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  1. For sale: early type 98 gendaito signed Bishu ju Masayasu 尾州住正泰 (no date, no stamps), listed as Shoshin mei in Slough's (B). Made in the Mino tradition, Kiri yasurime, flowing Masame and Mokume. This blade is full of activity and in a good wartime polish. Nagasa: 67.5cm Outstanding mounts, pierced tsuba, center chuso, glossy paint From Sesko MASAYASU (正泰), Shōwa (昭和, 1926-1989), Aichi – “Masayasu” (正泰), family name Shinno (真野), rikugun-jumei- tōshō, jōkō no retsu (Akihide), Fourth Seat at the 6th Shinsaku Nihontō Denrankai (新作日本刀展覧会, 1941) According to Malcolm E. Cox he is not listed in RJT program, but he did supply swords to the arsenal. Asking 2,850usd shipping included conus, for international destinations pm me and we can discuss. If I missed anything let me know and I'll do my best to get you it. Edit: forgot to mention a donation to nmb will be made as well.
  2. Hello, please find herewith 4 tsuba of my collection to be sold: #1 - Kaku gata iron tsuba with brass rim - Design of warabi - 6,7 cm * 6,3 cm - 150 euros ($160) #2 - Maru gata iron sukashi tsuba with dark silver rim- Signed SHO ZUI (gimei) - Design of dragon - 7 cm * 6,8 cm - 325 euros ($350) #3 - Maru gata iron tsuba with brass rim and acid etched surface treatment (Slightly depatinated) - design of maple leaves - 7 cm * 6,7 cm - 130 euros ($140) #4 - Maru gata iron tsuba with brass rim and acid etched surface treatment - design of pawlonia - 8 cm * 8 cm - 250 euros ($270) All fees (PP & Shipping - custom) will have to paid by the purchaser, knowing that the tsuba are in Europe (France). Please feel free to pm me for more picture and all inquiries. Thank you
  3. The business is closing! Notice of final sale from now until September 2022 all items are now discounted. All reasonable offers will be considered on items still on the business website. The website along with this form page will be removed in September 2022. https://www.raindragonfineartandantiques.com/so/bdO4KvArE?languageTag=en
  4. For Sale: $8750 (plus shipping and PayPal or credit card fee of 4.4%) 1 antique Japanese WW2 Yasukuni Shrine sword by Kagiyama Yasunori available. Yasunori was one of the founders of the Yasukuni Shrine Forge. This is a Special Order katana by Yasunori. This rare Special Order Yasukuni Shrine sword would make a fine acquisition for any collection. This sword is of special importance. The ura/inscription on the nakago reads ‘Commemorating the 2600th year of the founding of the Empire for the Aihara family and their succeeding generations’. This sword was made on a 'Lucky Day in January 1940'. This sword is of an unusual length for Yasukuni Shrine swords. This sword measures 27 9/16” from blade tip to the notch (mune) in the blade spine. A Yasukuni Shrine sword with these features is very rare among Yasukuni blades. The kabutogane has the mon of the Asano Samurai clan. The hamon is more complex than suguha—there are waved features within the hamon. The tsuba has the harp stamp associated with Yasukuni-to. The saya has been protected by the leather combat cover—the saya lacquer looks to be quite perfect under the cover. CONDITION: The blade is in original Japanese polish. There are no nicks. The hamon and boshi are perfectly healthy. The scabbard lock functions perfectly, and the silk sarute is still intact. This is an exceptional and rare Yasukuni Shrine sword.
  5. Edo period Large Matchlock Tanegashima/Teppo/Hinawaju Around 140 cm long, with 100 cm Long barrel. Overall in good condition, but can find some signs of scars and stain on the it. This is an antique made in hundreds of years ago, there are imperfections or damage due to aging. Not working properly until restored. Please see the pictures for details. Price: $2000/Each (include shipping cost within the U.S.) Reasonable offers accepted, please PM if interested.
  6. Sadly i have to sell this Yari because im in a tight financial situation. It has nice koshirae (although a bit short), a shirasaya and a Hozon origami. Asking pirce is 1280€ for shipping in EU, shipping outside EU will be more expensive. Blade length 13.6cm nakago length 24.8cm signed 24.8cm
  7. Muromachi period AD1489 Katana Signed Bishu Osafune Norimitsu備州長船則光with Koshirae and Sirasaya. Age: Blade: Muromachi period (AD. 1489) Tsuba: Edo period Mei: 備州長船則光(Bishu Osafune Norimitsu,Norimitsu of Osafune) 延徳元年八月日(Fiest year of Entoku, August. AD. 1489 August) Blade length: 52.4cm Blade is polished, and overall in good condition with normal signs of scars and stain. This is an antique made in hundreds of years ago. There are imperfections or blemishes due to aging. Please see the pictures for details. Price: $3300(Include shipping within the US) Reasonable offers accepted
  8. Bishu Osafune Kiyomitsu, Katana in Koshirae Age: Blade: Muromachi period (AD. 1560) Tsuba: Edo period Mei: 備州長船清光作(Bishu Osafune Kiyomitsu Saku, made by Kiyomitsu of Osafune) 永禄三年八月日(3rd year of Eiroku, August. AD. 1560 August) Blade length: 66.3cm Blade is old polished, and overall in good condition with normal signs of scars and stain. This is an antique made in hundreds of years ago. There are imperfections or blemishes due to aging. Please see the pictures for details. Price: $4000 (include shipping cost within the U.S.) Reasonable offers accepted, please PM if interested.
  9. Blade is overall in good condition but can find some signs of scars and stain on the blade(see pictures, can be easily removed by polisher, no fatal damage). This is an antique made in hundreds of years ago. There are imperfections or blemishes due to aging. Please see the pictures for details. Mei(Signature): Unsigned Maker: Fujishima Tomoshige(3rd gen) 藤島友重 三代 Blade length: 59.5cm Blade Weight: 479.0g Age: Early Muromachi period 1394-1428 應永 [Accessories] Cloth Bag Shirasaya Certificate paper Fujishima is the name of a place in Echizen Province and it is said that the first generation of Tomoshige lived here first then moved to Kaga Province later. The founder of the Fujishima school was Tomoshige, a pupil of Rai Kunitoshi. His work dates to 1334-1338. Tomoshige line of smiths who had ten generations of the name during the Koto period and six generations up until the Shintoshinto period. Price: $2200 (include shipping cost if you live in the US) Open to offers
  10. 1 desirable Koa Isshin Mantetsu WW2 Japanese Army Officer's sword available. This Japanese Mantetsu sword would make an important addition to any collection. This sword has exceptional early mounts. Note the deep red color of the lined habaki. Note too the early War red color of the fittings. This sword is signed 'KOA ISSHIN MANTETSU SAKU'--meaning 'Develop Asia by One Mind Mantetsu respectfully made this'. The reverse side of the nakago is dated. The spine of the nakago is also marked. This fine sword measures 26 1/8" (66.3 cm) (measured properly from the blade tip to the notch in the blade spine). CONDITION: This World War II Japanese Mantetsu sword is in excellent condition. The hamon and boshi are perfectly healthy. The blade edge is excellent with no nicks. The blade has occasional staining from past oxidation that had just begun to form, and was removed. The blade is perfectly straight. The handle and fittings are in excellent condition. The sword locks tightly into the saya/scabbard, and functions perfectly. $3500 (If paying via credit card or PayPal, 4% credit card fee/PayPal fee added to the purchase price).
  11. An Edo Period Wakizashi made by Third-gen Izumi no Kami Rai Kinmichi和泉守来金道 with Shirasaya The third-gen Izumi no Kami Rai Kinmichi was forging blades in Kyoto in the early Edo period(Mid-Late 17 century).He was allowed to inscribe a chrysanthemum emblem, which is the symbol of the Japanese emperor. His sword-forging technique was so great that the emperor licensed him to use this emblem, which was quite honorable for any swordsmiths. Blade length: 54cm Sori : 0.9cm Weight: 514g SOLD Reasonable offers accepted, please PM if interested.
  12. 1 Japanese World War II Army Officer's Samurai sword available. This full polish katana was made by Masashige. This Japanese sword would make an important addition to any collection. This is a desirable hand-made gendai sword. Matsubayashi Masashige was awarded 'Special Honor Noted Seat/Sword Forging Teacher' at the 1941 Exhibition. Just 33 of the hundreds of swordsmith participants in the 1941 Exhibition were awarded this ranking. This sword's hamon is exceptional. See the photos for a closer look. This sword was made with tamahagane, and was water-tempered. Note the hada/grain in this sword not exhibited in most WW2 gendai-to swords. In 1942 Mr. Kurihara Hikosaburo, a historian who helped to bring out a revival of the sword-making tradition in Japan, ranked 400 wartime Japanese swordsmiths into 7 skill categories--saijo saku (highest), jojo saku, jo saku, chujo saku, chu saku, chuge saku, and ge saku. Matsubayashi Masashige was ranked in the second highest skill category by Mr. Hikosaburo. The blade measures 24 1/8" (61.3 cm) from blade tip to notch in the blade spine. Note the superior koshirae. CONDITION: The blade is in full polish. The hamon and boshi are perfectly healthy. The Army koshirae are in superior condition. $3500 shipped (If paying via regular Paypal or via credit card, add 4% fee). Here is the link to the full complement of photos: https://stcroixblades.com/shop/products/Japanese-ww2-shin-gunto-army-sword-gendaito-masashige-full-polish-katana/ Regards, --Matthew Brice www.StCroixBlades.com
  13. Hello. I have one translation from a friend on this Presentation General Grade dress sword. I want to double-check though with others—just to be sure we have it translated correctly. Hopefully one of our Japanese speaking community members can help. Thank you in advance! —Matt
  14. Hello! I could use some help with another translation—this time on a dragon/sea serpent themed fine iron tsuba. Thank you in advance to whomever can help! —Matt
  15. Army Gendaito by Ikkansai Kunimori For Sale. Kunimori was known as Yasuhiro while at the Yasukuni Shrine. $3500. https://stcroixblades.com/shop/products/ikkansai-kunimori-Japanese-ww2-army-sword-antique-samurai-gendai-yasuhiro/ --Matthew Bride www.StCroixBlades.com
  16. St. Croix Blades website has been updated with New Japanese Swords. Click on the link to visit the site: https://stcroixblades.com/shop/Japanese-swords/ Also...swords in stock but not yet listed (but available): --Swords from the Plimpton Collection of Early Military Mount Swords --5 Gendaito: Ikkansai Kunimori, Haruhisa, Masashige, Nagamitsu, Masayasu --10-12 Nihonto in Samurai Mounts --NBTHK Tokubetsu Hozon Nanbokucho Sekishu Sadatsuna --50 Swords from a different collection of Early Military Mount Swords Sign up for our Store Newsletter to be Informed of our Newest Listings! Sign up at the bottom of the Home Page: https://stcroixblades.com/ --Matthew Brice St. Croix Blades
  17. For Sale: Japanese Forestry Dirk, ca.1903 through World War 2. $1695 (plus PayPal fee). Here is the link: https://stcroixblades.com/shop/products/Japanese-ww2-forestry-dirk-antique-samurai-sword-foresters-dagger/ —Matthew Brice www.StCroixBlades.com
  18. Just a quick notice about the update of the business inventory. Let me know if you have any questions. Feel free to discuss politely. https://www.raindragonfineartandantiques.com/so/8fNz7jSYP?languageTag=en
  19. Kanzan (Hanshan) and Jittoku (Shide) menuki A rare catch. You don’t see those two come up for sale often. Classic interpretation of the famous Zen (Chan) Buddhist monks in miniature. Brilliant work. Mumei Kyo-Kanagushi NBTHK Hozon with translation Price: $1000 May bundle together with the Masaaki's Kanzan and Jittoku kozuka from here Donation to the board is included, everything else is negotiable) And Happy New Year! Cheers!
  20. Giving away two nice tsuba-fk “sets” 1.1. Rat, fans and willow tree tsuba Very nice example, fine inlay work, minute work always attract attention. Mumei, after Okamoto Sadamasa work. Price: $450 1.2. Rat, fan and komebukuro/chairebukuro fuchi-kashira Nice work of the Tsuchiya Yasuchika school. Very accurate inlay work. Signed “Yasuchika”, very strong mei typical to first gens. Price: $350 2.1. Plovers and waves tsuba Chidori/plovers are a migratory bird in Japan. They are usually depicted flying over waves. Since they have to overcome high waves and strong winds, they are a symbol of strength and perseverance. Outstanding piece from Mito, fine finish, the birds are very well executed, emotional intensity is conveyed masterfully and very clearly. Mumei Mito, tokukicho paper of a similar tsuba attached for reference. Price: $500 2.2. Plovers and waves fuchi-kashira Very nice fk in the same strong nami chidori motif. Details are very well underlined. Mumei Nara. Price: $300 Donation to the board is included, everything else is negotiable) And Happy New Year! Cheers!
  21. Releasing some plates from my collection 1. Shishi and peony tsuba Very strong and beautiful shishi botan zu tsuba. Carving technique of the highest level, look at the fur’s circular “curls” and compare those to the one recently unsold in Lempertz auction. God's gift and scrambled eggs) Another example of a comparable quality by “Somin” went on yahoo a couple of weeks ago for around $3000. Silver nawame-fukurin, nice addition. Signed “Soyo Kao”, there were four guys in the Yokoya family line who signed “Soyo” (H08951-H08954) Price: $1500 2. Kuruma-waterwheel tsuba Wonderful iron piece, smooth sukashi-cuts, perfect chocolate brown patina, pure pleasure. The waterwheel serves as a common symbol in Buddhist culture, representing rapid spiritual change and the cycle of rebirth. Mumei Bushu NBTHK Hozon with translation Price: $1200 3. Rising sun and waves tsuba Small but amazing tsuba. Perfect ishime-ji, beautiful waves carving, gold and shakudo spray inlay, sukashi elements. High level of workmanship. Signed “Tou”, several gens of Tsuchiya Yasuchika signed their works like this. Price: $550 Donation to the board is included, everything else is negotiable) And Happy New Year!) Cheers!
  22. 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.
  23. Relishing as I need to lighten my load considerably. So I am selling some Nihonto related books. Canadian funds would be best for me. I prefer EFT, but will accept PayPal + fee. Will ship world-wide. Thanks for looking! 1. The AFU QUARTERLY by Harry AFU Watson 1st Edition (1995), Summer (1996), and Fall (1997). Each magazine has informative articles about swords and tsuba. Very educational for new and old collectors of kodogu and tosogu. A must have for any library. 1st edition - 64 pages, Summer edition - 128 pages, Fall edition - 192 pages. Approx. size for each 8 1/4" x 11" inches. Fine Condition $100 CAD + Shipping. E-Transfer or Paypal + fee Accepted 2. The Samurai Sword: A Handbook by John M. Yumoto This complete handbook reveals the lore of the samurai sword, fascinating both for owners and for the intrigued. Detailing the origins and development of the samurai sword, its historical background, styles, famous schools, and differences in construction, outlining methods of identifying and researching the sword, as well as caring for it properly. Very Good Condition $15 CAD + Shipping. E-Transfer or Paypal + fee Accepted 3. The Art of the Japanese Sword: The Craft of Swordmaking and its Appreciation by Yoshindo Yoshihara, Leon Kapp, Hiroko Kapp In this book, master swordsmith Yoshindo Yoshihara offers a detailed look at the entire process of Japanese sword making, including the finishing and appreciation of Japanese blades. Brand new, still in shrink wrap $45 CAD + Shipping. E-Transfer or Paypal + fee Accepted 4. Gokaden: The Five Schools 155 pages, Plastic comb binding. Fine Condition $25 CAD + Shipping. E-Transfer or Paypal + fee Accepted 5. Facts and Fundamentals of Japanese Swords: A Collector’s Guide by Nobuo Nakahara a practical, comprehensive volume that offers information, along with 300 photos and illustrations, enabling collectors to evaluate the veracity and quality of swords that they are considering acquiring or already have in their collections. Very Fine Condition (with Brodart Protective Clear Jacket) $40 CAD + Shipping. E-Transfer or Paypal + fee Accepted 6. Nihonto kansho No Shiori from Sano Art Museum This small book introduces the Nihonto and koshirae in Sano Art Museum with the title of 'Appreciation Guide'. Sano Art museum, founded by Sano Takakazu after the Pacific War, has lots of valuable blades including Kokuho Nagamitsu's Naginata. This catalog contains about 50 blades with clear photos and explanations. Especially, this book shows the hada of blades very well. Book size is 15cm X 21cm, 64 pages. Japanese language with English Index of swords. Fine Condition (with Brodart Protective Clear Jacket) $50 CAD + Shipping. E-Transfer or Paypal + fee Accepted 7. Introduction To Japanese Swords by W.M. Hawley A basic guide for collectors. Clear, concise history of the Japanese blade; construction details; well-illustrated with drawings and photos. Also includes a short section on the Japanese matchlock. Fine Condition $10 CAD + Shipping. E-Transfer or Paypal + fee Accepted 8. Arms and Armour of Ancient Japan Book co-sponsored by the Municipal Art Patrons of Los Angeles and the Southern California To-Ken Kai for a showing of Japanese arms and armor at the Municipal Art Gallery, Barnsdall Park February 19-22, 1964. An excellent survey of Japanese swords and tsubas. Very Fine Condition $25 CAD + Shipping. E-Transfer or Paypal + fee Accepted 9. Token to Rekishi ("History and the Sword") The journal of the Nihon Token Hozon Kai (NTHK). 12 Issues: No. 685 to No. 697 (Nov. 2008 to Jan. 2011). All in Very Fine Condition, mostly unopened or read. $24 CAD + Shipping. E-Transfer or Paypal + fee Accepted 10. Art Of The Samurai: Japanese Arms and Armor, 1156-1866 by Metropolitan Museum of Art Samurai arms and equipment are widely recognized as masterpieces in steel, silk, and lacquer. This extensively illustrated volume includes the Very Finest examples of swords, sword mountings and fittings, armor and helmets, saddles, banners, and paintings from Japanese collections. Dating from the fifth to the nineteenth century, these majestic objects offer a complete picture of samurai culture and its unique blend of the martial and the refined. Hardcover, Very Fine Condition (with Brodart Protective Clear Jacket) $130 CAD + Shipping. E-Transfer or Paypal + fee Accepted 11. Arms And Armor Of The Samurai: The History of Weapons in Ancient Japan by I. Bottomley & A. P. Hopson Illustrations and text trace the development of samurai arms from their earliest beginning to the ceremonial armor of the Tokugawa era. Hardcover, Very Good Condition (with Brodart Protective Clear Jacket) $15 CAD + Shipping. E-Transfer or Paypal + fee Accepted 12. Secrets of the Samurai: The Martial Arts of Feudal Japan by Oscar Ratti , Adele Westbrook This is the definitive study of the martial arts of feudal Japan, explaining in detail the weapons, techniques, strategies, and principles of combat that made the Japanese warrior a formidable foe. Hardcover, Very Good Condition $15 CAD + Shipping. E-Transfer or Paypal + fee Accepted 14. The Sword & The Mind translated by Hiroaki Sato this pivotal seventeenth-century how-to guide for the swordsman is also a penetrating philosophical and psychological treatise on strategy. Yagyu Munenori's step-by-step instructions for positioning, striking—with one and two swords—and defending oneself against an opponent can be applied with equal success to many types of conflict, from sword fight to political struggle to business competition. Hardcover, Very Good Condition $15 CAD + Shipping. E-Transfer or Paypal + fee Accepted 15. Samurai: The Weapons and Spirit of the Japanese Warrior by Clive Sinclaire A fascinating look at ancient Japanese weaponry, complete with 150 dazzling full-color photographs. Paperback, Good Condition $10 CAD + Shipping. E-Transfer or Paypal + fee Accepted 16. Canadian Journal of Japanese Swords by The Japanese Sword Society of Canada The quarterly journal published by the JSSC, filled with lots of info and tests on Japanese swords. 13 issues from Vol 3 No 2 to Vol 6 No 3 (Summer 2009 to Autumn 2012). Good Condition $20 CAD + Shipping. E-Transfer or Paypal + fee Accepted 17. JSSUS Newsletter by The Japanese Sword Society of the United States Newsletter published by the JSSUS. 13 issues – Vol 42 No 1 to Vol 43 No 6 (Mar. 2010 to Dec. 2011) Very Good condition. $25 CAD
  24. Forged in 2008. Beautifully forged, demonstrating the amount of skill and control required to create such a hamon on a small kogatana blade. Blade length: 5.25" (13.34. cm) Overall length: 8.06" (20.48 cm) Asking $1350 CAD or best reasonable offer. Prefer EFT, but will accept PayPal + fee. Free Shipping in Canada, all other countries please inquire.
  25. St. Croix Blades buys Japanese swords and militaria! In need of an appraisal, or want to sell or consign your sword or collection? Pricing out an estate collection? Contact Us!71 5 5571 688 $2200 (plus PayPal fee of 4.4%) 1 very rare General Grade Japanese WW2 era Police Superintendent sword available. This sword would make a rare addition to any collection. Note the custom fuchi and handle material. The backstrap is fully decorated. The scabbard lock release button is decorated with a cherry blossom. In Dawson’s book ‘Swords of Imperial Japan 1868-1945 — Cyclopedia Edition’, it is noted that this is a Police Superintendent sword. This sword measures 34 1/4” long. The blade has an acid-etched yakiba/temper line. CONDITION: This sword is in exceptional condition. The handle wire is perfect. The scabbard lock functions perfectly. The blade has just a few areas of plating loss. The scabbard is excellent. —Matt www.StCroixBlades.com
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