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  1. 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
  2. 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
  3. 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.
  4. 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
  5. 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.
  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. 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.
  9. 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
  10. 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.
  11. 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
  12. 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
  13. 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
  14. 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.
  15. 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
  16. Can I ask for assistance with translation of the kanji on this habaki please. Thanks. jim M
  17. Hi everyone, I am looking for a koshirae. I am not looking for a specific type, and my budget depends on the offers. I am located in Europe. Thanks, M. Lesueur
  18. High Quality Japanese Nishijin Weave Brocade Katana/ Tachi / Uchigatana/ Shin Gunto/ Kaigunto Bukuro and Fusahimo (Synthetic Fibre) from Kyoto . Classic Design of Shimmering Stylised Clouds in Bright Gold upon a Subtle Pale Sienna Background and Rich Pale Bronze Lining. 109cm x 16.5cm (approx) Rich Cream Fusahimo 13cm x 3cm Fusa 232 cm Himo (approx) £115 Free Postage within U.K.
  19. High Quality Japanese Nishijin Weave Brocade Waikzashi / Kodachi / Chisa Katana Bukuro and Fusahimo (Synthetic Fibre) from Kyoto . Classic Design of Flowers and Vines within a Stylised Snowflake Cartouche in Bright Gold upon a Shimmering Deep Muted Gold Background and Rich Warm Gold Lining. 109cm x 16.5cm (approx) Rich Mid Gold Fusahimo 13cm x 3cm Fusa 232 cm Himo (approx) £105 Free Postage within U.K.
  20. High Quality Japanese Nishijin Weave Brocade Tanto Bukuro and Fusahimo (Synthetic Fibre) from Kyoto. Classic Design of Karakusa Vines and Flowers in Gold upon a Royal Blue Background and Rich Warm Gold Lining. 62cm x 10.5cm (approx) Rich Dark Royal Blue Fusahimo 12cm x 2cm Fusa 150 cm Himo (approx) £95 Free Postage within UK
  21. 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.
  22. 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
  23. 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
  24. 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!
  25. 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.
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