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  1. I'm researching the blacksmith of Inuyama , a parent and child named Michiaki 道暁 and Michiyuki 道幸 , but I also want to know about Kanetake 兼武 (It is often referred to as Kaneuji兼氏 because the take武 character looks like uji氏), so if you see a work in your country, please let me know. Kanetake was around 1600, and Michiaki and Michiyuki were from 1830 to 1870. Kanetake did not sign by himself, but he had asked a person to sign it, so there are many handwritings of his signature. Since I am using a translation app, I may not be able to communicate well. please forgive me.
  2. Greetings , I just registered and its my first post on the forum, I apologize if I commit any mistake. I am quite interested in acquiring Dotanuki school blades, if anyone is willing to part with one please do tell me. Thank you for your time Kevin
  3. Hello again everyone and thanks for your advice last time I was here. I’ve spent more time reading books, and looking at examples from different time periods so hopefully I’m getting better at this hobby. Anyways, last year I bought an unsigned sword with old Kicho papers attributing it to Kashuu Kiyomitsu. I know that’s less reliable than new papers but I genuinely like the sword, and it’s got the kaga nagako and matches what Marcus and others write about Kashuu Kiyomitsu traits like the Ashi and coarsish Itame hada with the occasional masame thrown in. I can’t read Japanese though so my ability to understand the NBTHK papers is limited to what OCR software can tell me which is that it says Kashuu Kiyomitsu and it’s an old certificate from the 50s. If anyone can tell if the papers narrow the attribution down to a generation that would be great. Or if not, might it be possible to use the photos to guess which Kiyomitsu made it? The ashi and konie in a hamon that’s otherwise nioi kind of sound like what the books said about Hinin Kiyomitsu, and he has an interesting story so I think it would be nice if this sword were conected to him but even if it weren’t, I’m quite fond of it. I hope the photos of the certificate, and ones where I tried to capture the hamon, or hada help with identifying the maker. Thank you again everyone,
  4. Can someone tell me about this katana pls? It is genuine? Which epoca pls?
  5. i recently bought this katana, its pretty beaten looking and also looks like the handle got re wrapped or something as its a bit weird looking im not to sure if its real, honestly i dont really know how old it is im guessing 1500 due to shape, but not to sure would love some help. IMG-2345-converted-compressed.pdf
  6. 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.
  7. 1 antique Japanese WW2 Yasukuni Shrine sword by Yasushige available. This fine antique Japanese Yasukunito sword would make an important acquisition for any collection. The blade measures 66.8 cm (26 5/16") from blade tip to notch in the blade spine. This sword is mounted in shirasaya. There are no longer any army mounts with this sword. This Yasukunito sword has NBTHK papers already—a nearly $1000 cost (when sent from the U.S. to Japan), and a many months-long process. Condition: This fine Yasukuni Shrine sword is in original, very fine WW2 polish. There are no nicks, and there is no pitting of any kind. In fact, the blade only has a very occasional micro finish scratch. The blade needs no polish, which is a significant savings in time and money as well. $6500 obo
  8. 1 antique Japanese WW2 Yasukuni Shrine sword by Yasushige available. This fine antique Japanese Yasukunito sword would make an important acquisition for any collection. The blade measures 66.8 cm (26 5/16") from blade tip to notch in the blade spine. This sword is mounted in shirasaya. There are no longer any army mounts with this sword. This Yasukunito sword has NBTHK papers already—a nearly $1000 cost (when sent from the U.S. to Japan), and a many months-long process. Condition: This fine Yasukuni Shrine sword is in original, very fine WW2 polish. There are no nicks, and there is no pitting of any kind. In fact, the blade only has a very occasional micro finish scratch. The blade needs no polish, which is a significant savings in time and money as well. $6500 obo
  9. Hello, I recently acquired a Sukemori blade, could you please read me what is written on the certificate? thank you very much in advance, I am attaching pictures of the blade for your viewing pleasure.
  10. For sale a tsuba of my collection : Higo tsuba Nakane Heihachiro Style Dimension 7,8 cm x 7,8 cm Price 120 € + shipping cost Payment by bank transfer or paypal Best Stefano
  11. I bought this sword a long time ago from a reputed French dealer. I consider it my first real Nihonto as my very first was actually a Showato in older mounts. This blade came in a simple yet elegant handachi koshirae with a maroon saya, black ito and darkened red copper fittings. It is an 18th century blade I think. Nagasa is 76.5 cm. It is signed "Hizen Kuni Takayuki" and here the issues start: For a Hizen blade, the mei is on the wrong side, it’s in ko Itame Hada, nioi deki and this "Takayuki " is absolutely unknown. So here are the theories, starting with mine and followed by Pierluigi's, the polisher. I’d like to here your opinion too: I’ve always believed the blade was made by a Meikan More who either died before being recorded or by a blacksmith making agrarian tools and the occasional sword (not many swords were produced in the 18th century). It could also have been made by an apprentice. Another theory of mine is that it was perhaps made by a Bungo Takeda swordsmith. We know that an offshoot of that line settled in Hizen in the 18th century. Many had a "yuki" in their name. Sadly, the issue is they used another Kanji. Now, Pierluigi thinks the sword is Gimei and that the signature was carved later to pass it as a Hizen sword. It is a very valid possibility that to me begs for a question: if you’re going to make a Gimei Hizen blade, why choose an unknown smith and not make it a Tadayoshi or a Tadakuni? Especially since I guess everyone knows Hizen swords had their katana mei on the other side! Your opinions and suggestions are welcome!
  12. Hello to all. I am listing this for sale again because I have another very ill cat. He has lymphoma and I need to get him into treatment immediately. I am offering a drastic discount in hopes of a very quick sale. I have attached a picture of Mittens as well. Blade length: 28.12 inches Sori: 0.6 inches Width at hamachi: 1.3 inches Width at kissaki: 0.87 inches Kasane: 0.29 inches Mekugi: 2 Said to be from mid muromachi period. Attributed to Kanenobu (Shiga Seki) With NBTHK Hozon paper and whole Oshigata from AOI art. I am asking $2800.00 plus shipping and PayPal fees. I am enclosing pictures and scans done origionally by AOI Art. I hope they will not mind. Their images are far better than mine would be. I will not ship internationally. If you have any questions, feel free to contact me. Thanks, Robert
  13. Schaumann

    Maker Info

    I have a katana with “摂州住助信” inscribed on the nakago (see attached photo). The nagasa is 70.3 cm. The hamon is suguha. Can anyone provide any information about the maker? Let me know what other information may be of help. Thanks Kirk S
  14. So my grandpa had this katana that he gave to me a few years ago after I found it when helping him clean. It was "stored" under a pile of carpets for god knows how long and is in pretty rough shape. I would like to know if anyone could help with the translation. Thanks. https://imgur.com/yN24D7K https://imgur.com/9iigSvG
  15. hi everyone, I'm a new member from Italy! I bought a beautiful shin gunto at an auction, but the signature makes me confused.. I don't know the Japanese language but this one looks different from all the ones I've seen around in internet! can you help me?
  16. Bert

    Unknown barn find

    Hello, my granddad bought this sword decades ago on a touristic visit to Japan at a market. I remember it when i was younger, we used to play with it and cut objects with it, that's why the Koshirae is ruined and also the blade had to endure a sharpening attempt by my younger brother. Can someone of you give me a very rough estimation what this thing is about? My granddad plans to sell it on the internet, but i told him i would like to check it first. I suppose strongly it's a purely massproduced piece for selling to tourists (he bought it in the 70s), but as i myself have not the slightest idea, it would help me a lot if anyone could tell me his quick opinion. At the moment i can't get the handle off the piece, but i think it won't be neccessary anymore after your first feedback. I hope you don't see it as an offense to be confronted with such a piece, but i have simply no clue at all & I assume it takes a quick look for you experts. I think for someone with knowledge, already the used materials can give hints. Cheer and thanks Bert
  17. Hi there, I'm quite new to all this and am looking for a decent Katana or Wakizashi to start off my collection, something that will hopefully go up in value over time and I can display proudly. Unfortunately my budget is only around $1300 USD so I'm happy to get something unsigned without papers with some wear, as long as it's still presentable and doesn't have any fatal flaws. Obviously a blade with fittings and in good nic with a nice or at least noticeable Hamon would be preferable, but I realise that might be asking a bit much for the price. If you've got an old sword you want to go to a good home, Id appreciate any offers. Saves me from getting screwed on eBay. Thanks p.s I'm from Australia, but happy to pay shipping from anywhere
  18. Hello Collectors, Happy New Year and Holidays. Over the break, I acquired a new Nihonto, my very first katana in my collection. I am struggling to ID the smith, as it is unsigned but I know that the hamon is Hoso-Suguha, and it is in quite a good state of polish. It comes with original silver-gilded habaki, and the other fittings are new. Please help in ID this beautiful blade, nagasa is 27.5 inches, and it has hada on it when you look close-up. Please help with ID of the smith and the time period to help in my quest for knowledge on my newly acquired blade. Warm Regards, Gordan S
  19. I’m looking for a Shingunto with this type of. Drag/ chape/ ishizuki......anyone seen one with this type of fitting? Thanks.
  20. Hi I bought a scroll from the MNB last week and I'm asking for help with its translation
  21. Hi, Im new here and am looking to get into collecting. Unfortunately i have limited funds at the moment so will have to start with a Wakizashi, or a damaged blade. Theres a Katana for sale on ebay from what seems like a respectable seller that im interested in. Heres the link https://www.ebay.com/itm/Antique-Japanese-Samurai-Katana-Sword-SENGOKU-Nihonto-81-8-cm-Long/264994706019 but it has some rust spots, i was wondering what your opinions on the damage is? Whether it is fatal or not and maybe your overall thoughts on the sword. Thanks
  22. I have a Japanese WWII army/tank crew katana with a 1550 era made blade o-suriage. The scabbard is leather covered and has some writing under the leather strap that i'm having a super hard time identifying. any help would be appreciated.
  23. Hello everyone, I wish you all are well and a happy new year. After much thought, I put my first Shinsakuto up for sale. It is a sword with the following characteristics; Nagasa: 73,1 cm Sori: 1,7cm Hamon: Ô-notare with ashi and kinsuji. Hada: Itame jinie. Mune: Iorimune. Mei: 肥後国住赤松太郎兼嗣作 (Higo no kuni jyu akamatsu taro kanetsugu saku) Mei omote: 義勇気仁礼誠名誉忠義 (Reference to Bushido virtues) 平成二十八年八月吉日 (Forged on an auspicious day of the 28th year of Heisei, August 2016) Sorry for my bad pictures, I've tried my best. I'm asking 7500€, shipping worldwide included. Europe no taxes. Comes with a quality bag. Best wishes for all. Emilio
  24. On a small percentage of '98 tsuba, there is an appendage that is a small loop of brass, that is always in the same place. I doubt it has anything to do with a locking mechanism as all the swords have a lock of some kind. The examples here have a push button lock, the other an Iida lock. Can anyone help with identification?
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