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  1. Gents, I am offering a fantastic gendaito katana made by Tsukamoto Kazuyuki, a former mei of Okimasa. The sword was made in Showa 13, August on the grounds of Toyama Mitsuru. The mei reads: Oshu Iwashiro - junin Tsukamoto Kazuyuki saku and Toyama Mitsuru o no teinai ni oite. This gendai was shown previously on the high class gunto thread. Here are the measurements: Nagasa: 63cm Motohaba: 3,2cm Sakihaba: 2,1cm Kasane: 6mm The Kazuyuki was professionally polished in Japan by Eto Koichi in 2016. It comes with a new made shirasaya and the original shingunto koshirae, which has an pierced tsuba. Besides the fittings have matching numbers. The saya is the rare wooden type with a silk like lacquer surface. A near mint company grade officer tassel is included. In Addition the sword has a NTHK certificate. I can ship the gendaito worldwide with DHL Premium International. I live in Germany. I accept paypal and bankwire transaction. Pay Pal fees have to be paid by the buyer. My asking price is: 9400€ plus fees and shipping costs.
  2. Hello. Could I get some help with this signature? I get Shigemichi...I think. But I can't read the rest. Thank you! --Matt
  3. 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.
  4. For Sale: $8750 (plus shipping and PayPal or credit card fee of 4.4%) 1 antique Japanese WW2 Yasukuni Shrine sword by Kagiyama Yasunori available. Yasunori was one of the founders of the Yasukuni Shrine Forge. This is a Special Order katana by Yasunori. This rare Special Order Yasukuni Shrine sword would make a fine acquisition for any collection. This sword is of special importance. The ura/inscription on the nakago reads ‘Commemorating the 2600th year of the founding of the Empire for the Aihara family and their succeeding generations’. This sword was made on a 'Lucky Day in January 1940'. This sword is of an unusual length for Yasukuni Shrine swords. This sword measures 27 9/16” from blade tip to the notch (mune) in the blade spine. A Yasukuni Shrine sword with these features is very rare among Yasukuni blades. The kabutogane has the mon of the Asano Samurai clan. The hamon is more complex than suguha—there are waved features within the hamon. The tsuba has the harp stamp associated with Yasukuni-to. The saya has been protected by the leather combat cover—the saya lacquer looks to be quite perfect under the cover. CONDITION: The blade is in original Japanese polish. There are no nicks. The hamon and boshi are perfectly healthy. The scabbard lock functions perfectly, and the silk sarute is still intact. This is an exceptional and rare Yasukuni Shrine sword.
  5. Bishu Osafune Kiyomitsu, Katana in Koshirae Age: Blade: Muromachi period (AD. 1560) Tsuba: Edo period Mei: 備州長船清光作(Bishu Osafune Kiyomitsu Saku, made by Kiyomitsu of Osafune) 永禄三年八月日(3rd year of Eiroku, August. AD. 1560 August) Blade length: 66.3cm Blade is old polished, and overall in good condition with normal signs of scars and stain. This is an antique made in hundreds of years ago. There are imperfections or blemishes due to aging. Please see the pictures for details. Price: $4000 (include shipping cost within the U.S.) Reasonable offers accepted, please PM if interested.
  6. So, I've just purchased my first 日本刀, forged by Tanba no Kami Terukado, an early-Edo period smith. As he's my entry point into Japanese swords, I'd like to find out more about him, the blades he produced and (eventually) learn to compare / appraise his work in contrast with other smiths / periods. This is purely amateur research for my own hobby use, I've got no commercial interests and won't be selling anything etc. Any help in corrections, further / primary sources and examples of his work would be greatly appreciated. Profile Considered as a "leading Mino smith" in "The Connoisseur's Book of Japanese Swords" by Kokan Nagayama. "He is listed as working in Mino 1658-1684. He was also considered one of the Zenjo smiths and listed as Seki-Kaji-Toryo ” master of all Seki smiths”. The Tegai influence is easily recognized within this work. " - source: https://nihontoantiques.com/project/wakazashi-sword-fss-697/ Signatures Zenjou no Fujiwara Kanekado 丹波大掾藤原照門 (Tanba no Daijou Fujiwara Terukado) 丹波守藤原照門 (Tanba no Kami Fujiwara Terukado) 1659 on? Together with a few other variations. Active years 1658-84? School Yoshisada (Mino) Ratings Hawley's: 60 points Toko Taikan: ¥2.8M Fujishiro: "Jo Saku" -source: https://nihontoclub.com/smiths/TER16 Notable owners Isami Kondo (a Tokugawa Samurai, a member of the "Shinsengumi", later executed after capture). - source: https://www.samuraimuseum.jp/shop/product/antique-Japanese-sword-katana-signed-by-terukado-nbthk-tokubetsu-hozon-certificate/
  7. Dear NMB members, I am in need of your knowledge - in regard to pinpoint the sword smith (Mei translation) and if possible how that correspond with period and sword dimensions. I fully understand that this post may be a combination of more than one forum, but I will very much appreciate any comments that you may have. I have just acquired a katana with the following dimensions and information: Katana sword (Edo period 1600 - 1868) - supposedly 🤔 Full length: 105 cm Nagassa: 75,5 cm Sori: 2,5 cm Motohaba: 3,28 cm Motokasane: 0,68 cm Weight of blade: 880 grams Mei: Tadatsugu Nakago: one Mekugi Ana (drilled hole) Very nice and heavy sword with a beautiful Harmon that in shape and form correspond well with the middle Edo period (Jokyo and Genroku era between 1684 - 1703). And it is very sharp and in good polish. Question: Does the Mei correctly correspond with the signature of “Tadatsugu”? If so - which one, as I find it difficult to identify a smith with that name that made swords around 1684 - 1703? Pictures include sellers (1 + 2) and my own in regard to Mei and Kissaki (3 + 4 + 5 + 6). I will appreciate all of your comments, reflections and / or potential misgivings if you should have any. best regards Soren
  8. Hello everyone, I bought this piece a few months ago. The blade length is around 66.3cm, some scratches can be observed, so I think maybe a polishing work should be done. This is an unpapered sword. I think it is stereotypic late Muromachi. The mei is Kiyomitsu and I assume it is legit. Would this be a correct assumption? Thanks everyone.
  9. 1 desirable Koa Isshin Mantetsu WW2 Japanese Army Officer's sword available. This Japanese Mantetsu sword would make an important addition to any collection. This sword has exceptional early mounts. Note the deep red color of the lined habaki. Note too the early War red color of the fittings. This sword is signed 'KOA ISSHIN MANTETSU SAKU'--meaning 'Develop Asia by One Mind Mantetsu respectfully made this'. The reverse side of the nakago is dated. The spine of the nakago is also marked. This fine sword measures 26 1/8" (66.3 cm) (measured properly from the blade tip to the notch in the blade spine). CONDITION: This World War II Japanese Mantetsu sword is in excellent condition. The hamon and boshi are perfectly healthy. The blade edge is excellent with no nicks. The blade has occasional staining from past oxidation that had just begun to form, and was removed. The blade is perfectly straight. The handle and fittings are in excellent condition. The sword locks tightly into the saya/scabbard, and functions perfectly. $3500 (If paying via credit card or PayPal, 4% credit card fee/PayPal fee added to the purchase price).
  10. 1 Japanese World War II Army Officer's Samurai sword available. This full polish katana was made by Masashige. This Japanese sword would make an important addition to any collection. This is a desirable hand-made gendai sword. Matsubayashi Masashige was awarded 'Special Honor Noted Seat/Sword Forging Teacher' at the 1941 Exhibition. Just 33 of the hundreds of swordsmith participants in the 1941 Exhibition were awarded this ranking. This sword's hamon is exceptional. See the photos for a closer look. This sword was made with tamahagane, and was water-tempered. Note the hada/grain in this sword not exhibited in most WW2 gendai-to swords. In 1942 Mr. Kurihara Hikosaburo, a historian who helped to bring out a revival of the sword-making tradition in Japan, ranked 400 wartime Japanese swordsmiths into 7 skill categories--saijo saku (highest), jojo saku, jo saku, chujo saku, chu saku, chuge saku, and ge saku. Matsubayashi Masashige was ranked in the second highest skill category by Mr. Hikosaburo. The blade measures 24 1/8" (61.3 cm) from blade tip to notch in the blade spine. Note the superior koshirae. CONDITION: The blade is in full polish. The hamon and boshi are perfectly healthy. The Army koshirae are in superior condition. $3500 shipped (If paying via regular Paypal or via credit card, add 4% fee). Here is the link to the full complement of photos: https://stcroixblades.com/shop/products/Japanese-ww2-shin-gunto-army-sword-gendaito-masashige-full-polish-katana/ Regards, --Matthew Brice www.StCroixBlades.com
  11. Hello! I could use some help with another translation—this time on a dragon/sea serpent themed fine iron tsuba. Thank you in advance to whomever can help! —Matt
  12. I offer for sale a premium gendaito made by the famous gendai smith Takahashi Yoshimune. This katana comes in very fine samurai mounts. The total condition of blade and koshirae is near mint. The sword has a well grained and tight ko-itame hada and at times also a burl of ko-mokume hada. The hamon is a soshu style notare, made of dense ko-nie and a deep nioi guchi. In the monouchi the hamon is entirely ko-nie. The katana has a maru boshi. There are activities like nijuba, uchinoke and nie hoture in and around the hamon. The nakago has the mei: Sekishin Houkoku Minamoto Yoshimune Saku dated: Koki Nisen Roku Hyaku Ni Nen San Gatsu Hi ( a lucky day in March 1942 ) Yoshimune is ranked as a saijo saku smith and is rated as a high to superior grade gendaito smith, according to Slough‘s Modern Japanese Swordsmiths ( page 198 and 199 ). In addition Yoshimune is known for his patriotism and his swords sometimes have patriotic sayings. On this sword the saying ‚Sekishin Houkoku‘ can be translated as ‚serving the country with the utmost sincerity‘. The tsuka of the mentioned koshirae is silk-cord wrapped and contains custom menuki. The iron sukashi tsuba was probably made in the mid edo period. Besides there are two seppas made of copper. The blade measurements are: Nagasa: 66cm Sori: 1,5cm Motohaba: 3,0cm Sakihaba: 2,0cm Kissaki Nagasa: 3,0cm Nakago Nagasa: 20,8cm Kasane: 0,7cm My asking price is 4400€. I am open to reasonable offers, but I am not interested in trading. The sword is in Germany. I ship worldwide with DHL premium international. Payment should be done with paypal. The shipping costs are included. Kind regards Stefan
  13. I'm looking to get a sword which can be used for tournaments (kata, tameshigiri, etc) and I'm unsure of which sources to go with. I've been considering getting an antique sword and having it fit with koshirae. Though I'm unsure. I'm curious if anyone knows any sword makers that make tournament quality swords. I've talked to makers from Japan, but their prices to commission a sword are far beyond what I can pay.
  14. Army Gendaito by Ikkansai Kunimori For Sale. Kunimori was known as Yasuhiro while at the Yasukuni Shrine. $3500. https://stcroixblades.com/shop/products/ikkansai-kunimori-Japanese-ww2-army-sword-antique-samurai-gendai-yasuhiro/ --Matthew Bride www.StCroixBlades.com
  15. St. Croix Blades website has been updated with New Japanese Swords. Click on the link to visit the site: https://stcroixblades.com/shop/Japanese-swords/ Also...swords in stock but not yet listed (but available): --Swords from the Plimpton Collection of Early Military Mount Swords --5 Gendaito: Ikkansai Kunimori, Haruhisa, Masashige, Nagamitsu, Masayasu --10-12 Nihonto in Samurai Mounts --NBTHK Tokubetsu Hozon Nanbokucho Sekishu Sadatsuna --50 Swords from a different collection of Early Military Mount Swords Sign up for our Store Newsletter to be Informed of our Newest Listings! Sign up at the bottom of the Home Page: https://stcroixblades.com/ --Matthew Brice St. Croix Blades
  16. 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!
  17. Could you please update me on the current regulations regarding the importation of a sword into the UK. If it is possible, what documents or description is preferred. Thanks in advance.
  18. hello everyone I'm posting photos of a katana I bought at the flea market in Paris, France. the seller did not know how to tell me when was signing. if anyone could help me it would be great. the paper label on leather sheath is coming from Osaka. after some searching i found: "Yokohama daizen xxx Yasuko" But i dont know if is correct and i dont know nothing about others kanjis Jairo Silva
  19. Pictured is a 1943 Hiromitsu that has a leather combat cover and suspension ring. The fittings are Showa period (not that common). Would this have been a sword from a public servant of the time, or a sword from a military administrative personnel who through rank or position was entitled or required to carry a sword?
  20. I went and did the thing that everyone tells you to avoid doing. I had new koshirae made for a katana. I used a set of tosogu from the Edo Period. The Fuchi Kashira is signed by Yoshikawa Mumemitsu. The Tsuba and Menuki are unsigned but the Menuki are attributed as Denjo by the NBTHK. I’m calling the koshirae “The Chicken.”
  21. Hello, Am I correct in thinking that this attribution is 美 濃 千 手 院 Mino Senjuin? Thanks for your input!
  22. Hello again gentlemen! This is a blade that I recently acquired locally. At first, before cleaning it, I thought it was going to be another relatively young blade that has simply gone through a world war and was brought back by a veteran. Beneath all the cosmoline or brake grease (and grass clippings), came a blade with no edge damage and a surprisingly interesting hamon. The blade is 27 1/4" with a very nice o-kissaki point. It has two mekugi-ana, of which both appear to be drifted. The fittings are somewhat plain but have some hint at having some kind of applied ornamentation (cloisonne?) having existed though it is mostly gone, some manner of white flecks that have mostly rubbed off. The flecks appear on the kashira, tsuba, and kojiri. The tsuba, although plain appears to have a shakudo plug in it. After cleaning it, I was impressed and made an offer which was accepted. When I brought this to my local Token Kai meeting, neither I nor Dan could figure out what exactly we were looking at. We spent a good while pouring over the book he brought, trying to narrow its manufacture down, to no avail. There are also a few spots where the hamon lifts up beyond the normal pattern. One notable oddity was that on the omote side of the blade, about 3" up from the hakabi is a set of three circles in a triangular arrangement above the hamon. But most noticeable of all is the CRAZY amount of kaeri. The hardening goes at least down half to two-thirds of the mune towards the habaki. The mune width itself is also rather narrow compared to many other blades I've seen. Its not quite a cormorant neck shape, but it is nearly diamond-shape. I am unsure if the blade exhibits true utsuri or not, but there appears to be evidence for it. I am also unsure if the blade is simply suriage or o-suriage. The sori is interesting too. Therefore, for your perusal, is this blade! My asks are: Probable age/era of production School Possible smiths Ideas for the reason of the strange hamon/kaeri Suriage or o-suriage As always, any and all help and opinions are appreciated! This one has our local TK completely stumped, so here it is! The images are arranged with a link to the imgur resolution, followed by what is a lower resolution image. https://imgur.com/Hj1GCSN https://imgur.com/8561qnC https://imgur.com/TQlpT4f https://imgur.com/9Gz77jo https://imgur.com/iw8vMdz Evidence of what I believe is significant kaeri: https://imgur.com/tpTt2rp https://imgur.com/UKeumwT https://imgur.com/39iTzDt https://imgur.com/BF5K2Dr https://imgur.com/5FTx1sT https://imgur.com/aKDB56h https://imgur.com/3GrrcF9 https://imgur.com/YCNiIaV https://imgur.com/swcjM2C https://imgur.com/mEYn8O8 The image showing the three circles: https://imgur.com/ULFj0N4 Boshi: https://imgur.com/EibDmsK Evidence of utsuri: https://imgur.com/0l2X34o https://imgur.com/MBxdYvx More kaeri: https://imgur.com/d9a1IcQ Thanks again gentlemen! As always, very appreciated.
  23. Good afternoon all, I have acquired this Katana and would like some assistance in transalting the mei. I have tried to have a go and think the first kanji is Hira and the last one Butsu. Also I think the first one on the saya is either Mitsu or San. Any help would be most appreciated It is not in very good condition and there are lots of corrosion on the blade. Blade is 34" from tip to tip. The pictures of the hamon are all that I can get. The odd thing about this is the suspension ring on the saya is opposite to others I have. Many thanks, Paul
  24. 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.
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