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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, The post by "Butch " on March 27 featuring a type 3 gunto by Zuiho has prompted me to contribute my example. Listed below is my personal assessment and may not be entirely accurate but here goes: BLADE TYPE: Type 3 ww2 shin gunto by RJT approved smith ( as indicated by star stamp) SHAPE (sugata): Iorimune PERIOD: Showa WW2 PROVINCE: LENGTH (nagasa): 27 1/8 " , 87 cm. WIDTH (machi) : 1 5/16", 33 mm. (motohaba) : 7/8", 23 mm. THICKNESS: CURVATURE (sori) : shallow 5/8", 15 mm. FORGING (jihada/kitae) : itame Temper line ( hamon/yakiba) : Nioi based suguha midare with rough tobiyaki Note: Partial Choji-midare utsuri appears to be present on both sides. ( I call it utsuri as no line of nie or nioi is present ) POINT (boshi) : ko maru on chu kissaki TANG (nakago) : iriyamagata , kesho yasurimei SIGNATURE: signed on ura : ZUI HO SAKU with STAR stamp above Zui. DATED on omote: Kinoe or 21 st (year since start of zodiacal cycle), SARU (year of the Monkey ), NI ( 2nd), GATSU ( month) . This zodiacal date is equivalent to March, 1944. REMARKS : An assembly number 435 stamped on mune behind hamachi. Double press studs present on saya. Two screws placed one on each side hold eleven inch tsuka. Tsuka has wine-colored lacquered ito over imitation same' . Notes : The other smith name of Zuiho is Shigefusa. His real name is Kojima Kameta and lived in Tokushima prefecture. He had 5 students at his forge. Reference: Samurai Sword Kanetoyo Art Museum website, (Tokyo, Japan) . Cheers, William G.
  3. 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).
  4. Just finished some maintenence on saya covers and blades, given our recently extreme humidity here in coastal New South Wales ( thats OZ not South Wales UK 😉) Happy with my work, love this small group of my lot. Thought I would take a picture (and share view 🙂) before I turned the lights out tonight. 95's, nihonto, showato....no discrimination....love em all! As I said, no agenda ....just sharing a nice view. Rob PS....Stephen @Stephencan you pick the Hiromasa?
  5. hello everyone I'm posting photos of a katana I bought at the flea market in Paris, France. the seller did not know how to tell me when was signing. if anyone could help me it would be great. the paper label on leather sheath is coming from Osaka. after some searching i found: "Yokohama daizen xxx Yasuko" But i dont know if is correct and i dont know nothing about others kanjis Jairo Silva
  6. Thought I would kick off a thread on Horimono on Gunto swords in WW2 mounts. These are all by Kanetoki/Kanemichi (the same sword smith). So I would love to see others, whether Gendai or old blades remounted for war.
  7. I got a gunto recently that's been waiting for me at home. No idea what's beneath the mounts so for those who live vicariously for the find @Stephen @Moley I'll do a small unboxing
  8. Hallo Ich bin neu und habe eine Frage. Echt oder Fälschung??????
  9. Dear NMB Members: I need help translating this mei, and identifying these mounts. My best guess is "Bishu Osafune Sukemitsu." It looks Koto, late 1400's- early 1500's. It has a 28" nagasa. Your take? The mounts appear to be Army Cavalry, maybe special ordered to fit this ancestral blade. The guard is brass, but looks like a WWII cavalry steel guard. I am guessing an officer's special order sword mounts. Any help is greatly appreciated. Regards, Bill E. Sheehan (Yoshimichi)
  10. I have finally decided to part with my light weight/ dress shingunto as seen in Dawson's book Pg. 158. These are very rare and don't come up too often. This one is missing one suspension ring, a small screw on the throat of the scabbard, and the ito wrap is fraying. Other than that it is in good condition and has a kamon on the back of the tsuka. Included is a leather fowl weather tsuka cover I bought separately for this sword. The cover has a rip in the leather. Dimensions: 39.5 inches in scabbard 38.5 inches out of scabbard 31.5 inches blade length 7.0 inches Tsuba+Tsuka length 0.9 inches blade width I am asking $1700 plus shipping and paypal fees or best reasonable offer. I plan on putting it on ebay soon if I get no traction here. If sold here, I will make a small donation to the NMB account. Item is located in LA county California. Any questions welcomed. Thanks -Jonathan
  11. Made by Masahiro. He was at the Takayama Naval Prison Forge. He used prison labor to do his polishing. He allowed the prisoners to sign the nakagos as well. LOTS of kanji on the nakago. Masahiro also had a few other trademark features on his swords—his early swords had a ‘pinched’ handle for a better grip. And he had an extra thick ‘snubnose’ kissaki/sword tip for durability. An additional RARE feature on this sword—note the corded then lacquered saya (or the corded look could even have been milled into the wood). Beautiful! With Naval tassel. Rare sword. $3750 Postage and PayPal fee in addition. —Matthew Brice www.StCroixBlades.com
  12. Hello there guys, I am hoping you could shed light on this gunto if its legitemate or not, I only have limited photos of the gunto from my friend here in the Philippines. thank you so much your answers wil surely be appreciated :)
  13. www.StCroixBlades.com has been updated with new listings. https://stcroixblades.com/shop/Japanese-swords/ —Matthew Brice
  14. Signed Tenzoshan Naval Forge sword, dated January 1943. Sharkskin saya. EXCEPTIONAL condition. $3500 Postage & Paypal fee charged. Ship anywhere in the world. Thank you! —Matthew Brice www.StCroixBlades.com
  15. I am looking to buy a Type 98 Officer's sword. Willing to consider arsenal made or traditionally made. Prices are flexible considering the wide range of the ask. Max price preferably under 2000 USD. Also any suggestions for offers on other sites would be much appreciated!
  16. Hi everyone! I hope I’m posting this in the right section. I wasn’t able to find the difference between the first printing(red) and the second printing(blue) of “Modern Japanese Swordsmiths, 1868-1945: An Oshigata Book” on Google. In fact I was hoping you guys could help point out the differences between all 3 versions. Any help would be appreciated, thanks in advance!
  17. I'd like to present this Type 98 Near Mint Gunto Koshirae for sale. I am asking 1800 CAD SHIPPED which is less than what I paid for it, however, I am flexible on price. All parts are matching #10, and it includes an imitation general tassel. This item is near mint with a few paint marks on the lower end of the Saya. The Saya length is about 74.5cm , and the Tsuka measures about 24.5cm, total length is 101.8cm. The silver Mon belongs to the Mori Family. All productive comments and offers are welcome.
  18. I have some books I am looking to sell so I can fund another project. All Pages are in good condition, without issues. Pictures are available. All prices include UK Postage. Books available are; Military Swords of Japan 1868-1945- Fuller and Gregory Hardback- £45 (Dedication written on inside page) Japanese Military and Civil Swords and Dirks- Fuller and Gregory Hardback- £140 Swords of Imperial Japan 1868-1945 Cyclopedia Edition- Jim Dawson- £140 Japanese Sword Surrender Tags- R Fuller- £80 The Yasukuni Swords, Rare Weapons of Japan 1933-1945- Tom Kishida-£45 The Japanese Sword, A Comprehensive Guide- Kanzan Sato- £30 (Some fading to the spine) Modern Japanese Swords and Swordsmiths 1868 to Present- Leon & Hiroko Kapp, Yoshindo Yoshihara- £30 (some fading to spine) Lethal Elegance, The art of Samurai Sword Fittings- Joe Earle £15 Facts and Fundamentals Of Japanese Swords, A Collectors Guide- Nobuo Nakahara- £30 The Craft Of The Japanese Sword- Leon & Hiroko Kapp, Yoshindo Yoshihara- £25 The Connoisseurs Book Of Japanese Swords- Kokan Nagayama- £30 Samurai, A Military History and Samurai, The World of the Warrior- S.R Turnbull- £25 (Selling as a pair) Thank you.
  19. Hello all! I just purchased my 1st Type 3 "Late War" Officers Shin Gunto for my personal collection. This is a pretty nice piece. It was claimed to be "unmolested" and "as found", after receiving it I believe it. It had the original mekugi in it that I'm 99.9% confident had never been removed since the swords assembly. So after removing them and inspecting the tang I was greeted by a nice surprise of kangi (both sides) and arsenal stamps. So I've been trying to decipher the markings and I could use some help. I think I might be close on the date but the "math" doesn't add up, so I'm not understanding something correctly. On the other side of the tang I have not been able to translate the markings. It has two Gifu-in-sakura stamps and a painted serial number ( 396...if I translated correctly). I believe the date to say Showa 20th year, 5th month...but the 20th year of showa would be 1946 and that's after the war so I'm guessing I'm missing something. Thank you!
  20. Hello! I've done my best to translate the writing on the tang of my recently purchased Shin Gunto type 98. For a double check, since this is my 1st time trying to decipher kanji any confirmation would be welcome. It appears there is a SEKI stamp at the top, a kokuin saying Ozawa Kanehisa and I believe the signature to read, Ozawa Kanehisa Saku...but I'm not 100% sure I got everything on that translation. Does anyone have any information on Ozawa Kanehisa? I know this blade is non-traditional but has anyone heard of his style of blade maxing....I assume western steel and oil quenched. If anyone has any insights I would love to hear them. This is for my personal collection and I do not plan on reselling it. Thank you!
  21. Story: My great grandfather served in WW2 in Okinawa and took home this gunto, any help is appreciated! Thanks in advance! http://imgur.com/gallery/x64aWTW
  22. Hi , i just got this sword from a friend just needed help if you could let me knw is it real or fake . the hilt is missing . And it is rusty .
  23. Please help me identify my sword that I believe is a Gunto that my Father brought home at the end of WWII from the Phillipines.
  24. Hello all, looking for Generals Grade shin gunto, ideally with Tassel. Background and provenance even better. Best regards John
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