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  1. hi everyone, I'm a new member from Italy! I bought a beautiful shin gunto at an auction, but the signature makes me confused.. I don't know the Japanese language but this one looks different from all the ones I've seen around in internet! can you help me?
  2. So my grandpa had this katana that he gave to me a few years ago after I found it when helping him clean. It was "stored" under a pile of carpets for god knows how long and is in pretty rough shape. I would like to know if anyone could help with the translation. Thanks. https://imgur.com/yN24D7K https://imgur.com/9iigSvG
  3. Dear NMB members: I am offering for sale the two (2) volume Koto/Shinto "Nihon Toko Jiten" sword books WITH the companion hardbound AFU Koto/Shinto English translations for same. The hardbound translations are highly sought after and hard to find, and I have seen them sell alone for upwards of $500 by themselves. This set also includes the index insert. These are in good shape, hardly-read condition. There is a small tear in one of the cardboard dust jackets. This set forms the foundation of most sword collecting libraries. If you have been looking for a set of these books without success, here is a chance to add a set to your library, PRICE: $650.00 for all four books, with the index included. Payment by Paypal ("Friends & Family"), cashier's check, or USPS Postal money order. Buyer pays shipping and any insurance. Thanks for looking. Regards ,Bill E. Sheehan (Yoshimichi)
  4. A translation would mean alot, thank you!
  5. Hey friend’s can someone translate this? Thank you!
  6. looking for a translation, thanks in advance.
  7. Hello all, longtime reader, first time poster! I have here a kozuka I recently acquired with some shinshinto koshirae accompanying a pair of tanto. I am inexperienced with kozuka/kogatana, and any insight and/or translation assistance for this one would be greatly appreciated.
  8. I have a Japanese WWII army/tank crew katana with a 1550 era made blade o-suriage. The scabbard is leather covered and has some writing under the leather strap that i'm having a super hard time identifying. any help would be appreciated.
  9. I own a sword that was passed down from my grandfather who brought it back to the United States after World War II. This sword has lived in attics and garages for the last 50 years, and I am trying to learn more about its history and determine whether it might be something that is worth restoring. If you could help me in any way with translating the signature, I would appreciate it. I tried to get a closer picture of the first couple of symbols that don't show up well on the full signature shot. Thanks! John
  10. Hello, I am looking for an English Index or Translation for the Book - Shōwa tōken meibutsu chō 昭和刀剣名物帳 Many thanks Klaus edit: typo
  11. I am having trouble completing the translation of a new sword, help would be appreciated. I have the first two kanji as Mutsu province, then the next two appears to be the Nengo date 1521, the next being za or the number 3 San, and then I get lost with the rest. Or maybe I am lost from the beginning? Thanks, Paul T.
  12. Hi All, Looking for some help with this Mei as I'm struggling to recognise most Kanji. I think the Omote starts with Higo as the first 2 Kanji (肥後?) to mark the province and the final 2 Kanji on the Omote are Saku Kore ( 作 之?) - , and the Ura ends with Month 月 ? Any help translating and identifying dates or swordsmith would be most appreciated. Thanks, Will
  13. I've been trying with my meager resources to get this mei figured out and hope you can get me going in the right direction . jim M
  14. Dear collegues, I adquired an old (It was sold to me without autenticity certification, but they ensure me that was a real nihonto) wakizashi few days ago, but I am facing some problems in translating the Mei... I have only identified that the first two kanjis refer as "Takada", but I am unable to translate the rest... Here is the photo. Thank you very much in advance, any suggestion will be very helpful!! Joan
  15. Hello All! I recently purchased a Japanese sword at auction. After having a jeweler drill out the pin that had been hammered in, I was able to remove the handle (which I think matches Shin-Gunto fittings but I am not sure) and revel that it is signed on both sides of the tang. Unfortunately I don’t have much experience reading the characters so I was wondering if anyone recognized them? I have attached lots of photos but if anyone needs more please let me know. I would love to find out more about the blade and if anyone can tell me if it would be worthwhile to clean/restore the blade it would be much appreciated. also, to be clear I do not intend to use any information provided for selling the below item, I only want to understand more about what I have and the best way to handle it.
  16. I need help identifying the artist of these Samurai paintings. I know these are common, but the first one probably was created during the 1920's and seems to be of superior quality. The other does not show as much detail and care. I will probably want to sell these once I can identify the artist, so values would also be helpful. Any information is appreciated.
  17. Help with this would be greatly appreciated.
  18. Hello I am very new to nihonto. Your forum has been very informative for direction of Nihonto study. Will anyone please help with this wakizashi mei. Thank you
  19. Hello. I would be very appreciative if someone could read the kanji written below the date on this signature. Thank you in advance! —Matt Brice
  20. Hello. I picked up a Kaei period wall gun. I could use help translating the signature. Hopefully someone here can assist. Thank you in advance! —Matt Brice
  21. Today I picked up from a deceased estate some possible antiques. Went there as it said Japanese stuff, so thought there may be sword stuff. No swords, but got a full tea set of Satsuma Ware. Tea pot, six cups and saucers etc. When you hold a cup to the light, the image of a Geisha appear. Is it old, is the set worth anything?
  22. Hello, first time here finding this all fascinating! i was wondering if anyone could help with shedding some light on what these markings mean. Photos are not great as my sister took them and sent to me so difficult to see the marks clearly. ive yet to get my hands physically on it as still arranging import. The story: Ive just inherited this. Grandfather acquired this sword in Singapore in 1945 at the Japanese surrender. we even have a picture of him climbing back aboard his vsl holding the sword.(see below) (modelling below is my nephew) Apparently they had it made blunt many years ago as worried an intruder might use it... Looks to me like a Army Type 98.officer sword...although the tassel is more of an NCO type... and i think attached to the wrong part at the moment. although its not a tassel as such but a leather thing. But im after anymore information that you can shed on this especially on the characters on the Tang and the handle. im devouring the other threads for further knowledge and info! Many thanks indeed!
  23. Good afternoon, I have a document box with a rather elegant script and Kao. I suspect it is early 20th Century. I have done a partial translation, but would appreciate a second opinion.
  24. I'm searching for some guidance and help, My grandfather brought a sword back from Okinawa during WWII. I don't know Kanji so I cannot tell what the markings mean on this sword. I am looking for any answers I can get on this sword. Thanks for your help in advance. Scott
  25. Hello to all. Long time collector of nihonto but new to teppo. I found this at an antique shop while on vacation in Tennessee. Thanks to some Facebook friends, I know the signature is Goshu Kunitomo Tayosuke Katsumasa. It also contains Niju makibari. Would really enjoy learning more about Tayosuke Katsumasa such as time period he worked, how he is viewed as a smith compared to other Smith's of the time. Any information is greatly appreciated! https://i.imgur.com/caJc0US.jpg https://i.imgur.com/3sjGU9d.jpg https://i.imgur.com/ahkZe9x.jpg https://i.imgur.com/Beft3Bg.jpg https://i.imgur.com/dn4vjjW.jpg
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