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  1. $4500 obo. 1 antique Japanese WW2 gendaito sword by Nobufusa available. This fine antique Japanese sword would make an important acquisition for any collection. Nobufusa was judged a Sword Forging Teacher at the 1941 Exhibition. Nobufusa was a highly rated gendai smith--2.5 Million Yen. The blade measures 68.3 cm (26 7/8") from blade tip to notch in the blade spine. This water-tempered gendaito was made with Tamahagane. This gendai was mounted in Samurai koshirae. Condition: This sword is in beautiful condition. The mounts are excellent. The blade is in polish with an occasional light scratch. There are no nicks in the blade edge. The blade is perfectly straight. The hamon and boshi are perfectly healthy.
  2. 1 antique Japanese WW2 Yasukuni Shrine sword by Kotani Yasunori available. This fine antique Japanese sword would make an important acquisition for any collection. The blade measures 68.5 cm (26 15/16") from blade tip to notch in the blade spine. Scroll down to the bottom of the listing to View Additional Photos. Condition: This sword is in beautiful condition. The mounts are excellent. The blade is in wartime polish with one tiny nail catcher type nick which is so slight it is hard to see. It's really only detectable when pulling the cutting edge along a fingernail. There is some light staining on the blade. The blade is perfectly straight. The hamon and boshi are perfectly healthy.
  3. Large release from my collection – few fine kozuka 1. Fukurokuju and crane kozuka Lovely kozuka with longevity motif. Omote side mostly in usuniku-bori, ura side in motobori techniques. Mumei Price: $600 2. Hotei and Karako kozuka Interesting kozuka in usuniku-bori technique, manji pattern on Hotei’s bag. Very nice work. Mumei Price: $500 3. Dragon kozuka Top class Goto kozuka. Dragon details are exquisite, nanakoji is perfect as it should be. Signed: Goto Kanjo Kao (H 02638.0), Hachirobei line Price: $600 4. Centipede kozuka with kogatana Not often you can catch one. Nice work, centipede running through a rotten bridge pillar. Signed: Masayuki Price: $600
  4. The website for my new business Rain Dragon Fine Art and Antiques, LLC is coming along nicely but is still a work in progress. The business focuses on Japanese fine art and antiques which include traditional made Japanese swords, sword fittings, and armor the topic of Nihonto Message Board. Here is a link to temporary website that you can use to sign up for email notifications:https://dastiles1.wixsite.com/raindargonfineart. You can also check out my website for my personal collection at https://www.tsubaotaku.com/ Thank you.
  5. Large release from my collection – few nice menuki 1. Large dragon menuki Beautiful and strong, great details, super large size - 77.9 and 78.9 mm. Mumei Price: $650 2. Small dragon menuki Very nice work, scales are very well elaborated, could be a great daisho set with the previous one. Mumei Price: $350 3. Dragon and tiger menuki Nice work, fine details for such small size. Mumei Price: $250 4. Spider on pine needles menuki Lovely set, fine craftsmanship that deserves attention Sizes: 31 mm, 30 mm Price: $200
  6. I am listing some books that I have twice. All books are located in Germany - so no custom fees for EU members (and shipping is also cheaper) Lethal Elegance, Joe Earle, English, Hardcover 35,00 USD 30,00 € 2) Facts and Fundamentals of Japanese Swords, Nobuo Nakahara/Paul Martin, English, Hardcover 30,00 USD 25,00 € 3) Armures du Japon, Robert Burawoy, French/English, Hardcover 60,00 USD 50,00 € 4) Samurai Armor design, Pie books, Japanese/English, Paperback 35,00 USD 30,00 € 5) Art and the sword - Volumes Four (1991), Five & Six (1995), Eight (2001) 50,00 USD 40,00 € All books are in very good condition Postage - 5 kg Germany, insured 7,50 € Postage - 5 kg EU, insured 18,00 € Package - 2 kg US, not insured 20,00 USD Package - 5 kg, US, insured 40,00 USD Payment options: Paypal (Friends&Family), Wire Transfer (I will provide my IBAN) Thanks for looking, Stephan
  7. #1 good old authentic 16th 17th C HINENO-ZUNARI style kabuto. don't know a whole lot about it - bought at estate auction here in the Midwest back in the 80's. Silk thread has deteriorated so neckguards are loose but complete- heavy 8 lbs. this is a real samurai head gear - either died from the sword or bow/arrow or a broken neck ! According to booklet by Louis & Kei Chappelear " The Evolution of the Samurai Helmet" old Ieyasu Tokugawa in his youth wore this type kabuto BUT his was a brilliant golden color. asking 850$ #2 32 plate helmet believed to be early-mid Edo period. Again the neckguards are loose as the silk threads have deteriorated. This helmet is also fairly heavy just under 7 lbs. Has the mons on the fukigaeshi. Most all lacquer is gone and light overall oxidation but definitely can be restored or leave it as I have for over 30 yrs. This is what happens when a metal item sits in a Midwest barn with NO humidity control. asking $850 #3 or $1550 for both ! probably list them on ebay tom w
  8. WTS Mantetsu rare w stamp $2200 plus shipping and PayPal fees IJA signed Koa Isshin Mantetsu and dated 26 1/4”. The blade is in very nice condition and mounts are in good condition with some paint missing on the scabbard. The Nakago also has a rare W stamp on it.
  9. Large release from my collection – some fine fuchi-kashira 1. Tigers f-k Craftsmanship in the essence. Look at the details, brilliant nanakoji, inlay work, carvings. Masterpiece grade item. Signed: Omori Teruhide Kao Price: $1000 2. Shishi f-k Nice f-k. Good example of the Yokoya school. Fine motobori techniques realized. Signed: Soyo Kao Size:Fuchi: 37.5 x 21 x 12.6 mm Kashira: 33.6 x 16.2 mm Price: $300 3. Huang Shigong (Kosekiko) and Zhang Liang (Choryo) f-k This is something really rare. Motif is quite popular but not so many items out there, especially f-k and this one is a true find. Fuchi is very nice, black shakudo dragon in golden waves, kashira is something special, miniature scene from the famous legend on finest nanakoji, you can see every detail, bridge surface is polished to mirror. A true masterpiece. Mumei Kyo-Kinko NTK Kantei-sho Price: $600 4. Kirimon f-k Very interesting f-k by the master of minute carvings Hosono Masamori. Signed: Hosono Sozaemon kore o horu Sizes: Fuchi: 3.7 x 1.9 x 0.8 cm Kashira: 3.3 x 1.7 x 0.6 cm Price: $400 5. Daruma and mokugyo/hossu (Zen Buddhism drum and brush) f-k Famous design, nice work. Signed: Tou (in-mei) Sizes: Fuchi: 34 x 17 mm Kashira: 31.6 x 12.5 mm Price: $350
  10. Bonjour. voici un poignard de la marine japonaise: Type japonais "poignard". Pommeau, croisière, virole, empiècement et bouterole en laiton. Fleurs de lotus sur la virole et le pommeau. Manche en bois enveloppé de galuchat blanc filigrane. Lame en acier légèrement incurvée avec un bord, gouttière des deux côtés de la lame. Fourreau en acier peint en brun foncé et garniture en laiton avec décorations de fleurs de lotus. Au niveau du joug, deux anneaux de suspension pour la caution. Bouton de verrouillage sur l'empiècement. Longueur totale: 41,3 cm. Longueur de la lame: 21,5 cm. Poids: 272 gr. 440 $ bonne journée. Rodriguez.
  11. New Sword available--M1883 Naval Officer's Kyu-gunto Sword. $4800 obo Samurai mon on the backstrap--two hawk feathers, Asano clan. Very fine condition mounts. Average quality 24 7/16" mumei nihonto blade. More photos available if needed. Harder to find Naval Russo-Japanese mounted sword. --Matthew Brice
  12. Hi I have created my second tsuba for sale catalogue with a price listing The link below will enable you to see all the available tsuba https://www.dropbox.com/s/fakjukzmer8vmla/NMB%20listing.pdf?dl=0 Would you please read the first page before you raise any queries Nothing in the PDF is copyrighted so I’m happy for anyone to keep a copy or ideally pass a copy to any other interested friends or clubs Those that remember my 1st sale will see some changes. There are some of the original tsuba available but the price may be slightly reduced and there are quite a few new tsuba When I asked about a Tanaka or Inaba tsuba I was shocked at the prices but this sale will enable me to buy some of these higher end tsuba to improve my collection As usual there will be a donation to the NMB Grev UK
  13. Bizen Sukemitsu III Wakizashi Nagasa: 48.6 cm NBTHK Tokubetsu Kicho papers attributing to Sukemitsu. Mumei: sword has been polished - suriage. Era: Muromachi period - from Eikyo (1429 AD) to Mei-o (1492 AD). Jitetsu: Ko-itame/mokume mix with utsuri. Deep koshi sori with Saki sori and bohi Boshi: Midare Komi Hamon: Choji/Midare mix with ashi, yo, sunagashi and Kinsuji. Koshirai: Black saya with kogatana - excellent condition no flaws. Remarks: 3rd Gen - He was called Rokurozaemonnojo. Very same style as Yasumitsu and Norimitsu. His father is Toshimitsu His style and workmanship is superior and he flourished in the Oei period. He is rated ChuJo-Saku and ryo-wazimono (very sharp blades) Source Rating Reference/Page Hawley: SUK720 (80pts) Toko Taikan: ¥5M P. 339 Fujishiro ChuJo saku K614 From Nihon Toko Jiten (Fujishiro): Page 614 SUKEMITSU ROKURÔZAEMONNOJÔ [bUN'AN 1444 BIZEN] CHÛKOTÔ CHÛJÔSAKU He is the son of Toshimitsu, the father Ukyônosuke Katsumitsu and Sakyôshin Munemitsu, he takes Osafune as a place name and was in Oku-gôri Miyuki Mura. He has works from Eikyô to around Bunmei, his style and mei kanji resemble that of Gorôzaemon Norimitsu, and even though he was neither his older or younger brother, is thought to have been in the same family. As for his style, many of his works are superior in comparison to Norimitsu, and they are mostly tantô and wakizashi. (Ryôwazamono) This beautiful Wakizashi has been appraised by Fred Fimio (President, Japanese Sword Society of Canada) at a value of $8500 USD ($11,409 CAD). My asking price is $10,000 CAD plus shipping & insurance, but that is open to negotiation. Ian Johnston ianjohnston01@gmail.com
  14. FOR SALE: 1 Japanese WWII gendaito sword available. This sword was made by the 2 Million Yen, Sword Forging Teacher, Kanemichi. This World War 2 Japanese sword would make an important acquisition for any collection. This is early work for Kanemichi. He signed with his first, early signature Kanetoki. This a traditionally-made, water-tempered sword made with tamahagane. The blade measures 26 5/8" (67.6 cm) from the blade tip to the bottom of the notch in the habaki. This fine sword is mounted in shirasaya. At the 1941 Sword Exhibition, Kanemichi was ranked Special Honor Noted Seat--Sword Forging Teacher. John Slough noted in this book: 'His real name is Kojima Tokijiro. Kanemichi was born in July 1902. At first he studied under Kojima Katsumasa who used to be the student of Zenjo Kaneyoshi. Later he became a student of Watanabe Kanenaga. He was a Rikugen Jumei Tosho and had many students.' Condition: The blade is in original polish with only a few scattered small pits. Owing to this sword being an early work of Kanemichi's (having been made roughly 1935-1937), there are two small blisters. The blade is perfectly straight. The hamon/temper line and boshi are perfectly healthy. $2200 obo --Matthew Brice www.StCroixBlades.com
  15. 1 Shinshinto Japanese Samurai katana available. It was carried by Samurai during the late 1700's to early/mid 1800's. The daito was then remounted for carry in World War 2 by an IJA Army Officer. This piece would make a fine acquisition for any collector. This sword is in full polish. The blade was greatly shortened. You can see the original mekugi-ana/tang hole way down at the bottom. About 2 1/2" up from that was where the habaki originally sat. This sword was originally 34" long. The nagasa measures 26 1/2" (67.3 cm) from blade tip to notch in the blade spine. This katana has fine horimono carving. Since this sword was shortened, much of the horimono carving is on the nakago under the tsuka/handle. What a beautiful piece. The reverse side has buddhist characters carved. Condition Full polish. The hamon and boshi are perfectly healthy. There are no ware, no fukure, no flaws--of any kind whatsoever, exactly as what is expected of a shinshinto piece. The mounts are nearly perfect. This daito would be so interesting to get papered at shinsa. Thank you. --Matt Brice St. Croix Blades
  16. FLAT DRAGON HORIMONO Japanese Samurai -Antique/Old Nihonto/30+ inches. $5000 obo Description: 1 unusual and collectible Japanese Samurai available. This daito has desirable flat horimono of a dragon. This flat style of horimono is much less common. The work is of a high grade. This traditionally made late 1700’s/early 1800’s A.D. Japanese daito would make an important acquisition for any collection. Measures a long 30 7/8” (78.4 cm) from the tip to the bottom of the notch in the habaki. Mumei. This hamon is suguha/straight with occasional undulating peaks. This daito’s sori/curvature is very slight. I showed this daito to a former board member of the American branch of the NBTHK. He feels this daito is much deserving of a polish—its exceptional horimono work, and unusual length make it deserving of polish. It is a nihonto unlike any other he has seen in 50 years. Condition: No nicks. The area below the shinogi line and above the horimono in the bohi has the very slight tiny surface finish changes associated with 75 years of very slight occasional oxidation. The horimono will not need any polishing. And the other areas mentioned will need only a lighter polish. The hamon and boshi are perfectly healthy. There are no blisters. The wood habaki has damage. This daito is a perfect candidate for polish and is much deserving of one. It will paper at shinsa. This daito is a wise investment—it is unusual, it has superior horimono work, and it is of an extraordinary length. Here is the link to the listing--there are lots of photos on the listing: https://www.ebay.com/itm/362957313688 --Matthew Brice
  17. Japanese Antique Edo Han tachi Koshirae samurai sword Busho yoroi kabuto 龍 Description: Very rare Japanese antique Han tachi koshirae of the late Muromachi or early Edo era. Used by only high rank busho or samurai. Period: Late Muromachi, Early Edo era Dimensions: Full length: 99.06 cm (39 in) Saya length: 75.57 cm (29.75 in) Tsuka length: 23.50 cm (9.25 in) Sori/Warp: 1.9 cm Weight: 312 grams Price: 800 USD. Payment via paypal or bank wire.
  18. This sword was made by Yoshinobu between 1615 and 1624 A.D. This katana is in World War 2 Army mounts. This sword has a silver Samurai family mon. The temper line on this sword is very beautiful. The original Shinsa worksheet is also included with this papered sword. Of special interest on this sword--when the sword was shortened, the original signature was inlayed onto the shortened nakago. Most collectors and dealers will note that most inlayed signatures occur on very nice swords. Condition: The mounts on this sword are in exceptional condition. The blade has three nicks, and only some very occasional shallow surface pitting. This fine sword will polish nicely. $4,500 obo. --Matthew Brice www.StCroixBlades.com
  19. Update to my previous For Sale post titled '65 Tsuba from Collection FOR SALE'--please now take 25% off the prices in that post. (You can view the tsuba photos, descriptions, and prices in that post by scrolling the posts in this 'For Sale' section here on the Nihonto Message Board). Note that tsuba T2, T3, T5, T23, & T65 have sold. Thank you. --Matthew Brice www.StCroixBlades.com
  20. 65 Tsuba from a Collection I Bought available For Sale. These tsuba run the gamut from super nice to oh, kind of 'blah'. On the nice side there are Soten or Hiragiya school, Namban, Heianjo, Akasaka, etc. On the 'blah' side--there are some that were cleaned, rusty, or otherwise not interesting. But, here's the list and here are the photos. Pick out a tsuba or several, whatever you can use for your collection or for mounting. Thank you! --Matthew Brice www.StCroixBlades.com TH MB -- tsuba group list -- descriptions valuations.docx
  21. Collectors--St. Croix Blades has 12 swords listed for sale up on eBay currently. They run the gamut--from Buy It Now listings to Auction listings, from Showato to gendai, from fully polished to as-is. Take a look to see if there is anything you might be interested in. Here is the link: https://www.ebay.com/sch/m.html?_odkw=Japanese+swrod&_ssn=stcroixblades&item=362883002543&_osacat=0&_from=R40&_trksid=p2046732.m570.l1313.TR11.TRC2.A0.H0.Xjapanese+sword.TRS1&_nkw=Japanese+sword&_sacat=0 Those of you who don't have an eBay account--or who want a lower price (I'll subtract the fees from the listed price), contact me for a direct sale. Thank you! Matthew Brice www.StCroixBlades.com
  22. Hello everyone! I thought I would introduce myself. My name is Octavian and I'm from Canada. I'm new to this community! I have an interest in learning about anything from the Japanese culture. One of my interests over the last few years has been collecting and learning about nihonto Japanese blades such as the Katana and the Tachi. I have a very nice example for sale! I love this nihonto but I'm selling it to feed my other hobby, Japanese anime, original production anime celluloids. I look forward to learning new things and sharing this hobby with you as part of this community! ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Den Dewa Ko-Gassan Gold inlay Nihonto Katana, Muromachi Era: 600 yrs (NTHK-NPO Kanteisho papered certificate) Price: SOLD Serious Offers considered payment: paypal (with buyer protection) Certification: Certificate No. 319248, Tokyo (photocopy included: original kept in Japan) Judgement Paper: NTHK-NPO Kanteisho (authentic swords paper) This is the second highest and more commonly seen origami certificate from the NTHK-NPO that offers a generous amount of information on the sword’s characteristics. The certificate will be issued for swords of considerable quality in which the mei (signature) is authentic OR in the case that if sword is mumei(unsigned), the judges will offer their opinion on who the smith or school was that forged the blade. Blade: Mumei signature: Gold inlay: Gassan Age: Mid- Muromachi era: ca. 1400 Length: about 95cm Blade length: about 66.7cm warp: about 1.9cm first nail hole: one original width: about 26.9mm Motoshige: about 6.5mm destination width: about 18.5mm Sakikasane: about 5.1mm blade weight: about 604g Shape : It is wide and thick long size katana. It has deep curve. Jitetsu : Ayasugi hada well grained with jinie attached. The ayasugi hada is well seen. Hamon : Nie plate suguha Edo Katana Koshirae Fittings: Fuchi: Higo Deito Iron fittings (dragonfly & floral pattern gold inlay) Tsuba: High quality round shape iron tsuba with carved partterns, Edo period Saya: Red lacquered saya (sheath) Edo Period: 400 years old Accessories: Silk Bag, NTHK certificate, Shirasaya (wood housing) included, wood blade included Description: This piece is quite old Ko-Gassan. In the koto times, most Gassan smiths signed with the school name only and so the names of individual smiths are mostly lost to time. This katana matches the features of the late 1400 period and early 1500 period, and bears the hallmarks of ayasugi hada and narrow sugu samishii hamon well. It is signed in gold inlay with the school name only, Gassan as was the tradition of the school. This katana makes it a nice representative piece of the Gassan school for a collector to own. It is also accompanied by very nice koshirae of late Edo period. This blade is a long 95cm total length which (per the accompanying NTHK certificate) dates to the mid Muromachi period. This katana is a beautiful example of a Gassan smith from the muramachi era. Japanese swords are made from folded steel. These lines are visible and known in Japan as a katana Hada. These lines will depend on how many times the blade was folded. Masame hada is produced when the steel billet is repeatedly folded over in the same direction with the sides of the billet being used to form the face of the blade. The lines seen in the grain therefore represent the 'stack' of layers formed during the forging process. Ayasugi hada is basically masame hada which has been distorted by systematically varying the strength of the hammer blows along the blade during forging. The Ayasugi hada is brilliant and a standout on this sword which comes fully mounted and adds to the value of this blade. The hada is a rich looking ayasugi that has some coarseness as in many koto gassan blades. History: The Gassan school derives, as its name suggests, from Mt. Gassan in the old province of Dewa (present-day Yamagata prefecture), and is characterized by a wavy grain called ayasugi hada. According to tradition, it was founded by a smith named Kiomaru (or Kishin Dayu, as he was also known), who lived in the sacred grounds of Mt. Gassan back in the 12th century. Ever since, swordsmiths have flourished at the foot of Mt. Gassan, and a number of masters have appeared, in a long succession. From the Kamakura period through the Muromachi period, swords inscribed with the Gassan signature were famous all over the country for their practical usefulness and the beauty of their ayasugi hada, but when the Warring States period ended at the end of the 16th century, the number of blacksmiths dwindled. From the start, Mt. Gassan was a site of mountain worship, and the blacksmiths who lived there were peculiar people who secluded themselves among the mountains to purify themselves before forging swords. They were ascetics, similar to Shugendo practitioners. Gassan was the name of the object of worship, and inscribing such a name on a sword would normally be inexcusable. Probably Gassan swords were originally intended for funeral rites, rather than as weapons. They were not meant for killing people, but were associated with the faith, I believe. The Gassan school’s ayasugi hada layer appeared when steel with different carbon contents were mixed and combined at a certain point, but the formula was kept secret. At the end of the Edo period, Gassan Sadayoshi, who was the successor to the Gassan smiths, moved to Osaka. I believe he wanted to show the world the Gassan spirit one more time. The Gassan school origins remains to this day one of the most prestigious and successful lines of sword forging. The roots of Gassan extend far back into the Kamakura period (1185-1333 AD), and it is suspected perhaps even as early as Heian period (794-1185 AD). The home of Gassan was in Dewa province in the northern region of Honshu where they were the only indigenous school to Dewa. The name “Gassan” actually refers to one of three sacred mountains of Dewa, or “Dewa Sanzan”, the other two being Mt. Haguro and Mt. Yudono. It is a very mountainous and remote region, and was even more so in the earliest days of the school. From the very earliest works of the Gassan school, they exhibit a type of hada called “Ayasugi” which is comprised of long evenly undulating stacked wave pattern. Interestingly enough this pattern of the same name is carved in the interior walls of the body of the Shamisen (a guitar like musical instrument) to improve the tone. This pattern eventually became the hallmark of Gassan works and is often referred to as “Gassan Hada” as it continued to be refined and perfected by the Gassan smiths up until the current Gassan head and Living National Treasure smith, Gassan Sadatoshi. The Gassan school faded from view around the beginning of the 17th century, and then was revived with Gassan Sadayoshi who was born in 1780. Sadayoshi traveled from Dewa to the forge of Suishinshi Masahide, who was striving to rediscover the techniques of Koto masters. Masahide was a proliferate teacher, and is said to have had over 200 students. Sadayoshi became one such student and later settled in Osaka to open his own forge. The line was re-established with him and his adopted son, Gassan Sadakazu became the heir to the line entering very difficult times for swordsmiths; the Meiji Restoration. The Samurai class was effectively abolished and swords were no longer a weapon that could either be worn, nor were they in much demand as Japan Westernized, so swordsmiths were relegated to finding work in other trades. Many turned to tool making, blacksmithing, or other related trades. However Gassan Sadakazu contined on with sword making and found a market making copies of famous swords for influential and affluent clientele, as he was quite gifted in making swords in the Bizen, Soshu, and Yamato traditions. He became a Teishitsu Gigeiin or “Artist under the Imperial Household” and thus was called upon by the Imperial Family to make swords that would be worn, or bestowed as gifts by the Imperial Family. He survived the times and his son, Gassan Sadakatsu, would become the luminary smith of the 20th century, and also receive the dedicated patronage of the Imperial Family. If you take a look at the blade first of all the forging structure catches the eye. It appears as continuous waves from the base to the tip whereas the valleys show some mokume areas. The jihada stands out and the steel is blackish. So all in all we have the typical characteristics of the Gassan school and an ayasugi-hada is therefore also called Gassan–hada. The hamon bases on gunome/notare/sugu-ha midare but the waves of the jihada force it into a notare-like appearance. The nioiguchi is subdued and the entire jiba lacks clarity and brightness. Thus this is a typically rustic work of that school and all and all typical Gassan.The koshirae is en suite and of dragon motif. There is a deep rich brown sageo and tsuka-ito to match. The rayskin ( same ) is black as well as the lacquer finish of the saya. Japanese dragons and the koshirai (日本の竜 Nihon no ryū) are diverse legendary creatures in Japanese mythology and folklore. Japanese dragon myths amalgamate native legends with imported stories about dragons from China, Korea and India. The style of the dragon was heavily influenced by the Chinese dragon. Like these other Asian dragons, most Japanese ones are water deities associated with rainfall and bodies of water, and are typically depicted as large, wingless, serpentine creatures with clawed feet. The modern Japanese language has numerous “dragon” words, including indigenous tatsu from Old Japanese ta-tu, Sino-Japanese ryū or ryō 竜 from Chinese lóng 龍, nāga ナーガ from Sanskrit nāga, and doragon ドラゴン from English “dragon” (the latter being used almost exclusively to refer to the European dragon and derived fictional creatures).
  23. Dear NMB Members: I have three (3) Bushido catalogs for sale. They have some age-related scuffing and creases on the covers, but overall in sound condition. Two are from 1980, and one is from 1981. If you need these to complete a set, or for general reference, here you go. PRICE: $55.00 for all three, and I will pay shipping within the U,S. Foreign buyers pay all shipping costs. Payment required within five (5) days by cashier's check or money order. If you can use them, PM me. Thanks for looking. Regards, Bill E. Sheehan (Yoshimichi)
  24. Dear NMB members: I've decided to let a few items go to help fund a return trip to Scotland next June. and these two are the first "casualties," assuming any member is still looking for a holiday gift for them self. Here are a couple of nice items that came from a collection put together in the early 1980s. The workmanship is nice, but no guarantee that the signatures are good. The tsuba is approximately 2-7/8 inches in diameter. The kozuka has what looks like a light marker pen name on the back of the kozuka saying "Joi" and something else. I have not cleaned these pieces, and they are in "as acquired" condition. They come with the box they came with. Payment by Paypal ("friends and family"). Buyer pays shipping and insurance costs in addition to the purchase price. The sale is final, so PM me with any questions. PRICE: $550 FOR EACH ITEM (Tsuba or Kozuka), or $1,025.00 IF ONE PERSON TAKES BOTH. If sold separately. the box will go with the tsuba, and the box's red pillow will go with the kozuka. Regards, Bill E. Sheehan (Yoshimichi)
  25. Hello. I picked up a sword which I will be selling that has about 45 kanji on the nakago. I could use some help translating. Thank you in advance! —Matt Brice 715-557-1688
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