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  1. Hi everyone, Question here 😁. While researching a bit more on my nihonto (pictures at the bottom of this post here and details from the vendor here), I also found information on this mon, which is present on the fuchi: If I'm not mistaken, it's supposed to be the family crest of the Kuki clan... Wait... Kuki as in Kuki Yoshitaka !!? I'm pretty sure it's highly unlikely that there be any sort of connection between this sword and this clan, but that led me to this question: could there be?? I mean, could someone back in the day exhibit a mon from a clan they had no connection to?? Was this "allowed" or was there some strict rules surrounding what could or could not be represented on sword koshirae? As usual, thanks a LOT for your input 🙏
  2. I've spent the last year working on tsuka and saya making for katana, but I would like to learn more about naginata I've obtained a few naginata, one of which I'm looking to fit with koshirae, so I have a couple questions about how the pole is made: 1.) How were the fittings fixed to the pole 2.) What kind of seppa were used on a naginata 3.) Does anyone know any sources where I can purchase naginata parts (koshirae) I've found this is a somewhat obscure weapon, and instruction on how they are made/how the pole and saya are made are either non exist, or at least vastly more rare than any information on katana. Thank you.
  3. Hello. I have one translation from a friend on this Presentation General Grade dress sword. I want to double-check though with others—just to be sure we have it translated correctly. Hopefully one of our Japanese speaking community members can help. Thank you in advance! —Matt
  4. 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
  5. https://stcroixblades.com/shop/products/large-Japanese-ww2-mikasa-battleship-naval-dirk-toshihide-dagger-hideaki/ For Sale — WW2 Mikasa Battleship Naval Dirk. $4500 First note that this Mikasa Naval dirk is oversized (see photo comparing this dirk to an early 1st variation Naval dirk). The forged 9 5/16" blade has kanji horimono reading 'The Fate of the Empire is decided by this Battle'. The mei on the nakago reads (beneath heavy rust) 'Mikasa Gun Steel Hideaki'. Hideaki also went by the art name Toshihide. Horii Toshihide (Horii Hideaki) is rated very high in Slough's book--2.8 Million Yen. Toshihide earned Special Honor Noted Seat--Sword Forging Teacher at the 1941 Exhibition. The ura-mei (reverse side mei) is the date this dirk was forged. Note that in addition to this dirk's large size (17 3/8"), this dirk has premium polished same (rayskin) as opposed to sharkskin. Uncommon for a Japanese Naval dirk. CONDITION: This blade on this rare WW2 Mikasa Battleship Naval dirk had rusted, so was polished. That is why the kanji blade horimono are shallow now. This Mikasa Battleship dirk's mounts are in exceptional condition. This rare Naval dirk displays beautifully!
  6. 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!
  7. 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.”
  8. I think this is the handle part for a WWII Kyu Gunt blade? Sorry I can not be really clear on this. Not my cup of tea and therefore I have no use for it. Euro 65,00 plus 10.00 Euro shipping within Europe or 20 Euro world wide.
  9. The sun-nobi tanto I just received arrived without a shirasaya. It does have a fairly nice koshirae. When I asked about having a shirasaya made while the blade was still in Japan, the vendor stated it already had one, but alas, it arrived dressed in its koshirae. So now I have a blade in need of a shirasaya, and I live in Canada. What is my best option for having one made? Thanks for any input you can provide.
  10. A selection of Japanese Colonial/Territorial Swords to enjoy. —Matt www.StCroixBlades.com
  11. 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
  12. A few items for sale. I don't really know anything about these. The backs are plain and all unsigned Shipping £10.00 and Paypal fees 10_01 Kozuka Crayfish £50.00 10_10 Kozuka Bees £50.00 10_11 Kozuka Bird £85.00 10_12 Kozuka Peacock £85.00 12_01 Kogai Baku and Phoenix £125.00
  13. Here is the koshirae of my sun-nobi tanto. The saya is aogai-chirashi, the menuki are a feather design in shakudō, the fuchikashira is an engraving of ume tree and flowers on silver plate. The tusba is iron with a feather design on the rim and ishimeji on the surface. The kozuka of the kogatana is silver in what I think is a ishidatami pattern.
  14. Hello. I have an Iida Lock gunto for sale. This blade is an old Koto blade—by 10-pt smith Sadahiro. It is wakizashi length—23 3/16”. This sword was just purchased from the veteran’s family last week. The veteran’s Service papers come with the sword. While the blade could use a polish, in hand I can see the entire hamon. The spring is missing from the Iida saya cap so it doesn’t have that snap. While a bit disappointing, the right replacement spring would cost less than $1. This sword is available for $5900. —Matt Brice www.StCroixBlades.com
  15. 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.
  16. i showed this in translation to get a name but i would like to know if would be possible to get a date on it the name is Efuju masayuki i think
  17. I am looking for information concerning this koshirae. I was told it might be from the russian-Japanese war. Obviously it is not made for battle. The tsuba looks odd and the brass seems to be machined. The negoro stylish saya might be a reference to the koto inside. Who wore such mountings and at which occasion? Is there recommendable literature? Looking forward to your expertise with kind regards, Robert
  18. Complexity in Japanese visual art tradition keeps on intriguing me. Even supposedly common themes may reveal more than one interpretation. I was prompted by a recent post in NMB (https://www.militaria.co.za/nmb/topic/35147-kozuka-calligraphy/) to reconsider a record in my database (I've collected just images, not the real tsuba): The NBTHK paper reports in description: あなめ図鐔 - aname no zu tsuba. According to a legend the poet Ariwara no Narihira heard a voice from a skull and recognized the bones of his former lover Ono no Komachi. Aname means something like "Oh, my eyes hurt!", and refers to lamentation about the discomfort produced by grass growing in the skull orbits. Ono no Komachi was one of the Rokkasen, the six best waka poets of the early Heian period, and she was renowed for her unusual beauty. The theme nozarashi (野晒) seems, at my untrained eyes, indistinguishable, but should be based on poems by Matsuo Bashō. I'd like to know some more precise references about the two themes. Thank you for reading.
  19. Very fine gold and shakudo Hosakawa motif tanto koshirae available. This koshirae has a elaborate matching Namban iron fuchi, kashira, and tsuba. The finely carved shakudo handle wrap is of the same matching design. The Hosakawa menuki are fine shakudo and gold. The fuchi, kashira, and tanto each have a dragon in their intricate carving. This koshirae holds a 9” to 12” tanto blade. CONDITION: This rare koshirae is in exceptional condition. $2400
  20. 1 fine NTHK-NPO Goto tosogu wakizashi koshirae available. The owner asked the shinsa group to evaluate the fuchi/kashira. The signed fuchi/kashira were affirmed by the shinsa group to be by Goto Mitsunaga. These tosogu are fine shakudo nanako with gold clan mon. These are exceptional fuchi/kashira. The shakudo horse menuki are beautiful—these may prove to be Goto as well. The koshirae are in such fine condition, that we found it hard to justify removing the menuki to get a look at their backs. This koshirae has a wood tsunagi that was fashioned after the original sword blade. The blade measures 52.4 cm. $3300
  21. Very fine gold and shakudo Hosakawa motif tanto koshirae available. This koshirae has a elaborate matching Namban iron fuchi, kashira, and tsuba. The finely carved shakudo handle wrap is of the same matching design. The Hosakawa menuki are fine shakudo and gold. The fuchi, kashira, and tanto each have a dragon in their intricate carving. This koshirae holds a 9” to 12” tanto blade. CONDITION: This rare koshirae is in exceptional condition. $2400
  22. I sell on ebay at a small starting price some habaki, menuki and other tosogu Menuki :http://rover.ebay.com/rover/1/724-53478-19255-0/1?icep_ff3=2&pub=5575378759&campid=5338273189&customid=&icep_item=164673222255&ipn=psmain&icep_vectorid=229494&kwid=902099&mtid=824&kw=lg&toolid=11111 Habaki 1 : http://rover.ebay.com/rover/1/724-53478-19255-0/1?icep_ff3=2&pub=5575378759&campid=5338273189&customid=&icep_item=164673224601&ipn=psmain&icep_vectorid=229494&kwid=902099&mtid=824&kw=lg&toolid=11111 Habaki 2 : http://rover.ebay.com/rover/1/724-53478-19255-0/1?icep_ff3=2&pub=5575378759&campid=5338273189&customid=&icep_item=164678703182&ipn=psmain&icep_vectorid=229494&kwid=902099&mtid=824&kw=lg&toolid=11111 Fuchi : http://rover.ebay.com/rover/1/724-53478-19255-0/1?icep_ff3=2&pub=5575378759&campid=5338273189&customid=&icep_item=164673225942&ipn=psmain&icep_vectorid=229494&kwid=902099&mtid=824&kw=lg&toolid=11111 Best Stefano
  23. Hello all, longtime reader, first time poster! I have here a kozuka I recently acquired with some shinshinto koshirae accompanying a pair of tanto. I am inexperienced with kozuka/kogatana, and any insight and/or translation assistance for this one would be greatly appreciated.
  24. Hello Everyone, I am seeking some advice on how to measure for my sword fittings. I have a few blades in need of a new habaki, tsuba and tsuka. I was wondering if there was some golden rule measurement to make sure the fit for each item is correct and lines up with the mehugi-ana. And for the habaki, how to measure and ensure it fill fit snugly on the blade, and will also fit the tsuka and tsuba! I have been shopping for new koshirae on the Japanese auction sites, and it would help me to know what to look for, as most of them have measurements posted. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thank you in advance, Gordon S
  25. Can I ask for assistance with translation of the kanji on this habaki please. Thanks. jim M
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