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  1. Komihara Katana for Sale, a beautiful koto sword. Specifications: Sori (Curvature): 0.8 cm Hamon (Temper Line): Suguha, characteristic of Ko-Mihara school Blade Length: 60.8 cm Period : Nanbokucho (650 years ago) Province : Bingo 備後 Certificate : NBTHK Tokubetsu Hozon Token Koshirae SOLD You can see more pictures or videos on my website. Don't hesitate to send me a message if any question
  2. For sale : a Kamakura Katana from the famous Tegai School of the Yamato Tradition. Blade Length: 70.3 cm Sori : 1,3 cm Hamon : chu suguha Period : Kamakura Province : Yamato Certification: NBTHK Tokubetsu Hozon Shirasaya & Koshirae Asking price : $10,500 Shipping : $50 from Japan You can see more pictures on my website. Don't hesitate to contact me
  3. Just out of export jail and transferred safely to my care, a katana signed by Hizen Kuni Masatsugu, real name Taguchi Kiichi. He was an accepted army swordsmith and was rated a “one million yen smith” at Toko Taikan. NBTHK Hozon papers issued 2021. Based on mei location, overall length and the period it was produced, I believe this sword to be a former gunto. It is around 64cm nagasa with 1.5cm sori. Hamon is a well done, regularly thick suguha and jigane is well packed. It is well polished. What really grabbed my eye though is the koshirae, a meticulously made false hiking stick. Shikomizue were often made with wakizashi, yari, sharpened farming implements or chains as the concealed weapon and were mostly made when it was necessary to conceal one’s weapon. It’s interesting to see a gendaito with such koshirae. I wonder if it was made to scratch a particular itch in the previous owner’s collection, or perhaps for some other reason.
  4. I have this small Shin-Shinto tanto I was planning to have a koshirae assembled for it. Here are some photos of the tanto in shirasaya and the handle (tsuka). I picked up this handle today as a birthday gift. I took these photos with my iPhone. I am looking for a tanto sized tsuba that will keep with or be appropriate for the theme of the handle. The menuki are of a tiger in bamboo. I think it would take me some time to find a good matching tanto tsuba. I am not in a big hurry anyways as I just purchased the tsuka.. Feel free to ask questions and discuss politely.
  5. I bought this 1944 Gendaito from a friend in Tokyo, and I'm hoping to have a new tsuka refit. I bought this sword for formal tameshigiri, however, the tsuka is loose and cracked in a few places. Additionally, I'm not a fan of its black, lacquered tsukaito or the Gunto Kashira. I was wondering if anyone knew of someone (preferably in the U.S./TX) where I can have a new tsuka fit. Thank you!
  6. I just recently received an addition to my small collection. I thought the members here might enjoy seeing it. Katana in Shirasaya with Koshirae NBTHK Tokubetsu Hozon Token (May 23, 2019) Inscription: Mumei (千代鶴守弘 Chiyotsuru-Morihiro) Sayagaki: Verso: Unsigned Son of Yamashiro Rai Kuniyasu, Chiyotsuru Morihiro, made this. Masterpiece (with) Jiba in excellent condition. Length of 2 shaku, 2 sun, 6 bu. Appraisal value of 200 gold “mai” (Kaō) Hon’a (possibly the 19th generation Hon’ami Chumei (忠明) or Kochu (光仲)? Recto: “Den” 8th Head of Numazu Domain Lord Mizuno Tadanori carried this sword Storehouse 1, (i) #3 An 1709 Origami from Hon’ami Kōchū attributes this sword to Chiyotsuru Morihiro’s father Rai Kunimitsu: Cover: Appraisal document of Rai Kunimitsu Contents: Rai Kunimitsu Genuine Length: 2 Shaku, 2 Sun, 6 Bu Shortened, unsigned Appraisal Value: 20 Gold “Mai” Hōei 6, year of the Ox (1709) January 3rd (Kaō) Hon’a (Hon’ami Kōchū 本阿弥光忠) Sword Details: Polished Habaki: double-layered gold habaki Nagasa: 2 shaku, 2 sun, 6 bu (68.5 centimetres or 26.97 inches) Sori: 1.2 centimetres or 0.47 inches Mekugi-ana: 2 holes with a third that has been plugged Width at Hamachi: 2.98 centimeters or 1.17 inches Width at the tip: 2.22 centimetres or 0.87 inches Thickness: 0.93 centimeters or 0.37 inches Weight: 780 grams Era: Nanbokucho period, from Bunna (1352) to the early Muromachi period, Ouei 1394 Blade Description: The blade is O-suriage (greatly shortened) and mumei (unsigned). The blade has a deep sori (curvature) with moderate width and thickness, and an elongated kissaki. The Jigane features a well-compact koitame hada (small wood grain pattern) with o-hada (mixed large grain) and clear nie (hardened steel granules). The Hamon is bright and refined ko-midare (small irregular) hamon with active ko-ashi (small feet), and the blade exhibits sunagashi (sand-like patterns) and fine lines of nie. The Boshi has a large notare (turnback) with a rounded tip. Information on the swordsmith: The name Chiyotsuru is derived from Chiyotsuru-maru. Chiyotsuru was the child of Echizen swordsmith Yamashiro Rai Kuniyuki. The first-generation Kuniyuki came from the Rai school and migrated to Echizen, residing in present-day Takefu City or Tsuruga City in Fukui Prefecture. The extant works are limited to the two generations of Kuniyuki, Morishige, Morohiro, and the contemporaries of Kuniyuki, Shigekuni and Yukiyuki. The name Chiyotsuru has long been popular for celebrations and ceremonies. Chiyotsuru-mori Hiro had four generations of smiths with their respective inscriptions. The first generation was active in the mid-Nanbokucho period from Bunna (1352) onwards, the second generation in the late Nanbokucho period from Shitoku (1384) onwards, the third generation in the Oei period of the Muromachi era from Oei (1394) onwards, and the fourth generation in the Kajō period of the Muromachi era from Kajō (1441) onwards. Their styles include those reminiscent of Mino swords and those incorporating the Soshu style. Koshirae: Tsuba: A red copper base with high relief carving of waves and a family crest on the mimi (ear) and chrysanthemum flowers on the surface, decorated with coloured enamel in gold. Fuchi kashira: A silver base with high relief carvings of Hidari-mitsudomoe (three comma) mon and waves. Saya: A pear skin-textured saya with black lacquer inlaid in a belt-like pattern. Menuki: Made of copper, featuring high relief carvings of three Hidari-mitsudomoe mon, decorated with coloured enamel in gold.
  7. Hello there! I am new in this circle and need your help. I consider the purchase of a contemporary Tachi (Tokubetsu Hozon Token) in shirasaya and consider having it fitted with a high grade koshirae. I own a pair of nice Manuki (photo) that inherited from my father that I would like to use. He also left a collection of Tsuba, but rather than getting one of those refitted I consider having a new one made. All of this work should be executed in Japan, as the Tachi is presently still there. My questions is: can you advise me of a good contact to get started with this project and what would be the price range for a complete koshirae? Appreciating any helpful pointers. Cheers!
  8. I recently acquired this blade in Type 98 Gunto koshirae. Seems to be out of polish but in decent condition, the tsuka has some damage. The previous menuki had been nearly pulverized, so I replaced it with a section of chopstick for the short-term. I also added the tassel. Otherwise this is as-found Shinogi Zukuri Mumei Hamon: Notare Sori: Torisori Mune: Iorimune file marks: Kiri? nakagojiri: kurijiri boshi: notare komi? Nagasa: 60.3cm (23.74 in) total length: 75.5cm (29.7 in) sori: 2cm (0.787 in) Motohaba: 28.5mm Sakihaba: 20mm motokasane: 6.3mm sakikasane: 4.7mm Kissaki: 31.9mm I’ve got a low budget, and a thing for mumei over gimei. I enjoy the more dramatic Sori than my other swords. I also love the ww2 koshirae, and have always wanted a sword in gunto fittings. I believe the blade to be suriage and probably koto. trying to get good shots of the hada but it’s hard to see and my photography skills and equipment are still greatly lacking. Sharing for opinions, and discussion - to learn what I can from my new sword. I would love a closer estimate on its possible age Also, the sarute is a fairly simple metal band. Could I hypothetically purchase a more decorative gunto sarute and replace it? Or is that probably not worth it? more photos in additional comments* Thanks for reading, Cheers, -Sam
  9. Hello, I'm currently downsizing my collection and would like to pass on some nice items. The first item is a beautiful red Edo period Higo Koshirae. The Tsuka is wrapped in lacquered leather, following the Katate Maki style. The Tsukaito is antique, possibly the original one from the Edo times. The Fuchi/Kashira are made of iron. The Kashira displays the classic Higo design of a winding mountain path. The Fuchi is a masterpiece of Gold Zogan, an absolutely marvelous ornamental work! The Menukis are old Kinko pieces in Shakudo with gold accents, depicting lions or Shishi dogs and lanterns. The Tsuba features a famous design of an Ume or Sakura tree with an irregular mimi. The Seppa are made of copper with gold sheet wrapping. The Saya is red, with a matte lacquered finish and has likely been restored. The Kojiri is made of iron and features a siple but tasteful design. The Sageo is of black sude leather it is also lacquered in red urushi (intricate, masterful workmanship!). The Koshirae comes with a Tsunagi and a Koshirae Bag. Price: € 1820 (A donation will be made to the forum upon sale) Open for reasonable offers, additional info and images on request. Worldwide shipping to be estimated. Thanks for visiting Hannes
  10. https://buyee.jp/ite.../u1107079927?lang=en Heads up if your in need.
  11. Specifications: Age : 1831, Tempo era (1830-1844) Location : Inaba Swordsmith : Inaba no kuni Myoitsu Hosetsu Nyudo Kanesaki Length: 78.3 cm (30.83 inches) Curvature (Sori): 1.8 cm (0.71 inches) Mekugi-ana (peg hole): 1 Moto-haba (Base width): 3.2 cm (1.26 inches) Moto-kasane (Base thickness): 0.9 cm (0.35 inches) Saki-haba (Tip width): 2.2 cm (0.87 inches) Saki-kasane (Tip thickness): 0.65 cm (0.26 inches) Scabbard (Sheath) Length: 110 cm (43.31 inches) Blade Weight: 1166.2 g (41.12 oz) Habaki Weight: 38.5 g (1.36 oz) Handle Weight: 193.5 g (6.82 oz) Handle Width: 28.5 cm (11.22 inches) Tsuba (Hand guard) Weight: 152.8 g (5.39 oz) Tsuba Height: 8.6 cm (3.39 inches) Tsuba Thickness: 0.45 cm (0.18 inches) Overall Length of the Sword with Handle: 114.5 cm (45.08 inches) Price : $3500 + $50 Shipping (from Japan) You can see more pictures / video and also more details here : https://tokyo-nihont...yudo-kanesaki-katana
  12. Hello gents, I offer a beautiful Naginata Naoshi Wakizashi, that I currently received back from the NTHK shinsa in Chicago last month. The blade is mumei. The Naginata Naoshi was attributed to Boshu Nio Kiyozane, who worked in the first half of the 15th century around 1440. Here are the measurements: Nagasa: 41cm Nakago Nagasa: 12,8cm Motohaba: 2,7cm Sakihaba: 2,5cm Sori: 1,2cm Motokasane: 0,3cm The workmanship is influenced by Yamato and Soshu den. The sword was originally made as a Naginata, but later shortened to its current length, so it became a Naginata Naoshi with a shobuzukuri construction. The blade has a itame hada mixed with a burl mokume hada, which becomes a straighter Yamato style masame hada through the edge. The hamon is made in suguha notare with a deep nioi guchi of prevalent nie. This complex hamon ends in a beautiful yakizume boshi. Additional activities inside the wakizashi are yabashiri, ji nie, nijuba and inazuma. The overall condition of this sword is excellent to near mint. The old Japanese polish is quite good. There is a larger ware on one side of the blade, but it is nether fatal nor disturbing. This blade comes with a high quality edo period koshirae. The worksheet of the NTHK shinsa is included in this sale. As soon as I receive the kanteisho from Japan, I will send it to the new owner. The wakizashi stays currently with me in Germany and can be shipped worldwide with DHL premium international. My asking price is 2900€ or best offer. Payment should be done via paypal friends and family, or with a transaction directly to my bank account.
  13. Quite nice ORIGINAL Type 94 Shin Gunto Koshirae, this is the early style with separate Sarute barrel and unusual leather Sarute. All fittings numbered "5", untouched 2nd Ashi on gloss Saya. Included is a correct early style company grade tassel. This is a very large Koshirae measuring in at approx. 42.5 inches (see comparison picture). Overall length: ~42.5" Tsunagi: ~28" Price: 1300USD or best offer
  14. Hi there I have a 18th century samurai sword fittings could it have been owned by a samurai
  15. This exquisite katana represents a modern convergence of traditional craftsmanship and historical lineage, carrying forth the spirit of Japanese sword-making. Crafted in the Showa era, the blade is the work of Tachibana Munehiro, an accomplished smith from Yo Shu (modern-day Ehime Prefecture). Created in July 1987 at the behest of Ashitate Yasushi, the General Director of the Otsuki School of Swordsmanship, this katana evokes the strength and discipline of a time-honored martial tradition. The katana's nagasa, measures 2 shaku 1 sun 5 rin (63.8 cm/ 25.11 inches), with a sori (curve) of 1.4 cm / 0.55 inches. Rendered in the iconic shinogi-zukuri style with an iori-mune and chu-gissaki, the blade features an ubu nakago, skillfully finished with kesho yasuri-me, and one mekugi-ana. Munehiro’s meticulous craftsmanship is on full display through the blade's Gunome-choji-midare hamon, characterized by a play of deep ashi and fine sunagashi, over a bed of tight itame covered in delicate ji-nie that contributes to a textured and vibrant landscape. Tachibana Munehiro Background : Tachibana Munehiro, whose real name was Toriu Hiromu, was born on September 5, 1925, in Ehime Prefecture. His sword smithing journey began in 1939 under his father Hiromasa's guidance, a student of the celebrated smith Takahashi Yoshimune. Munehiro thus carries the lineage of Takahashi Yoshimune, whose brother, Takahashi Sadatsugu, was the first to receive the distinguished title of "Ningen Kokuho" or "Living National Treasure." This lineage fostered many exceptional smiths, highly regarded for their work. During World War II, in 1942, Munehiro further honed his skills in the Kokura Rikugun Zoheisho, an Imperial Army Factory located in Kokura city, Kyushu. Post-war, he transitioned to blacksmithing, crafting farming tools, before returning to his passion for swordsmithing in 1969. Munehiro’s sword displays the Bizen style of his lineage, featuring a florid gunome-choji hamon, a tight itame hada, and a commanding shape. The blade is housed in an elegantly crafted koshirae, featuring a gold foil, two-piece habaki, ensuring preservation and longevity of this masterpiece. Complementing the blade, the koshirae boasts a stunning gold and shakudo nanako tsuba, gold and shakudo nanako fuchi-gashira signed by Ooka Masatsugu, and matching gold and shakudo menuki. Ooka Masatsugu was the third master of the Ooka school, who lived and worked in Edo in the early 1800s. As a branch of the renowned Hamano school, the Ooka school served the Owari Tokugawa family, thus adding another layer of historical significance to this piece. This katana is not just a blade; it’s a testament to Japanese tradition, meticulously crafted by a distinguished smith, and a reflection of the noble martial ethos of the Otsuki School of Swordsmanship. This blade carries forth an epic tale, intertwining history, lineage, and tradition with each passing cut. Price : 4500$
  16. Includes John's personal study notes. $1485 Here is the link to additional photos: https://stcroixblade...n-yumoto-collection/ --Matthew Brice St. Croix Blades
  17. Type (Tachi, Katana, Wakizashi, Tanto, Naginata, Other) : Katana Ubu, Suriage or O-Suriage : Ubu or close to ubu Mei : (Mumei, Signature) : Taira Nagamori (平長盛) Papered or not and by whom? : NBTHK Hozon Era/Age : Muromachi Period Shirasaya, Koshirae or Bare Blade? : Shirasaya & koshirae Nagasa/Blade Length : 71cm / 27.95 inches Sori : 1.7cm / 0.6 in Motohaba : 2.69cm / 1.05 in Kasane : 0.8cm / 0.31 in Hamon Type : based on suguha in nie deki, plentiful ashi, hakikake boshi Jihada : itame-nagare mixed with masame and o-hada Other Hataraki Visible : ji-nie Flaws : conspicuous Masame-ware, conspicuous rough hada and o-hada, small ware near kissaki on ura side Sword Location : Georgia, USA Will ship to : Anywhere. Buyer assumes full responsibility for getting the sword through import customs and/or any legal issues with receiving a sword in the receiving county Payment Methods Accepted : Zelle, Paypal Price and Currency : $3250 USD OBO + calculated shipping Other Info and Full Description : A long kanmuri-otoshi or nagamaki-naoshi-zukuri katana signed Taira Nagamori. In shirasaya with koshirae. NBTHK Hozon. I've done my best to take useful photographs but I am happy to answer questions or take additional photos. I will be listing this on eBay at some point, but it's offered for less here minus the fees.
  18. 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
  19. A heads up for collectors and dealers that Andy Quirt has added new listings to his site. Yes, I have a couple of swords consigned to him. --Sadatsuna Naginatanaoshi Katana. Nanbokucho period. NBTHK Tokubetsu Hozon. Tanobe sayagaki. Kenji Mishina polisher. http://nihonto.us/SADATSUNA MB.htm --Bizen no Kami Sukekuni Katana. NBTHK Kanteisho, 1965. O-suriage w/folded-over signature. Handsome patinated red copper tosogu w/high condition. http://nihonto.us/BIZEN SUKEKUNI MB.htm And of course, here is the link to Andy's main listings page where you can find his other impressive offerings. http://nihonto.us/ Enjoy! --Matthew Brice
  20. Forged in 2008 by Sukemitsu (Anthony DiCristofano). Beautifully forged, demonstrating the amount of skill and control required to create such a hamon on a small kogatana blade. Blade length: 5.25" (13.34. cm) Overall length: 8.06" (20.48 cm) Asking $1200 CAD or best reasonable offer. Prefer EFT, but will accept PayPal + fee. Free Shipping in Canada, all other countries please inquire.
  21. Hi I intended to buy this Gunto koshirae but I’m not familiar we family moon I suspect that is a recent modem addition to this koshirae I know there is many military collector here can help me
  22. 1 water-tempered Japanese WW2 gendai sword by Amahide with special Silver-plated custom fittings. These special Silver-plated fittings are only seen once in a great while. This fine antique Japanese sword would make an important acquisition for any collection. This sword is signed ‘Noshu Seki ju Ichimonji Amahide kitau kore’. This sword also has Amahide’s hot stamp (kokuin). This is a special sword. Unlike roughly 95% of gendai swords, this sword was made with Tamahagane (traditional Japanese sand steel), and was made in the old ways. Note the beautiful hada (grain) visible in the close-up photos (especially in the last two photos above). The blade measures 24 11/16" from blade tip to notch in the blade spine. As mentioned, this is a traditionally-made gendai sword--there are no arsenal or Showa stamps on the nakago. This sword also has its original blue/brown Company grade Officer's tassel. The saya, as part of the special custom koshirae/mounts, is made of special textured lacquer over wood. Condition: The handle wrap is excellent. There are absolutely no nicks in the cutting edge. The blade has just a couple of areas with past oxidation. The temper line and boshi are perfectly healthy. This sword is guaranteed against fatal flaws. $3650 plus postage
  23. Forumites, I have just gotten a decent size curio cabinet and set it up in my office. Here are a few pictures as it is now. I am waiting for some tsuba and sword stands that I purchased from members of the NMB in order to fill the cabinet up with more of my 'stuff'. Warm Regards, Jesse Office 6.jfif
  24. We have a thread for Gendai-to but not gendai fittings. I am sure there are some great pieces out there. I shall start us off with my latest acquisition, a daisho set of tsuba by the premier American swordmaker Keith Nobuhira Austin. Quite chuffed with this find as it fits nearly everything about my collecting and experience... -t
  25. Built in 1878, it was one of three forts (the other two being Fort Connaught and Fort Serapong) that had been constructed on the island to protect the New Harbour (later renamed Keppel Harbour) and the straits around Singapore. The Fort played an important role in the Battle for Singapore and served as a Prisoner-of-War camp during and after the Japanese Occupation. https://www.roots.gov.sg/places/places-landing/Places/national-monuments/fort-siloso Just sharing an ivory koshirae for a wakizashi displayed at Fort Siloso Singapore. I’m not too sure if there’s actually a nihonto hidden inside it. Last image is from Wikimedia Commons.
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