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  1. 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
  2. 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
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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
  7. 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) :
  8. 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?
  9. I listed a few gendai & NCOs for sale on eBay this weekend. 1. Nagamitsu (Ichihara) $2,195 - https://www.ebay.com/itm/254373014234 2. Kanetoshi $1,595 - https://www.ebay.com/itm/264480785851 3. Early low 5 digit SN Tokyo FIrst NCO w/ thick brass guard & matching numbers $1,195 - https://www.ebay.com/itm/264481628450 4. Very nice Nagoya NCO w/ brass guard & matching numbers $1,595 - https://www.ebay.com/itm/254373806083 5. Bare blade nihonto w/ suguha hamon & 2 piece silver & gold foil habaki $595 - https://www.ebay.com/itm/254373951252 Please PM me here or on FB if you have any questions or would like additional pictures. I will offer free WW shipping if purchased directly off NMB and 5% donation to the NMB.
  10. I am taking a bit of a leap and am auctioning off 3 swords. Each ends on eBay tonight. Please take a look at them. You can contact me here in the message board, through eBay, or direct via 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
  11. 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
  12. 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
  13. Collectors and Dealers -- I usually always list my swords as 'Buy It Now' listings on eBay. But this week, I have decided to sell 8 swords via eBay auction instead. So if you like to throw your hat in the ring on auctions now and again, here is the link: https://www.ebay.com/sch/m.html?_odkw=sword&_ssn=salmon127&_armrs=1&_osacat=0&_from=R40&_trksid=m570.l1313&_nkw=Japanese+sword&_sacat=0 You'll see too that I have an additional 11 swords for sale via 'Buy It Now' currently. Thanks! --Matthew Brice website: www.StCroixBlades.com Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/St-Croix-Blades-143165322507779/
  14. 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.
  15. 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.
  16. 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...
  17. 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
  18. Dear NMB members: I just listed a tanto tsuba with the puppy and abalone shell motif on Ebay. The listing number is: 273064537317. I listed the puppy and abalone shell menuki today as well. If someone has a tanto that needs some fittings, you may want to check it out. Regards, Bill E. Sheehan (Yoshimichi)
  19. Hi all, I am a newbie to collecting WWII Japanese swords. I just purchased my first one and want the opinion of some that are more knowledgeable than myself. There are some excellent reproductions out there and I want to make sure. I purchased the NCO sword in the pictures from ebay (I know a dangerous place for a newbie) for US $800. I think a bit on the high side, but am OK with the price as long as it checks out. The seller was located in the US and seemed legit and the details on the sword and scabbard look fine. What do you think? Thanks in advance!
  20. Hi Guys - I'm new here .. I am a long time collector of other militaria but have slowly gravitated to the nihonto path. I don't have a Dalton's (it's a pending gift from my wife) but have several of the lesser reference books and I enjoy studying sword trends and reading A LOT on the net, and studying sales. My google searches often bring me to a discussion/link involving you folks ... so I figured I needed to join .. and I am glad I did! Of course I thought I was reading posts for 20 minutes this morning, and my wife reminded me it was 2 hours Anyway - Patience is a key virtue as I study these trends, but I hope you will permit me to get an "itch scratched" and ask about this type 95 NCO: http://www.ebay.com/itm/263000544534?_trksid=p2055359.m1431.l2649&ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT It is item number: 263000544534 - if the link doesn't work. I have been looking at these for a few months, and this one attracts me due type and quality of condition (mainly the % paint intact). I believe I purchased an item from this gent a while ago and was pleased. I have a small concern over the serial stamp on the scabbard. There is a nice photo of it - It's a matching number, but it just seems "different" from most stamped scabbards I have witnessed. That said - I know I don't have nearly the history of studying these patterns like the folks on this site, so I value your opinions and thoughts!
  21. The Origin of the pieces is not mentioned. I hope These are fakes... http://www.ebay.de/itm/Japanese-Samurai-Sword-16-3cm-6-41inch-Edo-Steel-Iron-Parts-Repair-Tamahagane-44-/192193907523?hash=item2cbfa64b43:g:aYcAAOSwcB5ZIkpF http://www.ebay.de/itm/Japanese-Samurai-Sword-19-5cm-7-67inch-Edo-Steel-Parts-Repair-Tamahagane-47-/201933334274?hash=item2f042a2702:g:5vYAAOSwX9FZI8LC http://www.ebay.de/itm/Japanese-Samurai-Sword-19-5cm-7-67inch-Edo-Steel-Parts-Repair-Tamahagane-47-/201933334274?hash=item2f042a2702:g:5vYAAOSwX9FZI8LC Or a knife that looks like someone made it in prison? http://www.ebay.de/itm/Japanese-Samurai-Sword-Unfinished-Remake-Knife-Edo-Steel-Iron-Tamahagane-55-/201933393309?hash=item2f042b0d9d:g:U5MAAOSwsXFZI9M~
  22. For Sale: RARE MOUNTS Model 1883 Naval Kyu-Gunto Officer's Katana. sharkskin saya, Chrysanthemum mon, mumei 2-hole ancestral blade, gold foil habaki, mint condition mounts. Rare to find, impossible to find in this condition--$7,000 obo. Here is the link: http://www.ebay.com/itm/-/361915978007? Collectors & dealers can also contact me direct outside of eBay at 715-557-1688, or via email at mbrice@stcroixblades.com. --Matthew Brice www.StCroixBlades.com
  23. For Sale: The most rare Japanese WW II Dirk, the Imperial Household dirk. These rare dirks were carried by Officials operating within the Emperor's household. Full polish, perfect koshirae--a fine example. $10,000 obo. A partial trade, plus cash is a possibility. Here is the link to its listing on eBay: http://www.ebay.com/itm/Rare-IMPERIAL-HOUSEHOLD-Dirk-Japanese-WW-II-Old-Antique-Samurai-Sword-Dagger-/361905528762?ssPageName=STRK:MESE:IT ...it will be on my website in 10-15 minutes or so as well: www.StCroixBlades.com Any questions, let me know. --Matt Brice www.stcroixblades.com
  24. For Sale: Difficult-to-find Japanese WW2 South Manchurian Railway katana. This sword has been described by some as the 'Prototype' Mantetsu sword--these were the first Mantetsu. This sword was made in spring of 1939--the last months that Mantetsu were marked with the symbol of the South Manchurian Railway. Like their eventual change to Mantetsu swords in 1939, these Railway symbol-marked swords have an 'N574' (or other Arabic/numeric combination) on the mune. They have the suguha temper line. This sword is offered at AUCTION in my Store on eBay. The auction ends this Sunday evening. Between now and the day before the auction is scheduled to end, I will consider trade plus cash offers for this sword. The cash-only price is $4995 firm. If I am to take a trade plus cash for the sword, remember that I will need to sell the sword trade-in--so would need a trade/cash equivalent of greater than $5k. Cash is king in this case. Here it the link: http://www.ebay.com/itm/Japanese-WW-II-SOUTH-MANCHURIAN-RAILWAY-COMPANY-Sword-Old-Antique-Samurai-RARE-/112298290703?ssPageName=STRK:MESE:IT Let me know if you have any questions! --Matt www.StCroixBlades.com
  25. Dear NMB Members: I just listed a set of the Koto & Shinto AFU translations by Harry Watson on Ebay this morning, if someone is looking for a set. Here's the Ebay item number: 272547118082. Regards, Bill E. Sheehan (Yoshimichi)
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