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  1. Hello Again, I grabbed this sword because I thought the old Koshirae handsome, the blade was mostly in polish and didn’t have many kizu, and it was at a good price. The downside is its lost its signature due to O-suriage and while I’m sure I’m looking at a Kanbun sugata, I’m not finding it all that easy to pin it down to a school/region. Very little curvature for sure (8mm), even compared to the sword Mr. Benson said was Bizen Muromachi which was not terribly curved. What curvature it has seems to start early, although I’m not sure just how much losing close to 10cm in length might have affected the shape. Nagasa length is still 66.2cm despite having been shortened to lose of much of the original nagako. As far as hada goes it looks like it starts with komokume and then further up the blade are large structures I think are some type of itame with small grain inside, often bordered by dark nie grains. I’m not sure but it looks a bit like the description of Echizen or Musashi hada from Connoisseur’s. Also the Shinogi has some roundish wood grain. The Hamon I can’t tell if it suguha or komidare, it’s straightish but wobbles a bit, might have hotsure. The kisaki looks like a chukisaki with a hakikake boshi. Nagako has katte sagari that seem to disappear above the first hole. So I guess my questions are: Am I correct in assuming this is a Kanbun Shinto? Would the sword having been produced near Edo be a reasonable guess? And is there any point in taking this to a shinsa once they return to America?
  2. 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.
  3. 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!
  4. Hey everyone! I have another blade here from my collection. I've had this one for a while now, but the same day I took pictures of that wakizashi, I took a few of this katana. Its a pretty interesting piece, so again, I'll let the pictures and measurements do the talking: Nagasa: 26 1/8" Sori: 5/8" Nakago length: 7 1/4" My asks are: apparent age, school, any other useful info you can clean from my crappy photos! One other thing: the habaki is wedged tightly on and because its gold-foil, I am afraid that trying to remove it would damage it. Opinions welcome!
  5. This sword was made by Yoshinobu between 1615 and 1624 A.D. This katana is in World War 2 Army mounts. This sword has a silver Samurai family mon. The temper line on this sword is very beautiful. The original Shinsa worksheet is also included with this papered sword. Of special interest on this sword--when the sword was shortened, the original signature was inlayed onto the shortened nakago. Most collectors and dealers will note that most inlayed signatures occur on very nice swords. Condition: The mounts on this sword are in exceptional condition. The blade has three nicks, and only some very occasional shallow surface pitting. This fine sword will polish nicely. $4,500 obo. --Matthew Brice www.StCroixBlades.com
  6. 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
  7. Beautiful shinto naginata in full polish. Signed Jumyo. There are many generations of smiths that signed this way and can’t say which one this is. Lovely gentle gunome hamon with sunagashi and itame hada. Overall excellent conditions with just a few very minor openings. Nakago is the full and original length which is nice to see as it tapers beautifully. Two holes. Measures 81 cm total length and 36.4 cm nagasa, 3 cm wide and 2.7 cm wide at hamachi and .8 cm thick. 3 cm sori In beautiful, top quality shirasaya made by John Tirado (Sayashi.biz on Facebook). Also comes with the original pole. The pole appears to have had some restoration work done by a previous owner in the grip area but the wood has a beautiful patina that appears to be original. This is your chance to by a very nice naginata for not that much more than the cost of the polish and shirasaya. $2995 plus shipping and fees
  8. 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/
  9. Antique Japanese Dagger (Tantō) Price: $2,700 USD or Best Offer* *Please PM or email me at info@raindragonfinearts.com any questions or to make a best offer. No public discussion period. More information can be found here: https://www.raindragonfineartandantiques.com/product-page/antique-Japanese-dagger.
  10. Suriage Hizen tadakuni here up for sale on my website www.nihontocollection.com although we are still working on the site since its really new, this tadakuni is seriously beautiful if the suriage doesn't put you off . Blade has a few scratches but thats it, no ware at all. $9100 usd. Charlie
  11. Hi All, Up for sale is this shinto period wakizashi by Gassan. It has really nice ayasugi hada which was very difficult to photograph. I think this is the Gassan that worked in about 1624 and was from Owari and also worked under name Nobutaka. It has a nice 2 kanji signature Gassan. The cutting edge of the blade is 21 inches long. It has a wonderful fuchi and one really nice menuki. This is exactly as I got it and just have too many projects in the pipeline so I am selling it so someone else can polish it. I can arrange a nice polish for about $800 for the new owner. I can also arrange for the restoration of the fittings. As I said the ayasugi hada was difficult to photograph but you can see it very clear in hand! $3700 plus shipping and paypal if aplicable. Thanks for looking and if you have any questions please dont hesitate to msg me though this site or email me at brannow_NO_SPAM@artswords.com Please remove the _NO_SPAM from the email address. Bill Rannow www.artswords.com
  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. For Sale: SATSUMA Japanese Samurai Sword -Old/Antique Katana Collection -TADPOLE CHOJI $4,695 OBO 1660's-1670's A.D. Japanese Samurai katana available. This katana has beautiful Satsuma mounts. The saya/scabbard is red in color with black horn and scrolled mounts. The tang/nakago on this sword is signed. It reads, in part, Seki Sada. The rest of the signature was cut off. This sword has remounted at least 4 different times from its original mounting. There are 5 mekugi-ana in the nakago--including one hole that was partially filled. The blade measures 26 1/16" (66.2 cm) from blade tip to the habaki. The habaki is beautiful, and is covered in Silver foil. The menuki are mixed metal. The hamon on this sword is exceptional. The hamon is extreme tadpole choji--very unusual, and very desirable among collectors. Condition: The blade has no nicks. The blade has some staining from the just the very beginnings of oxidation that started sometime in the past. There are no openings of any kind in the hada. The blade is perfectly straight. The tsuka/handle is in perfect condition. The red lacquer on the seam of the saya has chips.
  14. 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
  15. Hi, first of all 'kudoss' & congrats on the site. I'm a first timer..so pls be gentle. Sorry in advance for a thread. To the job at hand, I inherited from great grandfather a ww2 sword many a year ago. I remember the day as a kid, him showing & telling me all the stories. From that very first day as a kid, (think I claimed it!) I always kept my eye on it. Now 40ish, I blew the dust of it 3-4 mths ago & thought I'd give it another look. My dad's m8 had a go long ago & told us 'it's nothing, military made, standard thing pumped out in the day, not worth 1-2 hundred maybe, cr*p!..' and that's what my dad thought ever since, but not me i still though mine(only seen a cool sword). Here's what I've got so far, the mei (i hope!) is Noshu ju Kanenobu & was made in showa period march 1944. The blade is shinto style and tachi in length at a little over 27". The nakago is star & arsenal stamped + 'ho' stamped on mune. Slight gunome hamon, bit rough, but still sharp as 70 odd yrs on, since sharpened!. In shin-gunto type-3 military mount. It came with a tag, since learnt possible surrender tag(thought name tag).. That's where I'm part stuck.. So far I've got, Rikugun shoi, army sec.sub lieutenant, Okazaki eiiki? eiichi? aichi? Thats all I got. Anyone that would be able to translate it & check the mei+date & be able to tell a little more info. on sword 2 cross reference mine(so i can tell my dad it's not the cr*p sword like he thinks). Since I live in the land of kangaroos & koalas (Aust.) I would love to have the blade professionally sharpened & polished, but am very limited on options. Would anyone know of someone that can be trusted to do the job?!?(I know really only Japan) but you got to ask. Is the blade worth the polish? Or? is the polish worth more than the blade?! Pls post reply, any info. is all good. Sorry again for length of thread. Cheers, check out pics.
  16. Hey guys, A friend of mine recently sent me this sword to look over. He's had it for several years now under the assumption that it is Shinto Ishido School work. That was the opinion of the togishi that last worked on it. It very well could be Ishido work. Last week I posted this sword on a Nihonto Facebook group and started a decent discussion. I've had quite a few very good and informative opinions on this sword so far. Some suggested it could also be a ubu Koto Bizen Uchigatana. Before I thoroughly examined this sword and asked around a bit, I originally thought it was O-suriage. The yaki-dashi and second mekugi-ana threw me off. I figured I would post it on NMB and get a few more opinions. A much broader audience here on the NMB. This sword has recently been returned to its owner. He plans to send it away for a new shira-saya and papers soon. Any and all opinions are welcome. Thanks.
  17. I've been lurking the forum for a few years, trying to absorb informations like a sponge, but always felt too newbie to contribute in a constructive way. Actually I mostly thought that my interest for nihonto would find enough relief in reading, visiting museum and occasionally spending some time with collectors: swords are expensive toys and my freelance coder pockets aren't very deep Anyway this january I was in London, I visited Don Bayney's shop and, as soon as I touched one of the wakizashi he had, I knew I was in trouble. My wife noticed my reaction and told me "it's a really nice sword. I think it's time to do it"; 24 hours later my bank account was a little lighter and I still had butterflies in my stomach. The sword is a shinto mumei wakizashi in mino tradition with a large gunome midare hamon and itame/mokume hada. It's suriage and it came with NTHK papers attributing it to Nobutaka (sendai?). It's not a juyo luxury blade (which I could not afford anyway), but it closely looks like the image summoned by my own mind when I think about the concept of "Japanese sword", so I instantly fell in love with it. Here are a few pictures: I did not have a mekugi nuki with me when I took the pics, so I attached the oshigata of the nakago. For more higher resolution pictures, you can have look here: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/gdatmdvltavc1yj/AACx54_gUorbPWw8PvuKrxBaa?dl=0 The main reason for this post is just celebrating something special for me; any comment about the sword is more than welcome, as I'm sure it will help to train my newbie eye.
  18. Hello my fellow forumites, to celebrate christmas i bought myself my first naginata. Here is what the dealer had to say about the blade (i think that i don´t need to mention who the seller was :D): Naginata in Shirasaya (NBTHK Hozon Paper) Signature : Kashu Jyu Fujiwara Mitsuhira Shinto: Ryosaku: Kaga (We divide 4 sections for each sword as Saijyo saku, Jyojyo saku Jyo saku and regular saki)This sword Kashu Jyu Fujiwara Mitsuhira belongs to Jyojyosaku ranking. The blade was polished. Habaki :copper single habaki. Blade length : 54.5cm or 21.46inches. Sori : 3.03cm or 1.19inches. Mekugi :  1 Width at the hamachi :3.1cm or 1.22inches. Kasane :0.83cm or 0.33inches. Era : Edo Period Circa Kyoho 1716-1735 Shape: Itame hada well grained with masa hada appearing The hada pattern could be observed well. Hamon: Nie deki suguha with mixture of notare work. It is could ha with sunagashi activities. Boshi is round turn back. Special feature :Kashu Jyu Fujiwara Mitsuhira is one of Katsuie group swordsmiths and also the son of Sandai Mitsukuni. He was called Chuumemon. This naginata is wide and thick with superb jigane. It is masterpiece of Fujiwara MItsuhira. We recommend this long and thick katana. Historical Background: Koishikawa Hospital was established by the order of Tokugawa Yoshimune on Keiho 7th year(1722). The population of Edo boosted due to massive influx of migrants from farming villages causing an outcast class in the society. This lead to Yoshimune’s order of building Koishikawa Hospital. This enabled the poors to take medical advice for free. I even learned something about the history of Kaga, the Maeda clan and the ikko ikki while i did my research about the smith. Here are some honorable mentions: http://www.badassoftheweek.com/index.cgi?id=75213299666 Feel free to leave some comments regards,
  19. This sword is by the 1st generation Yukihiro of Hizen province. Yukihiro, born 1617, is the younger brother of 1st generation Masahiro, eldest son of Yoshinobu and grandson of 1st generation Tadayoshi. Yukihiro's first work was produced in Kan'ei (1639) at age 23. He received the title of "Dewa Daijo" in 1648. This smith also received the title of "Dewa no Kami" in 1663. During Keian 3rd (1650) Yukihiro traveled to Nagasaki to study Dutch forging techniques (Oranda = Dutch) under Yakushiji Tanenaga and Hisatsugu. After this date many of his works display the mei "Oranda-Gitae-o-Motte". It is said that Yukihiro also studied the Bizen Ichimonji techniques under Noriyoshi. Some if his signed work display the "Ichi" character or "Ichimonji-Dewa-no-Kami" as displayed on this sword. Yukihiro became the retained smith of the Nabeshima clan and moved to Nagase to produce swords. He also lived in Geishu Hiroshima for a time and produced swords there. Yukihiro passed away May 27th, 1683 - 3rd year of Tenna. He was succeeded by 6 generations bearing his name. This sword displays a very active notare-gunome-midare hamon. Deep nioi can be seen throughout. The hada is ko-Itame with ji-nie. This sword has a few flaws worth noting. Two small openings and a very small speck of rust on the ha on the omote side close to the ha-machi. Signature reads: Ichi Hishu Dewa no Kami Yukihiro Hawley's rating: 90 Fujishiro rating: Jo-Saku (Superior work) Toko Taikan rating: 5.5 Million JPY This sword has recently been professionally polished in Japan, issued Hozon papers by the NBTHK (Nihon Bijutsu Hozon Kyokai) and is stored in a new quality shira-saya. Asking price: $6,500 USD plus shipping. Open to reasonable offers. T-clarke403@hotmail.com
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