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  1. 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.
  2. $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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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?
  5. 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.
  6. 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
  7. 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)
  8. 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
  9. 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.
  10. WTS Mantetsu rare w stamp $2200 plus shipping and PayPal fees IJA signed Koa Isshin Mantetsu and dated 26 1/4”. The blade is in very nice condition and mounts are in good condition with some paint missing on the scabbard. The Nakago also has a rare W stamp on it.
  11. 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.
  12. 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
  13. 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!
  14. 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.
  15. I am fairly new to collecting. I have an Edo period nihonto with a few scars on shinogi ji. I am curious if these would be considered a fatal flaw. I believe they are carbon pits created during forging process. Thank you.
  16. Could I have some feedback on this mei please . I did find a mei on this site looked close, seems to be alot of copies around . 62.2 cm long small Katana in late war Kaigunto mounts Thank you Geoff
  17. Just an FYI for collectors of Japanese military swords--I just listed a model 1883 Naval Officer's Kyu-gunto in the For Sale section. I know they are hard to find, so wanted to take a moment to let those interested it was there to check out. Thank you! --Matt Brice
  18. New Sword available--M1883 Naval Officer's Kyu-gunto Sword. $4800 obo Samurai mon on the backstrap--two hawk feathers, Asano clan. Very fine condition mounts. Average quality 24 7/16" mumei nihonto blade. More photos available if needed. Harder to find Naval Russo-Japanese mounted sword. --Matthew Brice
  19. At wars end, Japanese swords were surrendered with the promise that the sword would be returned to the owner at some time in the future. Of course this never happened, and many swords souvenired were taken with surrender tags attached. Tags took many forms, and it would be historically interesting to see what exists today. My contribution is a piece of silk cloth torn into a strip, written on and tied onto the hanger ring. Would be great to see other examples, and translations if possible.
  20. When you get a new sword and hope it isn't monkeyed around with, finding matching assembly numbers on the blade and fittings, makes you feel good about it.
  21. Fake blade, etched pattern The post is edited to discuss the koshirae only. Dear All, Greetings from Canada! I am new and all my limited information about Nihonto are from internet. Please share your thoughts , knowledge and comment. The koshirae looks elegant and concise. All fittings have a lot of Chinese characteristics. Red colored rayskin scabbard with 9 bats means "hong fu shou qi tian" ,"洪福壽齊天"in Chinese. The bat is not a simple bat, it has a longevity head, and a hidden monkey face, combines auspicious meanings. The tusba has a "Lou han" who tames the tiger without a fight. Maybe the highest honor for a warrior. Please note the philosophy here. Both ends use horn material. The handle end has a white though line, means the blade is a sharp one,you can cut through your enemy.The scabbard end has a short white line, means the opponent can not cut you through. There are willow strips decorated on the outside of the handle and the scabbard, which are rare to me. The menuki on the handle also has a nice meaning: triple dragon courage,"三聯龍膽" in Chinese. So, the blade is fake, the red rayskin koshirae seems pretty good, but a real koshirae can not protect a fake blade. Again, please share your thoughts , knowledge and comment. Thanks in advance.
  22. Hello everyone, I came into possession of this blade recently and would greatly appreciate input from more experienced collectors. I’m not sure how feasible it is to do so, but if the sword could be identified to a general time period and region/style of make that would be ideal. I’m already aware of the bad quality ato-bori and the ware cracks and suspect this is why it was cheap. To my inexperienced eyes, the hamachi seems worn, and the nagkago has heavy patina, which makes me think that it’s fairly old and been polished several times. The Hamon looks like suguha and the Hada seems to have masme and some type of wood (komokume?) characteristics, but as I said I’m inexperienced and could be completely wrong about all of this. Also it might be due to general inexperience but it seems as if the angle and type of incident light affects how prominent the different Hada patterns are. I had read that Yamato style blades were produced in large numbers as arsenal weapons during the sengoku period and most were unsigned. Is it at all possible that I’m looking at one such example? Thank you again for everyone’s help,
  23. ChrisW

    O-kissaki Katana

    Hey everyone, I have another blade here to share. It appears to have an o-kissaki. I believe the patina on the nakago points to it being koto in age. Here are the measurements: Nagasa: 27 inches or 692mm (the measuring tape was not really cooperating and stretching in the heat!) Sori: .8525 inches or 21.65mm Width at Habaki: 1.04 inches or 26.52mm Kissaki Length: 1.6 inches or 40.64mm Overall Length: 33 inches or 838.2mm The blades overall hamon pattern is obscured but it appears to a form of notare but I cannot honestly say to what degree or if it is simply a more complex pattern hidden by the lack of polish. The blade seems to be healthy enough to receive a new polish and I do not detect any fatal flaws; the yokote is intact as well. I think this blade is on its first polish but someone may have taken a buffing wheel or something similar to it as the metal has a 'slicked' appearance to it. I am also unable to remove the habaki as it is firmly rooted on and appears to already have taken a beating from a previous owner attempting to remove it. Opinions of all kinds are welcome. I bow to the knowledge of my betters! Thanks guys!
  24. 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?
  25. A very uncommonly encountered Daisho set of Nanban tsuba in very good condition. Matched pair in design with deep sculpting and under-cutting. Extensive gold nunome on both and some silver nunome on the seppadai of the dai tsuba. Additionally, both have matching shakudo frames in the kogai and kozuka hitsuana. The set is unpapered, but worthy of submission to shinsa as a daisho set. Measurements are: Dai 8.05 cm x 7.4 cm x .6 cm Sho 7.55 cm x 6.95 cm x .6 cm Offered here on NMB at a special price of $750.00 USD plus shipping A quite reasonable price and a donation will be made to NMB upon sale. The pair will remain offered here until June 19th, afterwhich, if unsold they will be listed on my website. International buyers; please be aware of your taxes, duties, and fees. The items will be documented to customs with full, accurate, and appropriate declaration, so please know this in advance and resist the urge to request otherwise. **Admins** Please rotate each of the images 90 clockwise. I can almost hear necks cracking the world around. :-)
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