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  1. Posting this somewhat in reference to an earlier post where I had meant to add additional context and images, but a vacation lead to me losing track of time. Here is my O-katana. It’s an aggressive shinshinto piece, signed Fujiwara Kiyondo and dated 8th month Bunkyū 2. The sword is not papered and the mei is not proven, this blade was discovered in poor condition gunto koshirae at an estate sale. It measures 38.25 inches overall with a 29.2” nagasa. Width of 1.4” at hamachi and 0.88” at yokote, though the yokote is obscured. I believe, based on the placement of the mekugi-ana and other clear indicators that the nakago is not ubu (though I am an amateur). There is around 2cm of ububa on the blade. What little of the hamon is visible is quite pleasing to the eye and I am queued with a few togishi. I am more interested than anything in polish for study and preservation of the sword, which seems to have lived a somewhat difficult life.
  2. Komihara Katana for Sale, a beautiful koto sword. Specifications: Sori (Curvature): 0.8 cm Hamon (Temper Line): Suguha, characteristic of Ko-Mihara school Blade Length: 60.8 cm Period : Nanbokucho (650 years ago) Province : Bingo 備後 Certificate : NBTHK Tokubetsu Hozon Token Koshirae SOLD You can see more pictures or videos on my website. Don't hesitate to send me a message if any question
  3. For sale : a Kamakura Katana from the famous Tegai School of the Yamato Tradition. Blade Length: 70.3 cm Sori : 1,3 cm Hamon : chu suguha Period : Kamakura Province : Yamato Certification: NBTHK Tokubetsu Hozon Shirasaya & Koshirae Asking price : $10,500 Shipping : $50 from Japan You can see more pictures on my website. Don't hesitate to contact me
  4. I really enjoy the pattern in the kissaki. The sword is signed Yamashiro Daijyo Minamoto Kunishige.
  5. 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.
  6. New sword listings from St. Croix Blades: https://stcroixblade...hop/Japanese-swords/
  7. Will be in Tokyo, first time end of this month, always wanted a Katana, looking at a nice papered blade. katana [higo-no-kami kuniyasu] (sintou jou-saku) (oh wazamono) Sintou NBTHK Tokubetsu Hozon Paper ¥ 700,000(JPY) Item number: esg2310-1102 Category
  8. Hello everyone I am looking to buy a hozon or tokubetsu hozon katana with the price range between 3000-5000 pounds. If possible I would prefer it to have a shirasaya and koshirae but I understand that may be a big ask for the price range so if anyone has koshirae would be fine. I would hope for the nagasa to be something between 67-72cm and the Sori to be something between 1-2 cm. No other request and I am very open minded. I’ve already looked at several websites but I just wanted some options as well Many Thanks Bill
  9. Hello! I recently obtained a Katana and was wondering if anyone had any information to spare on it. It is signed as Hirokuni from Bushu. I believe it is a Shinto Era blade.
  10. I bought this 1944 Gendaito from a friend in Tokyo, and I'm hoping to have a new tsuka refit. I bought this sword for formal tameshigiri, however, the tsuka is loose and cracked in a few places. Additionally, I'm not a fan of its black, lacquered tsukaito or the Gunto Kashira. I was wondering if anyone knew of someone (preferably in the U.S./TX) where I can have a new tsuka fit. Thank you!
  11. I just recently received an addition to my small collection. I thought the members here might enjoy seeing it. Katana in Shirasaya with Koshirae NBTHK Tokubetsu Hozon Token (May 23, 2019) Inscription: Mumei (千代鶴守弘 Chiyotsuru-Morihiro) Sayagaki: Verso: Unsigned Son of Yamashiro Rai Kuniyasu, Chiyotsuru Morihiro, made this. Masterpiece (with) Jiba in excellent condition. Length of 2 shaku, 2 sun, 6 bu. Appraisal value of 200 gold “mai” (Kaō) Hon’a (possibly the 19th generation Hon’ami Chumei (忠明) or Kochu (光仲)? Recto: “Den” 8th Head of Numazu Domain Lord Mizuno Tadanori carried this sword Storehouse 1, (i) #3 An 1709 Origami from Hon’ami Kōchū attributes this sword to Chiyotsuru Morihiro’s father Rai Kunimitsu: Cover: Appraisal document of Rai Kunimitsu Contents: Rai Kunimitsu Genuine Length: 2 Shaku, 2 Sun, 6 Bu Shortened, unsigned Appraisal Value: 20 Gold “Mai” Hōei 6, year of the Ox (1709) January 3rd (Kaō) Hon’a (Hon’ami Kōchū 本阿弥光忠) Sword Details: Polished Habaki: double-layered gold habaki Nagasa: 2 shaku, 2 sun, 6 bu (68.5 centimetres or 26.97 inches) Sori: 1.2 centimetres or 0.47 inches Mekugi-ana: 2 holes with a third that has been plugged Width at Hamachi: 2.98 centimeters or 1.17 inches Width at the tip: 2.22 centimetres or 0.87 inches Thickness: 0.93 centimeters or 0.37 inches Weight: 780 grams Era: Nanbokucho period, from Bunna (1352) to the early Muromachi period, Ouei 1394 Blade Description: The blade is O-suriage (greatly shortened) and mumei (unsigned). The blade has a deep sori (curvature) with moderate width and thickness, and an elongated kissaki. The Jigane features a well-compact koitame hada (small wood grain pattern) with o-hada (mixed large grain) and clear nie (hardened steel granules). The Hamon is bright and refined ko-midare (small irregular) hamon with active ko-ashi (small feet), and the blade exhibits sunagashi (sand-like patterns) and fine lines of nie. The Boshi has a large notare (turnback) with a rounded tip. Information on the swordsmith: The name Chiyotsuru is derived from Chiyotsuru-maru. Chiyotsuru was the child of Echizen swordsmith Yamashiro Rai Kuniyuki. The first-generation Kuniyuki came from the Rai school and migrated to Echizen, residing in present-day Takefu City or Tsuruga City in Fukui Prefecture. The extant works are limited to the two generations of Kuniyuki, Morishige, Morohiro, and the contemporaries of Kuniyuki, Shigekuni and Yukiyuki. The name Chiyotsuru has long been popular for celebrations and ceremonies. Chiyotsuru-mori Hiro had four generations of smiths with their respective inscriptions. The first generation was active in the mid-Nanbokucho period from Bunna (1352) onwards, the second generation in the late Nanbokucho period from Shitoku (1384) onwards, the third generation in the Oei period of the Muromachi era from Oei (1394) onwards, and the fourth generation in the Kajō period of the Muromachi era from Kajō (1441) onwards. Their styles include those reminiscent of Mino swords and those incorporating the Soshu style. Koshirae: Tsuba: A red copper base with high relief carving of waves and a family crest on the mimi (ear) and chrysanthemum flowers on the surface, decorated with coloured enamel in gold. Fuchi kashira: A silver base with high relief carvings of Hidari-mitsudomoe (three comma) mon and waves. Saya: A pear skin-textured saya with black lacquer inlaid in a belt-like pattern. Menuki: Made of copper, featuring high relief carvings of three Hidari-mitsudomoe mon, decorated with coloured enamel in gold.
  12. Hello there! I am new in this circle and need your help. I consider the purchase of a contemporary Tachi (Tokubetsu Hozon Token) in shirasaya and consider having it fitted with a high grade koshirae. I own a pair of nice Manuki (photo) that inherited from my father that I would like to use. He also left a collection of Tsuba, but rather than getting one of those refitted I consider having a new one made. All of this work should be executed in Japan, as the Tachi is presently still there. My questions is: can you advise me of a good contact to get started with this project and what would be the price range for a complete koshirae? Appreciating any helpful pointers. Cheers!
  13. Hello. I would appreciate anyone's help with the translation of this katana. Thank you in advance. --Matt
  14. I have a friend and fellow ITK member here by the name of Jim Tobin. He is not very tech savvy and has asked me to post this here on his behalf for a translation. Any opinions/translations are welcome. I believe the blade is a WWII blade judging by how chippy and rushed the signature looks. This is unfortunately the only picture he was able to get me. Thanks guys! ~Chris
  15. Period: Late Edo (around 1858) Certification: Old Tokubetsu Juyo Token (Green) Inscription (front): Bizen no Suke Munetsugu Yaki no Dōshū Ichirō Kaji Inscription (back) : Ansei Gonen Nigatsu Hi Details: Blade Length: 71.6 cm Curvature: 2.1 cm Motohaba (Base Width): 2.9 cm Motokasane (Base Thickness): 0.7 cm Sakihaba (Tip Width): 1.9 cm Sakikasane (Tip Thickness): 0.5 cm Weight: 651 g Features: Sugata: The blade features a Bizen Den style, renowned for its wild patterns. Hamon: The tempering line showcases Choji Gunome Midare, a leading characteristic of the Bizen tradition, intertwined with Sunagashi (streams of hard, white martensite in the hamon) and crisp nioi lines. Very bright and clear Nioiguchi. $5500
  16. Period: Early Edo (1658-1673) Certification: Tokubetsu Kicho token certificate Inscription: Hizenkoku Kawachi no kami Fujiwara Masahiro Details: Blade Length: 71.0 cm Motohaba (Base Width): 3.1 cm Sakihaba (Tip Width): 2.1 cm Motokasane (Base Thickness): 0.8 cm Sakikasane (Tip Thickness): 0.6 cm Weight: 764 g Features: Sugata: Slight curve, shinogi-zukuri, iorimune Kissaki: Ko-kissaki, round with thick return Hamon: Chu-suguha with good nioiguchi and bright nioi line Jihada: Ko-itame hada, well-grained with ji-nie and visible chikei Price : $3100 + $50 Shipping You can see more pictures and details on my website. Or you can also contact me :). Tried to edit a design to give as much info as possible at one time.
  17. I recently acquired this blade in Type 98 Gunto koshirae. Seems to be out of polish but in decent condition, the tsuka has some damage. The previous menuki had been nearly pulverized, so I replaced it with a section of chopstick for the short-term. I also added the tassel. Otherwise this is as-found Shinogi Zukuri Mumei Hamon: Notare Sori: Torisori Mune: Iorimune file marks: Kiri? nakagojiri: kurijiri boshi: notare komi? Nagasa: 60.3cm (23.74 in) total length: 75.5cm (29.7 in) sori: 2cm (0.787 in) Motohaba: 28.5mm Sakihaba: 20mm motokasane: 6.3mm sakikasane: 4.7mm Kissaki: 31.9mm I’ve got a low budget, and a thing for mumei over gimei. I enjoy the more dramatic Sori than my other swords. I also love the ww2 koshirae, and have always wanted a sword in gunto fittings. I believe the blade to be suriage and probably koto. trying to get good shots of the hada but it’s hard to see and my photography skills and equipment are still greatly lacking. Sharing for opinions, and discussion - to learn what I can from my new sword. I would love a closer estimate on its possible age Also, the sarute is a fairly simple metal band. Could I hypothetically purchase a more decorative gunto sarute and replace it? Or is that probably not worth it? more photos in additional comments* Thanks for reading, Cheers, -Sam
  18. I bought this navel sword about a year ago at a local antique store. It has an engraved tag glued to the saya. When I first saw it, I assumed it was just something that a former owner attached because he thought it sounded cool. I realize this is just wishful thinking on my part, but I wondered if it was more important than that. I was thinking that it could have been possible that this sword could have been a batch of swords that the US navy presented to dignitaries and higher ranking officers on the day of the signing of the surrender on the Missouri. The date is wrong and it was installed "upside-down" the way westerns would have mounted a sword. But I'm sure the navel officer in charge of this project could have screwed that up on his own. So my question; is it possible that the US Navy could have taken a batch (20? to 50?) surrendered Japanese swords and presented them to people present at the signing of the surrender on Sept 2nd, 1945? Has anyone heard of such a thing, or am I just wanting to believe it's true? Thanks, Phil
  19. Hello all! first post. I’ve been hanging out on a few Facebook pages for Nihonto and get great advice. Ray singer has been particularly helpful. Recently, I’ve gotten a interesting sword from a local to me auction. I’ve gotten opinions of everything from 1500s to oil quenched showato. I’m happy with whatever it is but being a newbie… I’m trying to understand what I have. I bought several books from Martin sesko but I’m still learning. There are no stamps anywhere on the blade whatsoever. Like I said you may have seen this on FB, but I’m posting here in hopes the images upload in higher quality. Thank you for your time.
  20. I just purchased a katana with a sayagaki and a very old origami. I want to have them translated into a document with the kanji, transliteration, and translation. I know this is more than a simple mei translation, so I am seeking someone to do this for a reasonable fee. Is anyone on the forum offering this service, or can anyone recommend someone to do this for me? The sayagaki covers both sides of the saya, and the origami is quite old with very stylized calligraphy. Thanks in advance for any assistance you can provide.
  21. Hello, I'm currently downsizing my collection and would like to pass on some nice items. The first item is a beautiful red Edo period Higo Koshirae. The Tsuka is wrapped in lacquered leather, following the Katate Maki style. The Tsukaito is antique, possibly the original one from the Edo times. The Fuchi/Kashira are made of iron. The Kashira displays the classic Higo design of a winding mountain path. The Fuchi is a masterpiece of Gold Zogan, an absolutely marvelous ornamental work! The Menukis are old Kinko pieces in Shakudo with gold accents, depicting lions or Shishi dogs and lanterns. The Tsuba features a famous design of an Ume or Sakura tree with an irregular mimi. The Seppa are made of copper with gold sheet wrapping. The Saya is red, with a matte lacquered finish and has likely been restored. The Kojiri is made of iron and features a siple but tasteful design. The Sageo is of black sude leather it is also lacquered in red urushi (intricate, masterful workmanship!). The Koshirae comes with a Tsunagi and a Koshirae Bag. Price: € 1820 (A donation will be made to the forum upon sale) Open for reasonable offers, additional info and images on request. Worldwide shipping to be estimated. Thanks for visiting Hannes
  22. I have recently come into the possession of a Japanese sword which I am having difficulty identifying. Based on the appearance of the nakago alone, would it be possible to get a very general period date? Is this a gendaito, gunto, pre-meiji? Any help will be much appreciated!
  23. Specifications: Age : 1831, Tempo era (1830-1844) Location : Inaba Swordsmith : Inaba no kuni Myoitsu Hosetsu Nyudo Kanesaki Length: 78.3 cm (30.83 inches) Curvature (Sori): 1.8 cm (0.71 inches) Mekugi-ana (peg hole): 1 Moto-haba (Base width): 3.2 cm (1.26 inches) Moto-kasane (Base thickness): 0.9 cm (0.35 inches) Saki-haba (Tip width): 2.2 cm (0.87 inches) Saki-kasane (Tip thickness): 0.65 cm (0.26 inches) Scabbard (Sheath) Length: 110 cm (43.31 inches) Blade Weight: 1166.2 g (41.12 oz) Habaki Weight: 38.5 g (1.36 oz) Handle Weight: 193.5 g (6.82 oz) Handle Width: 28.5 cm (11.22 inches) Tsuba (Hand guard) Weight: 152.8 g (5.39 oz) Tsuba Height: 8.6 cm (3.39 inches) Tsuba Thickness: 0.45 cm (0.18 inches) Overall Length of the Sword with Handle: 114.5 cm (45.08 inches) Price : $3500 + $50 Shipping (from Japan) You can see more pictures / video and also more details here : https://tokyo-nihont...yudo-kanesaki-katana
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