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  1. 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!
  2. ChrisW

    Shinto Katana

    Hey guys, I know things have been a bit slow around here with people selling/showing/talking about blades so I thought I'd post another one of my blades. I think this one is either koto or shinto and appears to have Sukesada-like qualities to it. I am just looking for general opinions. I think the blade's overall condition is poor with the polish being non-existent but the blade itself is very healthy so likely only on its first or second polish. It is mumei but I think would be a good candidate to be restored. And I've heard people say you can remove active rust with antler, but what kind and quality of antler? I also have a rather worn tsuba that I've no proper knowledge of; it came with it and fits rather well.. I will post that in tosogu later! Opinions are appreciated!
  3. Hey all! I am in the process of obtaining two tachi blades made by the same smith purportedly. Can anyone give me a translation of the following kanji found on one of the blades? Thanks and have a Merry Christmas! ~Chris
  4. Rare offering: All available volumes of Harry Afu Watson’s English translation of the ‘Nihon to Koza’ series, PLUS ‘Koto’ and ‘Shinto’. Each title in immaculate condition throughout. Dedication by Watson to owner on first internal page. ‘Koto’ includes the ‘Index of Nihon Tōkō Jiten - Kotō~Hen’. ‘Shinto’ includes the ‘Index of Nihon Tōkō Jiten - Shintō~Hen’. USD$2,000 for the set, plus shipping. Weight: 13.55kg More information on these valuable titles here: https://books.google.com.au/books/about/Nihon_to_Koza.html?id=zsMhPQAACAAJ&redir_esc=y http://www.satcho.com/october2009b/
  5. 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
  6. Here is quick preview for my mid month update of Tsuba Otaku website (www.tsubaotaku.com) of a kotō tantō I am going to be adding to the homepage. The length of the cutting edge is 25.4 cm. It is unsigned but was attributed by Honami Tsunemasa to Echizen Rai Munemitsu who worked in Ōei Era ( circa 1392-1428 CE) in Echizen Province but came from Yamato Province. The tip has has been reshaped and the sword shorten due to serious combat damage via a method called satsu-age. This process was not extreme enough for the tanto to lose its boshi or to have the nakago shorted in anyway as it is still ubu. The copper two piece habaki is very nice. Here is a photo of it as well. The ji-hada is itame with a mixture of a running masame visible in a few places. Polite discussion is always welcome.
  7. Soshin

    New Tanto

    Hello Everyone, Here is a quick preview photo I did of a new NTHK papered tanto I picked out late last year on a trade with a local friend. It is unsigned suriage nakago but attributed to be the work of Uda Kunimune circa the late Muromachi Period (sue-koto) by the NTHK. While the tanto is in a art polish it was still very difficult to photograph and I now currently in the process of redoing my whole lighting setup that I will use just for Nihonto. My goal is to produce photos 1/4 as good as Darcy's. Here is his website (https://yuhindo.com/) for reference of what level I am talking about. This will likely result in multiple orders from BH Photo (https://www.bhphotovideo.com/) and me paying with the new lights and my DSL camera tripod. Enjoy and feel free to comment about the sword or how to produce better photos but keep the discussion civil and polite like a Japanese sword club meeting.
  8. $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.
  9. NBTHK Tokubetsu Hozon attributed to Yamato Senjuin. Komokume hada, koshizori, osuriage, suguha hamon. Really pretty but its quite tired. $7500usd www.nihontocollection.com
  10. Koto muromachi uda kunimune up for sale on www.nihontocollection.com mumei blade, with nthk attribution to uda kunimune. Suguha hamon with flowing itame hada. $6400
  11. 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
  12. O-Tanto/Ko-Wakizashi for sale Signed Kane Masu... very similar to the one featured as Tanto of the Quarter in Bushido Magazine (pictured). There are many generations of this smith spanning late Koto into Shinto. I am not sure which one made this sword and so am also uncertain about the exact age. Mino School- Gunome temper with itame hada. A few spots of loose grain and some minor chips but otherwise quite sound. Well cut grooves. Measures 41.7 cm total length. Nagasa is 30.3 cm. 2.7 cm wide It can be enjoyed as is or if polished would be quite lovely. The saya is a bit longer (46.1 cm) than the blade but it is original as far as I can tell. Same on the handle is high quality. Fuchi is ishime (stone pattern) shibuichi. Habaki is good quality silver foil. Again, worthy of completion with tsuba, menuki and a new wrap job. SOLD Ships worldwide.
  13. Koto period katana in Russo Japanese mounts by Echizen Fujiwara Tsuguiye FOR SALE. Bunmei period--1469-1487 A.D. The original bringpack paper and box come with the sword. NTHK-NPO papers. Family mon. Needs polish. $4000. Thank you. --Matthew Brice www.StCroixBlades.com
  14. Haven't posted here before so I figured I should.. My Bizen waki, this was my first nihonto Momoyama jidai Mei: Bishu Osafune Sukesada Suriage from an uchigatana
  15. The article is calling it one of "Japan's oldest Nihontō", dating from the end of the 12th century. It was found 80 years ago among some other swords hidden in the rafters of a treasurehouse on the grounds of Nara's Kasuga Taisha shrine. It was recently polished by Hon'ami Kōshū as one of the events of the shrine's ritual rebuilding (once every 30 years). After polishing, the sword was declared to be a Kohōki (古伯耆) sword made by Yasutsuna. It is accompanied by black lacquer saya dating from the middle ages, and it is thought the sword was presented to the shrine sometime during the Nanboku - Muromachi period. On display at Kasuga Taisha until March 26th. https://www.asahi.com/articles/ASL1H6S9SL1HPOMB009.html
  16. I can't decide which one of these two sword I should buy: Wakizashi #676 http://www.juwelier-strebel.de/asien-kunst/Japan/wakizashi-tanto.html Katana #713 http://www.juwelier-strebel.de/asien-kunst/Japan/katana.html
  17. https://www.japanische-schwert-galerie.de/pages/de/antik/katana--waki.--tanto.php?action=more&id=508&wb_6508_session_id=3166a20b17557bd290cdc26d0c78cae4 I've found a german website that only sells antique nihonto that are worthy of preservation. There is a sword (linked above) claimed to be made by a swordsmith called Kamino Nagatoshi who is said to have lived in the Hyuuga/Miyazaki prefecture, in the Bunmei era (1469-1487) in the Muromachi period. My problem is that I couldn't find any information about this smith in any of the avaiable online swordsmith indexes (in english). I've tried everything and I'm clueless. I don't know how or where I should continue my research. Do you know anything about him?
  18. Just acquired this beautiful tanto, and I'm trying to get a little more information. This struck me as a possible masamune copy, and based on the characteristics, my mostly amateur eye is guessing the blade is muromachi, and I could certainly be wrong! I am writing because I have had a difficult time finding much on hamidashi tsuba, and it looks as though every Hung matches. I still have not received the sword (bought through a buyer in Japan), and only have these photos for now. Any guesses as to age/maker, or any information is greatly appreciated!
  19. 1 old 14th Century Japanese Samurai sword available. There are 4 holes in the nakago. The kissaki was just as rusty as the rest of the front portion of the sword before it was worked on. And a healthy boshi was revealed. So rust removal was successful in this area. The rest hasn't been worked on yet. I just paid to have the boshi proven. This sword is priced so that once you put in your time polishing, there is good money to be made when selling it. This is a good sword for an amateur or professional polisher. The blade measures 24 13/16" (63 cm) from blade tip to notch in the blade spine. This sword has a brand new, $400 Japanese-made shirasaya. $1600 --Matt Brice
  20. A NBTHK Hozon Wakizashi sword from personal collection for sale. This sword comes with its official NBTHK judgement paper. Mumei but the NBTHK attributes the blade to Bungo TAKADA (豊後高田) smiths, from late Muromachi period (c. 1558 - 1570) I believe. This sword is in good polish and overall health blade condition. The blade remains in good shape, and its suguha hamon and steel grains are clearly visible. There are only a couple of minor kizu (one small fukure, few light oxidation spots, and few surface scratches) detectable, but the blade is of course free of hagire or any major flaws (see attached pics). This sword comes with its own Shirasaya mountings. Nagasa is 52.7cm (20.76 inches). Total length while in shirasaya is 79.5cm (31.5). The blade weighs 750g (1.65 lbs). Asking price $2,500 USD or best offer. You may make your offer via my ebay listing page: http://www.ebay.com/itm/Authentic-Japanese-sword-w-NBTHK-judgement-paper-Bungo-Takada-wakizashi/272629139341 Or email me at: kuw148@psu.edu (Sword pics taken with my cellphone camera, please forgave my lackluster photography skill) Front side of the blade: Backside: Kissaki region, front and back: Nakago: NBTHK judgement paper (held against window light to show its watermark security feature): Blade in shirasaya:
  21. For Sale: RARE MOUNTS Model 1883 Naval Kyu-Gunto Officer's Katana. sharkskin saya, Chrysanthemum mon, mumei 2-hole ancestral blade, gold foil habaki, mint condition mounts. Rare to find, impossible to find in this condition--$7,000 obo. Here is the link: http://www.ebay.com/itm/-/361915978007? Collectors & dealers can also contact me direct outside of eBay at 715-557-1688, or via email at mbrice@stcroixblades.com. --Matthew Brice www.StCroixBlades.com
  22. Hi there. Just looking for the time being. But I'm interested in one day, acquiring a Tachi. Doesn't have to be Juyo or top quality lol, more in the 'affordable' range, £2-3k like. I know there's one on here grabbing it if I can by the time I have the funds. But, to keep possibilities open I thought I'd ask. Pref. ubu, doesn't have to have papers but would be a nice addition, pref. Koto/Muromachi, maybe Shinto or Shinshinto, though I know they weren't so popular then as weapons like they were during Kamakura to Muromachi eras. (excuse me if my history is off) I like the older blades, Tachi especially, the sori in some old tachi is wonderful. Signed or mumei, don't mind, flaws/openings are okay, I'm accepting of them; so long as they're not classed as fatal (Hagire, large chips past hamon, fire damage/retempering, bends). In good polish, doesn't have to be perfect or freshly polished but enough to study and appreciate activity. In shirasaya. I know I wouldn't find Tachi in koshirae in said price range hah, I'd rather shirasaya anyhow. I'm UK based so either from the UK or, of course, able to ship here. Currently very interested in Bizen, Mino and Uda blades, but any school is alright by me. I'd like to have a few different schools' works at hand to look at. Currently got a Bizen waki and a Mino waki myself. 'Bout time I saved towards a Tachi though, always wanted to own one. Thanks in advance. - Mike.
  23. Absolutely stunning late Koto Bizen work. A single handed Uchigatana, poplular during this period. Uchigatana was a lighter single handed sword. A steep saki-sori, thin kasane and short nakago made this weapon a ease on the battlefield or in close quarters (indoors). Although this sword is mumei, it is attributed to Katsumitsu of Eisho era, makng this the 5th Generation Katsumitsu. Bizen no Kuni-ju Osafune Jirozaemon no Jo Katsumitsu. Son of 4th generation Ukyo no Suke Katsumitsu. Beautiful ko-mokume hada with ji-nie. Very active gunome-choji hamon with several tobiyaki. Boshi is ko-maru. This sword is completely flawless in every aspect and perfectly preserved. Attributed to a high ranking smith and polished by a high ranking polisher. Perfect example of Sue-Bizen craftsmanship. Nagasa: 61cm Sori: 1.3cm Kasane: 0.8cm (Yokote Kasane: 0.5cm) Mihaba (machi): 3.1cm Mihaba (yokote): 2cm This sword was recently polished by master Togishi Koichi Eto in Japan. It is also accompanied by Kanteisho designated by the NTHK-NPO in Japan. This Uchigatana is currently available for purchase: $9,500 USD Best to reach me by email if interested, thank you. Travisclarke@telus.net
  24. Hi all, just thought I'd post pics of a Sadatsugu (I'm told)53cm nagasa wakizashi, Sorry about pics all i got. I'm looking 2 add this one shortly 2 the lot, and would like 2 know more about it. Comments all good, thanks Details not 2 good in pics Mark L
  25. Hi, I have a ww2 GUNTO (leather combat cover missing), with a KOTO blade, MUMEI with BoHi. It has a 26inch cutting edge, and 27inches to the TSUBA. It has a silver coated copper RAIN engraved HABAKI. A straight HAMON, and no other markings. It is in good shape, and feels beautifully balanced in the hand. Is it possible to make a stab at a SMITH, SCHOOL, LOCATION, DATE or any other information. Neil.
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