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  1. Hello, I will preface this with the fact that I know basically nothing and have only started to research nihonto over the last 2 weeks or so. Any terms that I use that seem incorrect, probably are. I am looking to get help with researching a wakizashi that has been in the family for a while. I'm not really looking for an appraisal since we wouldn't sell it, but the last couple of generations of my family didn't really know how to care for it or anything. So I'm looking to find out if it's worth getting restored, or just trying to keep it in as good condition as we can right now, or even if there is someone nearby who could help us know how to properly care for it. The history that I know about it is limited. I'm pretty sure that it was brought from Japan to Canada before world war 2 and it was described to me as "the family sword" (with a matching katana). The storage and maintenance has been somewhat neglected for a lot of years in the interim. There was apparently a matching katana, but it was "too big to bring" or something. More recently, it was handed down to my parents. My dad built a glass box to display it (now that I did some research, I now realize, upside down). Since the condition is not amazing and we don't really know what we are doing, none of use are confident enough to remove the handle and see if there are any markings. So my pictures are taken through the glass of the display box. If it looks like there is little black things and the end of the handle and the point of the blade, those are just little plastic hooks holding it up for display. Pictures below. The blade is about 20.5" long, just under 1" wide, handle is just under 5" long. So my questions are: 1. Can anyone help push my research in a certain direction based on these images? 2. Is there anything else that you need to see in order to get better information? 3. Does anyone know someone in the greater Vancouver area who could help me with disassembly/repairs? 4. Is it worth restoring? 5. How does one go about getting something like this restored? I'm assuming that the first google search result for "Sword Restoration Near Me" is not it. I had issues with the images being too big, so I put them all here: https://imageshack.com/a/89oW7/1
  2. Hello everyone! I am new to Nihonto, and purchased two Wakizashi, I did the best research I could on them but I would like to hear your thoughts on the maker/time period the blades were forged. And of course if they are authentic. I unfortunately did not have a lot of opportunity to look at Nihonto in my country, as I like in The Netherlands. So I acquired these 2 to kick off my collection. I acquired one from a Japanese seller and the other from a US seller. The one from the US seller came with NBTHK papers. Any information is welcome, I am also quite intrigued by the koshirae on the NBTHK wakizashi. Identified by the seller as signed by Kashu Kiyomitsu saku with NBTHK Kicho Token paper dated 1961.
  3. It is a mumei ko-wakizashi, 1 shaku 1 sun (13.6 inches) in a shirasaya it is in good polish and is more beautiful than my pictures can do it justice, the attached picture is to show the hada and a small bit of the hamon, I have more and I will attach them
  4. Found this thing on Samurai Museum Shop instagram (https://www.instagram.com/p/ClqgjdZtOOb/) The point of this waki is of some unusual shape. I've never seen something similar before. Has anyone seen something similar? Maybe someone knows how this kind of points are called?
  5. I purchased this while it was in quite bad shape and had it restored by Josiah Boomershine. What can you tell me about it? Thanks! Help me identify this wakizashi? https://imgur.com/gallery/AOM4GMl
  6. Type (Tachi, Katana, Wakizashi, Tanto, Naginata, Other) : wakizashi Ubu, Suriage or O-Suriage : ubu Mei : (Mumei, Signature) : Kozuke no Kami Kanesada + ura: Motte Namban Tetsu Kore wo Saku Papered or not and by whom? : nbthk kicho (1966) and nbthk tokubetsu kicho (1974) Era/Age : 1600's Shirasaya, Koshirae or Bare Blade? : shirasaya Nagasa/Blade Length : 22 3/4" 57.7 cm Sori : 1.6 cm Hamon Type : notare with O-choji Jihada : tight ko itame Other Hataraki Visible : Flaws : some ware' in shinogi-ji of omote, and small pin prick ware near kissaki Sword Location : australia Will ship to : anywhere Payment Methods Accepted : bank transfer Price and Currency : 3500AUD, or 2200USD Other Info and Full Description : long wakizashi made by Kozuke no kami Kanesada around 1673. sword is also signed on the ura as Motte Namban Tetsu Kore wo Saku, made using nanban tettsu. He was a wazamono smith. I initially purchased this sword from Grey Doffin, and have enjoyed owning it over the past few years, but i'm now narrowing down the styles of nihonto that i collect so i must move this on. I've had this for sale on ebay for a while, and thought id share it with the group. i believe this sword will make a fantastic beginner sword, or even make a nice addition to a collection. Please have a look at the photos, the sword includes shirasaya and two older nbthk certificates, kicho and tokubetsu kicho. Both papers have the same owners name, which is also hot stamped onto the shirasaya. there are also some areas of ware on the blade which i've taken photos of. Sword is located Sydney Australia. Please don't hesitate to ask any questions. may even trade for mihara or hokke.
  7. Hello gents, I offer a beautiful Naginata Naoshi Wakizashi, that I currently received back from the NTHK shinsa in Chicago last month. The blade is mumei. The Naginata Naoshi was attributed to Boshu Nio Kiyozane, who worked in the first half of the 15th century around 1440. Here are the measurements: Nagasa: 41cm Nakago Nagasa: 12,8cm Motohaba: 2,7cm Sakihaba: 2,5cm Sori: 1,2cm Motokasane: 0,3cm The workmanship is influenced by Yamato and Soshu den. The sword was originally made as a Naginata, but later shortened to its current length, so it became a Naginata Naoshi with a shobuzukuri construction. The blade has a itame hada mixed with a burl mokume hada, which becomes a straighter Yamato style masame hada through the edge. The hamon is made in suguha notare with a deep nioi guchi of prevalent nie. This complex hamon ends in a beautiful yakizume boshi. Additional activities inside the wakizashi are yabashiri, ji nie, nijuba and inazuma. The overall condition of this sword is excellent to near mint. The old Japanese polish is quite good. There is a larger ware on one side of the blade, but it is nether fatal nor disturbing. This blade comes with a high quality edo period koshirae. The worksheet of the NTHK shinsa is included in this sale. As soon as I receive the kanteisho from Japan, I will send it to the new owner. The wakizashi stays currently with me in Germany and can be shipped worldwide with DHL premium international. My asking price is 2900€ or best offer. Payment should be done via paypal friends and family, or with a transaction directly to my bank account.
  8. I’m envisaging to buy a katana (longtime dream) and was offered following item. Koto attributed to Bizen Osafune Sukesada end of XV - first third of XVI century. Length- 75,2 Nagasa- 59,8, nakago nagasa - 15,3 sori - 2,1. Koshirae - late Edo. One expert supposes that it can belong to Yosozaemon Sukesada. The question is - does it worth buying for collection? What do you think about its value (not in price terms). Thank you in advance, appreciate all the opinions.
  9. I'm not sure if its from ww2 period but that suggested my father. He had this sword as gift from a friend. It's a short sword.
  10. Hello For your consideration and with much help and appreciation from a long time forum member, who has helped me on every aspect. I present, for sale, on behalf of the estate of collector, Professor George Stawn, who was a collector of swords mainly purchased thru the Tampa Sword show and of the well known collector, Bob Lightner. A wakizashi, Soshu Ju Yasutsugu, Muromachi era. With these kanji listed in Hawley as having worked in Sagam (Soshu) in 1504, 15 points. Presented in a deer hair scabbard with decent mounts, the blade is in good condition and in good polish. Complete with two sets of papers one from NBTHK and the other not. These photos are current as of this week and as there are a number of photos, I have attached a google drive link for viewing. For this beautiful piece I am asking $6,000.00 USD. Thank you Bob Rae https://drive.google...lg04JxZi?usp=sharing https://drive.google...KTQeSzDGrBBF5ZpDQsnv
  11. Dear members, I am offering here one of the swords that I bought from Markus Sesko, shortly before he left Salzburg/Austria and moved to the USA. The text describing the blade is his, as are the photos. Shobu zukuri Wakizashi The sword has no papers, only the certificate of Tsuruta from Aoi-Art. The nagasa is 48.7 cm, the sori is 1.8 cm, the motohaba is 2.51 cm, and the kasane is 0.55 cm. Tsuruta dates the blade to the Muromachi period and attributes it to the Sue Naminohira school. All in all, a slender, strongly curved wakizashi blade in Shirasaya with the typical features of later Kyushu work, i.e. a whitish, soft-looking jigane. The Hada does not stick out, but is visible. It occurs as a ko-itame with mokume in places and some nagare. The hamon is hardened in nie-deki and appears as a somewhat "frayed" suguha due to the nie-heavy hataraki running parallel to the habuchi. This is typical of Naminohira. The itame-nagare speaks for Sue-Naminohira, since ayasugi often occurs with older Naminohira blades. While the above characteristics were also applied by other Sue-koto schools, the steel color speaks for Kyushu, and there the characteristics conform best to Naminohira. I would like to primarily sell the blade in Europe to avoid customs formalities! Price: 880,00 €, the price does not include postage Kindest regards
  12. Hi All, I have this wak that seems to exhibit some old Yamato characteristics. The mei is Hiromitsu and I can't find any reference styles close to this other than Taema school. Any other leads?
  13. Hello hello, So happy to find this forum - So much knowlege in one place. I have inherited what appears to be a relitively old Wakizashi. I have tried my best to mess about in photoshop to try bring out the detail but it is very difficult. Would anyone be willing and able to help me out. This is my atempt so far; Side A: 年 ..... [Toshi (Chika)?] Side B: 日本 ....... [Nihon] I will update if I find out more of its history into the family. I will be looking into getting someone UK (Scotland) baced to "clean/restore" it if anyone has some suggestions that would be super helpful. Many thanks in advance, Dave.
  14. Recently I've got my hands on this wakizashi. Photos: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1H3yFa5PmlRsTUmD4y-1E6mBPTispjeK2?usp=sharing It looks genuine and nice, but even though I like it, I would like to get some opinions from local experts. The waki does have a signature which seems to translate as Hankei (https://nihontoclub.com/smiths/HAN5). It also seems to got original koshirae with (possibly) silver plated habaki and gold plated seppa. What do you think about it? Also, it does not have any papers. Is it worth trying to sent it for judgement? With best wishes, Koltira
  15. Hello, My name is Thomas and I am new to the Forum, I acquired a little wakazashi sword in trade from a friend who collects all things sharp and pointy, he traded me this wakazashi that he got from a collector who got it from SleezeBay and it looks old but I know nothing about Nihonto blades, the blade measures 17.42" from the top of the brass collar and a full 18.26" from the handguard, the tang is about 5.1625" (5 1/8) roughly, it's very black and has the hole in it for the wood pin, has a nice sheath and a little knife on the side of it. So I traded him my wwii german bayonet cause he's into that stuff. I am 1/4 Japanese and no nothing about my Grandmother's culture, kind of embarrassing. Lol! Just want to know if this is a good Wakazashi I will try to upload more pics but having some issues. Thankyou
  16. Wakizashi – 45.8 cm NBTHK Tokubetsu Kicho paper Era: Nanbokuchō to Muromachi period - 1350-1450 Style: Shinogi Tsukuri Nagamaki Condition: Very Fine Nakago: O-Suriage – Kiri Yasurmei Jitetsu: Itame hada - well grained with attached Ji-Nie. Bo-Utsuri appears. Hamon: Niedeki Gunome/midare with deep Nioi Guchi through to the Boshi Koshirae: All matching lobster style with silver and gold highlights. Signed Tsuba (Naoyuki 直随). Remarks: The sword is the work of the Bizen Yoshii School. This unusual blade is in the Nagamaki style with an oversized Kissaki. The jitetsu is in Itame hada - well grained with attached Ji-Nie, Bo-Utsuri appears. The hada is prominent. The hamon is Niedeki Gunome/midare with deep Nioi Guchi through to the Boshi as illustrated. The blade is in good polish and is very healthy with a NBTHK Tokubetsu Kicho paper indicative of its quality. The matching original Koshirae in the lobster design really sets up this marvellous sword. The signed Bronze Tsuba by Naoyuki is engraved with a scene of an old Chinese story of a man playing with the wind blowing up a storm. The Kashira and Kurikata is a bronze engraving of the God Daruma Bodhidharima. It has touches of gold and silver. The menuki and Kogatana in a copper and bronze alloy has an engraved Lobster motif with touches of gold color. All together a stunning and unique work of art, Did the best I could with my first attempt at some macro-photography of the blade, hope the photos are OK. Asking $6500 CAD + shipping and insurance, or best reasonable offer.
  17. Hello, I managed to get my hands on a Wakizashi blade, but it's Mumei and without any kind of certificate. It's very rusty and I don't know enough about blades to try and date it. Is it even Nihonto ? The lack of signature makes me think that it wouldn't be a cheap copy since a fake would actually aim for a signature. I've noticed strange marks on the Nakago too, about 4 filing marks ? It's about 57 centimeters in length overall. The Kisseki seems to be a little chipped too. I'm unsure if I'm managing to see faint traces of a hamon or if it's just the rust. Anything you can tell me about the blade ? I'd be interested in having is restored if possible (I don't mind if it's not worth it, I'd just like to give it a second life if it's a genuine blade). I tried to take high res pictures.
  18. Forumites, I have just gotten a decent size curio cabinet and set it up in my office. Here are a few pictures as it is now. I am waiting for some tsuba and sword stands that I purchased from members of the NMB in order to fill the cabinet up with more of my 'stuff'. Warm Regards, Jesse Office 6.jfif
  19. Bought this the other day thinking it might be cool to restore. The tang looks to have been cut down at some point and has no signature. Scabbard looks like a shin gunto combat cover, but I'm new to this and I could be completely wrong. If it is what tsuba and tsuka would be correct?
  20. First off, I hope those of you at the Chicago show are having a great time on day 1. Hope to make it to one once I am back State-side. For those of us stuck at home, as promised the last in the series and it is for the Soshu crowd -- This sword is an osuriage wakizashi which appears to be a Nanbokucho-period naginata/nagamaki-naoshi. With ato-bori bo-hi and the kaeri looks intact to me. Although a commenter did think it was rather a shobu zukuri tanto or ko-wakazashi. It has itame jihada with nie arcing out of the hamon becoming chikei in the ji. The hamon is midare, with some gonome-midare. Like the Bizen in #2 I do plan to send this to NBTHK shinsa once global shipping is more reliable and will update the thread then. This was also featured on the forum for purchase so some of you may have seen glimpses of it before (hint hint to those looking for a first piece, some great deals here on the NMB with some patience ). Again credit to @Ray Singer for the better photos. to everyone for taking a look, I hope the series provided some examples of various smiths and traditions until we can all get out and view more swords comfortably again. Nagasa: 41.1cm moto-haba: 31mm 7mm thick at the shinogi The sword has two old attributions: an early 1962 green paper to Naoe Shizu and an old sayagaki from Honami Koson to Sa Kunihiro. (Those are lights reflected int he boshi along the edge...)
  21. Hey! This is my first Nihonto I got from eBay for 100$. Was hoping to maybe get any info on it anyone may know like how old the blade is. Also wanted to ask if the crack in the blade would be consider “unrestorable” if I sent it to a professional. Thanks in advanced!
  22. Hello everyone, My sword has arrived, I am working on getting the best photos I can for a Kantei. SUGHATA, HADA, HAMON. First to get Nengo, School, and maybe smith I will donate to the NMB. Second part is a translation, in which I will also provide a donation to the NMB. Nagasa 19.9in. Hamachi 1.1in. Sori 0.55in. Kissaki 0.78in. Kasane 0.28in.
  23. I was wondering if anyone could give me some info on this sword. What I know is it came home from New Guinea with my grandfather after he was wounded in battle at Gona around end of 1942 - start of 1943. Not sure if he got it from the battle field or later after recovering in Port Moresby. The force they encountered were IJA 55th Division & IJA 17th Army,South Seas Force. It sat on top his wardrobe until it was passed onto me 20 years ago. The handle appears to have been replaced at some point as hole in tang has been redrilled. No defining markings under the handle.
  24. I found this late Edo period sword on Ebay that is signed by Sanjo Munechika (三条宗近). I know Sanjo Munechika as a very famous smith from the Heian period, but couldn't find anything about this "late Edo Sanjo Munechika". I'm kind of confused and wonder if this sword is legit. Someone please educate me on this, would really appreciate any feedback. here is the Ebay link: https://www.ebay.com/itm/314058081007
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