance of a professional - Robert Soanes - to solve my problem. http://katchushi.com/restoration-2/kodogu.html I purchased an old Kozuka that the 'motif' or design had fallen off and I asked if he could save/ restore it to suit my Koshirae. I must say that I am very pleased with the service and the result. Not only did he make a new Shakudo Kamon to suit, he 'cleaned' the old Kozuka of the old 'glue' and made it look nearly new..! I cannot wipe the smile from my face..! I cannot recommend his (or any of the other contemporary restoration professionals) services enough. If any of you are thinking about having something made or restored, then I can only say that you should seek (and support) their very valuable services. If I were a younger man, I would apprentice myself to any one of them... Some photos of the finished Koshirae.. Barrie.
  10. Hello, I'm playing with the idea to mount a set fuchi kashira but unfortunately the shitodome are missing. If I can not find old ones I'll have to make them (...these cheap new cast ones are not an option...). Is there anything I have to consider in style and material to complete below f/k set? Any information regarding this topic is welcome!
  11. 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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