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For Sale: Mumei Ishido School Sword With Original Koshirae

J Reid

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Hey guys! Looking to move my Ishido sword to a new home. As much as I love it, I want to make room for a new acquisition. This school was recently discussed here : http://www.militaria.co.za/nmb/topic/23810-ishido-school-swords-please-post/?fromsearch=1.. I'd compare workmanship to the Muneharu posted in the thread.

This whole package is quite nice and let me say that my photography doesn't do it justice at all. The sword comes in koshirae that fits tight and is in good condition. It is my opinion that it is original- aside from the Tsuba which rattles. I added a soft material seppa to resolve this. My sword is technically considered a wakizashi at 21.5 " Nagasa, however this school was known to make shorter swords with short Nakago (5.5" . I would say this one is Keicho shinto from the Osaka line of smiths.. it isn't papered BUT I can guarantee an attribution to the Ishido school by either the nbthk or nthk or your money back within 12 months of the sale.

The sword displays all of the Kantei points of this school. Tight itame hada with masame in the shinogi. Thick kasane (0.9"). Short nagasa & Nakago. Beautiful ichimonji style hamon of Choji-midare in nioi with Naga-ashi & areas of sunagashi. The polish is old and still very clear. It has minor surface scratches from in and out of Saya. There is a tiny spec pit in the Ha that is unnoticeable in hand. One area of blemish on shinogi that is also of minimal concern to the eye. Overall polish is good and condition of blade is great. Healthy sword in my opinion. No fatal flaws or serious issues. Jigane is clear and in good shape. Koshirae is solid with only minor split at mouth of Saya. Tsuka is solid and Ito is as well. Fuchi-kashira is blackened copper and menuki are dragons. Habaki is 2 piece copper/shakudo. Same is fully intact. Tsuba is old iron with brass inlay. I don't think the sword needs much to bring it to 110%. Maybe a better fit Tsuba and another seppa.. but the way I have it now -it's confidently ready to go.

Anyways.. these swords are highly appreciated for their functionality and their beautiful Ichimonji school- like appearance. They don't normally come up for sale and if they do they aren't exactly cheap. I'm pricing mine at what I feel is a fair market price. $SOLD Partial trades welcome too. More pics and details upon request. Payment by PayPal expected within 24 hours of agreed sale. Shipping and paypal fees are extra. Thanks!































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Ideally I would like to see this go sooner rather than later as I need funds to cover a new acquisition. I will do one massive price drop to encourage a quick sale.. $1300+ PayPal and I will continue to include worldwide shipping in the price. I will still entertain partial trade offers. This is a lovely sword and I'm positive the new owner will be pleased. :)

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  • 7 months later...

I've had a couple recent enquiries into this sword. It is sold. At this time the current owner is not looking to sell. However if/when he does- I'll be the first to know. I offered a lifetime 100% buyback option. He has my number... lol

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