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  1. Hi there, I'm quite new to all this and am looking for a decent Katana or Wakizashi to start off my collection, something that will hopefully go up in value over time and I can display proudly. Unfortunately my budget is only around $1300 USD so I'm happy to get something unsigned without papers with some wear, as long as it's still presentable and doesn't have any fatal flaws. Obviously a blade with fittings and in good nic with a nice or at least noticeable Hamon would be preferable, but I realise that might be asking a bit much for the price. If you've got an old sword you want to go to a good home, Id appreciate any offers. Saves me from getting screwed on eBay. Thanks p.s I'm from Australia, but happy to pay shipping from anywhere
  2. Hi, I'm new to this hobby and don't have heaps to spend, I was wondering what you guys thought of this wakizashi for sale on eBay Link There appears to be a crack near the tang, is this fatal do you think? Thanks for any help
  3. Not too long ago I acquired this short sword in an antique shop. The description said that it is a nihonto that dated to the muromachi period, circa 1550. It is a mumei, so no signature. Hira-zukiri shape, 13 in cutting edge. What's your opinion?
  4. 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
  5. Dear All, I am looking for informations regarding this sword : wakizashi (?), Fake (?), Period (?) And histotic value? Can you give me your opinion? Thank you in advance for your precious advice Jean
  6. Hi, I started this thread here (see below), believing it was maybe not Morimitsu but koto bizen. Now finally, I have got the blade back from the Togishi. When I figure out how to make smaller pictures with high quality I will add more photos to the same post. Otherwise photos are coming in different posts. Togishi´s thoughts are that this may be a kyoto sword in bizen style. Hamachi and Munemachi has been later added as well as Bohi and Sohi. It is a soft forged sword with smooth jigane (koitame). I find the hada to be Osaka Tetsu. We are both thinking in the lines of Yamashiro. Possible Muromachi or more likely Edo/Shinto period. What do you think. Tried to take photos this morning but let me know what you want to see more of and I will try to comply with better pictures. --Björn
  7. Hello fellow collectors and enthusiasts. I am happy to announce a new addition to my collection, and I would ask for your help in identifying this beautiful blade. The blade feels heavy in the hand, and could use a new polish. I have done some research, and to me it appears to be a WW2 blade, with older fittings. The blade itself is reminiscent of later works by Chounsai Emura, a famous prison warden turned bladesmith during WW2. The hamon style is choji-midare with mixed in gunome-midare, which fits his style. Haagari nakago also fits the style. Emura tended to sign his blades, and this one does not have a signature, so I do believe this to be the work of one of his convicts, but perhaps an expert here could tell a different story. The hamon is The kissaki is ko-kissaki, and sharpened in the traditional way. The blade feels heavy in the hand, and will most definitely survive a new polish, I am now trying to figure out if it is worth polishing or not. The blade dimensions are: Nagasa: 22.25 Inches Curvature: 0.5 Inches The fittings that came with the blade are mixed, sa-me has fake ray-skin with older looking bronze menuki, with matching futchi, with an older looking Goto school tsuba with shi shi and peonies inlaid in a silverish/gold inlay. Traditional nanako-ji (fish egg) background. The blade and the tsuba may not match in age, but habaki looks original. Please any further help with identifying this blade would go a long way. Thank you all in advance! Warm Regards, Gordon S
  8. Hello Everyone. I am a new collector of Japanese antique arms and armour. It is my pleasure to be part of this community, and i have read many posts here about Japanese swords and their smiths. I have an unidentified wakizashi I am struggling with, as it is not signed and is not in its original fittings. The hamon is similar to Bizen school, closest I found in geometry and hamon was Bishu Osafune Morimitsu. The reason I say that is the person I bought the sword from had other blades from the same school, particularly Bizen Osafune Sukesada. Some signed, some not. This particular one has no mei, but has some evidence of a clipped tang, which could help ID it. I notice some open kawagane, with visible shintetsu, which tells me the blade was polished many times. It is in good polish, still as sharp as it was polished and able to perform very well. The blade has obvious signs of action, with minor dents on the lower hamon, and an impact mark on the mune, but is in overall great condition with no fatal flaws. Any information on this wakizashi will help a long way, Japanese swords are a long time passion of mine, and I am so glad to have the opportunity to start this collection. I hope you all admire the ancient beauty as much as I do. Thank you in advance! Warm Regards, Gordon S
  9. 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
  10. 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
  11. High Quality Japanese Nishijin Weave Brocade Waikzashi / Kodachi / Chisa Katana Bukuro and Fusahimo (Synthetic Fibre) from Kyoto . Classic Design of Flowers and Vines within a Stylised Snowflake Cartouche in Bright Gold upon a Shimmering Deep Muted Gold Background and Rich Warm Gold Lining. 109cm x 16.5cm (approx) Rich Mid Gold Fusahimo 13cm x 3cm Fusa 232 cm Himo (approx) £105 Free Postage within U.K.
  12. 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
  13. Wakizashi blade. Signed: "Kaga no Kami Kiyoshige." Surface scratches and oxidation. Guaranteed against hagire. Nagasa: 41.9 cm. Sori: 0.9 cm. Moto-haba: 2.9 cm. Saki-haba: 2.2 cm. Moto-gasane: 0.6 cm. Saki-gasane: 0.5 cm. Hada: mokume. Hamon: mixed gunome. mune : iori mune. kitae kizu. Bare blade weight: 430 gr. Dressed blade weight: 828 gr. Copper tsuba dressed in round Kebori ear patterns. Weight: 130 grs. price : 830 $.
  14. 0Takeda0

    Mumei Wakizashi

    I bought this recently. It has an antique tsuka. The saya and fuchi are missing, and the original tsuba and seppa had been replaced with some modern ones. The hamon is hard to see at most angles but I can see almost all of it. It looks to me like it had a proper polish at one point, but it is not in great shape given the sheath is missing. I have done nothing to the blade except oil it, and use a little uchiko powder. I'm wanting to know what it could be, (nihonto, showato, etc), and how old it is. Thanks
  15. I recently bough this sword, and i dont know nothing about the maker can you help me translate please.
  16. Bizen Sukemitsu III Wakizashi Nagasa: 48.6 cm NBTHK Tokubetsu Kicho papers attributing to Sukemitsu. Mumei: sword has been polished - suriage. Era: Muromachi period - from Eikyo (1429 AD) to Mei-o (1492 AD). Jitetsu: Ko-itame/mokume mix with utsuri. Deep koshi sori with Saki sori and bohi Boshi: Midare Komi Hamon: Choji/Midare mix with ashi, yo, sunagashi and Kinsuji. Koshirai: Black saya with kogatana - excellent condition no flaws. Remarks: 3rd Gen - He was called Rokurozaemonnojo. Very same style as Yasumitsu and Norimitsu. His father is Toshimitsu His style and workmanship is superior and he flourished in the Oei period. He is rated ChuJo-Saku and ryo-wazimono (very sharp blades) Source Rating Reference/Page Hawley: SUK720 (80pts) Toko Taikan: ¥5M P. 339 Fujishiro ChuJo saku K614 From Nihon Toko Jiten (Fujishiro): Page 614 SUKEMITSU ROKURÔZAEMONNOJÔ [bUN'AN 1444 BIZEN] CHÛKOTÔ CHÛJÔSAKU He is the son of Toshimitsu, the father Ukyônosuke Katsumitsu and Sakyôshin Munemitsu, he takes Osafune as a place name and was in Oku-gôri Miyuki Mura. He has works from Eikyô to around Bunmei, his style and mei kanji resemble that of Gorôzaemon Norimitsu, and even though he was neither his older or younger brother, is thought to have been in the same family. As for his style, many of his works are superior in comparison to Norimitsu, and they are mostly tantô and wakizashi. (Ryôwazamono) This beautiful Wakizashi has been appraised by Fred Fimio (President, Japanese Sword Society of Canada) at a value of $8500 USD ($11,409 CAD). My asking price is $10,000 CAD plus shipping & insurance, but that is open to negotiation. Ian Johnston ianjohnston01@gmail.com
  17. A very uncommonly encountered Daisho set of Nanban tsuba in very good condition. Matched pair in design with deep sculpting and under-cutting. Extensive gold nunome on both and some silver nunome on the seppadai of the dai tsuba. Additionally, both have matching shakudo frames in the kogai and kozuka hitsuana. The set is unpapered, but worthy of submission to shinsa as a daisho set. Measurements are: Dai 8.05 cm x 7.4 cm x .6 cm Sho 7.55 cm x 6.95 cm x .6 cm Offered here on NMB at a special price of $750.00 USD plus shipping A quite reasonable price and a donation will be made to NMB upon sale. The pair will remain offered here until June 19th, afterwhich, if unsold they will be listed on my website. International buyers; please be aware of your taxes, duties, and fees. The items will be documented to customs with full, accurate, and appropriate declaration, so please know this in advance and resist the urge to request otherwise. **Admins** Please rotate each of the images 90 clockwise. I can almost hear necks cracking the world around. :-)
  18. 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
  19. I currently have a Wakizashi that I am in the need of translating. I believe I has able to translate the date to " a day in the 2nd Month of the 6th year of 1854 (Ansei)" which would be February of 1859. However I am unable to to translate the other side. The side that does not have a date appears to have a stamp at the bottom. I have tried to google this but have had no luck. This is my first time trying to translate and am new to this whole process so any corrections or help would be much obliged.
  20. Hey everyone, Its been bright and sunny today, so I decided to go out and try my hand at photographing a new blade of mine with the limited camera and skills I have. I was able to capture its hamon very faintly, but of course the picture quality is low. However, I think I got enough to maybe see what you all think of it. The blade is a wakizashi coming in at a nagasa of 14 3/4" with 1/2" sori which seems pretty standard. However, what isn't standard is the rather wild hamon that goes all over the place. It is in a poor state of polish and fairly faint, but visible for most of the nagasa. I'll let the pictures do the rest of the talking. Opinions? Anyone have an idea of school, age, etc.? Again, my apologies for the poor camera quality!
  21. Hi, I recently bought this Wakizashi, the mei can be seen to say "Rai Kuni" but unfortunately due to suriage, only the first characters can be seen, I'd love to know which smith made this, so far I've ruled out Rai Kunitsugu and Rai Kunimitsu due to the styles of characters being different. But now I've hit a dead end, so wondered if anyone had any ideas of who it could be or how to find out? Any information would be much appreciated!
  22. Per title, looking for a decent wakizashi or katana from the Muromachi period (1300s-1500s). Papered, signed, etc would be a plus but not necessary. Budget of $1k-$2k. Below is a great example that I just missed out on. http://www.militaria.co.za/nmb/topic/31395-koto-wakizashi-signed-uda-kunimune/ Thanks, Mike
  23. 65 Tsuba from a Collection I Bought available For Sale. These tsuba run the gamut from super nice to oh, kind of 'blah'. On the nice side there are Soten or Hiragiya school, Namban, Heianjo, Akasaka, etc. On the 'blah' side--there are some that were cleaned, rusty, or otherwise not interesting. But, here's the list and here are the photos. Pick out a tsuba or several, whatever you can use for your collection or for mounting. Thank you! --Matthew Brice www.StCroixBlades.com TH MB -- tsuba group list -- descriptions valuations.docx
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