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  1. 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.
  2. Hi all, while I'm sure our members know how to pick a fake NCO, I wanted to share these. http://mountcastlesantiques.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=18&products_id=277 http://mountcastlesantiques.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=18&products_id=276&zenid=qot0424cgushvekob07rapkkq2 The really disappointing part is that I informed the site owner about the first sword and provided a comprehensive list of indicators the sword is not genuine. I offered to send photos or provide opinions from experienced collector's. After that I heard nothing. Today I checked, just in case the sword was pulled from sale, and lo and behold there is a 'rare copper handle' now listed, clearly of the same manufacturer. Truly disappointing.
  3. Hi all, Not sure if a question like this even belongs here but while dreaming of well polished swords I saw this absolute rust bucket somewhere. I've got no experience whatsoever with neglected nihonto, so hopefully someone with more experience can help me out here. The shirasaya (is it??) looks very iffy, I've never seen it done like this. What is this? A 'fake' or something very unusual? The blade itself I also have no idea about. It might be genuine but it is in absolutely pitiful state. So even if this one were the real deal, would it even be possible to bring this back to a state where people would want to look at it? These pictures are unfortunately all I have. Best, Mark
  4. 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?
  5. First off i'd like to introduce myself my name is Michael and i am into collecting WW2 "things" recently ive come across somebody selling a WW2 "katana" this person has no clue where it came from he is only selling a old collection. His collection consists of diffrent kinds of swords of diffrent countries. Im a complete novice on the subject of telling whether something like this is a Chinese version or not. Hence im hoping somebody will be able to tell me. I'll try and upload some pictures. Kind regards Michael
  6. I bought what looked to be a nicely-preserved Heianjo tsuba from bushido*omotenashi*bakuhu on eBay (https://www.ebay.com/usr/bushido*omotenashi*bakuhu), only to find that it was a cleverly-PRINTED overlay, instead of brass inlay. It was very well done, & impossible to tell just from photos. Per my conversation with Brian, I was going to let him slide by, until he decided not to refund my return shipment fee (he had also refused to send a prepaid shipping label). eBay forced him to refund my tsuba payment, but they haven't yet stepped in on the shipping cost. So I highly recommend that you do due-diligence in dealing with this seller, as his items may not be shoshin.
  7. Hi friends, I am wondering if anyone knows when NBTHK first started implementing punched dates into their certifications of authenticity? I am currently looking into purchasing my first nihonto, and came across some interesting pieces at a shop in Kyoto. After some discussion on reddit (full post here: https://www.reddit.com/r/SWORDS/comments/9xlowo/i_visited_a_sword_shop_in_japan_and_would_really/), I am starting to question the authenticity of the pieces being offered, including one that is purported to have NBTHK papers. The mei of the first sword, and the corresponding NBTHK origami, are found here: https://imgur.com/a/kNGKzih The second sword is supposedly from *EDIT* the Yosozaemon Sukesada lineage, but does not come with any certification. While it is an absolutely gorgeous blade, I am skeptical as to why it isn't certified (especially given that Sukesada is a commonly forged name). The mei for this blade may be found here: https://imgur.com/a/4Lb4Ts1 My two asks of anyone with much more knowledge than I are the following: 1. The NBTHK certificate, supposedly from 2008, does not have a punched date in the top-left. Is this an indicator of a fake paper, or is there a chance that some papers wouldn't have the punch (despite me finding evidence online that punched dates were on the papers as early as 2000). 2. Does anyone have advice regarding how I could verify the authenticity of the Sukesada blade? On the Sukesada piece, my relatively amateur sleuthing of the signature seems to point at it being legit, but given the quality of the blade (unfortunately didn't take pictures of the full blade at the time), I can't think of a good reason as to why this blade wouldn't be papered if it is truly a Sukesada in the condition I have seen. A HUGE thank-you in advance for any and all information you may have, it will help me a ton! -Dalton S
  8. 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.
  9. Hello. Newcomer. Thinking about buying this sword. It only has one insignia or signature. The fellow has a few and this one caught my eye. Not sure why. I am looking to possibly get a maker and a date it was made. Thank you.
  10. Dear All, would appreciate your opinion on this sword. I know that the pics might not help much. I'm just looking for confirmation if it's a WW 1 sword, and how much you'd think it is worth to pay for. Appreciate all help I can get. Regards
  11. Hello, I'd like to get some help identifiying that sword (better pictures should come in a few days). From what I've understood from the guy who owns it, it's probably been made between 1890 and 1905. There's nothing written on the nakago. But every detail I could get about this sword could interest me and I'd greatly appreciate any help. Thanks in advance! 01.pdf
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