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  1. Hello. I could use some help translating this signature. Seems to be more on the nakago than usual. Thank you to anyone that can help! —Matt
  2. Hello. Could someone please assist with translation of the second kanji Aki_____? And if possible, a translation of his given name as well? Thank you! —Matt
  3. I have had this sword in my collection for several years. I got it from a friend who's father had in for as long as he (the son) could remember. My initial impression was this was a "tourist" type sword but I figured if I had the translation of the kanji it might lead to a better understanding of where it came from and what it might actually. There are no other markings that I have found. The koshirae is a simple wooden tsuka and saya with plan steel rings and a plane tsuba. Thanks you!
  4. Hello. Can anyone read grass writing? I could really use your help. Thank you! —Matt www.StCroixBlades.com
  5. Hello all. Brand new here so if asking these questions break any community rules, I apologize. Recently my father came across a couple swords in antique store. To his untrained eye, they looked legit. I believe they are as well. We are looking for some more input and opinions. Here are the blades with multiple angles. First is the wakizashi and a kogatana (which was pointed out to me that it could be gimei and I'm not too worried about it). I can't upload all of the pictures but I will include links to imgur with albums of both pieces. If interested, the mei is in the album and we believe it says Jumyō. Here is the katana, which we (with some reddit help) deciphered came from Taikei Naotane in 1857. Here are the links for both albums. https://imgur.com/a/UaPLYTI https://imgur.com/a/4V7qNWd These were sold as a set, and the tsuka on each looks similar which I would assume means that they have been a set for some time. If this makes sense, let me know. Thanks in advance for looking, and any input is welcomed as far as what should be our next steps moving forward if these pieces might be worth getting refurbished professionally and possibly papered. R F
  6. Hello all! I just purchased my 1st Type 3 "Late War" Officers Shin Gunto for my personal collection. This is a pretty nice piece. It was claimed to be "unmolested" and "as found", after receiving it I believe it. It had the original mekugi in it that I'm 99.9% confident had never been removed since the swords assembly. So after removing them and inspecting the tang I was greeted by a nice surprise of kangi (both sides) and arsenal stamps. So I've been trying to decipher the markings and I could use some help. I think I might be close on the date but the "math" doesn't add up, so I'm not understanding something correctly. On the other side of the tang I have not been able to translate the markings. It has two Gifu-in-sakura stamps and a painted serial number ( 396...if I translated correctly). I believe the date to say Showa 20th year, 5th month...but the 20th year of showa would be 1946 and that's after the war so I'm guessing I'm missing something. Thank you!
  7. I would be grateful for some help with the full inscription for the maker on this old NBTHK certificate. The two character signature on the sword is Nobukane, and that can be seen in the second column, but I would like to know what else the certificate says about which Nobukane it might be. Normally I can work this out from my books, but this one has defeated me. Any help would be appreciated, please.
  8. I know this is not a valuable sword, but it’s still a piece of history and I like it and it was cheap. It’s an army parade sword and if anyone has the time, I’d like to know what the markings say. They appear to both be the same on the tang and the guard. I’m hoping it’s a Manufacturing date. Thanks.
  9. Any help with translation appreciated
  10. Hey guys, I've got a wakizashi of a friend here. He is curious about whether or not it makes sense to have restored. I told him it largely depends on the signature. The signature looks confidently written, but that could mean nothing. The blade has a clipped/snapped tip, but it appears to not pass through the hardened edge (a few mm of tip loss). The blade is about 18" (from what I remember, I'll change this once he gets back to me) and appears to have a suguha type hamon. It has a shirasaya with integral wooden habaki in poor condition but appears to have once been of good quality. The blade is quite stout and appears healthy enough to receive a polish. It gave me the impression of a Sukesada-type work. My asks for my friend's blade are: Translation of mei Veracity of mei: shoshin or gimei? Worth restoration or no? General impression/opinion Again, any help/feedback is appreciated guys, Thanks! ~Chris
  11. Hello Group! My reading of the mei on this fuchi is 吉川 宗光 Yoshikawa Munemitsu. Is this correct? This goes along with my chicken menuki that I posted the origami for earlier this week. The kashira is the chicken's eggs. Thanks!
  12. I ve gotten into nihonto collecting a couple months ago. my first piece was a wakizashi, a while later i got a Sue Bizen Katana. both of them had Hozon papers. recently i bought a non NBTHK papered Katana/Wakizashi (its 2 mm short of 2 shaku) which supposedly is a kaneharu 3rd generation piece. it had Japanese registration papers (or atleast a copy of them) and apparently some experts in germany had a look over it. since i am fairly new to the game i am not sure who those people are since they only wrote their first names onto the letter of appraisal (Andreas and Marcus). does anybody here know about an Andreas and Marcus from germany who work with nihonto?
  13. Hello group! If i might beg the indulgence of anyone willing to help me with a translation again... I don't have these in my possession yet, but I am working on the translation of the origami for them. This is a set of menuki with a Hozon paper. They are shakudo chicken menuki. There are five characters (marked with ?) that I really don't have a clue about. The rest was sorted our via process of elimination, and trail and error with the kanji pages and Google Translate. This is what I have so far. Please help me with the missing information and please correct any errors that I may have made. Many thanks in advance! 鑑 定 書 * Kanteisho (Certificate of Appraisal) 一鶏図 目貫 *Hitosu (item) – Niwatori (chicken) – Zu (theme) Menuki 無銘 伝乗 赤銅地 ?? ??? *Mumei (unsigned) Denjo (attributed to the Denjo School) Shakudōji (bronze) ?? ??? 右は當協會に於て審査の結果保存刀装具と鑑定しこれを証する * Migi wa Atari kyōkai ni 於Te shinsa no kekka hozon tôsôgu to kantei shi kore o shōsuru (Examination by this organisation has resulted in the decision that the item to the right is a tosogu that is worthy of preservation (Rank = Hozon)) 平成十六年 二月 二十四日 * Heisei Jū-rokû (16) Nen (year) – Ni (2) Gatsu (month) - Ni-jû-yon (24) Nichi (day) (The 16th Year of Heisei, 2nd Month, 24th Day or February 24, 2004) 財團法人 日本美術刀剣保存協會 * Zaidan Hojin Nihon Bijutsu Token Hozon Kyokai (Financial Incorporated Foundation Japanese Art Swords Preservation Association (NBTHK))
  14. I have made an attempt to translate the origami for my sunnobi tanto. I am slightly puzzled by the last kanji in the Nagasa column. I think I have the rest correct. Can someone please check my work? Thanks! * Kanteisho * Nagasa 1 Shaku 1 Sun 6 Bu ?? * Hitotsu (Item) Wakazashi - Mei - Kaneharu (shintô) * "Examination by this organization has resulted in the decision that the item to the right is a sword that is worthy of preservation" (Hozon) * Heisei 23 Nen (year) - 4 Gatsu (month) - 12 Hi (day). - April 12, 2011 * Zaidan Hojin Nihon Bijutsu Token Hozon Kyokai "Paper was produced by NBTHK, the organisation is officially recognised as an incorporated foundation" Charles K. Aurora, ON
  15. Hey everyone, I'm working at a small museum in New Zealand where we have a collection of Japanese swords. I'm currently cataloguing a katana in its wooden saya that has kanji I'm hoping to get translated; the maker, date and location of manufacture, the class of blade if possible, and any other details noted. We've had some rough translations done by a Japanese local so we've been working off those thus far. I think we've narrowed down the appraisal to the Honami family during the Meiji period (1881 or 1883?) but I can't quite pinpoint which member specifically, possibly Chou Shoku or Kochu? We believe it was sold for 150 pieces of gold and the blade length is around 70.902cm. We also think the maker might have been born in Okayama, possibly the western region, within the Kamakura era (1192-1336), with the manufacture date around the late 1240s? These names came up in the translations but I haven't been able to ascertain who or what they are and how they fit into the blade's history: Kaneyasu Tamefusa Norifusa (this is written on the sticker presumably added by past museum staff) Katayama Norifusa Katayama ichimonji Any help translating/reading the kanji would be appreciated, thank you! Sarah
  16. Dear gentlemen, Can you help me to translate that signature ? It seems to be the name of the maker, TADAKATSU ???? Do you know him as a helmet maker ? Thank you for your help.
  17. Any help on translation but also meaning would be gratefully appreciated
  18. Hi everyone, I have another katana and saya with kanji I need translated... I'm pretty sure the saya says 'Kanefusa' but I can't work out the two on the pommel. Any help appreciated! Sarah
  19. Dear All I have a katana that I am trying to translate all of the kanji. It is tachi mei and on the tachi-omote side it has 肥前国住吉次 Hizen Kuni ju Yoshitsugu This seems to be a Hizen smith from the early 1600’s. On the tachi-ura side there are about 36 kanji. Looks to be from the WWII period. Here is what I have so far and at the Chicago show I had some help that is also listed. Any help in finding the correct kanji and translation would be great. Right Hand Side 大 東 亜 戦 争Daitō Sensō (The Greater East Asia War) ?bo 発hotsu, hatsu, patsu ?shin 春haru, syun 入nyū, ju 営ei ?sai space ?sa 賀ga 大tai, dai, oO ?逋ho, ura Left Hand Side ? ? ? ? min民 誠sei 心shin、 ? i ?san, 百hyaku, momo, byaku 八hachi (8) ?ju 余yo 円tan, en ?uku ru 之kore, shi, no space 菖Shō 菖蒲ayame, bu 道michi 三sa ?Bu ro Thanks david from Montana
  20. Have had poor luck finding information on this. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
  21. Hi all Thanks in advance for your assistance. I have a Kozuka with a kibata mei and need some help with the translation. Interestingly, I have found an exact of this Kozuka with a mei for mainline goto. Mitsutaka? Waki goto? Thanks. Ian C.
  22. Dear fellow enthusiasts, I just bought a new gunto for my collection, but i keep struggeling with the kanji signatures. could somebody please help? The closest i got is “kanehisa”. The “hisa” looks rather straight forward, but the “kane” I’m not sure about. Then again, I might even be mistaken about that one. I also noticed a “w” stamp on top and bellow the signature. I remember a post where there was some interest in these as well. Any info would be great. Hope somebody can help. Thanks a lot. Denis
  23. Has 10 marked on habaki. Very curious on this one. Story goes this has sat behind a door for 80 or so years. Maybe a WW2 bring back. This is my first post so any guidance would be greatly appreciated. I am here to learn. I am currently looking/saving for my first Nihonto! thanks in advance Regards, Silverback.
  24. Some help on this KANBUN, YOSHIKUNI sword would be appreciated. And identification of the actual swordsmith would be a bonus, thanks in advance.
  25. I hope someone can help me. I read Sadaroku. On the nakago is a star stamp and a number. The nakago looks very clean. I din't find out if Sadaroku was a swordsmith of yasukuni shrine, so is this blade traditionell made? What does the signature mean. Pictures are a little big. The blade looks lovely for me. The koshirae is not very eye catching.
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