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  1. 0Takeda0

    "Mumei" Nakago

    I can't tell if this nakago has been altered or not. Blade seems typical of gendai swords, but I can't tell if it is a genuine nihonto or showato. I have had to remove a lot of active red rust from the nakago using horn. It almost looks like a signature and stamp were removed, but that could just be the way the tang has aged. Some more background on the sword, the blade came with matching type 98 mounts, except the tsuka is wrong (which would explain the state of the nakago). Fuchi, seppa, tsuba, saya all seem to match the blade. The habaki was hard for me to remove because of rust. Blade has obvious fold patterns in some spots, but the blade is covered in scratches. The blade is on the shorter side, about 65cm nagasa.
  2. 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.
  3. Back in 2008, this sword was discussed in the translation section. Brian suggested then that it be posted in the military section for discussion. The inscription reads, (thanks Ray), Empire Cutlery Ltd, Ishitoku Shigeyuki. Ishitoku is an unknown swordsmith, and it appears Empire Cutlery made swords during WW2. The blade has hada, and looks water quenched. Does anyone have any information about this maker?
  4. Hi all, I’m new in the forum and this is my first post. My name is Marco and I joined this forum for learning purpose. I recently bought my first Nihonto but I noticed a small kizu and I’m trying to understand if it’s a fatal kizu that prevents the sword from being used and what is it’s gravity. It seems to be a Fukure (blister) but I’m not sure since this is my first blade. Can anybody help me please? Thank you in advance for your time Marco
  5. See photos. I have some of the uncommon Iida latch type Guntos and have a question about their differences in design. There are subtle differences in their design and function. No knurling on one, no patent number on another, different hardware used. I was told that the one with no numbers could be a prototype or a manufacture before patents were issued. It may also be from another manufacturer as there are many subtle design differences between the two. Any help would be appreciated.
  6. High Quality Japanese Nishijin Weave Brocade Katana/ Tachi / Uchigatana/ Shin Gunto/ Kaigunto Bukuro and Fusahimo (Synthetic Fibre) from Kyoto . Classic Design of Shimmering Stylised Clouds in Bright Gold upon a Subtle Pale Sienna Background and Rich Pale Bronze Lining. 109cm x 16.5cm (approx) Rich Cream Fusahimo 13cm x 3cm Fusa 232 cm Himo (approx) £115 Free Postage within U.K.
  7. So I picked up a Katana mounted in WWII Type 94 Koshirae, I got curious on the blade itself and I need help putting a rough date on the blade. It is a mumei, so unsigned. I'm sure the blade itself dates before WWII, it has the steel grain, Hada, and a Hamon line. Is there any way to date this? The Hamon is very difficult to see, I assume it was mistreated in the past. Sorry, this is my first post so m still fairly unfamiliar with the site.
  8. Hello All! I recently purchased a Japanese sword at auction. After having a jeweler drill out the pin that had been hammered in, I was able to remove the handle (which I think matches Shin-Gunto fittings but I am not sure) and revel that it is signed on both sides of the tang. Unfortunately I don’t have much experience reading the characters so I was wondering if anyone recognized them? I have attached lots of photos but if anyone needs more please let me know. I would love to find out more about the blade and if anyone can tell me if it would be worthwhile to clean/restore the blade it would be much appreciated. also, to be clear I do not intend to use any information provided for selling the below item, I only want to understand more about what I have and the best way to handle it.
  9. Good morning all, I wonder if someone could make sense of this signature which is on the nakago of a local veteran’s sword. I apologise for the poor quality of the image, It is the only reference that I have been able to obtain, as the sword is in storage. Thank you
  10. Up for sale it this beautiful ww2 officers sword with company grade tassel. Sword smith I believe is Murayama Kaneshige. Blade is in very nice war time polish with some light scraches ect. But there are no flaws or chips to the blade. I'm having trouble uploading imagines due to size restrictions but pm me if anyone interested an I can send more. I am asking $2500Aud obo which includes express post and insurance within Australia
  11. Hi, You all, does anyone have info on sword smith YAMAMOTO MICHIKAZU , sword date 1926--29 or where I can look for info on line ? If i am in the wrong place let me know where to submit ?
  12. Hello from Canada. I'm seeking information on this sword I inherited this sword from my grandfather. I suspect it may be Japanese, but can't be sure. Unfortunately, it's in a sorry state, and, I believe, is missing some parts. I've attached photos here, including the tang, which is inscribed. All suggestions, info, and recommendations much appreciated. Douglas
  13. I am pruning my gunto collection to make room and funds available for future acquisitions. So I will be putting a few up for sale. Please note that I am selling a gunto package, blade in koshirae. The condition is as I acquired them years ago, with the description that came with the sword. These are historical pieces, and may show the patina of age, and even a war time polish. Additional questions and photos of anything specific can of course be provided. It is a type 98, matching numbered fittings, with sarute. In a leather combat cover. The blade is an ancestral family blade mounted and taken to war. It is described as late Nambokucho, early Muromachi, made 1360 to 1400. I was told it was probably shortened the first time during the Sengoku era. The blade has bo-hi both sides and is 65 cms long. This sword would look good in any collection. SOLD.
  14. Hello Again, I grabbed this sword because I thought the old Koshirae handsome, the blade was mostly in polish and didn’t have many kizu, and it was at a good price. The downside is its lost its signature due to O-suriage and while I’m sure I’m looking at a Kanbun sugata, I’m not finding it all that easy to pin it down to a school/region. Very little curvature for sure (8mm), even compared to the sword Mr. Benson said was Bizen Muromachi which was not terribly curved. What curvature it has seems to start early, although I’m not sure just how much losing close to 10cm in length might have affected the shape. Nagasa length is still 66.2cm despite having been shortened to lose of much of the original nagako. As far as hada goes it looks like it starts with komokume and then further up the blade are large structures I think are some type of itame with small grain inside, often bordered by dark nie grains. I’m not sure but it looks a bit like the description of Echizen or Musashi hada from Connoisseur’s. Also the Shinogi has some roundish wood grain. The Hamon I can’t tell if it suguha or komidare, it’s straightish but wobbles a bit, might have hotsure. The kisaki looks like a chukisaki with a hakikake boshi. Nagako has katte sagari that seem to disappear above the first hole. So I guess my questions are: Am I correct in assuming this is a Kanbun Shinto? Would the sword having been produced near Edo be a reasonable guess? And is there any point in taking this to a shinsa once they return to America?
  15. Just bought this at a estate auction of a guy who collected militaria. Took a chance and drove 12hrs/800 miles and paid off. Was hoping for NO competition and the locals thought it a common gunto. Anyway, as you can see the blade is dated May 1941 and has to be one of the earliest if not THE earliest sword known forged by Michimasa at the shrine forge. If anyone has seen or knows of a earlier dated blade let me know. Below is the or "my" translation but the family name (Kudo?) may be wrong as am not familiar with this name. Obviously this blade was made for this Haruhito and he probably was a Army Ofc as it comes in Army mounts w/matt rust colored lacquered saya. This is MASATADA's original name and has to be the first or one of the first blades made at the forge. I found a similar shrine sword by Michimasa that rec'd Hozon papers and it is dated July 1941. Neither that sword nor mine have the kikusui on the nakago but kikusui emblem is engraved on both sides of the habaki. Blade is in decent polish with no nicks no problems other than few minor scratches and blems which would easily polish out but I'm too f'n old and not sending this to Japan for polish - too easy to pass it on w/o a new polish. Let me know if a earlier dated blade is known - thanks. hamon is a kind of lazy gunome with profuse nie and short ashi. blade length is 26 1/4 " or 67.7cm tom w OMOTE; 昭和 十六年五月吉日 SHOWA 16 NEN 5 GATSU KICHIJITSU (MAY 1941 AUSPICIOUS DAY) 於 湊川 神社 村上道政作 OITE MINATOGAWA JINJA MURAKAMI MICHIMASA SAKU "MICHIMASA MURAKAMI MADE THIS AT THE MINATOGAWA SHRINE" URA; 謹呈 エ藤 治人博士 御左右 菊水 鍛刀會 KINTEI KUDO?,HARUHITO HAKASE GOSOU KIKUSUI TANTOKAI (PRESENTATION TO THE HONORABLE MR HARUHITO KUDO KIKUSUI ORDERED SWORD FORGING ASSOCIATION ) tsuba , all 6 seppa and fuchi marked; ー目
  16. 0Takeda0

    Mumei Katana

    I'm interested in figuring out more about this sword. The blade has some rust and damage. It's a bit on the heavy side in my opinion. Doesn't look too old, but I am wanting a second opinion. I'm sure the blade is water tempered, and the hamon has some character. I think it is a gendaito, maybe a shin-shinto, but I don't know for certain. Thanks in advance.
  17. Hello Everybody There is a strange sword on auction on Aoi Art with a kiritsuke mei (AS20201) . The kiritsuke explanation make nonsense to me . Does anyone have a good translation of it ? Thank you ! Emma
  18. $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.
  19. 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.
  20. A star stamped "tachi-mei" gendaito for sale ! URA signed; 宗利 (MUNETOSHI) OMOTE signed; 昭和十八年五月 nakago tip - 松 1082 SHOWA 18 NEN 5 GATSU (May 1943) MATSU (in circle) 1082 (note sure of the matsu designation) Blade is 65.2cm or 25 11/16" motohaba 32mm or 1 5/16" kasane 6mm or 1/4"+ yokote 22mm or 7/8"+ Blade is in good condition with some staining and very shallow oxidation but overall yes, you could polish it but all activity is very visible under the correct lighting. I apologize as my amateur photographe is lacking. Hamon is gunome in niedeki with ashi , yubashiri. Hada is very tight itame. Medium kissaki and small turn-back boshi in a slight gunome. Good copper habaki. Nice OD lacquered JIA saya and has the small surrender tag attached. Tsuka has some issues but still holding in there after being liberated over 75 yrs ago. The tsuba is #'d 51 but all seppa, fuchi and locking button #'d 133. The tip of locking button is missing. These star stamped blades are known to be well made gendaito. According to Fuller& Gregory "Japanese Military and Civil Swords and Dirks" page 225; The "star" stamp is believed to be added by an Army gendai swordsmith inspector appointed by the Army to buy good quality blades from individual swordsmiths. A nice original WW2 Japanese Army Officer's Samurai sword. $2100 obo - I'll leave it on the forum for a week or 2 then put it on eBay tom W The surrender tag has these kanji: 富田村 TOMIDA-MURA (TOMIDA VILLAGE) 高沺 TAKA? 梅村 幹治 UMEMURA MIKIHARU (OWNER'S NAME)
  21. Hi, Can someone identify the first kanji in this MEI please? It is dated 1944. HAMON is TOGARI. Polish is NOT high quality, but is in good condition. Full disclosure: It is going up for auction soon. Thanks in advance, Pete
  22. I got hold of late war shin-gunto, often called a "45 pattern home defense sword". As can be seen from the photos, the fittings are quite utilitarian pressed and cast metal. Although the sword is well made and "tight", with a Mantetsu blade. From all accounts, they are not that common.
  23. Hi, I'm a new member, from Brazil, and have a Japanese sword, I think it is a Katana, the blade have about 24,5 inches. It's not in very good condition unfortunately, but I believe it is possible to restore it. I'm trying to find out some information, like translation of the signature. I am hoping someone may be able to help with any information. Thanks a lot. Elielson
  24. Hi guys, I am looking for an original WW2-era Japanese leather Shin-Gunto 'combat' sword scabbard covering. The wooden saya it will go onto is 26" long, (66cm). The attachment ring is 3" down from the scabbard throat (7.62cm). So the cover would need to be slightly longer than this to fit properly. The cover doesn't need to be in perfect condition. Just looking for one that will display well. Also would like it to still have all or most of it's stitching intact. The tusba is an old Edo period solid iron piece, and is not cut out for a retaining strap. So no need for the cover to have the little brass snaps on it. Pics are from the auction. Just PM me here if you have one to sell or trade, or know someone who might. Thanks!
  25. Hello, My name is josh and I am new to this forum. I recently came in possession of a antique katana. I need help with the identification of this sword. This is my first katana and I have no way of knowing if this is a genuine katana or a replica. Please note I placed some baby powder in the signature to make it more Legible. Thanks again and feel free to ask questions.
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