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  1. I picked up a new addition today. Mumei Echizen Seki Group NTHK papered Wakizashi. The paperwork is from September 2006, and says the sword is estimated to be from 1704 to 1711 in the Shinto era, but a friend of mine seems to think it might be a bit older and possibly from the 1600s. The blade itself seems to be in old sasikomi polish and looks fantastic. It is missing the kojiri, but I will have a replacement made and fitted at a later time by a sayashi that was recommended to me. The kashira has a samurai on it, the menuki is a Koi fish on both sides, the fuchi has a depiction of a horse, the tsuba is an iron one which appears to be zogan tsuba. The saya, I'm not sure if Edo period or older, but appears to be nicely wrapped. I only see one small flaw on the blade, but it doesn't bother me much at all. The hamon and choji looks fantastic, but a bit hard to photograph, though, I tried my best in outside lighting. I think For the price paid, I think it's a very nice Wakizashi and I'm happy to have it in the collection. Once the sayashi added the kojiri, I will have him address the seppa on the tsuba to see if a tighter fit is possible. What do you guys think? Flickr album for the rest of the pictures: https://flic.kr/s/aHBqjzVffJ
  2. Good evening, As the listing states, I'm looking to buy my first Nihonto, I would like a traditionally-made Wakizashi sword to hang on my wall as a nice representative piece that does not need any restoration work. Below is what ideally I would like to find. I am in southern California, zip code 91701 for shipping. Budget: 1,250 USD. Under budget is a plus. Condition: No restoration needed - I am not looking for a sword that needs any restoration work, polishing, no missing tip, lots of chips on the blade edge, etc. I would like one that is in nice condition with a nice looking blade, fittings, hamon, etc. Signature: Preferred since I'm a sucker for a nice signed blade, but not necessary, so long as it is at least Edo period (or older) Period: I'm not picky, Edo, Shinto, Muromashi are all good to me. Length: Now, this one I am a bit picky on - I would like one that is 20 inches or so. Bigger is fine, slightly under 20" is ok too. Fittings: Traditional nice fittings are what I'm looking for, non-white sheath wooden fittings. (Preferred wrapping color - Black, Blue, but others are fine also) Style: Grooved preferred, though non-grooved is ok. Paperwork: NTHK/NBTHK are a plus, but not necessarily needed, so long that era, maker, can be determined. Please let me know what you have. I would like to research what is offered before making a purchase to make sure it is what I am looking for since this would be my first Nihonto that I am purchasing.
  3. Muromachi period AD1489 Katana Signed Bishu Osafune Norimitsu備州長船則光with Koshirae and Sirasaya. Age: Blade: Muromachi period (AD. 1489) Tsuba: Edo period Mei: 備州長船則光(Bishu Osafune Norimitsu,Norimitsu of Osafune) 延徳元年八月日(Fiest year of Entoku, August. AD. 1489 August) Blade length: 52.4cm Blade is polished, and overall in good condition with normal signs of scars and stain. This is an antique made in hundreds of years ago. There are imperfections or blemishes due to aging. Please see the pictures for details. Price: $3300(Include shipping within the US) Reasonable offers accepted
  4. Blade is overall in good condition but can find some signs of scars and stain on the blade(see pictures, can be easily removed by polisher, no fatal damage). This is an antique made in hundreds of years ago. There are imperfections or blemishes due to aging. Please see the pictures for details. Mei(Signature): Unsigned Maker: Fujishima Tomoshige(3rd gen) 藤島友重 三代 Blade length: 59.5cm Blade Weight: 479.0g Age: Early Muromachi period 1394-1428 應永 [Accessories] Cloth Bag Shirasaya Certificate paper Fujishima is the name of a place in Echizen Province and it is said that the first generation of Tomoshige lived here first then moved to Kaga Province later. The founder of the Fujishima school was Tomoshige, a pupil of Rai Kunitoshi. His work dates to 1334-1338. Tomoshige line of smiths who had ten generations of the name during the Koto period and six generations up until the Shintoshinto period. Price: $2200 (include shipping cost if you live in the US) Open to offers
  5. An Edo Period Wakizashi made by Third-gen Izumi no Kami Rai Kinmichi和泉守来金道 with Shirasaya The third-gen Izumi no Kami Rai Kinmichi was forging blades in Kyoto in the early Edo period(Mid-Late 17 century).He was allowed to inscribe a chrysanthemum emblem, which is the symbol of the Japanese emperor. His sword-forging technique was so great that the emperor licensed him to use this emblem, which was quite honorable for any swordsmiths. Blade length: 54cm Sori : 0.9cm Weight: 514g SOLD Reasonable offers accepted, please PM if interested.
  6. I came across this on Ebay-Netherlands and thought it might be worth posting. A small engraving on the nakago. The following is copied from the items description...... "The image/symbol on the tang is ENGRAVED and NOT stamped into the metal. I am told that the figure engraved into the Tang is one of the seven gods of Japan. I am told it is the "Happy Buddah" and I've also been told it is of the god "Daikoku", or "Daikokuten", one of the seven Gods of good luck/fortune-for agriculture, farmers, and wealth. I have shown this blade to several acknowledged "experts"-all of whom want the blade but none of whom would/could tell me "specifics." " Never seen anything like that myself and thought it may be better under this thread than a new one....but relocate if you wish. For interest @Bruce Pennington Rob
  7. Have been considering posting this for some time. I have an undated Kanemitsu Wakizashi with Sho stamp. A good sword mate mentioned that it's rare to find a Wak made during WW2 period and maybe only 1 in 100 Wak's fall into this category. I have noticed the odd mention of this on other threads but thought it could be interesting to explore just how 'rare' they may be and how many are owned by members. So if you have one, please post. Mine is an un-dated Nōshū seki jū-nin Kanemitsu saku kore. Nagasa 562 mm Nakago 210 mm Tsuka 245 mm Sori 125 mm Overall length 860 mm Not sure about the authenticity of the tsuba. Randomly picked up at auction a few years ago.
  8. Having just seen a post about current shipping problems I am very aware of having just got this in time, (arrived yesterday)... and i no longer begrudge the shipping fee, which was more than the cost of the ensemble. I use the word advisedly because I have no idea if this package started life together or if it's just a collection of parts, assembled by the dealer. At the price paid, which was less than I would expect for any single item, saya, tsuka or tsuba I have no gripes or issues, though I would have liked the junk tsunagi to have arrived in one piece. Vendors photo's for the most part.
  9. I recently came across this eBay listing for a Wakizashi with a Rai school mei that the seller claims to be Rai Kuniyuki. I am not even a beginner at Kantei so would like to seek feedback from you all. Looking at the pictures, it seems clear to me that the Mei is not that of Kuniyuki 来國行 or any of the well-known Rai school smiths I can find. The second kanji may be mitsu 光, and the third kanji maybe kuni 國 (yet it doesn't match the signature styles of the Rai smiths for this character). The first two characters also appear very new if this is indeed a Koto. Other than that, the wide Suguha hamon and its extension pass the hamachi does indicate this is a suriage blade cut down by a lot, and perhaps the hamon does generally fit the Rai school style? It seems to me that the hamon is too straight/regular for this period though. Overall the blade is out of polish but not in bad condition I think, I would think this is a fake but again I am not experienced. Thought it would be a nice academic exercise to learn more about blades like this. The seller does have a negative feedback for refusing to deliver a sold sword in another eBay auction. Here's the link, with more pictures and measurements: https://www.ebay.com/itm/224705458005
  10. Dear NMB members: I am having a bit of difficulty with this mei and translation. Hopefully someone can help. It just came into my office yesterday from an 83 year old gentleman. I am wondering if it is "Something (no) Kami Norinao," or maybe "Tsuda Omi (no) Kami Sukenao." I cannot tell if the date is 1521 +3, or if the date side has a special made for name or invocation, or what. If you think it could be by this "Sukenao," does anyone have a legit mei by this smith for comparison? It came in shirasaya with horn parts on the mekugi peg and the koiguchi. The blade is kind of slender, with two-piece silver habaki. Any help is appreciated. Regards, Bill E. Sheehan (Yoshimichi)
  11. Wakizashi – 45.8 cm NBTHK Tokubetsu Kicho paper Era: Nanbokuchō to Muromachi period - 1350-1450 Style: Shinogi Tsukuri Nagamaki Condition: Very Fine Nakago: O-Suriage – Kiri Yasurmei Jitetsu: Itame hada - well grained with attached Ji-Nie. Bo-Utsuri appears. Hamon: Niedeki Gunome/midare with deep Nioi Guchi through to the Boshi Koshirae: All matching lobster style with silver and gold highlights. Signed Tsuba (Naoyuki 直随). Remarks: The sword is the work of the Bizen Yoshii School. This unusual blade is in the Nagamaki style with an oversized Kissaki. The jitetsu is in Itame hada - well grained with attached Ji-Nie, Bo-Utsuri appears. The hada is prominent. The hamon is Niedeki Gunome/midare with deep Nioi Guchi through to the Boshi as illustrated. The blade is in good polish and is very healthy with a NBTHK Tokubetsu Kicho paper indicative of its quality. The matching original Koshirae in the lobster design really sets up this marvellous sword. The signed Bronze Tsuba by Naoyuki is engraved with a scene of an old Chinese story of a man playing with the wind blowing up a storm. The Kashira and Kurikata is a bronze engraving of the God Daruma Bodhidharima. It has touches of gold and silver. The menuki and Kogatana in a copper and bronze alloy has an engraved Lobster motif with touches of gold color. All together a stunning and unique work of art, Did the best I could with my first attempt at some macro-photography of the blade, hope the photos are OK. Asking $6500 CAD + shipping and insurance, or best reasonable offer.
  12. The sun-nobi tanto I just received arrived without a shirasaya. It does have a fairly nice koshirae. When I asked about having a shirasaya made while the blade was still in Japan, the vendor stated it already had one, but alas, it arrived dressed in its koshirae. So now I have a blade in need of a shirasaya, and I live in Canada. What is my best option for having one made? Thanks for any input you can provide.
  13. I just got notified that my second Nihonto in in transit from Japan. It will hopefully be here by Thursday. It is another sunnobi tanto. Photos from Aoi Art are attached. When I have it in hand I will post some more pictures. This blade passed Hozon in June.
  14. Hello everyone, My sword has arrived, I am working on getting the best photos I can for a Kantei. SUGHATA, HADA, HAMON. First to get Nengo, School, and maybe smith I will donate to the NMB. Second part is a translation, in which I will also provide a donation to the NMB. Nagasa 19.9in. Hamachi 1.1in. Sori 0.55in. Kissaki 0.78in. Kasane 0.28in.
  15. Hello, I'm selling some if my nihontos today, I have a signed wakizashi from the edo period, a katana from the muromachi period, and a cut down katana from the koto period, the wakizashi has a shirasaya. Koto katana- 1400$ Muromachi katana- 900$ Wakizashi- 950$ Price negotiable
  16. Finally some good news from Japan! The two blades (a Katana and a Wakizashi/Sun Nobi Tanto) that I had in for Shinsa since June have both passed for Hozon. I have to get some restoration work done on the koshirae of one of them, and also have to get a shirasaya made as it does not have one. So it will probably be a few more months before I actually have them in hand. I don't have a full report on the details of the Shinsa. I only know that they have passed at this time. I suppose that it will take another month or two before the Origami are actually produced. I have never gone through this process before, and really had no idea how long things take to happen. I will be curious to see the results for the Katana especially as it had two sets of older kicho papers. It was judged as Fujishima the first time and judged as Shitahara the second time.
  17. 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
  18. Hello, I'm making some room in the collection so I thought I would offer this up for grabs. It comes with the sword registration from Japan. Saya is signed Ikkanshi Tadatsuna Saku. Very nice crystallization shown in the hamon. There are a few very small forge marks but other than that the cutting edge is amazing and the tip is still needle point sharp. Please DM for more pics for serious inquires only. Nagasa: 50.3 cm. Sori: 1.1 cm. Moto-haba: 3.0 cm. Saki-haba: 2.4 cm. Moto-gasane: 0.6 cm. Saki-gasane: 0.5 cm. $2500 US shipped with tracking additional shipping if you live outside the US or Canada.
  19. Ok so I have this nice Wak (suguha/combat cover) that I have tried to translate between my best friend (Mrs), the Olympics and Slough's Oshigata = 4 hours, which incidentally is nothing to this retired person....but, I have given up with no conclusive result. It appears to have a Sho stamp (but the inside dosn't look quite right???) therefore made for/during WW2 which I believe from a very reliable source, is rare for a Wak. I might start a thread on that matter as soon as I get this sorted. For my first real attempt, and I am sure a chuckle for a few members I have come up with...... No Shu Izo or Roku or Ama ????? Nin or Hachi Kane Mitsu Saku Kore So I clearly have something wrong in there 😂 ..... need some help...but feel its Kanemitsu but can't recognise that in Slough's. Thankyou in advance. Rob PS...as mentioned, I also went through the Arsenal Stamps thread and have trouble matching the exact stamp on my Wak ??
  20. Hi. I want to buy an original sword. the dealer wants to sell me this sword, is it the original? I will be grateful for your messages
  21. Good evening, I am looking for some overall help regarding this sword. Any pointers overall including terminology will be appreciated. I posted the sword to a Nihonto discussion group on Facebook a while back and was told the signature was: sagami kuni junin hiromitsu Researching that name I have been able to find two smiths who use that signature, one from the 1300s and one from the 1500s. When I originally posted the pictures I had taken did not reveal any detail about the other side of the nagato. I believe this to have the date the sword was made. Translation of this side would be greatly appreciated as this would go a long way towards telling who the smith is. Also conformation of the original signature translation. Also opinions on authenticity or which smith or time period it is. Thank you More pics on Google share drive: https://photos.app.goo.gl/sjeZ8WWs1efEV7Za9
  22. 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
  23. Hello there, i joined this forum a couple off days ago because i needed help with a sword i got. I have been infected with the nihonto collecting fever a few months ago when i made my first purchase which i want to show off and hear opinions about it now. This wakizashi came with a hozon paper and a full oshigata. i think it was a bit more expensive than it had to be but i got a big discount on the next nihonto i bought from that seller so its alright i guess. it is attributed to "Ecchu Kami Kanekuni (2nd Generation)" of the "Yamato Tengai Kanenaga den" and dated to the Enkyō era (1744-1748). the tsuba does have a signature too but i havent deciphered it yet. if anybody can read it, the info would be greatly appreciated.
  24. Posted across several threads due to size limits....please see my profile for the rest.... As promised I'm sharing an overview of our small collection of nihonto. We're a small volunteer run museum in NZ. We don't know a ton about this collection and due to many factors much of the paperwork is missing, so we don't know the stories around how they came to be in the museum. At some time in the past the blades were all liberally coated in oil, we think maybe linseed oil. We've gently cleaned it off but as you can see it has stained the blades. They are all very much out of polish, which makes it very hard to see the hamon. We've done our best with the photos, to show the elements which would be useful in terms of ID. Full care for all of these nihonto is unfortunately outside the parameters of our current project, both time wise and budget wise. However, if the community on here identifies anything particularly special, we might be able to organise some special treatment. I hope this doesn't sound harsh. It's just that we are cataloguing and caring for an entire museum on a tiny budget. We really love these nihonto which is why we're sharing them here. So, any ID help is greatly appreciated, or just any general info or discussion at all. Every little bit of knowledge helps. Many thanks friends :-) Catalogue number 2379, previously discussed mismatched saya and blade:
  25. Posted across several threads due to size limits....please see my profile for the rest.... As promised I'm sharing an overview of our small collection of nihonto. We're a small volunteer run museum in NZ. We don't know a ton about this collection and due to many factors much of the paperwork is missing, so we don't know the stories around how they came to be in the museum. At some time in the past the blades were all liberally coated in oil, we think maybe linseed oil. We've gently cleaned it off but as you can see it has stained the blades. They are all very much out of polish, which makes it very hard to see the hamon. We've done our best with the photos, to show the elements which would be useful in terms of ID. Full care for all of these nihonto is unfortunately outside the parameters of our current project, both time wise and budget wise. However, if the community on here identifies anything particularly special, we might be able to organise some special treatment. I hope this doesn't sound harsh. It's just that we are cataloguing and caring for an entire museum on a tiny budget. We really love these nihonto which is why we're sharing them here. So, any ID help is greatly appreciated, or just any general info or discussion at all. Every little bit of knowledge helps. Many thanks friends :-)
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