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  1. 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!
  2. Here is a topic post about fine antique sunnobi-tantō (i.e. ko-wakizashi) by Kanefusa. This sword dates from the late Edo Period circa 1840 CE by Kanefusa of Mino Province. The blade shows a nice mixture of clove shaped reciprocal elements (gunome-chōji) temper pattern (hamon) done in a fine (nioi). The forging pattern (jihada) shows a fine random flow of the grain (ko-itame). The sword has an inscription on the scabbard by co-founder of the NBTHK Dr. Kanzan Sato attributing the sword to the 25th generation Kanefusa of Mino Province. The blade has been authenticated and deemed to be of good quality and worthy of historical preservation by the Japanese Society for the Preservation of the Japanese Art Sword (Nihon Bijutsu Token Hozon Kyokai). The dagger is signed Kanefusa (兼房) and authenticated by the NBTHK. The cutting-edge length of the blade (nagasa) measures 12.5 inches (31.8 cm) long. Overall, the condition of the blade is fine, the art polish has only a few very minor scratches. The asking price is $3,000 USD, but I am open to reasonable offers by NMB members. More information and photograms are available on my website here Large Antique Japanese Dagger (Sunnobi-Tantō) by Kanefusa | Rain Dragon Fine Art (raindragonfineartandantiques.com). Thank you and feel free to discuss politely.
  3. Just a quick notice about the update of business inventory. Please take a look and enjoy. Feel free discuss politely. https://www.raindragonfineartandantiques.com/so/a1NWITIw2?languageTag=en
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. A translation would mean alot, thank you!
  7. Hey friend’s can someone translate this? Thank you!
  8. Hi All . Looking to buy a Tanto sized Kozuka ideally with a flower motive . Regards Chris NZ
  9. 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
  10. 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.
  11. 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?
  12. This delightful Fuchigashira set depicts the Chinese Legend of Choryo (Zhang Liang) and Koseki (Huang Shigong) or "Choryo returning Koseki's Shoe". Crafted in Brass with inlays of alloys of Gold, Silver and Copper, by Takefuji Masakatsu in the Late Edo period, Bunsei era c.1830. (See Wakayama pp 377). Signed Takefuji Masakatsu kō 武藤政克工 Dimensions: Fuchi: 37mm x 20mm x 8mm Weight: 17.9 grams Kashira: 34mm x 15mm x 6mm Weight: 8.6 grams £1500 Art Courier Delivery and Insurance included within UK. Their painstaking restoration was the subject of two films by Ford Hallam, and with Ford's permission, I include them in the following post:
  13. 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
  14. Hello, i recently purchased this tanto in a auction in Maine. it is signed but i cannot read the signature, can anyone help me learn a bit more about this piece. the only thing the seller knew was that it was brought back from ww2. thank you!
  15. Hello friends! i am a beginner ... I own a tanto bar but I don't know anything about it! Please let me know what you think about it! my ignorance desperately needs your enlightenment ...! Please 😶
  16. Hi Guys, can you please help with translation of this certification paper ..Thank you.
  17. Hi guys, First time I request your help for a sword. I gotta confess that I’ve never been foo much into tanto and only skimmed through the sections about them in books. But I needed one in my collection and so when a cheap one was offered in the sale section, I jumped on the occasion. I know, I know, get the best you can afford, but I didn’t follow the rule and well, here it is! I was extremely surprised because I was expecting something less. Just a big knife, but fou d out a beautiful piece and I have to say if this is the case with all tanto, it may well have changed my mind about them. anyway, since then, I’ve been doing some catch up and read everything I could find about them, trying to label it. But I must admit that I’m still at a loss. When you read the essays, I sounds pretty easy but then I compared with some being sold on sites and dated and realized that exceptions seem to be the rule. So, here I am, needing your help! I may do it another time with a mumei sword I have, but for the moment, let’s concentrate on that tanto. Now, I’ve been around long enough not to ask "who" made it. Yet, if you could give me a rough date and style, I’d be more than happy. So far, I’ve had three opinions: mine, likely false, thinking early Bizen Muromachi because of the length. The seller who thinks Bizen early Shinto and another member who thought Bizen originally then pointed me towards Sue Mino. I checked, and that could indeed fit the bill. The tanto specs follow: Mumei in older shirasaya. Overall length: 40,2 cm Nagasa: 29,2 cm Moto kasane: 6 mm Moto Haba: 30 mm Shape: Hira Zukuri, iori mune with gentle oroshi. Sori: 2 mm, tends to be slightly koshizori Yasurime: kiri. Very visible near the habaki, almost gone the further we get from it. The color of the nakago is very dark grey/ brown, almost black. Hada: predominantly mokume. Hamon: based on Suguha, bright nioi. I don’t see any utsuri or my eyes aren’t trained enough Below, I’ve included pictures and an oshigata I’ve made to help you see the Hamon. I think it is quite faithful. I haven’t had time to take pictures myself, but if required, will do my best. Thank you for your help, JP
  18. 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.
  19. I'm still getting use to using this message board, so I apologise if I do anything wrong. I am also fairly new to the nihonto community, so I don't know very much. I bought this tanto online, and I am wanting help identifying it, or determining how valuable it is. The seller claimed it was edo era. It is very short and thin. It is mumei, but looks like there may have been some kind of markings at one point. I didn't spend too much on it, as it was in really bad shape. I received it with the tip broken off completely, with several chips. As far as the koshirae goes, the saya was in ok shape. The habaki was cracked and scratched from what looks like someone removing the handle recklessly. The tsuka had been repaired before, and had since been eaten by termites. The stingray skin wrap was put on backwards. The kashira was missing, and the fuchi was carved out of the handle to look like horn, but is all really one solid piece. Given the state of the knife, I felt comfortable giving it a little bit of polishing, just enough to see what I think is the hamon. I can only really see what I think is the hamon on the ura side, but I'm not wanting to remove too much material, in case it is worth sending to a polisher. I cleaned up the tip and re-shaped it. Any help would be appreciated
  20. This interesting and highly collectable shin-shinto Osorakuzukuri shaped tantō is signed Hyōshinshi Hideyo Nyūdō氷心子秀世入道 and dated Kaei sannen sangatsu nichi (a day in March of 1851) 嘉永三年三月日. Hideyo is rated Jō-saku and this tanto is accompanied by a NBTHK Hozon paper. Price: Yen 270,000 (including delicensing out of Japan and shipping to EMS destinations; however, payment to be made by wire transfer only ...sorry about that!) Currently EMS shipments are delayed but there is movement of the backlog..... Details Nagasa: 18.6 cm Sori: 0.0 Moto-haba: 24.8 mm Saki-haba: 21.9 mm Moto-kasane: 3.7 mm Saki-kasane: 3.0 mm The hamon is gunome-midare with a tight nioiguchi, the bōshi hakkikake, the jigane looks soft, and the jihada is ko-itame-nagare. On the omote are the hiragana engraved for osoraku おそらく, while the horimono on the ura represent gomabashi. Hyōshinshi Hideyo’s 氷心子秀世 real name was Tamura Kōhei 田村耕平. He was a student and son-in-law of Suishinshi Masahide 水心子正秀. He also studied under Unju Korekazu 雲寿是一. His dated blades are from Tenpō (天保 1830-1844) to Ansei (安政 1854-1860) eras. It is a mystery why he added a small stroke to the first kanji of the Suishinshi (水 → 氷), which reads Hyōshinshi. He also occasionally signed his mei with the additional nyūdō 入道 signifying Buddhist lay priest. His residence was in Edo’s Azabu-Imazato 麻布今里. Robert Hughes (correspond with me at keichodo@yahoo.com) If it sells, a donation to NMB will be made!
  21. 58 Tsuba available from a collection I purchased. Note that some tsuba that appear in the photos have sold. Price sheet is attached. Take 20% off the listed price. --Matt Brice St. Croix Blades MB TH tsuba group list -- valuations descriptions 5-22-20.docx
  22. Hey everyone, I have this set of papers that belongs to a Mino-school tanto. I am requesting a translation if it wouldn't be too much trouble. Thank you all very much!
  23. St. Croix Blades currently has 12 Swords listed on eBay. Here is the link: https://www.ebay.com/sch/m.html?_odkw=&_ssn=stcroixblades&item=362949686568&_osacat=0&_from=R40&_trksid=p2046732.m570.l1313.TR12.TRC2.A0.H0.Xjapanese+sword.TRS0&_nkw=Japanese+sword&_sacat=0 You don't have to purchase on eBay. If you see something you like, let me know and we'll arrange a direct purchase. Thank you. --Matthew Brice
  24. Update to my previous For Sale post titled '65 Tsuba from Collection FOR SALE'--please now take 25% off the prices in that post. (You can view the tsuba photos, descriptions, and prices in that post by scrolling the posts in this 'For Sale' section here on the Nihonto Message Board). Note that tsuba T2, T3, T5, T23, & T65 have sold. Thank you. --Matthew Brice www.StCroixBlades.com
  25. Collectors--St. Croix Blades has 12 swords listed for sale up on eBay currently. They run the gamut--from Buy It Now listings to Auction listings, from Showato to gendai, from fully polished to as-is. Take a look to see if there is anything you might be interested in. Here is the link: https://www.ebay.com/sch/m.html?_odkw=Japanese+swrod&_ssn=stcroixblades&item=362883002543&_osacat=0&_from=R40&_trksid=p2046732.m570.l1313.TR11.TRC2.A0.H0.Xjapanese+sword.TRS1&_nkw=Japanese+sword&_sacat=0 Those of you who don't have an eBay account--or who want a lower price (I'll subtract the fees from the listed price), contact me for a direct sale. Thank you! Matthew Brice www.StCroixBlades.com
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