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  1. Dear all, In order to fit a tsuba of my liking on one of my sword (and to replace the one on the picture), I am looking for a tsuba with the following features. I need an iron tsuba, tosho, ko-tosho, katchushi, ko-katchushi in good condition. The appearance needed must be austere. The shape needed is not an issue, rounded, squared..... The hitsu ana must be plugged or non existent. Please see the measurements needed below and on the picture joined. Thickness : 3.5mm, Weight : 165 gr. In order to avoid too much worries (for me), please try to be very close to the nakago measurements and also close to the thickness. The other measures can be more or less respected. If you have the needed gem, please feel free to contact me by pm. Thank you for your attention.
  2. Not wanting to Hijack a For Sale post that are discussing this topic, I thought that I would start another discussion about Samurai Thumbprints here. I have this Tsuba attributed to the Bushu school which has a wear mark that appears to have been done by constant wearing by a thumb. 1. How likely is this to be so ? Thought: - If this was worn with Kozuka nearest body as it should, then the thumb would rest quite a way over the rim. I am constantly being told off by my Iaido teacher for doing this as it is a cert giveaway if you move it to loosen sword in Saya. He suggests just enough thumb not to be obvious but ALWAYS on Tsuba holding Katana safely in Saya. What are your views? Gwyn
  3. Well, I never had. When this one came up at that recent auction in Texas, I went scrambling to find out what I could about them and then decided to sell my car to buy it (not literally, but one should know that my car, which I just traded in for a newer used car a couple of months ago) was only worth $1000 on trade in, considerably less than this sword cost. Anyway, according to Markus' Encyclopedia (one of the most useful sword books ever!), these swords were worn by the imperial family or by kuge, court aristocrats. Based on his further detailed description, and the fact that this one has mother of pearl inlay in a nashiji ground, it would have been owned by the highest level of kuge but not by a member of the imperial family. There are six or seven lower ranks of kuge that can be discerned by the types of koshirae on their kazari-tachi. I thought I would share a few of the photos. I am also debating about what to do with it in terms of restoration and papers, so feel free to share your views (other than it's worthless and that I should send it to you right away!). Cheers, Bob
  4. 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.
  5. 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!
  6. Hi Everyone, I recently got an interesting yari off ebay but it is mounted in a tanto koshirae. It has very impressive lacquer work but the lacquer is cracking, has flaked off in places and it looks like at one point someone used a sharpie to blacken some missing spots that have now grown. I would love to get the yari out and see if it's signed but I am not sure that will ever happen since there does not seem to be a mekugi, it could be glued in, I am not sure. It is so delicate in places I am scared every time I handle it, is there anyone who could correctly get this restored or just stabilized that forum members know of? Maybe this is not the kind of thing that should be messed with at all and just preserved as best it can be as is. On a more general topic, has anyone seen yari mounted like this before? I remember reading somewhere that it was popular in the 1800's to repurpose mounts/mediocre blades to export. I would love opinions as to if this could this weird mounting style be a result of that or could it be a genuine mounting of something earlier? Thanks for your time and ideas. -J.G.
  7. 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
  8. 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
  9. 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.
  10. 58 Tsuba available from a collection I purchased. Note that some tsuba that appear in the photos have sold. Price sheet is attached. Take 20% off the listed price. --Matt Brice St. Croix Blades MB TH tsuba group list -- valuations descriptions 5-22-20.docx
  11. Japanese Antique Edo Han tachi Koshirae samurai sword Busho yoroi kabuto 龍 Description: Very rare Japanese antique Han tachi koshirae of the late Muromachi or early Edo era. Used by only high rank busho or samurai. Period: Late Muromachi, Early Edo era Dimensions: Full length: 99.06 cm (39 in) Saya length: 75.57 cm (29.75 in) Tsuka length: 23.50 cm (9.25 in) Sori/Warp: 1.9 cm Weight: 312 grams Price: 800 USD. Payment via paypal or bank wire.
  12. 65 Tsuba from a Collection I Bought available For Sale. These tsuba run the gamut from super nice to oh, kind of 'blah'. On the nice side there are Soten or Hiragiya school, Namban, Heianjo, Akasaka, etc. On the 'blah' side--there are some that were cleaned, rusty, or otherwise not interesting. But, here's the list and here are the photos. Pick out a tsuba or several, whatever you can use for your collection or for mounting. Thank you! --Matthew Brice www.StCroixBlades.com TH MB -- tsuba group list -- descriptions valuations.docx
  13. Collectors--St. Croix Blades has 12 swords listed for sale up on eBay currently. They run the gamut--from Buy It Now listings to Auction listings, from Showato to gendai, from fully polished to as-is. Take a look to see if there is anything you might be interested in. Here is the link: https://www.ebay.com/sch/m.html?_odkw=Japanese+swrod&_ssn=stcroixblades&item=362883002543&_osacat=0&_from=R40&_trksid=p2046732.m570.l1313.TR11.TRC2.A0.H0.Xjapanese+sword.TRS1&_nkw=Japanese+sword&_sacat=0 Those of you who don't have an eBay account--or who want a lower price (I'll subtract the fees from the listed price), contact me for a direct sale. Thank you! Matthew Brice www.StCroixBlades.com
  14. I know that shirasaya is for long term storage but what counts as being long term? Days? Weeks? Months? Longer?
  15. If I buy custom fittings (fuchi, kashira, menuki, tsuba) from say Roman Urban or Marcus Chambers, would they fit on a newly commissioned shinsakuto? I also plan on having a manji patterned habaki made by Brian Tschernega but I'm guessing it'd be best for him to have the blade and saya to make one that fits well. My plan is this: 1. commission custom koshirae 2. commission a shinsakuto 3. send custom koshirae to tsuka maker to be integrated with new sword 4. after receiving sword, send to Brian Tschernega for custom habaki I'm aware this will be expensive. Is this a reasonable plan or is it completely out of whack? Thanks, James J
  16. FOR SALE: I have a sword available that has the highest class Army mounts. Everything on this sword is of the highest quality. Not the least of which is the red sharkskin-covered saya. It has the over-sized tsuba, contrasting color seppa, premium sarute, family mon, etc. The blade is a nihonto--it is signed Kaneyoshi. This sword is available for $7995 obo. This sword has the highest quality Army mounts to be found. --Matt Brice www.StCroixBlades.com
  17. Hi, my name is Stephen. This is my first post. Attach are pictures of an O-wakizashi I just purchased. It is my first Nihonto. It is dated 1506AD, signed Bishu Osafune Kiyomitsu. Cutting edge is 59.4cm. The sword was registered in Japan in 1951 (I have read that this was a Diamyo registry year). Being my first Nihonto, I am not very experienced and don't know if this is a good sword or not. Thanks. Stephen C.
  18. FOR SALE: One-of-a-kind Custom Japanese Military Dirk -- 1880's period. Custom mounts made during the time when Western military strategy advisors were in Japan to help them develop a modern army. Note the frog stud--this is one of the features of the custom dirk mounts that date the koshirae to the 1880's. Old nihonto blade by Mino Seki Kanemasu. Papered in Tampa in February. Here is the link to the full listing: https://www.ebay.com/itm/362597148511 $6000 obo --Matt Brice St. Croix Blades
  19. I bought a blade with habaki, so I need to make everything else myself. Koshirae: I decided to make aikuchi with buffalo horn fittings with flower motif
  20. For Sale: Excellent Book - The Hartman Collection of Japanese Metalwork (1976) Price: $40 (plus shipping costs & transfer fees) Condition: Perfect New (original box - only opened to take photographs) Location: South Carolina, USA Shipping Size/Weight: 3.2 pounds 15" x 1.5" x 10" Description: Excellent book full of beautiful pictures and information about Japanese sword fittings and other metalwork. 676 items (90% sword fittings) with details on artists, period, motifs, materials, etc. Cloth covered Hardback 9.25” X 12.25” with 168 pages; Perfect Condition (New in original box - never opened except to take pictures for this listing). Presents one of the finest collections of Japanese Metalwork outside of Japan from the past Century. English text (with additional short descriptions in Japanese). Most of the 676 items are Japanese sword fittings (Tosogu, Koshirae, Tsuba, Kozuka & Fuchigashira); also includes a few swords, netsuke, etc.. Each item is described in terms of materials, subject mater, artist, etc. and all items include a photograph - usually black & white for iron and color for soft metal fittings. Mr. Hartman collected many of these sword fittings from other famous collections. Includes a printed list of price estimates and an online link to the realized prices for each item. Regards, George I honestly want you to be happy with this purchase, so if the item is not as described or there is any other material problem, please let me know. I’ll do my best to be fair in all cases. Having said that, because of the many misunderstandings that can arise with online sales (as we have seen on several recent threads...), the following terms and conditions will exclusively apply to any bids, offers and sales. Sales are final, no returns unless the item is not materially as described. Shipping charges, paypal/wire transfer fees, VAT, import duties, taxes and similar charges are not included in the item price. These charges are the buyer’s responsibility and expense. Please check with your country’s customs office to determine what the additional costs will be prior to bidding/buying. The tax and duty charges are normally collected by the delivering freight (shipping) company or when you pick the item up - do not confuse them for additional shipping charges. I do not mark merchandise values below value, mark items as “gifts” or falsify government documents - US and International government regulations prohibit such behavior. Consequential damages are disclaimed, and in all events, seller’s total aggregate liability shall not exceed the price of the goods in question. Descriptions are given in good faith but without warranty or liability - please see pictures for conditions (product is sold “as is”). I will ship using the most reasonable method (at purchaser’s expense) unless purchaser provides other explicit shipping/insurance instructions (in any event, all shipping is at purchaser’s risk). Purchaser is deemed to have agreed with these terms by bidding or agreeing to purchase (any other terms or conditions requested by the purchaser are rejected unless agreed to in a signed writing by seller).
  21. $6000 Up for sale, is a beautiful papered Kaga Fujishima Katana, coming with full koshirae and shirasaya with sayagaki. The flowing itame hada, gunome midare hamon combination and is breathtaking and is a sword I really wouldn't want to part with. Blade Info ji: mokume hada mix with flowing itame. chikei is present. there is utsuri. boshi: midare komi. It comes with atobori horimono double bohi on the omote, plum tree on the ura side. saki haba 1.5cm, motohaba2.7cm, sori 1.9 cm, nagasa 27 1/2 ", meguki ana 3, sayagaki by tanobe michihiro. Hamon, nie deki gunome midare mix withe hako midare. sayagaki Sayagaki reads as follows: kaga no kuni fujishima, 2 shaku 2 sun 9 bu(69.4cm), signed with character tachi mei of fujishima, jidai muromachi. There are some kanji we could not translate. flaws Flaws: ray skin wrap on the tsuka is slightly cracked, some small ware on the blade, see pictures for refference.
  22. Curious on the school you guys think my kashira is from and any links to the school would be helpful to read
  23. NBTHK Tokubetsu Hozon attributed to Yamato Senjuin. Komokume hada, koshizori, osuriage, suguha hamon. Really pretty but its quite tired. $7500usd www.nihontocollection.com
  24. Good morning and hello gents. How is everyone today so I’m wanting to start a thread for fittings inspired by samurai armor and or accessory’s they would of had. As I found my self a unique kashira in the shape and the style of kabuto and I’m curious what else is out there in the high end of things. As I’m brain storming a pontential Mount up on what I can find. The kashira is iron with excuse the spelling Noume zonga gold inlay yes I know I spelt it wrong not sure the correct way. I’m guessing Early to mid Edo. Photo is taken from the sellers listing as I am not home to take better Not for resale.
  25. Kaga Fujishima school Katana up for grabs at www.nihontocollection.com with horimono and full koshirae. Comes with shirasaya with sayagaki, translation would be appreciated. comes with hozon papers, $8000
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