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  1. 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!
  2. 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
  3. Hi Guys, can you please help with translation of this certification paper ..Thank you.
  4. 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
  5. 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.
  6. 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
  7. 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!
  8. 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
  9. 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!
  10. 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
  11. 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
  12. 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
  13. Dear NMB Members: I am offering for sale a silver mounted, what I believe unokubi-zukuri shape, signed "Norimitsu" tanto. The mountings are silver, and a very attractive package. The nagasa is 11-1/2 inches in length. The blade is in fairly decent polish, but could use a re-polish or touch up, The saya has some missing lacquer in spots, and there is a small opening (about the size of a pencil lead) on one side. I have included a picture of it. The kozuka is silver and copper, with a crossed hawk feather mon on it.The kogatana in the kozuka is modern appearing. I have no idea if the signature is good or not, but it is a nice looking package. Buyer pays all shipping and insurance costs. Payment by Paypal ("friends and family"). If you have any questions, PM me. I am going to offer it for a few days to members first. PRICE: $1,100.00 Regards, Bill E. Sheehan (Yoshimichi)
  14. Hi, I'm a beginner at collecting and I'm planning to purchase my first nihonto. I found a tanto in shirosaya that I really like from a trusted seller, but since I don't have much experience, it would be useful to know what everyone thinks about it before I buy it. Specifically, do you see any fatal damages or anything unusual? Are there any signs that it could be gimei? Anything notable that might raise or lower its value? And what price range should I be paying for it? The seller listed $1500 but is open to negotiation, so what would you suggest as the lowest reasonable price?
  15. Just because they are so hard to find--here are photos of a desirable Imperial Household dagger I just picked up. Enjoy. --Matt Brice www.StCroixBlades.com
  16. FOR SALE: Rare Imperial Household Dirk -- $7000. --Matthew Brice www.StCroixBlades.com
  17. Hi guys! Pretty new to nihonto, so asking the amazing experts here for some help. What do you think about this tanto, unpapered, said to be valuable Naomitsu piece?
  18. FOR SALE: A tanto with an osoraku blade--a rare blade shape. This sword is available for $2400, or best offer. --Matthew Brice
  19. 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.
  20. Hello, I am putting the word out that I am looking to buy a specific type of sword. I am looking for: Tanto, papered -NBTHK, signed and DATED, old-pre 16th century, in fittings or a least it has a saya and a tsuka. All for under $3,500. I realize that for this price I will not be able to get a perfect blade, but I won’t be using it in battle. If you have one, or know anyone I can contact please let me know, and please keep my contact info, in case you come across something. Sorry for the long email. Thanks Doyle Barnett Santa Barbara, California, USA DoyleB@cox.net (805) 453-8741
  21. 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
  22. 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.
  23. 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.
  24. Soshin

    New Tantō

    Here is a new gendaitō tantō I picked up at the Tampa Japanese sword show earlier this month. It is small likely made as a lady’s dagger. It is my first signed and dated sword. It is signed ‘Sashū Mikawa Tensaido’. Here are quick photos with my iPhone better photos will come later. The ji-hada is a fine ko-itame. The hamon has a gunome-midare shape. Feel free to politely discuss.
  25. Good day all, I have this old tired tanto which I can't seem to figure out, I was thinking Mino, but not sure, I just can't figure it out. The mei is pretty well unintelligible. Would this be a derivative of Sanbon Sugi, or genome. About the only thing I am sure of is that it is a Muromachi tanto. Thank You for any and all help. Dwayne R.
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