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  1. Hello Fellow Collectors, I would like to start off by thanking you for your continued support of my hobby, and some of you taking the time to guide me through what to look for in fittings and blades alike. This forum has been very supportive from the very beginning with my abused starter blades, which I am slowly taking the time to get restored professionally. My journey has taken me to Japanese Cherry blossoms at my local Japanese Society, it has taken me on virtual tours of Feudal Castles of Japan's glorious past, and virtual meetings with members discussing fittings and learning new terminology. I have been collecting for about a year now, so therefore decided to consider my first serious purchase, and recently received my latest acquisition; my very first signed piece, a Wakizashi signed by Kanesada. I am preparing to send this blade for Shinsa, as it is not papered, and would love your help to see if it is worth sending, and if it would pass the Shinsa with a slightly "tired" shinogi? If there are any experts on these smiths of Mino school, any help would be appreciated to help ID the generation and approximate time that this Wakizashi was made. It came to me in a Shirasaya, with no original fittings. The blade is done in shinogi-zukuri style, with a broad Kissaki. The hamon has a very balanced shape, is active, and has beautiful nie in the jigane (very bright nie-nioi) . With extremely beautiful gunome midare. The Nakago has signs of yasurime file marks, and is signed on one side "Kanesada" (thank you for help in translating on the translate forum) Any help would be greatly appreciated, look forward to sending this for Shinsa and getting my first papers complete! Measurements: Nagasa: 16.5 Inches Nakago: 4 3/4 Inches Sori (Curvature): 3/4 Inch Best, Gordan S
  2. Hello Everyone, I just received a my latest acquisition from a far away Croatia polisher, and would love to see what I have here. Please if anyone can help translate this mei? Gordan S
  3. Hey guys, Got a friend here who sent me some pictures of a wakizashi he acquired and I thought I'd share them here. The mei gives me an off vibe, despite being unable to read it, it looks too fresh and awkwardly written. Maybe I am wrong there, so I thought I'd ask! For him, I'd like to find out: Translation Gimei or shoshin Approximate era/school Is the horimono a recent addition or period correct? Thanks guys!
  4. 1 fine NTHK-NPO Goto tosogu wakizashi koshirae available. The owner asked the shinsa group to evaluate the fuchi/kashira. The signed fuchi/kashira were affirmed by the shinsa group to be by Goto Mitsunaga. These tosogu are fine shakudo nanako with gold clan mon. These are exceptional fuchi/kashira. The shakudo horse menuki are beautiful—these may prove to be Goto as well. The koshirae are in such fine condition, that we found it hard to justify removing the menuki to get a look at their backs. This koshirae has a wood tsunagi that was fashioned after the original sword blade. The blade measures 52.4 cm. $3300
  5. Hi! I'm new to the forum so please be patient with me! Glad I found it! To my question: A long time ago, 40 years or so, I found a sword in a flee market in Sweden where I live. It is marked on the tang, a suggestion says Kanemoto, but I am not so sure. Please take a look at the picture and see if you can come up with a idea.
  6. I found this very nice wakizashi on catawiki.. it doesn't have a certification, in your opinion how much could be a good price to buy it? do you think it can be a good purchase or is it better to look for something else? the certificate has a definitive sentence, therefore a great value for those who buy and for those who sell? as you can see I'm not very experienced, I would like to buy my second Japanese blade, since the first turned out to be fake.
  7. Hi there, I'm quite new to all this and am looking for a decent Katana or Wakizashi to start off my collection, something that will hopefully go up in value over time and I can display proudly. Unfortunately my budget is only around $1300 USD so I'm happy to get something unsigned without papers with some wear, as long as it's still presentable and doesn't have any fatal flaws. Obviously a blade with fittings and in good nic with a nice or at least noticeable Hamon would be preferable, but I realise that might be asking a bit much for the price. If you've got an old sword you want to go to a good home, Id appreciate any offers. Saves me from getting screwed on eBay. Thanks p.s I'm from Australia, but happy to pay shipping from anywhere
  8. Hi, I'm new to this hobby and don't have heaps to spend, I was wondering what you guys thought of this wakizashi for sale on eBay Link There appears to be a crack near the tang, is this fatal do you think? Thanks for any help
  9. Not too long ago I acquired this short sword in an antique shop. The description said that it is a nihonto that dated to the muromachi period, circa 1550. It is a mumei, so no signature. Hira-zukiri shape, 13 in cutting edge. What's your opinion?
  10. I own a sword that was passed down from my grandfather who brought it back to the United States after World War II. This sword has lived in attics and garages for the last 50 years, and I am trying to learn more about its history and determine whether it might be something that is worth restoring. If you could help me in any way with translating the signature, I would appreciate it. I tried to get a closer picture of the first couple of symbols that don't show up well on the full signature shot. Thanks! John
  11. Dear All, I am looking for informations regarding this sword : wakizashi (?), Fake (?), Period (?) And histotic value? Can you give me your opinion? Thank you in advance for your precious advice Jean
  12. Hi, I started this thread here (see below), believing it was maybe not Morimitsu but koto bizen. Now finally, I have got the blade back from the Togishi. When I figure out how to make smaller pictures with high quality I will add more photos to the same post. Otherwise photos are coming in different posts. Togishi´s thoughts are that this may be a kyoto sword in bizen style. Hamachi and Munemachi has been later added as well as Bohi and Sohi. It is a soft forged sword with smooth jigane (koitame). I find the hada to be Osaka Tetsu. We are both thinking in the lines of Yamashiro. Possible Muromachi or more likely Edo/Shinto period. What do you think. Tried to take photos this morning but let me know what you want to see more of and I will try to comply with better pictures. --Björn
  13. Hello fellow collectors and enthusiasts. I am happy to announce a new addition to my collection, and I would ask for your help in identifying this beautiful blade. The blade feels heavy in the hand, and could use a new polish. I have done some research, and to me it appears to be a WW2 blade, with older fittings. The blade itself is reminiscent of later works by Chounsai Emura, a famous prison warden turned bladesmith during WW2. The hamon style is choji-midare with mixed in gunome-midare, which fits his style. Haagari nakago also fits the style. Emura tended to sign his blades, and this one does not have a signature, so I do believe this to be the work of one of his convicts, but perhaps an expert here could tell a different story. The hamon is The kissaki is ko-kissaki, and sharpened in the traditional way. The blade feels heavy in the hand, and will most definitely survive a new polish, I am now trying to figure out if it is worth polishing or not. The blade dimensions are: Nagasa: 22.25 Inches Curvature: 0.5 Inches The fittings that came with the blade are mixed, sa-me has fake ray-skin with older looking bronze menuki, with matching futchi, with an older looking Goto school tsuba with shi shi and peonies inlaid in a silverish/gold inlay. Traditional nanako-ji (fish egg) background. The blade and the tsuba may not match in age, but habaki looks original. Please any further help with identifying this blade would go a long way. Thank you all in advance! Warm Regards, Gordon S
  14. Hello Everyone. I am a new collector of Japanese antique arms and armour. It is my pleasure to be part of this community, and i have read many posts here about Japanese swords and their smiths. I have an unidentified wakizashi I am struggling with, as it is not signed and is not in its original fittings. The hamon is similar to Bizen school, closest I found in geometry and hamon was Bishu Osafune Morimitsu. The reason I say that is the person I bought the sword from had other blades from the same school, particularly Bizen Osafune Sukesada. Some signed, some not. This particular one has no mei, but has some evidence of a clipped tang, which could help ID it. I notice some open kawagane, with visible shintetsu, which tells me the blade was polished many times. It is in good polish, still as sharp as it was polished and able to perform very well. The blade has obvious signs of action, with minor dents on the lower hamon, and an impact mark on the mune, but is in overall great condition with no fatal flaws. Any information on this wakizashi will help a long way, Japanese swords are a long time passion of mine, and I am so glad to have the opportunity to start this collection. I hope you all admire the ancient beauty as much as I do. Thank you in advance! Warm Regards, Gordon S
  15. I've been trying with my meager resources to get this mei figured out and hope you can get me going in the right direction . jim M
  16. Dear collegues, I adquired an old (It was sold to me without autenticity certification, but they ensure me that was a real nihonto) wakizashi few days ago, but I am facing some problems in translating the Mei... I have only identified that the first two kanjis refer as "Takada", but I am unable to translate the rest... Here is the photo. Thank you very much in advance, any suggestion will be very helpful!! Joan
  17. Hello I am very new to nihonto. Your forum has been very informative for direction of Nihonto study. Will anyone please help with this wakizashi mei. Thank you
  18. I bought this recently. It has an antique tsuka. The saya and fuchi are missing, and the original tsuba and seppa had been replaced with some modern ones. The hamon is hard to see at most angles but I can see almost all of it. It looks to me like it had a proper polish at one point, but it is not in great shape given the sheath is missing. I have done nothing to the blade except oil it, and use a little uchiko powder. I'm wanting to know what it could be, (nihonto, showato, etc), and how old it is. Thanks
  19. I recently bough this sword, and i dont know nothing about the maker can you help me translate please.
  20. I currently have a Wakizashi that I am in the need of translating. I believe I has able to translate the date to " a day in the 2nd Month of the 6th year of 1854 (Ansei)" which would be February of 1859. However I am unable to to translate the other side. The side that does not have a date appears to have a stamp at the bottom. I have tried to google this but have had no luck. This is my first time trying to translate and am new to this whole process so any corrections or help would be much obliged.
  21. Hey everyone, Its been bright and sunny today, so I decided to go out and try my hand at photographing a new blade of mine with the limited camera and skills I have. I was able to capture its hamon very faintly, but of course the picture quality is low. However, I think I got enough to maybe see what you all think of it. The blade is a wakizashi coming in at a nagasa of 14 3/4" with 1/2" sori which seems pretty standard. However, what isn't standard is the rather wild hamon that goes all over the place. It is in a poor state of polish and fairly faint, but visible for most of the nagasa. I'll let the pictures do the rest of the talking. Opinions? Anyone have an idea of school, age, etc.? Again, my apologies for the poor camera quality!
  22. Hi, I recently bought this Wakizashi, the mei can be seen to say "Rai Kuni" but unfortunately due to suriage, only the first characters can be seen, I'd love to know which smith made this, so far I've ruled out Rai Kunitsugu and Rai Kunimitsu due to the styles of characters being different. But now I've hit a dead end, so wondered if anyone had any ideas of who it could be or how to find out? Any information would be much appreciated!
  23. Contacted by a friend as to what his military wakizashi, (which was given to him was worth). He supplied photos, and I requested more from him. And this is what I got. Have not read the Mei! Over to you for your thoughts, I have already formed my own opinions.
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