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  1. Hello All! I’m new to this forum, I was referred by a fellow member of gunboards. I was wondering anyone would be able to help me get some more information and history on some swords I own. The shin gunto I bought from an English WW2 vet’s son, he told me his father brought it back from Burma. The wakizashi I found in an online estate auction from another vet a few years ago. Both swords are signed. The nice fellow who referred me told me the Tsuba on the gunto was a Gunzoku Tsuba. From what I can tell by Googling it was a civil branch of the military? He also said the sword was refitted for WW2. I’ve attached some photos of the swords, their tangs, and the Tsuba of the Wakizashi. Thank you so much, any insight would be helpful. -Evan
  2. First of all, I like this sword. It checks many of my boxes. It reminds me of another wakizashi that I’m having professionally restored. It’s unpapered and mumei. I think KOTO and suriage. I’m getting Yamato vibes. Am I just seeing what I want to see, or am I on the right track? Nagasa: 51cm (20.2inch) Motohaba: 2.7cm Sakihaba: 1.75cm Kissaki length: 3.2cm Still working on photography. I need a lighting rig. Light and reflections seemed to be battling me on this one. It’s easier to admire and looks better in-hand. Cheers, -Sam
  3. Howdy y'all, names crusader! I may have missed where to put it but I didn't seem an introduction area so I'll put it here. I'm a newbie wanting to get into collecting nihontos, and so I figured I'd join here! I know a bit about the blades and I'm still reading up on them, and I'm slowly saving for my first antique, which I'm hoping to eventually get a edo period or earlier blade. I hope we can get along and God bless.
  4. Hi everyone, I could do with some assistance with this one particular piece. A few months ago I received a wakizashi in shirasaya as a gift, but I've had much trouble trying to figure it out with my available resources. Blade seems to be an O-suriage with possible Machi-Okuri, no visible hamon and a bad polishing attempt to boot. First Kanji seems to be "Kane" While Second Kanji is cut by half, so it could be either "taka" or "Yoshi" to my speculation Does anybody have any idea which one this may be? Any assistance or thoughts would be much appreciated.
  5. I was wondering how old this Wakizashi is and if possible who the smith is? Google translate hasn’t helped me with the certificate.
  6. 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.
  7. Hello, I recently purchased my second Wakizashi at auction and wanted to see what people’s opinions were on it, specifically the accuracy of the information on the card that was included that a previous owner typed up. It was noted that this was sold in 2004 by Bonhams and I was able to track down the listing from them that had the following information. "Shinshinto; nagasa 39.4 cm; toriizori, chu-kissaki, itame ji, kakikake boshi, suguha, suriage nakago, hitotsu mekugiana, mumei, shirasaya; contemporary koshirae." I'm still very new to collecting Japanese swords so I only understand a bit of this information, how well does it Jive with the typed-up information card, where is the makers name coming from, is it based off characters from the Kogai, does the squared off end mean that it was shortened at some point? Thanks for any information. -Matt
  8. This Wakizashi is signed by Omi no Kami Fujiwara Tsuguhiro, a skilled student of the third-generation Yasutsugu from Echizen. Mei : Omi no Kami Fujiwara Tsuguhiro Echizen Ju Period : Early Edo Blade Length: 53.2 cm Base Width (Motohaba): 2.8 cm Tip Width (Sakihaba): 1.9 cm Base Thickness (Motokasane): 0.7 cm Tip Thickness (Sakikasane): 0.5 cm Blade Weight: 455 g Hamon: Notare Price for Forum : ̶$3̶5̶0̶0̶ -> $3200 + $50 Shipping (with insurance from Japan) -> More pictures and video available (please send a message).
  9. Mumei Attribued to Fuyuhiro Period : Late Muromachi Blade Length : 36,2cm Motohaba : 2,9cm Sakihaba : 2,5cm Motokasane : 0,7cm Sakikasane : 0,5cm Weight : 339g Price for group : ̶2̶5̶0̶0̶ $2300 + $50 shipping (with Insurance, from Japan) More and pictures and video available. Don't hesitate to send a message. Fuyuhiro's lineage is rooted in the Muromachi period, with the swordsmith's family moving to Wakasa province, known today as Wakayama. Fuyuhiro was the son of Soshu Hirotsugu, and his craft was held in high regard, forging blades in both Sagami and Wakasa.
  10. Can anyone help tell me what the name of this sword maker was? I tried to enhance the image as much as possible to make it clear. Also I have a question for those who are more seasoned with purchasing swords... How do you find a person to appraise the swords value and verify it's legitimacy? Help would be very appreciated.
  11. I've been trying to translate the mei on an old Wakizashi my wife's grandpa brought back from WWII. I don't know anything about it and unfortunately can no longer ask where it was acquired as my wife's grandpa is no longer with us. So i am hoping some one here can help me out a little. The research I have done on the translation and looking at other verified swords, it looks kind of like it says Kozuke no kami Kanesada but it isnt an exact match to those either. Can anyone help verify or correct my translation? and also, does this seem to be a genuine piece or is it a later reproduction? I can get some more pictures uploaded later if needed. Thanks, Shawn
  12. Firstly, hi I’m new to the group! Recently I purchased this Wakizashi at auction. Here’s what I know Estimated Period: 1603-1868 (Edo Period) Material: Tamahagane Overall length: 61.7 cm Signature: 神田住兼(*)-Kanda ju Ka from what I can make out 神田住兼常 (Kanda ju Kanetsune) Has a certificate (torokusho) from Japan Estimated value by expert €500 - €700 I’m mostly curious to know if the mei is genuine. I have gather some 神田住兼常 (Kanda ju Kanetsune) signatures myself to compare, I will add them to the post aswell. Thanks!
  13. Dear All, I have a table booked at the Birmingham Antique Arms Fair this coming Sunday. I have some swords, tsuba, books, a yari and a sword chest to sell. Prices will be competitive and I'm open to a degree of haggling so please swing by to try to snag a bargain. Alternatively, just drop by and introduce yourselves. I'll add a list of items and prices shortly and if anyone would like further details or photographs please PM me. Hope that's OK with the mods...and as I'm using the forum to plug my sale, a donation will be made. Thanks in advance for looking.
  14. Hello NMB, I was directed here by a member for any Nihonto related questions I may have. I’m relatively new to collecting Nihonto, and need help validating the authenticity of, and finding a place to restore for my Wakizashi. I’ve been able to identify the signature as that of Yasuhiro’s. However, I’m aware gimei are rather common, so I’d like to see what you folks think of it. I haven’t translated the kozuka yet, and there happens to be two of them included with this blade (I’m aware that at least one of them happens to be added at a later date). Both kozuka match the color and texture of the kashira and fuchi. Dragons are also displayed across both the kashira and fuchi. The rayskin has a rough/hard texture, and has grown brittle from age. The habaki and tsuba were extremely difficult to remove, as there was a lot of dirt congealed beneath them. The Let me know what you guys think, and if it happens to be a gimei, I’d be interested in how to identify such convincing fakes in the future. The previous owner(s) didn’t reassemble it correctly, and most of the photos taken are before I removed the tsuka, and reassembled it properly. Imgur album: https://imgur.com/a/uNMKrkg
  15. Hi there, Ive got a fairly low quality Wakizashi that until recently had a pretty good shine, I probably should have oiled it, but now all of a sudden one side has gone fairly rusty. The sword is not worth enough to get a proper polish, is there any other way, or a guide to remove this surface rust easily? Any help is appreciated, Thanks
  16. Hello group, First time post here. Just trying to get more info about an obscure Maker. Bought this wakizashi a couple years ago and not had much luck learning more about it or it's maker. Had a knowledgeable source tell me it's Kanbun Period and most likely from school Seki in Mino. The Mei reads "濃州住兼品" Noshu Ju Kaneshina? Any information would be greatly appreciated. It did come with kicho white papers but I know those don't mean much these days.
  17. I've got a wakizashi that passed Tokubetsu Hozon last year, but on the mune there's what looks like a hairline crack, about 2 inches above the nakago. It's not something that was directly mentioned by the seller, how normal is it / how concerned should I be?
  18. Type: Wakizashi Nakago: ubu Mei : Sagami no Kami Hiroshige Papered by the NBTHK to Tokubetsu Hozon Era/Age: Kanbun (1661-1673) Shirasaya, Koshirae or Bare Blade? : Shirasaya Nagasa/Blade Length : Sori : 1.5 cm Hamon Type : notareba Jihada : itame Other Hataraki Visible : Ashi, Yakumo-midare jigane, Ko-nie Flaws : none Sword Location : CO USA Will ship to : most countries Payment Methods Accepted : Zelle, Cashapp, Venmo, Wise, Paypal Price and Currency : $4500 USD More Info: This is a very fine and healthy Soshu blade crafted and signed by the second generation Sagami no Kami Fujiwara Hiroshige (相模守藤原広重), this blade comes from the Kanbun era(1661-1673) in the early Edo Period. The Bushu Shitahara school, where Hiroshige was trained, is in what's now Hachioji city, Tokyo. Founded by Yamamoto Norishige, the school flourished from the late Muromachi to the late Edo period (late 16th to late 19th century). Terushige, a notable pupil of Norishige, taught the first-gen Hiroshige, who then established his lineage in swordsmithing. The second-gen Hiroshige, originally named Yamamoto Fujiemon, was his eldest son. A famous example of this school is the smith Musashitaro Yasukuni. It is an ubu, signed blade, featuring only the original mekugi-ana. It is in good polish, allowing for full view of the blade's craftsmanship. The blade’s activity is extremely striking. The hamon is notareba with very visible ashi in the yakiba. The boshi is very visible as komaru within the surface of the O-kissaki. The itame-hada is well defined and jigane is made up of “Yakumo-Midare” which is the specialty of this group of smiths. The color is a beautiful deep blue when viewing it under direct light. Nagasa: 51.1 cm Sori: 1.5 cm Moto-haba: 3.02 cm Saki-haba: 2.09 cm Kasane: 0.7 cm Accompanying the blade is a well made copper niju-habaki, a well fitting and finely shaped shirasaya, a buffalo horn mekugi, and a velvet colored silk storage bag, and lastly a full oshigata on traditional rice paper.
  19. Hello, I recently found a wakizashi as I was cleaning out my grandfather's shop; this item was likely acquired by my great-grandfather when he was stationed in Japan during the Korean War. I am interested in learning more about this item and translating the text that I have found on the sword and its mountings. There is a signature on the tang that I believe is 備州長船住祐定 / Bishu Osafune ju Sukesada. I have searched the Nihonto Club swordsmith index and I found two signatures that match, one from Choroku/Bunmei (https://nihontoclub.com/smiths/SUK781) and one from Horeki (https://nihontoclub.com/smiths/SUK926). I would greatly appreciate a second opinion on this, as well as any further insights anyone can provide. There is also text on the tsuka, but it's hard to make out, even in person. It looks like there is both an ink marking as well as an inscription here. I figured that maybe someone who recognizes the characters might be able to figure out what they are. The scabbard also included a kogai and a kozuka, both of which have text on them. Thank you in advance for your time. I have attached the images in an Imgur link because they exceed the maximum file size allowed; please let me know if you need me to upload these in a different way, or if you need any different pictures / angles. Images: https://imgur.com/a/G5Wntkh
  20. So, I'm on my second read-through of The Connoisseur's Book of Japanese Swords. I've read about the length restrictions from other sources before - as Nagayama tells us (it's a shame the book doesn't give the prescribed lengths in shaku etc., as it's less intuitive in metric) So, I have a blade from c. 1660 that has a nagasa of 59cm, so it fits the modern definition of a wakizashi (and this is echoed on the NBTHK certificate), but I'm left wondering: 1. Would this have been worn as a companion sword at the time - or perhaps it just had a shorter owner? 2. Were the length restrictions actually enforced? Could a commoner buy an "over-sized" blade from a reputable smith? Would samurai-class have their blades measured? 3. Any recommendations for documentation sources / further reading about the restrictions, their enforcement and effectiveness (English or Japanese is fine)?
  21. I recently inherited a few swords and would like to ask for assistance in identifying the maker of this one..
  22. Type (Tachi, Katana, Wakizashi, Tanto, Naginata, Other) : Wakizashi Ubu, Suriage or O-Suriage : unknown Mei : (Mumei, Signature) : Mumei Papered or not and by whom? : not papered Era/Age : Edo Shirasaya, Koshirae or Bare Blade? : Koshirae Nagasa/Blade Length : 46cm Sori : 1.5cm, Torii Hamon Type : Midare Jihada : Itame Other Hataraki Visible : unknown Flaws : no fatal flaws observed, see pictures Sword Location : New Hampshire, USA Will ship to : USA Payment Methods Accepted : Venmo preferred, Zelle, PayPal (least preferred) Price and Currency : SOLD usd Other Info and Full Description : more pictures upon request
  23. Hello all, I'm back with an update on a wakizashi I acquired a few years ago. I started a thread that can be seen here: to ask about the origins and authenticity of this wakizashi blade. Since then, I have had the blade polished and a shira saya made for it, and i'm basically wondering if any of you more knowledgeable folks on here can offer your opinions on the possible origins of this blade now that more of its features (hamon, hada, boshi, etc) are visible. I was offered a possible explanation for whom the Smith may have been related to, as well as a time era for said Smith, but I'm wondering if the features of the blade align with this info, or if it appears to be from a different time period than previously thought? Thanks a ton for any thoughts you're able to offer 😊 New images of the polished blade can be seen here: https://imgur.com/gallery/N1CslJ3
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