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  1. Hi Everyone, Mario here... I wanted to share something with you all because I don't know who else might appreciate it like I do. I purchased my first Nihonto, a couple years ago, and slowly have been working on collecting the fittings to complete the koshirae I plan to build. I found a tsuba that I like, and I also found a quality fuchi kashira set that I really, really like... But I've been struggling to find Menuki to bring it all together. Long story short, I gave up searching and I hired my wife to make some for me. Attached you'll see the wax carvings that will be used for the mold. Once received, we'll go ahead and complete this using mostly silver, and some gold to finish both pieces. Anyway, I just wanted to share, I'll also post pics once they are all done. If anyone else out there was having trouble finding specific fittings, making your own is always an option! -Mario
  2. I'm selling a polished Koto Katana from my collection. The blade shinogi-zukuri with iori-mune and ko-kissaki. ubu nakago mumei with single mekugi-ana, katte-sagari yasurime and ha-agari kuri-jiri. No doubt a Koto periode blade. I would think likely attribute dto Bizen or maybe Bungo whens ent for Shinsa. Itame-gokoro hada thgat ius becoming masame in places with nice and vivid gunome hamon that features some sunagaeshi in nie. Very healthy ko-maru boshi with hakikake and kaeri. House in a Honki Shirasaya. Dimensions Nagasa: 66.5 cm; Moto-haba: 2.9 cm; Saki-haba: 1.6 cm Price Euro 3200.00 inlcuding worldwide shipping or personal pick up possible. Located in Europe so no import tax for European buyers.
  3. Hello. I could use some help translating this signature. Seems to be more on the nakago than usual. Thank you to anyone that can help! —Matt
  4. 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.
  5. 1 traditionally-made Japanese WW2 gendai sword available. This fine antique Japanese sword would make an important acquisition for any collection. The blade measures 24 3/32” from blade tip to notch in the blade spine. The nakago is signed ‘Nagamitsu’. The hamon is complex. Condition: The blade has an occasional minor scratch. There are a couple of tiny nail-catcher type nicks in the edge—they are so small they are hard to see. The blade is in fair polish. The hamon and boshi are perfectly healthy. —Matt
  6. Hello. Could someone please assist with translation of the second kanji Aki_____? And if possible, a translation of his given name as well? Thank you! —Matt
  7. I have had this sword in my collection for several years. I got it from a friend who's father had in for as long as he (the son) could remember. My initial impression was this was a "tourist" type sword but I figured if I had the translation of the kanji it might lead to a better understanding of where it came from and what it might actually. There are no other markings that I have found. The koshirae is a simple wooden tsuka and saya with plan steel rings and a plane tsuba. Thanks you!
  8. I know we have a separate topic of Show Us Your High Class Gunto. But many WW2 swords smiths have made nice traditionally made blades from 1876-1945. With members like "mecox" doing spectacular research on WW2 sword smiths, I think this new topic could throw some light on some sword smiths and their work, and hopefully kindle interest in the blade, not just the Koshirae. You never know, we may find some rare or poorly documented swords and smiths. If your posts could be supported by photos, oshigata, descriptions, and any other relevant information, I think a great reference topic could be established. OK, so here is a contribution to kick things off.... A (Mano) MASAYASU medium-grade grade gendaito, no date no stamps, in early '98 mounts. Mei reads Bishu ju Masayasu. The hada is flowing masame/mokume, with choji gunome midare hamon. I only hope there are better photographers out there! So I would ask the forum administrators to let this thread run, and see where it goes, a lot of time is spent discussing Chinese fakes, and machine made Showa-to, and I am sure this topic will help raise intertest in Gendai. P.S. Hamon looks Suguha in photos, but the Keisho polish disguises the features, easily seen in the hand.
  9. Hello. I have just listed for sale 5 swords. Here are the links: https://stcroixblades.com/shop/products/special-order-Japanese-ww2-army-sword-wwii-samurai-ca.1890-blade-early/ https://stcroixblades.com/shop/products/special-order-Japanese-ww2-army-sword-samurai-gendai-amahide-Tamahagane/ https://stcroixblades.com/shop/products/Japanese-ww2-army-sword-antique-old-wwii-samurai-gendai-Kunitoshi/ https://stcroixblades.com/shop/products/Japanese-ww2-mantetsu-army-sword-antique-wwii-ww-ii-samurai-exceptional/ https://stcroixblades.com/shop/products/ikkansai-kunimori-Japanese-ww2-army-sword-antiquewwii-samurai-yasuhiro/ Thank you! —Matt www.StCroixBlades.com
  10. Hello. Can anyone read grass writing? I could really use your help. Thank you! —Matt www.StCroixBlades.com
  11. Hello -- Although I've collected edged weapons for a while, I have not previously ventured into Nihonto. However, I recently inherited a katana from the estate of my step-father-in-law. It has clearly not been properly cared for in it's lifetime, as it seems to have been allowed to rust previously, and then the rust was sanded. There is also a fairly large chip in the edge, the same is cracked, and there is no ito. The blade-to-tsuba length is approximately 70 cm. My understanding from what I have read so far is that the first step in determining whether to pursue professional restoration is determining the age and quality of the blade, and that translating the mei can be helpful in that. So, I am posting this to the translation section in hopes of assistance in that regard. There only appears to be writing on one side of the nakago. I am also posting other pictures of the sword for context. Thank you very much for your help, --R. Santos
  12. Hello all. Brand new here so if asking these questions break any community rules, I apologize. Recently my father came across a couple swords in antique store. To his untrained eye, they looked legit. I believe they are as well. We are looking for some more input and opinions. Here are the blades with multiple angles. First is the wakizashi and a kogatana (which was pointed out to me that it could be gimei and I'm not too worried about it). I can't upload all of the pictures but I will include links to imgur with albums of both pieces. If interested, the mei is in the album and we believe it says Jumyō. Here is the katana, which we (with some reddit help) deciphered came from Taikei Naotane in 1857. Here are the links for both albums. https://imgur.com/a/UaPLYTI https://imgur.com/a/4V7qNWd These were sold as a set, and the tsuka on each looks similar which I would assume means that they have been a set for some time. If this makes sense, let me know. Thanks in advance for looking, and any input is welcomed as far as what should be our next steps moving forward if these pieces might be worth getting refurbished professionally and possibly papered. R F
  13. need everyone's help! is this murasama's sword? let me know your thoughts! Would be very grateful for your comments! a friend bought it and was told by the seller it was muramasa! Is this right? I don't know Japanese to be able to read newspapers and I was thinking of you guys!
  14. Hi, looking for help translating a signature on a katana. Any assistance would be appreciated.
  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. Hey everyone. I ran across this piece today and wanted to get some insight into its authenticity. There was a seki stamp and mei, but I have no ability to translate. They saya was wood and seemed to be a recent replacement. I plan to take a closer look at it tomorrow and could get additional pictures then. Once I got home I noticed I did not have a clear shot of the overall blade. Thanks for sharing your knowledge with me.
  17. 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!
  18. Hi Everyone! I have a nice example of a superbly crafted gendaito by the smith who goes by the name of Ishido Teruhide. He also uses the mei Ishido Mitsunobu and is a descendant (10th generation and last) of the famous Ishido korekazu lineage. This piece has a sayagaki done by Dr Kanzan. "鞘書 : 石堂輝秀作 刃長貳尺貳寸壹分有之 昭和癸丑年初春吉日 寒山誌(花押)" At early spring of Shôwa 48(1973), Dr. SATÔ Kanzan had appreciated this sword. Details about this sword, Nagasa 67cm Sori 0.9cm Motohaba 3.31cm Sakihaba 2.23cm Motokasane 0.64cm Sakikasane 0.45cm One Mekugi-ana Blade Weight about 800g Ko-kissaki Gunome Choji Midare Hamon Nioi deki with Ashi Jigane is Ko-mokume hada, rich with jinie Ubu nakago with strong ubu-ba remaining. Likely to be unpolished from its first polish. A fresh polish by a good polisher will definitely do this sword justice. However, due to the lack of budget I wasn't able to when I first acquire this from Japan. Ishido Teruhide was known for his incredible sharpness for his woodworking tools (planes), thus it is likely that his swords possess the same level of craftmanship and quality. Do PM me for more details if needed. More photos to be uploaded. Apologies as I need to compress some of them to meet the requirements. This sword is for sale @ US$5,000 shipped. Note that due to the laws in my country, I'm not able to do any returns. Please make sure you're aware of this before committing with payment. Regards, Benjamin
  19. Katana - Kashu ju fujiwara Nagatsuna 63.9 cm Kanbun jidai Kinzogan mei : Kago tsubei or a woven basket meaning water can't be held or cuts like flowing water. It could be a name or expression. It is sometimes used for swords used for Tameshigiri that cut well. Sayagaki by Sato Kanzan
  20. Katana - Kashu ju fujiwara Nagatsuna 63.9 cm Kanbun jidai Kinzogan mei : Kago tsubei or a woven basket meaning water can't be held or cuts like flowing water. It could be a name or expression. It is sometimes used for swords used for Tameshigiri that cut well. Sayagaki by Sato Kanzan
  21. The mother of pearl Raden saya Wooden blade and wooden habaki included that I took off. Red copper gold guild pine menuki and fittings. Tsuba is busho and made of bronze or brass used mostly by high ranking samurai ? The saya has the same matching type of metal lining at the opening. The red copper fuchi and kashira looks to be low profile but shakudo wrapped on a very large tsuka. This piece has very nice earth tones and a low shimmer to all the metal parts which compliments the mother of pearl crushed shell in the lacquer of the saya. Size full length is 104.5 cm/ sori is 2.4cm saya length is 79.5 cm / tsuka length is 24.7cm depth of saya is 74.2cm depth of hole in the tsunami is 4.6cm asking $350 US shipped if you live outside the US or Canada there will be additional shipping charges.
  22. I also have pics of writing on the Tsukamaki. Any assistance in identifying these images would be appreciated!
  23. I have 2 samurai swords and 1 wakizashi. I am certain they were forged prior to 1950, but I am unable to translate the writing on the tangs as it is in Japanese. It would be greatly appreciated if I could get a translation for these words, or someway to translate them. I have tried google translate using the photo scanner, and other numerous translates, and they cannot translate the text to english for me. Thank you- Hunter
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