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  1. 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
  2. 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.
  3. Can anyone please help me with this kanji translation on my tanto it is from the late koto to early enough period.
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. Looking for any help identifying when this was made and by who. Thanks!
  7. 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.
  8. 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
  9. 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!
  10. 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.
  11. 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
  12. 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
  13. A translation would mean alot, thank you!
  14. Hey friend’s can someone translate this? Thank you!
  15. Hi All . Looking to buy a Tanto sized Kozuka ideally with a flower motive . Regards Chris NZ
  16. 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
  17. 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?
  18. 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:
  19. 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
  20. 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!
  21. 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 😶
  22. Hi Guys, can you please help with translation of this certification paper ..Thank you.
  23. 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
  24. 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.
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