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  1. 1) Tsuba - Akasaka School Japan, Original https://www.ebay.de/itm/176263757878 Antik. Edo. Original aus Japan. School: probably early Akasaka 3rd Gen. Age: Edo Period / Region: Tokio Dimension: Size 66,8 mm x 70,4 mm x 6,2 mm (6,2/6,6), 65,9 g 2) Tsuba - Japan, Original https://www.ebay.de/itm/176263758854 Antik. Edo. Original aus Japan. School: reminds me of Tochihata. Age: pre-Edo Period Dimension: Size 62,3 mm x 63,0 mm x 5,1 mm (5,0), 55,1 g 3) Tsuba - Karigane - wild geese, Akasaka motive Japan, Original https://www.ebay.de/itm/176263759358 The Tsuba is made in the "Sukashi" technique, potentially made with a chisel and filing during Edo Period. The motive represents Karigane (Geese) in Flight, which is a typical Akasaka Motive. The patination and color of steel is typical for these authentic historic pieces. School: probably later Akasaka Age: Edo Period / Region: Tokio Dimension: Size 66,8 mm x 70 mm x 6,0 mm (6,3), 87 g
  2. Hello all, I just won this katana off of ebay for a price that seems too good to be true? 1500$ for a Rai school katana with nbthk hozon papers. I hope that it ships. How did I do? I'm still pretty new to the hobby so I try to stick with nihonto with nbthk papers. This is my second one. Also, while I await my new purchase I see other swords by echizen rai such as this one attributed to 千代鶴 instead of 越前来. Is there a difference between the two? Thanks -Thomas
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    Hello fellow nihonto enthusiasts! I acquired this sword fairly recently from an ebay auction. I know most of you will be prepared for the worst due to the mention of ebay, but I am happy with the sword overall and the price I paid given it's mumei. The seller stated it's supposedly from the Edo period. I'm guessing late Edo based on the nakago patina. I was hoping some of you would be able to tell me a little bit more about it. I know I would need to send it to shinsa for an evaluation, but short of that, any information would be greatly appreciated. Mostly, I would like to know if I'm correct about the late Edo period assumption. If I need to retake pictures, that is no problem. I'm definitely not the greatest at photographing nihonto or photography in general. Thank you in advance! Please find the google photos link below. https://photos.app.g...gl/mPtfkYsDLAMC2syK9
  4. So, this caught my eye on eBay, I bid and won it for around £200. Obviously, the photos don't reveal too much - as long as it's Japanese I'd be happy with what I paid. The blade was supposed to be late Momoyama / early Edo, but no other details (not sure what will be visible out of polish). Tsuba looks off to me - but 🤷 what do I know. I liked the fuchi kashira and kozuka. Just really intended as a study / conversation piece.
  5. Hi , Can someone plz tell if what i buy it is real or not ? Ty 🙂
  6. It’s pretty looking so I more than happy with the price. Just curious if I got ripped off or if anyone thinks it’s a fake Got no idea what the menuki is supposed to be either
  7. Dear members, Matt Jarrell is currently auctioning my Tsukamoto Kazuyuki katana for me on ebay. If there are still gendaito collectors interested in owning a premium special order Okimasa katana with a very rare alternative mei, I would recommend to visit the auction and bid for it. All the best Stefan https://www.ebay.com/itm/225149565850
  8. 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
  9. I recently came across the ebay seller sakura_antiques who seems to have some good items and claims to be from Japan. However it seems suspicious that none of the items I have seen are papered. Has anyone dealt with this seller in the past? Is he legitimate?
  10. So I'm genuinely sorry to take your time with what's a low quality fake, but an old friend is about to get swindled out of enough money to buy a TH on this: I tried to warn him but he thinks I'm fibbing, or not well informed enough to tell, since the seller (who I have kept anonymous) purports to have gotten it as a showa era sword from a deployment to Japan. The sale does not allow returns and he's being offered 6000$ for it. I don't want to see people new to this hobby get burnt so badly that they quit. I know it's obvious given the poor geometry, non Japanese nakago and a litany of other problems but he seems to believe the seller's promises more than the red flags. I'm hoping that if some well regarded collectors chime in he will reconsider. Thanks all, and sorry about the eye ache of a sword, I tried to compress the images so as little space as possible is wasted PS: I'm sorry if some collectors briefly saw an ancestral blade gunto with a nice boshi, I accidentally mixed photos of a sword I'm considering with the counterfeit, the problem should be rectified now.
  11. I recently came across this eBay listing for a Wakizashi with a Rai school mei that the seller claims to be Rai Kuniyuki. I am not even a beginner at Kantei so would like to seek feedback from you all. Looking at the pictures, it seems clear to me that the Mei is not that of Kuniyuki 来國行 or any of the well-known Rai school smiths I can find. The second kanji may be mitsu 光, and the third kanji maybe kuni 國 (yet it doesn't match the signature styles of the Rai smiths for this character). The first two characters also appear very new if this is indeed a Koto. Other than that, the wide Suguha hamon and its extension pass the hamachi does indicate this is a suriage blade cut down by a lot, and perhaps the hamon does generally fit the Rai school style? It seems to me that the hamon is too straight/regular for this period though. Overall the blade is out of polish but not in bad condition I think, I would think this is a fake but again I am not experienced. Thought it would be a nice academic exercise to learn more about blades like this. The seller does have a negative feedback for refusing to deliver a sold sword in another eBay auction. Here's the link, with more pictures and measurements: https://www.ebay.com/itm/224705458005
  12. Hi, Im new here and am looking to get into collecting. Unfortunately i have limited funds at the moment so will have to start with a Wakizashi, or a damaged blade. Theres a Katana for sale on ebay from what seems like a respectable seller that im interested in. Heres the link https://www.ebay.com/itm/Antique-Japanese-Samurai-Katana-Sword-SENGOKU-Nihonto-81-8-cm-Long/264994706019 but it has some rust spots, i was wondering what your opinions on the damage is? Whether it is fatal or not and maybe your overall thoughts on the sword. Thanks
  13. 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
  14. These are pretty evil fakes, the proportions aren’t horrible, the Kissaki even looks okay, although the boshi seems off. The way the light glows in photo one even makes it look like it has a weak nioiguchi so if you’re sleepy at first it doesn’t trigger the reptile brain for fake. It’s only after you get to the third photo and see that hideous Damascus pattern that many fakes have that the base part of my brain starts snarling. This one is even more convincing in low res photos except it looks off, doesn’t really have a nioiguchi (pretty sure that Hamon is an acid wash), or nie, and the Nagako is a mess. It’s marked as an antique and I’m sure someone bought it thinking it was a Nihonto. I wouldn’t have brought this up except it’s filed as “antique Japanese” From the looks of things dozens of inexperienced collectors have bought these swords thinking they have an old masterpiece. I wonder if this could be Changtian swords and if anything can be done since I’d rather new people not be put off from this hobby due to a flood of improved fakes.
  15. Hi everyone! I've just joined recently but I've been lurking about for about a month and have a few questions about polishing that I'd like to get others' points of view on. Feel free to add to/correct anything I have here, I've been admiring nihonto from afar for a long time now but only recently started actually learning about it, so it is what it is. First - everything I've been reading about polishing has an introduction that can be summarized as "don't you dare do it you're going to ruin EVERYTHING you absolute nincompoop", so I'm going into it with the expectation that no matter how careful I am, something will go wrong. Now that that's out the way - I've bought a few whetstones that are 3000/8000 grit and a nagura that's 8000 (assuming these are Japanese grit #s so I err on the safe side), and I have no intention of doing any reshaping. I know I can't be trusted with that, so it's going to be straight polishing to minimize risk. What I haven't done yet is buy the oil/supplies to finish it with. I've read Choji oil is what I need, but I'm wondering if there's a favored company to get it from, and what best to apply it with? Next, I have four blades total. Three of them are unmarked, unpolished (combat-polished?) "mystery swords" that I picked up fairly inexpensively (they may be awesome! they may be junk!), and one is a signed blade from WWII with the Seki blossom mark. Because I trust the guides and am assuming something will go wrong - and because I don't want to risk ruining one of the blades I bought to keep, be they trash or treasure - I'm tempted to buy a new blade. I was thinking of the cheaper, likely-machined WWII-era army/police swords that are always up on eBay for $200-$300 so that worst case I basically can't "ruin" it, and best case I make it a decent-looking sharpy-shiny and I have a chance of just reselling it and getting that money back. What does everyone think? I can't think of anything else to practice with that has naki, and I figure at least getting used the overall curved shape is better than nothing, but I'm very open to suggestions.
  16. Papered V's non-papered. Just what do you pay for? These two examples are selling right now, the disparity in price is a joke. That little yellow piece of paper must really be worth something because the objects themselves don't reflect the value for money. https://www.ebay.com.au/itm/Tosano-Kunijumyo-Chinkin-Toshio-Late-Edo-period-Certificate-attached/392858980313?hash=item5b78384fd9:g:B20AAOSwr5Fe~Twf https://www.jauce.com/auction/o404593427 I am thinking of buying the cheaper piece, it looks like the real thing - and I can always supply my own coloured paper.
  17. Hey guys, I was browsing eBay the other day and saw this: https://www.ebay.com/itm/Pilots-WWII-Japanese-Army-Officers-Samurai-SWORD-Antique-blade-WW2-Gunto-94/223969488735?hash=item34259f2f5f:g:~ckAAOSw6Qxei3DF This is definitely something out of the norm. Its out of my price range, but is something like this legitimate? Its definitely very eye-catching. ~Chris
  18. Dear NMB members: I have listed three pieces on Ebay at substantially reduced selling prices. Here are the auction links: https://www.ebay.com/itm/274094507548 https://www.ebay.com/itm/274094511270 https://www.ebay.com/itm/274094513741 Regards, Bill E. Sheehan (Yoshimichi) :
  19. Hi, I'm a beginner at collecting and I'm planning to purchase my first nihonto. I found a tanto in shirosaya that I really like from a trusted seller, but since I don't have much experience, it would be useful to know what everyone thinks about it before I buy it. Specifically, do you see any fatal damages or anything unusual? Are there any signs that it could be gimei? Anything notable that might raise or lower its value? And what price range should I be paying for it? The seller listed $1500 but is open to negotiation, so what would you suggest as the lowest reasonable price?
  20. I am taking a bit of a leap and am auctioning off 3 swords. Each ends on eBay on Sunday night. Please take a look at them. You can contact me here in the message board, through eBay, or direct info@stcroixblades.com. Here are the links: 1. https://www.ebay.com/itm/362762540154 2. https://www.ebay.com/itm/362762540156 3. https://www.ebay.com/itm/113898616059 --Matt Brice www.StCroixBlades.com
  21. Hello I am new to this forum and have been an abide World War 2 collector for many years. I am interested in getting my hands on any sort of Shin Gunto World War 2 sword. I have been doing my research on what makes a sword authentic with serial numbers and stamps however I do not want to buy a fake sword. I do not want to spend more that around $750 and know that a lot of fake stuff is on ebay. If anyone has any auctions they see on ebay that are legit or know a good place to get authentic swords it would be a great help. These are some ebay swords I found that caught my eye but im not sure if they are real or not. https://www.ebay.com/itm/ww2-Japanese-sword/264303290511(has stamps and serial number but kinda fishy) https://www.ebay.com/itm/WW2-era-type-98-KYU-GUNTO-With-Leather-Sheath/173846683675 (definitely not a kyu gunto but not sure what it is. the flag on the habiki looks fake) Thanks for the help and I hope I can be a good member of the community
  22. Hello all, I'm looking for assistance on authenticating this KYU GUNTO I picked up. I'm looking find if A) It's Genuine B) It's value C) How to take off the handle. I've attempted several times to remove the handle but I have been unsuccessful. I've done research online, spoken to other experts and even read the book Military Swords of Japan 1868-1945by Richard Fuller and Ron Gregory. So far, from my research I've found it's a genuine machine made blade and Toyotomi Hideyoshi Kyu gunto Mountings. Please help me understand more about my sword. Thank you in advance.
  23. As most of might have noticed my website (www.tsubaotaku.com) has become non-commercial. I have started the process of designing a new commercial website that will have eBay integration for a startup business focused on Japanese fine art and antiques. The concept is centered around the Rain Dragon of Japanese mythology. Stay tuned as I make towards my goal and more information becomes available.
  24. Few bits out of collection on ebay. But I can talk direct https://ebay.com/usr/tosogu_antiques P.S. Maybe it should be moved to ebay section...
  25. Like Fred Geyer noted in his post--here as well is a cheap plug for a hard-to-find late war army nco sword. https://www.ebay.com/itm/113120580776 Thank you. --Matt Brice www.StCroixBlades.com
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