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  1. 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
  2. St. Croix Blades currently has 12 Swords listed on eBay. Here is the link: https://www.ebay.com/sch/m.html?_odkw=&_ssn=stcroixblades&item=362949686568&_osacat=0&_from=R40&_trksid=p2046732.m570.l1313.TR12.TRC2.A0.H0.Xjapanese+sword.TRS0&_nkw=Japanese+sword&_sacat=0 You don't have to purchase on eBay. If you see something you like, let me know and we'll arrange a direct purchase. Thank you. --Matthew Brice
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. Kaga Fujishima school Katana up for grabs at www.nihontocollection.com with horimono and full koshirae. Comes with shirasaya with sayagaki, translation would be appreciated. comes with hozon papers, $8000
  6. Throughout Korea and Vietnam (with Vietamese swords, these are more like floral designs and hamon designs similtaniously, and are most of the time etched, not chiseled in) these are mostly quite common. I swear I've seen something like this on Japanese blades, they probably exist on Chinese blades too (the ones that are left at least ). Anyone seen these and know what they are called? in any language? Thanks,
  7. Hi all, just hoping someone would have the time to have a look at this tachi, I believe the mei is signed Tomonari but unsure of which particular one but leaning towards Settsu, not because I am particularly clever but on the basis that apart from Ko Bizen tomonari he is the only other one to sign with 2 characters TO 139. Have not been able to find a signature of this particular smith so if some can point me in the right direction it would be appreciated, the Kanji on the blade are proving quite elusive to translate so a little help from the learned members would be good, with regard to the dragon and cloud horimono I have not been able to find a reference for this either so more than a little interested in finding out more on this if anyone can help. The pictures below are not of the quality of some I have seen on here, not very good with a camera, but if anyone has any suggestions of how to improve them it would be most welcome. Thanks in advance. Paul
  8. The blade was made by the 2 Million Yen swordsmith Kanenobu. The blade has kanji on both sides--one side refers to the god of archery and war. The other refers to a joining of Shinto and Buddhist theologies. Literally each side reads as follows: Kasuga Daimyôjin (春日大明神): The numinous unit of the associated kami and buddhas/bodhisattvas of the Kasuga-Kôfukuji multiplex, Nara. and Hachiman Daibosatsu (八幡大菩薩): The god of archery and war incorporating both elements from shintô and Buddhism. The blade measures 26 3/4" (67.9 cm) from blade tip to notch in the blade spine. This sword has a complex, wavy hamon. Condition: This Special Order Japanese WW2 Samurai Army Officer's sword is in excellent condition. There are a few small nicks in the blade edge--the biggest of which is 1/32". The blade has occasional carbon patina. The nicks and patina staining will all come out during polish. The hamon and boshi are perfectly healthy. This sword is guaranteed against fatal flaws. As mentioned, this sword will polish beautifully if desired--it is perfectly collectible and displays beautifully right now. $3750 obo
  9. Hello. I am asking for help from those of you who may read Japanese translating the kanji on both sides of the blade on a sword I own. Any help would be greatly appreciated! --Matt
  10. 1 wakizashi sword with fabulous ken horimono. The carving on this sword isn't of the ordinary variety--work like this is done by only the very best carvers. This antique Samurai wakizashi is signed on the nakago/tang: 'Kashu ju Sukehira'. I guarantee the signature. The reverse side of the nakago is dated February 1846. The blade measures 19 3/8" (49.2 cm) from blade tip to notch in the blade spine. One side of the blade has a Japanese ken horimono as well as two bohi. The reverse side has one deep bohi, and one thin bohi. As mentioned, the skill demonstrated by the horimono work is exceptional. Condition: The blade is in excellent condition. The blade is in original Japanese polish--no polish is needed. There are a few tiny nail-catcher type nicks. The black lacquer saya has an occasional small mark or scratch. There are no openings of any kind. The temper line/hamon and boshi are perfectly healthy. $4500 Thank you. --Matthew Brice www.StCroixBlades.com
  11. 8 SWORDS FOR SALE. Early Mantetsu w/RARE Manchuria Railroad Symbol on Nakago. $6000 OBO Rare Japanese Territory Mongol Military Government Katana. $3000 OBO Papered Blade, & Papered Koshirae--Elegant Samurai Katana by Hamabe Toshinori. $3200 OBO 1 Million Yen Army Gendai by Kaneaki. $1895 OBO WW2 Katana w/Dragon & Sanscrit Horimono. $1395 OBO Hitatsura/Full Temper O-Tanto--just polished by Bob Benson. $2750 OBO WW2 Gendai Katana by 23rd Generation Kanefusa. $1950 OBO Papered Soshu Hiromasa in Russo-Japanese Mounts. w/FINE HORIMONO. $6500 OBO www.stcroixblades.com
  12. 8 Swords FOR SALE: --1 Million Yen Gendai Army Sword by Kaneaki, $1895 --WW II Katana w/Dragon & Sanscrit Horimono, $1595 --WW2 Army Katana, Unsigned, $825 --(Rare) FULL TEMPER Hitatsura O-Tanto, Just Polished by Bob Benson, $2750 --23rd Generation Kanefusa 1944 Mounts Army Sword, High-Grade Koshirae, $1950 --PAPERED WW II Gendaito by YOSHICHIKA, Imperial Guard, w/(Rare) Family Mon Menuki, $4500 --WW2 Era Police Sword w/Nihonto Blade, $600 --PAPERED 16th Century Soshu Hiromasa D-Guard w/Fine HORIMONO, $6500 --8 Iron Tsuba, $75-$350 --2 Arrow/Yanone, 1 Sukashi, 1 (Rare) Yari shape, $350-$550 --1 Very Fine Kozuka w/Pilgrimage Motif, Miniature Kanji in Motif, $400 www.stcroixblades.com
  13. Can someone help with tang translation? Posting for the friend, didn't see the blade in person, only photos...
  14. Dear Members: Rather than waiting for the S.F. Token Kai in August, I have decided to offer a few things for sale now, at some real bargain prices. The sword show season is starting and some members/dealers may be looking for a few pieces to add to their inventory or collections. I offered this incredible kogatana for sale for about a week last year, and then withdrew it from sale. At that time, I offered the piece for $3,100. I acquired the piece right, so I am able to pass that good fortune onto someone interested in acquiring a piece by a great modern sword smith, with horimono by a Mukansa level horimono carver. I have reduced the price to $2,500. The buyer will have to pay the shipping and insurance costs in addition to the purchase price. Below is the description from the last time I offered it for sale: "I was fortunate to recently acquire a number of great items from a private collector who purchased the pieces between about 1978-1981, and who has kept them stored away since then. This includes some really fine tsuba, kozuka, and other items. This rare kogatana was purchased in 1981 directly from Masamine-san by the person I acquired it from, and while that person was visiting Masamine-san's home/shop in Japan with John Yumoto and a few other collectors. Also included as an added bonus is the white silk cloth personally signed by Masamine-san and given to the original owner as a gift at the time. I believe Sumitani Masamine was elevated to the status of Living National Treasure in 1981, the year this was purchased. I believe the horimono dragon on this piece was carved by Mukansa horimono carver Kokeguchi Sensyu. I understand that Masamine-san and Kokeguchi Sensyu have both unfortunately passed. A kogatana by Sumitani Masamine with horimono (not a dragon motif) carved by Kokeguchi Sensyu sold on an Aoi-Art auction (I believe around June) for around $3777." This great piece has been in a private collection for 34 years. I am offering this package for a brief period of time to the NMB community for $2,500. In addition, the buyer must pay shipping and insurance costs. If it sells, I will donate $100 to the NMB. Payment by Cashier's check or money order, but I will consider PayPal, if the buyer pays the PayPal fees.This is a rare opportunity to add a Living National Treasure piece to your collection, without having to spend $15,000-$25,000 for one. If seriously interested, or if you have questions, please email me at besheehan@aol.com. Best regards, Bill E. Sheehan (Yoshimichi)
  15. Dear NMB Members: Rather than holding onto this until the S.F. Token Kai in August, I am offering it with a few other items for sale now. I have what looks like a modern, or war era or Meiji era Tanto with dragon horimono and bonji for sale. I picked it up at a local gun show last year. I cannot really tell if this is hand forged, because the hada is so tight, so I am selling it as a non-hand-forged blade and at a non-hand forged price. It comes in a shirasaya with an integral wooden habaki built into the handle. The shirasaya is opening up along the seam. The nagasa is 8 inches (20.4 cm), and the width across the hamachi/mune measures 1 inch wide (2.4 cm). It's a good beginning, entry-level collector/project piece, or a dealer inventory merchandise piece, at a low price. I am asking $300, and the buyer pays the shipping and insurance costs. Payment by cashier's check or money order. If interested, or if you have any questions, feel free to email me at besheehan@aol.com. Best regards, Bill E. Sheehan (Yoshimichi)
  16. This is the first time I have offered anything for sale on the NMB. I was fortunate to recently acquire a number of great items from a private collector who purchased the pieces between about 1978-1981, and who has kept them stored away since then. This includes some really fine tsuba, kozuka, and other items. This rare kogatana was purchased in 1981 directly from Masamine-san by the person I acquired it from, and while that person was visiting Masamine-san's home/shop in Japan with John Yumoto and a few other collectors. Also included as an added bonus is the white silk cloth personally signed by Masamine-san and given to the original owner as a gift at the time. I believe Sumitani Masamine was elevated to the status of Living National Treasure in 1981, the year this was purchased. I believe the horimono dragon on this piece was carved by Mukansa horimono carver Kokeguchi Sensyu. I understand that Masamine-san and Kokeguchi Sensyu have both unfortunately passed. A kogatana by Sumitani Masamine with horimono (not a dragon motif) carved by Kokeguchi Sensyu sold on an Aoi-Art auction (I believe around June) for around $3777. This great piece has been in a private collection for 34 years and it has never been offered for sale until now. I am offering this package for a brief period of time to the NMB community for $3,100. In addition, the buyer must pay shipping and insurance costs. If it sells, I will donate $100 to the NMB. This is a rare opportunity to add a Living National Treasure piece to your collection, without having to spend $15,000-$25,000 for one. If seriously interested, or if you have questions, please email me at besheehan@aol.com. Best regards, Bill E. Sheehan (Yoshimichi)
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