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  1. Dear all, I am looking for a Japanese sword in good condition (with its original dimensions, thus not over polished) from the Bakumatsu period along with its original koshirae. I need a textbook example, that is to say that the nakago must be quite long (well over 20 cm) and the nagasa must be over 75 cm. The sword must be signed and dated between 1854 and 1864. I am not looking for a specific or well known swordsmith, just an average to good one. The sword I am looking for must have been made for real combat. Usually, those swords are found with a shallow sori can be quite heavy and rather clumsy to yield, nevertheless, some are quite elegant (both type welcomed). If you have one for sale, please contact me by PM.
  2. Dear all, New year, new needs. After visiting the Ryuzen museum of history in Kyoto last year, HITAI ATE aroused my interest mainly because it is a piece of armor definitely constructed for war, I am now looking for iron forehead protectors from the Bakumatsu era like the ones on the pictures below. If you have other kinds in good condition for sale please PM me.
  3. 1 Shinshinto Japanese Samurai katana available. It was carried by Samurai during the late 1700's to early/mid 1800's. The daito was then remounted for carry in World War 2 by an IJA Army Officer. This piece would make a fine acquisition for any collector. This sword is in full polish. The blade was greatly shortened. You can see the original mekugi-ana/tang hole way down at the bottom. About 2 1/2" up from that was where the habaki originally sat. This sword was originally 34" long. The nagasa measures 26 1/2" (67.3 cm) from blade tip to notch in the blade spine. This katana has fine horimono carving. Since this sword was shortened, much of the horimono carving is on the nakago under the tsuka/handle. What a beautiful piece. The reverse side has buddhist characters carved. Condition Full polish. The hamon and boshi are perfectly healthy. There are no ware, no fukure, no flaws--of any kind whatsoever, exactly as what is expected of a shinshinto piece. The mounts are nearly perfect. This daito would be so interesting to get papered at shinsa. Thank you. --Matt Brice St. Croix Blades
  4. Dear all, I am looking for any information and oshigata of a bakumatsu swordsmith whose name was NOBUREN 信 蓮 who was active in the Bunkyu era (1861-1864) in the settsu province (Osaka). I only found this swordmith referenced on the NIHONTO CLUB site and it is also referenced on the HAWLEY as NOB413. He was used to sign as follow : 浪花金城辺岩井源徴司信蓮作之 : naniwa kinjō-hen iwai genkanshi noburen saku kore If you can help me on this one, I will really appreciate.
  5. Hello. I picked up a sword which I will be selling that has about 45 kanji on the nakago. I could use some help translating. Thank you in advance! —Matt Brice 715-557-1688
  6. Soshin

    New Tantō

    Was doing some photographs of a new tantō early this week that turned out nice. You can really see the actively call (imozuru 芋蔓) literally meaning 'potato vine' in and around the hamon as horizontal dark lines. This is a characteristic feature is seen in Shinto and Shinshinto works of Satsuma Province. Also attached is the overall view of the small tantō. I am getting Markus Sesko to help me with the signature which I have posted about earlier. Enjoy and politely discuss.
  7. I have this new shinshintō tantō that picked up at the Tampa show last weekend. I think the nakago read 'Sashū Mikawa Tensaido'. The reading of the signature is based upon the previous owners notes. The tantō is also dated on the reverse side. Please note I am a professional Japanese fine art and antiques dealer and have studied Japanese language myself. I often don't need help with these type of things but i can't find any information about this swordsmith. I will at some point down the line use this information to help sell the Tantō.
  8. Hi, have a Wak which might have been used by a person working for the goverment, due to Koshirae. Blade is mumei with a very special Hamon. Anyone recognise region, potential smith/smiths? Was thinking about Mino due to Hamon but I am not that experienced in this thing. Blade lenght 31.3 cm Any help will be appreciated. Thanks in advance, Krister
  9. Dave R

    New Acquisition

    New to me and bought at the weekend. A very robust blade and spec's on the photo's. What intrigues me on this heavy blade, 7 mill. thick at the mune base and weighing 600 grms, is that it has two mekugi-ana, but looks to be Ubu. Sadly scrubbed at some point, including the nakago.. A more knowledgeable friend hazarded a guess as it being Mino and dating to the 1720's. Thoughts please.
  10. Gassan Sadakazu tanto, with Bakumatsu style koshirae, with fittings by Shoami Masamitsu. Double Tokubetsu Kicho certification, one for the blade and one for the koshirae Age: Shinshinto, Edo Jidai, Bakumatsu Nagasa: 27,4cm Sori: 0,3cm Moto-haba: 2,8cm Saki-haba: 2,0cm Moto-kasane: 0,7cm Saki-kasane: 0,5cm Mei: 月山貞一造 - Gassan Sadakazu tsukuru (Kao) and commission Certificates: koshirae (Tokubetsu Kicho, 04/05/1970, specially precious item), Tanto (Tokubetsu Kicho, 5/4/1970, specially precious item). Description: Shinshinto period tantou signed Gassan Sadakazu, mounted in typical Bakumatsu koshirae. U no kubi zukuri sugata, powerful masame hada with scattered sparkling nie, suguha hotsure hamon that lead to an average kaeri boshi. This tantou is among Sadakazu's first period blades, Yamato style. Most important the presence of the commission inscribed on the tang, indicating the highest quality level. This blade's nakago is signed with Gassan Sadakazu tsukuru mei , owl's kao with sada character inside and commission. Koshirae is of highest level, typical of Bakumatsu period, with kodogu made of shakudo, shibuichi, gold and silver. Details are incredibly fine made by master Shoami Masamitsu, which signature with kao in inscribed on the back of kozuka. Every kodogu is of the highest level, from tsuba's pitting to kojiri's peony, from details on fuchi and kashira to the scene depicted on kozuka where a monkey, a rabbit and a frog are sitted around the go table. The kogatana is signed 日本鍛冶宗匠雷除伊賀守藤原金道 - nihon kaji sōsho raijo iga no kami fujiwara kinmichi (wazamono), 2nd generation, Kan'ei period 1624-1644, which real name was Mishina Kanbei; on the blade is inscibed a chrisantemum. The hada is itame mixed with masame, while hamon is gunome midare. The tsunagi is skillfully crafted, with detachable habaki made of magnolia. Gassan Sadakazu is ranked JoJoSaku and both certificates are of Tokubetsu Kicho level. Since this is my first item here the price is €8900 + shipping
  11. For sale is a wonderful Gunto mounted mid Edo period blade.The mounts are good quality Type 98 Shin-Gunto mounts with a leather covered saya. The blue and brown field officers Knot is in unissued mint condition and the koshirae is in excellent condition. The blade itself is O-Suriage with a square cut kiri nakago-jiri. The overall look of the sword and the typical hamon point very strongly to the Edo Ishido School from the 17th or early 18th century. Hamon- Flamboyant choji midare in the style of later Ichimonji work. The hamon is nioi based with some ko-nie. The combination of Ichimonji style hamon and shape suggest Edo Ishido as a possible attribution. The blade itself is in good clean condition which is uncommon for a Gunto. There are two small bits of wear, 4mm and 5mm and the slightest indent to the cutting edge (pictured). Description: Shinogi-zukuri, ioiri-mune, tori-zori. chu-kissaki. Nagasa 63.3cm Motohaba 2.9cm Sakihaba 2.0cm Sori 1.9cm Kasane 0.65cm. Nakago O-Suriage Mumei 17.8cm. The price for such a sword is £1850 UK postage included. Postage within UK preferred or Collection, Will be 24 hr tracked and signed within UK. Also comes with sword bag and stand.
  12. 1 wakizashi sword with fabulous ken horimono. The carving on this sword isn't of the ordinary variety--work like this is done by only the very best carvers. This antique Samurai wakizashi is signed on the nakago/tang: 'Kashu ju Sukehira'. I guarantee the signature. The reverse side of the nakago is dated February 1846. The blade measures 19 3/8" (49.2 cm) from blade tip to notch in the blade spine. One side of the blade has a Japanese ken horimono as well as two bohi. The reverse side has one deep bohi, and one thin bohi. As mentioned, the skill demonstrated by the horimono work is exceptional. Condition: The blade is in excellent condition. The blade is in original Japanese polish--no polish is needed. There are a few tiny nail-catcher type nicks. The black lacquer saya has an occasional small mark or scratch. There are no openings of any kind. The temper line/hamon and boshi are perfectly healthy. $4500 Thank you. --Matthew Brice www.StCroixBlades.com
  13. All, I am selling a sword by one of the better shinshinto smiths, Miyaguchi Ikkansai Shigetoshi. He was one of Kasama Shigetsugu's teachers and is discussed at length in Chris Bowen's article, "The Forgotten Craftsmen: Swordsmiths of the Meiji and Taisho Eras" (found here). The sword comes in shirasaya and is accompanied by pristine shingunto mounts and would make a nice addition to the nihonto and military sword collector. About the Sword: Mei: Bu-un chōkyū (Eternal luck in war) Ikkansai Shigetoshi Nengo: Meiji 36 nen 8 gatsu hi, 66 okinasaku (Made in August 1903, when Shigetoshi was 66 years of age) Habaki : Copper single foiled Habaki Blade length : 63.5 cm or 25 inches. Sori : 1.4 cm or 0.55 inches. Mekugi : 2 Width at the hamachi : 3.24 cm or 1.27 inches. Width at the Kissaki : 2.40 cm or 0.94 inches. Kasane : 0.7 cm or 0.27 inches. Era : Meiji (1903) Jitetsu : Koitame hadawell grained with JInie attahce, Fine Chikei work is appearing and most Jigane. Hamon : Nie deki suguha with mixture of Ko-NOtare mixed. There is KOashi appearing in the ha. Boshi is round ended. I will offer a 3 day inspection period as well as a 12 month shinsa guarantee (NBTHK or NTHK). As always a donation will be made to the NMB. Price: $5,000 OBO About the Smith (From the Sesko Index): "Shigetoshi (繁寿), Keiō (慶応, 1865-1868), Suruga – „Ikkansai Shigetoshi“ (一貫斎繁寿), „Sunpu ni oite Miyaguchi Ikkansai Shigetoshi“ (於駿府宮口一貫斎繁寿), „Sunpu-jū Ikkansai Shigetoshi“ (駿府住一貫斎繁寿), civilian name „Miyaguchi Hachirō“ (宮口八郎), he was born in the ninth year of Tenpō (天保, 1838) in Shizuoka in Suruga province but went later to Inaba where he was first a student and later the adopted son of Hamabe Toshinori (浜部寿格), but he later returned to Shizuoka and to his family name „Miyaguchi“, in Inaba he signed with „Hisatoshi“ (寿俊), later he adopted the gō „Ikkansai“ (一貫斎) and also signed with „Shigehiro“ (繁広), he worked in Sagami´s Odawara (小田原) too, transmission says that he learned the art of horimono carving at the lineage of Ozaki Suketaka (尾崎助隆), he died January 25th 1906 at the age of 69, dense itame, chōji-midare in nioi-deki or gunome-midare in ko-nie-deki"
  14. Hi all. I've had a sword floating around the house for a while and the other day I decided to try and do some research on it. According to a member on another forum (Reddit), it's an antique Japanese tanto from the shinshinto period. I took it apart to take some pictures of the tang, and there were quite a few markings on the tsuba that I was hoping you guys might be able to help decode. There were no markings on the tang, so I'm hoping that the tsuba might be able to tell me a little more about the history of the sword. I know that the fittings were changed pretty often, but this would at least give me a jumping off point. I only have a few pictures of it, but they should be clear enough to read the writing and see the design. I can provide more pictures if needed. Thanks in advance for your help. Since one of my pictures is more than halfway to the file size limit, here's a link to an album I made with a bunch of pictures of the sword. http://imgur.com/a/WzV2m
  15. After some consideration and a large amount of emails/phone calls regarding my participation on here it has become apparent that a little perspective on my thoughts of the future of Nihonto as an art form (shinsakuto) and what I feel may seriously affect its continued survival especially outside of Japan. Disclaimer: this is just an opinion based on my observations so chances are some might disagree. Working outside of Japan as a craftsman means that I see more oddities and questionable swords on a regular basis than most, some are obviously not Nihonto and some just leave us stumped. While it would be ideal to just see true quality Nihonto all the time the truth is outside of Japan it isnt always going to be likely . Instead I on a daily basis get emails with very unresearched questions and often aggressive attitudes with pictures of all sorts. . . I have also learnt that there are no definites only educated guesses. . . not every odd looking blade is a "chinese fake"! So by default I can now recognise the fakes etc relatively easy but no I dont know much on the paul chen, hanwei or what ever brand of who made what, when etc. . . . just not my thing I am however seeing some impressive fakes and they are only going to get better. . . and I would prefer to be on the top of the game. Now if you collect Koto blades chances are you are not going to have to worry to much about said issue but Gendai or even shinshinto then could be an issue as for shinsakuto . . most definately It seems (going by memory of past threads) that this topic stirs a lot of emotions and the kind gentle folk sometimes become obnoxious bakemono . The problem is real and it is not going away so without civil discussion and shared information it will continue its cancerous spread through the gates of ignorance (i should stop watching "the Tick"). I like many others like quality shinsakuto (maybe its all those years bladesmithing) they, if nurtured will one day become historical art pieces. . . I for one would hope that I have facilitated in that journey during my time in this hobby. Just some thoughts to ponder so please be nice. . I have the Flu Kam One of my favourite Shinsakuto. . probably the best example from Hidehisa
  16. Collectors--I have a very rare Japanese second model 1890 Flag Rank/Admiral's Dress Sword for Sale. The price is $12,000 or best offer. Thank you! --Matt www.stcroixblades.com
  17. Hello guys, some time ago i came across this term and wondered about the meaning. I think the term loyalist blade describes a certain type of blade in terms of the dimensions (heavy kasane, slightly or even significantly longer than standard) and it had to be produced in a quite narrow time period (shin-shinto period,1860´s). But i could not really find any further explanation, for example which group started to wear them first (Sonno-joi)? Was it a political statement or just something to annoy the establishment? This is a katana of my collection. It has a kasane of 9,3mm and a nagasa of 75,3cm. It was forged around the 1860`s and therefore i think that it is quite a standard example of this type. Any comments are welcome Regards,
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