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  1. Dear NMB members, I have a fine tanto in yoroi-doshi (armor piercing) style. Mumei but apparently ascribed by NBTHK 30th March 1975 to (Tosa) Yoshimitsu if I’m reading the middle and last kanji correct? There have been several Yoshimitsu smith’s over time however, and I therefore need some help to translate and clarify both the first kanji but also my own interpretation of the name. Tanto specification: Nagassa: 254 mm, one punched mekugi ana (ubu nagassa / nakago) Sori: none Mune / hamachi: 10 mm Best regards Soren
  2. I am not sure if I should post this here or in the General Nihonto forum. It is not a military sword but is (I think/hope) by a good Showa smith. If I have got it right it is signed “Seki ju nin Watanabe Kanenaga Saku”and dated 1937. It is in terrible polish….remains of perpendicular scratches etc and is in a shirasaya that someone has adapted to hold it. There is thankfully no serious damage though. They are not great images but I used the lighting that at least showed some of the visible activity. It certainly looks lively but it’s “had a life”. Personally I’ve never seen nie that “heavy” or pronounced(if it is nie) There are also clouds and streams of fine black konie that won’t show in the images scattered in the ji. The polish obscures the hada. Any/all comments or observations greatly appreciated. I’m just getting into later blades….there are some still in the UK! Nagasa 28.5cm (39.2 overall) motokasane 6.22mm (6.29 at thickest part of nakago)
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  4. For Sale: Japanese Forestry Dirk, ca.1903 through World War 2. $1695 (plus PayPal fee). Here is the link: https://stcroixblades.com/shop/products/Japanese-ww2-forestry-dirk-antique-samurai-sword-foresters-dagger/ —Matthew Brice www.StCroixBlades.com
  5. https://stcroixblades.com/shop/products/large-Japanese-ww2-mikasa-battleship-naval-dirk-toshihide-dagger-hideaki/ For Sale — WW2 Mikasa Battleship Naval Dirk. $4500 First note that this Mikasa Naval dirk is oversized (see photo comparing this dirk to an early 1st variation Naval dirk). The forged 9 5/16" blade has kanji horimono reading 'The Fate of the Empire is decided by this Battle'. The mei on the nakago reads (beneath heavy rust) 'Mikasa Gun Steel Hideaki'. Hideaki also went by the art name Toshihide. Horii Toshihide (Horii Hideaki) is rated very high in Slough's book--2.8 Million Yen. Toshihide earned Special Honor Noted Seat--Sword Forging Teacher at the 1941 Exhibition. The ura-mei (reverse side mei) is the date this dirk was forged. Note that in addition to this dirk's large size (17 3/8"), this dirk has premium polished same (rayskin) as opposed to sharkskin. Uncommon for a Japanese Naval dirk. CONDITION: This blade on this rare WW2 Mikasa Battleship Naval dirk had rusted, so was polished. That is why the kanji blade horimono are shallow now. This Mikasa Battleship dirk's mounts are in exceptional condition. This rare Naval dirk displays beautifully!
  6. So, a few months ago I got this "old" tanto in a bad shape. It has a severe chip on the edge the polish is more or less scratched, one scratch is fairly long and well noticeable, the others are really fine, and even in person hard to see. As general information, it has a motohaba of 28,4mm and a motokasane of 6,9mm, the nagasa is 22,65cm, with a saki-sori of roughly 5-6mm. The blade itself is mumei, and has a slight amount of niku. The habaki fits very well and seems to have been made for the blade, it is a genuine "double"-habaki made out of two pieces, and copper if I had to guess, as this has some small pieces of verdigris on the inside. The second one is a little signed kogatana, which I acquired shortly after the tanto, and I am curious to know if the signature is genuine, given the bad shape it is in. It is 2mm thick, 12,6mm wide, and has a nagasa of 11,8cm. I hope to get an age estimation for both, maybe eben an estimate on quality. Generally, just some more information than the nothing I know currently. Maybe one or both are worth getting restored if possible, or is there a possibility to get both estimated professionally? I live in Germany, if this helps. Also, no, I won't touch either of this with anything than a cotton rag and oil.
  7. Well, of course this is just most fantastic, because it is the sales section ... and you ought to buy this. Hence my cheap attemp to lure you into it. But inded this is not fake news but the real deal if you enjoy Japanese lacquer work. Marvelous Gold Urushi work, all matching ... signed by the artist. I have not had it translated ... best send a kind message to Markus Sesko and he might be able to help. It probably dates from around 1850. There is also a matching Kozuka with a quality Kogatana (also signed) Fuchi, Kashira and Kozuka are carved of wood. Very nice quality Kinko Tsuba The blade is unsigned with saw teeth on the Mune and rather flexible than stiff .. like a saw ... so it won't break when sawing I guess. Pretty unique. Have never seen this before. There is no Jigane. There is waht looks like the remains of Bonji Horimono. I had bought it about 15 years ago in a loor auction as a doctors Tanto. It is either a doctors Tanto or Gardeners Tanto / Bonsai. I leave this up to you. The blade has no flaws, nicks or rust. It is a very high quality piece / Koshirae thathave cost top dollar at the time it was made. Located in Germany USD 3500 or Euro 2900 plus shipping Payment by cash on pick up, wire transer, PayPal (friends & family) or Western Union. Buyer is to cover any occuring payment fees.
  8. Hello, I need some help. This the nakago of a little tanto. In my opinion, a work from the Muromachi period. I can read the first three characters : Bishu Osa (fune ?) .......then that was it. No idea what the other characters might mean. Does anyone have any idea what the remaining characters should mean ?
  9. Good morning all, and yes it is a good morning. A couple weeks ago I posted my concerns about a recent Tanto purchase being stolen while in the care of the USPS. Well it arrived yesterday safe and sound. I want to thank all of you here that responded with their support. I also would like to thank the seller Volker from Germany for the great transaction, the extraordinary packing and the follow up with me and DHL. Let me say to others that may end up in the same situation, Don’t Give Up, Stay On The Shipper, Don’t Except that they Can’t Find Your package and close your case. I filed 5 claims on this package with the USPS. I had the claims expedited two times. During all of this the USPS sent me Two emails stating that they were sorry but my package was untraceable and lost. I then reopened my claims and made two calls to Consumers Affairs and filed claims with them. During this time Volker was also in touch with DHL. I believe that if we didn’t stay on the USPS and had accepted that they Couldn’t Find It I would have never received it. I still believe in being Pro Active in cases like this, when something doesn’t look right or feel right, get on it right away. If you feel it may be missing post pictures here so that all the good people can be on the look out for it if it should surface and most of all DO NOT EXCEPT THE SHORT ANSWERS THAT IT IS JUST LOST. Stay on it and push it. Again thank you all for your support, thank you Volker for the sale and all your help. I am Now the Proud New Caretaker of a beautiful blade that has finally found its way to its new home. MikeR
  10. Can anyone please help me with this kanji translation on my tanto it is from the late koto to early enough period.
  11. Apologies for posting my previous pictures for help with a kanji translation on the tang of my tanto. All I have gleaned so far is the it maybe something like body centre or body defeat I am probably way way of the mark ! Any help is really appreciated
  12. Today is not a good day for me. After a week of trying my best with the USPS, that really doesn’t give a s***, they just informed me that my package is lost. I purchased this Tanto and Book from on of our members here on the forum in Germany. The package was sent to the USA via DHL and arrived in NY in 4 days. At that point DHL turned it over to USPS to deliver it, I still don’t know why DHL didn’t just deliver it themselves. I am in NJ and when I was informed that the package went from NY, one hour away to Indianapolis, 12 hours away I began calling the USPS. They didn’t care. SO NOW ITS GONE, AND THEY DTILL DONT GIV A S****. So here are the pictures I have and can only ask my fellow members to keep a eye out for this Beautiful Tanto and let me know if it shows up somewhere for sale. I wouldn’t normally do this but because I am devastated about this I am including my phone number and can be called at any time. I am not a wealthy person and have to choose my purchases wisely and this is very disheartening and a large hit to end and my finances. Please be on the lookout. This was originally post in the for sale section by Volker if you want to look at the complete description. Thank you all so much. Mike Roberts
  13. Looking for any help identifying when this was made and by who. Thanks!
  14. kissakai

    A tanto

    Hi My newest nihonto I've spoken to Paul B and he has given me a few pointers and I hope to show it to him when Covid permits In the meantime I welcome any comments especially seeing how accurate the kantei exercises have been over the last few weeks And finally to Shinsa or not to Shinza that is the question? Details: An Ubu hira-zukuri tanto, iori mune with no sori. The hada is of itame and Mokume type. The hamon is a shallow midare/gunome in nioi deki. There is some evidence of activity such as sunagashi (Sunagashi= drifting sands- it describes activity within the hamon where lines of nie join together and flow parallel to the hamon. It looks a bit like masame hada inside the hamon running through the hamon. The boshi is sugu and narrow possibly the kissaki has been reshaped. There is no kaeri evident. The nakago appears to be ubu it is short and slightly funa-gata in appearance and ends in a ha-agari kurijiri. The Yasurime appear to be kiri but not clear. The polisher added: It’s a nice Tanto and lots of activity, the hamon at the kissaki was really unusual and two different colours of steel so at first I thought it was utsuri.
  15. Hi all If someone's Japanese is better than mine, I would be happy to get a complete translation. Tanto was made by Akikiyo? At Kurihara Hikosabur's Nihonto Denshu Jo...... Thanks Volker
  16. Hello, I’m hoping someone might be able to tell me some information about this tanto. My grandfather brought it back from Korea, (with written permission), during WWII. He never spoke about it but it was passed on to my father when his father died. Neither of us know anything about it. I removed the tsuka to check for an inscription, but unfortunately I don’t see anything. Just the writing on the end of the tsuka itself. Can anyone translate that? Also, one of the small gold-colored pieces has four lines scratched into it. What could that signify? Any information you could provide would be helpful, thanks!
  17. 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
  18. 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
  19. A translation would mean alot, thank you!
  20. Hey friend’s can someone translate this? Thank you!
  21. Hi All . Looking to buy a Tanto sized Kozuka ideally with a flower motive . Regards Chris NZ
  22. Hi All, Merry xmas to all and wishing everyone a better year for 2021. It only can get better. A tanto project recently completed and returned from Thomas Buck. Period Tsuba, Fuchi and Kashira , Menuki, seppa supplied by me. Regards Chris NZ
  23. Just joined but wanted to share and ask about this Tanto I won at auction, love the shape of blade but the lacquer work is interesting. The tang is mumei, with one hole and the fittings are I think cherry blossoms, some are gold plated. Tshuba is iron and incise carved and if I had to guess the blade would date to 1700's maybe earlier, the color is more gray (friend calls it "sand iron" but that may not really be a term. Either way just sharing for enjoyment and comments. Also, does anyone recognize the Mon in center disc of minuki?
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