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As Requested by many collectors, this is a selection of Sold Items for Reference and Study.  Prices withheld for privacy.

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Gassan Sadakazu in Beautiful Imperial Court Koshirae

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Signature: Teishitsu Gigeiin (Imperial Court Artist) Gassan SadaKazu
Year Made: 
Taisho 2 (1913), October

Forging Pattern: Ko-Itame
Tempering Pattern: Suguha
Dimensions:  Blade Length:  25", Nakago: 6", Mihaba: 1", Sakihaba: 5/8", Kasane: 3/16", Sori: 3/4"
Mountings:  Gassan Sadakazu (1836-1918) was awarded the title of Teishitsu Gigeiin (Imperial Arts and Crafts Expert) by Emporer Meiji in 1890.  He was one of the first seven arts to receive this title.  Sadakazu is responsible for keeping the Gassan school in existence during to early-mid Meiji period when most sword smiths were forced to give up their trade because of lack of demand for swords. 

The full court koshirae and shirasaya in mint condition, the lacquer work is very good quality.  The habaki is a one piece gold washed.
Condition:  The sword and koshirae are excellent in condition and quality.  The lacquer work is very high quality.  The shirasaya is a little older but in very fine condition.  This is a very beautifull show piece.

    Item: 807kat2

 

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Gendai Katana by ToshiHide

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Signature: Horii ToshiHide, Showa 16 8th month.
Year Made: 1941

Forging Pattern: Tight Itame
Tempering Pattern: Gunome
Dimensions:  Blade Length:  26.2 34", Nakago: 8.5", Mihaba: 1 1/4", Sakihaba: 7/8", Kasane: 5/16", Sori: 9/16"  
Mountings:  Shirasaya with one piece silver foil Habaki
Condition:  Excellent.  Recently restored.  He was born in Shiga Prefecture in 1886, ToshiHide was one of the pre-eminent smiths of his time and was also know as KaneAki or HideAki.  When the crown prince was born in 1933, he changed his name to ToshiHide, concerned that his name contained the same Aki character as the prince.  He is listed as a High to Superior Grade Gendai smith and was awarded a Special Honor Noted Seat in the 1941 Exhibition.  Please see 807kat4 for another sword by this smith signed HideAki
    Item: 807kat5

 

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Gendai Katana by SukeHiro

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Signature: Sukehiro
Year Made: Showa 17, 1941.

Forging Pattern: Masame mixed with Itame
Tempering Pattern: Gunome Midari with Ashi
Dimensions:  Blade Length:  25.75 ", Nakago: 8.25", Mihaba: 1 1/4", Sakihaba: 7/8", Kasane: 1/4", Sori: 1/2"  
Mountings:  Gunto and Shirasaya with one piece silver wash Habaki
Condition:  Very Good.  Recently restored with original gunto mounts.  SukeHiro is a Rikugun Jumei Tosho during WW2 producing high grade gendaitos.  This is a very nice sword with an active hamon and well forged hada.
 

 

Item: 807kat11

 

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Koto Katana in Naval Mounts with Large Node Same Saya
Click to see Images Signature: Mumei
Year Made: Koto

Forging Pattern: Ko-Itame
Tempering Pattern: Suguha
Dimensions:   Nagasa26 5/16", Nakago:  7 3/8", Mihaba:  1 1/16", Sakihaba:  23/32", Kasane:  7/32", Sori:  3/8"  
Mountings:  WW II Naval Gunto mounts with same saya and silver wash habaki with a custom fitted old tsuba and original tassle.
Overall Condition: The temper is very sleepy but there are no forging flaws.  The same on the saya is 98% solid with only a few spots of missing lacquer that are difficult to see.  The tsuka is solid and the ito is in very good condition.  The fittings are also in very good condition. 

  608KAT8  

 

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Wakizashi by Takamichi
Click to see Images Signature: Takamichi
Year Made: Shinto

Forging Pattern: Ko-Itame
Tempering Pattern: Gonome with nioi
Dimensions:   Nagasa17 3/4", Nakago: 8", Mihaba: 1 1/8", Sakihaba: 7/8", Kasane: 1/4", Sori: 7/16"  
Mountings:  New shirasaya in fine condition.  The habaki is a two pice gold foil with carved mon.  The is a little bit of foil sepparation at the munemachi.
Overall Condition: The blade is in excellent condition with recent polish.  There are no problems with the blade.  It is a very fine collector's piece.

  1106wak6  

 

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Shinshinto Gassan Katana with Horimono with NBTHK Green Papers

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Signature: Setsuyo Ju Gassan Sadayoshi tsukuru. 
Year Made: 1830-1860

Forging Pattern: Ko-Itame
Tempering Pattern: Suguha with Niedeki and fine activity above the hamon
Dimensions:  Blade Length:  28 7/8", Nakago: 9.5" Mihaba: 1 3/8", Sakihaba: 7/8", Kasane: 5/16", Sori: 1/2", Kissaki: 2 3/8"
Condition
:  This blade is in excellent condition, bright fresh polish.  Gassan Sadayoshi (1800-1870) is the Osaka Gassan school founder, one of the most popular Shin-Shinto schools, and he was known for his fine horimono.  The horimono of the dragon is superb! and is in excellent condition with only the very slightest of loss from polishing. The Niedeki is quite attractive and strong.  This is a very health blade, pleasing to hold and examine.  There are two shirasaya, one older with a sayagaki (first four pictures) and the second (next two pictures) is very fresh and well made.  The shirasaya with the sayagaki is splitting along the seems.  The wood is repairable.  The habaki is a one piece gold foil.
    Item: 807kat1

 

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Gendaito by Well Known Showa Smith Yoshihara Kuniie

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Signature: Yoshihara Kuniie ___ ___.
Year Made: Show 17th year, 10th moon, lucky day (October, 1942)

Forging Pattern: Tight mokume and itame mix
Tempering Pattern: Chogi/toran midare mix in copious nie
Dimensions:  Blade Length:  26.5 inches  Nakago: 8.75 inches 7 mm thick and 32 mm wide at Hamachi
Mountings:  '34 pattern shin-gunto mounts of high quality with all matching parts and a silver family mon on the kabutogane, lacquer on saya and same/ito are in poor condition but the fittings themselves are in good shape. Koshirae is held together by a tsunagi or wooden copy of the sword. Also included is a shirasaya with a sayagaki by Tanobe-san of the NBTHK. We have not translated the sayagaki and if we do will post the translation at a later date.
Overall Condition: The sword is in fresh polish and shows the beautiful formations of nie and ko-nie. It is very well worked and is flawless except for a small ware near the front on the ura side. An excellent addition for the collector of Showa swords and having the original mounts as well is a plus.
    Item: 1206gendai3

 

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Gendai Katana by Hideaki

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Signature: ZuiSen MinaMoto HideAki, with a custom ordered signature
Year Made: Showa 7 1933.

Forging Pattern: Itame
Tempering Pattern: Gunome with midare
Dimensions:  Blade Length:  30", Nakago: 8.25", Mihaba: 1 5/16", Sakihaba: 7/8", Kasane: .5/16", Sori: 13/16"  
Mountings:  Shirasaya with one piece silver Habaki
Condition: Excellent.  More commonly known as ToshiHide, HideAki was one of the pre-eminent smiths of his time.  When the crown prince was born in 1933, he changed his name to ToshiHide, concerned that his name contained the same Aki character as the prince.  This is perhaps one of his last HideAki signed swords.  He is listed as a High to Superior Grade Gendai smith and was awarded a Special Honor Noted Seat in the 1941 Exhibition.
    Item: 807kat4

 

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Koto Rai Katana with NBTHK Papers attributed to ChioTsuru
Click to see Images Signature: Mumei, attributed to Chiotsuru
Year Made: Koto/Muromachi Jidai

Forging Pattern: Itame with Chikei and Ji Nie
Tempering Pattern: Midare
Dimensions:   Nagasa25 7/16", Nakago: 6 1/4", Mihaba: 1 1/4", Sakihaba: 3/4", Kasane: 1/4", Sori: 13/16"  
Mountings: Blade Only.  I will leave it up to the buyer to decide how to mount up this sword and price accordingly.
Overall Condition: This is a very nice Koto sword from the Rai school, papered to ChioTsuru by the NBTHK.  The polish is a old but good that the blade can be left as is.  Lots of great activity in the hada and hamon in typical Rai style. Priced well below market before habaki and shirasaya are made for sale to someone that might want to mount it differently.  This is an exceptionally nice Yamashiro den sword.  The ChioTsuru school was founded by Rai KuniYasu, they signed their works Chiotsuru (Thousand Generation Crane), existing works are quite rare.

  507KAT3  

 

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Long Katana by Masachika with NTHK papers

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Signature: Hosokawa Masachika
Year Made: 1800s

Forging Pattern: Itame-Masame
Tempering Pattern: Suguba with nie and nioi
Dimensions:   Blade Length:  28.6", Nakago: 9.4", Mihaba: 1 5/16", Sakihaba: 15/16", Kasane: 9/32", Sori: 1"  
Mountings:  The World War II gunto mounts are good quality with a sukashi tsuba and silver washed detail on the rest of the kodogu.  The paint on the saya is chipping off and it appears to have been repainted.  There is one dent just above the kogiri.
Overall Condition: The blade is in good condition with only minor scratches and some stains.    It is in its original pre war polish which has seen action, this sword will restore very nicely.

  1206kat1  

 

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ToshiNaga Wakizashi
Click to see Images Signature: Mutsu no Kami Toshinaga
Year Made: Shinto

Forging Pattern: Mokume
Tempering Pattern: Notare
Dimensions:   Nagasa20 3/8", Nakago: 6 1/8", Mihaba: 1 1/4", Sakihaba: 7/8", Kasane: 1/4", Sori: 1/2"  
Mountings:  New shirasaya with a gold foiled habaki.
Overall Condition: The blade is in perfect, new polish.  Toshinaga is the brother of Yamashiro no Kami Toshinaga, he lived in Rakuyō and Hanyō, and later moved to Ise.  His style resembles that of Yamashiro no Kami (Toshinaga) and swords are rated wazamono (extremely sharp).
  1106WAK2

 

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NTHK Papered Edo Ishido MitsuHira Katana
Signature:  Mumei, Attributed to Dewa no Kami Minamoto Mitsuhira.  Tsuba signed and papered to Shoami Oshu Nanbu Tsuba.
Forging Pattern:  Mokume with O-hada and masame
Tempering Pattern: Choji with Utsuri
Dimensions:  Blade Length:  27.3 inches  Nakago: 8.1 inches 6.5 mm thick 30 mm wide
Mountings:  Ribbed red lacquer saya with restored leather wrapped handle with period iron fittings and papered tsuba.  Solid silver habaki.
Overall Condition:  Excellent.  In fresh polish. This is an exceptional katana from one of the most sought after schools of the Shinto Period.  The Edo Ishido school was founded by Korekazu and Mitsuhira was one of its most imminent smiths.  This is a Jo-saku rated smith that have numerous Juyo papered swords.  This is a classic example of this smith's work in Ichimonji style with an excellent choji hamon and utsuri.  His swords are rated Ryo-Wazamono for very good cutting ability.
  Item: 704kat11  

 

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NBTHK Papered Sue Koto Mihara Masaie in Papered Edo Period Mounts

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Signature:  Mihara Masaie (circa 1500s)
Forging Pattern:  Itame and masame
Tempering Pattern: Midare
Dimensions:  Blade Length:  14.3 inches  Nakago: 4.2 inches 6 mm thick 27 mm wide
Mountings:  Full period mounts.  NBTHK papered (circa 1800s)
Overall Condition:  Excellent.  In fresh polish. This is a Sue Mihara tanto has great forging in difficult to find original Edo period mounts in excellent condition.  Both the blade and the mounts are papered on this sword.
  Item: 806tanto1  

 

 

 

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Minamoto YoshiChika
Click to see Images Signature: NiDai Minamoto YoshiChika Kore (2nd gen.)
Year Made: 1940s

Forging Pattern: Mokume
Tempering Pattern: Choji Midare.  Difficult to photograph due to old polish but it is a nice active temper.
Dimensions:   Nagasa26 1/16", Nakago: 7 1/2", Mihaba: 1 3/16", Sakihaba: 7/8", Kasane: 9/32", Sori: 13/16"  
Mountings:  1934 Pattern shin-gunto mounts of good quality (sukashi tsuba and gold washed habaki), the wear and tear of combat shows but everything matches and is in good shape.
Overall Condition: Very good. The sword is nicely made and with the length and hi would make a fine sword for iai or an unusual shape for the collector of gendaito or WW II militaria.  YoshiChika was famous for making swords that cut extremely well.  Many of the Imperial Guards used swords made by him.  This is a very rare signature for the Nidai Smith and this sword was likely custom ordered, most YoshiChikas I have seen are made with Ikubi boshi, bohi and gunome midare hamon.  Yoshichika swords are quite hard to come by and in high demand, especially one that is this configuration. Read more about this smith.

  608kat1  

 

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Showa Yoshimune Katana

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Signature: Takahashi Yoshimune
Year Made: Made in September 1941

Forging Pattern: Masame
Tempering Pattern: Choji
Dimensions:  Blade Length:  38", Negasa: 29 1/2", Mihaba: 1 5/16", Sakihaba: 7/8", Kasane: 1/4", Sori: 3/4 
Mountings:  WW II Navy Koshirae with Mon,  Shirasaya with one gold washed Habaki
Condition:  The blade is in excellent condition with a very nice fresh polish.  There is one small area with wari which can be seen in the pictures.  The shirasaya is well made and in fine condition.  The seem has opened at the koiguchi probably from temperature and humidity changes.  The gunto koshirae is also in excellent condition for its age.  There are only a few small rub marks near the kogiri also visible in the pictures.
$10,000 807kat6  

 

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Koto Katana in Gunto Koshirae
Click to see Images Signature: Mumei
Year Made: Muromachi Period 1400-1500s

Forging Pattern: Itame
Tempering Pattern: Suguha
Dimensions:   Nagasa26 1/4", Nakago:  9", Mihaba:  1 3/16", Sakihaba:  3/4", Kasane:  5/16", Sori:  1"  
Mountings:  WW II Gunto with two piece habaki.
Overall Condition: The blade has no condition problems except for surface stains, scratches and scuff marks.  The handle wrap is damaged but could easily be restored..  There are some remnants of an old label just below the koiguchi.  The fittings are in excellent condition.  The habaki is gold plated and a bit dented but serviceable in this mounting.  Not the custom menukis with a family crest. Most likely the officer's ancestral sword remounted for use during WW2.

 

    608kat2

 

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Custom Ordered with Owner's Name Inscribed

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Signature: Mino Kuni Makita Kaneyoshi Saku and on the other side Oyu Nakai Shigeru Shi Tukuru Kore, meaning Kaneyoshi of Mino province made this for Mr. Shigeru Nakai (once again thanks to Afu of afuresearch.com for help with translation).
Year Made: 1930s/40s

Forging Pattern: Very tight hada almost muji.
Tempering Pattern: Different on both sides, one side subdued low suguha midare in nie with nijuba, temper near the shinoji-ji and much bright chikei and the other side a wilder midare with tobiyaki in nie.
Dimensions:  Blade Length:  25 inches  Nakago: 7.375 inches 6 mm thick and 32 mm wide at Hamachi
Mountings:  Shirasaya with habaki being part of the tsuka in good condition.
Overall Condition:  Very good, it is covered with a haze of fine scratches, there are a few very small nicks and a tiny piece is broken from the tip of the kissaki. The sword should should have at least a finish polish to get rid of the haze that obscures much of the activities, and there is plenty to see; much bright chikei, nijuba and sanjuba, inazuma and tobiyaki. It's rare to find a sword custom made for someone and signed as such and this sword looks like it was never mounted. The nicks and scratches were probably the product of post war abuse by the souvenir collector.
    905gendai1

 

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Gendaito by Miyaguchi Kunimori

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Signature: Miyaguchi Kunimori Saku Kore Wo (Also known as Toshihiro and Yasuhiro).
Year Made: WW II era

Forging Pattern: Impossible to tell
Tempering Pattern: Very hard to see, possibly gunome midare
Dimensions:  Blade Length:  25.625 inches  Nakago: 8.375 inches 7 mm thick and 33 mm wide at Hamachi
Mountings: Mixed un-matched shin-gunto saya in good condition. Kai-gunto tsuka with no ito or menuki. Artificial samé and missing one seppa.
Overall Condition: Good, The sword has been buffed to a mirror-like shine, impossible to photograph any detail. This sword was made by a highly ranked smith who studied under his father Masatoshi and also under Kasama Ikkansai Shigetsugu. He was appointed master smith at the Nihonto Tanren Kai and later became head instructor at the Okura Tanrenjo (under the name Yasuhiro). He is rated in Slough's as making High to superior grade gendaito and was awarded a Special Honor Noted Seat at the 1941 sword exhibition. This sword probably should be professionally polished and put in a shirasaya. Too bad it doesn't have a window polished in it so one could go on more than the man's reputation. The sword is quite thick and hefty for it's length.
 

 

Item: 1106gunto8

 

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Rare Murata-to, Kogarasumaru-to Dress Saber in Shin-Gunto Mounts

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Signature: Murata-to, Kanemasa.
Year Made: Meiji Niju Rokunen Nigatsu Hihatchi (1893)

Forging Pattern: Tight masame
Tempering Pattern: Polished on, suguha
Dimensions:  Blade Length:  26.75 inches  Nakago: 5.875 inches 6 mm thick and 24 mm wide at Hamachi
Mountings:  Very good quality '34 Pattern Shin-gunto mounts in good condition, matching numbers, no dents and little paint loss on the saya. Handle wrap is dirty but all there and tight. Plating on fittings is very good and has large nodule samé. There is also a fine silver foil covered copper habaki with a "rain" pattern. Very well done and probably part of the original mounts.
Overall Condition: Excellent, Murata-to were swords made by General Murata Tsuneyoshi to supply the military with needed swords for their colonial expansion and growing modern army during the reign of Emperor Meiji. It was basically the first attempt to mass-produce swords for military use where they were now mostly symbolic. This sword was made to go into a form of kyu-gunto or western style saber mountings. The odd shape of the blade is a copy of a famous sword, the Kogarasu-Maru, traditionally the precursor to the Tachi and katana we are familiar with. This sword is very well made but the edge has not been hardened, as it was probably used as part of an officer's or diplomat's dress or parade uniform. It would have been one of Murata's more refined efforts, most likely made by the general himself. There is a similar sword in Fuller and Gregory's Japanese Military and Civil Swords and Dirks, which is shown in mounts used by a senior member of the Imperial Household. It appears to have been artificially tempered as well. The sword is very well made and in excellent condition for a 100+ year old sword. There are some scratches and small (very) dings to the cutting edge but other than that it is new looking (the camera tends to exaggerate the appearance of the scratch due to reflection, in the hand it does not appear scratched at all). The WW II era mounts show signs of use but no major flaw of any kind and the conversion to the then "modern" mounts was done very professionally (surprisingly unusual to have the nakago preserved with intact threads). All in all a great piece of history for both the collector of Japanese swords and the collector of militaria.
    Item: 1106gunto7

 

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Gunto in Naval Mounts with SameZaya
Click to see Images Signature: Mumei
Year Made: Showa

Forging Pattern: Masame
Tempering Pattern: Suguha
Dimensions:   Nagasa23 15/16", Nakago:  8 5/8", Mihaba: 1 3/16", Sakihaba: 13/16", Kasane: 11/32", Sori: 9/16"  
Mountings:  WW II Naval. 
Overall Condition: There are no forging defects in the blade but there are some small chips along the edge, scuff marks.  The saya and tsuka are in sound condition and the fittings are good.  The tsuba is dirty but in good shape, carried and used but well taken care of by the officer. Overall, it is a solid example of the WW II naval mount that are becoming increasing scarce to find in any condition.

  306KAT3

 

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 Click to see Images Signature: Mumei
Year Made: Koto-Muramachi

Forging Pattern: Itame
Tempering Pattern: Midere with nioi
Dimensions:   Nagasa21 3/8", Nakago:  5 1/2", Mihaba: 1 1/16", Sakihaba:  13/16", Kasane: 7/32", Sori:  1/2"  
Mountings:  Shirasaya with one copper habaki
Overall Condition: The blade is in fresh polish with only a small blister in the shinogi-ji.  The shirasaya and habaki are in very good condition.

  909wak2

 

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Gendaito in Civilian Mounts
 

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Signature: Bishu ju KaneNobu
Year Made: Probably early 1940's

Forging Pattern: Itame
Tempering Pattern: Gonome
Dimensions:   Nagasa 26 1/8", Nakago: 7 3/4", Mihaba: 1 1/4", Sakihaba: 7/8", Kasane: 1/4", Sori: 1/2"  
Mountings:  All the koshirae appears to be modern except for the tsuba which may be shinshinto.  The ito is nice, tight and well done with good same.  The fuchikashira are Omori style waves.  This would be a good Iai practice sword.
Overall Condition: The blade is in good shape, no damage at all with a very decent polish.

  608kat7

 

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Gendai Tanto Made from the Steel of Battleship Mikasa

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Signature: Mikasa HoKo Hide Aki, Showa Roku nen Hitsuji Haru.  Made from Mikasa Canon Steel by HideAki, lucky day in 1931.
Year Made: 1931

Forging Pattern: Dense Hada, almost Nashiji.
Tempering Pattern: Suguha
Dimensions:  Blade Length: 8.9  inches  Nakago: 3.6 inches 5 mm thick and 21 mm wide at Hamachi
Mountings:  Shirasaya with copper habaki.
Overall Condition: Excellent.  A very interesting tanto made from the recovered steel from the Battleship Mikasa which was decommissioned in 1921.  The steel is surprisingly nice and is very koto looking.
    1206tanto2

 

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Early WW2 Mint Kai Gunto with Samesaya
Click to see Images Signature: Fujiwara Akimitsu
Year Made: Showa 14 (1940), September

Forging Pattern: None
Tempering Pattern: Saguba
Dimensions:   Blade Length:  34 1/2", Nagasa: 26 11/16", Mihaba: 1 3/16", Sakihaba: 7/8", Kasane: 5/16", Sori: 13/16"  
Mountings:  World War II Navy koshirae with a very nice shark skin covered saya that is in perfect condition.  The rest of the koshirae is in very good condition.  The habaki is a one piece solid silver that is in very good condition.
Overall Condition: The blade stainless steel and in very good condition with only minor scratch and scuff marks from normal handling. Very hard to find Kai Guntos in this condition for any price these days.  This one is from my personal collection.

  306kat4

 

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WW2 Kai Gunto with SameZaya
Click to see Images Signature: Ban Shu Himeji Ju MoriTaka Kio NagaSakuYear Made: Circa 1940s
Forging Pattern: Ko-Itame
Tempering Pattern: Gunome Midare
Dimensions:   Blade Length:  31 15/16", Nagasa: 23 11/16", Mihaba: 1 1/4", Sakihaba: 7/8", Kasane: 1/4", Sori: 11/16"  
Mountings:  World War II Navy mounts with what looks like a shark skin covered saya.  The habaki is one piece brass.
Overall Condition: The blade has quite a bit of surface rust that can be seen in the pictures, but there does not appear to be any problems that a good polish will not remove.  The temper line is bright and runs the full length of the nagasa.  When polished, a lot of activity will be seen.  The boshi has lost about a 1/31" but this will also disappear in a new polish.  The koshirae is somewhat rough condition.  The pictures pretty much tell the story.  There is no major damage to the saya.  A set screw in one of the hangers is missing and someone has glued it to the saya in the wrong place.  Most of the patina has corroded off the metal fittings but otherwise they are in good condition.  The ito is still in one piece and in relatively good condition but it and the same has sunk back from the fuchi.

  807KAT14

 

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Mumei Shinshinto Sword
Click to see Images Signature: Mumei
Year Made: Shinshinto

Forging Pattern: Tight Itame
Tempering Pattern: Suguha/Gonome groups of three
Dimensions:   Nagasa26 1/4", Nakago: 7 7/8", Mihaba: 1 1/4", Sakihaba: 7/8", Kasane: 1/4", Sori: 7/8"  
Mountings:  There is no koshirae, shirasaya or habaki for this sword.
Overall Condition: The blade is solid with no significant defects and will be quit a show piece after polishing.

  1006kat2

 

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Emura Gendaito

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Signature: Emura
Year Made: Showa

Forging Pattern: Itame
Tempering Pattern: Ko-Gunome with nie and nioi
Dimensions:  Blade Length:  26 ", Nakago: 7 5/8", Mihaba: 1 5/16", Sakihaba: 7/8", Kasane: 9/32", Sori: 5/8"  
Mountings:  WW II Koshirae with one piece gold washed Habaki
Condition:  Good.  Fittings are in good condition and blade has not been restored since the war and shows some honest wear from use.  This is one of the nicer Emura blades that I have seen, the hanmon is vibrant and the hada active.  Emura was the warden of the Okayama prison and used prison labor to work on his swords for the war effort.  His swords are very sought after and have seen dramatic appreciation over the years.
    807kat13

 

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Long Shinto Katana Signed Hizen YoshiTsugu
Click to see Images Signature: Hizen Ju YoshiTsugu
Year Made: 1700s

Forging Pattern: Tight mokume hada.
Tempering Pattern: Suguha/midare in very fine ko-nie etc
Dimensions:   Nagasa 27", Nakago: 7 3/8"1 3/16", Mihaba: 1 3/16", Sakihaba: 13/16", Kasane: 7/32", Sori: 1/2"  
Mountings:  There are no mountings for this blade other than the habaki.
Overall Condition: At some point someone tried polishing this blade with something.  You can see the difference between the shinogi-ji/bo hi area where they didn't try to polish it and the hada.  This makes it very difficult to get good pictures of the hada and the hamon.  The blade is actually in good condition except for a few rust spots that were cleaned out.  They can be seen in the fifth picture.  These spots should largely disappear with a good polish and the hamon will be very attractive.

 

  806kat2

 

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Mantetsu-to in "34 Pattern Shin-gunto Mounts hit in the Fuchi by Bullet

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Signature: Koa Issin Mantetsu Saku.
Year Made: Showa Mizanoto Hitsuji Haru (Spring 1943)

Forging Pattern: Hard to see through scratching, most likely muji hada
Tempering Pattern: Suguha in nioi.
Dimensions:  Blade Length:  26.25 inches  Nakago: 8.375 inches 7 mm thick and 31 mm wide at Hamachi
Mountings:  Good quality mounts typical of the Japanese made Mantetsu-to. Much wear , paint loss and denting to saya, Wrap on tsuka is intact and tight, fuchi destroyed by bullet strike, other fittings intact. Nice fluted copper habaki typical of these swords. No numbers on seppa but some kanji on one (see photo). Company grade tassel in cord sarute. Some fraying but excellent condition for the age. No signs of blood on the ito, must have been his lucky day.
Overall Condition: Fair. Aside from the damage by the bullet to the koshirae, it is in good condition except for the saya wear. The blade has much scratching and light pitting, along most of its length. Impossible to see any detail in the hamon but swords signed this way typically had a functional hamon and this one will shave brass easily. The bullet left a dent in the nakago mune but that is all. This would make n excellent example of a mantetsu blade and the war damage adds an extra bit of history to the blade. These blades are also known among martial artists as superior cutting blades although we do not recommend cutting with any blade unless it has been inspected by a knowledgeable person and properly mounted in new mounts made to take the strain of cutting. In our opinion, with the bullet damage and tassel, it is better used as an interesting display piece.
    Item: 1106gunto6

 

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Gendai Katana with Bo-Hi

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Signature: Noshu Ju Minamoto Kanehisa saku with hot stamp.
Year Made: Showa 17 (1943)

Forging Pattern: Ko-Itame
Tempering Pattern: Suguha -
Dimensions:  Blade Length:  26.3 ", Nakago: 8.7", Mihaba: 1 5/16", Sakihaba: 7/8", Kasane: 1/4", Sori: 9/16"  
Mountings:  WW II koshirae and Shirasaya with one piece brass Habaki
Condition: This sword has been buffed so there is no detail to photograph; however, under good light the hamon can be seen through the length of the blade.  The hamon is clearly visible forward of the hamachi for about eight inches.  The blade is in good condition otherwise with no problems, mostly light pitting that a good polish will remove.  The shirasaya is nicely made of maple.  The gunto koshirae is solid, no notable damage, but much of the paint has flaked off.  The ito is coming apart and the tassel is losing some of its threads but the band is in good condition.
    Item: 807kat8

 

 

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Short Katana in Shirasaya

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Signature: Mumei
Year Made: Gendai

Forging Pattern: The pattern cannot be seen through scratches on the blade.
Tempering Pattern: It's difficult to tell but appears to be suguba.
Dimensions:   Nagasa23 31/32", Nakago: 8 1/4", Mihaba: 1 1/4", Sakihaba: 13/16", Kasane: 1/4", Sori: 7/16"  
Mountings:  The shirasaya is in poor condition with a wooden habaki as part of the handlle.
Overall Condition: There are no flaws in this blade other than the chips in the edge as can be seen in the pictures.  There are grinder marks the length of the blade on both sides.  They are not deep and with come out is a polish.
  507KAT5

 

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Sendai Kunimitsu Gendaito
Click to see Images Signature: Sendai Ju Nin Miura Kunimitsu (Hawley KUN536)
Year Made: 1940s

Forging Pattern: Ko-Itame
Tempering Pattern: Gonome with nie
Dimensions:   Nagasa25 1/8", Nakago:  8 1/5", Mihaba:  1 1,8", Sakihaba:  7/8", Kasane:  1/4", Sori:  5/8"  
Mountings:  WW II Gunto mounts with one piece copper habaki and no tsuba
Overall Condition: The blade is in excellent condition with recent polish.  The saya is sound but has lacquer chipping and scratches.  The tsuka and fittings are in great condition.  Excellent blade for remounting.  Sendai Kunimitsu was a Raikujin Jumei Tosho that made swords for the Army in the traditional manner.  Typically know as "Star Stamp" smiths, these were the smiths authorized to forge with Tamahagane in the traditional manner during WW2.  This particularly blade does not have the start stamp but was forged in the traditional manner.  Priced well below market value due to missing gunto tsuba.

  1005Gunto7

 

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Long Early Katana
Click to see Images Signature: Kune????
Year Made: Early Edo (1600s/1700s)

Forging Pattern: Ko-Itame
Tempering Pattern: Suguha
Dimensions:   Nagasa27 7/8", Nakago:  8", Mihaba:  1 5/16", Sakihaba:  1", Kasane:  9/32", Sori:  3/4"  
Mountings:  The saya and the tsuka are both beyond repair.  The shakudo fuchi is in good condition. The one piece copper habaki is still nice and usable.
Overall Condition: There is surface rust, pitting and discoloration.  The condition of the blade makes an accurate assessment difficult.  There are a number of small nicks in the edge towards the kissaki.  The chips in the edge, scratches and the rust spots will probably polish out  This is a very strong blade with a nice large kissaki.  Would be a good restoration project and priced accordingly.

  909kat3

 

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Extremely Rare 1899 Pattern Junior Official's Sword of the Government General of Formosa

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Signature: None, factory made blade.
Year Made:  1899 or later

Forging Pattern: none.
Tempering Pattern: none
Dimensions:  Blade Length:  25.5 inches  Nakago: unknown 4 mm thick and 18 mm wide at Hamachi
Mountings:  Mounting as explained in listing title, An identical sword is pictured in Fuller and Gregory's Japanese Military and Civil Swords and Dirks, page 166.
Overall Condition:  Good, the mountings are in very good condition with only slight chipping of the lacquer covered samé saya. The samé and wire grip is intact and the backstrap and "d" guard show little wear. Someone sharpened the blade with a grinder, other than that the sword as a whole is in very collectible condition. We did not try to disassemble the sword as the ferrule nut that holds it together has not been moved in at least 60 years and we did not wish to break it.  This is a very rare variation, the last one I had with a blade in better condition sold for $1250.
 

 

Item: 306kat23

 

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Dress Saber (Major/Colonel)

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Signature: Mumei
Year Made: WWII

Forging Pattern: None
Tempering Pattern: None
Dimensions:   Nagasa 27", Mihaba: 1 1/4", Sakihaba: 7/8", Kasane: 1/4", Sori: 1/2"  
Mountings:  WWII cavalry saber in good condition with some of the wires in the handle coming loose.
Overall Condition: Rare high ranking officer's sword.
   

 

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Parade Sword
Click to see Images Signature: N/A
Year Made: Early to Mid 1900s

Forging Pattern: None
Tempering Pattern: None
Dimensions:   Nagasa24 7/8"
Mountings:  Parade Sword
Overall Condition: The blade is machine made and chrome plated.  The saya is made of leather that is deteriorating and the metal fittings are of brass.  One is missing and the koiguchi is loose.  The handle is in very good condition with no problems.

$300 1201GUNTO3

 

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Kyu Gunto Koshirae
Click to see Images Signature: NA
Year Made: Showa

Forging Pattern: N/A
Tempering Pattern: N/A
Dimensions:   Saya30 3/4", Handle:  8"  
Mountings:  The saya is steel with corme plating.  The handle is brass with a silver mon.
Overall Condition: The saya has no dents but there are areas of rust.  There is no active rust.  There is a crack in the loop part of the handle and a few of the wires on it are loose or missing. 

  608KOSHI2

 

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Gendai Blade in Gunto Mounts
Click to see Images Signature: Mumei
Year Made: Gindai

Forging Pattern: Masame
Tempering Pattern: Suguha
Dimensions:   Nagasa26 1/8", Nakago:  9", Mihaba: 1 5/16 ", Sakihaba:  1", Kasane:  9/32", Sori:  5/8"  
Mountings:  WW II gunto with one piece habaki.  These are Naval swords that have seen land warfare.  Commonly referred to as Marine landing swords and were used in the Pacific theatre by Japanese Naval Landing forces during WW2.  Some pretty well done field repair in the upper and lower leather scabbard section.  Leather did not hold up very well in the tropical weather of the Pacific islands.  Nice honest wear on this nice example.
Overall Condition: The blade is in good condition with no forging flaws.  The number 830 is stamped in the nakago (see picture).  The leather on the saya is rough but all there.  The tsuka is solid but about 50% of the material under the ito is gone.  The tsuba has some significat rust on one side (see picture).  The habaki is in good condition but much of the silver wash is gone.

  1206gendai7

 

Sold Tanto with Bo-Hi and Hagiris
 Click to see Images Signature: Mumei.
Year Made: Late Shinto or early Shinshinto

Forging Pattern: Itame
Tempering Pattern: Gonome
Dimensions:   Nagasa12 11/16", Nakago: 4 1/2", Mihaba: 1 5/32", Kasane: 5/16", Sori: 1/4"  
Mountings:  The shirasaya is a little dinged and has a crack that runs along the seam through the saya and handle.  The habaki is wood and part of the handle.
Overall Condition: The blade has Hagiris.  The polish is older and could be redone to enhance the appearance.  The bo-hi is nicely cut and deep.  Nice blade quite surprised that it has hagiris.  Perhaps it was a family heirloom that was handed down and kept in good condition for historical reasons.

 

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Sold Koto Wakizashi in Shirasaya
 Click to see Images Signature: Mumei
Year Made: Koto-Muramachi

Forging Pattern: Itame
Tempering Pattern: Ko-Midare
Dimensions:   Nagasa18 5/16", Nakago:  5 13/16", Mihaba:  1 1/8", Sakihaba:  13/16", Kasane: 1/4", Sori:  5/16"  
Mountings:  Shirasaya with silber foill habaki.
Overall Condition: The blade has no kizu and is in good polish.  There is one tear in the foil on the habaki. It looks like the top of a cut off Koto Tachi made into a wakizashi. Nice work.

  909wak1

 

Sold WW2 NCO Saber
 Click to see Images Signature: Unsigned
Year Made: 1940s

Forging Pattern: Monosteel
Tempering Pattern: Monsteel
Dimensions:   Nagasa26 1/4", Mihaba: 1 1/8", Sakihaba: 13/16", Kasane: 1/4", Sori: 3/4"  
Mountings:  Typical steel saya in good condition and metal wrap on the tsuka with normal paint loss.
Overall Condition: Overall the condition is very good.  There is no notable damage, just light, normal wear.  The blade does appear that someone has taken sandpaper to it but it is clean.

  1106GUNTO1

 

Sold EM Old Koto Katana
 Click to see Images Signature: Mumei
Year Made: Koto possibly Nambokucho

Forging Pattern: Masame-Itame
Tempering Pattern: Notare-Midare mix
Dimensions:   Nagasa26 3/16", Nakago:  ", Mihaba:  ", Sakihaba:  ", Kasane:  ", Sori:  "  
Mountings:  Shirasaya with wood habaki
Overall Condition: Clean except the monouchi and kissaki area have been sandpapered.  There appears to be some temper in these areas but because of the scratches, it is difficult to give any reliable assurance of what is there.  The ha is missing temper and there is damage a little just in front of the hamachi forward for about 10"

 

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Sold Long Wakizashi with Original Mounts
 Click to see Images Signature: Mumei
Year Made: Mid Edo

Forging Pattern: Masame
Tempering Pattern: Suguha
Dimensions:   Nagasa23 3/4", Nakago: 6 1/2", Mihaba: 7/8", Sakihaba: 11/16", Kasane: 9/32", Sori: 5/8"  
Mountings:  The saya has an interesting lacquer design but there is some chipping and the kirikata is missing. The tsuka is sound but missing ito.  The Fuchikashira are shakudo with silver and gold flowers and are in good condition.  The tsuba is iron with aluminum seppa.  The habaki is copper with carving on both sides and it is quite attractive.
Overall Condition: The blade is solid, there are no fatal flaws.  The hamon is nice but is somewhat hidden by light scratches.  The origami are deeply cut and attractive.  The blade will improve significantly with and good polish and be a nice collector piece.

  1106WAK8

 

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Gendai Tanto Made from the Steel of Battleship Mikasa

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Signature: Mikasa HoKo Hide Aki, Showa Roku nen Hitsuji Haru.  Made from Mikasa Canon Steel by HideAki, lucky day in 1931.
Year Made: 1931

Forging Pattern: Dense Hada, almost Nashiji.
Tempering Pattern: Suguha
Dimensions:  Blade Length: 8.9  inches  Nakago: 3.6 inches 5 mm thick and 21 mm wide at Hamachi
Mountings:  Shirasaya with copper habaki.
Overall Condition: Excellent.  A very interesting tanto made from the recovered steel from the Battleship Mikasa which was decommissioned in 1921.  The steel is surprisingly nice and is very koto looking.
 

 

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Sold WW II Sword in Civilian Mountings
 Click to see Images Signature: Noshu Seki Ju YoshiMitsu
Year Made: 1940s

Forging Pattern: Ko-Itame
Tempering Pattern: Choji
Dimensions:   Nagasa 26 3/4", Nakago: 8 1/8", Mihaba: 1 1/4", Sakihaba: 7/8", Kasane: 1/4", Sori: 5/8"  
Mountings:  Shito era civilian mountings.  The saya is cracked along part of the seem with missing lacquer and dents.
Overall Condition: The blade is very strong with no major flaws.  This is some light surface rust and the expected minor scratches all of which should disappear with a good polish.

  1106KAT2

 

Sold WW2 Army Officer's Sword
 Click to see Images Signature: YoshiMichi, Showa 19 March.
Year Made: 1942

Forging Pattern: Ko-Itame
Tempering Pattern: Suguha
Dimensions:   Nagasa25 15/16", Nakago:  9", Mihaba: 1 1/4 ", Sakihaba:  7/8", Kasane: 9/32 ", Sori:  3/4"  
Mountings: Standard WW II gunto with a solid silver habaki.
Overall Condition: The blade is solid, no fatal flaws.  There are a number of scratches and scrape marks.  It looks like it has been used for tameshigiri.  The saya paint has been chipped and scratched and there is a several dents.  The tsuka is solid.

  1106GUNTO2

 

Sold BG WW2 Shin Gunto
 Click to see Images Signature: Noshu Seki Ju Kane Shige
Year Made:  1930/40s

Forging Pattern: Muji
Tempering Pattern:  Midare
Dimensions:   Nagasa 26 7/16", Nakago: 7 5/8", Mihaba: 1 1/4", Sakihaba: 7/8", Kasane: 1/4", Sori: 1/2"  
Mountings:  Nice Shin Gunto mounts in good original condition for a sword that was worn on duty during WW2.
Overall Condition: Good.  Nice original Shin Gunto mounts.

  908Gunto2

 

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Sword by Isido Teruhide in '34 pattern Shin-gunto Mounts

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Signature: Teruhide.
Year Made: WW II era

Forging Pattern: Impossible to see through buffing marks
Tempering Pattern: Midare, hard to make out any detail.
Dimensions:  Blade Length:  25.125 inches  Nakago: 8.25 inches 7 mm thick and 30 mm wide at Hamachi
Mountings:  Good quality fittings with matching numbers that the plating has been polished off, leaving them a shiny silver color. There are polishing marks and traces of original coloration. Saya appears to be made of wood and is in good condition.
Overall Condition: Fair. This smith made gendaito but due to the buffing of this sword it is impossible to tell if it is traditionally made. It has no arsenal stamps. The kissaki has been reformed and the original yokote is gone and there are many grinding marks. Cannot tell if there is still temper in the point.
  Item: 1106gunto5  

 

Sold EB Owari Wakizashi
 Click to see Images Signature: Owari Kuni Ju Nin KuniTsugu
Year Made: 1500s

Forging Pattern: Mokume/Itame
Tempering Pattern: Suguha
Dimensions:   Nagasa20 13/16", Nakago: 7 1/4, Mihaba: 1 1/8", Sakihaba: 3/4", Kasane: 1/4", Sori: 1/2"  
Mountings:  The shirasaya is splitting along the seem and the blade is a little loose which could probably be fixed but is still in good condition otherwise.  The habaki is a two piece that is missing the outer sleeve.
Overall Condition:  There are some rust spots and a forging opening on the blade that are shown in the photos.  They will come out easily with a polish.  This is a solid blade with strong hamon.  This was a Katana that was shortened to wakizashi length. 

 

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Sold JL Wakizashi
 Click to see Images Signature: Mumei
Year Made: Late Edo

Forging Pattern: Undeterminable
Tempering Pattern: Undeterminable
Dimensions:   Nagasa22 5/8", Nakago: 5 1/8" (measured from the munemachi), Mihaba: 1 3/16", Sakihaba: 7/8", Kasane: 9/32", Sori: 1/2"  
Mountings:  The saya appears to be newer made and is in good condition.  The tsuka is 8 3/4" long, solid and also newer made.  The fuchikashira and menuki are old and decent quality.  The ito is tight and nicely done.  The tsuba is 3", nice but appears to be cast.  The habaki is a one piece copper in good condition. 
Overall Condition: The blade is hirazukuri with no major flaws but there are some forging openings most will disappear in a new polish.  The hamachi has be moved forward of the munemachi and the nadago has been ground down a little along the hamachi.

 

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Sold KabutoWari
 Click to see Images Signature: Mumei
Year Made: 1500/1600s

Forging Pattern: Could not discern
Tempering Pattern: Full Temper
Dimensions:   Total Length:  18",  Blade Length:  13 7/8",  Tang Length:  4 1/8",  Thickness:  13/32"
Mountings:  Newly made wood mounts
Overall Condition: Good.  Hard to find Helmet Splitter.  This was used as a armor piercing weapon to stab a dismounted opponent between armor plates or to pry a helmet off.  Simple and efficient.  Reminds me of Wolverine's claw.

  608ko2

 

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Gunto with Bo-Hi in Military Mounts

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Signature: BuShu YoshiNobu
Year Made: 1940s

Forging Pattern: Ko-Itame
Tempering Pattern: Sanbonsugi
Dimensions:   Blade Length:  26 3/16" 34 7/16", Nakago: 8 4/16", Mihaba: 1 3/16", Sakihaba: 13/16", Kasane: 1/4", Sori: 11/16"  
Mountings:  Black lacquer military tsuka, tsuba and saya.  The seems on the lower part of the saya have cracked open and some of the lacquer has chipped off or is blistered over most of the saya.  The parts of the original leather saya cover have been cut away and the piece at the kogiri is holding that end of the saya together.  The habaki is one piece brass.
Overall Condition: Except for rust spots that are mostly in the bo-hi and on the mune, the blade is in good condition.  The rust spots will come out when the blade is polished depending how much metal is removed.
  807kat17  

 

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Stout Mumei Katana with much Activity

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Signature: Mumei, .
Year Made:  Shin-shinto-Showa

Forging Pattern: Itame with much activity in the ji.
Tempering Pattern: Suguha based midare
Dimensions:  Blade Length:  25.75 inches  Nakago: 6.5 inches 6 mm thick and 31 mm wide at Hamachi
Mountings:  Sirasaya in very good condition except ivory insert for mekugi missing on one side. Nice "rain" pattern silver washed copper habaki with some of the silver worn off.
Overall Condition:  Good, some spider rust, minor pitting and ware. A very hefty sword. ko-suguha midare hamon with much activity in nie. Has sunagashi, ji nie, inazuma and much chikei in the ji. Hada is very prominent and sword can be enjoyed as is but a polish would really bring out the activities in this sword. There is evidence of a stamp possibly being removed from the nakago. I have provided an arrow indicating the spot and a close up photo so that you can make up your own mind. The sword is obviously hand made and it would be difficult in the extreme to get such activities without the use of traditional materials. It is possible it had an arsenal stamp (many gendaito do) and was being sent to Japan for shinsa where sometimes genuine swords are refused access into the country do to the presence of a stamp. In any case there is much to enjoy in this blade and the small active hamon reminds one of the early Koto swords.
  SALE $1490 805kat1

 

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Katana in Civilian Mounts

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Signature: Mumei.
Year Made: Unknown, Looks Koto

Forging Pattern: Itame
Tempering Pattern: Suguha, weak or missing in areas.
Dimensions:   Blade Length:  26.75", Nakago: 7.5", Mihaba: 1 1/16", Sakihaba: 3/4", Kasane: 1/4", Sori: 7/8"  
Mountings:  Black lacquer saya with a leather wrapped tsuka and an iron tsuba which I believe is cast.  The habaki is two piece copper with gold wash on one part.
Overall Condition:  The blade has a number of forging cracks or openings and one very small blister that I found.  See the pictures for the larger openings.  The smaller openings will most likely disappear when the blade is polished.  The larger openings could disappear also with a polish but that can not be guaranteed.   The saya is in poor condition with cracked seems and a large piece at the coiguchi missing (see picture).  The tsuka is solid with leather ito in good condition and copper fan menuki but the kashira is missing.  The fuchi is in worn but solid condition and appears to be shakudo with gold highlights. 
  807kat15  

 

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Signed Katana in Shin-Gunto Mounts

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Signature:  Seki Fujiwara (no) Yoshinao Saku.
Year Made:  WW II

Forging Pattern: Hard to tell.
Tempering Pattern: Midare and togari-ba mix possibly in ko-nie, very hard to tell do to polish.
Dimensions:  Blade Length:  26.25 inches  Nakago: 7.75 inches 7 mm thick and 31 mm wide at Hamachi
Mountings: '34 Pattern Shin-Gunto mounts that have been restored by an amateur, copper habaki, latch is broken. Overall appearance is good.
Overall Condition:  Fair, sword has been cleaned with a buffer, lines are rounded off, very difficult to see any detail in hamon, especially at the boshi, a few pits but nothing major. Nakago also appears to have been cleaned and area where an arsenal stamp would have gone has no visible yasuri mei. Blade is not sharp. To sum up, it is a katana made by a listed Seki smith which is probably hand made (would need a window polished to tell for sure). The restoration, while not professionally done leaves an attractive sword and mounts for exhibit and would be fine "as is" for a collector of military items. Would take a polish if it were determined that it is traditionally made and warrants one.
  305gunto4  

 

Sold RL Shinto Wakizashi Signed Hizen Tadayoshi
 Click to see Images Year Made: Shinto (1700/1800s)
Forging Pattern: Konuka
Tempering Pattern: Suguha
Dimensions:   Nagasa19 3/16", Nakago: 5 5/8", Mihaba: 1 1/8", Sakihaba: 3/16", Kasane: 1/4", Sori: 5/16"  
Mountings:  The blade in mounted in a shirasaya in good condition, no significant condition problems.  The habaki is a one piece copper, a bit old but in good conition.
Overall Condition: The blade has no notable flaws, is in good polish showing the work in it.

  508WAK3

 

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Gendaito by Kaneshige

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Signature: Motte Tamahagane Kaneshige Kitau Kore Wo.
Year Made: 2601 years after the founding of the empire (1941)

Forging Pattern: Difficult to make out in current condition, most likely a tight mokume.
Tempering Pattern: Midare
Dimensions:  Blade Length:  26.25 inches  Nakago: 8.75 inches 6 mm thick and 32 mm wide at Hamachi
Mountings:  Saya only, 1944 shin-gunto version. Some paint loss, no dents. No habaki or other parts.
Overall Condition: Good, sword has been buffed almost to a chrome like shine making the hamon, boshi and any details almost impossible to see and impossible to photograph. There is activity visible in the hamon and the smith's statement (motte tamahagane) made with tamahagane or specially smelted sword steel would indicate that this blade is a traditionally made gendaito. It would need to be properly polished to see the workmanship of this sword. It is a nicely proportioned albeit hefty blade as was customary at the time. There is minor pitting that would easily be removed by a polish.
    Item: 1006kat3

 

Sold CS Gendai Katana
 Click to see Images Signature: Hide Nori? Imperial Dating to the 1900s (difficult to make out due to rust)
Year Made: 1900s

Forging Pattern: Flowing Masame
Tempering Pattern: Suguha with nie
Dimensions:   Blade Length:  35", Nagasa: 26 13/16", Mihaba: 1 5/16", Sakihaba: 7/8", Kasane: 1/4", Sori: 3/4"  
Mountings:  The saya is metal from World War II with a leather cover that is cracking and has some missing pieces.  The habaki is one piece silver foiled that is quite well made.
Overall Condition: The blade is in very good condition except for a few minor rust pits in the boshi and under the habaki.  A good polish with make this sword look spectacular.

  1006kat7

 

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1934 Pattern Shin-Gunto Mounts with Ancestral Wakizashi

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Signature: Mumei, ubu.
Year Made:  Shinto

Forging Pattern: Hard to say, possibly a very tight itame.
Tempering Pattern: Mostly suguha based midare.
Dimensions:  Blade Length:  20.75 inches  Nakago: 6.25 inches 7 mm thick and 32 mm wide at Hamachi
Mountings:  '34 pattern army shin-gunto mounts in fair condition. Very nice silver foil habaki with interesting pattern. Imitation samé on tuska which is otherwise in good condition. Normal tsuba for leather strap style retainer, in good condition. Saya is plain wood under a leather combat cover which has deteriorated and torn.
Overall Condition:  Fair, A very hefty Shinto wakizashi with some ware, many chips, the deepest is 2 mm and the tip of the kissaki broken off. There is enough temper remaining to have these all repaired by a polisher. Would polish up to be a nice solid and attractive example of a Shinto Wakizashi. A nice ancestral blade carried off to war and deserving of preservation.
    805gunto2

 

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Yari
Click to see Images Signature: There is a Mei with data but it is illigable.
Year Made: Shinto

Forging Pattern: Tight Itame.
Tempering Pattern: Suguha
Dimensions:   Nagasa 10 5/8"  , Nakago: 14 1/2", Mihaba: 1", Kasane: 1/2"  
Mountings:  The Yari is on a short poll with a gold painted saya.  Some of the gold paint missing from the saya as can be seen.
Overall Condition: The Yari is solid but there are two deep scratches near the nakago.  They will polish out and the blade will look quit nice.

  1006yari1

 

Sold FR Katana in Civilian Mountings
 Click to see Images Signature: Mumei.
Year Made: 1800/1900s

Forging Pattern: Could not tell due to condition
Tempering Pattern: Gonome
Dimensions:   Nagasa 26 1/2", Nakago: 6 3/8", Mihaba: 1", Sakihaba: 11/16", Kasane: 7/32", Sori: 1/2"  
Mountings:  Fully mounted.  The saya is missing the horn kogiri but otherwise is in good condition.  The tsuka is 9 1/2" long, solid with good leather wrap.  The fuchikashira are plane iron and the menuki are nice shakudo flowers.  The tsuba is oval 2 3/4" by 2 3/8".  The habaki is one piece copper in fair condition.
Overall Condition: The blade is in good condition with no significant flaws.  The edge has be flatted a little in one area but a good polish will take care of it.  The bo-hi is well cut and deeply cut.  This appears to be a WW2 hand forged parade saber blade remounted in buke-zukuri fittings.

 

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Sold GS Gunto Blade in Civilian Mountings
 Click to see Images Signature: Iei HideTsugu
Year Made: Early 1940's

Forging Pattern: Very tight Itame.
Tempering Pattern: Midare
Dimensions:   Nagasa26 15/16, Nakago: 8 5/8", Mihaba: 1 1/4", Sakihaba: 7/8", Kasane: 1/4", Sori: 11/16"  
Mountings:  The civilian saya is solid  with some chipping around the koiguchi.  The tsuka is solid, no cracks.  The fuchikashira are copper and the menuki silver or some similar colored metal.  The tsuba is iron and in good condition.  The habaki appears to be brass.
Overall Condition: The blade is in decent polish with minor scratches and can be enjoyed without being polished.

 

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Shinto Wakizashi

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Signature: Mino no Kami Fuji---Suriage
Year Made: Shinto (1700s)

Forging Pattern: Itame/Mokume.
Tempering Pattern: Suguha
Dimensions:   Nagasa19 3/16", Nakago: 4 5/8", Mihaba: 1 5/32", Sakihaba: 29/32", Kasane: 1/4", Sori: 7/16"  
Mountings:  Saya is missing the kirikata, has dings and scratches and a large piece of the urushi missing at the koiguchi.  The tsuka 6 3/4" long with iron wood patterned fuchikashira with mon.  The ito has some ware spots.  The menuki are shakudo with gold accents.  The tsuba is iron, 2 15/16" in length and the habaki is silver foiled.
Overall Condition: The blade no significant defects.  There are spots of old spider rust that have been cleaned and one very minor chip in the edge.  These will all disappear with a good polish.
  1106wak4

 

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Naginata with Pole

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Signature: mumei.
Year Made: Shinshinto

Forging Pattern: Itame
Tempering Pattern: Gonome
Dimensions:   Nagasa14 13/16", Nakago: 12", Mihaba: 1 1/8", Kasane: 7/32", Sori: 1 1/8"  
Mountings:  Black Lacqured Pole.  The habaki is a two piece but is missing to outer sleeve.
Overall Condition: There are some very small chips along the edge and the surface is a little ruff but that will all disappear with a polish.  In polish, the hamon will be very attractive.
  508nag1  

 

 

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Star Stamped Gendaito by Baba Tsugukiyo
Click to see Images Signature: Baba Tsugukiyo Saku Kore.
Year Made:  Showa 18, 2nd moon, lucky day (February, 1943)

Forging Pattern: Hard to say but looks like a tight masame
Tempering Pattern: Gunome midare
Dimensions:  Blade Length:  25.875 inches  Nakago: 7 inches 7 mm thick and 32 mm wide at Hamachi
Mountings:  High quality1944 pattern, shin gunto mounts in poor condition but complete, Has the hard to find mekugi screws, not shown in photos. Tsuka is intact, shows wear and there is some samé missing around mekugi ana (that the tsuka used expensive and difficut to get samé instead of the more common canvas is an indication of the quaity of the mounts), saya is in poor condition with much paint loss. Has silver washed habaki.
Overall Condition:  Good. The sword needs to be polished and a shirasaya made but it is well worth the expense. It was very difficult to photograph the hamon but the sword was polished by a professional polisher before the war, who did an excellent job. There are no ripples in this polish and the geometry is crisp and well done. It is a hefty sword coming in just under 2 pounds for the bare blade. The sword is covered with light scratches, some a little heavier where it looks like some cutting was done with it. There are large stains on each side some shallow pitting and tiny nicks. A finish polish would take care of most of this swords problems and bring out the activities that are hidden by the scratches and stains. The hamon is nicely done in nioi with nie in the valleys and there appears to be signs of ji-nie here and there but very hard to see through the scratches. This smith is known for medium to high grade gendaito and from what can be seen this is a high grade gendaito waiting for some TLC to stand out in someone's gendaito collection.
    306kat16

 

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Lovely Little Tanto in Fresh Polish and Mounts with NBTHK Papers
Click to see Images Signature:  (Kato) Yoshikuni Saku.
Year Made:  Shinshinto

Forging Pattern: itame.
Tempering Pattern: midare.
Dimensions:  Blade Length:  7 inches  Nakago: 3.125 inches 5 mm thick and 16 mm wide at Hamachi
Mountings:  Newly made aikuchi mounts with horn fittings and shi-dog menuki with a string wrap. Very nice mottled lacquer on the saya. All very well done.
Overall Condition:  Excellent, the tanto is in fresh polish and only has one or two pinholes that didn't polish out and there is a slight scuff on one side neat the tip. A very nice, polished, signed and papered piece. Kato Yoshikuni was trained under the famous Kato Tsunatoshi school which also included both Koyama Munetsugu and Ishido Karekazu.   Tantos from this famous school are rarely offerred for sale. 
    1206Tanto3

 

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Koto Tanto in Very Nicely Done Koshirae
Click to see Images Signature:  Mumei.
Year Made:  Koto?

Forging Pattern: very scratched and tired, hard to tell.
Tempering Pattern: midare in ko-nie.
Dimensions:  Blade Length:  12.5 inches  Nakago: 5 inches 6 mm thick and 27 mm wide at Hamachi
Mountings:  Very nice mounting done in brass and silver trimmed fittings with a kogatana (with visible hamon) and kogai, nice menuki of birds perching done in shakudo and gold plate, large nodule samé and possibly recent ito. All fittings done ensuite with a mottled design. Saya in red and black speckled lacquer in excellent shape with a fern in dark gold leaf on the omote. Some dents in the lacquer and some lacquer missing from kurikata but generally excellent. Habaki was once shakudo but now worn to copper.
Overall Condition:  This is a tired and polished down probably koto era hira zukuri tanto done in the Soshu style. The sword has been cleaned and is slightly rounded at the cutting edge. The nakago appears to be ubu though machi okuri. The sword is tired in places with ware but detail of the hada is hard to make out due to scratching. The hamon shows much activity although it is very close to the edge and appears to run off in one place (see pics) but we'll let you be the judge. There are many activities still visible in the hamon including kinsugi, nijuba and ji-nie, the tip of the boshi on the ura is quite something, a whirlpool of activity. This was once a fine blade and the care in remounting shows that someone cared quite a bit for this blade. It would make a very attractive display piece with an interesting old blade to study.
    Item: 1206tanto1

 

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Arikoto signed Wakizashi with Mei and Poetry on Blade, Rare WW II Combat Covered Saya
Click to see Images Signature: Shosanmi Arikoto tsukuru Narabini Yomu.
Year Made:  Shinto (latter)

Forging Pattern: Hard to tell do to light scratching, a very tight almost muji hada
Tempering Pattern: Uma no ha midare, widely spaced.
Dimensions:  Blade Length:  15.125 inches  Nakago: 4.75 inches 5 mm thick and 29 mm wide at Hamachi.
Mountings:  In Buke zukuri mounts with a leather combat cover and ashi for carrying in WW II (very rare for an ancestral wakizashi to be carried that way). Kashira of plain shakudo with wear on the edges, Fuchi of shakudo and gold mountain range, or hills with a faint covering of sakura or cherry blossoms. Full wrap large nodule samé, a very pricey proposition in Shinto times. Well worn but intact silk ito of navy blue with shi-shi dog menuki of copper and gold plating. Nice old iron tsuba with a floral design. Saya is covered in a high quality leather combat cover in very good condition with a single suspension ashi. The habaki has a boar's eye design cut out in silhouette and a "v" shaped edge. All, high quality fittings and workmanship would seem to indicate that someone thought quite a bit of this sword.
Overall Condition: Very good. Slight scratch over ji, hard to notice. prominent hamon in nioi. Blade and mounts in very good condition for the age. This smith was said to be a Court Noble who engaged in swordsmithing as a hobby under the tutelage of Nankai Taro. He is known for signing the blade and inscribing poetry and according to Fujishiro there are many gimei, so it is best to get papers or a qualified opinion before investing in a polish but that is true of all blades. This is a very well preserved and attractive package dating probably from the 19th century and may be original to the blade. The blade has much sori an extended chu kissaki and is very graceful in appearance. The rarities on many fronts make this a nice sword for collectors of many interests.
    Item: 1106wak3

 

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MichiNaga ShinShinTo Katana
Click to see Images Signature: MichiNaga
Year Made: Shinshinto 1800s

Forging Pattern: Extremely tight Ko-Itame
Tempering Pattern: Midare Suguha
Dimensions:  Blade Length:  27", Nakago: 7", Mihaba: 1 1/4", Sakihaba: 7/8", Kasane: 5/16", Sori: 5/8"  
Mountings:  In a well worn saya with a one piece brass Habaki
    507kat6

 

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Gendaito by Masayasu
Click to see Images Signature: Bishu ju Masayasu Kitau Kore.
Year Made: WW II era

Forging Pattern: mokume/masame mix
Tempering Pattern: Suguha in ko nie with sunagashi
Dimensions:  Blade Length:  25.625 inches  Nakago: 8.625 inches 6 mm thick and 31 mm wide at Hamachi
Mountings:  1934 Pattern shin-gunto mounts of good quality in very good condition with what appears to be fresh ito and repaired same. Leather combat cover in good condition, all numbers on fittings match, nice gold washed habaki and sarute
Overall Condition: Very good, A nice gendaito with a hada and some activity in the hamon although a cleaning attempt left most of the blade covered in a fine scratch making photography difficult. It has no nicks or other flaws. Masayasu is featured in Slough's book of WW II smiths as making medium grade gendaito and having won 4th seat in a forging competition. A nice well balanced blade that could be left as is or a reasonably priced polisher could remove the scratch and expose all of the workmanship of this sword.
    1206gendai6

 

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Nice Shin-shinto Tanto in Aikuchi Mounts
Click to see Images Signature:  Mori (?) Kuni.
Year Made:  Shin-shinto

Forging Pattern: masame.
Tempering Pattern: Suguha/midare in nie-decki.
Dimensions:  Blade Length:  9.125 inches  Nakago: 4 inches 7 mm thick and 25 mm wide at Hamachi
Mountings:  Aikuchi mounts done in lacquer and horn, menuki missing and some damage to saya. Kogatana with nice iron kozuka of man fishing and shoreline in gold, copper and shakudo inlay. Kogatanta unsigned. Has a nice silver foil habaki>
Overall Condition:  Excellent, could use a finish polish to show the details of hada and hamon more, has naginata hi and is u-no-kubi zukuri. Very active hamon with ji-nie possibly chikei, hard to tell in this state of polish. As most of the damage is on the ura side it would make an excellent display piece as is or the mounts could be restored. Or one could concentrate on the sword, have it polished and a shirasaya made.
    1005Tanto2

 

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Very Active Bizen Gendaito by Toshimune
Click to see Images Signature:  Bizen Kuni Ju Toshimune Kin Tsukuru Kore.
Year Made:  Showa 20th year, eighth moon, lucky day (October 1945)

Forging Pattern: Tight mokume/itame.
Tempering Pattern: Koshi-no-hira ita midare.
Dimensions:  Blade Length:  25.56 inches  Nakago: 8.375 inches 6 mm thick and 32 mm wide at Hamachi
Mountings:  Newer looking shirasaya, copper habaki.
Overall Condition:  Very good, some scratching and very minor pitting but overall polish in very good condition. Extremely active hamon and ji for a Showa era sword. There are many activities to enjoy in this well forged sword and it would be stunning in full polish. It was difficult to photograph the fine ji-nie that covers much of the ji through the fine scratching but some of the photos at the bottom will give you the idea. Overall a graceful and well forged sword by a Bizen Showa smith.
    805kat5

 

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High Grade Gendaito by Tofuji
Click to see Images Signature:  Mino Kuni Ju TofuJi Saku
Forging Pattern: Tight Mokume, almost nashiji
Tempering Pattern: Suguha with abundant ashi in ko nie and nioi
Dimensions:  Blade Length:  25.1 inches  Nakago: 7.7 inches 7 mm thick and 30 mm wide at Hamachi
Mountings:  Blade and shirasaya
Overall Condition:  Very Good.  An exceptionally well made sword with a very elegant shape.  Excellent hamon with lots of ashi and nice tight consistent hada.  There is some rust and a nick that should polish out, please see pics.  This sword was most likely made for an officer during the war but did not get mounted for use. 
    704kat3

 

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Nicely Mounted Shin-shinto Tanto
Click to see Images Signature: Mumei.
Year Made:  Shin-Shinto/Meiji

Forging Pattern: Hard to tell due to scratches and burnishing.
Tempering Pattern: Gunome
Dimensions:  Blade Length:  8.625 inches  Nakago: 3.25 inches 2 mm thick and 26 mm wide at Hamachi
Mountings:  Aikuchi mounts in very good condition with many circular crests of varying size with dragons and a hollyhock family crest. Lacquer on saya in excellent condition as is lacquered tape binding the tsuka. Also has kozuka of mon in gold plate on silver ground with scrolling vines. Kogatana very worn buy unsigned. Silver washed copper habaki.
Overall Condition: Excellent, could use a polish as the hamon and hada cannot be seen clearly through the scratching and burnishing. Some tiny nicks on edge. Would also make an excellent display piece as is.
    1106wak5

 

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Click to see Images Signature: Mumei.
Year Made: WW II era

Forging Pattern: none
Tempering Pattern: none
Dimensions:  Blade Length:  25.75 inches  Nakago: 7.5 inches 7 mm thick and 32 mm wide at Hamachi
Mountings:  Wooden saya covered with a torn leather combat cover with an ashi and bras reinforcing ring at the koi-guichi. No tsuba, seppa or fuchi and the tsuka core is in poor condition. It does have a kabutogane and menuki. Samé is complete and ito has been torn and tied.
Overall Condition: Sword appears to have been pitted at one time and looks like it was sand blasted and buffed to remove it. There is a faintly visible hamon but in the condition the sword is in it is impossible to say what the nature of the hamon is, although if it survived a sandblasting and buffing it may be an actual hardened hamon. The nakago was crudely finished. The blade might make a starting place for an iaito for someone of small stature. The bare blade weighs 1 pound six ounces and has Hi which might make it useful for an iai-to.
    Item: 1005gunto8

 

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Shinto Wakizashi
Click to see Images Signature: Hankei
Year Made: Early Shinto

Forging Pattern: Masame?
Tempering Pattern: Suguha with Sunagashi
Dimensions:  Blade Length:  20.5 ", Nakago: 6", Mihaba: 1 1/8", Sakihaba: 7/8", Kasane: 5/16", Sori: 7/16"  
Mountings:  Shirasaya with one piece copper
Condition:
This blade is in rough condition but with a good polish will improve dramatically.  There is one small kizu near the hamon but no other significant flaws.
    Item: 807wak1

 

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Signed Shin-Gunto with No Arsenal Stamps
Click to see Images Signature:  Fujiwara Yasutsugu Kin Kitau.
Year Made:  Showa era

Forging Pattern: Impossible to determine due to grinding marks,
Tempering Pattern: Difficult to determine due to grinding, possibly suguha midare.
Dimensions:  Blade Length:  25.75 inches  Nakago: 8.5 inches 8 mm thick and 33 mm wide at Hamachi
Mountings:  Steel, '34 pattern Shin-gunto saya with some dents. Tsuka with very worn but intact wrap, some missing samé and some corrosion to menuki. Were good quality mounts when new. No tsuba or seppa. Sliver washed copper habaki with almost all the silver worn off.
Overall Condition:  Poor, someone has used a grinder to clean the blade, there are nicks in the blade and in the kissaki. The good news is that on very close inspection with a magnifier it appears that this is a hand made blade and the "cleaner" was careful to avoid ruining the geometry of the sword. The nicks are also relatively minor so it should polish up nicely. We could find no information about this smith or the quality of his works, perhaps you will have better luck. It has a nice shape to it and the nakago is finished carefully and the mei well cut, so it may well be a sword worth the polish and shirasaya.
    305Gunto6

 

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Small Yari
Click to see Images Signature: None.
Year Made: Unknown

Forging Pattern: masame
Tempering Pattern: None visible
Dimensions:  Blade Length:  8.375 inches  Nakago: 11.5 inches 20.75 inches overall.
Mountings:  None.
Overall Condition: Small yari covered with groups of small scratches, almost like those left by a milling machine. No temper visible. The nakago shows some rust but not the patina of very old rust. The pictures tell the rest.
    Item: 1006Yari2

 

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1937 Pattern Kai-Gunto with Stainless Blade
Click to see Images Signature: Mumei.
Year Made: WW II era

Forging Pattern: None, stainless steel
Tempering Pattern: Suguha, etched.
Dimensions:  Blade Length:  25.625 inches  Nakago: 9.25 inches 7 mm thick and 32 mm wide at Hamachi
Mountings:  Standard quality Kai-gunto mounts, wood saya with black paint, some paint loss and cracking. Ito has some damage, artificial samé. All matching numbers on tsuba and seppa.
Overall Condition: Good. A stainless steel kai-gunto in original mounts. A light stamp, probably from the Toyokawa Naval Arsenal. Sword has some staining and scratching, some deep scratches near the kissaki. A few tiny chips in the blade. All in all an original kai-gunto in good condition for its age. These are becoming difficult to find intact.
  Item: 1106gunto3  

 

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Shinogi Zikuri Tanto in Shirasaya
Click to see Images Signature: Mumei.
Year Made: unknown

Forging Pattern: masame
Tempering Pattern: Suguha, appears to be etched
Dimensions:  Blade Length:  9.625 inches  Nakago: 4.875 inches 4 mm thick and 22 mm wide at Hamachi
Mountings:  Shirasaya, judging from the wood, I would place it at late 19th century through mid 20th. Copper habaki with wear
Overall Condition: Very good, this is an odd piece, as far as we know, no one made tanto in this configuration and with the hamon put on most likely with the polish it could be a boy's day piece or a tourist piece from the per-war period, in any case a rare an interesting sword with a fairly fresh polish and no damage.
    Item: 1206tanto5

 

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Tanto by Kanemoto
Click to see Images Signature: Kanemoto
Year Made: Late Koto (1500s)

Forging Pattern: Mokume
Tempering Pattern: Notare
Dimensions:  Blade Length:  7 ", Nakago: 3", Mihaba: 13/16", Kasane: 1/4", Sori: Uchi-zori"  
Mountings:  Koshirae with one piece gold Habaki from the Edo period (1800s)
Condition:  Koshirae and blade are in excellent condition.  The mekugi is a male/female friction fit.  This is a nice classic example of a woman's tanto in high quality understated mounts.
    Item: 807tanto2

 

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Gunto Katana by Kanehiro
Click to see Images Signature: Seki Ju Nin Kanehiro
Year Made: February 1943

Forging Pattern: Ko-Itame
Tempering Pattern: Sanbonsugi
Dimensions:   Blade Length:  25.5", Nakago: 8.5", Nakago: Mihaba: 1 7/32", Sakihaba: 27/32", Kasane: ", Sori: 3/4"  
Mountings:  World War II gunto koshirae with leather covered.  The saya looks like a bullet past through it and possibly been struck by another bullet (see pictures).  
Overall Condition: There are no defects or damage to the blade from any bullets or otherwise.  There are areas of minor rust pitting that have been cleaned out and would disappear with a good polish. 
  402GUNTO1  

 

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Stainless Toyokawa Arsenal Kai-gunto by Kiyomichi
Click to see Images Signature: Kiyomichi saku.
Year Made: WW II era

Forging Pattern: None, Stainless steel
Tempering Pattern: Suguha, etched
Dimensions:  Blade Length:  24.875 inches  Nakago: 8.5 inches 7 mm thick and 33 mm wide at Hamachi
Mountings:  '37 pattern Kai-gunto mounts in good condition with company officer rank tassel Matching numbers.
Overall Condition: Good, the sword appears to have been cleaned but is in good condition covered with a fine scratch. The simulated hamon is visible throughout most of the sword except the kissaki. A nice example of a signed stainless sword with original mounts. Getting more and more rare to find.
$1150   Item: 1106gunto4

 

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Koto Shobu Zukuri Wakizashi
Click to see Images Signature: Mumei,
Year Made:  Koto, Pre 1600s

Forging Pattern: Mixed itame and mokume, slightly tired
Tempering Pattern: Small suguha midare in nie with sunagashi, nie saki, inazuma and what appears to be utsuri but hard to see well due to old polish and scratching. Boshi difficult to see through scratches.
Dimensions:  Blade Length:  22.5 inches  Nakago: 5.5 inches 4.7 mm thick and 27 mm wide at Hamachi
Mountings:  Shirasaya, tsuka newly made, saya is old with sayagaki attribution to Bizen Unji. Silver foil and shakudo, two piece habaki with silver foil missing from one side.
Overall Condition:  Fair, I would call it good for it's age except for the scratching that obscures the boshi. Interesting sword that has seen many polishes with a very active hamon. Research would have to be done about the sayagaki being original to the sword.
    Item: Item: 305Wak5

 

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Gendai Katana with Bo-Hi
Click to see Images Signature: Noshu Ju Minamoto Kanehisa saku with hot stamp.
Year Made: Showa 17 (1943)

Forging Pattern: Ko-Itame
Tempering Pattern: Suguha -
Dimensions:  Blade Length:  26.3 ", Nakago: 8.7", Mihaba: 1 5/16", Sakihaba: 7/8", Kasane: 1/4", Sori: 9/16"  
Mountings:  WW II koshirae and Shirasaya with one piece brass Habaki
Condition: This sword has been buffed so there is no detail to photograph; however, under good light the hamon can be seen through the length of the blade.  The hamon is clearly visible forward of the hamachi for about eight inches.  The blade is in good condition otherwise with no problems, mostly light pitting that a good polish will remove.  The shirasaya is nicely made of maple.  The gunto koshirae is solid, no notable damage, but much of the paint has flaked off.  The ito is coming apart and the tassel is losing some of its threads but the band is in good condition.
    Item: 807kat8

 

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Ancestral Katana with Bo-hi in Civilian mounts adapted for Military Use
Click to see Images Signature:  Mumei, O-Suriage.
Year Made:  Possibly Koto, difficult to tell due to alteration of nakago

Forging Pattern: Impossible to tell.
Tempering Pattern: Difficult to tell, possibly midare/suguha.
Dimensions:  Blade Length:  24.5 inches  Nakago: 6.25 inches 6 mm thick and 30 mm wide at Hamachi
Mountings: Saya is plain wood with leather combat cover, war era. Tsuba is nice old iron piece, pierced with a wavy fan design with fans carved in as well. Had much brass inlay at one point, most of which is now missing. Quite old and nicely made. Tsuka is war era with brass fittings that appear to be the same age. Fuchi with design of pine boughs and sailboats in the distance, kashira design is pine boughs with moon. Menuki in brass of merchant or possibly fisherman. Wrap is in good condition samé is cracked in places. Two copper seppa and a silver washed copper habaki complete the mounting.
Overall Condition:  Of mounts: good, of blade: Poor, Blade is covered with scratches, rust and pits that pretty well obscure all workmanship. The nakago appears to have been shortened by someone other than a polisher or swordsmith. The kissaki is long and thin and it is difficult to tell if the shape is original or is due to a repair. The kissaki also has a crack on each side in the same place. The cracks don't appear to extend to the ha so technically can't be called hagiri (a fatal flaw). A polisher would have to be consulted about any repair. It is not possible to see any boshi in the kissaki. The hi are well carved, kata-chiri, end maru-dome and were probably original to the sword. It appears the sword has enough temper to take a polish if the problems in the kissaki could be resolved but that is something we are not qualified to judge.
    Item: 305gunto8

 

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Shin-gunto by Kanetaka
Click to see Images Signature: No Shu Seki No Ju Matsu Da Kanetaka Saku.
Year Made: WW II era

Forging Pattern: Muji
Tempering Pattern: Midare, oil quenched
Dimensions:  Blade Length:  26.375 inches  Nakago: 5.625 inches 7 mm thick and 31 mm wide at Hamachi
Mountings:  High quality '24 pattern shin-gunto mounts. The Fuchi and Kabuto-gane appear to have been cleaned down to their copper base, ito is worn but intact. The saya has had the paint removed by what appears to be a high speed buffer. High quality sukashi style tsuba and seppa with all matching numbers.
Overall Condition: Good, hefty oil quenched sword with some shallow pitting, a few small chips and some scuffing. Blade appears to have been cleaned at some point. Showa stamp on nakago.
    Item: 1006Gunto1

 

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Kyu-gunto blade in Civilian WW II Era Mounts
Click to see Images Signature: Mumei
Year Made: Taisho to early Showa

Forging Pattern: None, machine made blade
Tempering Pattern: Suguha, etched on.
Dimensions:  Blade Length:  26 inches  Nakago: 5.125 inches 6 mm thick and 26 mm wide at Hamachi
Mountings:  Kyu-gunto chrome saya in leather combat cover, copper rain pattern habaki. Buke-zukuri tsuka with fittings common to the era. Snap leather retainer. All in good condition for the age. The fuchi and kabuto-gane show signs of being cleaned. Ito is discolored near kabutogane, it may have been dipped in cleaning solution
Overall Condition: Good, blade in good condition, some light staining and very minor pitting, none detract from the appearance of the sword. It was most likely a machine made parade saber that was remounted as a civilian sword during WW II. The chrome saya was made more subtle with the addition of a leather combat cover. All in all an interesting piece for collectors of militaria of that era.
    Item: 1006kat5

 

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Koto Mihara Katana
Click to see Images Signature: Bushu Mihara Masazane
Year Made: Koto/1500

Forging Pattern: Mokume-Itame
Tempering Pattern: Suguha with Ko-Midare
Dimensions:   Blade Length:  26.5 ", Nakago: 7.8", Mihaba: 1 1/8", Sakihaba: 7/8", Kasane: 1/4", Sori: 7/16"  
Mountings:  The habaki is one piece copper, it is solid but not very well proportioned.  Rest of the fittings are junk.
Overall Condition: The blade is O-Suriogi but solid with no significant problems below the shinogi that a good polish won't remove.  There are some forging openings in the shinogiji that will be minimized in a polish if not removed.  There is plenty of hamon that this can be corrected when polished.
  807KAT18  

 

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Gunto with Bo-Hi in Military Mounts
Click to see Images Signature: BuShu YoshiNobu
Year Made: 1940s

Forging Pattern: Ko-Itame
Tempering Pattern: Sanbonsugi
Dimensions:   Blade Length:  26 3/16" 34 7/16", Nakago: 8 4/16", Mihaba: 1 3/16", Sakihaba: 13/16", Kasane: 1/4", Sori: 11/16"  
Mountings:  Black lacquer military tsuka, tsuba and saya.  The seems on the lower part of the saya have cracked open and some of the lacquer has chipped off or is blistered over most of the saya.  The parts of the original leather saya cover have been cut away and the piece at the kogiri is holding that end of the saya together.  The habaki is one piece brass.
Overall Condition: Except for rust spots that are mostly in the bo-hi and on the mune, the blade is in good condition.  The rust spots will come out when the blade is polished depending how much metal is removed.
  807KAT17  

 

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Tired Koto Katana
Click to see Images Signature: Mumei.
Year Made: Unknown, Looks Koto

Forging Pattern: Itame
Tempering Pattern: Suguha, weak or missing in areas.
Dimensions:   Blade Length:  26.75", Nakago: 7.5", Mihaba: 1 1/16", Sakihaba: 3/4", Kasane: 1/4", Sori: 7/8"  
Mountings:  Black lacquer saya with a leather wrapped tsuka and an iron tsuba which I believe is cast.  The habaki is two piece copper with gold wash on one part.
Overall Condition:  The blade has a number of forging cracks or openings and one very small blister that I found.  See the pictures for the larger openings.  The smaller openings will most likely disappear when the blade is polished.  The larger openings could disappear also with a polish but that can not be guaranteed.   The saya is in poor condition with cracked seems and a large piece at the coiguchi missing (see picture).  The tsuka is solid with leather ito in good condition and copper fan menuki but the kashira is missing.  The fuchi is in worn but solid condition and appears to be shakudo with gold highlights. 
  807kat15  

 

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Koto Tanto in Very Nicely Done Koshirae
Click to see Images Signature:  Mumei.
Year Made:  Koto?

Forging Pattern: very scratched and tired, hard to tell.
Tempering Pattern: midare in ko-nie.
Dimensions:  Blade Length:  12.5 inches  Nakago: 5 inches 6 mm thick and 27 mm wide at Hamachi
Mountings:  Very nice mounting done in brass and silver trimmed fittings with a kogatana (with visible hamon) and kogai, nice menuki of birds perching done in shakudo and gold plate, large nodule samé and possibly recent ito. All fittings done ensuite with a mottled design. Saya in red and black speckled lacquer in excellent shape with a fern in dark gold leaf on the omote. Some dents in the lacquer and some lacquer missing from kurikata but generally excellent. Habaki was once shakudo but now worn to copper.
Overall Condition:  This is a tired and polished down probably koto era hira zukuri tanto done in the Soshu style. The sword has been cleaned and is slightly rounded at the cutting edge. The nakago appears to be ubu though machi okuri. The sword is tired in places with ware but detail of the hada is hard to make out due to scratching. The hamon shows much activity although it is very close to the edge and appears to run off in one place (see pics) but we'll let you be the judge. There are many activities still visible in the hamon including kinsugi, nijuba and ji-nie, the tip of the boshi on the ura is quite something, a whirlpool of activity. This was once a fine blade and the care in remounting shows that someone cared quite a bit for this blade. It would make a very attractive display piece with an interesting old blade to study.
    Item: 1206tanto1

 

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ShinShinto Wakizashi
Click to see Images Signature: Mumei
Year Made: ShinShinto 1800s

Forging Pattern: Itame
Tempering Pattern: Suguha with Nie
Dimensions:  Blade Length:  29 3/8", Negasa: 22 1/4", Mihaba: 1 1/8", Sakihaba: 13/16", Kasane: 1/4", Sori: 7/16"  
Mountings:  Koshirae with two piece copper Habaki with silver wash (most of the silver is worn away)
Condition:  Very Good.  This sword was recently restored although it has some mismatched parts, it is rather good quality work.  The handle appears to be an old Higo handle with some very interesting fittings, perhaps from the Muromachi period.  The blade has a nice elegant feel to it and a worthy study piece.
    Item: 807wak2

 

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Click to see Images Signature: Mumei (O-suriage).
Year Made: Unknown, probably Koto (Nambokuchu sugata)

Forging Pattern: Running masame and mokume and O-mokume
Tempering Pattern: Very active midare in nie
Dimensions:  Blade Length:  26.5 inches  Nakago: 9 inches 7 mm thick and 31 mm wide at Hamachi
Mountings:  1934 shin-gunto mounts of average quality in fair condition. Samé is cracked and missing in places. Saya is in very good condition. Seppa and tsuba appear to have been cleaned. There is a silver washed copper habaki that does not fit the mune machi well. It is unclear as to whether the mounts are original to the blade. Most likely the majority are.
Overall Condition:  Fair, sword appears to be older Koto with a very thin kasane O-kissaki and has been cut down probably 10 inches since before the war, making it originally of tachi length, the O-kissaki and thin kasane together with a shallow sori would point to a Nambokuchu style tachi. Sword has some tired spots and exposed core steel, has been sharpened with a grinder as well. Has many tate ware, likely from many years of polishes. Hamon appears to be intact although the boshi is too badly scratched and faded to see any detail there at all. There is a very visible hada in places that varies from a running masame to O-mokume. The hamon has ashi and yo and much activity in nie as well as ji nie. Much of it is obscured by scratching, grinder marks and age but there is a wealth of activity under there. I'm not sure this sword would take a full polish and the nakago would need to be reshaped and repatinated But it would certainly make for an interesting study sword, especially if one could have some of the more gross damage removed and the activities in the hada and hamon brought to light. Many amateur polishers would enjoy this sword, if it were determined that it did not warrant an attempt to restore it.
    Item: 306kat7

 

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Long 30+ inch ShinShinto Katana with BoHi
Click to see Images Signature: Mumei
Year Made: 1700-1800s

Forging Pattern: Mokume
Tempering Pattern: Toran Midare
Dimensions:  Blade Length: 30.2  inches  Nakago: 10.25 inches 8 mm thick and 35 mm wide at Hamachi
Mountings:  Original red lacquered saya wrapped in leather for WW2 use, copper habaki
Overall Condition: Very Good.  A very healthy katana that is surprisingly well balanced.  Couple of small rust spots, stains and kizu, see pics.  Great piece to mount up, probably one of the best value buys on the site right now.
    306kat8

 

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Gassan SadaKatsu Gendaito with NBTHK Hozon Papers
Click to see Images Signature: Osaka Ju Gassan SadaKatsu Saku (Kao), Dated Kooki 2601, March.  (2601st year of the founding of the Japanese Empire, 1941)
Year Made: 1941

Forging Pattern: Mokume
Tempering Pattern: Midare in Nie with sunagashi and nijuba in areas
Dimensions:  Blade Length:   27.1 inches  Nakago: 7.25 inches 6 mm thick and 26 mm wide at Hamachi
Mountings:  Shirasaya, solid silver habaki.
Overall Condition: Excellent.  Another stunning Sadakatsu, this is a more typical piece from this smith, graceful tachi shape and done in the Bizen style.  A sword that will surely increased in value over time.
    1206Gendai1

 

 

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NTHK Papered Edo Ishido MitsuHira Katana
Click to see Images Signature:  Mumei, Attributed to Dewa no Kami Minamoto Mitsuhira.  Tsuba signed and papered to Shoami Oshu Nanbu Tsuba.
Forging Pattern:  Mokume with O-hada and masame
Tempering Pattern: Choji with Utsuri
Dimensions:  Blade Length:  27.3 inches  Nakago: 8.1 inches 6.5 mm thick 30 mm wide
Mountings:  Ribbed red lacquer saya with restored leather wrapped handle with period iron fittings and papered tsuba.  Solid silver habaki.
Overall Condition:  Excellent.  In fresh polish. This is an exceptional katana from one of the most sought after schools of the Shinto Period.  The Edo Ishido school was founded by Korekazu and Mitsuhira was one of its most imminent smiths.  This is a Jo-saku rated smith that have numerous Juyo papered swords.  This is a classic example of this smith's work in Ichimonji style with an excellent choji hamon and utsuri. His swords are rated Ryo-Wazamono for very good cutting ability.
  Item: 704kat11  

 

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Long Gendaito with Ikubi Kissaki and Hi
Click to see Images Signature: Minamoto Yoshichika Saku Kore.
Year Made: WW II era

Forging Pattern: could not tell
Tempering Pattern: Suguha/midare in very fine ko-nie
Dimensions:  Blade Length:  27.56 inches  Nakago: 7.125 inches 7 mm thick and 29 mm wide at Hamachi
Mountings:  1934 Pattern shin-gunto mounts of good quality (sukashi tsuba and gold washed habaki), the wear and tear of combat shows but everything matches and is in good shape.
Overall Condition: Very good, sword is modeled after an early tachi with an ikubi kissaki and bo-bi. There is some very light pitting and much fine scratching but all very minor. There is a stamping on the ura side of the nakago which we did not translate. The sword is nicely made and with the length and hi would make a fine sword for iai or an unusual shape for the collector of gendaito or WW II militaria.  YoshiChika was famous for making swords that cut extremely well.  Many of the Imperial Guards used swords made by him.  This is a very rare signature for the Nidai Smith.  The test cut was performed by Nakayama Hakudo, a very prominent swordsman in the Showa era; a picture of him could be found in page 255 of Slough's book.  These swords are quite hard to come by and in high demand, especially one that is this long. Read more about this smith.
    1206gendai4

 

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NBTHK Papered Koto O-Tanto
Click to see Images Signature:  Attributed to Uda HiraKuni (circa 1500s) of the KuniKiyo School
Forging Pattern:  Mokume and masame
Tempering Pattern: Suguha
Dimensions:  Blade Length:  12.9 inches  Nakago: 4.5 inches 5 mm thick 29 mm wide
Mountings:  Recently professionally restored with Edo Period metal Higo fittings.
Overall Condition:  Excellent.  In fresh polish. A very nice stout fully restored tanto.
  Item: 1006tanto1  

 

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Katana by Nobuyoshi with NTHK paper
Click to see Images Signature: Kiku Mon, Echizan no Kami (Nobuyoshi)
Year Made:  1600s

Forging Pattern: Itame
Tempering Pattern: Gunome-Midare
Dimensions:   Blade Length:  26.4", Nakago: 8.3", Mihaba: 1 3/16", Sakihaba: 7/8", Kasane: 1/4", Sori: 1/2"  
Mountings:  The black saya has a few minor dents but is in good condition.  The tsuka is in good condition with nice copper lobster menuki that are 2 3/4" and the ito is tight.  The fuchi and kashira are iron and in good condition. There is no tsuba.
Overall Condition: The blade is in very good condition, no flaws, only a few minor scratches.  There would be no need to have the blade polished but, if it were, it would be spectacular.
  507KAT1  

 

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Long (27.5 inch) Graceful Katana with NTHK Papers
Click to see Images Signature:  Mumei, attributed to Mumei, attributed by the NTHK to Sagami (no) Kami Fujiwara Morinaga Nuudo.
Year Made: Shinto, approx. 1661 
Forging Pattern: Very active itame,
Tempering Pattern: Active gunome midare.
Dimensions:  Blade Length:  27.5 inches  Nakago: 7 inches 7 mm thick and 30 mm wide at Hamachi
Mountings:  Shirasaya
Overall Condition: Excellent, in recent polish.  This is a very nice elegant sword from the early shinto period.  It has also been issued Kanteisho (defined as "important work on Rich Stein's Nihonto site) papers by the N.T.H.K. with 74 (very good) points assigned, attesting to the quality of this sword. It is a long and graceful blade, which feels light in the hand.
    306kat13

 

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Daisho Swords in Koshirae
Click to see Images DAI
Signature:
 Hizen no Kami Fujiwara Hirosada
Year Made: 1684

Forging Pattern: Ko-Itame
Tempering Pattern: Suguha
Dimensions:   Blade Length:  27 15/16", Nakago: 8.35", Mihaba: 1 3/16", Sakihaba: 11/16", Kasane: 1/4", Sori: 9/16"  
Blade Length is total length with nakago, nagasa is the length of the cutting edge
Mountings:  The saya is in excellent condition and beautifully done. The kodogu is all matching shibuichi of waves in excellent condition with inlaid gold and silver dots.  The tsuba is iron in the same pattern as the kodogu and has a nice patina.  There is a silver fukurin on the tsuba that has several dents from being bumped.  The habaki is one piece gold foiled and is solid but there is a tear in the foil on the bottom.
Overall Condition: The blade is in very fine condition and the polish, although not fresh, is in fine condition.  There is a fourging crack just in front of the machi on the shinnogi-ji and an opening on the same side of the blade just below the mune.  The is another forging crack/opening on the opposite side of the blade just above the hamon. 

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Signature:
 Mumei
Year Made: 

Forging Pattern: Itame
Tempering Pattern: Notare Midare
Dimensions:   Blade Length:  23", Nakago 6 3/8, Mihaba: 1 1/8", Sakihaba: 7/8", Kasane: 7/32", Sori: 3/8"  
Mountings:  The Sho saya is in identical condition and as beautifull as the Dai. The kodogu is all matching with the Dai and in equally as fine condition.  The fukurin on the tsuba also has several dents from being bumped.  The habaki is also one piece gold foiled and is in good solid condition.
Overall Condition: The blade is in very fine condition and the polish, although not fresh, is in fine condition. 

    Item: 1106Daisho1

 

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Beefy Naginata Naoshi Wakizashi
Click to see Images Signature: Mumei O-Suriage.  Attributed to Den Noshu Seki Daido by the NTHK (70 points) at the recent Chicago Shinsa.
Year Made: Early Shinto

Forging Pattern: Itame
Tempering Pattern: Toran Midare with sunagashi and kinsuji
Dimensions:  Blade Length: 21  inches  Nakago: 6 inches 7 mm thick and 30 mm wide at Hamachi
Mountings:  Shriasaya with copper habaki
Overall Condition: Good.  This is a very menacing looking wakazashi made from what must have been a fairly large naginata, with very nice active hamon and a vibrant hada. 
    306wak3

 

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Soshu Hiromasa Tanto with Stunning Koshirae all NBTHK Papered
Click to see Images Signature: Soshu Ju Hiro Masa
Year Made: Muromachi 1400s-1500s

Forging Pattern: Itame
Tempering Pattern: Full Temper Classic Shoshu Den work with abundant activity
Dimensions:  Blade Length: 8.7  inches  Nakago: 3.6 inches 4 mm thick and 21 mm wide at Hamachi
Mountings:  Exceptional NBTHK Tokubetsu Hozon papered mounts.  Deeply carved cloud motif with family mon.  Exceptional work.  Shirasaya, sunagi and original habaki.
Overall Condition: Excellent.  Stunning tanto in very elegant, understated, very high quality mounts.  Take a look at the pictures.
    1206tanto4

 

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Gassan SadaKatsu Gendaito Forged in Commemoration of the Birth of The Crown Prince (Current Emperor) of Japan with NBTHK papers and presentation boxes.
Click to see Images Signature: Osaka Ju Nin Showa 8, 12th Moon.  Gassan Sadakatsu Kin Saku.  Ko Taishiden kaGyo Tan Jo Ki Nen.  Made in December 1933 by Gassan Sadakatsu of Osaka, in commemoration of the birth of his Royal Highness the Crown Prince of Japan.  With NBTHK Papers.
Year Made: 1933

Forging Pattern: Ayasugi
Tempering Pattern: Suguha in very fine ko-nie
Dimensions:  Blade Length:  27.1 inches  Nakago: 7.25 inches 7 mm thick and 30 mm wide at Hamachi
Mountings:  Shirasaya, solid silver habaki and double presentation boxes.
Overall Condition: Excellent.  An very rare and beautiful Gassan SadaKatsu, perhaps the best work I have seen from this smith.  This sword was forged to commemorate the birth of the current Emperor of Japan in Showa 8 (1933).  The polish is probably original, it comes with the original double presentation box with inscription by Gassan Sadakatsu describing the sword.  A flawless tour de force of Gassan School craftmanship.  Very elegant shape with a powerful proportions and the most consistent controlled forging I have seen in a Gassan sword. Truly one of the top 10 gendaitos I have seen.  A sword that will surely increased in value over time.
    1206Gendai2

 

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Long Shinto Katana with BoHi
Click to see Images Signature:  Mumei
Year Made:  1600s

Forging Pattern: Mokume
Tempering Pattern: Suguha in Nioi with Ko-Nie
Dimensions:  Blade Length:  27.8 inches  Nakago: 7.7 inches 6.5 mm thick and 30 mm wide at Hamachi
Mountings:
 39 pattern shin gunto with all matching fittings, missing the spring clip.  Silver foiled habaki.
Overall Condition:  Very Good in wartime polish.  Some surface scratches and haze.  This sword will polish out very nicely.  It has a wide think hamon of nioi sprinkled with ko-nie and a very fine dense mokume hada.  This is most likely a Hizen school sword and is reminiscent of work by the second or third generation Tadayoshi.  No visible forging flaws.  A very nicely balanced sword with an excellent shape that was once owned by the founder of a local Kenjitsu school.  I am very tempted to send this sword for polish and papers but have too many swords in restoration at the moment.
    Item: 905kat7

 

 

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NBTHK KichoPapered Gassan SadaKazu
Click to see Images Signature:  Teishitsu Gigeiin (Imperial Court Artisan) Gassan Sadakazu at the Age of 79 (Kao).  Dated Taisho 3, 8th Moon.  Forged for use by Kojima Hakutaro.
Forging Pattern:  Mokume
Tempering Pattern: Choji
Dimensions:  Blade Length:  24.9 inches  Nakago: 6.25 inches 6 mm thick 24 mm wide
Mountings:  Shirasaya and gold foiled habaki.
Overall Condition:  Excellent.  In recent polish. An exceptional sword by the Living National Treasure Smith in Bizen Tradition.  Sadakazu was born in 1836 in Omi province and was adopted when he was 7 by Gassan Sadayoshi after his father passed away.  In 1906 he was appointed Imperial Court Artisan.  He passed away in 1918 at the age of 84.  This sword made in 1913 was perhaps one of the last of his work and the elegance and grace of this blade speaks to his illustrious career.
  Item: 806kat9  

 

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Nice Looking Shin-Gunto in Original Fittings
Click to see Images Signature: Kin or Kane/ Michi or Nao (first character of name can be pronounced either way and second is difficut to decide what name was intended).
Year Made: WW II era

Forging Pattern: Muji hada
Tempering Pattern: Midare with peaked gunome in nioi
Dimensions:  Blade Length:  24.687 inches  Nakago: 8 inches 7 mm thick and 31 mm wide at Hamachi
Mountings:  1934 Pattern shin-gunto mounts of good quality in very good condition. Gold washed habaki and all matching numbers. Saya in excellent condition with no dents and almost no paint loss.
Overall Condition: Very good, sword appears to be a Seki stamped, oil quenched katana in very good condition with the exception of scratches and scuffing. The perfect sword for someone looking for a nice Shin-gunto for display. They don't come much cleaner than this and clean, all original swords are becoming very difficult to find.
    1206gendai5

 

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Long Koto Katana
Click to see Images Signature: Mune Kuni.
Year Made: 1500s

Forging Pattern: Itame
Tempering Pattern: Midare
Dimensions:  Blade Length:  31 inches  Nakago: 8.8 inches 7 mm thick and 30 mm wide at Hamachi
Mountings:  Edo Periond Mounts. 
Overall Condition: Fair.  Nice long old blade that got a new horimono put on probably in the 1900s for the tourist trade.  Some missing temper towards the tip.  Priced apporiately.
    Item: 1206kat3

 

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Early Shinto Wakizashi, Long with Hi
Click to see Images Signature: Mumei.
Year Made:  Early Shinto

Forging Pattern: Mokume/itame.
Tempering Pattern: Midare
Dimensions:  Blade Length:  19.75 inches  Nakago: 4.5 inches 6 mm thick and 27 mm wide at Hamachi
Mountings:  Fairly new good quality shirasaya with nicely done silver foil "rain" pattern habaki.
Overall Condition:  Excellent, in fresh polish. A nice, longer wakizashi with bo-bi and a nice prominent hada. Hamon in nioi with nie and ji-nie in places. A "sleepy" hamon under a kesho polish is difficult to photograph but will provide many hours of enjoyment in person. All in all a very light and elegant, well forged wakizashi.
    1104wak2

 

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ShinShinTo Gassan Katana
Click to see Images Signature: Mumei
Year Made: 1800s

Forging Pattern: Ayasugi/Itame
Tempering Pattern: Midare
Dimensions:  Blade Length:  26.25 inches  Nakago: 6.5 inches 6 mm thick and 28 mm wide at Hamachi
Mountings:  Shirasaya with integrated wood habaki
Overall Condition:  Very good, in recent polish.  Nice example of a Shinshinto Gassan school sword with classic Ayasugi hamon.
    806kat1

 

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Shin-Shinto Katana
Click to see Images Signature: Mumei
Year Made: 1800s

Forging Pattern: Masame with Itame
Tempering Pattern: Midare
Dimensions:  Blade Length:  26.8 inches  Nakago: 9.5 inches 6 mm thick and 27 mm wide at Hamachi
Mountings:  Shirasaya with Copper Habaki
Overall Condition:  Excellent.  A very nice vibrant active sword made to look like a koto sword.  In fresh polish.  An exceptional value for a very nicely forged and restored sword.
    1006kat1

 

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Long Yamato-den Koto Katana
Click to see Images Signature: Mumei
Year Made: 1500/1600s

Forging Pattern: Masame
Tempering Pattern: Midare
Dimensions:  Blade Length:  29.2 inches  Nakago: 8.8 inches 6.5 mm thick and 32 mm wide at Hamachi
Mountings:  Shirasaya with Copper Double Habaki which was gold foiled at one time.
Overall Condition:  Excellent.  An elegant old sword with great character and a very graceful powerful curvature.  This sword was shortened and was likely a very long tachi originally.  But it still retains over 29 inches of cutting edge and is very well balanced.  There is very deep activity in both the hamon and hada where you could see sunagashi, chikei and pools of nie.
    806kat6

 

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NBTHK Tokubetsu Hozon Papered Shodai TadaKuni
Click to see Images Signature:  Shinano no Daijo Fujiwara Tadakuni
Forging Pattern:  Mokume/Itame
Tempering Pattern: Suguha
Dimensions:  Blade Length:  21 inches  Nakago: 6 inches 6.5 mm thick 29.5 mm wide
Mountings:  Shirasaya and solid silver habaki.
Overall Condition:  Excellent.  In recent polish. An exceptional wakizashi, fully restored by a highly rated smith (80 points in Hawleys).  Tadakuni swords are also rated Wazamono (Extremely Sharp).  This rating was done in 1815 by Yamada Asaemon Yoshitishi (see Connoisseur's Guide Page 37).  This smith is the Student of Dewa Daijo Kunimichi and his swords are rated as Jo-Saku by Fujishiro.  The Second Generation has a lesser rating of Chu-Jo-Saku and is not rated Wazamono.  An exceptional value for the serious collector.
  Item: 1004wak7  

 

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Long 27.6 Inch Gendaito by Nidai YoshiChika with Nakayama Hakudo Cutting Test
Click to see Images Signature:  Ni Dai Minamoto YoshiChika HakuDo Tameshi Mei Stamp
Year Made:  1940s

Forging Pattern: Tight Mokume
Tempering Pattern: Gunome Choji
Dimensions:  Blade Length:  27.6 inches  Nakago: 7.4 inches 7 mm thick and 29 mm wide at Hamachi
Mountings: 39 Pattern ShinGunto with Mon Kashira
Overall Condition:  Very Good.  Original polish is hazed over.  Some staining but no rust.  YoshiChika was famous for making swords that cut extremely well.  Many of the Imperial Guards used swords made by him.  This is a very rare signature for the Nidai Smith.  The test cut was performed by Nakayama Hakudo, a very prominent swordsman in the Showa era; a picture of him could be found in page 255 of Slough's book.  These swords are quite hard to come by and in high demand, especially one that is this long. Read more about this smith.
 

 

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Large Koto Naginata
Click to see Images Signature:  Mumei
Year Made:  1500s

Forging Pattern: Mokume
Tempering Pattern: Gunome Midare in Nie
Dimensions:  Blade Length:  17.9 inches  Nakago: 19.25 inches 8 mm thick and 30 mm wide at Hamachi
Mountings:
 Original Saya and copper habaki
Overall Condition:  Good in old polish.  Some surface scratches and rust.  Nice heavy naginata with an uncut tang.  Older naginatas tend to be heavier and more stout than those made in the Edo period for battlefield use.  This is a nicely forged heavy naginata with a vibrant grain and hamon.  No visible forging flaws.
 

 

Item: 305nag2

 

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Koto Katana with Horimono, Signed
Click to see Images Signature:  Badly rusted best guess is Noshu Junin Kanenari
Forging Pattern:  itame
Tempering Pattern: mixed gunome and midare
Dimensions:  Blade Length:  27.125 inches  Nakago: 7.75 inches 6 mm thick 30 mm wide
Mountings:  Shirasaya with horn fittings and plain copper habaki
Overall Condition:  Fair. Nice, well carved horimono of hata banner on one side and a bonji of Kojin, God of Calamities on the other. Sword is tired with a kakedashi but still would make an excellent display piece
 

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Item: 1104kat4

 

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27.5 inch Koto Katana in Fresh Polish
Click to see Images Signature: Bizen Kuni (no) Ju Jin Nagamitsu.
Year Made:  Murmachi Koto

Forging Pattern: Prominent mokume.
Tempering Pattern: Toran based midare in nie.
Dimensions:  Blade Length:  27.5 inches  Nakago: 7.5 inches 6 mm thick and 31 mm wide at Hamachi
Mountings:  Old shirasaya in excellent condition, silver foil habaki with interesting patterns in good condition.
Overall Condition:  Very good, Has a recent finish polish and has one light scratch (which is pictured but is much harder to see than in the photo. Nakago is ubu and signed Nagamitsu, we assume it is gimei but has never been to shinsa. Beautiful sword, graceful shape, weight and balance. Much activity in nie with a beautiful mokume hada that you don't see on newer swords. This sword requires nothing but time to admire and study it. Price is what the blade cost before the polish.
    Item: 1205katX

 

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Star Stamped GendaiKatana by Semimaru Masahiro in New Polish with Perfect Mounts
Click to see Images Signature: Sakai ju Semimaru Masahiro Saku.
Year Made:  Showa 19, 8th moon, a day (October, 1944)

Forging Pattern: Masame.
Tempering Pattern: Suguha/gunome mix in copius nie.
Dimensions:  Blade Length:  26.5 inches  Nakago: 8.5 inches 7 mm thick and 35 mm wide at Hamachi
Mountings:  Excellent 1944 shin gunto mounts, These mouts look like they were never used there is tiny paint loss on the bottom of the saya but with the exception of that they are super clean. Silver washed habaki.
Overall Condition:  Excellent, this is a hefty sword in fresh American polish, the polish is well done the blade has no waves and the lines are crisp and correct, The blade has very tastefully done horimono of bonji and a wide motohave and extended chu-kissaki. The hamon is a mixture of suguha and gunome with much nie sprinkling out from the hamon into the ji. There are a few tint pits and tateware after the polish as the sword was very rusty but overall this is a beautiful package that needs nothing. Semimaru Masahiro was a Rikugun Jumei Tosho and the star stamp confirms that this is a gendaito (not that the nie would leave any doubt) The perfect example of 1944 mounts for the collector of miitaria and a nicely mounted gendaito in fresh polish for the collector of Gendaito.
    Item: 806katx1

 

SOLD MT Unusual Sword Cane
Click to see Images Signature: mumei.
Year Made:  Shinshinto/Meiji

Forging Pattern: couldn't tell.
Tempering Pattern: Gunome in nioi
Dimensions:  Blade Length:  16.812 inches  Nakago: 3 inches 7 mm thick and 17 mm wide at Hamachi
Mountings:  Wooden inlay saya and tsuka with some cracks and missing wood in the saya, plain brass fittings with a horn or ivory kashira.
Overall Condition:  Good, old polish with some scratching and light stabilized rust, nice bright gunome hamon with a maru mitsu sugata and goma bashi engraved on one side and a koshi-bi on the other. There are also small kanji on both sides but could only make out "yama" on one side. An interesting example of this kind of sword that should clean up nicely with a finish polish.
     

 

Sold TR Gendaito by Kanetoshi in '34 Pattern Shin-gunto Mounts
Click to see Images Signature: Kanetoshi.
Year Made:  WW II era

Forging Pattern: Hard to see, looks like itame.
Tempering Pattern: Suguha with Hakikake boshi
Dimensions:  Blade Length:  25.75 inches  Nakago: 8.25 inches 6 mm thick and 31 mm wide at Hamachi
Mountings:  Good quality '34 pattern shin-gunto mounts. very little pain loss on saya, small piece of samé missing but tsuka in good condition otherwise. All matching numbers on seppa and tsuba, al parts seem original to the sword.
Overall Condition:  Very good, nicely forged sword with suguha hamon in ko-nie, unusual hakikaki boshi. The hada is tight but visible through the old polish in places. A finish polish would bring out the hada and hamon. As the sword is nijimei it is difficult to say which Kanetoshi made this sword but it is well forged with a graceful shape and no forging flaws. Together with an original set of mounts this makes a nice package for collectors of gendaito, martial artists or a great first sword.
    Item: 1005gunto14

 

Sold PRU

Mantetsu-to
Click to see Images Signature:  Mantetsu Kitau Tsukuru Kore with a Ren stamp and 624 on the nakago mune.
Year Made: Showa Mizunoto Hitsuji Shun (Spring of 1943) 
Forging Pattern: Mantetsu,
Tempering Pattern: suguha.
Dimensions:  Blade Length:  26.25 inches  Nakago: 8.25 inches 6 mm thick and 31 mm wide at Hamachi
Mountings:  1934 pattern shin-gunto with the tsuka and ishizuke (drag) missing as well as some of the seppa. It has a brass habaki in decent condition and a saya in good condition despite the missing drag. Has the normal bright plated, non sukashi tsuba made for the leather strap method of blade retention in good condition.
Overall Condition:  Fair, the blade is covered in heavy scratches with signs if attempts to sharpen it with a file or grinding wheel. It would make a good sword for practice polish or to have a tamisigiri level polish done as these swords are known to cut very well.
    Item: 805gunto4

 

Sold KJ Gunto by Yoshiharu in '34 pattern Shin-gunto mounts
Click to see Images Signature:  Yoshiharu.
Year Made:  Showa Mizunoto Hitsuji Shu (Autumn 1943)

Forging Pattern: none.
Tempering Pattern: none, simulated hamon.
Dimensions:  Blade Length:  26.25 inches  Nakago: 8.625 inches 8 mm thick and 32 mm wide at Hamachi
Mountings:  Fittings of medium quality in good shape. No dents in saya, wrap on tsuka intact as is the wooden core and samé, Some dirt and corrosion on the seppa and tsuba and everything shows its age and use. But is all solid and appears original to the sword.
Overall Condition:  Good, some scratches, very shallow pitting and some staining from what appears to be a chemical cleaner. The habaki is rusted to the sword but a soaking in WD-40 should free that. The second ji of the name was hard to decipher but we have included a picture of a mei the same as this one from Fuller and Gregory's Swordsmiths of Japan: 1026-1945, as well as the index description. All in all a WW II gunto in original mounts in good condition.
    306kat19

 

Sold BC Oil Quenched Showa Katana in Good Polish with Odd Mounts
Click to see Images Signature: Mei is not really readable, a possible guess is Fukushima Masahiro.
Year Made:  WW II era

Forging Pattern: Muji hada
Tempering Pattern: Midare in nioi
Dimensions:  Blade Length:  24.75 inches  Nakago: 7.75 inches 8 mm thick and 32 mm wide at Hamachi
Mountings:  1934 pattern shin-gunto mounts. The mounts are odd in that they appear to be set up to be worn as a traditional katana (through the sash, cutting edge up) there is no suspension ashi on the saya and no sign of there ever having been one, no holes of any kind in the tsuba, a plain copper fuchi and a brass habaki. The koi guchi on the saya was set up for a latch. I have never seen this set up before. The mounts are of middle quality and in good condition. Some paint loss to the saya and corrosion to the menuki. The kabutogane is of odd design without the usual cherry blossoms and leaves but has a nice sarute. A cast brass habaki is also unusual. There is only one seppa. The mounts do not appear to be reproductions.
Overall Condition:  Good. The sword is in good polish and appears to be well made with a nice suguta and extended chu-kissaki. The bright nioi hamon stands out well and there are only a few scratches, shallow pits and tiny nicks to mar the surface. There are no arsenal stamps but the sword has every sign of being yakiabura (quenched in oil, not water). This is our opinion and it is always possible that it is a traditionally (or partially traditionally) made sword done in a plain nioi hamon, There were many tricks and secrets used by smiths back then, so we leave the final determination to the buyer. In any case, it is a graceful looking sword in good polish and even the yasurimei (file marks on the nakago) were carefully done. It would make a fine collectible for the unusual mounts or an excellent martial arts sword for someone small in stature. As far as the translation of the mei, we are fairly certain of the first and last ji, the middle two match nothing in any of our books of kanji but with a large leap of imagination one could possibly get the translation given. If someone has an alternative we would love to hear it.
    Item: 306kat20

 

Sold KS

Nicely Made Showa Sword by Kanemasa in Shin-Gunto Mounts
Click to see Images Signature:  Takauchi Kanemasa.
Year Made: WW II era 
Forging Pattern: Very dense masame? Hard to tell but definitely has visible grain
Tempering Pattern: A gunome midare resembling koshi no hirata midare in nioi.
Dimensions:  Blade Length:  26.19 inches  Nakago: 8.375 inches 6 mm thick and 30 mm wide at Hamachi
Mountings:  Partial '34 shin-gunto. Has quality fittings and well made leather combat cover on saya. Missing tsuba, seppa and sarute. Uses a leather strap and "snap" retention system, well made of leather collar for fuchi.
Overall Condition:  Very good, the sword has grain to it, so it has been folded of steel of some quality, the hamon has the bright nioi look associated with an oil quenched sword, which would make this a quality gunto. There are what seem to be small partial "Seki" stamps in two places and the file mark direction and coloration is different where a stamp would usually be found. There is some indication the the machi may have been moved forward a bit for some reason. The polish is in good condition with some scratching in two areas on the sword. There is scratching on the kissaki and a few small pits. The polish was done well and the sword is not very "wavy" if you sight down it. The smith took quite a bit of care in its manufacture and water quenching, while doubtful, cannot be ruled out. It is a nicely shaped beefy blade which would be excellent for use in certain martial arts or the missing pieces of the mounting could be replaced for a quality example of a WW II officer's sword.
    Item: 1005gunto5

 

Sold FL

Shinto Wakizashi in Kyu-Gunto mounts
Click to see Images Signature:  Mumei, possibly O-suriage.
Year Made: Shinto era 
Forging Pattern: Hard to tell due to polish, possible a tight itame
Tempering Pattern: Suguha midare in nie.
Dimensions:  Blade Length:  22 inches  Nakago: 5.5 inches 5 mm thick and 28 mm wide at Hamachi
Mountings:  1886 pattern Kyu-gunto company grade officer mounts with tassel in good shape, Chrome is rusted on saya, D-guard handle in good condition. Family mon in silver on backstrap. Wire and samé in good condition.
Overall Condition:  Fair, what appears to be an early Shinto katana cut down to wakizashi size for these mounts. Has a visible hada that is difficult to photograph due to very old polish. Some pitting quite deep on the kissaki on one side. Suguha/midare hamon in nie with strands of ji-nie visible here and there where the polish permits. Quite possibly this is a very active hamon under the pitting and old polish, at least it appears that way where visible. Unfortunately difficult to capture on film. Might be a real diamond under all that, would take a polish to find out.
    Item: 1005gunto15

 

Sold AW

Gendai sword mounted for Iaido
Click to see Images Signature: Mumei.
Year Made:  Showa

Forging Pattern: Impossible to tell.
Tempering Pattern: Toran
Dimensions:  Blade Length:  25.5 inches  Nakago: 8 inches 8 mm thick and 30 mm wide at Hamachi
Mountings:  Fairly recent, high quality, Fred Lohman Co., buke zukuri reproductions. With a new solid silver habaki. From our personal experience with Fred's parts; the seppa are blackened silver, the fuchi/kashira and tsuba are blackened steel copies cast from antiques. The samé is full wrap and real and the ito and sageo are silk.
Overall Condition:  Very good, Blade has been polished to a high gloss making almost any detail invisible. Looking very carefully at it one can see the hamon but it was near to impossible to photograph it. I have used some Photoshop techniques to bring it out in two photos and to outline it in two others. The kissaki is pure white, fine scratches and nothing is visible beneath but given the overall condition of the sword and the thickness of the hamon and shape of the kissaki, it does not look repaired and is probably intact underneath there. With the new and tight mounts it is an excellent sword for someone of smaller stature to use in iai or other sword related martial arts. Or if someone wants a real, antique Japanese sword in accurate looking mounts to display but can't afford a sword with antique fittings this would certainly fit the bill nicely.  Folks, this sword is priced below the cost of restoration, so please do not ask for a discount :-)
    Item: 1005kat1

 

Sold MM Clean Example of an Officer's 1934 Pattern Mounted Shin-Gunto
Click to see Images Signature:  Kanemune.
Year Made:  Showa 18 years, 10 moons (October, 1943)

Forging Pattern: none.
Tempering Pattern: none, hamon simulated with finger-stones
Dimensions:  Blade Length:  26 inches  Nakago: 8 inches 8 mm thick and 31 mm wide at Hamachi
Mountings:  Well preserved 1934 pattern shin-gunto mounts, all intact, with matching production numbers on the seppa and tsuba. Ito and samé are in very good condition with normal accumulation of dirt and some corrosion to the brass plating on the menuki. Saya is in excellent shape with no dents and negligible paint loss. The fittings are of above average quality and condition. Habaki is what appears to be brass.
Overall Condition:  Good, the sword has some small nicks and small shallow pits and some staining. Most of the simulated hamon can no longer be seen. The very tip of the kissaki is bent over. All in all this is a fine example of a mass produced machine made and "smith" finished blade. The workmanship on the blade is reasonable with good yasurime and a carefully carved mei. Together with the fittings being in excellent shape as well this is a very good example of a real Japanese officer's sword for the collector of miltaria. (note, as it is unknown if such swords were tempered at all, they should never be used to cut anything with,)
    Item: 1005gunto17

 

Sold DC Signed Gunto by Kinmichi in '34 Pattern Shin-gunto mounts
Click to see Images Signature: Kinmichi.
Year Made: A lucky day in Showa 18 (1943)

Forging Pattern: none
Tempering Pattern: Barely visible suguha hamon, probably etched
Dimensions:  Blade Length:  26.25 inches  Nakago: 8.375 inches 7 mm thick and 31 mm wide at Hamachi
Mountings:  1934 shin-gunto mounts of average quality in good condition. Samé and ito are worn but intact. Silver washed copper habaki, matching assembly numbers on seppa and tsuba Saya is dented near the bottom, otherwise in good shape with little paint loss.
Overall Condition:  Good, sword appears to be a non-traditionally made gunto, the nakago bears a stamp resembling the stamp of the Nagoya arsenal. It appears to have been cleaned but is in good condition with no major rusting, pitting, nicks or bends. All parts appear to be original to the blade. A very collectible example of an early war gunto.
    1005gunto9

 

Sold BB

WW II Mantetsu-to
Click to see Images Signature:  Koaisshin Mantetsu Saku Kore.
Year Made:  Showa Kanoto Miharu (spring 1941)

Forging Pattern: Muji.
Tempering Pattern: Suguha.
Dimensions:  Blade Length:  26.18 inches  Nakago: 8.5 inches 8 mm thick and 32 mm wide at Hamachi
Mountings:  '34 pattern shin-gunto mounts with the push button release retention system. The mounts show the ware of heavy use. The saya is dented with missing paint, The samé seems intact but the ito is frayed. The metal fittings are of good quality and in decent condition. There is no sarute. They seem original to the sword
Overall Condition:  Fair, the sword mei indicates one of the better Mantetsu-to which were supposedly made in Japan as opposed to Manchuria. It appears to have been used for cutting and shows the nicks and scratches resulting from such use. There is a tiny piece missing from the tip of the kissaki (about 1 mm). There is some light stabilized rust and shallow pitting. These are known to be quality swords for the practice of martial cutting arts and this sword could be polished for that use or kept as is as an example of a Mantetsu-to.
    Item: 1005gunto6

 

Sold DH

27+ Inch Showa Katana
Click to see Images Signature:  Noshu Seki Ju KaneMune Kore Wo. Dated Kooki NiSen Roku Haku Nen (1940).  With declaration of success for Japanese Army.  Sho Stamp.
Year Made:  1940

Forging Pattern: Tight Mokume
Tempering Pattern: Midare/Sanbon
Dimensions:  Blade Length:  27.125 inches  Nakago: 8.7 inches 7.5 mm thick and 29.5 mm wide at Hamachi
Mountings:  Matching 1937 pattern Shin Gunto.
Overall Condition:  Good, no rust, some surface scratches from use.
    805gendai2

 

Sold MRC

Gendaito by Kanetoshi
Click to see Images Signature: Noshu ju Murayama Kanetoshi Saku Kore.
Year Made:  WW II era

Forging Pattern: Difficult to see due to scratching,
Tempering Pattern: Sanbonsugi.
Dimensions:  Blade Length:  26.125 inches  Nakago: 8.875 inches 7 mm thick and 32 mm wide at Hamachi
Mountings:  Partial '34 pattern shin-gunto mounts. Wooden saya with leather combat cover in very good condition. Tsuka is in poor condition, wood is broken, same cracked and fittings have been painted at one point with gold leaf. Brass rain pattern habaki. Missing tsuba and seppa.
Overall Condition:  Fair, sword has been polished with stones or fine sandpaper, showing the hamon but leaving a fine scratch on the ji. Kissaki has been reshaped, it has good boshi but a polisher would have to decide if it could be reshaped to a more traditional shape, however it is not that unattractive as is. Kanetoshi was a Rikugun Jumei Tosho or registered army smith of note. He took 2nd seat in the 1941 sword competition and is known for making, medium to high-grade gendaito. The hamon is a traditional Mino hamon of Kanemoto, known as sanbonsugi or three cedars with the peaks in nioi and the troughs filled with nie. Would be a nice sword by a good smith with a professional polish and possibly a reshaping of the kissaki.
    Item: 1005gunto3

 

Sold LML

Hefty WW II Era Katana with High End Mounts
Click to see Images Signature:There is no signature as such but an inscription something to the effect of "Edged Weapon Military Co." and on the reverse Shinbu-to or warrior or battle sword (once again our thanks to Harry Watson of afuresearch.com for the translation of difficult mei).
Year Made:  WW II era

Forging Pattern: Unable to tell, most likely muji.
Tempering Pattern: Midare.
Dimensions:  Blade Length:  26.75 inches  Nakago: 8.5 inches 6 mm thick and 33 mm wide at Hamachi
Mountings:  High quality '34 pattern army shin-gunto mounts in good condition. Numbers on tsuba and seppa match and appear to be original to the sword. The handle wrap is in good condition over high quality large nodule samé. The fittings and sarute are of higher than average quality and in good condition. The paint on the saya has cracked and is flaking in places.
Overall Condition:  Good, the sword appears to have been cleaned, leaving a bright chrome-like finish on one side with the hamon only visible for an inch or so near the yokote. The other side has had hazuya stones or very fine sand paper used on it to make the hamon visible, with the exception of the kissaki. It is covered with light scratches, some marks which appear to be from contact with another sword (not deep) and a few small nicks. It is difficult to tell if this is a traditionally made sword or not. It has no arsenal stamps of any kind but the number 122 is stamped on the nakago mune. Given the mei, I would suspect a non-traditionally made sword. It is however a very nice example of a WW II era army sword in quality mounts with a tempered edge and well done yasurimei and engraving. An excellent sword for the collector of militaria who is looking for a Japanese military sword.
    905kat4

 

Sold LML

Stainless Steel Toyokawa Arsenal Kai-Gunto with Samé Saya
Click to see Images Signature:  Mumei.
Year Made:  During the second world war.

Forging Pattern: None, machine made stainless steel.
Tempering Pattern: Stones used to create the appearance of a hamon.
Dimensions:  Blade Length:  25.125 inches  Nakago: 8.75 inches 8 mm thick and 33 mm wide at Hamachi
Mountings: complete and original 1937 pattern naval kai-gunto mounts with matching numbers on all parts. More expensive mounts with samé (rayskin) covered saya which is in good shape with normal wear and tear for its age. Tsuka is in very good condition. Gold washed copper habaki. Number on sword match numbers on mounts.
Overall Condition:  Very good. A beefy and heavy katana. A nice example of a stainless naval katana, as most ended up on the bottom of the ocean. Sword has some scratches as if from cutting brush, several small nicks on the blade and one on the fukura. A tiny chip has been lost from the point of the kissaki. It has a Toyokawa anchor arsenal stamp on nakago and is unsigned as most were. All in all a good and unmolested example of a kai gunto, as it was assembled when made. A good find, when so many of these are put together from different parts of many swords these days.
    Item: 305gunto2

 

Sold LS

Long Wakizashi in Recent Polish
Click to see Images Signature:  Mumei.
Year Made:  Shinto

Forging Pattern: Mokume.
Tempering Pattern: Suguha in Ko-nie.
Dimensions:  Blade Length:  23.125 inches  Nakago: 5.5 inches 5 mm thick and 27 mm wide at Hamachi
Mountings:  Nice newer looking Japanese made shirasaya with a few dings, gold foil copper habaki.
Overall Condition:  Excellent, fresh polish and nice prominent hada make this very long wak a nice addition for your collection. There are a few minor ware in the ji and shinogi-ji but they do not detract from the overall appearance of the sword. Boshi did not show up well in photos but is a healthy ko-maru. Also includes a copy of the sword license necessary to own a sword in Japan and a silk shirasaya bag. All-in-all a nice sword that needs nothing more than someone to enjoy it.
 

 

Item: 305wak2

 

Sold AD

Shinto Wakizashi, suriage possibly Kuninobu
Click to see Images Signature: Suriage, possibly Kuninobu.
Year Made:  Shinto

Forging Pattern: Mokume/itame,
Tempering Pattern: Active midare.
Dimensions:  Blade Length:  19 inches  Nakago: 5 inches 6 mm thick and 30 mm wide at Hamachi
Mountings:  None.
Overall Condition:  Poor, Beautiful workmanship on one side in recent polish with much activity in the hamon and a prominent hada with only a small ware to mar it. The other side has three fukure and one jiare rendering that side unable to be polished. Would be a stunning sword to hard wax and permanently mount, good side out.
    Item: 905wak2

 

Sold JR

Long Wakizashi with Hi in Shin-Gunto Mounts
Click to see Images Signature:  Too worn to read, first Ji is San or Yama, the rest is indistinct, side which should have nengo has numbers five, ten and six, which could be read as 56 but with part missing it is hard to guess the meaning of that number. The parts of the nengo and mei were most likely lost when the machi were moved upward.
Year Made:  Most likely Shinto or Shin-shinto

Forging Pattern: Very difficult to tell do to a covering of fine scratches, appears to be a very tight hada of some kind.
Tempering Pattern: Very hard to see, looks to be midare in ko-nie.
Dimensions:  Blade Length:  22 inches  Nakago: 5.75 inches 6 mm thick and 28 mm wide at Hamachi
Mountings: Plain wood saya in leather combat cover '34 pattern Shin-gunto tsuka with plain brass fuchi covered by retaining strap, wrap in good condition, kabutogane with much wear and no sakura (cherry blossoms) cast on the surface, plain wire saruto, nice "rain" pattern copper habaki. Civilian tsuba with floral decorations, difficult to tell age but appears cast. Copper seppa.
Overall Condition:  Good. While, as the photos will show, it is almost impossible to make out any details of workmanship on the blade. With careful examination a full hamon and boshi can be detected. The hi is well carved, the forging seems well done and the sword has a graceful shape to it. There is a nick in the ha and some pitting, probably the scratches were a result of a cleaning attempt. Should polish with no problem. And the mei would be an interesting research project for someone.
 

 

Item: 305gunto7

 

Sold JAB

Signed Katana in Shin-Gunto Mounts
Click to see Images Signature:  Seki Fujiwara (no) Yoshinao Saku.
Year Made:  WW II

Forging Pattern: Hard to tell.
Tempering Pattern: Midare and togari-ba mix possibly in ko-nie, very hard to tell do to polish.
Dimensions:  Blade Length:  26.25 inches  Nakago: 7.75 inches 7 mm thick and 31 mm wide at Hamachi
Mountings: '34 Pattern Shin-Gunto mounts that have been restored by an amateur, copper habaki, latch is broken. Overall appearance is good.
Overall Condition:  Fair, sword has been cleaned with a buffer, lines are rounded off, very difficult to see any detail in hamon, especially at the boshi, a few pits but nothing major. Nakago also appears to have been cleaned and area where an arsenal stamp would have gone has no visible yasuri mei. Blade is not sharp. To sum up, it is a katana made by a listed Seki smith which is probably hand made (would need a window polished to tell for sure). The restoration, while not professionally done leaves an attractive sword and mounts for exhibit and would be fine "as is" for a collector of military items. Would take a polish if it were determined that it is traditionally made and warrants one.
    Item: 305gunto4

Sold RJ

Papered Shinshinto Copy of Kinju Nagamaki Naoshi Katana by Suketoshi
Click to see Images Signature:  Mumei.
Year Made: Shin-Shinto era 
Forging Pattern: itame/mokume
Tempering Pattern: Suguha midare in nie.
Dimensions:  Blade Length:  28 inches  Nakago: 7.75 inches 3 mm thick and 35 mm wide at Hamachi
Mountings:  Japanese made shirasaya and a beautiful solid silver "moss" pattern habaki.
Overall Condition:  Excellent, newer polish by a Japanese polisher. The nakago is so rusted for a Shin-Shinto sword because it was found by an American dealer in a pile of Japanese swords owned by the shop keeper of a Chinese sword dealer in Thailand. The Japanese swords had been left outside since the war. The sword is a magnificent copy of a nagamaki naoshi Juyo Token katana by the famous Mino smith Kinju. Even the length is almost identical. I Have seen the Kinju sword and it was something to have seen them both. This sword only carries Hozon papers from the NBTHK but is a beautiful piece with a lovely hada and streaks of ji-nie up and down the hamon and in the 4.75 inch long kissaki, which in itself is something to behold. Suketoshi is from the Naoe school and is said to have studied under the famous smith Naotane. He once made a tanto for Princess Banrikoji, that had "your life" inscribed on it that she treasured so much she had it mounted in gold and silver lacquer mountings. This is a beautiful and impressive katana that will turn some heads and would be an excellent addition to any collection.
    Item: 306katx1

 

Sold TS

Long Mounted Katana with Horimono, Papered by the NBTHK to Den Ganmaku
Click to see Images Signature:  Mumei.
Year Made: Late Koto, early Shinto 
Forging Pattern: Nicely done small mokume/itame mix.
Tempering Pattern: A mixture of midare and groups of chogi in nie.
Dimensions:  Blade Length:  28.625 inches  Nakago: 8 inches 7 mm thick and 32 mm wide at Hamachi
Mountings:  This sword had been remounted for use in the 2nd world war but the ashi has been removed and the lacquer redone on the saya, the tsuka was probably made for that purpose as well as it is wrapped in military brown ito. The menuki are probably also of that era. The fuchi and kashira were likely made prior to the Shinto era and may be original to the blade. They are iron and show great age. The tsuba is a simple armorer's tsuba with a family mon in sukashi, of iron and quite old looking. The habaki is solid silver and was made when the sword was polished. The Japanese polisher needed to repair the machi (see photo) and that required a new habaki, unfortunately he didn't have the shirasaya and so that now needs to be adjusted to fit the sword. We felt it best to leave that up to the owner, it is a fairly new high quality piece. There is wear on the same and ito, having been through a war, but they are sound.
Overall Condition:  Excellent, the sword is in fairly new polish, there are a few small scratches on the tip of the kissaki and a very small and barely visible unopened fukure on one side. The workmanship is excellent with much activity from the boshi back to the machi and the photos don't do it justice. There is horimono of suken and gomabashi as well as bonji on both sides and they are well carved. The sword is long and feels very graceful in the hand. The NBTHK has papered it to den Ganmaku but we have been told by a well respected appraiser that it was more likely made by Kaga Kiyomitsu in the 1680s. The sword had not yet been polished when it was papered. All and all a beautiful sword that is ready to display with your collection. The shirasaya would require very little to fit but this is best left to the appropriate craftsman. The owner needs to sell off some swords to pay for a recent addition so this is being sold at a very reasonable price.
    Item: 406katx1

 

Sold PN

Long Koto Sword in Handachi Mounts
Click to see Images Signature:  Mumei.
Year Made:  Koto

Forging Pattern: Mokume.
Tempering Pattern: Midare in nie.
Dimensions:  Blade Length:  27.3 inches  Nakago: 7.5 inches 6 mm thick and 30 mm wide at Hamachi
Mountings:  Handachi mounts in shakudo, black lacquered saya with missing ishizuke in decent shape. Ito on tsuka has been untied and re-tied possibly to remove the menuki which are missing, High quality samé which had been pieced together at some point. Silver foil covered habaki in decent shape. Fuchi seems to be missing it's bottom plate.
Overall Condition:  Fair, Sword, including nakago has been cleaned at some point, has nicks and ware in the kissaki. Sword in hand, there appears to be a full boshi but difficult to photograph. A small window was lightly polished, showing a very nice and prominent mokume hada and activity in the hamon. It is a very well forged sword with nothing to speak of in the way of ware or flaws of any size for a sword of its age. It is graceful and light and an ubu sword. Would make a great restoration project or an absolutely wonderful sword for use in iai. The hamon comes close to the ha in places but looks to us as if it would take a polish.
    805kat2

 

Sold SP

Extremely Rare Wakizashi Kai-Gunto Signed Moritaro
Click to see Images Signature: Edo ju Moritaro (Moritaro of Tokyo).
Year Made: WW II era

Forging Pattern: none
Tempering Pattern: none
Dimensions:  Blade Length:  23.375 inches  Nakago: 7.875 inches 6 mm thick and 28 mm wide at Hamachi
Mountings:  Later '37 Kai-Gunto mounts with simulated samé on tsuka and saya. Medium quality fittings with some loss of bright plating. Saya in good condition with no problems, all matching numbers on tsuba, seppa-dai and seppa with a silver washed copper habaki.
Overall Condition:  Good, Sword is covered with scratches from cleaning but a faint probably simulated hamon can be seen in places and a boshi is faint on the kissaki. Sword has no rust, nicks or pits and the signature is more likely that of a factory worker than a sword smith. A very clean example of a naval gunto of this era. And it is unusual to see a gunto of less than katana length.  This is one of less than 5 Wakizashi Guntos that i have seen and the first one that is a Naval Sword.
    1005gunto2

 

Sold KS

Nice 1934 Pattern Shin-Gunto Mounts with Hefty Shinto Wakizashi
Click to see Images Signature:Shinano (no) Kami Nobuyoshi.
Year Made:  Shinto (1620s-early 1700s)

Forging Pattern: Mokume/Itame mix.
Tempering Pattern: Gnome midare.
Dimensions:  Blade Length:  21.875 inches  Nakago: 5.25 inches 7 mm thick and 30 mm wide at Hamachi
Mountings:  '34 pattern army shin-gunto mounts in very good condition. Nice gold washed copper habaki, matching numbers on seppa and tsuba. Very thick and heavy seppa, high quality mounts. Retainer is broken on tsuka otherwise tsuka is is very good shape, tight and complete wrap, large nodule samé and braided sarute. Saya is black aluminum with a couple of scratches, otherwise in good shape. Mounts overall appear to be matching and original to the sword.
Overall Condition:  Fair, A beefy Shinto Wakizashi that is well forged. Many scratches, some deep but we polished the hada some on one side and the boshi on one side and there is a nice prominent hada under the scratch and plenty of boshi for a polish. There were two generations of Shinto smiths that signed this way. They are both ranked fairly highly so research and a shinsa would be necessary to show wether the mei is genuine. All in all an ancestral sword that would polish very nicely in a very high quality set of shin-gunto mounts, a nice addition for your collection
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Nicely Mounted Unusual Katakiriha Zukuri Wakizashi
Click to see Images Signature: Mumei.
Year Made:  Shin-shinto/Meiji

Forging Pattern: Mokume/itame.
Tempering Pattern: Suguha midare.
Dimensions:  Blade Length:  14.125 inches  Nakago: 4.375 inches 6 mm thick and 25 mm wide at Hamachi
Mountings:  Unusual buke zukuri mounts in very good condition. Good quality shakudo nanako fittings with the theme of water fowl on the tsuka. Wrap is tight and in good condition, large nodule samé done in full wrap style, menuki in gold plate, possibly turtles. Very unusual inlaid wood saya with, what I've been told, is the symbol of a village or small mountain clan inlaid in the wood. Very well done and not often come across. The habaki is very well made of deeply engraved copper and is in very good condition. The tsuba is in wheel motif and appears to be very old. It was perhaps inlaid with gold in the carvings around the edge but is hard to tell. It has old rust which has deteriorated it in several places but it is still sound. It must have been of value to the owner, to have included it when he put together all the newly made (at the time) pieces of the mounting.
Overall Condition:  Very good, A very unusual sugata for a blade, the shape was more common in Koto times and this is most likely a Shin-shinto copy of one of those early blades. The blade has small ware, the one which is very conspicuous in the photos is much less so when looking at the sword in hand. The hada is very active and the hamon terminates in an interesting boshi that has a spot of softer steel in it. All in all a unique find and something worth owning for it's uniqueness alone but it is a well crafted blade with nice workmanship housed in a very nice set of mounts. You won't be disappointed with this blade.
    Item: 1205wakX

 

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Naganata in Shirasaya signed Ishido MasaToshi
Click to see Images Signature:  Heianjo Ishido Ukon Masatoshi
Year Made:  Shinto, approx 1660

Forging Pattern: Itame
Tempering Pattern: Midare In Nie and Nioi
Dimensions:  Blade Length:  15.8 inches  Nakago: 7.25 inches 7 mm thick and 34 mm wide at Hamachi
Mountings: Shirasaya and solid silver habaki.  The blade appears to be in its original pre-war polish and is slightly hazed over.  Details in the Ji and Hamon are somewhat difficult to see under normal light.  Nice healthy naginata that has no visible flaws.
 

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Gendaito by Emura
Click to see Images Signature:  Emura saku.
Year Made:  WW II era

Forging Pattern: Unable to determine due to scratching.
Tempering Pattern: Suguha with gunome in places.
Dimensions:  Blade Length:  26.25 inches  Nakago: 7.75 inches 7 mm thick and 32 mm wide at Hamachi
Mountings:  '34 pattern shin-gunto mounts with the push button release retention system. The mounts are of good quality with very little wear to the samé or fittings or paint loss to the saya. The ito appears to have been replaced at some point but it was done by a professional It also has a silver washed copper habaki from which most of the silver has been worn off and a very nice sarute. There are all matching numbers on the seppa, which, along with the proper tight fit of all the parts and smooth operation of the latch, would lead us to believe that the mounts are original to the sword.
Overall Condition:  Good. Emura was the warden of Okayama prison during the war and made swords there as a hobby. He and a polisher trained prisoners to polish some of the swords produced there. This is a nice sturdy example of his work, it bears no arsenal stamps and the nakago is nicely finished. The sword has been cleaned with a fine steel wool or sandpaper, making it impossible to determine the kind of hada although one appears to exist if the light catches it just right. The shape is graceful and it feels light in the hand. The sharpness of the lines has not been rounded by the cleaning, however the person did sharpen the edge with a knife sharpener of some kind. There are no nicks and any pitting is extremely tiny. A finish polish by a professional polisher would probably be all that was needed to bring out the workmanship of this blade. It is easy to see that it has a complete hamon which appears to be in nioi. Good gendaito made by a well known smith in complete and original mounts are becoming more and more rare. This is a fine example of one for the collector of gendaito or Japanese Militaria or those who collect the works of this famous smith.
    306kat17

 

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ShinShinto Katana
Click to see Images Signature:  Chikushu Ju Sa Yuki Hide (Gimei), dated Kaei 4, Feb (1852)
Year Made: 
1800s

Forging Pattern:  Tight mokume
Tempering Pattern: Midare in ko nie
Dimensions:  Blade Length:  26.25 inches  Nakago: 7.4 inches 7 mm thick 31 mm wide
Mountings:  Blade is in shirasaya with solid silver habaki.
Overall Condition:  Excellent.  Recent polish and shirasaya. 
    1104kat5

 

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Morinobu Katana—Oshigata used in Slough's Book of Showa Smiths
Click to see Images Signature:  Minamoto Morinobu Saku Kore with Kao.
Year Made:  Showa 17th year, tenth moon, lucky day (October, 1942)

Forging Pattern: Tight itame.
Tempering Pattern: Katochi gunome.
Dimensions:  Blade Length:  25 inches  Nakago: 8 inches 8 mm thick and 33.3 mm wide at Hamachi
Mountings:  Newer looking shirasaya with horn fittings at the openings, and a "rain" pattern habaki, .
Overall Condition:  Very good. Well preserved polish with only a few scratches and minor pitting. This same sword was used for an oshigata on page 116 in Slough's An Oshigata Book of Modern Japanese Swordsmiths 1868-1945. The smith is rated at 1 million yen and is listed as making medium to high grade gendaito. It has a star stamp on the nakago. A very graceful gendaito made by a well respected and well published (he is listed in the Toko Taikan and Nihonto Meikan as well as Slough) Showa era smith. A great collectors item and a very nice sword.
    805kat4

 

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Kanenobu Gendai-to Katana with Owner's Name Inscribed
Click to see Images Signature:  No Shu Ju Kanenobu Saku Kore.
Year Made:  WW II era

Forging Pattern: Hard to make out, very tight grain.
Tempering Pattern: Very active midare in nie-deki.
Dimensions:  Blade Length:  Just under 27 inches  Nakago: 8 inches 7 mm thick and 32 mm wide at Hamachi
Mountings:  '34 pattern Shin-gunto mounts with tsuba missing. Some dents in saya. Unusual menuki, brass habaki and 4 unnumbered seppa. Mounts in decent shape but show wear.
Overall Condition:  Very good, some light scratching and tiny chips and pitting but overall very good condition for WW II polish and the very active hamon can be enjoyed as is. A polish would really make this sword stand out. The inscription on the omote of the nakago reads "property of artillery 2nd Lieutenant Takai Haru (Translation courtesy of Harry Watson of afuresearch.com).
    805gunto8

 

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Published Kanetoshi Katana
Click to see Images Signature:  Noshu Ju Kanetoshi saku with Showa stamp
Year Made:  WW II era

Forging Pattern: tight itame hada
Tempering Pattern: Toran Midare
Dimensions:  Blade Length:  26.25 inches  Nakago: 7.5 inches 8 mm thick and 32 mm wide at Hamachi
Mountings:  '34 Pattern Shin-gunto mounts in good shape. Latch is missing. Handle appears to have be rewrapped with large nodule of samé put at wrong end. Silver washed copper habaki. Saya in leather combat cover in good condition
Overall Condition:  Very good. Graceful katana with distinctive hamon in ko-nie, published in Fuller & Gregory's Oshigata book (pg. 647 oshigata 279). Nicely carved bo-hi ending maru-dome style. Good polish with light scratches, mostly in kissaki area and a small nick in the edge. Overall a chance to own a published sword and an attractive one at that.
 

 

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Gendaito By Emura, The Prison Warden Swordsmith
Click to see Images Signature: Emura saku
Year Made:  WW II era

Forging Pattern: Tight mu-ji .
Tempering Pattern: pointed gunome.
Dimensions:  Blade Length:  26.125 inches  Nakago:7.75 inches 8 mm thick and 33 mm wide at Hamachi
Mountings:  Good quality '34 pattern shin-gunto mounts with company grade tassel an excellent condition. Quality fittings including sarute and gold washed copper habaki. Green painted saya in excellent shape, no dents or paint loss. Tsuka wrapped in heavy canvas of rough cotton material. Everything fits together well and is an attractive package.
Overall Condition:  Very Good, a hand made gendaito with a nioi hamon and spots of ji-nie here and there. It is hard to tell about the hada due to fine scratches which would make it appear mu-ji but there may be a tight hada if polished. There are a few spots of nioi kuzure and also some places of nioi giri where the hamon is gone but the temper below is visible. It is in good polish except for some scratching and some tiny nicks. All in all a nice example of the work of a well known Showa era smith.
 

 

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27+ Inch Shinto Katana in Shirasaya
Click to see Images Signature:  Mumei.
Year Made:  1600s

Forging Pattern: Masame/itame mix,
Tempering Pattern: Active Suguha.
Dimensions:  Blade Length:  27.125 inches  Nakago: 7.25 inches 6 mm thick and 30 mm wide at Hamachi
Mountings:  Thin shiraasya of a wood other than the traditional honoki. Silver foil habaki with "rain" design and some damage
Overall Condition:  Good, some ware and "loose" hada and some minor pitting near and in the kissaki area and shiogi-ji, also a few small nicks. Very prominent and active hada. Hamon appears very active as well but it is difficult to see small details in this state of polish. Overall the polish is fair with small scratches only obscuring the smallest of detail. The nakago has been altered from its original shape at some point, likely by someone who was not a swordsmith. This would probably be an alteration made to fit gunto mounts of some kind, kyu-gunto perhaps. Would polish nicely and make an interesting piece.
 

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Gendaito by Shodai YoshiChika with Nakayama Hakudo Cutting Test
Click to see Images Signature:  Minamoto YoshiChika HakuDo Tameshi Mei Stamp, Dated Feb, Showa 10 (1936)
Year Made:  1936

Forging Pattern: Tight Mokume
Tempering Pattern: Gunome Choji
Dimensions:  Blade Length:  26.3 inches  Nakago: 7.9 inches 7 mm thick and 30 mm wide at Hamachi
Mountings: ShinGunto
Overall Condition:  Good.  Original polish is haze over with some minor staining and nicks.  YoshiChika was famous for making swords that cut extremely well.  Many of the Imperial Guards used swords made by him.  The test cut was performed by Nakayama Hakudo, a very prominent swordsman in the Showa era; a picture of him could be found in page 255 of Slough's book.  These swords are quite hard to come by and in high demand.  Read more about this smith.
    306kat2

 

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YasuKuni YasuOki in Rare Mounts
Click to see Images Signature:  Yasu Oki, Dated Showa 15 10th month Lucky Day.
Year Made:  1938

Forging Pattern: Dense Mokume
Tempering Pattern: Choji.  Extraordinary choji hamon, the pics do not capture the details of this hamon which must be seen in person to appreciate.
Dimensions:  Blade Length:  25.7 inches  Nakago: 7 inches 7 mm thick and 30 mm wide at Hamachi
Mountings:
 Unusual mix of Naval and Army mounts that are original to the blade with matching assembly stampings.  Most likely a custom ordered sword from an Officer of the Naval Landing Forces.
Overall Condition:  Excellent, in good old polish with no visible flaws.  Very nice YasuKuni sword with the more desireable Choji Hamon and rare mounts.
    Item: 805gendai1

 

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Gassan SadaKatsu Tanto
Click to see Images Signature:  Gassan SadaKatsu, Dated Showa 7.  Special order by Kurukawa.
Year Made:  1932

Forging Pattern: Dense Mokume
Tempering Pattern: Midare ko nie on a bright band of nioi
Dimensions:  Blade Length:  7.1 inches  Nakago: 3.25 inches 6 mm thick and 22 mm wide at Hamachi
Mountings:
 Shirasaya with silver habaki in a presentation box.
Overall Condition:  Excellent, in good old polish with no visible flaws.  SadaKatsu is the father of the Living National Treasure Gassan SadaKazu.  Tantos by this smith are extremely rare and the work in this one is exquisite.
    Item: 805gendai4

 

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Gendaito by KuniMitsu
Click to see Images Signature:  FujiWara KuniMitsu
Forging Pattern:  Itame
Tempering Pattern: Flamboyant Midare
Dimensions:  Blade Length:  26.4 inches  Nakago: 8.4 inches 8 mm thick 31 mm wide
Mountings:  Shirasaya.
Overall Condition:  Excellent.  Recent polish and shirasaya.  Nice active hamon..
  Item: 104kat10

 

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28.6 Inch Custom Katana by Rick Barrett
Click to see Images Signature:  Rick Barrett.
Year Made:  2005

Forging Pattern: Monosteel
Tempering Pattern: Choji Midare with hints of Utsuri
Dimensions:  Blade Length:  28.6 inches  Nakago: 9.8 inches 7 mm thick and 33 mm wide at Hamachi
Mountings: Not Mounted
Overall Condition:  An exceptionally well forged sword by one of the top US smiths working in the Japanese tradition.  This is an extremely healthy sword with great balance and very elegant shape.  Rick's has very keen attention to detail and is shown in the excellent finish on the nakago and the vibrant hamon.  This sword is in a 'martial arts' grade polish and is ready for mounting.  To learn more about Rick Barrett click on his site.
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27+ inch Shinto Katana with Fresh Polish and Extremely Active Workmanship
Click to see Images Signature:  Mumei.
Year Made:  Shinto 1700s

Forging Pattern: O-Mokume/itame mix, very active.
Tempering Pattern: Wild midare in nioi with tobiyaki, much more exuberant on one side than the other.
Dimensions:  Blade Length:  27.375 inches  Nakago: 8.25 inches 6 mm thick and 31 mm wide at Hamachi
Mountings: Recent Shirasaya, does not appear to be of Japanese manufacture, some dings in the wood. Beautiful, "rain pattern," solid silver habaki.
Overall Condition:  Excellent, fresh polish with very prominent hada and hamon. Has some ware in the shinogi-ji, ji and boshi and some minor pits but they do not detract from the beauty of the sword. Unusual polisher's signature. A beautiful blade with a graceful shape and good balance.
 

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Item: 305gendai2

 

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ShinShinto Katana in Nice Higo Koshirae
Click to see Images Signature:  Mumei O-Suriage. 
Year Made:  1800s

Forging Pattern: Mokume/Itame
Tempering Pattern: Gunome in Nie with Ashi
Dimensions:  Blade Length:  26.25 inches  Nakago: 8.15 inches 6.5 mm thick and 28 mm wide at Hamachi
Mountings: Very Nice Period Higo Mounts.  Leather bound tsuka with soft metal fittings.  Ribbed saya with a stylized arrow Kojiri. 
Overall Condition:   Very Good.  Nicely mounted in Higo Koshirae from the Edo period.  Very nice soft metal Fuchi, Kashira and Menukis.  The saya is in exceptional condition with few chips and nicks and a nice large silver arrowhead kojiri.  Overall a very nice package that is difficult to replicate at this price.
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Papered Koto Yamato Den Katana 28.25 inches
Click to see Images Signature:  Mumei O-Suriage.  Attributed to Sue Nio School.
Year Made:  Muromachi Period

Forging Pattern: Mokume mixed with Masame
Tempering Pattern: Chu Suguha midare
Dimensions:  Blade Length:  28.25 inches  Nakago: 8.25 inches 7.5 mm thick and 30.5 mm wide at Hamachi
Mountings: Shirasaya with Habaki.
Overall Condition:   Excellent, in recent polish and shirasaya.  A very healthy and well forged koto katana with abundant activity in the hada.  Some loose grain showing in areas.  Very well balanced and active in the hand and pleasantly healthy for a Muromachi katana with a very graceful shape.  The Nio school, part of the Yamato Tradition, was founded by KiyoZane in the Kamakura Period.  This school was active till the end of the Edo period.  This sword is a classic example of a Sue Nio School, which also resembles that of Sue-Mihara and Sue-Tegai blades.
    306kat14

 

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Gendaito by Takahashi Yoshimune
Click to see Images Signature:  KasuGa Dai MyoJin TenShoKoDai JinGu HachiMan DaiBoSatsu, Minamoto YoshiMune Tsukuru, Dated Showa JuKun Nen Ni Gatsu Kichi Jitsu (Feb 1944).  Please refer to page 198 of Modern  Japanese Swordsmiths for what appears to be this exact signature.
Year Made:  1944

Forging Pattern: Mokume
Tempering Pattern: Gunome Choji with Sunagashi
Dimensions:  Blade Length:  25.9 inches  Nakago: 7.6 inches 8 mm thick and 32 mm wide at Hamachi
Mountings: Shirasaya with Silver Habaki.
Overall Condition:  Yoshimune was Takahashi Sadasugu's older brother and entered the school of Yokoyama Sukesada n 1913.  In 1918 he became a student of Henmei Yoshitaka and was later a student of Enju Kunitoshi.  He won a Special Honor Noted Seat in the 1941 Gendai Exhibition.  This is a very fine sword in what appears to be its original polish.  The hamon is executed with precision and there is an abudance of activity that appears at all angles and lighting that I am not able to photograph.  The hada is a very fine dense mokume with chikei and ji nie.  The nakago is extremely well finished and shows the artist's attention to detail and pride in this sword.  All in all an exceptional gendai from one of the top smiths of his era.  Read more about this smith
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Named Daisho with Cutting Test and Owner's Name
Click to see Images Dai
Signature:
  Blade is named Autumn.  Special Ordered by Sassaki Nagaro with test cut dated 1778 Second Month twenty ninth Day
Year Made:  1700s

Forging Pattern: Mokume
Tempering Pattern: Gunome Choji.
Dimensions:  Blade Length:  27.5 inches  Nakago: 9.7 inches 7 mm thick and 29 mm wide at Hamachi
Overall Condition:
  Very Good.  In good original polish with very minor spot rusting.  Tip has a small nick.  No visible forging flaws.

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Signature:
  Blade is named Courage.  Special Ordered by Sassaki Nagaro with test cut dated 1780 Twelfth Month twenty third Day 
Year Made:  1700s

Forging Pattern: Dense Mokume/Nashiji
Tempering Pattern: Suguha with thick habuchi of ko-nie.
Dimensions:  Blade Length:  20.9 inches  Nakago: 6.5 inches 7 mm thick and 28 mm wide at Hamachi
Overall Condition:
  Good.  Surface rust and scratches. No visible forging flaws.  This is possibly a Hizen wakizashi, but is difficult to tell in this state of polish.
 

Mountings: Shirasaya with wood habaki. Unfortunately the fittings are no longer with the swords.
Comments:  Very Good.  It is extremely rare to find a pair of swords that are named, let alone ones that are named with matching cutting tests and the Samurai's name inscribed on the tang.  This pair of swords, although not by the same maker (most daishos were not made by the same smith) must have been treasured by the Samurai that own and selected them to work well together. Both swords are extremely well forged and balanced.

    Item: 805daisho

 

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MasaYasu Shinto Katana with NTHK Papers
Click to see Images Signature:  Mumei.  Attributed to Bungo Masayasu.
Year Made:  1600/1700s

Forging Pattern: Dense Mokume
Tempering Pattern: Gunome Midare with Tobiyaki in nie on a bright band of nioi
Dimensions:  Blade Length:  24 inches  Nakago: 8 inches 6.5 mm thick and 29 mm wide at Hamachi
Mountings:
 Original mounts from the 1800s in very good condition.  Some chips on the lacquered saya.
Overall Condition:  Excellent, in good old polish with no visible flaws.  It is difficult to find swords with original period mounts in good condition.  This sword, while short for a katana, is very well proportioned and well balanced.  As with many Bungo swords, it is very stout and gives a sense of strength and confidence.
    Item: 905kat8

 

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27.5 inch Katana in Uchigatana mounts with NTHK papers
Click to see Images Signature:  Mumei, attributed to Mumei, attributed by the NTHK to Sagami (no) Kami Fujiwara Morinaga Nuudo.
Year Made: Shinto, approx. 1661 
Forging Pattern: Very active itame,
Tempering Pattern: Active gunome midare.
Dimensions:  Blade Length:  27.5 inches  Nakago: 5.75 inches 5 mm thick and 31 mm wide at Hamachi
Mountings:  Handachi mounts that were converted for use in the second world war. Beautiful matching kabutogane, fuchi and koiguchi, done in shakudo with gold outline and a carved, floral design in the shakudo. Nice floral shakudo menuki, 3 copper seppa but the tsuba is missing. The ishizuke and shibabiki are also missing from the saya. The handle wrap is in good condition over high quality same. The lacquer on the saya is damaged and the krurikata was broken off and replaced with a military ashi. There is also wood missing from the saya. This would be a truly beautiful set of mounts with a matching shakudo tsuba (have a look at 504tsuba3 in our fittings section) and a newly made saya, using the koi-guchi from this one.
Overall Condition: Good, blade is covered with fine to medium scratches, and minor pitting in places, hiding much detail. Has a nice prominent hada where it can be seen. The hamon appears to be very active and the ji is covered with a beautiful fine layer of ji-nie showing very good workmanship as does the absence of any forging flaws in a sword of this age. It has also been issued Kanteisho (defined as "important work on Rich Stein's Nihonto site) papers by the N.T.H.K. with 74 (very good) points assigned, attesting to the quality of this sword. It is a long and graceful blade, which feels light in the hand. A polish would really bring out the beauty in this sword. Add a nice tsuba and saya and you'll have an impressive looking addition for your collection.
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Ancestral Late Koto/Early Shinto Katana in Shin-gunto Mounts
Click to see Images Signature Illegible.
Year Made:  Late Koto/early Shinto

Forging Pattern: Mokume mix difficult to see under light scratch covering blade.
Tempering Pattern: Suguha in ko-nie.
Dimensions:  Blade Length:  26.31 inches  Nakago: 5.25 inches 5 mm thick and 30 mm wide at Hamachi
Mountings:  '34 pattern army shin-gunto mounts in good condition. Silver washed copper habaki in good condition, wrap is tight but stained and frayed in places, fittings are of good quality but have seen use. Regulation metal saya covered with leather combat cover which is in decent condition for it's age. Saya is probably in excellent condition beneath it. Numbers match on all seppa and tsuba and appear original to the sword.
Overall Condition:  Good, sword is covered in light scratch making detail difficult to photograph but outside of some small ware in the shinogi-ji, minor spots of rust and pitting, this sword is in very good condition for it's age. There are trace of a mie that have been worn away by time and their position would indicate that the nakago is probably ubu. The thickness of the nakago in relation to the blade indicates there is some age to this blade. The hamon and boshi are intact and there is enough temper for a polish. There appears to be a nice mokume hada under that scratch and this may well be an ubu Koto blade worthy of a polish. It has a graceful shape with much taper and feels good in the hand. An interesting addition for your collection or an excellent starter sword.
 

 

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Nicely Mounted Shinto Katana
Click to see Images Signature: Izumi (no) Kami Kanesada, suriage/O-suriage(?).
Year Made:  Shinto

Forging Pattern: Mokume/itame.
Tempering Pattern: Notare.
Dimensions:  Blade Length:  26 inches  Nakago: 6.25 inches 6 mm thick and 31 mm wide at Hamachi
Mountings:  Buke zukuri mounts in good condition. The tsuka appears to have been professionally rebuilt. Shakudo nanako fuchi/kashira of fisherman, menuki of what appears to be farm implements. Nice old iron tsuba depicting a fisherman with hills in background reeds in the foreground in gold and copper inlay. Hitsu ana plugged with shakudo. Brown silk ito and large nodule same in like new condition. Saya has a few dents but is basically very good. Silver foil "boar's eye" design habaki , which unfortunately, appears to have been beaten or pried off the sword leaving it somewhat the worse for wear..
Overall Condition:  Good, A nice old Shinto blade and from what I can gather from more experienced translators much, the jist of the engraving on the nakago attests that before the nakago was shortened it was signed Izumi (no) Kame Kanesada. It will have to be sent to shinsa to verify the accuracy of that statement. The blade has a nice hada that is difficult to photograph and a hamon in nioi. It has a few ware, the longest in the shinogiji and some spider rust and old rust in the hamon. It could be polished or enjoyed as is, as the non-rusted part of the blade is in good polish. The mounts are nicely matched and overall this is an excellent package for the beginning collector.
    Item: 1205katX1

 

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ShinShinto Katana
Click to see Images Signature:  Chikushu Ju Sa Yuki Hide (Gimei), dated Kaei 4, Feb (1852)
Year Made: 
1800s

Forging Pattern:  Tight mokume
Tempering Pattern: Midare in ko nie
Dimensions:  Blade Length:  26.25 inches  Nakago: 7.4 inches 7 mm thick 31 mm wide
Mountings:  Blade is in shirasaya with solid silver habaki.
Overall Condition:  Excellent.  Recent polish and shirasaya.  Some spot rusting in the monouchi area.
 

 

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Showa Katana
Click to see Images Signature:  Noshu Seki Ju Fujiwara KaneHiro Saku.  With declaration of success for Japanese Army.  Sho Stamp.
Year Made:  1940s

Forging Pattern: Tight Mokume
Tempering Pattern: Midare/Sanbon
Dimensions:  Blade Length:  26.3 inches  Nakago: 8.2 inches 7 mm thick and 32 mm wide at Hamachi
Mountings:  Matching 1937 pattern Shin Gunto.
Overall Condition:  Good, no rust, some surface scratches from use.
    805gendai3

 

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ShinShinto Tanto
Click to see Images Signature:  Mumei
Forging Pattern:  Itame Masame
Tempering Pattern: Notare in Nie
Dimensions:  Blade Length:  10 inches  Nakago: 4 inches 7mm thick and 26mm wide at Hamachi
Mountings:  Nice period mounts with shakudo fuchi and menukis.  Horn kashira and steel kojiri.  Kurikata mounted for wearing on the right side.
Overall Condition:  Good.  Mounts in good condition with normal age and wear.  No nicks on blade with and old polish.
 

 

Item: 204tanto1

 

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27.25 Inch KaneZane Katana
Click to see Images Signature:  Noshu Ju Asano KaneZane Saku Kore with Kokuin and Sho Stamp.
Year Made:  1940s

Forging Pattern: Tight Mokume
Tempering Pattern: Midare in KoNie.
Dimensions:  Blade Length:  27.25 inches  Nakago: 9.25 inches 6.5 mm thick and 32 mm wide at Hamachi
Mountings:  Original all matching ShinGunto.  One seppa missing.
Overall Condition:  Very Good.  Unusual long custom ordered KaneZane in original polish.  Some stains and scratches on this sword that most likely saw quite a bit of action in the Pacific.  Follow this link to learn more about this smith.
 

 

Item: 305gendai3

 

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Koto Shobu Zukuri Wakizashi with Horimono
Click to see Images Signature:  Kane X, second kanji rusted away.
Year Made:  Koto

Forging Pattern: Impossible to determine as ji has been burnished,
Tempering Pattern: Midare in nie with tobiyaki, other details obscured by polish.
Dimensions:  Blade Length:  16 inches  Nakago: 4.6 inches 5 mm thick and 33.3 mm wide at Hamachi
Mountings:  Black lacquered saya in good condition, some scuffing and scratches, no kurikata. Shirasaya tsuka of recent manufacture. Silver foil habaki.
Overall Condition:  Good, nice horimono of gomabashi and bonji needs a professional polish to be fully appreciated. Has a few small nicks in edge and a few ware and a rust pit in the kissaki.
    Item: 305wak4

 

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Custom Ordered Hand Forged Parade Saber
Click to see Images Signature:  FujiWar SukeYuki Kore Wo (Rikugun Jumei Tosho)
Year Made:  1940s

Forging Pattern: Tight Mokume
Tempering Pattern: Midare with areas of Utsuri
Dimensions:  Blade Length:  30 inches  Nakago: 4.7 inches 6 mm thick and 26 mm wide at Hamachi
Mountings:  Complete and matching WW2 Army Parade Mounts with Family Crest.  This is a custom ordered sword/mounts that is about 25% larger than a standard parade saber (see pics).  In excellent quality with a leather wrapped saya.  This is an extremely rare configuration for a parade saber with an exceptionally well forged blade from a prominent smith.
Overall Condition:  Excellent.  No rust, some minor scratches from use.  This is the highest quality parade saber I have come across in 15 years of collecting. 
    905gunto1

 

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Older Wakizashi in Traditional Mounts adapted for use in WWII
Click to see Images Signature:  Mumei.
Year Made:  Early Shinto, possibly late Koto

Forging Pattern: Itame/mokume mix.
Tempering Pattern: Toran in nie, very active.
Dimensions:  Blade Length:  17.5 inches  Nakago: 5.75 inches 5 mm thick and 28 mm wide at Hamachi
Mountings: Old buke-zukuri mounts, fuchi/kashira in gold washed copper with shakudo mon of crossed hawk feathers, nice old gilt dragon menuki. Old wrap on tsuka over full wrap samé (a sign of an expensive mounting job, so much so that the seam was left exposed.) Simple iron tsuba. Quality leather cover over a traditional saya with the kurikata left in place. Cover is in good condition, impossible to tell much about the saya beneath. Nice copper habaki.
Overall Condition:  Fair, I would have classified it as very good if not for the fukura in the habuchi. Nicely forged hada with a ware in the shinogi-ji and some light pitting. The fukura (blister in the steel) is behind the yokote on the ura of the sword. The workmanship of the hamon is very well executed in nie, with ji-nie, nie-sake and nie-kazure. A polisher would have to be consulted about the fukure but as it stands it is a very nice sword in nice old mounts most likely original to the sword pre war. It is an excellent display piece and would provide a new collector many hours of study and enjoyment "as is". An excellent first sword for the beginner waiting for a piece wort studying.
    Item: 305wak3

 

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1937 Pattern Kai-Gunto with Ancestral Koto Blade
Click to see Images Signature: Mumei, O-suriage.
Year Made:  Late Koto

Forging Pattern: Too difficult to make out.
Tempering Pattern: Active "wild" midare with much tobiyaki.
Dimensions:  Blade Length:  26.375 inches  Nakago: 6.125 inches 6 mm thick and 30 mm wide at Hamachi
Mountings:  '37 pattern Kai-gunto mounts in decent condition, ito had come untied and was re-tied on the side of the kabutogane (see arrow in pics) Fittings have matching maker's marks and are in good condition, saya is black lacquered wood with two ashi, saya has dents and missing lacquer. There is a grooved pattern silver washed copper habaki. Overall in fairly good condition for mounts which are becoming rare.
Overall Condition:  Good, very active hamon with much activity in nie and many tobiyaki in the ji, Fine scratches make it hard to make out the hada. There are a few ware of various sizes and some pitting, the worst of which is above the kissaki on one side. Looks to be plenty of temper left for a full polish and this sword, with its wild temper would certainly stand out in full polish. The present polish is, however, good enough to enjoy as it is and most if not all of the activities in the temperline are visible as it is. It has a graceful Koto shape to it and that light and well balanced feel associated with it.
 

 

Item: 905kat6

 

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Gendai Nagamitsu
Click to see Images Signature:  Nagamitsu
Year Made:  Shinto

Forging Pattern: Tight Mokume
Tempering Pattern: Gunome Choji
Dimensions:  Blade Length:  26 inches  Nakago: 8.25 inches 8.5 mm thick and 33 mm wide at Hamachi
Mountings:  44 Pattern Shin Gunto with matching and complete mounts.
Overall Condition:  Fair.  Some surface rust and scratches near the tip.  Nice heavy Nagamitsu with a very well controlled choji hamon from this very popular gendai smith.
 

 

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1899 Pattern Civil Official Sword of Taiwanese Colonial Official
Click to see Images Signature: Unknown, did not disassemble.
Year Made:  Meiji era

Forging Pattern: unknown, probably machine made blade.
Tempering Pattern: Sanbonsugi, probably etched.
Dimensions:  Blade Length:  25.5 inches  Nakago: unknown 5 mm thick and 20 mm wide at Hamachi
Mountings:  Rare, 1899 pattern, colonial sword of hannin (junior) level official. Saya of brass and lacquered samé. "Rain" pattern habaki and guard with a "flip down" section to make the sword lie flat against a uniform. It has a sonin level tassel (senior official 3rd through 8th class). The grip under the plain backstrap is black lacquered samé wrapped in wire. The mounts and tassel are in excellent condition. As the sword is disassembled by unscrewing the Cherry blossom at the end of the hilt and it appears not to have been tampered with since it was assembled, we chose not to attempt to dismantle it for fear of breaking an irreplaceable part.
Overall Condition:  Very good, the blade is very thin with bo-hi and is probably machine made by the looks of the very regular hamon visible near the habaki. It has scratches covering much of the surface but this does not detract from the overall excellent condition of such a rare find. A very unusual piece for the collector of Japanese militaria or of arms in general.
 

 

Item: 805gunto6

 

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Army Parade Saber
Click to see Images Signature:  Mumei
Year Made:  1940s

Forging Pattern: Chrome
Tempering Pattern: Etched, with the more unusual midare pattern.
Dimensions:  Blade Length:  31 inches  Overall Length36.5 inches
Mountings:  Standard WW2 Army Parade Saber
    Army Saber

 

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Navy Stainless Shin-Gunto
Click to see Images Signature:  Mumei.
Year Made:  Showa, WW II

Forging Pattern: None, stainless steel,
Tempering Pattern: Artificial sughha temper.
Dimensions:  Blade Length:  24.5 inches  Nakago: 9 inches 7 mm thick and 32 mm wide at Hamachi
Mountings:  Army style, single ashi '34 pattern mounts with gilt army style fittings instead of standard naval fittings. Saya in excellent condition. Brown handle wrap over black material. Fittings of poor quality. Large part of naval tsuba with Dai seppa missing as well as one of the small seppa. Silver washed copper habaki missing about a third of its plating.
Overall Condition:  Excellent, blade in perfect condition with anchor stamp on nakago. Whole sword matches Plate 199 in Fuller and Gregory's Japanese Civil and Military Swords and Dirks of a "Shin-gunto with Naval characteristics".
    305Gunto1

 

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Signed Koto Wakazashi Hefty Armor Piercing Blade
Click to see Images Signature:  Heianjo (no) Ju Nobuyoshi.
Year Made: Around 1532 
Forging Pattern: Itame,
Tempering Pattern: Large midare, almost to shinogi.
Dimensions:  Blade Length:  22.5 inches  Nakago: 6.75 inches 7 mm thick and 35 mm wide at Hamachi
Mountings:  1934 pattern shin-gunto saya with ishizuke and shibabiki missing. Nice copper habaki two piece soldered together, in good condition
Overall Condition:  Fair, A very hefty wakizashi with a large hamon and the kissaki almost in full temper. The kind of blade used to be driven through armor. It has a shallow (1/16 inch) but long (3/16) nick as well as several smaller nicks but there is plenty of temper left to polish them out. The blade is covered with scratches, especially one side but they are not deep. We believe this sword would polish up nicely and the place where we polished a crude window to insure there was temper above the large nick revealed nice activity in nie as well. There is a polisher's mei on the shinogi-ji, indicating this sword was polished by a professional polisher before being mounted for combat and it was fitted with a higher quality habaki as well. Although there is a mekugi near the end of the mei which would normally indicate a gimei blade, this hole was drilled and is still shiny steel so it appears to have been done recently, part of a failed restoration project. In any case it leads us to believe that the nakago is ubu (original shape) and the signature most likely genuine. Signed Koto blades are getting scarce and this would make a nice example with a polish and an attractive one as well.
    Item: 805gunto3

 

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1875 Field Officer's Kyu-Gunto with General Officer's Tassel
Click to see Images Signature: Mumei.
Year Made:  Meiji era

Forging Pattern: None, plated steel,
Tempering Pattern: none.
Dimensions:  Blade Length:  22.25 inches  Nakago: 6 inches 6 mm thick and 26 mm wide at Hamachi
Mountings:  Rare 1875 field officer (major-colonel) pattern kyu-gunto mounts in excellent condition with a gold wash "rain" pattern habaki and a general officer's tassel with the cloth missing from the bottom fob and much wear to the rest, however these are extremely rare in any condition. The workmanship on the hand guard and backstrap is extremely well done and the grip underneath is white samé with wire ties. The saya is chrome plated steel with some discoloration of the plating.
Overall Condition:  Excellent, sword is a plated steel parade saber with bo-hi and with some scratches and pitting that do not detract from this excellent piece. This is a scarce sword and to find one in such excellent condition overall with a tassel is a rare find indeed. A must have for the collector of Japanese military arms.
 

 

Item: 805gunto7

 

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Signed WWII Era sword in Period Civilian Mounts
Click to see Images Signature:  Seki Sukemitsu Saku
Year Made:  1940's

Forging Pattern: muji
Tempering Pattern: Notare with unusual repeating pattern, possibly Mt. Fuji
Dimensions:  Blade Length:  26 inches  Nakago: 7 inches 6 mm thick and 31 mm wide at Hamachi
Mountings:  WWII era Civilian mounts, plain brass fuchi/kashira, menuki of plants. Tsuka may have been re-wrapped. Old tsuba with radiating lines pattern, one hitsu ana plugged with copper. Two piece copper habaki. Saya in good condition, may have been re-painted. A pair of mismatched seppa.
Overall Condition:  Poor, Hamon clearly visible on one side but runs off the edge about two inches shy of the kissaki, hamon barely visible on the other side due to scratching. Hard to tell about the boshi. Some minor pitting. Sword has bo-hi. Has a "Showa" arsenal stamp.
    Item: 804kat2

 

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Stainless Kai-Gunto, Signed with Two Arsenal Stamps, Nice
Click to see Images Signature:  Unable to translate, see photos.
Year Made:  Showa, WW II

Forging Pattern: None, stainless steel,
Tempering Pattern: Artificial suguha.
Dimensions:  Blade Length:  26 inches  Nakago: 8.5 inches 8 mm thick and 34 mm wide at Hamachi
Mountings:  '37 pattern dual ashi naval mounts in good condition. Leather like finish on saya. All seppa present with matching numbers and all fittings correct. Silver washed copper habaki in good condition. Some wear on gilt fittings.
Overall Condition:  Excellent, sword in near perfect condition, no nicks with some light scuffing & scratching. Nakago has a Toyokawa Naval Arsenal stamp as well as a second stamp we don't recognize. It also has a three character mei which we were unable to translate. An excellent example of a stainless Kai-gunto which are scarce and becoming rare. If you're looking for an all original example in good shape, here is your chance.
    305Gunto9

 

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Kai Gunto with Steel Mounts
Click to see Images Signature:  Mumei, embossed Anchor Stamp
Forging Pattern:  Stainless Steel Blade
Tempering Pattern: Stainless Steel Blade
Dimensions:  Blade Length:  25.7 inches  Nakago: 9.3 inches 7 mm thick 31 mm wide
Mountings:  Kai Gunto fittings.  Plated steel mounts.
Overall Condition:  Fair.  Blade has nicks and scratches. 
 

 

Item: 104kat5

 

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Higo Mounted Shin Shinto Tanto
Click to see Images Signature:  Mumei (with MitsuMune)
Year Made:  1700/1800s

Forging Pattern: Mokume
Tempering Pattern: Suguha
Dimensions:  Blade Length:  10.2 inches  Nakago: 4 inches  6 mm thick and 25 mm wide at Hamachi
Mountings:  Nice matching iron Higo mounts, they are not original to the blade but do fit nicely.
Overall Condition:  Good.  A nicely mounted tanto that should turn out nicely after a polish.
 

 

Item: 904tanto4

 

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Long Wakizashi or Uchigatana 23.19 inches
Click to see Images Signature:  mumei
Year Made:  Shinto

Forging Pattern: Could not tell
Tempering Pattern: Could not tell possibly Suguha
Dimensions:  Blade Length:  23.19 inches  Nakago: 5 inches 5 mm thick and 30 mm wide at Hamachi
Mountings:  copper habaki.
Overall Condition:  Poor. Blade is hazed over, has spider rust, nicks & ding in the edge, ware and is slightly bent. Could probably be saved by a polisher. Nakago shape is classic of Kashu province swords.
    Item: 904wak7

 

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Hira Zukuri Tanto in Aikuchi mounts
Click to see Images Signature:  mumei
Forging Pattern:  could not tell
Tempering Pattern: could not tell
Dimensions:  Blade Length:  8.8125 inches  Nakago: 3.625 inches 6 mm thick 24 mm wide
Mountings:  Aikuchi style mounting with leather wrap on tsuka and nice menuki, horn fittings, fancy lacquer on saya in metallic flake. Mounts in fairly good condition, a little loss to the lacquer and someone had glued something to it at one point, gold wash habaki
Overall Condition:  Poor.  Sword had been buffed until all traces of hamon and hada could not bee seen and then the remaining pits were sanded with coarse sandpaper. Would probably take a polish. I would call it Shinto or Shin-shinto from the rust on the nakago
    904tanto2

 

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Small Shinto Buke Zukuri Wakizashi in Saya
Click to see Images Signature:  Mumei
Forging Pattern:  Hard to tell
Tempering Pattern: Hard to tell, appears to be suguha
Dimensions:  Blade Length:  12.5 inches  Nakago: 3.25 inches 5 mm thick 12.7 mm wide
Mountings:  Old saya in decent condition only. Has brass kojiri and has been sanded
Overall Condition:  Poor.  Sword is out of polish, has a fukure (blister, circled in photo), ware and pitting. Might be saved by a polisher, Good practice sword for an amateur polisher.
    904tanto3

 

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Koto Katana in ShiraSaya
Click to see Images Signature:  Mumei
Year Made:  1500s

Forging Pattern: Itame
Tempering Pattern: Midare
Dimensions:  Blade Length:  26.25 inches  Nakago: 7.25 inches 7 mm thick and 29 mm wide at Hamachi
Mountings:  Shirasaya.  Nicely forged with very active itame hada.  Tempering is weak in the boshi but still shaves brass.  Some grain openings, see pics for details.
    805kat3

 

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Mumei Very Long Wakizashi, with Very Active Hamon
Click to see Images Signature: O-suriage (mei or signature cut off).
Year Made:  Late Koto early Shinto

Forging Pattern: Hard to tell do to light scratches, itame possibly,
Tempering Pattern: very active pointed gunome/midare in nie-deki.
Dimensions:  Blade Length:  23.31 inches  Nakago: 5.5 inches 7 mm thick and 30 mm wide at Hamachi
Mountings:  Old shirasaya in decent condition, beautiful, gold foil habaki.
Overall Condition:  Good, sword is covered with light scratches and has some minor ware but has a very active hamon with much ji-nie which extends well into the shinogi ji on the turnback of the boshi (see photos with arrows). Beautiful hakikake boshi, this sword would be stunning in a full polish. Someone must have thought very highly of it, as gold foil habaki aren't and have never been inexpensive. It is also only a little more than a half inch shy of being katana length, so was probably cut down for use as a one handed back up sword by someone using a pole arm as their primary weapon.
With masame hada visible in the shinogi-ji, the long turnback and pointed gunome hamon this sword reminds us of Sue-Seki work, very sharp and rugged swords sought after by Samurai during the warring states period.
    Item:905wak1

 

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YasuKuni JinJa Tachi by YasuNori
Click to see Images Signature:  YasuNori
Forging Pattern:  Mokume
Tempering Pattern:  Suguha Midare in Nioi and Ko Nie
Dimensions:  Blade Length:  26.4 inches  Nakago: 7.6 inches 7 mm thick 29 mm wide
Mountings:  Shin Gunto mounts
Overall Condition:  Excellent.  Extremely well forged katana in recent polish.  There is a small rust pit in the hamon (see pictures).  Please follow this link to learn more about this smith.
 

 

Item: 803kat6

 

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KiyoNobu Gendaito in Shin-gunto Mounts
Click to see Images Signature:  Nagamura Kiyonobu Kitaukore.
Year Made:  Gendaito

Forging Pattern: Nicely forged mixture of itame and mokume.
Tempering Pattern: Suguha in ko-nie.
Dimensions:  Blade Length:  25.25 inches  Nakago: 8.75 inches 7 mm thick and 33 mm wide at Hamachi
Mountings:  '34 pattern Shin-gunto mounts in fair condition, gold washed habaki.
Overall Condition:  Very good, nicely forged sword with beautiful & prominent hada in good wartime polish with a few scuffs, scratches and a few pits in the kissaki. Kiyonobu was a Rikugun Jumei Tosho who is listed in the Nihonto Meikan, Slough's Modern Japanese Swordsmiths:1868-1945 (P.85) and made medium to high grade gendaito. The sword has a "tan" stamp, indicating it is hand forged. The gunto mounts are in fair condition; the latch is broken, the samé cracked, seppa are missing and the saya is dented. This would be an excellent candidate for a finish polish and a shirasaya but it certainly can be enjoyed in its present condition. A solid addition to your Gendai collection or an excellent first sword.
$1600   Item: 305gunto5

 

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28.3 Inch ShinShinto Katana with O-Kissaki
Click to see Images Signature:  Mumei
Year Made:  Shin-shinto, 1800s

Forging Pattern: Itame
Tempering Pattern: Toran Midare In Nie and Nioi
Dimensions:  Blade Length:  28.3 inches  Nakago: 8.5 inches 7.5 mm thick and 31 mm wide at Hamachi
Mountings: Shirasaya and solid silver habaki. 
Comments:  An exceptionally elegant and well forged blade made in the style of a Nambukcho era sword with a large Kissaki and diamond cross section.  This is a very lively active blade in the hand and has very nice forging work in the hamon and hada.  The hamon has nice dense ko-nie. Ji-nie and sunagashi are present.  One small rust spot that did not polish out in the hamon on this otherwise flawless katana.
    305kat3

 

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NTHK Papered Kaga KiyoMitsu Wakizashi
Click to see Images Signature:  KiyoMitsu
Forging Pattern:  Mokume with Itame
Tempering Pattern:  Suguha in Nioi and Ko Nie
Dimensions:  Blade Length:  22.5 inches  Nakago: 6 inches 7mm thick 30mm wide
Mountings:  Shirasaya with ivory eyelets and horn koiguchi and fuchi 
Overall Condition:  Excellent.  Nicely polished blade with beautiful complex hada and lots of activity in the hamon.  Papers and restoration on this blade alone costs $2000.
    1104wak1

 

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Gendaito by Rai KuniFusa in Superb Kai Gunto Mounts
Click to see Images Signature:  Rai KuniFusa, with a character for Buddha on Nakago Mune
Forging Pattern:  Mokume
Tempering Pattern: Suguha Midare
Dimensions:  Blade Length:  26.6 inches  Nakago: 9 inches 5.8 mm thick 29 mm wide
Mountings:  Shirasaya and original kai gunto fittings with sunagi
Overall Condition:  Excellent.  The sword is in its original wartime polish that is in 90%+ condition with some minor staining.  This is an exceptionally well forged sword with a high bright temper of nie.  The fittings are all original and of much higher quality that i typically see which leads me to believe that this is most likely a custom ordered sword for a high ranking Naval officer.  It is accompanied with a surrender tag which list the officer that surrendered this sword and his address as Tashiro Mitsuo, 1303 Kohna, Yui Mura, Ninam, Tama Gun, Tokyo.
  Item: 1004kat6

 

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Koto Bizen Wakizashi in Rare Custom Shin Gunto Mounts
Click to see Images Signature:  Bishu ?OsaFune? Ju Kan Nari, Date is faint and could not be made out.
Year Made:  Koto, Pre 1600s

Forging Pattern: Itame
Tempering Pattern: Suguha in Nioi
Dimensions:  Blade Length:  23.75 inches  Nakago: 6.2 inches 6 mm thick and 26.5 mm wide at Hamachi
Mountings: Near Mint custom made light weight shin gunto mounts with Ishime lacquer and all matching and complete fittings.  Some lacquer chips near the drag from use.  Wakizashi gunto mounts are extremely rare; this was most likely a family blade that was remounted for use by a High Ranking Imperial Army Officer.
Comments:  This is an extremely vibrant active blade with wonderful hada that shows chike and vines of ko-nie streaming through the hada.  It is in its original pre war polish, there is one small nick about12 inches from the hamachi, several use scratches and the tip is nicked by about 1mm.  A wonderful elegant blade with a deep graceful koto sori.
    105wak8

 

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Long & Hefty Gendaito in Kai Gunto Mounts
Click to see Images Signature:  Bizen Kojima Ju Tomonaga Akisuke Kinsaku.
Year Made:  Showa 10th year, eighth moon, lucky day (August, 1935)

Forging Pattern: Appears to be a tight flowing masame.
Tempering Pattern: suguha midare.
Dimensions:  Blade Length:  27.5 inches  Nakago: 8.25 inches 6 mm thick and 35 mm wide at Hamachi
Mountings:  Kai-gunto mounts in pretty good shape, ito and menuki missing from tsuka, all parts have matching numbers, some missing lacquer and dents in saya.
Overall Condition:  Good, long and very heavy (bare blade is over 2 pounds) blade, nicely forged with minor pitting, stains and scratches, would polish very nicely. Relatively rare Kai-gunto mounts need a little work to make an attractive mounting for the sword. Smith needs research as we could find no reference to him but mei is well cut and it is an early Showa sword.
    Item: 305gunto3

 

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Star Stamp Gendaito by HisaTsugu
Click to see Images Signature:  YoShu Seiunshi HisaTsugu
Year Made: 
1944 (Showa 18)

Forging Pattern:  Tight mokume
Tempering Pattern: Choji Midare in ko nie
Dimensions:  Blade Length:  26.75 inches  Nakago: 8.7 inches 8 mm thick 33 mm wide
Mountings:  Blade is in shirasaya.
Overall Condition:  Excellent.  Recent polish and shirasaya.  Nice stout sword with very good forging.  Hisatsugu was Army Certified swordsmith (Rikugun Jumei Tosho) making this a 100% true gendaito katana.  Good gendaitos like this one has doubled in value in the last couple of years and i expect them to continue to appreciate.
 

 

Item: 1104kat6

 

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Hizen Katana
Click to see Images Signature:  Mumei
Year Made:  1600s

Forging Pattern: Konuka
Tempering Pattern: Suguha KoNie
Dimensions:  Blade Length:  26.8 inches  Nakago: 7.75 inches  7 mm thick and 28 mm wide at Hamachi
Mountings:  Old original saya in a leather wrap adapted for use in WW2.
Overall Condition:  Fair.  Blade has rust spots and a couple of nicks.  There is also some loose grain, primarily in the shinogi ji. 
 

 

Item: 1004kat2

 

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27.25 Shinto Katana in Handachi Mounts
Click to see Images Signature:  Mumei
Year Made:  1600s

Forging Pattern: Itame
Tempering Pattern: Suguha
Dimensions:  Blade Length:  27.25 inches  Nakago: 7.75 inches 7 mm thick and 28 mm wide at Hamachi
Mountings:  Habaki Only and original iron Handachi Mounts.  Tsuba and kurikata missing.
Overall Condition:  Good.  Classic shinto katana with excellent balance and an elegant curve.  There is some loose grain and 2 fukure about 8 inches from the hamachi.  In original pre war polish with some stable rust and hazing.  It is exceedingly difficult to find original iron handachi mounts.
 

 

Item: 704kat4

 

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Gendai Katana in Fresh Polish
Click to see Images Signature:  Nobumitsu
Forging Pattern:  mokume
Tempering Pattern: chogi midare
Dimensions:  Blade Length:  25.2 inches  Nakago: 8.5 inches 6 mm thick 29 mm wide
Mountings:  Shirasaya with cast copper habaki
Overall Condition:  Excellent, Gendaito by Kanenobu in fresh polish, with active hamon including tobiyaki and nioi kuzure (see arrow). One tiny scratch on very tip of kissaki and wood on tsuka has a few dings. Otherwise an excellent sword for your collection.
 

 

Item: 1104kat3

 

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Long 27.5 inch LateKoto/ Early Shinto katana in gunto saya
Click to see Images Signature:  Minamoto Nobu ?
Year Made:  Koto-early Shinto (Late 1500s)

Forging Pattern: Hard to tell, mokume?
Tempering Pattern: Gunome midare in nie
Dimensions:  Blade Length:  27.5 inches  Nakago: 7.375 inches 7 mm thick and 29 mm wide at Hamachi
Mountings:  Silver foil "rain" patter habaki, '34 pattern shin-gunto saya in good condition.
Overall Condition:  Good. Long blade with light pitting, polisher's mei on shinogi-ji, indicates it was probably a good sword. Should polish very nicely.
    Item: 105kat3

 

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Early Shinto Katana in Handachi Mounts
Click to see Images Signature:  Mumei.
Year Made:  Early Shinto

Forging Pattern: Mokume,
Tempering Pattern: Active Suguha Midare.
Dimensions:  Blade Length:  26.75 inches  Nakago: 6.75 inches 5 mm thick and 34 mm wide at Hamachi
Mountings:  Black lacquer saya with copper kojiri and band at koiguchi, shibabiki missing. Blackened iron tsuba with clouds. Plain shakudo fuchi and kabutogane with copper menuki of turtles and a braided string sarute. Ito is in good shape over samé that has been pieced together on one side. Copper two piece habaki. Possibly Showa era mounts.
Overall Condition:  Good, some staining and old fingerprint rust, small ware and nicks with some red rust in the kissaki. Also quite a few scratches here and there. Very active hamon in nie with nijuba, kinsuji and temper in the mune and shinogi-ji that runs almost the length of the sword. Sword is also maru mune and the nakago has a Bizen look to it. Also has a well balanced feel to it. Very interesting workmanship with a prominent hada (under the scratches) that would be beautiful in full polish.
    305kat2

 

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Emura Gendaito
Click to see Images Signature:  Naga Un Sai Emura Saku
Forging Pattern:  Dense Mokume
Tempering Pattern: Midare Choji in Nioi and Ko Nie.  With Ashi and Uchinoke.
Dimensions:  Blade Length:  26 inches  Nakago: 7.8 inches 7 mm thick and 31 mm wide at Hamachi
Mountings:  All original and matching High Grade Shin Gunto mounts in 90%+ condition.
Overall Condition:  Very Good.  Original wartime polish with some scratches and small nicks from use.  No rust.  Emura was the Director of Okyama Prison during the war and made swords there with the aid of prisoners.  Rated as Med-High Grade Gendaito.  This is one of the nicest Emuras that i have seen with a very active Choji Hamon, that is unfortunately difficult to photograph, the shape is very elegant and the sword is well balanced.  The fittings are in very good condition and all original to the sword.  Overall a very nice package for a very popular smith.
    Item: 905kat1

 

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Long Shinto Wakizashi in Shin-Gunto mounts with NTHK papers
Click to see Images Signature:  mumei, attributed to Tadaka of Bungo Province
Year Made:  Shinto, 1700s

Forging Pattern: Tight masame
Tempering Pattern: Suguha in ko-nie
Dimensions:  Blade Length:  22.5 inches  Nakago: 5.75 inches 5 mm thick and 28 mm wide at Hamachi
Mountings:  1934 pattern Shin-Gunto mounts in good condition, some dents and paint loss to saya, nice silver washed habaki. Mounts are matching and appear to be original to the sword.
Overall Condition:  Excellent, good polish, very minor pitting in a few places and a small ware, nice example of an ancestral wakazashi mounted for WWII use.
 

 

Item: 105wak1

 

 

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Koto Boy's Day Tachi
Click to see Images Signature:  mumei
Year Made:  Koto

Forging Pattern: mokume
Tempering Pattern: midare in nie
Dimensions:  Blade Length:  16.375 inches  Nakago: 5.125 inches 4 mm thick and 22 mm wide at Hamachi
Mountings:  Gold wash habaki, black lacquer saya with missing kojiri and deep scratches and a tsuka core with patched in same, which may be original to the sword. Two gilt aftermarket step style seppa and a signed tanto tsuba with dragon motif.
Overall Condition:  Good, in decent polish, has scratches, some ware and a fukure but is in good condition for it's age, nice hada and active hamon. Nakago has been cleaned.
 

 

Item:105wak2

 

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Shinto Wakizashi signed Kanemoto
Click to see Images Signature:  Kanemoto.
Year Made:  Shinto

Forging Pattern: Difficult to tell due to polish.
Tempering Pattern: Midare in nioi, looks like koshi-no-hiraita midare.
Dimensions:  Blade Length:  18.125 inches  Nakago: 5.5 inches 6 mm thick and 30 mm wide at Hamachi
Mountings: Old saya in black lacquer with kurikata and kozuka pocket. Good condition, some lacquer missing and some small dings, copper habaki in good condition.
Overall Condition:  Fair. Sword is covered with scratches, stabilized "spider rust" and minor pitting. Nice takanoha (hawk feather) yasurimei, should polish without problem. A nice little wak, interesting that almost all smiths signing Kanemoto were from the Mino group and this hamon has a distinctly Bizen flavor.
    Item: 104wak1

 

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Long Shinto Wakizashi
Click to see Images Signature:  Mumei.
Year Made:  Shinto.

Forging Pattern: Itame, very hard to see as sword has been buffed.
Tempering Pattern: Suguha/midare in ko-nie.
Dimensions:  Blade Length:  21.6 inches  Nakago: 5 inches 6 mm thick and 25 mm wide at Hamachi
Mountings: Old saya held together with wrapped string at the top, some missing lacquer and the appearance or a repair at the kojiri. Copper "rain pattern" habaki that has been polished to shine like a new penny and a tsuka made of two roughly carved pieces of wood. It also has a small (2.5 X 2 inch) iron tsuba that has been cleaned.
Overall Condition:  Good, the sword has been buffed but not hard enough to round off the lines much, has some ware, scratches, tiny nicks and pitting but all pretty minor. Hard to see any detail but looks like there is a fairly nice hada under there and a ko-nie hamon with some interesting activities (most of this seen under 4X magnification). Very difficult to get any detailed photographs due to the glass like finish. There is a healthy boshi but you'll have to take my word on it, as that was very difficult to see, let alone photograph. Sword needs a proper polish and shirasaya and then would most likely be an attractive piece with nice hada and an interesting hamon.
    Item: 305wak1

 

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Early Shinto Katana Signed Tsuguhiro
Click to see Images Signature:  …Ju Tsuguhiro.
Year Made:  Early Shinto

Forging Pattern: Nicely forged mixture of mokume & itame.
Tempering Pattern: Midare in nie.
Dimensions:  Blade Length:  24 inches  Nakago: 6.5 inches 5 mm thick and 27 mm wide at Hamachi
Mountings:  Black lacquer saya with some scratches and lacquer loss, may have been repainted, Iron fuchi/kashira with inlaid copper plant and flower motif, some wear to kashira. Amateur wrap on tsuka over what appears to be gold plated floral menuki. Fittings have the appearance of some age. Copper habaki and brass and plated seppa, no tsuba.
Overall Condition:  Very good. Older polish on blade but in good condition, some very light pitting. Very active hamon, with much ji-nie and finely done and very visible hada. A lot to see and enjoy in this sword. I could only find two groups of smiths that used this particular ji for Tsugu, one worked in the showa era and one in the 1680's, so most likely the sword dates from the late 17th century. First part of mei has been rusted away so hard to confirm this. All in all a nice old sword, that can be enjoyed as is, and would be an attractive display piece with the addition of a tsuba an possibly a professional re-wrap of the ito.
    Item: 105wak1b

 

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Nice, hand forged gendai, never mounted
Click to see Images Signature:  Mumei.
Year Made:  Gendaito

Forging Pattern: Nice tight itame, well forged.
Tempering Pattern: Gunome in nie.
Dimensions:  Blade Length:  25.125 inches  Nakago: 7.75 inches 6 mm thick and 32 mm wide at Hamachi
Mountings:  Old shirasaya and wooden habaki.
Overall Condition:  Very good, sword was never mounted, has no mekugi ana in nakago. Was professionally polished and has polishers signature. Well forged sword with some light rust and staining, minor pits and a tiny piece is broken off the tip. Very active hamon with ji-nie and chikei. Would be quite beautiful with a proper polish.
    Item: 305gendai1

 

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Shinto/Shinshinto Yari
Click to see Images Signature:  mumei
Year Made:  Shinto or Shinshinto

Forging Pattern: Hard to see as surfaces have been polished to a shine, appears to be masame.
Tempering Pattern: Suguha kesho, hard to see through it.
Dimensions:  Blade Length:  9.56 inches  Nakago: 10.19 inches and 28.6 mm wide at widest part.
Mountings: Wakizashi saya missing much lacquer, cut in two and adapted to fit.
Overall Condition:  Good, needs professional polish as surfaces are too shiny and hamon covered with heavy kesho. Some minor pitting and small ware.
    Item: 305yari1

 

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Nagimaki Naoshi Wakizashi
Click to see Images Signature:  mumei
Year Made:  Shinto (1700s)

Forging Pattern: Mokume/Itame
Tempering Pattern: Gunome midare with yo, very active hamon
Dimensions:  Blade Length:  19.5 inches  Nakago: 5.5 inches 7 mm thick and 30 mm wide at Hamachi
Mountings:  Gold wash copper habaki.
Overall Condition:  Good, blade has been cleaned, some small nicks. Good candidate for a polish.
    Item: 105wak7

 

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Shinto Yari
Click to see Images Signature:  Could not make out
Year Made:  1700s

Forging Pattern:  Could not make out
Tempering Pattern: Suguha
Dimensions:  Blade Length:  6.6 inches  Nakago: 11.5 inches
Mountings:  Saya and seppa only
Overall Condition:  Fair.  Original gold lacquered saya.
 

 

Item: 704yari1

 

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Ko-wakizashi with habaki and saya
Click to see Images Signature:  mumei
Year Made:  Shinto

Forging Pattern: Could not tell
Tempering Pattern: Could not tell
Dimensions:  Blade Length:  15.125 inches  Nakago: 7.375 inches 6 mm thick and 26 mm wide at Hamachi
Mountings: Copper "rain" pattern habaki, saya with flakes of mother of pearl imbedded with a signature inlaid that would have been hidden by the kozuka. Missing kurikata and some lacquer loss and dents.
Overall Condition:  Poor, blade has been sand or glass bead blasted from the habaki forward, hiding almost all details, there is stabilized rust, ware and dents of the ha of the blade. No major flaws are evident.
    Item: 105wak5

 

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Koto Wakizashi signed Izu no Kami Daido
Click to see Images Signature:  Izu (no) Kami Daido
Year Made:  Sue Koto

Forging Pattern: Difficult to tell due to polish
Tempering Pattern: Difficult to tell polish
Dimensions:  Blade Length:  16.375 inches  Nakago: 5.125 inches 4 mm thick and 22 mm wide at Hamachi
Mountings:  Silver foil "rain" patter habaki, saya with missing lacquer, kurikata and much wood loss on one side
Overall Condition:  fair, a slender wakizashi which does not appear to have been abused. It is covered with stabilized rust, the lines of its geometry are not crisp and a foundation polish was begun on one side and abandoned.  Daido worked in the late 16th century in the Mino school and was also known as Daimichi
    Item: 904wak6

 

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Papered Koto KoDachi
Click to see Images Signature:  Mumei, Attributed to Kane Yoshi
Year Made:  1500s

Forging Pattern:  Itame with Masame
Tempering Pattern: Sanbon Midare in Nie
Dimensions:  Blade Length:  22.8 inches  Nakago: 5 inches 6mm thick and 27mm wide at Hamachi
Mountings:  Shirasaya
Overall Condition:  Very Good.  There were many generations of KaneYoshi, i would place this sword in a mid generation smith that worked in the 1500s or earlier.  Good clean Japanese polish.  Shirasaya has some dents.  Very elegant shape and an exceptional value.  To restore a blade to this level would cost about $2000.
 

 

Item: 704wak1

 

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Shin-Gunto Katana
Click to see Images Signature: mumei
Year Made:  1940's

Forging Pattern: none visible
Tempering Pattern: none visible
Dimensions:  Blade Length:  24.875 inches  Nakago: 8 inches 5 mm thick and 31 mm wide at Hamachi
Mountings:  Brass habaki. '34 pattern medium grade Shin-gunto mounts in good condition that appear original to the sword. Aluminum saya in good shape.
Overall Condition:  Fair. Sword appears to have been chemically cleaned with a powerful cleaner that has removed all rust from the nakago. Impossible to tell what's under there. No arsenal stamp.
    Item: 804kat7

 

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Shin-Gunto Katana
Click to see Images Signature: Hirada Hidemitsu
Year Made:  1940's

Forging Pattern: muji
Tempering Pattern: an odd misty hamon of tiny ko-nie that starts out suguha and ends in what appears to be full temper near the kissaki. Ko-Nie was visible under 5X magnification, Almost impossible to photograph.
Dimensions:  Blade Length:  25.875 inches  Nakago: 8.375 inches 5.5 mm thick and 31 mm wide at Hamachi
Mountings:  Brass habaki. '34 pattern Shin-gunto mounts. Apper to be a "put together" set, could be late war though, judging by lack of samé under wrap and unusual suede combat cover over simple plain wood saya, all in reaonable condition.
Overall Condition:  Very Good. One tiny nick in the edge, arsenal stamp may have been filed off. Hirada Hidemitsu is a listed Seki smith.
    Item: 804kat6

 

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Long Soshu Tanto
Click to see Images Signature:  Yukishige
Year Made:  Late Koto early Shinto

Forging Pattern: shoshu
Tempering Pattern: Suguha
Dimensions:  Blade Length:  13.81 inches  Nakago: 4 inches 5 mm thick and 30 mm wide at Hamachi
Mountings:  none.
Overall Condition:  Poor. Tip is broken off, possibly repairable, hamon appears to run off edge of blade. Appears to be some nice soshu workmanship in the Ji.
 

 

Item: 904tanto1

 

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Hand Forged Gendaito
Click to see Images Signature:  Mumei
Year Made:  1940s

Forging Pattern: Tight Mokume
Tempering Pattern: Suguha Midare
Dimensions:  Blade Length:  25.4 inches  Nakago: 7.8 inches  5.5 mm thick and 24.5 mm wide at Hamachi
Mountings:  Wartime civilian mounts.  These swords were typically adapted for military use by wrapping the scabbard with leather, this one is rather unusual as it is wrapped with a burlap type material.
Overall Condition:  Very good.  Some hazing and stable rust to the original wartime polish.  Hamon is bright with nie but is difficult to photograph due to hazing.  The handle is original, wrap is frayed in areas.  A nice stout gendaito with good balance.
 

 

Item: 904kat2

 

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Hand Forged Gunto
Click to see Images Signature:  Mumei
Year Made:  1940s

Forging Pattern: Muji
Tempering Pattern: Midare
Dimensions:  Blade Length:  24 inches  Nakago: 8.2 inches  7 mm thick and 30.5 mm wide at Hamachi
Mountings:  Mismatched mounts.  Original Shingunto handle, naval tsuba and iaito saya.
Overall Condition:  Good.  A good martial arts sword, blade is water tampered with a nie deki hamon.
 

 

Item: 904kat4

 

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Shinto Wak signed Sukesada
Click to see Images Signature:  Sukesada
Forging Pattern:  Masame
Tempering Pattern: Midare
Dimensions:  Blade Length:  17.19 inches  Nakago: 5.25 inches 5 mm thick 30 mm wide
Mountings:  Carved saya possibly mahogany, copper habaki with some damage.
Overall Condition:  Fair, Has been polished by an amateur, geometry is off in places. Hamon appears to have some nice activity to it. Some small nicks and minor ware. Could be a nice sword with a polish. Nakago appears to have been cleaned, making it hard to judge the age.
 

 

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Long Wakizashi Signed Bizen Tadamitsu
Click to see Images Signature:  Bizen Tadamitsu
Forging Pattern:  hard to tell
Tempering Pattern: suguha
Dimensions:  Blade Length:  20 3/16 inches  Nakago: 5.5 inches 5 mm thick 27 mm wide
Mountings:  Old handachi style saya in poor condition, silver foil habaki with "rain" pattern
Overall Condition:  Poor.  Sword is covered with light stable rust and light pitting, geometry is good. Has a blister on one side. Would probably take a polish. Could be a late Koto sword. As there were many smiths by that name working in Bizen province, it is hard to tell exactly who made the sword or when. Sword is ubu with one mekugi ana. (tang is original)
 

 

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Shin-gunto Katana signed Yoshinao of Seki
Click to see Images Signature:  Seki Fujiwara Yoshinao Saku with Showa arsenal stamp
Year Made:  Showa era 1940s

Forging Pattern: Muji
Tempering Pattern: Oil tempered midare in nioi.
Dimensions:  Blade Length:  25.875 inches  Nakago: 8.75 inches 6.5 mm thick and 33 mm wide at Hamachi
Mountings:  1934 pattern Shin-gunto mounts, decent quality mounts, may have been re-wrapped and painted, some fittings may not be original to the sword..
Overall Condition:  Excellent, good polish with only very minor pitting in isolated places. Nice example of a signed Gunto.
 

 

Item:804kat4

 

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High Grade Gendaito by Tofuji
Click to see Images Signature:  Mino Kuni Ju TofuJi Saku
Forging Pattern: Tight Mokume, almost nashiji
Tempering Pattern: Suguha with abundant ashi in ko nie and nioi
Dimensions:  Blade Length:  25.1 inches  Nakago: 7.7 inches 7 mm thick and 30 mm wide at Hamachi
Mountings:  Blade and shirasaya
Overall Condition:  Very Good.  An exceptionally well made sword with a very elegant shape.  Excellent hamon with lots of ashi and nice tight consistent hada.  There is some rust and a nick that should polish out.  This sword was most likely made for an officer during the war but did not get mounted for use. 
 

 

Item: 704kat3

 

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ShinShinTo Katana
Click to see Images Signature:  Mumei
Year Made:  1800s

Forging Pattern: Tight Mokume/Nashiji
Tempering Pattern: Ko Midare Suguha with Ko-nie.
Dimensions:  Blade Length:  26.75 inches  Nakago: 7.5 inches  7 mm thick and 32 mm wide at Hamachi
Mountings:  Shirasaya with habaki that does not fit too well.
Overall Condition:  Very Good.  Nice stout shinshinto blade with a very active hamon. Some hazing.  Some rust in the kissaki that will polish out and a sword cut in the monouchi area.
 

 

Item: 704kat19

 

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Gendaito Katana by Emura, Director of Okayam Prison
Click to see Images Signature:  Chounsai Emura Saku
Forging Pattern:  tight itame
Tempering Pattern: gunome midare
Dimensions:  Blade Length:  25.19 inches  Nakago: 7.75 inches 7 mm thick 31 mm wide
Mountings:  Shirasaya with a few dings on the tsuka, a plain copper habaki
Overall Condition:  Exellent, in fresh polish, only a cople of tiny pits mar this otherwise beautiful sword. Emura was famous as a prison warden who took up sword-smithing as a hobby and often enlisted prisoners to help. More can be found about this interesting figure at: http://www.geocities.com/alchemyst/emura.htm as well as signatures for comparison. It is a hefty well forged sword for it's length and a must have for those who collect Gendai smiths of note.
    Item: 1104kat2

 

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Cane Sword with a Shinto Blade
Click to see Images Signature:  YukiMitsu
Year Made:  Blade 1600s, Mounts 1800s

Forging Pattern: Mokume
Tempering Pattern: Notare
Dimensions:  Blade Length:  20.8 inches  Nakago: 5.2 inches  5.5 mm thick and 24.5 mm wide at Hamachi
Mountings:  In the Meiji Period Samurais were banned from wearing swords in public, the most die hard of them mounted old blades in cane swords such as this one to skirt the ban.  This cane is lacquered to look like the bark of a cherry tree.  There is some lacquer damage to this otherwise all original piece.
Overall Condition:  Good.  Some lacquer damage on mounts, blade could use a good polish but is in nice original condition.  Cane swords are quite rare, this is the 4th that I have offered for sale in the last 6 years.
 

 

Item: 904wak10

 

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NTHK Papered Tensho Period Katana
Click to see Images Signature:  Mumei, attributed to Kashu KatsuIe (1500s)
Forging Pattern:  Itame
Tempering Pattern: Extremely active Gunome Midare in Nie with Sunagashi
Dimensions:  Blade Length:  27.9 inches  Nakago: 9 inches 7 mm thick 33 mm wide
Mountings:  Shirasaya and Shakudo foiled habaki.
Overall Condition:  Excellent.  In excellent pre-war polish.  Some loose grain in areas.  Very active hamon that reaches the shinogi in areas. 
  Item: 1004kat6

 

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ShinSakuto by Gassan SadaHito
Click to see Images Signature:  Izu Ju SadaHito Saku
Forging Pattern:  Itame with mokume with Chikei and JiNie.
Tempering Pattern: Midare in Nie with Ashi
Dimensions:  Blade Length:  29.2 inches  Nakago: 8.4 inches 7 mm thick 33 mm wide
Mountings:  Shirasaya
Overall Condition:  Excellent.  SadaHito is the son of the Mukansa smith SadaYoshi.  His swords are featured in "The New Generation of Japanese Swordsmiths by Tsuchiko.
  Item: 304gendai1

 

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28.8 inch Koto Katana
Click to see Images Signature:  Mumei
Forging Pattern:  Itame with mokume
Tempering Pattern: Sanbon Suji
Dimensions:  Blade Length:  28.8 inches  Nakago: 8 inches 7.5 mm thick 31 mm wide
Mountings:  Repro saya and tsuba.  Old fuchi and menuki of shakudo and gold.
Overall Condition:  Very good.  This sword was mounted as a cutting sword by a local martial artist.  The monuuchi has some stains and there are several small nicks.  Overall an excellent sword for the price considering the quality of the forging and length.
  Item: 304kat3

 

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27 Inch High Grade Gendaito with Hi by YoshiChika
Click to see Images Signature:  Minamoto YoshiChika Kitau Kore
Forging Pattern:  Tight Mokume almost Nashiji
Tempering Pattern: Gunome with Ashi  in KoNie
Dimensions:  Blade Length:  27 inches  Nakago: 7.2 inches 6mm thick and 29mm wide at Hamachi
Mountings:  Shirasaya
Overall Condition:  Very Good.  Some small nicks and minor rust spotting.  This is an extremely sharp, very lively well balanced sword.  Very good tight mokume hada and well executed bright hamon with Ashi.  Listed in Slough's as High Grade Gendaito.  Most swords carried by the Imperial Guards were made by YoshiChika.
 

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Item: 104kat9

 

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Papered Oei Bizen Masamitsu O-Suriage Katana
Click to see Images Signature:  Mumei
Forging Pattern:  Mokume with Itame
Tempering Pattern: Chiji Midare with Utsure
Dimensions:  Blade Length:  23.75 inches  Nakago: 6.25 inches 5 mm thick and 26 mm wide at Hamachi
Mountings:  Shirasaya
Overall Condition:  ExcellentA rare opportunity to own a fully restored and papered Oei Bizen sword.  This was a katana that was shortened by about 5 inches to just short of being a Katana.  NTHK paper attributed to MasaMitsu, a very highly rated smith that worked in the 1300s.
 

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Item: 704kat1

 

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Star Stamp Gendaito by HisaTsugu
Click to see Images Signature:  YoShu Seiunshi HisaTsugu
Forging Pattern:  Tight mokume
Tempering Pattern: Choji Midare in ko nie
Dimensions:  Blade Length:  26.75 inches  Nakago: 8.7 inches 8 mm thick 33 mm wide
Mountings:  Blade is in shirasaya.
Overall Condition:  Excellent.  Recent polish and shirasaya.  Nice stout sword with very good forging.  Hisatsugu was Army Certified swordsmith (Rikugun Jumei Tosho) making this a 100% true gendaito katana
 

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Item: 104kat18

 

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TadaTsuna Shinto Wakizashi
Click to see Images Signature:  Awateguchi Omi (no) Kami Tadatsuna (shodai) with NBTHK Tokubetsu Keicho Papers
Forging Pattern:  Itame with mokume
Tempering Pattern: Notare in Nie
Dimensions:  Blade Length:  19.8 inches  Nakago: 5.8 inches 7 mm thick 30 mm wide
Mountings:  Shirasaya and silver habaki
Overall Condition:  Very good.  Some spotting and scratches.  Tadatsuna is a JoSaku rated smith with a wazamono rating for sharpness.  This is an excellent value for a sword of this caliber.  To restore and paper a sword to this quality would cost over $2000.
  Item: 604wak1

 

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Large 28.4 Inch ShinShinTo Katana
Click to see Images Signature:  HachiMan KitaMado HaruKuni Tsukuru, Dated Enpo Go Nen Feb.  1678
Forging Pattern:  Mokume with abundant JiNie
Tempering Pattern: Gunome Midare in Nie and Nioi
Dimensions:  Blade Length:  28.4 inches  Nakago: 8.7 inches 8 mm thick 30 mm wide
Mountings:  Shirasaya with saya gaki.
Overall Condition:  Excellent.  Blade is in good original polish.  Harukuni was not a high rated smith (chu saku) and the quality of this sword is beyond that ranking, furthermore it looks to be a shin shin to blade and not a shinto sword.  Regardless of the likely dubious signature, this is an excellent sword that is very well forged, extremely healthy with excellent hada and a very active hamon.  A bargain at this price.
  Item: 803kat1

 

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Mounted Koto Katana
Click to see Images Signature:  Mumei
Forging Pattern:  Itame
Tempering Pattern: Sanbon in Ko Nie
Dimensions:  Blade Length:  27.25 inches  Nakago: 8 inches 6 mm thick 30 mm wide
Mountings:  Nice original Higo mounts from the 1800s
Overall Condition:  Very Good.  Some surface rust and a nick near the yokote.  Very nice well balanced sword with nice original mounts.
  Item: 104kat21

 

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Gendaito by KaneMitsu
Click to see Images Signature:  Bishu Asai Ju KaneMitsu Saku.  Daisho O DaiJin KasuGa DaiJin Hachiman DaiJin.  Dated on Nakago Mune Kooki ni sen roku hahku san nen Daito-A sen Hisso gi gan to.  Translates to KaneMitsu of Bishu made this.  Ivocation of 3 Dieties and dated 2603 years since founding of Japanese Empire, this sword is a prayer/offering to the victory of the Great Eastern War.
Forging Pattern:  Tight mokume
Tempering Pattern: Midare in ko nie
Dimensions:  Blade Length:  25.75 inches  Nakago: 8.5 inches 7 mm thick 30 mm wide
Mountings:  Blade is in shirasaya.
Overall Condition:  Excellent.  Recent polish and shirasaya.  Very interesting signature, this was perhaps a sword made for an offering to a shrine or to a high ranking officer/government official.
    Item: 104kat19

 

 

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Gendai KaneMichi Katana
Click to see Images Signature:  Seki Ju KaneMichi Saku with Sho Stamp
Year Made:  1940s

Forging Pattern: Tight mokume
Tempering Pattern: Sanbon Suji in Nioi and Ko-nie.
Dimensions:  Blade Length:  26.8 inches  Nakago: 8.5 inches  8 mm thick and 32 mm wide at Hamachi
Mountings:  Blade Only
Overall Condition:  Very Good.  Nice elegant shape on this well forged katana.  Hamon is bright.  KaneMichi is listed in Slough's book as a Med-High Showato and High-Superior Grade Gendaito and was a Raikujin Tosho and given a Special Honor seat in the 1941 exhibition.
 

 

Item: 704kat20

 

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Signed Shinto Wakizashi
Click to see Images Signature:  ChoShu Hagi Ju KiyoShige
Year Made:  1688

Forging Pattern: Itame
Tempering Pattern: Midare
Dimensions:  Blade Length:  14.5 inches  Nakago: 4.8 inches  5.5 mm thick and 26 mm wide at Hamachi
Mountings:  Original copper habaki.
Overall Condition:  Good.  A nice beginner's wakizashi with active hada.  Some areas of loose grain and 2 fukure.
 

 

Item: 1004wak1

 

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Shinto Wakizashi signed YoshiMitsu
Click to see Images Signature:  YoshiMitsu
Year Made:  1700s

Forging Pattern: Could not make out
Tempering Pattern: Midare
Dimensions:  Blade Length:  22.1 inches  Nakago: 4.9 inches  6 mm thick and 25 mm wide at Hamachi
Mountings:  Old saya only
Overall Condition:  Poor.  Very nice shape and balance, some areas of loose grain.  Honest old sword that will be a good beginner piece.
 

 

Item: 904wak3

 

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Koto Katana with Choji Hamon
Click to see Images Signature:  Mumei
Year Made:  1500s

Forging Pattern: Mokume
Tempering Pattern: Gunome Choji with Utsuri
Dimensions:  Blade Length:  24.1 inches  Nakago: 6.8 inches  4 mm thick and 25 mm wide at Hamachi
Mountings:  Old original saya and a shakudo foiled habaki.
Overall Condition:  Fair.  Rust and small areas of loose grain.  Exceptionally elegant sword with a very high active hamon.  This will be a very nice blade after polish. Original shakudo foiled habakis are quite rare and usually only found on high end swords. 
 

 

Item: 1004kat3

 

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ShinShinto YukiFusa Katana 27.7 inch
Click to see Images Signature:  Ushu Ju YukiFusa
Year Made:  1800s

Forging Pattern: Tight Mokume
Tempering Pattern: Midare
Dimensions:  Blade Length:  27.7 inches  Nakago: 8.1 inches  7 mm thick and 29 mm wide at Hamachi
Mountings:  Old original saya painted gold.
Overall Condition:  Fair.  Blade has some rust pits that could be polished out.
 

 

Item: 1004kat4

 

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Showa Katana
Click to see Images Signature:  Noshu Suke Mitsu Nobu Mitsu Saku
Year Made:  1940s

Forging Pattern: Muji
Tempering Pattern: Suguha Midare in Nioi and Ko Nie
Dimensions:  Blade Length:  26 inches  Nakago: 7.9 inches  7 mm thick and 31 mm wide at Hamachi
Mountings:  Showa period Civilian Mounts
Overall Condition:  Fair.  Original polish has some stable rust and was lightly buffed.  Some nicks.
 

 

Item: 804kat8

 

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Amahide Gendai O-Kissaki Katana
Click to see Images Signature:  Minamoto Amahide with Sho Stamp
Year Made:  1940s

Forging Pattern: Muji
Tempering Pattern: Toran Midare in Nioi and Ko-nie.
Dimensions:  Blade Length:  25.2 inches  Nakago: 7.8 inches  8 mm thick and 32 mm wide at Hamachi
Mountings:  Buke Zukuri Mounts.  Looks like an armature conversion of the original Shirasaya to Buke Zukuri.
Overall Condition:  Good.  This is a powerful blade that is made in the shape of Nambukcho period swords that are wide, think and has a o-kissaki. 
 

 

Item: 704kat5

 

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Shinto Nagamaki/Naganita Blade
Click to see Images Signature:  Mumei
Year Made:  1700s

Forging Pattern:  Could not make out
Tempering Pattern: Billowing Midare
Dimensions:  Blade Length:  17.25 inches  Nakago: 18 inches 6 mm thick and 29 mm wide at Hamachi
Mountings:  Copper Habaki only
Overall Condition:  Poor.  A rather unusual blade, looks like a wakizashi with a long tang.  My guess is that it was mounted like a short nagamaki.  Blade is in need of restoration but is healthy and has no noticable flaws.
 

 

Item: 704nag1

 

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Shinto Wakizashi
Click to see Images Signature:  Mumei
Year Made:  1600s

Forging Pattern:  Mokume
Tempering Pattern: Midare turning to Suguha in Nie
Dimensions:  Blade Length:  18.25 inches  Nakago: 4.8 inches 6 mm thick and 26 mm wide at Hamachi
Mountings:  Buke Zukuri with Steel Tsuba
Overall Condition:  Good.  In recent polish. Kizu in the shinogiji.
 

 

Item: 704wak4

 

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Long Shinto Katana with Choji Hamon
Click to see Images Signature:  Mumei
Year Made:  1600s

Forging Pattern:  Itame with Masame
Tempering Pattern: Choji in Nioi
Dimensions:  Blade Length:  27.4 inches  Nakago: 7.8 inches 7 mm thick and 30 mm wide at Hamachi
Mountings:  Recent Shirasaya
Overall Condition:  Very Good.  In recent polish.  Some loose grain and rust pits.  An exceptionally well balanced sword with very nice forging.
 

 

Item: 704kat9

 

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An Exceptional Gendai Nagamitsu Katana
Click to see Images Signature:  Nagamitsu
Year Made: 
1940s

Forging Pattern:  Tight mokume
Tempering Pattern: Midare in ko nie
Dimensions:  Blade Length:  27.2 inches  Nakago: 8.4 inches 9 mm thick 35 mm wide
Mountings:  1944 Pattern Shin Gunto
Overall Condition:  Very GoodOriginal wartime polish and with original 44 pattern mounts, handle needs restoration This is perhaps the beefiest and longest Nagamitsu that i have seen.  It is unusual to find a wartime gendaito in this length, especially with such large propotions.  This is a very nice stout sword that feels like it could cut through a Sherman tank.  Nice stout sword by this very popular Showa era smith.  Learn more about him here.
 

 

Item: 1104kat7

 

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Russo Japanese War Cavalry Saber
Click to see Images Signature:  NA
Year Made: 
1900s

Forging Pattern:  NA
Tempering Pattern: NA
Dimensions:  Blade Length:  30.5 inches  Overall Length 35.75
Overall Condition:  Very Good.  Sacbbard and blade serial #s do not match.
 

 

Item: Cav Saber

 

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Rusty Wak
Click to see Images Signature:  Mumei
Year Made: 
1600-1800s

Forging Pattern:  Could not tell
Tempering Pattern: Could not tell
Dimensions:  Blade Length:  22.75 inches  Nakago: 5.6 inches 5.5 mm thick 27 mm wide
Mountings:  Blade Only
Overall Condition:  Terrible.  It is covered in rust.  Some pitting but not too deep.
 

 

Item: Rusty Wak

 

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Gendai Tanto
Click to see Images Signature:  Mumei
Year Made: 
1940s

Forging Pattern:  Itame/Masame
Tempering Pattern: Midare in Nie with Sunagashi
Dimensions:  Blade Length:  8.2 inches  Nakago: 2.6 inches 4.5 mm thick 20 mm wide
Mountings:  Blade Only
Overall Condition:  Excellent.  Recent polish.  This is a nice little tanto with great hamon and hada, but it has 2 hagiris. 
 

 

Item: Hagiri Tanto

 

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Gendai Nagamitsu Katana
Click to see Images Signature:  Ichihara Nagamitsu
Year Made: 
1940s

Forging Pattern:  Tight mokume
Tempering Pattern: Choji Midare in ko nie with Ashi
Dimensions:  Blade Length:  26.2 inches  Nakago: 8.9 inches 7 mm thick 32 mm wide
Mountings:  Blade is in shirasaya.
Overall Condition:  Excellent.  Recent polish and shirasaya.  Nice stout sword by this very popular Showa era smith.  Learn more about him here.
 

 

Item: 1104kat5

 

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Shinto Wakizashi
Click to see Images Signature:  Kashu Ju Kage Mitsu. 
Year Made:  1600s

Forging Pattern: Mokume/Itame
Tempering Pattern: Midare
Dimensions:  Blade Length:  20.4 inches  Nakago: 6 inches  6 mm thick and 28 mm wide at Hamachi
Mountings:  Habaki only.
Overall Condition:  Fair. A nicely forged and very healthy blade.  Nice strong midare hamon, there are a few grain openings.  Would turn out nicely with minimal restoration.
 

Item: 904wak2

 

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Beginner's Koto Wakizashi
Click to see Images Signature:  Bishu Osafune Nagamitsu
Year Made:  1500s

Forging Pattern: Mokume/Itame
Tempering Pattern: Midare
Dimensions:  Blade Length:  18.4 inches  Nakago: 4.8 inches  4.5 mm thick and 24 mm wide at Hamachi
Mountings:  Blade only
Overall Condition:  Fair. Several nicks, boshi might not have any tempering  This is about as inexpensive as they get for a real sword from the 1500s.
 

Item: 904wak8

 

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Beginner's Shinto Wakizashi
Click to see Images Signature:  Kaga
Year Made:  1700s

Forging Pattern: Could not make out
Tempering Pattern: Suguha
Dimensions:  Blade Length:  20.2 inches  Nakago: 5.25 inches  5 mm thick and 28 mm wide at Hamachi
Mountings:  Blade only
Overall Condition:  Fair.  Rusty with some shallow pitting.  This is about as inexpensive as they get for a real sword from the 1700s.
 

Item: 904wak4

 

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ShinShinTo Wakizashi
Click to see Images Signature:  Mumei
Forging Pattern:  Tight Mokume
Tempering Pattern:  Suguha in Ko Nie
Dimensions:  Blade Length:  16.5 inches  Nakago: 19.5
Mountings:  ShiraSaya
Overall Condition:  Simple, stout and well forged wakizashi that is favored by samurai.  Some minor rust spots and bright spots from rubbing.  Very nice tight grain.
 

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Item: 401wak3

 

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Gendaito by SukeNobu
Click to see Images Signature:  Noshu Ju SukeNobu Saku, Showa 16, June (1942)
Year Made:  1942
Forging Pattern: Tight Mokume
Tempering Pattern: Midare Choji
Dimensions:  Blade Length:  25.8 inches  Nakago: 8.5 inches  7.5 mm thick and 32 mm wide at Hamachi
Mountings:  Original 1939 pattern shin gunto with all matching fittings. 
Overall Condition:  Good.  SukeNobu is a listed Raikugun Jumei Tosho that was licensed by the military to make swords in the traditional manner, these smiths are commonly recognized with Star stamps on the tang.  This is an extremely well forged sword that has a nice active hamon and a boshi that follows the hamon in ko-midare.  A very nice example of a high-end custom ordered Shin Gunto.
 

 

Item: 904kat7

 

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Tensho Mounted Shinto Wakizashi
Click to see Images Signature:  Mumei
Year Made:  1700s
Forging Pattern: Tight Mokume
Tempering Pattern: Suguha
Dimensions:  Blade Length:  22 inches  Nakago: 5.8 inches  5.5 mm thick and 26 mm wide at Hamachi
Mountings:  Original Tensho style mountings with old leather string wrapped handle with matching fittings.
Overall Condition:  Good.  Most likely a sword mounted for a rich merchant, just shy of a katana's lenght but mounted in katana fittings.  Blade is very well forged that reminds me of a Hizen sword, elegant shape, nice bright suguha hamon, a nicely finished nakago and tight hada.  Polish is hazed over but lines are crisp.  A very nice fully mounted sword and a great value for money.  The fittings alone on this sword are worth over $700
 

 

Item: 904wak11

 

Sold RJ

Very Early Koto Tachi
Click to see Images Signature:  Mumei
Year Made:  1300-1400s
Forging Pattern: Itame/Mokume
Tempering Pattern: Midare
Dimensions:  Blade Length:  23.7 inches  Nakago: 5.1 inches  6.5 mm thick and 28 mm wide at Hamachi
Mountings:  Old Saya
Overall Condition:  Good.  A very old tachi that has been cut down.  There is temper visible but the blade is tired.
 

 

Item: 1004wak5

 

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Shinto Wakizashi
Click to see Images Signature:  Mumei
Year Made:  1700s

Forging Pattern: Itame
Tempering Pattern: KoMidare Nioi and KoNie
Dimensions:  Blade Length:  17.7 inches  Nakago: 5 inches  6 mm thick and 26 mm wide at Hamachi
Mountings:  Saya and Habaki Only
Overall Condition:  Fair.  Elegant wakizashi with a very nicely finished tang.  Some very minor loose grain.  Signs of very nice work in this wak that deserves a good polish.
 

 

Item: 1004wak3

 

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Shinto Wakizashi
Click to see Images Signature:  HiroYoshi ?Nidai?
Year Made:  1700s

Forging Pattern: Itame Masame Mix
Tempering Pattern: Toran Ba with Sunagashi in Nioi and KoNie
Dimensions:  Blade Length:  18.9 inches  Nakago: 6.3 inches  6 mm thick and 28 mm wide at Hamachi
Mountings:  Shirasaya and Habaki Only
Overall Condition:  Fair.  Nice old wak that was leather wrapped for use in WW2.  Sword has some grain openings, nick near habaki and some stable rust.  Nice active hamon with sunagashi
 

 

Item: 1004wak6

 

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Koa Isshin Mantetsu Katana
Click to see Images Signature:  Koa Isshin Mantetsu Kore, Dated Showa Mizumoto Hitsugi Haru
Year Made:  (Spring 1943)

Forging Pattern: Tight Nashiji
Tempering Pattern: Suguha Midare in Nioi and Ko Nie
Dimensions:  Blade Length:  26.25 inches  Nakago: 8.4 inches  7 mm thick and 31 mm wide at Hamachi
Mountings:  39 Pattern ShinGunto
Overall Condition:  Very Good.  A very nice example of a Koa Isshin Mantetsu, some minor spot staining, no rust or nicks.  These swords are one of the best made showa era blades, surpassing many Gendaito in quality.  To learn more click here.
 

 

Item: 904kat5

 

Sold JU

Hand Forged Showa Katana with Groove
Click to see Images Signature:  KaneMune, Showa 16 with Seki Stamp
Forging Pattern: Muji
Tempering Pattern: Midare in Nioi and Ko Nie with Ashi
Dimensions:  Blade Length:  26.4 inches  Nakago: 8.3 inches  7 mm thick and 31 mm wide at Hamachi
Mountings:  Iaido Mounts, with old iron fittings.
Overall Condition:  Very Good.  This sword was recently restored for use in Iaido with a new handle and saya.  Fitted with Edo period iron mounts.  Some minor rust and hazing.
 

 

Item: 904kat8

 

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Mounted Koto Katana
Click to see Images Signature:  Mumei
Forging Pattern: Itame with Masame
Tempering Pattern: Suguha
Dimensions:  Blade Length:  24.25 inches  Nakago: 6.5 inches 7 mm thick and 27 mm wide at Hamachi
Mountings:  Silver mounted Handachi style mounts
Overall Condition:  Good.  Nice old sword but polish is a little hazed so the hamon is difficult to capture on this sword but all present and very active.
 

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Item: 804kat3

 

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Shinto Wakizashi
Click to see Images Signature:  Mumei
Forging Pattern:  Could not tell
Tempering Pattern: Suguha Midare
Dimensions:  Blade Length:  14 inches  Nakago: 4.25 inches 5 mm thick and 25 mm wide at Hamachi
Mountings:  Fully mounted
Overall Condition:  Fair.  Good beginner sword.
 

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Item: 1102wak1

 

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Mounted ShinShinTo Katana
Click to see Images Signature:  Mumei
Forging Pattern: Itame
Tempering Pattern: Toran Midare
Dimensions:  Blade Length:  27.7 inches  Nakago: 7 inches 8 mm thick and 30.5 mm wide at Hamachi
Mountings:  Original period mounts
Overall Condition:  Very Good.  Nice original mounts.  Some loose grain and rust spots.
 

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Item: 804kat1

 

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Koto Wakizashi
Click to see Images Signature:  Noshu Ju Kane Yoshi
Forging Pattern: Itame Mokume
Tempering Pattern: Midare in Nioi
Dimensions:  Blade Length:  20.2 inches  Nakago: 5.2 inches  6 mm thick and 21 mm wide at Hamachi
Mountings:  Original Shirasaya
Overall Condition:  Fair.  Well forged wakizashi from the 1500s.  Some rust and hazing to the pre war polish.  There is one nick.
 

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Item: 804wak1

 

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Rai Gendai Katana
Click to see Images Signature:  Rai KuniFusa with a Bonji for Yoru Kwannon
Forging Pattern: Tight Mokume
Tempering Pattern: Midare Suguha in Nie.
Dimensions:  Blade Length:  26.75 inches  Nakago: 8.9 inches  6 mm thick and 30 mm wide at Hamachi
Mountings:  Very nice all matching custom 39 pattern shingunto
Overall Condition:  Very Good.  An unusual shape for a sword made in the 1900s; the shape is typical of a Kamakura Tachi with Ikubi Kissaki and a deeply curved nakago.  This is most likely a custom ordered sword for an affluent officer.  The hamon in Nie is very thick and high, running into the shinogi ji in some places.  Original polished is hazed over and there is some stable rust in the monouchi ha.  An unusual and interesting gendaito.
 

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Item: 904kat6

 

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Showa Katana with Groove
Click to see Images Signature:  Mumei
Forging Pattern: Muji
Tempering Pattern: Simulated Suguha
Dimensions:  Blade Length:  24.25 inches  Nakago: 5.5 inches  7 mm thick and 30 mm wide at Hamachi
Mountings:  Late war Army mounts
Overall Condition:  Fair.  This is a last ditch late war effort, the nakago was poorly finished, blade looks to be a machine made sword.  A good beginner's gunto.
 

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Item: 904kat3

 

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Mounted ShinShinTo O-Kissaki Katana
Click to see Images Signature:  Mumei
Forging Pattern: Itame with Masame
Tempering Pattern: Sanbon Midare
Dimensions:  Blade Length:  27.5 inches  Nakago: 8.75 inches 8 mm thick and 32 mm wide at Hamachi
Mountings:  Original period mounts
Overall Condition:  Very Good.  This sword looks like it will cut through a horse.  Good original mounts, saya needs some restoration.  Blade has an old polish but there are no nicks or rust, just some hazing and stains. 
 

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Item: 804kat5

 

Sold PS

Moroha Zukuri Shinto Wakizashi
Click to see Images Signature:  Signed but could not make out signature
Forging Pattern: Could not make out
Tempering Pattern: Could not make out
Dimensions:  Blade Length:  17.3 inches  Nakago: 4.8 inches 6 mm thick and 28 mm wide at Hamachi
Mountings:  Blade Only
Overall Condition:  Poor.  Got this from the woodwork as is, hamon appears to be all there.
 

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Item: 202wak7

 

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Shinto Wakizashi
Click to see Images Signature:  Mumei
Forging Pattern: Itame Masame
Tempering Pattern: Toran Midare
Dimensions:  Blade Length:  17.8 inches  Nakago: 4.95 inches 6 mm thick and 21 mm wide at Hamachi
Mountings:  Blade Only
Overall Condition:  Good.  Recent rough polish.  This sword has 3 very fine hairline HAGIRI that are really hard to spot even when you know it is there.  But it has a spectacular hamon with all sorts of activity.  A good study piece.
 

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Item: Hagiri Wak

 

SOLD BD

Shinto Wakizashi
Click to see Images Signature:  KyoMitsu
Forging Pattern:  Mokume
Tempering Pattern: Suguha in Nioi
Dimensions:  Blade Length:  17.4 inches  Nakago: 5.25 inches 6 mm thick and 21 mm wide at Hamachi
Mountings:  Saya only
Overall Condition:  Fair.  Very nicely forged sword that deserves restoration.
 

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Item: 1003wak3

 

SOLD BD

Shinto Wakizashi
Click to see Images Signature:  Mumei
Forging Pattern:  Mokume
Tempering Pattern: Suguha in Nie
Dimensions:  Blade Length:  19.25 inches  Nakago: 4.8 inches 7 mm thick and 27 mm wide at Hamachi
Mountings:  Saya very nice original 2 piece shakudo and gold habaki
Overall Condition:  Fair.  Very nicely forged sword that deserves restoration.
 

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Item: 704wak5

 

Sold OG

Shin Shinto O-Tanto in ShiraSaya
Click to see Images Signature:  Mumei
Forging Pattern:  Tight Mokume
Tempering Pattern:  Choji
Dimensions:  Length:  13.5 inches  Nakago: 4 inches  
Mountings:  Shirasaya
Overall Condition:  Very good.  Needs a better polish to bring out the activity in this blade.  Nice stout ShinShinto tanto that is made to resemble an old soshu tanto.  Niju hi on one side and Bohi with Sohi on other.  There is a 2mm wide by 0.5mm deep nick in the middle of the blade.  Some hazing to the polish but no visible forging flaws.
 

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Item: 1200tanto1

 

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Civilian Mounted Showa Katana
Click to see Images Signature:  Seki Ju KaneKado saku
Forging Pattern:  Tight Mokume
Tempering Pattern: Suguha in Nioi and KoNie
Dimensions:  Blade Length:  25.25 inches  Nakago: 7.25 inches 7 mm thick and 30 mm wide at Hamachi
Mountings:  Original Showa period civilian mounts
Overall Condition:  Fair.  The sword is in its original polish and has some rust and hazing.  This smith is listed in Slough's book in page 43 as a medium to high grade showato, he also won the 5th seat in the 1941 Exhibition.
 

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Item: 704wak10

 

Sold CS

Koto Katana
Click to see Images Signature:  Mumei
Forging Pattern:  Itame Masame mix
Tempering Pattern:  Notare in Nie
Dimensions:  Blade Length:  26.1 inches  Nakago: 8 inches 7mm thick and 31 mm wide at Hamachi
Mountings:  Saya Only
Overall Condition:  Fair.  Needs a polish, previous owner etched the sword.  Nice bright hamon with lots of activity.
 

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Item: 104kat4

 

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Ishido Gendai Katana
Click to see Images Signature:  Ishido
Forging Pattern:  Nashiji
Tempering Pattern: Choji Midare
Dimensions:  Blade Length:  26.3 inches  Nakago: 9.5 inches 7 mm thick 31 mm wide
Mountings:  High quality 39 pattern mounts.  Missing kurikata.
Overall Condition:  Excellent.  Recently polished sword with excellent forging.  Textbook Ishido Gendaito.  For more info on this smith click here.
 

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Item:704kat17

 

SOLD KT

Rusty Koto Katana for Cheap
Click to see Images Signature:  Mumei
Forging Pattern:  Could not tell
Tempering Pattern: Could not tell
Dimensions:  Blade Length:  25.25 inches  Nakago: 7 inches 6 mm thick 28 mm wide
Mountings:  Newspaper saya
Overall Condition:  Terrible.  Rust and pits everywhere.  Sold as is, please do not ask if there is a hamon or what type of hada it has, i could not tell in this condition, it is cheap, it has a groove and it is koto.
 

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Item:704kat12

 

SOLD BD

Mounted Showa Katana
Click to see Images Signature:  Ikeda Kane ?Tada? Saku
Forging Pattern:  Muji Hada
Tempering Pattern: Unusual midare for 6 inches and then Suguha, very nice bright hamon.
Dimensions:  Blade Length:  24.2 inches  Nakago: 8.5 inches 7 mm thick 31 mm wide
Mountings:  Completely restored mounts with nice iron fittings, ready for iai use.
Overall Condition:  Excellent.  Nicely polished sword with a very interesting hamon for a blade from the 40s, most likely a custom order sword.
 

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Item:704kat13

 

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Hand Forged GendaiTo with BoHi
Click to see Images Signature:  Seki Yoshida KaneUji (Sho Stamp)
Forging Pattern:  Mokume
Tempering Pattern:  SanBon Suji
Dimensions:  Blade Length:  26.8 inches  Nakago: 9.5 inches 6 mm thick and 31 mm wide at Hamachi
Mountings:  Civilian mount from Showa period
Overall Condition:  Good.  Harder to find civilian mounted sword from the 1940s.  Complete with BoHi.
 

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Item: 104kat1

 

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Koto Naginata
Click to see Images Signature:  Mumei
Forging Pattern:  Itame
Tempering Pattern: Notare
Dimensions:  Blade Length:  14 inches  Nakago: 10.1 inches
Mountings:  Not mounted
Overall Condition:  Fair.  Rust on this old koto naginata but no deep pits.
  Item: 104nag1

 

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Shinto Naginata
Click to see Images Signature:  Mumei
Forging Pattern:  Itame
Tempering Pattern: Suguha
Dimensions:  Blade Length:  13 inches  Nakago: 6 inches
Mountings:  Not mounted
Overall Condition:  Fair.  Rust and some nicks, tang shortened for use as a wakizashi.
  Item: 104nag2

 

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Shinto Wakizashi
Click to see Images Signature:  Mumei
Forging Pattern:  Masame
Tempering Pattern: Suguha
Dimensions:  Blade Length:  15.2 inches  Nakago: 5.5 inches 6mm thick and 30mm wide at Hamachi
Mountings:  Very nice matching soft metal mounts
Overall Condition:  Fair.  Nicks and rust on blade, should polish out very nicely with active hada.  Mounts are top notch and original to sword, menukis missing.
  Item: 104wak5

 

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ShinShinto Wakizashi
Click to see Images Signature:   ?? Mune Toshi Saku, Dated ManEn NinNen (1862)
Forging Pattern:  Masame/Itame
Tempering Pattern: Suguha Notare in Ko Nie
Dimensions:  Blade Length:  18.8 inches  Nakago: 6.5 inches 6mm thick and 27mm wide at Hamachi
Mountings:  Old Shirasaya with sayagaki.
Overall Condition:  Very Good.  Polish could use a refresh, sword nick on monouchi, some loose grain.
  Item: 104wak6

 

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Shinto Wakizashi
Click to see Images Signature:  Mumei
Forging Pattern:  Itame
Tempering Pattern:  Suguha in Nie deki
Dimensions:  Length:  15.4 inches  Nakago: 4.9 inches  
Mountings:  Old green aogai saya.
Overall Condition:  Fair.  Blade is in old Japanese polish with some grain openings in areas.  there is also a couple of what look like cleaned out rust pits near the nakago.  Very nicely forged wakizashi from the 1600s with a nice active hamon and very prominent hada. 
 

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Item: 704wak3

 

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Shinto Tanto in ShiraSaya
Click to see Images Signature:  Harima no Kami Fujiwara Shige Tada
Forging Pattern:  Mokume
Tempering Pattern:  Suguha in Nie deki
Dimensions:  Length:  12.7 inches  Nakago: 4.35 inches  
Mountings:  Shirasaya
Overall Condition:  Very good, with a recent polish.  There is some grain opening in this otherwise perfect tanto.
 

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Item: 1200tanto2

 

Sold MW

Hand Forged Gunto
Click to see Images Signature:  Mumei
Forging Pattern:  Tight Mokume
Tempering Pattern: Midare in Ko Nie
Dimensions:  Blade Length:  26.25 inches  Nakago: 8.75 inches 8.5mm thick and 33.5mm wide at Hamachi
Mountings:  All original 39 pattern shin gunto. Missing 2 saya fittings.
Overall Condition:  Good. Minor surface rust and some very small nicks.
  Summer Sale Item: 304gunto2

 

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Gunto with Surrender Tag
Click to see Images Signature:  Yoshi Tsugu Dated June Showa 18
Forging Pattern:  Muji
Tempering Pattern:  Simulated Suguha
Dimensions:  Blade Length:  26.1 inches  Nakago: 8.2 inches 7 mm thick and 32 mm wide at Hamachi
Mountings:  39 pattern gunto
Overall Condition:  Good.  Stout gunto.  Some hazing and stable rust on original polish.
 

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Item: 104kat7

 

Sold AG

Hand Forged Gunto
Click to see Images Signature:  ?? Kane Hiro with Seki Stamp
Forging Pattern:  Muji
Tempering Pattern:  Notare in Nie
Dimensions:  Blade Length:  25.5 inches  Nakago: 8 inches 8.5 mm thick and 31 mm wide at Hamachi
Mountings:  39 pattern gunto
Overall Condition:  Good.  Stout gunto.  Some hazing and stable rust on original polish.
 

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Item: 104kat6

 

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Shinto Yari
Click to see Images Signature:  Mumei
Forging Pattern:  Could not tell
Tempering Pattern: Could not tell
Dimensions:  Blade Length:  7.9 inches  Nakago: 8.3 inches
Mountings:  Not mounted
Overall Condition:  Fair.  Some surface rust, could use a nice polish.
  Item: 104yari1

 

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Hand Forged Katana in Iai Mounts
Click to see Images Signature:  YoshiDa Kane ??
Forging Pattern:  Tight Mokume
Tempering Pattern: Midare in Ko Nie and Nioi
Dimensions:  Blade Length:  26.8 inches  Nakago: 7.5 inches 7mm thick and 30mm wide at Hamachi
Mountings:  Original handle from the 1940s, new saya
Overall Condition:  Very Good.  Some minor surface rust.  Blade was cleaned with a buffing compound and is a little too shiny.
  Item: 304kat1

 

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Mounted ShinShinto Tanto
Click to see Images Signature:  Yasu Sugu with Mon (Gimei) 
Forging Pattern:  Mokume Itame
Tempering Pattern:  Suguha Midare 
Dimensions:  Blade Length:  15.3 inches  Nakago: 5.5 inches 7 mm thick 35 mm wide
Mountings:  Original saya with gold/black lacquer.  Original Handle needs to be rewrapped.  Nice original gold foiled habaki.
Overall Condition:  Good. In armature polish.   This sword deserves a professional polish to bring out the great forging work.   
 

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Item: 903tanto1

 

Sold MS

Machine Made Gunto
Click to see Images Signature:  NaoSuke, Dated Showa 20 March.
Forging Pattern:  None
Tempering Pattern: Simulated Suguha
Dimensions:  Blade Length:  26.25 inches  Nakago: 8.25 inches 8mm thick and 32mm wide at Hamachi
Mountings:  ShiraSaya
Overall Condition:  Good.  No nicks or rust on this blade.
  Item: 104kat20

 

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Very Early Tachi
Click to see Images Signature:  Mumei
Forging Pattern:  Itame Masame
Tempering Pattern: Suguha Midare
Dimensions:  Blade Length:  24 inches  Nakago: 8.5 inches 8.5mm thick and 33mm wide at Hamachi
Mountings:  Steel Fuchi Kashira with Shakudo Arrow menuki
Overall Condition:  PoorBoshi is running off the tip.  Extremely healthy niku with a raised shinogi and broad mihaba.
  Item: 304kat2

 

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Shinto Wakizashi
Click to see Images Signature:  Mumei
Forging Pattern:  Tight Mokume
Tempering Pattern: Bright Midare Hamon that is showing through despite the rust.
Dimensions:  Blade Length:  21.8 inches  Nakago: 5.2 inches 7mm thick and 31mm wide at Hamachi
Mountings:  Shakudo fuchi kashira and menuki
Overall Condition:  PoorLarge nick and surface rust.  Will make a good restoration project.
  Item: 304wak1

 

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Koto Katana in 39 Pattern Mounts
Click to see Images Signature:  Mumei.  Signature cut off showing Bishu OsaFune and the beginning of a date Eisho 15 (1525)
Forging Pattern:  Itame with Masame
Tempering Pattern: Suguha Midare in Ko Nie
Dimensions:  Blade Length:  25.75 inches  Nakago: 7.75 inches 5 mm thick and 27 mm wide at Hamachi
Mountings:  All original 39 pattern shin gunto.
Overall Condition:  Good. Minor surface rust and some very small nicks.  Temper at tip is very tired.
  Item: 104gunto8

 

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Kai Gunto with Unusual Steel Mounts
Click to see Images Signature:  Mumei, embossed Anchor Stamp
Forging Pattern:  Stainless Steel Blade
Tempering Pattern: Stainless Steel Blade
Dimensions:  Blade Length:  25.7 inches  Nakago: 9.3 inches 7 mm thick 31 mm wide
Mountings:  Kai Gunto fittings.  Very unusual steel mounts, this is the first Kai Gunto that I have seen with steel fittings.
Overall Condition:  Fair.  Blade has nicks and scratches. 
  Item: 104kat5

 

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Shinto Wakizashi in Shirasaya
Click to see Images Signature:  Mumei
Forging Pattern:  Masame/Mokume mix
Tempering Pattern: Suguha in Nie
Dimensions:  Blade Length:  19.25 inches  Nakago: 5.5 inches 6 mm thick 29 mm wide
Mountings:  Shirasaya
Overall Condition:  Good. Amature polish on blade. 
  Item: 104wak3

 

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Star Stamp Gendaito by Nakata KaneHide
Click to see Images Signature:  Seki Kane Hide Kore wo, Dated Showa 19 May.
Forging Pattern:  Tight mokume
Tempering Pattern: Midare in nie
Dimensions:  Blade Length:  25.4 inches  Nakago: 8.5 inches 8 mm thick 32 mm wide
Mountings:  Original 1944 pattern shin gunto mounts with sunagi.  Blade is in shirasaya.
Overall Condition:  Excellent.  Recent polish and shirasaya and sunagi.  Listed as High to Superior grade gendaito in Slough's.  Blade is in excellent condition with a very bright active hamon, a great example of the often stout swords in 44 mounts.
  Item: 104kat11

 

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Minatogawa JinJa Kai Gunto by MasaTada
Click to see Images Signature:  Minatogawa JinJa MasaTada.  Dated Showa 16, August.
Forging Pattern:  Tight mokume, almost konuka hada
Tempering Pattern: Choji Midare in nie and nioi
Dimensions:  Blade Length:  26.75 inches  Nakago: 7.8 inches 7 mm thick 29 mm wide
Mountings:  Original Custom Kai Gunto with shirasaya and sunagi.  Engraving on tsuba says Victory over Saseo City (which is a City in Korea i think).
Overall Condition:  Excellent.  Recent polish and shirasaya.  Minatogawa Tanrenjo was founded in December, 1940 by Murakami Michimasa and Moriwaki Kanme.  Murakami got his art name, Masatada, in July 1941 and supplied blades to high rank Naval officers.  Masatada, left the Shrine in 1942 due to illness and died in 1944.  His blades are extremely rare and this was one of his later works.  This blade is extremely well forged with an elegant curve and excellent hada and extremely active Choji Hamon (difficult to photograph due to hadori polish).
  Item: 104kat13

 

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SadaShige Gendaito Star Stamp
Click to see Images Signature:  Osaka RikuGun ZoHei Sho, Minamoto SadaShige Saku Kore Dated Showa 19 October.
Forging Pattern:  Tight mokume
Tempering Pattern: Suguha in ko nie
Dimensions:  Blade Length:  26.6 inches  Nakago: 8.25 inches 7 mm thick 33 mm wide
Mountings:  Original 44 pattern mounts in mint condition.
Overall Condition:  Very Good.  In original wartime polish, blade has a small nick and surface scratches.
  Item: 104kat23

 

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Ultra Rare 1945 Pattern Army Officer Home Defense Mantetsu
Click to see Images Signature:  Mantetsu Kitae Tsukuru Kore, Dated Showa Kinoe Saru Spring 1944
Forging Pattern:  Tight Mokume
Tempering Pattern: Suguha with ko nie and nioi
Dimensions:  Blade Length:  26.4 inches  Nakago: 8.7 inches 7 mm thick 31 mm wide
Mountings:  Extremely rare 45 pattern gunto (See Fuller & Gregory Japanese Military and Civil Swords and Dirks Page 81).  According to the authors, there are 2 know examples of this pattern sword, one with an unsigned oil tempered blade and one with a Mantetsu blade.  Here is a third example of this sword with a Mantetsu blade and a leather wrapped saya.  Quality of work and materials are consistent with good 39 and 44 pattern swords, variations are in the design of the mounts.  Note that the numbers on the tang match the numbers on the tsuba (1310).
Overall Condition:  Fair. Blade has haze and cut marks but no nicks.  Leather over saya has a tear in the kojiri.
  Item: 1003kat1

 

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Koto Bizen Tanto by NobuYuki
Click to see Images Signature:  Bishu Ono Michi Ju No Kami NobuYuki.  Dated TaiEi 7 year 8 month 1527
Forging Pattern:  Masame with Itame
Tempering Pattern:  Suguha Midare in ko nie.
Dimensions:  Blade Length:  7.5 inches  Nakago: 4 inches 6mm thick 20mm wide
Mountings:  Shirasaya with silver habaki
Overall Condition:  Excellent.  Completely polished and mounted.
 

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Item: 302tanto1

 

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Exquisitely Mounted Cane Sword
Click to see Images Signature:  Mumei
Forging Pattern:  Mokume/Itame
Tempering Pattern:  Suguha in Nioi and Ko Nie
Dimensions:  Blade Length:  18.2 inches  Nakago: 5.6 inches 
Mountings:  Exquisitely done cane mounts in lacquer made to look like a knotty old branch.  
Overall Condition:  Mounts in near excellent with some minor chipping. Shinto wakizashi is high quality with excellent hada, but needs a polish to remove some isolated rust areas, hazing and scratches.  Incredible opportunity to own a top quality cane sword.
    Item: 401kat1

 

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Shinto Wakizashi by SukeNobu
Click to see Images Signature:  Dewa no Kami SukeNobu 
Forging Pattern:  Itame Mokume
Tempering Pattern:  Midare in KoNie and Nioi
Dimensions:  Blade Length:  21.4 inches  Nakago: 5.8 inches, 7.5 mm thick, 29.5 mm wide.
Mountings:  Shirasaya
Overall Condition:  Excellent.  In recent polish, shirasaya and NTHK papers.  Sukenobu worked in the 1600s under Kawachi no Kami Kunisuke.  This is an excellent example of an Osaka Shinto sword that is renowned for their cutting abilities.  
 

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Item: 103wak1

 

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Exquisitely Mounted Cane Sword
Click to see Images Signature:  Mumei
Forging Pattern:  Mokume/Itame
Tempering Pattern:  Suguha in Nioi and Ko Nie
Dimensions:  Blade Length:  18.2 inches  Nakago: 5.6 inches 
Mountings:  Exquisitely done cane mounts in lacquer made to look like a knotty old branch.  
Overall Condition:  Mounts in near excellent with some minor chipping. Shinto wakizashi is high quality with excellent hada, but needs a polish to remove some isolated rust areas, hazing and scratches.  Incredible opportunity to own a top quality cane sword.
    Item: 401kat1

 

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Shinto Wakizashi by SukeNobu
Click to see Images Signature:  Dewa no Kami SukeNobu 
Forging Pattern:  Itame Mokume
Tempering Pattern:  Midare in KoNie and Nioi
Dimensions:  Blade Length:  21.4 inches  Nakago: 5.8 inches, 7.5 mm thick, 29.5 mm wide.
Mountings:  Shirasaya
Overall Condition:  Excellent.  In recent polish, shirasaya and NTHK papers.  Sukenobu worked in the 1600s under Kawachi no Kami Kunisuke.  This is an excellent example of an Osaka Shinto sword that is renowned for their cutting abilities.  
    Item: 103wak1

 

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Oei Morimitsu Wakizashi
Click to see Images Signature:  Bishu Osafune MoriMitsu
Forging Pattern:  Itame
Tempering Pattern:  Choji Midare in ko nie and nioi
Dimensions:  Blade Length:  15.5 inches  Nakago: 4.25 inches 6.6 mm thick 28 mm wide
Mountings:  Very nicely mounted in original fittings. 
Overall Condition:  Excellent.  This sword was retempered at some point.
    Item: 402wak1

 

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Mumei Koto Bizen Katana
Click to see Images Signature:  Mumei
Forging Pattern:  Mokume
Tempering Pattern:  Midare in Nioi and Ko Nie
Dimensions:  Blade Length:  27.25 inches  Nakago: 8.1 inches 7 mm thick 28 mm wide
Mountings:  Shirasaya and silver Habaki
Overall Condition:  Excellent.  Extremely well forged katana in recent polish.  A very well balanced elegant sword.
    Item: 803kat3

 

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Shinto Wakizashi by KatsuKuni
Click to see Images Signature:  Iyo DaiJo Tachibana KatsuKuni NBTHK Hozon Papers
Forging Pattern:  Itame
Tempering Pattern:  Midare in KoNie and Nioi
Dimensions:  Blade Length:  21.2 inches  Nakago: 6.2 inches, 7mm thick, 30 mm wide.
Mountings:  Shirasaya and Mint period Koshirae
Overall Condition:  Excellent.  In recent polish, shirasaya and NBTHK papers.  Some loose grain from polishing, but otherwise a very well forged and preserved sword.
    Item: 103wak2

 

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Mounted Shinto Katana
Click to see Images Signature:  Mumei 
Forging Pattern:  Itame Mokume
Tempering Pattern:  Notare in Nioi
Dimensions:  Blade Length:  27.6 inches  Nakago: 7.4 inches, 7 mm thick, 31 mm wide.
Mountings:  Restored for iai, most likely by Fred Loheman.  All reproduction metal fittings.
Overall Condition:  Good.  This sword was remounted by a martial artist for iai and cutting practice.  Nice stout shinto sword with active hamon.  There is a ware in the shinogi ji.  
 

Item: 1102katana3

 

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Gendaito by SadaHide
Click to see Images Signature:  Minamoto SadaHide, Dated Showa 18
Forging Pattern:  Tight Mokume
Tempering Pattern:  Small Choji
Dimensions:  Blade Length:  24.7 inches  Nakago: 8.7 inches 8mm thick 34mm wide
Mountings:  All original 39 pattern shin gunto mounts.
Overall Condition:  Good.  SadaHide is the student of ToshiHide. This is an exceptionally well made sword with nice original mounts.  There is a chip in the monouchi area.
 

Item: 603gendai2

 

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Echizen Katana
Click to see Images Signature:  Mumei, NTHK attribution to Echizen Yamato no Daijo MasaNori
Forging Pattern:  Mokume
Tempering Pattern:  Gunome Choji nie and nioi
Dimensions:  Blade Length:  28.1 inches  Nakago: 8.1  inches .6 mm thick 28 mm wide
Mountings:  ShiraSaya 
Overall Condition:  Excellent.  Recent polish in excellent condition.  Some scratches and a nick and some loose grain in the shinogi ji.
    Item: 402kat2

 

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Gendai KaneNobu
Click to see Images Signature:  KaneNobu
Forging Pattern:  Mokume
Tempering Pattern:  Choji Midare
Dimensions:  Blade Length:  25.2 inches  Nakago: 8.5 inches 
Mountings:  Shin Gunto mounts and shirasaya
Overall Condition:  Very good. Recent polish.  KaneNobu is one of the 5 Prefecture Intangible Cultural Property smiths. 
    Item: 301gendai2

 

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Mounted ShinShinTo Katana
Click to see Images Signature:  Sa Yuki Hide
Forging Pattern:  Tight Mokume
Tempering Pattern:  Suguha in Nioi and Ko Nie
Dimensions:  Blade Length:  26.5 inches  Nakago: 9.1 inches 
Mountings:  Nice old mounts.  Fuchi Kashira of Dragons, Iron Tsuba with a floral motif and a nicely done ishime lacquer saya (kojiri missing).  
Overall Condition:  Excellent.  Blade is nice old polish.  No visible flaws with some minor rusting in the boshi.  This is a very stout heavy blade.
    Item: 401kat2

 

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Gendai Katana by SukeTsune in Shirasaya and Koshirae
Click to see Images Signature:  RyuSeiShi SukeTsune Saku. Dated Showa 47yr 8 month.  1973
Forging Pattern:  Mokume with Itame
Tempering Pattern:  Gunome Midare in nie.
Dimensions:  Blade Length:  26 inches  Nakago: 8 inches 7.8mm thick 33.5mm wide
Mountings:  Shirasaya and Complete Koshirae with iron tsuba of mums, iron fuchi kashira of kabuto and menukis of flowers. 
Overall Condition:  Excellent.  Completely polished and mounted.
 

Item: 202gendai1

 

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NTHK Papered Kaga KiyoMitsu Long Wakizashi
Click to see Images Signature:  KiyoMitsu
Forging Pattern:  Mokume with Itame
Tempering Pattern:  Suguha in Nioi and Ko Nie
Dimensions:  Blade Length:  22.5 inches  Nakago: 6 inches 7mm thick 30mm wide
Mountings:  Shirasaya with ivory eyelets and horn koiguchi and fuchi 
Overall Condition:  Excellent.  Nicely polished blade with beautiful complex hada and lots of activity in the hamon.  Papers and restoration on this blade alone costs $2000.
 

Item: 202wak2

 

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28.75 inch Koto Katana
Click to see Images Signature:  Mumei
Forging Pattern:  Itame
Tempering Pattern:  Midare in nioi with sunagashi
Dimensions:  Blade Length:  28.75 inches  Nakago: 7.25  inches .7 mm thick 30 mm wide
Mountings:  Old brass fuchi kashira, leather wrapped wooden saya. 
Overall Condition:  Very good.  Old polish with some hazing.  Nice elegant old sword with some loose grain.
 

Item: 502kat2

 

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Mounted Shinto Tanto

Click to see Images Signature:  Mumei 
Forging Pattern:  Mokume/Itame
Tempering Pattern: Suguha in nie deki
Dimensions:  Length:  12.9 inches  Nakago: 4.5 inches  
Mountings:  Complete tanto mounts with all matching fittings with a wave theme.  Saya is aogai lacquer.  Habaki is silver foil.
Overall Condition:  Excellent, some hazing and stains in old polish.  Fittings are in excellent condition.  Difficult to find matching and complete tanto fittings.
 

Item: 801tanto1

 

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ShinShinTo Gassan Tanto

Click to see Images Signature:  KenSaIshi SadaHaru 
Forging Pattern:  Mokume
Tempering Pattern: Suguha in nie deki
Dimensions:  Length:  8.6 inches  Nakago: 3.7 inches  
Mountings:  Shirasaya with silver wash habaki
Overall Condition:  Excellent, professionally restored tanto in a recent polish.  Nice tight grain with very well executed hamon in nie deki.  A wonderful piece.
 

Item: 801tanto2

 

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Mumei Gendai in 39 ShinGunto mounts
Click to see Images Signature:  Mumei
Forging Pattern:  Notare
Tempering Pattern: Tight Mokume
Dimensions:  Blade Length:  26.7 inches  Nakago: 8.3 inches 7 mm thick 31 mm wide
Mountings:  Nice matching high quality 39 pattern shingunto in very good condition.
Overall Condition:  Good.  Some surface rust on blade. Looks like someone took steel wool to the blade, hiding much of the detail. Very nice, well balanced elegant blade.
  Item: 104kat22

 

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Naginata Naoshi Wakizashi
Click to see Images Signature:  KuniShige
Forging Pattern:  Masame
Tempering Pattern: Notare
Dimensions:  Blade Length:  13.5 inches  Nakago: 4.25 inches 6mm thick and 25mm wide at Hamachi
Mountings:  Black lacquered saya only.
Overall Condition:  Fair.  Nicks and rust on blade.
  Item: 104wak4

 

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High Grade Gendaito by NobuMitsu with Hi
Click to see Images Signature:  Chiku Shu Ju Sa NobuMitsu Kin Saku, Dated Showa 12 October
Forging Pattern:  Mokume
Tempering Pattern: Gunome Midare in KoNie
Dimensions:  Blade Length:  26.8 inches  Nakago: 7.6 inches 6mm thick and 32mm wide at Hamachi
Mountings:  39 pattern shingunto with all original matching parts.
Overall Condition:  Good.  Mounts have great character with use, paint missing in were the officer would have held it and in great condition overall.  NobuMitsu is listed in Pg 134 of Slough's book, the smith recieved a Special Honor Seat in the 1941 exhibition.  This is an very well forged sword with a very nicely carved hi and high quality silver habaki, which is quite rare in guntos.  The O-kissaki tip has a nick but there is plenty of temper remaining.  Some stabilized rust and hazing hiding very nice details on this sword.  Hamon is bright and active.  A great candidate for polish.
  Item: 204Gendai1

 

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ShinShinto Tanto
Click to see Images Signature:  Mumei
Forging Pattern:  Itame Masame
Tempering Pattern: Notare in Nie
Dimensions:  Blade Length:  10 inches  Nakago: 4 inches 7mm thick and 26mm wide at Hamachi
Mountings:  Nice period mounts with shakudo fuchi and menukis.  Horn kashira and steel kojiri.  Kurikata mounted for wearing on the right side.
Overall Condition:  Good.  Mounts in good condition with normal age and wear.  No nicks on blade with and old polish.
  Item: 204tanto1

 

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Gunto
Click to see Images Signature:  KatsuMasa, Dated Showa 18 October
Forging Pattern:  Could not make out
Tempering Pattern: Could not make out
Dimensions:  Blade Length:  26.2inches  Nakago: 8.2 inches 7 mm thick 32 mm wide
Mountings:  Old iron tsuba, fuchi and kashira.
Overall Condition:  Good. Blade has been buffed, could make out a temper line at certain angles. 
  Item: 104kat2

 

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Beginner's Sword
Click to see Images Signature:  Mumei
Forging Pattern:  Itame
Tempering Pattern: Midare
Dimensions:  Blade Length:  23.7inches  Nakago: 6.5 inches 5 mm thick 25 mm wide
Mountings:  Old iron tsuba, fuchi, saya and kashira.
Overall Condition:  Fair. Blade has nicks are is a little tired.  
  Item: 104kat3

 

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Koto Bizen Katana
Click to see Images Signature:  SadaHiro, Dated Enpo 2, August (1679)
Forging Pattern:  Itame
Tempering Pattern: Choji Midare
Dimensions:  Blade Length:  27.5inches  Nakago: 8 inches 7 mm thick 28 mm wide
Mountings:  Old mounts in shakudo with dragon menukis.  Tsuba looks to be an older cast.  Saya has been painted red.
Overall Condition:  Fair. Blade has some nicks, loose grain and scratches.  Nice elegant old koto blade from the 1600.
  Item: 104kat15

 

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Showa Tachi
Click to see Images Signature:  Bizen NoriMitsu (Gimei)
Forging Pattern:  None
Tempering Pattern: Midare Nioi
Dimensions:  Blade Length:  27. inches  Nakago: 7.2 inches 7 mm thick 31 mm wide
Mountings:  Post war tourist tachi mounts.  Shakudo tachi fittings, some pieces missing.
Overall Condition:  Fair. Blade has some nicks and scratches.
  Item: 104kat17

 

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Recently Polished Shinto Wakizashi in Shirasaya
Click to see Images Signature:  Mumei
Forging Pattern:  Mokume Itame
Tempering Pattern: Midare in Nie and Nioi
Dimensions:  Blade Length:  17.1 inches  Nakago: 5.2 inches 6 mm thick 29 mm wide
Mountings:  Nicely made honoki shirasaya.
Overall Condition:  Excellent.  Recently polished and mounted.  Nice flowing hamon with Sunagashi.  Selling for cost of restoration.
  Holiday Sale Item: 202wak1

 

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Mounted Shinto Tanto
Click to see Images Signature:  HeianJo NobuYoshi 
Forging Pattern:  Mokume Itame
Tempering Pattern: Very activemidare in Nie with hitasura.
Dimensions:  Blade Length:  17.6 inches  Nakago: 5.5 inches 6.5 mm thick 27.5 mm wide
Mountings:  Very nice original mounts from the 1800s.  Shakudo Nanako fuchi kashira with a goose in reeds and menukis of shells.  Set off with a nice carved iron tsuba with waves.  Nice original handle wrap is intact with large node same.  Original saya has many chips, seppas are original to the sword.
Overall Condition:  Good. Blade needs a polish to bring out the very active hamon.  Has a closed 1 mm blister that might open up with polish.  Overall an exceptionally well forged shinto wakizashi in hard to find original period mounts.
  Holiday Sale Item: 1003wak1

 

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Gunto

Click to see Images Signature:  KaneMune, Dated October Showa 18.
Forging Pattern:  Not Forged
Tempering Pattern:  Simulated suguha
Dimensions:  Length:  25.3 inches  Nakago: 8.5 inches  
Mountings:  Original Gunto mounts in good condition.  Latch pin missing.
Overall Condition:  Blade is in good wartime polish. 
 

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Item: 1201gunto3

 

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Hand Forged Gunto
Click to see Images Signature:  Isshin Shi Hide Teru with Seki arsenal stamp
Forging Pattern:  Could not distinguish
Tempering Pattern:  High Midare temper
Dimensions:  Blade Length:  25.4 inches  Nakago: 7.9 inches 8mm thick 33mm wide
Mountings:  All original 39 pattern shin gunto mounts.
Overall Condition:  Good.  Nicely preserved all original mounts.  Blade has no nicks or stains.
 

Item: 303gunto1

 

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39 Pattern Shin Gunto with Hand Forged Blade
Click to see Images Signature:  Seki Ju Kane Michi Kore Wo with Seki Stamp
Forging Pattern:  Muji
Tempering Pattern: Sanbon Midare
Dimensions:  Blade Length:  26.1 inches  Nakago: 7.8 inches 8 mm thick 31 mm wide
Mountings:  Stout hand forged blade with a bright temper line.  Most likely oil quenched.
Overall Condition:  Not so good. Blade is rusty and has some nicks, fittings are original but not in the best condition.  Missing ashi ring.
  Holiday Sale Item: 1003kat3

 

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Civilian Mounted Hand Forged Gunto
Click to see Images Signature:  Ikeda Kane ?Tada? Saku
Forging Pattern:  Muji Hada
Tempering Pattern: Unusual midare for 6 inches and then Suguha, very nice a bright hamon.
Dimensions:  Blade Length:  24.2 inches  Nakago: 8.5 inches 7 mm thick 31 mm wide
Mountings:  Work in progress mounts...original handle foundation needs to be rewrapped, saya needs a koiguchi.  Has original habaki.
Overall Condition:  Excellent.  Nicely polished sword with a very interesting hamon for a blade from the 40s, most likely a custom order sword.
  Holiday Sale Item: 1003kat2

 

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27" Shinto Katana
Click to see Images Signature:  Mumei
Forging Pattern:  Itame Masame
Tempering Pattern:  Midare with Sunagashi
Dimensions:  Blade Length:  27 inches  Nakago: 7.5 inches 8.5 mm thick 30 mm wide
Mountings:  Buke Zukuri with Tsuba signed KuniHiro
Overall Condition:  Good.  Nice mounted sword, would polish out very nicely.
 

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Item: 903kat3

 

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Shinto Wakizashi
Click to see Images Signature:  Mumei.  
Forging Pattern:  Itame
Tempering Pattern:  Very Active Ko Choji
Dimensions:  Blade Length:  19.5 inches  Nakago: 4.8 inches 6mm thick 26 mm wide
Mountings:  Blade Only
Overall Condition:  Very Good.  Some loose grain and stabilized rust.  This is a very well forged sword with a very active hamon and great hada.  A combination rarely found in shinto blades.
  Holiday Sale Item: 803wak1

 

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Gendai Katana
Click to see Images Signature:  Mumei 
Forging Pattern: Itame 
Tempering Pattern:  Notare 
Dimensions:  Blade Length:  26.3 inches  Nakago: 6.3 inches 6 mm thick 29 mm wide
Mountings:  Shin Gunto mounts with a chromed saya
Overall Condition:  Good.  Very nice hand forged katana with high temper and great balance.  For the purist, the saya could be repainted.  All fittings are original to the sword.
  Holiday Sale Item: 903gendai1

 

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KaneKiyo Gendaito
Click to see Images Signature:  KaneKiyo Kitau Kore
Forging Pattern:  Masame with Itame
Tempering Pattern:  Choji with sunagashi
Dimensions:  Blade Length:  26.3 inches  Nakago: 8.6 inches 8mm thick 32mm wide
Mountings:  All original 39 pattern shin gunto mounts.
Overall Condition:  Good.  Some isolated rust and hazing.  There are 2 nicks in the monouchi area.  This is a very nice stout gendaito.  Very well forged blade with a bright active hamon.
 

Item: 103gendai2

 

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Shinto Katana
Click to see Images Signature:  Mumei 
Forging Pattern: Itame 
Tempering Pattern:  Notare 
Dimensions:  Blade Length:  26.3 inches  Nakago: 6.3 inches 6 mm thick 29 mm wide
Mountings:  Old saya and handle that needs to be restored.
Overall Condition:  Fair.  Temper appears to be running off at the boshi.
  Holiday Sale Item: 903katana6

 

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UchiGatana by NobuYoshi
Click to see Images Signature:  NobuYoshi 
Forging Pattern: Itame 
Tempering Pattern:  Suguha 
Dimensions:  Blade Length:  20.8 inches  Nakago: 5.7 inches 8 mm thick 27 mm wide
Mountings:  Shirasaya
Overall Condition:  Fair.  Sword was polished by an armature that put in an etched temper.  Boshi still shows a hamon, original temper so sword temper could be there and it will shave brass.  Selling as no temper.
  Holiday Sale Item: 903wak6

 

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Mantetsu Tachi
Click to see Images Signature:  Kitau Tsukuru Kore
Forging Pattern:  Tight Mokume 
Tempering Pattern:  Suguha 
Dimensions:  Blade Length:  26.3 inches  Nakago: 8.3 inches 6 mm thick 30 mm wide
Mountings:  Nice original shin gunto fittings.
Overall Condition:  Very Good. in wartime polish.  No nicks or bends. 
  Holiday Sale Item: 803kat5

 

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Koto Bizen Tanto by NobuYuki
Click to see Images Signature:  Bishu Ono Michi Ju No Kami NobuYuki.  Dated TaiEi 7 year 8 month 1527
Forging Pattern:  Masame with Itame
Tempering Pattern:  Suguha Midare in ko nie.
Dimensions:  Blade Length:  7.5 inches  Nakago: 4 inches 6mm thick 20mm wide
Mountings:  Shirasaya with silver habaki
Overall Condition:  Excellent.  Completely polished and mounted.
 

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Item: 302tanto1

 

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Hand Made Katana
Click to see Images Signature:  Signed but i could not make it out, no arsenal stamp.  
Forging Pattern:  Could not make out
Tempering Pattern:  Toran with sharp peaks in Nioi.  
Dimensions:  Blade Length:  25.7 inches  Nakago: 8.4 inches 8 mm thick 31 mm wide
Mountings:  Unusual late war shin gunto mounts with black saya and black handle base.  Mounts look original to the sword.
Overall Condition:  Fair.  The sword has several isolated rust spots and is in its original wartime polish.  The hamon has hazed but is visible at an angle.  Looks to be a well forged sword with a nicely made tang.
  Item: 803kat7

 

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Rusty Gunto
Click to see Images Signature:  Masa Yuki, Dated Showa 20 second moon.  No arsenal stamp.  
Forging Pattern:  Could not make out
Tempering Pattern:  Suguha Midare 
Dimensions:  Blade Length:  26.2 inches  Nakago: 9 inches 7 mm thick 31.5 mm wide
Mountings:  No mounts.
Overall Condition:  Rusty with nicks.
  Item: Rusty Gunto

 

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Signed Shinto Wakizashi
Click to see Images Signature:  BuShu no Kami Fujiwara TomeKazu
Forging Pattern:  Mokume.
Tempering Pattern:  Midare
Dimensions:  Blade Length:  20.8 inches  Nakago: 5.5 inches 7 mm thick 28 mm wide
Mountings:  Armature Shirasaya
Overall Condition:  Fair.  Some loose grain, pitting and a kizu.  Nice active nie deki hamon with lots of activity.
 

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Item: 903wak2

 

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Gendaito
Click to see Images Signature:  Koshu Yoshi Mune
Forging Pattern:  Tight Masame.
Tempering Pattern:  Midare
Dimensions:  Blade Length:  25.8 inches  Nakago: 8.5 inches 7.5 mm thick 32 mm wide
Mountings:  39 pattern shin gunto, all original but has seen better days.
Overall Condition:  Very Good.  Blade has no nicks or stains and was most likely had a recent "iai" polish put on.  Some minor loose grain near the habaki. (see pictures)
 

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Item: 703kat4

 

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Shinto Katana signed TadaYoshi
Click to see Images Signature:  Hizen Kuni Ju nin Fujiwara TadaYoshi (Gimei)
Forging Pattern:  Tight Mokume
Tempering Pattern:  Suguha
Dimensions:  Blade Length:  27.4 inches  Nakago: 7 inches 7 mm thick 30 mm wide
Mountings:  Buke Zukuri mounts converted for use in WW2.  There is a black lacquered saya under the leather wrap.  Handle is original to sword, but seppas are not matched.  Silver foil habaki.
Overall Condition:  Good. Some surface rust, several small nicks on blade and scratches from cutting.  This is a nice long elegant Hizen school sword.  Extremely well balanced and sharp.
 

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Item: 703kat5

 

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Koto Wakizashi in Higo Mounts
Click to see Images Signature:  Mumei 
Forging Pattern:  Mokume Itame
Tempering Pattern:  Suguha Midare 
Dimensions:  Blade Length:  23.5 inches  Nakago: 4.8 inches 6.5 mm thick 28 mm wide
Mountings:  Nice lacquered saya with a nicely matched shakudo higo fuchi kashira of waves.  Menukis of catfish and octopus.
Overall Condition:  Very Good, in nice polish, no nicks or rust.  Blade has some areas of loose grain.
  Item: 803wak5

 

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KaneMitsu Hand Forged Katana
Click to see Images Signature:  SawaDa KaneMitsu
Forging Pattern:  Masame with Itame
Tempering Pattern:  High Midare temper with Nie
Dimensions:  Blade Length:  25.3 inches  Nakago: 8.3 inches 8mm thick 33mm wide
Mountings:  All original 39 pattern shin gunto mounts with leather wrapped saya.  With silver Family Crest.
Overall Condition:  Good.  No nicks, polish is a little rough, could use a touch up.  Nice hight temper line that has lots of activity that the current polish is not bring out.
 

Item: 303gendai1

 

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Kyu Gunto
Click to see Images Signature:  Mumei.  Machine Made blade
Forging Pattern:  Muji
Tempering Pattern:  No Hamon
Dimensions:  Blade Length:  26.4 inches Overall length in scabbard 39 inches
Mountings:  Mint Kyu Gunto
Overall Condition:  Very Good mint mounts, machine blade is rusted.
 

Item: Kyu Gunto

 

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Hand Made Gunto
Click to see Images Signature:  Yoshi Ni KaneTo Saku. 
Forging Pattern:  Muji
Tempering Pattern:  Notare in Nioi
Dimensions:  Blade Length:  27.1 inches  Nakago: 8.8 inches, 6 mm thick, 32 mm wide.
Mountings:  39 pattern gunto mounts.
Overall Condition:  Good.  Oil temper gunto with Seki Stamp   
 

Item: 1102gunto1

 

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Ultra Rare Field Officer's (Major-Colonel) Parade Saber
Click to see Images Signature:  Mumei 
Forging Pattern:  Mokume Itame
Tempering Pattern:  NA 
Dimensions:  Blade Length:  30.75 inches  Overall Length in Sheath: 37 inches
Mountings:  Extremely scarce 1886 pattern Field Officer's Saber.
Overall Condition:  Good, Chrome on scabbard is stained and is peeling in areas of the blade, but could be easily restored.  Neither the scabbard or blade have been bent. 
  Item: 803Gunto1

 

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Near Mint Cavalry Saber
Click to see Images Signature:  Mumei 
Forging Pattern:  Mokume Itame
Tempering Pattern:  NA 
Dimensions:  Blade Length:  32.7 inches  Overall Length in Sheath: 39 inches
Mountings:  One of the nicest examples i have seen, mounts are in near mint condition with only some small scratches and dings from transportation.
Overall Condition:  Very Good, still has original arsenal machine polish marks.  
  Item: 803Gunto2

 

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Shinto Wakizashi
Click to see Images Signature:  Mumei
Forging Pattern:  Mokume.
Tempering Pattern:  Toran Midare
Dimensions:  Blade Length:  21.3 inches  Nakago: 5.3 inches 6 mm thick 29 mm wide
Mountings:  Old  Shirasaya
Overall Condition:  Fair.  Needs a polish, has a nice bright hamon that does not want to show up in pictures.
 

Item: 903wak1

 

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Hagiri Wakizashi
Click to see Images Signature:  Mumei  
Forging Pattern:  Could not make out
Tempering Pattern:  Suguha Midare 
Dimensions:  Blade Length:  19.5 inches  Nakago: 5.6 inches 5.5 mm thick 26 mm wide
Mountings:  Buke Zukuri Mounts.  Silver foiled habaki, nice large knobbed same on handle.
Overall Condition:  Poor.  Sword has several hagiris, would make a nice practice sword for polishing.
  Item: 803wak2

 

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Koto Wakizashi in Shirasaya
Click to see Images Signature:  OsaFune Ju Kiyo Shige.  
Forging Pattern:  Mokume/Itame
Tempering Pattern:  Suguha Midare in Nioi and 
Dimensions:  Blade Length:  16.7 inches  Nakago: 4.6 inches 7 mm thick 28 mm wide
Mountings:  Nice old Shirasaya with sayagaki attributing the sword to KiyoShige.  Integrated wood habaki.
Overall Condition:  Good.  Blade is in clean polish with no nicks.  Some loose grain and kizu.  Priced below cost of restoration.
  Item: 803wak3

 

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Mounted Koto Wakizashi
Click to see Images Signature:  Mumei.  
Forging Pattern:  Masmae
Tempering Pattern:  Midare
Dimensions:  Blade Length:  18.2 inches  Nakago: 5.4 inches 7 mm thick 27 mm wide
Mountings:  Buke Zukuri Mounts.  Lacquered saya, menukis of flowers, kashira of bats, fuchi is plain shakudo.  Inlaid Shakudo tsuba has damage on reverse side.
Overall Condition:  Good.  Blade is in decent polish with nice forging.  A nice stout wakizashi with no nicks, rust or kizus.  An excellent beginner's piece.
  Item: 803wak4

 

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Mounted Koto 27.3 inch Katana with Groove
Click to see Images Signature:  Mumei.  
Forging Pattern:  Itame
Tempering Pattern:  Midare
Dimensions:  Blade Length:  27.3 inches  Nakago: 7.8 inches 6 mm thick 29 mm wide
Mountings:  Old buke zukuri mounts.  Nice Shakudo menukis of hawk feathers and fuchi of shakudo with gold inlaid vines.  Old iron tsuba with inlaid vines.  Saya has significant lacquer chips but foundation is sound.
Overall Condition:  Fair.  This is a nice long o-suriage koto blade with a very elegant curve and a good Hi.  The sword is a little bit tired but all the temper is still there.  Some areas of hazing, scratches and a few small nicks.
  Item: 803kat8

 

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Koto Tanto by KuniShige
Click to see Images Signature:  Mumei.  Sayagaki attribution to Osafune KuniShige
Forging Pattern:  Mokume
Tempering Pattern:  Full temper with tobiuaki
Dimensions:  Blade Length:  12.2 inches  Nakago: 4 inches 6mm thick 28 mm wide
Mountings:  Shirasaya with exceptional 2 piece habaki.
Overall Condition:  Very Good.  Blade has no nicks or stains.  2 small pits (see pictures)

Item: 703tanto1

 

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Stainless Kai Gunto
Click to see Images Signature:  Mumei
Forging Pattern:  None
Tempering Pattern:  Simulated Suguha
Dimensions:  Blade Length:  26.2 inches  Nakago: 8.2 inches 8 mm thick 32 mm wide
Mountings:  Nice original kai gunto with lacquered saya.  Some chips in lacquer.
Overall Condition:  Very Good.  Blade has no nicks or stains, nice example of a near mint kai gunto.

Item: 703tanto1

 

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Gendaito
Click to see Images Signature:  KaneKiyo
Forging Pattern:  Could not distinguish
Tempering Pattern:  High Midare temper
Dimensions:  Blade Length:  24.5 inches  Nakago: 7.9 inches 7mm thick 29mm wide
Mountings:  All original 39 pattern shin gunto mounts.
Overall Condition:  Good.  Nicely preserved all original mounts.  Blade has no nicks or stains.
 

Item: 603gendai1

 

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Hand Forged Katana
Click to see Images Signature:  Noshu Seki Ju Kane Uji with Seki Stamp
Forging Pattern:  Could not distinguish
Tempering Pattern:  High Sanbon Suji
Dimensions:  Blade Length:  26.7 inches  Nakago: 8.2 inches 7.5 mm thick 34mm wide
Mountings:  All original 39 pattern shin gunto mounts.
Overall Condition:  Good.  Nicely preserved all original mounts.  Blade has no nicks but has some rust stains.
 

Item: 603gendai3

 

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Hand Forged Katana
Click to see Images Signature:  Noshu Seki Ju FujiWara KaneHiro with Sho Stamp
Forging Pattern:  Could not distinguish
Tempering Pattern:  Midare
Dimensions:  Blade Length:  26.8 inches  Nakago: 8.2 inches 7 mm thick 31mm wide
Mountings:  All original 39 pattern shin gunto mounts.
Overall Condition:  Good.  Nicely preserved all original mounts.  Blade has no nicks or rust.
 

Item: 603gendai4

 

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Shin Shinto Katana 27.75 Inches
Click to see Images Signature: Mumei
Forging Pattern:  Itame
Tempering Pattern:  Midare in KoNie and Nioi
Dimensions:  Blade Length:  27.75 inches  Nakago: 7.8 inches, 7mm thick, 32 mm wide.
Mountings:  Reproduction mounts for use in Iai
Overall Condition:  Excellent.  Recently restored by owner for use in Iaido.  Sword is well balanced and has a nice elegant curvature.
 

Item: 303kat1

 

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Hand Forged Gunto
Click to see Images Signature:  Mumei
Forging Pattern:  Tight Mokume
Tempering Pattern: Notare in Nie
Dimensions:  Blade Length:  26.25 inches  Nakago: 7.5 inches 8 mm thick 30 mm wide
Mountings:  39 Pattern Gunto
Overall Condition:  Good.  Sword has some rust, nicks and scratches.  Hand forged with full dress file marks on tang, not signed or stamped.  With nie and hada.
 

Item: 702gunto1

 

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Kamishimo Mounted Shinto Wakizashi
Click to see Images Signature:  Inaba Ju KaneMitsu
Forging Pattern:  Tight Mokume, almost nashiji.
Tempering Pattern:  Suguha in Nioi and ko nie
Dimensions:  Blade Length:  23.2 inches  Nakago: 5.4 inches 7mm thick 31mm wide
Mountings:  Original Kamishimo formal court mounts from the 1800s.  Plain fuchi kashira of shakudo, gold gilded shakudo menuki of rice bails, iron tsuba of a family crest.
Overall Condition:  Good.  Some small nicks on sword and minor staining.  Sword is showing some loose grain.
 

Item: 303wak2

 

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Shinto Wakizashi
Click to see Images Signature:  Fujiwara NobuKuni
Forging Pattern:  Could not distinguish
Tempering Pattern:  Midare temper
Dimensions:  Blade Length:  22.8 inches  Nakago: 5.9 inches 7mm thick 32mm wide
Mountings:  Original mounts from the 1800s.  Nice Ishimae saya with embossed pheonix and a steel kojiri.  Copper handachi fuchi kashira with floral theme shakudo menukis.
Overall Condition:  Fair.  Nice original mounts, but blade needs a polish.
 

Item: 303wak1

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Amahide Gendaito
Click to see Images Signature:  NoShu Seki Ju Ichimonji Minamoto AmaHide Kitau Kore. Full dess marks, no arsenal stamps.
Forging Pattern:  Masame with Itame
Tempering Pattern:  Suguha Midare in ko nie with lots of activity.
Dimensions:  Blade Length:  25.25 inches  Nakago: 8.25 inches 7mm thick 29mm wide
Mountings:  All original 39 pattern shin gunto mounts.
Overall Condition:  Very Good.  This is an unusual mei for Amahide, according to Sloguh's book, this is most likely a DaiSaku Daimei by Ido Hidetoshi, Amahide's son.  This sword is very elegant and has a lot of activity in the hamon.  A must have for Amahide collectors.

Item: 103gendai1

 

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Hira Zukuri Wakizashi
Click to see Images Signature:  KaneIe
Forging Pattern:  Could not tell
Tempering Pattern: Suguha with Nie
Dimensions:  Blade Length:  14.75 inches  Nakago: 4 inches  
Mountings:  Nice coral inlay saya with silver fittings.
Overall Condition:  Fair, needs a polish, the vet had his name inscribed on the blade and saya.

Item: 1102wak2

 

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Rusty Old Wakizashi
Click to see Images Signature:  Mumei
Forging Pattern:  Could not tell
Tempering Pattern: Could not tell
Dimensions:  Blade Length:  20.5 inches  Nakago: 6.5 inches  
Mountings:  Nice copper habaki
Overall Condition:  Rusty wak with deep pits.

Item: 1102wak3

 

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44 Pattern Gunto
Click to see Images Signature:  Nobu Mitsu, Dated Showa 19
Forging Pattern:  Muji
Tempering Pattern:  Simulated Suguha
Dimensions:  Blade Length:  26.2 inches  Nakago: 8.8 inches 7.5mm thick 32mm wide
Mountings:  Nice complete 44 Pattern Shin Gunto
Overall Condition:  Very Good.  Blade is a little hazy but is free from stains or rust.

Item: 702kat2

 

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Gendaito
Click to see Images Signature:  Masa Ie 
Forging Pattern:  Muji
Tempering Pattern: Notare in Nie
Dimensions:  Blade Length:  24.5 inches  Nakago: 7 inches  8 mm thick 32 mm wide
Mountings:  39 pattern gunto mounts with brown lacquered saya.
Overall Condition:  Very good.  Blade has a mirrored polish which hides the hada, but hamon is active and bright. 

Item: 1102gunto2

 

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Gunto
Click to see Images Signature:  Yoshi Michi 
Forging Pattern:  Muji
Tempering Pattern: Could not make out
Dimensions:  Blade Length:  26 inches  Nakago: 8.5 inches
Mountings:  39 pattern gunto mounts.
Overall Condition:  Bad.  In poor polish with a bunch of nicks. 

Item: 1102gunto4

 

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Gendai by MasaYasu
Click to see Images Signature:  Bishu Ju MasaYasu Saku, Dated Showa 17
Forging Pattern:  Tight Mokume
Tempering Pattern: Sanbon Suji in konie
Dimensions:  Blade Length:  25.9 inches  Nakago: 8.35 inches Hamachi: 8 mm thick 31 mm wide
Mountings:  39 Pattern Gunto
Overall Condition:  Very Good.  All matching mounts on this nice pristine gendai.  Blade has some scratches from what looks like contact with another sword, otherwise in immaculate condition. Very bright hamon.

Item: 602kat4

 

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Meiji Period Aoi Mon Mounted Tanto
Click to see Images Signature:   KaneShige 
Forging Pattern:  Could not make out
Tempering Pattern:  Could not make out
Dimensions:  Blade Length:  13.6 inches  Nakago: 4.3 inches, 6 mm thick, 26 mm wide.
Mountings:  Embossed brass mounts with Aoi Mon.  Typical of export pieces made in the Meiji period.
Overall Condition:  Fair.  The blade is old, however it was taked to a grinder and i could not make out any features.

Item: 502 tanto1

 

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Daisho Set
Click to see Images Dai-Shinto Katana
Signature:
   Mumei (looks like Hizen work)
Forging Pattern:  Tight nashiji
Tempering Pattern:  Suguha
Dimensions:  Blade Length:  26.75 inches  Nakago: 10.2 inches, 6 mm thick, 29 mm wide.

Sho-Shinto Wakizashi
Signature:
   Mumei 
Forging Pattern:  Tight nashiji
Tempering Pattern:  Toran Notare
Dimensions:  Blade Length:  18.3 inches  Nakago: 5.2 inches, 6.5 mm thick, 28 mm wide.

Mountings:  Original daisho fittings from the 1800s.  Metal fittings missing.  Original Seppas.
Overall Condition: Fair.  Swords need restoration. Saya on katana has lacquer chips and is starting to split, but easily restored.  Wakizashi saya is in 90%+ condition, with a small ding.  No forging flaws on either blade, but the katana has a couple of nicks.

Item: 502 Daisho

 

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Shinto Katana signed Ishido Kore Kazu
Click to see Images Signature:  Ishido Unjusai KoreKazu (gimei)
Forging Pattern:  Tight Mokume
Tempering Pattern: Choji with Ashi in ko nie and nioi.
Dimensions:  Blade Length:  26.5 inches  Nakago: 9.3 inches 7 mm thick 31.5 mm wide
Mountings:  Shirasaya saya only.
Overall Condition:  Very Good.  Nice old Bizen blade with very well forged choji hamon with ashi.

Item: 802kat2

 

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Rusty Gunto
Click to see Images Signature:  KaneYoshi, Dated Showa 18
Forging Pattern:  Could not tell
Tempering Pattern: Could not tell
Dimensions:  Blade Length:  26 inches  Nakago: 8 inches  
Mountings:  39 pattern gunto saya
Overall Condition:  Beat up rusty gunto with nicks.

Item: 1102gunto3

 

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Rare Gendaito
Click to see Images Signature:  MasaYuki (Rare Stamped Mei, See Slough's book page 111, rated med to high grade  Gendaito) 
Forging Pattern:  Tight Mokumei
Tempering Pattern: Choji in Nie
Dimensions:  Blade Length:  26.25 inches  Nakago: 8 inches  7 mm thick 30 mm wide
Mountings:  39 pattern gunto mounts with sukashi tsuba and original tassle.
Overall Condition:  Very good.  This is a very rare sword, the only gendaito that has a stamped mei.  Very nicely forged choji hamon with lots of ji nie.  Gendai collectors do not miss this one, it is the only example that i have ever seen.

Item: 1102gunto5

 

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KaneZane Katana
Click to see Images Signature:  Noshu ju Asano Kanesane saku with Seki Stamp and Sane Hotstamp
Forging Pattern:  Tight Mokume
Tempering Pattern:  Midare
Dimensions:  Blade Length:  26.8 inches  Nakago: 7.8  inches .7 mm thick 32 mm wide
Mountings:  ShiraSaya only.  Price does not include the gunto mounts pictured ($2300 with gunto mounts).  
Overall Condition:  Excellent.  Recent polish in excellent condition. Follow this link to learn more about this smith..

Item: 802kat4

 

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Mounted Shinto Katana
Click to see Images Signature:  Hizen  Kuni TadaYoshi (Gimei)
Forging Pattern:  Mokume
Tempering Pattern: Suguha in Nie and Nioi
Dimensions:  Blade Length:  26.9 inches  Nakago: 7.6 inches 7 mm thick 29 mm wide
Mountings:  Nice Edo period mounts original to the sword.  Signed Fuchi Kashira of carved copper, soft metal menuki of mumms.  Old iron tsuba.
Overall Condition:  Very Good.  Difficult to find original mounts on a katana.  There are some surface rust spots and hazing on the blade.  Tip has a 1mm nick.

Item: 802kat1

 

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Gendaito By Hatano AkiNobu
Click to see Images Signature:  GunSui AkiNobu.  Dated KooKi NiSenRoHakuYonNen March.  2604 years after the founding of the Japanese Empire (1944).  
Forging Pattern:  Could not make out due to polish
Tempering Pattern:  Crab claw hamon
Dimensions:  Blade Length:  25.8 inches  Nakago: 9.25 inches, 7 mm thick, 32 mm wide.
Mountings:  Shirasaya
Overall Condition:  Very Good.  This is a famous smith from the AkiHide group.  A well meaning owner must have brightened up the polish with silver polish and mirrored the sword, jihada is not clearly visible.

Item: 302gendai4

 

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Star Stamped Gendaito by AkiYuki
Click to see Images Signature:  Musashi Kuni AkiYuki Tsukuru Kore, Dated Showa 18, Jan (1943)
Forging Pattern:  Tight Mokume
Tempering Pattern: Choji with Ashi in ko nie and nioi.
Dimensions:  Blade Length:  26.25 inches  Nakago: 8.3 inches 7.5 mm thick 32 mm wide
Mountings:  44 pattern mounts with a lacquered wood saya.  Handle wrap is frayed and is missing one menuki.
Overall Condition:  Excellent. Blade was recently cleaned up by polisher, there are some small rust pits and 2 small nicks that remain.  Nakago looks like it got wet at some point and has pitting.  This is a extremely well forged sword with a nice well controlled choji hamon that you do not often see in gendais.

Item: 802gendai2

 

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Koto Katana
Click to see Images Signature:  Bishu Osafune Hiro Mune 
Forging Pattern:  Itame Mokume
Tempering Pattern:  Notare in Nie
Dimensions:  Blade Length:  27.6 inches  Nakago: 8 inches, 6.5 mm thick, 30.5 mm wide.
Mountings:  Original Buke Zukuri saya.  2 piece habaki, iron tsuba and fuchi with a Dragonfly.
Overall Condition:  Fair.   

Item: 1102katana2

 

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Koto Sukesada Katana
Click to see Images Signature:  Bizen Kuni Ju Osafune Sukesada, Dated TenSho 5, August (1578) 
Forging Pattern:  Itame Mokume
Tempering Pattern:  Notare in Nie
Dimensions:  Blade Length:  27.3 inches  Nakago: 7 inches, 8 mm thick, 31 mm wide.
Mountings:  Original Buke Zukuri saya.  Silver foiled 2 piece habaki.
Overall Condition:  Fair.  Exceptionally healthy and thick for a koto sword.  A window was open to show the work.  Should polish out very nicely.  

Item: 702katana5

 

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SukeMune Shinto Katana
Click to see Images Signature:  SukeMune (1700s) 
Forging Pattern:  Itame
Tempering Pattern:  Suguha Notare in Nie
Dimensions:  Blade Length:  26.8 inches  Nakago: 8.25 inches, 6.5 mm thick, 28 mm wide.
Mountings:  Original Buke Zukuri mounts.  Fittings missing.
Overall Condition:  Fair.  Nice old sword in need of some restoration.  Metal fittings are missing, but handle and saya are original to sword.  Handle has nice large node full wrap same.  Some grain opening in sword.  It should polish out very nicely.  

Item: 1102katana1
 

 

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Hand Forged Katana
Click to see Images Signature:  Mumei
Forging Pattern:  Tight Mokume
Tempering Pattern:  Midare in Nie
Dimensions:  Blade Length:  25.5 inches  Nakago: 8.25 inches, 8 mm thick, 30 mm wide.
Mountings: 39 pattern shin gunto.  All fittings intact except for the retention clip
Overall Condition:  Very good, some scratches, hazing and isolated rust.  Grain pattern and nie visible.

Item: 402gendai2

 

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Koto Katana
Click to see Images Signature:  NobuMasa
Forging Pattern:  Itame
Tempering Pattern:  Suguha Midare, extremely active in ko nie and nioi
Dimensions:  Blade Length:  26.25 inches  Nakago: 7.25 inches 6 mm thick 29 mm wide
Mountings:  Saya and handle only.
Overall Condition:  Fair.  Blade is rusty, but has not pitting and should polish out very nicely.  No nicks or bends but has some minor loose grain.  This is a very nice elegant koto katana with excellent forging.

Item: 702kat6

 

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Very Well Forged Gendai Katana
Click to see Images Signature:  Mumei with no arsenal stamps.  Full dress file marks.
Forging Pattern:  Mokume
Tempering Pattern: Midare in Nie and Nioi
Dimensions:  Blade Length:  25.9 inches  Nakago: 8.25 inches 8.5 mm thick 33.5 mm wide
Mountings:  Mint original 39 pattern gunto mounts with all matching parts.
Overall Condition:  Excellent.  Nice original polish with no rust.  This is a massive and extremely well forged sword.  Excellent active hamon with a nice vibrant mokume hada.

Item: 802gendai1

 

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Star Stamped Gendaito by KaneTomo
Click to see Images Signature:  Seki ju KaneTomo saku
Forging Pattern:  Mokume
Tempering Pattern:  Choji midare
Dimensions:  Blade Length:  25.5 inches  Nakago: 8.25 inches 7mm thick 34mm wide 
Mountings:  44 Pattern Shin Gunto, saya fittings missing.
Overall Condition:  Very Good.  Some isolated rust on the blade.

Item: 702kat1

 

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Parade Saber
Click to see Images Signature:  Mumei
Forging Pattern:  Not Forged
Tempering Pattern:  Simulated Suguha
Dimensions:  Blade Length:  26.75 inches  Nakago: 7 inches 6 mm thick 28 mm wide
Mountings:  Saya and Habaki Only
Overall Condition:  Fair.  Hand made parade saber blade and saya.  There are nicks and scratches on this sword.

Item: 702gunto2

 

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Handachi Mounted Shinto Wakizashi
Click to see Images Signature:   Bushu ju Teru Shige Saku 
Forging Pattern:  Itame/Mokume
Tempering Pattern:  Midare in Ko nie.
Dimensions:  Blade Length:  20.6 inches  Nakago: 5.9 inches, 7 mm thick, 29 mm wide.
Mountings:  Original handachi mounts with shakudo and green aogai saya.  Menukis of plums and iron tsuba of dragons.  Very difficult to find a nice originally mounted sword in this condition.  Only thing missing is the horn kurikata which could be easily replaced.
Overall Condition:  Very good but blade could do with a polish.  Looks like someone too a grinder to the blade and left some scratches on the edge.

Item: 602wak1

 

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Gendai by MasaYasu
Click to see Images Signature:  MasaYasu
Forging Pattern:  Tight Mokume
Tempering Pattern: Suguha in Nie
Dimensions:  Blade Length:  26.9 inches  Nakago: 8.75 inches 7 mm thick 32 mm wide
Mountings:  Amature Shirasaya
Overall Condition:  Very Good.  Nicely forged blade with well carved file marks on tang and well executed signature.  Some small nicks on blade with some hazing and minor stains.

Item: 802gendai3

 

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Gendai NagaMitsu Katana
Click to see Images Signature:  IchiHara NagaMitsu
Forging Pattern:  Tight Mokume
Tempering Pattern:  Ko-Choji Midare
Dimensions:  Length:  25.9 inches  Nakago: 8.5 inches 
Mountings:  44 Pattern Gunto with a later modified saya.
Overall Condition:  Nice original polish with some hazing to blade.  No nicks or chips with some isolated rust spots.  This is an exceptionally thick sword with a 9mm thick mune machi and 8mm thick boshi mune.  Click here to learn more about this smith. 

Item:401gendai1

 

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Katana by KaneZane in Civilian Mounts
Click to see Images Signature:  KaneZane with Same Turtle Hot Stamp
Forging Pattern:  Tight Mokume
Tempering Pattern: Midare
Dimensions:  Blade Length:  25.5 inches  Nakago: 8.25 inches 7 mm thick 31 mm wide
Mountings:  Nice gendai koshirae with Edo period mounts.  All original to the sword.
Overall Condition:  Very Good.  Nicely mounted sword made in the 1940s for civilian use.  Good quality shakudo menuki and copper and shakudo fuchi kashira from the 1800s.  Sword has a nick in (see pictures) but otherwise perfect with no rust or stains.  Handle wrap is 100% intact.  Hamon is very bright and well executed.  For more information on this smith, please follow this link.

Item: 702kat3

 

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Koa Isshin Mantetsu Katana with Red Brown Tassle
Click to see Images Signature:  Koa Isshin Mantetsu Saku Showa Mizunoto Hitsuji (1943) Spring.  Full dress file marks.
Forging Pattern:  Tight Mokume
Tempering Pattern: Suguha in Ko Nie and Nioi
Dimensions:  Blade Length:  26.5 inches  Nakago: 8.3 inches 7.5 mm thick 32 mm wide
Mountings:  Mint original 39 pattern gunto mounts with all matching parts.  Red/Brown tassle (majors and colonel) and an unusual gold chain mounted.
Overall Condition:  Excellent.  Nice original polish with some very minor surface rust.  Very nicely made mantetsu with some interesting custom touches to the mounts.  I guess if you are high ranking enough, you could get away with spicing up your sword...

Item: 802kat3

 

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Early Shinto Katana
Click to see Images Signature:  Mumei
Forging Pattern:  Itame
Tempering Pattern:  Midare in Nioi
Dimensions:  Blade Length:  25 inches  Nakago: 8.25 inches, 7 mm thick, 30 mm wide.
Mountings: All matching high quality 39 pattern shin gunto.
Overall Condition:  Very good, some scratches and hazing.  Looks like someone took a dremel to the edged near the habaki.  Blade is extremely sharp.

Item: 502kat5

 

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Hand Made Gunto
Click to see Images Signature:  Mishina Ju KuniMitsu with Kao and Full dress file marks.
Forging Pattern: Could not make out
Tempering Pattern:  Notare, blade is hazy.
Dimensions:  Blade Length:  26.6 inches  Nakago: 7.75 inches 7mm thick 33mm wide
Mountings:  All original & complete 39 pattern mounts. Habaki is stuck.
Overall Condition:  Fair, blade is hazy and has areas of rust.

Item: 602kat2

 

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Hand Made Gunto
Click to see Images Signature:  Nagata SukeNori
Forging Pattern:  Muji
Tempering Pattern:  Bright Midare in Nioi
Dimensions:  Blade Length:  25.5 inches  Nakago: 8.8 inches 9mm thick 32mm wide
Mountings:  39 pattern with wood saya and leather wrap.  All original to sword, including blue brown tassle
Overall Condition:  Excellent.  Blade is clean with some very minor hazing.

Item: 602kat3

 

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Koa Isshin Mantetsu Katana
Click to see Images Signature:  Koa Isshin Mantetsu korewo
Forging Pattern:  Tight Mokume
Tempering Pattern:  Suguha in KoNie
Dimensions:  Blade Length:  26.25 inches  Nakago: 8.25 inches, 8 mm thick, 32 mm wide.
Mountings: All matching high quality 39 pattern shin gunto with pierced tsuba.  Unusual to find mantetsus with pierced tsubas.
Overall Condition:  Very good, some scratches.

Item: 302gunto1

 

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Gendai Katana by UjiFusa
Click to see Images Signature:   TakaYama Kyu TanRen Sho Ni-oite UjiFusa KoreWo. 
Forging Pattern:  Tight nashiji
Tempering Pattern:  Suguha
Dimensions:  Blade Length:  24.8 inches  Nakago: 10.4 inches, 8 mm thick, 32 mm wide.
Mountings:  39 pattern shingunto
Overall Condition:  Excellent.  Blade is in excellent original polish.  Exceptionally well forged blade.  UjiFusa worked on this sword in Takayama prison.  If you have a Nagamitsu and an Emura, you have to get an UjiFusa to complete the collection.  UjiFusa is the rarest of the 3 prison smiths.  This is the first one I have seen in the last 5 years.

Item: 302gendai6

 

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ShinShinTo Katana 27+ Inches
Click to see Images Signature:  Mumei
Forging Pattern:  Masame, itame mixed
Tempering Pattern:  Suguha Notare in Nioi
Dimensions:  Blade Length:  27.6 inches  Nakago: 7.75 inches 8mm thick 31mm wide
Mountings:  Saya, habaki and handle only.  All metal mounts missing. 
Overall Condition:  Very good.  Nice long simple shinshinto katana.

Item: 602kat5

 

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Gunto Katana
Click to see Images Signature:  YoshiTani with Zodiac Showa Date with Rare 'W' stamp (F&G pg 227 xxi)
Forging Pattern:  Could not make out due to poor polish
Tempering Pattern:  Looks like suguha midare in nie, but difficult to make out due to condition.  
Dimensions:  Blade Length:  26.25 inches  Nakago: 7.25 inches, 8mm thick, 32mm wide.
Mountings: Saya only.
Overall Condition:  Fair.  Nicely finished tang with zodiac date leaves me to believe that this is a hand made sword.
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Gunto
Click to see Images Signature:  Katsu Masa, Dated Showa 20, March
Forging Pattern:  Muji
Tempering Pattern:  Simulated Suguha  
Dimensions:  Blade Length:  26 inches  Nakago: 8.8 inches, 8mm thick, 32mm wide.
Mountings: Saya only.
Overall Condition:  Fair.  Machine made gunto.
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Hand Made Gunto by HideToshi
Click to see Images Signature:  TokuSho Tetsu Ido Hide Toshi Saku.  Made with TokuSho Steel by Hide Toshi.
Forging Pattern:  Tight hada almost muji
Tempering Pattern:  Midare with konie and nioi
Dimensions:  Blade Length:  23.8 inches  Nakago: 8 inches, 8 mm thick, 31 mm wide.
Mountings:  Practically mint 1939 pattern gunto.
Overall Condition:  Excellent.  Most likely a special order gunto, this is the second gunto that i have seen made with this sort of steel, hamon is unusually bright.

Item: 302gendai3

 

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Gendai Katana with Groove
Click to see Images Signature:  Mumei
Forging Pattern:  Masame with Itame
Tempering Pattern:  Notare with sunagashi in konie and nioi
Dimensions:  Blade Length:  26.4 inches  Nakago: 7.8 inches, 8.5mm thick, 33mm wide.
Mountings: Plain iron fuchi kashira with Aoi Mon Menuki, shakudo foil tsuba and old saya.  Note:  the fittings are not original to this blade but fits it quite well.  The saya will require a little bit of additional.  All fittings are from the Edo period.
Overall Condition:  Excellent.  Blade is in nice clean polish.  This is an exceptionally forged blade with lots of activity in the hamon and a nicely finished nakago.

Item: 402gendai1

 

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Hand Forged Showa Katana
Click to see Images Signature:  ?? MuneNaga
Forging Pattern:  Tight Mokume
Tempering Pattern: Sanbon Suji with Mt Fuji
Dimensions:  Blade Length:  24.75 inches  Nakago: 8.2 inches 7 mm thick 31 mm wide
Mountings:  44 pattern mounts with wood saya.
Overall Condition:  Very Good.  Hand forged blade with an unusual hamon

Item: 402unto2

 

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Rare Naval Land Warfare Sword with Shinto Katana
Click to see Images Signature:  Mumei
Forging Pattern:  Masame with Itame
Tempering Pattern:  Notare with sunagashi in nie and nioi
Dimensions:  Blade Length:  26.1 inches  Nakago: 6.8 inches, 7.5mm thick, 31mm wide.
Mountings: Extremely rare Naval Land Warfare mounts with original rig for carrying the sword on the back.  The leather wrap on the saya is rotting from salt water exposure and have some original repair where it would have contacted the officer's belt.  I have only seen one other sword in this configuration, without the back sling.
Overall Condition:  Good.  Blade is hazy and has a few small nicks, but is free from rust.  Handle wrap is all intact and is has taken a nice glossy patina from heavy use.  This blade has seen a lot of action in the war.

Item: 302kat1

 

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Signed Satsuma Rebellion Wakizashi
Click to see Images Signature:  OsaFune KiyoMitsu
Forging Pattern:  Could not make out
Tempering Pattern:  Could not make out, looks like suguha
Dimensions:  Blade Length:  21.25 inches  Nakago: 5.75 inches 7mm thick 29mm wide
Mountings:  Satsuma rebellion mounts with a nice iron tsuba.  This sword had a 2 piece habaki, but it is missing one of the 2 pieces.  
Overall Condition:  Fair.  Nice historical mounts, but needs restoration and priced to reflect that.

Item: 602wak2

 

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Nicely Mounted Heavy ShinShinto Tanto
Click to see Images Signature:  Mumei
Forging Pattern:  Tight Mokume
Tempering Pattern:  Suguha in ko nie and nioi
Dimensions:  Blade Length:  11.5 inches  Nakago: 4.5 inches, 8mm thick, 31mm wide.
Mountings:  Tastefully mounted aikuchi style with string wrapped handle offset by gold oar menukis.  Horn pieces missing on split saya.  But should be easily restored.
Overall Condition:  Very Good.  Some hazing on polish.  Exceptionally well forged shinshinto tanto with nice  tight jihida and bright hamon.  This is a very understated but powerful tanto.

Item: 202tanto4
 

 

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Mint Kai Gunto with SameZaya
Click to see Images Signature:  Mumei, Anchor Stamp
Forging Pattern:  none
Tempering Pattern:  Simulated Suguha
Dimensions:  Blade Length:  25.25 inches  Nakago: 8.25 inches, 9mm thick, 34mm wide.
Mountings: Mint SameZaya kai gunto mounts with plating on fittings all 90%+ present.  Saya does not have any cracking you typically find in such swords.  Very difficult to find nice naval swords in such great condition.  All matching fittings.
Overall Condition:  Excellent.  Some minor scratches and very small nicks on blade.

Item: 402kaigunto1

 

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Nicely Mounted ShinShinto Tanto
Click to see Images Signature:  Mumei
Forging Pattern:  Itame
Tempering Pattern:  Notare with muneyaki
Dimensions:  Blade Length:  10.25 inches  Nakago: 3.25 inches, 7mm thick, 29mm wide.
Mountings:  Nice iron fuchi kashira with a crow on the kashira and a crescent moon on the fuchi.  Menukis of dragons.  Nice shakudo nanako tsuba.  Saya is original to the sword and was made longer to resemble a wakizashi.
Overall Condition:  Very Good.  Some hazing on polish.  Nice tanto with an active jihada and hamon.

Item: 202tanto1

 

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TaniKawa Isshin Showa Katana
Click to see Images Signature:  TaniKawa Isshin
Forging Pattern:  Muji
Tempering Pattern:  Toran
Dimensions:  Blade Length:  26.6 inches  Nakago: 8.2 inches, 8 mm thick, 3 mm wide.
Mountings: Old wood saya with leather cover
Overall Condition:  Very good.  This sword is extremely sharp.  

Item: 402kat3

 

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Late ShinShinto/Early Meiji Katana
Click to see Images Signature:  Mumei 
Forging Pattern:  Tight Mokume
Tempering Pattern:  Midare
Dimensions:  Blade Length:  26.7 inches  Nakago: 8.4 inches, 8 mm thick, 32 mm wide.
Mountings:  Nice old mounts from the 1800s.  Shakudo nanako fuchi kashira of bamboos, iron tsuba and shakudo menukis of a samurai chasing a demon.
Overall Condition:  Good.  Handle needs to be restored, blade is clean with minor hazing.  Saya needs restoration.  Civilian swords from the late 1800s early 1900s are quite rare.  

Item: 302kat2

 

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Gunto
Click to see Images Signature:  YoshiHaru, Dated Spring Showa 1943
Forging Pattern:  Muji Hada
Tempering Pattern:  Simulated Suguha
Dimensions:  Blade Length:  26.25 inches  Nakago: 8.25
Mountings:  1939 Pattern Army Officer's
Overall Condition:  Nice clean army officer's sword.

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Item: 102gunto1

 

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Rare WW2 Era Tachi
Click to see Images Signature:   Seki NobuMitsu with Sho Stamp
Forging Pattern:  Muji
Tempering Pattern:  Midare
Dimensions:  Blade Length:  26.25 inches  Nakago: 7.25 inches, 7 mm thick, 31 mm wide.
Mountings:  Very unusual itomaki no tachi mounts with a foul weather leather cover.  Most likely a presentation sword that was modified for in the war.  This is the first i have seen.
Overall Condition:  Good.  Blade has some isolated light rust and hazing.  Fittings are all present.  Some fraying to the wrap on the saya from handling.

Item: 302tachi1

 

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Katana by MichiSane, Student of KaneSane
Click to see Images Signature:  NoshuJu FujiWara MichiSane Saku with Sho Stamp and Kokuin.  Dated Showa 16, 10th month. 
Forging Pattern:  Could not make out
Tempering Pattern:  Suguha
Dimensions:  Blade Length:  26.8 inches  Nakago: 9.4 inches, 7 mm thick, 31 mm wide.
Mountings:  Kai Gunto mounts
Overall Condition:  Fair.  The blade is in need of a polish.  This is a rather rare sword by one of the more well known showa era smiths.  Click here to learn about this smith and his teacher. 

Item: 302gendai5

 

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Shinto Long Wakizashi
Click to see Images Signature:  Mumei
Forging Pattern:  Itame
Tempering Pattern:  Crab Claw
Dimensions:  Blade Length:  23.5 inches  Nakago: 5.5 inches, 7mm thick, 27mm wide.
Mountings:  Old saya and tsuka that is in need of restoration.
Overall Condition:  Needs a polish.  Some hazing and isolated rust.  A very long wakizashi, mounted and carried as a katana, most likely for one handed use..

Item: 202wak3

 

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TenShoZan Sword Company Katana
Click to see Images Signature:  TehshoZan Forge, Dated Showa 17, 5th month, lucky day. See F&G pg220 for details
Forging Pattern:  Muji
Tempering Pattern:  Simulated Suguha  
Dimensions:  Blade Length:  26.25 inches  Nakago: 7.8 inches, 8mm thick, 30mm wide.
Mountings: Habaki only.
Overall Condition:  Excellent.  Made from stainless steel and hand shaped and finished.  These swords have a very elegant shape, reminiscent of old Bizen tachis.  Steel is tempered and is capable of shaving brass.  Selling it below the cost of modern 'katanas' by US knife makers.
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Koto O-Tanto
Click to see Images Signature:  Kane?ie?
Forging Pattern:  Itame Mokume
Tempering Pattern:  Midare in nie
Dimensions:  Blade Length:  16 inches  Nakago: 4.5 inches, 8mm thick, 30mm wide.
Mountings:  Shirasaya
Overall Condition:  Good.  Some hazing to old polish.  Nice active hada and hamon on this o-tanto.

Item: 202tanto2

 

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Starter Wakizashi
Click to see Images Signature:  Mumei
Forging Pattern:  Could not make out
Tempering Pattern:  Could not make out
Dimensions:  Blade Length:  20 inches  Nakago: 5 inches
Mountings:  Saya only
Overall Condition:  Poor.  Starter sword.

Item: 202wak4

 

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Koto Katana
Click to see Images Signature:  KaneShige
Forging Pattern:  Itame Mokume
Tempering Pattern:  Suguha in ko nie
Dimensions:  Blade Length:  26.8 inches  Nakago: 7.8 inches, 8mm thick, 30mm wide.
Mountings:  Habaki only
Overall Condition:  Good.  Some hazing to old polish.  Nice long elegant koto katana that was shortened.  Very fine forging in the grain and hamon with a lot of activity.  Small nick on tip and a small kizu is the only thing preventing this sword selling for much more.

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Item: 202kat4

 

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Nicely Mounted ShinShinto Tanto
Click to see Images Signature:  Mumei
Forging Pattern:  Tight Mokume
Tempering Pattern:  Suguha with midare 2 inches from ha machi
Dimensions:  Blade Length:  11 inches  Nakago: 4 inches, 7mm thick
Mountings:  Nicely mounted with copper fuchi kashira of birds in shakudo and gold.  Nice iron tsuba with the Buddhist wheel of law inlaid in gold.  Soft metal menuki of kabuto.  Nicely lacquered saya with ishime and vines with shakudo kojiri of leaves.
Overall Condition:  Good.  Some isolated rust on blade.

Item: 202tanto3

 

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Koto Uchigatana
Click to see Images Signature: Mumei
Forging Pattern: Could not make out
Tempering Pattern:  Suguha Midare
Dimensions:  Blade Length:  22.4 inches  Nakago: 4.8 inches
Mountings:  Reproduction fuchi kashira and menuki.  Interesting old tsuba with a monkey on one side and gold inlay on other
Overall Condition:  Fair.  Sword is very very tired, most likely from the 1400s, temper might not all be there.  Good starter piece if you are looking for something really old in one piece and not too concerned with the tiredness.

Item: 202wak6

 

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Shinto KuniMasa Katana
Click to see Images Signature:  Sagami no Kami KuniMasa
Forging Pattern:  Mokume with Itame
Tempering Pattern:  Choji Midare in nie.
Dimensions:  Blade Length:  25.8 inches  Nakago: 8 inches 7.5mm thick 32mm wide
Mountings:  Old saya that has seen better days 
Overall Condition:  Fair.  Extremely active choji hamon on this hefty shinto katana.  The choji hamon is exceptionally bright and the hada is quite active, but it does not want to photograph well.  Boshi has been reshaped but still has temper.  This sword deserves a good polish.

Item: 202katana1

 

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Seki Gunto
Click to see Images Signature: Noshu Seki Ju MasaHiro Saku with seki stamp
Forging Pattern: Muji
Tempering Pattern:  Midare
Dimensions:  Blade Length:  25.4 inches  Nakago: 8.8 inches, 7.5mm thick, 31mm wide.
Mountings:  Complete gunto with wood saya.
Overall Condition:  Fair.  Stabilized rust all over, handle is intact but saya needs to be restored.  Great starter piece for a martial artist.  Nice stout seki gunto that is all business and no frill.

Item: 202gunto1

 

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Koto Wakizashi
Click to see Images Signature: SukeSadaSaku
Forging Pattern:  Itame
Tempering Pattern:  Midare in nie and nioi
Dimensions:  Blade Length:  17.5 inches  Nakago: 4.5 inches, 5mm thick, 28mm wide.
Mountings:  Saya, handle and 2 piece habaki only
Overall Condition:  Good.  Nice classic Bizen wakizashi in "iai" polish.  Extremely sharp.

Item: 202wak5

 

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27 Inch Shinto Katana with Groove
Click to see Images Signature:  Mumei
Forging Pattern:  Itame
Tempering Pattern:  Sugu Gunome
Dimensions:  Blade Length:  27.1 inches  Nakago: 8 inches, 7mm thick, 32mm wide.
Mountings:  Old saya only
Overall Condition:  Needs a polish.  Some hazing and isolated rust.  This katana is screaming to be mounted and restored.  No flaws, nice hamon, long blade, nice curvature.  Several small nicks from use.

Item: 202kat2

 

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Kai Gunto By 23rd Generation KaneFusa
Click to see Images Signature:  NoShu Seki Ju Ni Ju San Dai FujiWara Kane Fusa Kore wo.
Forging Pattern:  Tight Mokume hada with Jinie
Tempering Pattern:  Midare with nie sunagashi
Dimensions:  Blade Length:  25.8 inches  Nakago: 8.9 inches, 7 mm thick, 31.5 mm wide.
Mountings:  Mint and rare Kai Gunto mounts with ishime lacquer.
Overall Condition:  Excellent.  KaneFusa was the Dean of the Technical Institute and turned out outstanding swords, all his swords i have seen has a Seki stamp, but were certainly not machine made.

Item: 302gendai1

 

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Star Stamp Gendaito by KatsuKiyo
Click to see Images Signature:  Inioe KatsuKiyo, Dated Showa 18 (Star Stamp)
Forging Pattern:  Tight Mokume with lots of jinie
Tempering Pattern:  Suguha with Gunome in Nie
Dimensions:  Blade Length:  25.9 inches  Nakago: 8.3 inches, 7.5mm thick, 32.5mm wide.
Mountings:  Practically mint 1944 pattern gunto with ishime lacquered saya.
Overall Condition:  Excellent.  Some minor staining on shinogi on this otherwise mint gendai to made by an Army certified smith using tamahagane.  To order a gendai of this quality today will run in excess of $10,000.

Item: 302gendai2

 

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Kai Gunto
Click to see Images Signature:  Mumei
Forging Pattern:  Muji
Tempering Pattern:  Simulated Suguha
Dimensions:  Blade Length:  25.4 inches  Nakago: 7.8 inches, 9mm thick, 32mm wide.
Mountings:  Nice original kaigunto samezaya, seppas and tsuba.  Unfortunately, the handle is an army one.  A nice army handle that fits the sword, but does not belong on it.
Overall Condition:  Good.  If you have a nice kai gunto handle, this sword will make a nice complete kai gunto.

Item: 202gunto2

 

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Shinto Katana

Click to see Images Signature:  Mumei
Forging Pattern:  Itame
Tempering Pattern:  Suguha Midare
Dimensions:  Length:  28.5 inches  Nakago: 8.25 inches  
Mountings:  Restored buke zukuri mounts.  Brass tsuba and cicada menuki.
Overall Condition:  Blade is clean but could use a new polish.  Some loose grain but otherwise a well forged sword.

Item: 102Katana1
 

 

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Mounted ShinShinto Higo Katana

Click to see Images Signature:  Mumei
Forging Pattern:  Tight Mokume
Tempering Pattern:  Midare
Dimensions:  Nagasa: 27.25 inches   Nakago:   8 inches    Thickness at Munemachi   6 mm
Mountings:  Buke Zukuri mounts with an add on brass ring for use in WW2.  Nice higo tsuba and higo handle with leather wrap.
Overall Condition:  Excellent.  In good polish with minor spot rusting.  One small unopened blister.
Comments: Nice stout blade with a larger kissaki.

Item: 1000katana2

 

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Mounted ShinShinto Katana
Click to see Images Signature:  Kurihara Chikuzen no Kami NobuHide.  Dated Kei-O ni nen (1866)
Forging Pattern:  Mokume
Tempering Pattern:  Choji Midare
Dimensions:  Blade Length:  27.25 inches  Nakago: 6.8 inches 
Mountings:  Exceptional original koshirae with matching iron fittings and ishime lacquered saya in mint condition. Tsuba missing.
Overall Condition:  Excellent. Nice long blade with original mounts. 

Item: 800kat2

 

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YasuKuni Tachi with Choji Hamon
Click to see Images Signature:  YasuYoshi, Dated One Lucky day in July 1941
Forging Pattern:  Tight Mokume
Tempering Pattern:  Choji Midare in Nie
Dimensions:  Blade Length:  25.75 inches  Nakago: 7.25 inches 
Mountings:  High quality1939 pattern shin gunto 
Overall Condition:  Excellent in original wartime polish.  Extremely rare to find a Yasukuni blade with Choji hamon.  The last one i had sold for $6000.  This is a very low price for this sword.  This sword has a small shallow grain opening that could be closed with a professional polish.  YasuYoshi was born in 1912 and became a sword smith in the YasuKuni shrine under the instruction of YasuNori in 1940.  He made about 700 swords in his career.
 

Item: 601kat2

 

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Shinto Katana
Click to see Images Signature:  ?Kuri?Da Guchi Omi no Kami (suriage)
Forging Pattern:  Mokume/Itame
Tempering Pattern:  Midare in Nie
Dimensions:  Blade Length:  26.9 inches  Nakago: 8.25 inches 
Mountings:  Blade and Habaki (kiku pattern) only
Overall Condition:  Excellent. Nice long shinto blade with a fresh professional polish.  Some areas of loose grain on this otherwise stunning sword.  The polish alone on this blade costs $2500.  Collector downsizing.
 

Item: 401kat3

 

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28.3 inch Shinto Katana in Kyu Gunto Mounts

Click to see Images Signature:  Mumei 
Forging Pattern:  Mokume with Itame
Tempering Pattern:  Toran Midare, Ocean Waves.
Dimensions:  Length:  28.3 inches  Nakago: 7.5 inches  
Mountings:  All original kyu gunto with hawk feather mons.  Some rust on chrome plated saya and bends in d guard.
Overall Condition:  Very Good.  No rust, just some hazing to the original polish, someone used a brillo pad on it.  No visible flaws on blade.  Exceptional hamon in Nie with sunagashi that will polish out very well.

Item: 801katana1

 

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Kyu Gunto with Shinto 28 1/8" Katana
Click to see Images Signature:  Yanato Daijo Fujiwara Suriage (Sadayuki)
Forging Pattern:  Tight mokume
Tempering Pattern:  Notare in Nie
Dimensions:  Blade Length:  28.1 inches  Nakago: 8.2 inches 
Mountings:  Kyu Gunto Mounts with silver mon on hilt.  Silver foil habaki.
Overall Condition:  Good.  blade has surface rust and some small nicks.  Will do nicely with a polish.
 

Item: 801kat7

 

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Hand Forged Gunto

Click to see Images Signature:  Noshu Ju Yoshi Aki Korewo (sho stamp)
Forging Pattern:  Tight masame
Tempering Pattern:  Midare
Dimensions:  Length:  25.3 inches  Nakago: 7.25 inches  
Mountings:  Semi civilian mounts.  Leather covered civilian saya, civilian fuchi, original blue wrapped handle with gunto kashira and menuki.
Overall Condition:  Blade is in good wartime polish.  Well forged blade with vibrant hamon.

Item: 1201gunto2

 

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ShinShinto Katana

Click to see Images Signature:  Yokoyama Kaga Suke Fujiwara SukeNaga.  Dated Tenpo13 (1843)
Forging Pattern:  Tight masame
Tempering Pattern:  Suguha Midare
Dimensions:  Length:  25.6 inches  Nakago: 8.5 inches  
Mountings:  Buke Zukuri with Namban tsuba and iron fuchi
Overall Condition:  Blade is in decent polish.  Some hairline grain openings.  Mounts victim of armature restoration.

Item: 801kat6

 

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Papered Shinto SukeNobu Wakizashi
Click to see Images Signature:  Dewa no Kami Minamoto SukeNobu
Forging Pattern:  Mokume
Tempering Pattern:  Midare in Nie with pools of ko Nie
Dimensions:  Blade Length:  21.4 inches  Nakago: 5.75 inches 
Mountings:  Shirasaya 
Overall Condition:  Excellent, high quality Japanese polish and shirasaya with NTHK papers (70-85 points).  SukeNobu was a student of Kawachi no Kami Kunisuke. Both smith's blades are ranked as Wazamono which is a top ranking for the cutting ability of the smiths swords.  This is an impressive blade with a strong active hamon with sprays and pools of nie and very well defined grain structure.
 

Item: 601wak1

 

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28.75 inch Hizen Katana
Click to see Images Signature:  Hizen Kuni Musashi (suriage) ?masanaga?
Forging Pattern:  Tight Mokume
Tempering Pattern:  Choji Midare in Nie
Dimensions:  Blade Length:  28.75 inches  Nakago: 8.5 inches 
Mountings:  Shirasaya  
Overall Condition:  Excellent.  Blade is nice old polish with some isolated rust and areas of hazing.  No visible forging flaws with some shinai in one area that should polish.  Very elegant and stout Hizen blade that was well over 30 inches before it was shortened.  An exceptional find for a long sword.  Gold foil habaki.
 

Item: 601kat1

 

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Hand Made Gunto

Click to see Images Signature: Tozan Ju FujiWara YoshiMasa 
Forging Pattern:  Tight mokume
Tempering Pattern:  Midare
Dimensions:  Length:  26.75 inches  Nakago: 7.9 inches  
Mountings:  39 pattern shin gunto, no saya.
Overall Condition:  Fair.  Sword needs a polish, some rust and stains.  Very nicely shaped strong stout blade.  Extremely sharp.   

Item: 799gunto2

 

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Boy's Tachi
Click to see Images Signature:  NA
Forging Pattern:  Mokume, Itame
Tempering Pattern:  Suguha Midare
Dimensions:  Length:  18.2 inches  Nakago: 5.4 inches 
Mountings:  Nicely done complete boy's tachi mounts in copper with Aoi Mon Saya.  Kojiri is missing and replaced with later piece.
Overall Condition:  Very good on the mounts, blade could use a polish.
  Item: 201wak3

 

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Shinto Wakizashi

Click to see Images Signature: Mumei 
Forging Pattern:  Mokume/Itame
Tempering Pattern:  Midare
Dimensions:  Length:  19.5 inches  Nakago: 5.6 inches  
Mountings:  Buke Zukuri Koshirae with  namban tsuba.  Fuchi missing.
Overall Condition:  Fair.  Sword needs a polish, one blister on blade.   

Item: 901wak1

 

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Shinto O-Tanto
Click to see Images Signature:  ChoShu Ju YoshiMichi
Forging Pattern:  Mokume, Itame
Tempering Pattern:  Midare
Dimensions:  Length:  15 inches  Nakago: 4.3 inches 
Mountings:  Old saya only
Overall Condition:  Nice long kissaki on this O-tanto.  One small hairline grain opening.

Item: 201wak2

 

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Doctor's Wooden Sword
Click to see Images Signature:  NA
Forging Pattern:  NA
Tempering Pattern:  NA
Dimensions:  Length:  23.75 inches 
Mountings:  Brass mounts
Overall Condition:  Very unusual to find a Doctor's bokken.  These were worn by physicians as a symbol of their rank.
  Item: 1100doc1

 

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KaneZane Katana with Civilian Mounts

Click to see Images Signature:  Noshu ju Asano Kanesane saku with Seki Stamp and Hot Stamp CLICK HERE to learn more about this amazing smith.
Forging Pattern:  Muji
Tempering Pattern:  gunto, mill steel
Dimensions:  Length:  27.5 inches  Nakago: 7.1inches  
Mountings:  Mounted for use in iai.  Good shoami school tsuba that is worth about $500 and very nice button menukis of dragons.  Habaki is silver foiled.
Overall Condition:  Good. Some scratches and hazing on blade.

Item: 601kat3

 

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Police Gunto

Click to see Images Signature:  TakaEi Kane ?haru? saku
Forging Pattern:  Could not make out
Tempering Pattern:  Could not make out
Dimensions:  Length:  25.25 inches  Nakago: 8.25 inches  
Mountings:  Unusual police mount gunto.
Overall Condition:  Blade is in poor polish.  Great starter piece.

Item: 801kat4

 

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Nicely Restored ShinShinTo Tanto
Click to see Images Signature:  Mumei
Forging Pattern:  Tight Mokume
Tempering Pattern:  Midare
Dimensions:  Blade Length:  7.25 inches  Nakago: 3.25
Mountings:  ShiraSaya and Aikuchi Koshirae
Overall Condition:  Excellent condition, nicely restored with shirasaya, koshirae with sunagi and fresh polish and a gold foil habaki 

Item: 501Tanto1

 

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Koto Yari in ShiraSaya
Click to see Images Signature:  Mumei
Forging Pattern:  Mokume/Itame
Tempering Pattern:  Notare
Dimensions:  Length:  5.9 inches  Nakago: 6.6 inches  
Mountings:  Shirasaya
Overall Condition:  Excellent.  Recent complete restoration. 

Item: 1000yari1

 

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28.3 inch Shinto Katana in Kyu Gunto Mounts

Click to see Images Signature:  Mumei 
Forging Pattern:  Mokume with Itame
Tempering Pattern:  Toran Midare, Ocean Waves.
Dimensions:  Length:  28.3 inches  Nakago: 7.5inches  
Mountings:  All original kyu gunto with hawk feather mons.  Some rust on chrome plated saya and bends in d guard.
Overall Condition:  Very Good.  No rust, just some hazing to the original polish, someone used a brillo pad on it.  No visible flaws on blade.  Exceptional hamon in Nie with sunagashi that will polish out very well.

Item: 801katana1

 

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Special Ordered Gendai To

Click to see Images Signature:  FukuOka Ju Rai Sugu Shige Mitsu Saku.  With Special order by the Arita Family..  Dated Showa 17. 
Forging Pattern:  Mokume
Tempering Pattern:  Suguha with Nie
Dimensions:  Length:  25 inches  Nakago: 8.4 inches  
Mountings:  All original army mounts with black lacquered says that was most likely wrapped in leather.  Nicely made copper habaki with yujo pattern.
Overall Condition:  Very Good.  No rust, just some hazing to the original polish.  2 nicks in the blade.  Sword is exceptionally well forged with very nice tight hada, lots of ji-nie and mune yaki.  Made in the style of Do tanuki blades.  Short, stout and very strong.  This sword gives the feeling that it could cut through anything you put in front of it.

Item: 901gendai1

 

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Hand Forged Civilian Mounted Gunto

Click to see Images Signature:  Noshu Seki Ju AnDo Kane Haru Saku
Forging Pattern:  Tight Mokume
Tempering Pattern:  Midare
Dimensions:  Length:  26.2 inches  Nakago: 8.25 inches  
Mountings:  Civilian mounted sword with Gunto handle.  All original to the sword and in good condition.  The saya is missing the kojiri and has some chips.  Civilian brass tsuba.
Overall Condition:  Very Good.  Some surface rust near the habaki, no pitting, chips or nicks.  This is an overall very well forged blade with nice tight grain and bright hamon.  Excellent feel and balance. 

Item: 901gunto1

 

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ShinShinto Tanto

Click to see Images Signature:  Mumei
Forging Pattern:  mokume with itame
Tempering Pattern:  Suguha
Dimensions:  Length:  10.7 inches  Nakago: 4.2 inches  
Mountings:  Nicely lacquered saya with kogai and kozuka pocket.  Handle wrap is missing.  Well made habaki with lighting bolt designs.
Overall Condition:  Excellent condition on the blade with a very clean polish.  There is some loose grain on near the point but overall a very nice old tanto for the money.

Item: 800Tanto1
 

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Kai Gunto

Click to see Images Signature:  Mumei
Forging Pattern:  Stainless Steel Blade
Tempering Pattern:  Simulated Suguha
Dimensions:  Length:  25.25 inches  Nakago: 8.75 inches  
Mountings:  Mint kai gunto mounts with all matching fittings.
Overall Condition:  Excellent.  Kai gunto mounts are rare to come by these days.  This one is in mint condition. 

Item: 801kaigunto

 

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Gunto Blade

Click to see Images Signature: Mumei 
Forging Pattern:  Muji Hada
Tempering Pattern:  Toran
Dimensions:  Length:  24.8 inches  Nakago: 6.25 inches  
Mountings:  Saya only
Overall Condition:  Not so Good.  Good beginner piece.  Hamon falls off near the hamachi, thin but all there in the boshi.

Item: 901kat1

 

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Hand Forged Gunto with Temple Attribution

Click to see Images Signature:  KaneMichi Saku, Hachi Man Dai Myo Shin, Kooki NiSen Roku Haku Ichi Nen. 
Forging Pattern:  Tight Mokume
Tempering Pattern:  Suguha in Nioi with Ko Nie
Dimensions:  Length:  25.9 inches  Nakago: 8.9 inches  
Mountings:  Original gunto mounts, no saya.
Overall Condition:  Good.  Surface rust, no pitting.  Nice hand forged, water tempered blade.  Small nick in hamachi and some small 1mm nicks.

Item: 801katana9

 

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Koto Yari with Original Pole
Click to see Images Signature:  Mumei
Forging Pattern:  Tight Mokume
Tempering Pattern:  Suguha
Dimensions:  Blade Length:  11.75 inches  Nakago: 11.75 inches  Pole 96 inches
Mountings:  Original hardwood Yari pole with aogai and all iron mounts.
Overall Condition:  Impossible to find long triangular yari with original pole with all iron hardware.  I get about one yari for every 100 swords.  There is some chipping to the aogai and the blade needs polish.  This is one of the better yari i have seen with a nice original pole and all its hardware in place.  

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Item: Yari

 

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Shinto Katana in Higo Mounts

Click to see Images Signature:  Mumei
Forging Pattern:  Muji
Tempering Pattern:  Toran Midare
Dimensions:  Length:  24 inches  Nakago: 7inches  
Mountings:  Higo mounts that got stripped.  Just the saya and handle foundation left.
Overall Condition:  No so good. Blade in need of a good polish.  All temper is there, great beginner piece, excellent value.

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Item: 601kat6

 

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Shinto Katana

Click to see Images Signature:  Mumei
Forging Pattern:  Masame with Itame
Tempering Pattern:  Midare in Nie
Dimensions:  Length:  27.1 inches  Nakago: 7 inches  
Mountings:  Amateur restoration on the mounts but is all there and intact
Overall Condition:  Good.  Blade in good polish with no rust or nicks.  There is mune ware all along the ridge. 

Item: 801kat5

 

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Oil Temper Showa Katana

Click to see Images Signature:  UnShu KatsuNaga
Forging Pattern:  Muji
Tempering Pattern:  Midare
Dimensions:  Length:  26 inches  Nakago: 7 inches  
Mountings:  Late war effort with a mix of new and old mounts.  Very interesting piece.
Overall Condition:  Blade is in original wartime polish.  Some surface rusting and scratches. 

Item: 801kat2

 

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Hand Made Showa Katana

Click to see Images Signature:  KoYashi Masa Michi
Forging Pattern:  Muji
Tempering Pattern:  Midare
Dimensions:  Length:  26.8 inches  Nakago: 8 inches  
Mountings:  Buke Zukuri with gunto.  Handle all intact with kabuto menuki and simple brass fuchi kashira.
Overall Condition:  Blade is in original wartime polish.  Some surface rusting and scratches.  1 small 1mm nick. 

Item: 801kat3

 

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Shinto Katana in Gunto Mounts

Click to see Images Signature:  Hizen Kuni Ju TadaYoshi (gimei)
Forging Pattern:  Itame
Tempering Pattern:  Midare in nioi and ko nie
Dimensions:  Length:  27.25 inches  Nakago: 7.1 inches  
Mountings:  Nice 39 pattern shin gunto mounts with all parts intact.
Overall Condition:  Good.  Small nick in tip.  Wartime polish.  Nice long shinto blade for a very fair price.

Item: 801kat4

 

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Papered Hizen Shinto Naginata in Shirasaya

Click to see Images Signature:  IyoJo Miyamoto MuneSugu (3rd generation)
Forging Pattern:  Mokume Itame
Tempering Pattern:  Notare with sweeping nie
Dimensions:  Nagasa: 16.2 inches   Nakago:   14.8 inches    Thickness at Munemachi   7 mm
Mountings:  Naginata Shirasaya
Overall Condition:  Excellent.  In excellent polish.
Comments: Completely restored and papered Hizen Naginata

Item: 1000naginata1

 

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Shinto Katana in Original Shakudo Handachi Mounts

Click to see Images Signature:  Mumei
Forging Pattern:  Mokume
Tempering Pattern:  Midare with Nie
Dimensions:  Nagasa: 71.7cm, 28.25 inches   Nakago:   19.5cm    Thickness at Munemachi   7 mm
Mountings:  Pristine condition original shakudo handachi fittings with shakudo menuki and iron sukashi tsuba.  Original handle wrap is intact.  Gold foil habaki.
Overall Condition:  Excellent.  Recent polish.  Some wear to the lacquer and some very minor loose grain in one area.
Comments: It is very difficult to find swords that do not require any restoration let alone ones with its original handachi fittings intact and over 28 inches long.  The fittings alone is worth about $2000 and the polish is about $2000 as well.

Item: 100katana1

 

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Percussion Pistol mounted as a Tanto
Click to see Images Signature:  Mumei
Dimensions:  Overall 13 inches, Barrel 8 inches
Mountings:  Original Aikuchi tanto mounts with very well done lacquer work.
Overall Condition:  Excellent condition.  Very unusual flint lock pistol mounted as a tanto.  This is the only one that i have seen in person.  Lock mechanism still functions.  All original and complete.  Most likely from the 1800s.
 

Item: Flintlock

 

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Late ShinShinto Katana
Click to see Images Signature:  Gimei KaneMitsu (signature is not correct)
Forging Pattern:  Muji
Tempering Pattern:  Toran Notare
Dimensions:  Length:  26.4 inches  Nakago: 6.8 inches  
Mountings:  Buke Zukuri mounts with shakudo fittings.  Handle wrap is 100% and all intact
Overall Condition:  Very good.  No chips or nicks with spot rusting in several isolated areas. 

Item: 1200kat1

 

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Gunto
Click to see Images Signature:  TadaSuna Dated Showa 19
Forging Pattern:  Muji
Tempering Pattern:  Simulated Suguha
Dimensions:  Length:  26.25 inches  Nakago: 9 inches 
Mountings:  39 pattern gunto with all the fittings.
Overall Condition:  Fair.  Blade is rusty and has some nicks.

Item: 301gunto2

 

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KaneZane Gendai
Click to see Images Signature:  Noshu ju Asano Kanesane saku with Seki Stamp and Hot Stamp CLICK HERE to learn more about this amazing smith.
Forging Pattern:  Mokume, Itame
Tempering Pattern:  Midare
Dimensions:  Length:  26.75 inches  Nakago: 8.5 inches 
Mountings:  Blade and saya only
Overall Condition:  Nice clean condition on this well made Gendai sword.

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Item: KaneZane

 

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Shinto Wakizashi
Click to see Images Signature:  Fujiwara MasaYuki
Forging Pattern:  Mokume, Itame
Tempering Pattern:  Suguha
Dimensions:  Length:  23.4 inches  Nakago: 5.4 inches 
Mountings:  Old saya with handle and tsuba remounted for use in WW2.
Overall Condition:  Blade in need of a polish with a slight bend that has been repaired.  Nicely forged long wakizashi with nice suguha and very good grain.

Item: 301wak3

 

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Mounted Tanto
Click to see Images Signature:  KaneMitsu
Forging Pattern:  Mokume, Itame
Tempering Pattern:  Suguha Midare
Dimensions:  Length:  12.2 inches  Nakago: 4.3 inches 
Mountings:  Fully mounted
Overall Condition:  This tanto has seen better days.  The hamon is very thin, what you see in the pics is from polishing to make it look wide.  The actual hamon is about 1 to 2mm high.

Item: 301tanto1

 

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ShinShinto Tanto

Click to see Images Signature:  Mumei
Forging Pattern:  Itame with Masame
Tempering Pattern:  Sanbon Sugi
Dimensions:  Nagasa: 12.5inches, 65 cm  Nakago:  11cm    Thickness at Munemachi   8 mm
Mountings:  Complete tanto mounts.  Saya is painted and menukis are WW2 guanto.
Overall Condition:  good
Comments:  Healthy ShinShinto tanto.
 

 

Item: 600Tanto1

 

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44 Pattern Gunto
Click to see Images Signature:  KaneMune Dated Showa 19
Forging Pattern:  Muji
Tempering Pattern:  Simulated Suguha
Dimensions:  Length:  25.75 inches  Nakago: 9 inches 
Mountings:  44 pattern gunto with all the fittings.
Overall Condition:  Excellent.  Some minor rust spots.

Item: 301gunto1

 

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Shinto Katana
Click to see Images Signature:  Mumei
Forging Pattern:  Itame
Tempering Pattern:  Midare
Dimensions:  Length:  23.75 inches  Nakago: 5.5 inches 
Mountings:  Mounted, but fittings are not original to sword.
Overall Condition:  Fair.  Slightly tired but hamon is all there and there are some loose grain.

Item: 301kat1

 

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Koto Katana
Click to see Images Signature:  HisaShige
Forging Pattern:  Itame
Tempering Pattern:  Midare
Dimensions:  Length:  25 inches  Nakago: 5.8 inches 
Mountings:  Nice shakudo fuchi with silver menuki and kashira.  Heavy shakudo plate tsuba.
Overall Condition:  Fair.  Slightly tired but hamon is all there and there are some loose grain.  Good starter sword.

Item: 301kat2

 

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Koto Wakizashi
Click to see Images Signature:  Mumei
Forging Pattern:  Tight Mokume/Itame
Tempering Pattern:  Sanbon Sugi in Nie
Dimensions:  Blade Length:  18.75 inches  Nakago: 4.5
Mountings:  ShiraSaya and 2 piece habaki
Overall Condition:  Very nicely done classic koto mino blade with sanbon hamon that has pools and sprays of ara nie running between the crests.  Nice large boshi and great grain to boot.  This sword need a good polish to bring out its beauty.

Item: 401wak2

 

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Gendai Ishido Katana
Click to see Images Signature:  Ishido Saku
Forging Pattern:  Poor Polish, could not make out
Tempering Pattern:  Choji Midare
Dimensions:  Length:  26.25 inches  Nakago: 8.3 inches 
Mountings:  Leather covered black lacquered wood saya with high quality 39 pattern gunto handle.
Overall Condition:  Exceptionally forged sword in Choji hamon that is typical of the Ishido den.  Nice graceful koto shape with deep curvature.  There are some deep rust pits in the monouchi area.  This blade should polish out very nicely. 

Item:301gendai2

 

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WW2 Gunto

Click to see Images Signature:  Nori Mitsu
Forging Pattern:  Muji Hada
Tempering Pattern:  Suguha (simulated)
Dimensions:  Length:  24.7 inches  Nakago: 7.9 inches  
Mountings:  Very good condition 1939 pattern shin-gunto
Overall Condition:  Blade has some hazing and light rusting. fittings are in very good condition and is all matching and original 

Item: 1000gunto4

 

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Percussion Pistol mounted as a Tanto
Click to see Images Signature:  Mumei
Dimensions:  Overall 13 inches, Barrel 8 inches
Mountings:  Original Aikuchi tanto mounts with very well done lacquer work.
Overall Condition:  Excellent condition.  Very unusual flint lock pistol mounted as a tanto.  This is the only one that i have seen in person.  Lock mechanism still functions.  All original and complete.  Most likely from the 1800s.

Item: Flintlock

 

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KaneZane Gendai
Click to see Images Signature:  Noshu ju Asano Kanesane saku with Seki Stamp and Hot Stamp CLICK HERE to learn more about this amazing smith.
Forging Pattern:  Mokume, Itame
Tempering Pattern:  Midare
Dimensions:  Length:  26.75 inches  Nakago: 8.5 inches 
Mountings:  Blade and saya only
Overall Condition:  Nice clean condition on this well made Gendai sword.

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Item: KaneZane

 

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Shinto Wakizashi
Click to see Images Signature:  Fujiwara MasaYuki
Forging Pattern:  Mokume, Itame
Tempering Pattern:  Suguha
Dimensions:  Length:  23.4 inches  Nakago: 5.4 inches 
Mountings:  Old saya with handle and tsuba remounted for use in WW2.
Overall Condition:  Blade in need of a polish with a slight bend that has been repaired.  Nicely forged long wakizashi with nice suguha and very good grain.

Item: 301wak3

 

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Mounted Shinto Katana
Click to see Images Signature:  Mumei
Forging Pattern:  Itame with masame
Tempering Pattern:  Midare
Dimensions:  Blade Length:  26.8 inches  Nakago: 8.5 inches 
Mountings:  Buke Zukuri with Matching mito fuchi kashira and menuki of bugs in very high relief.  Nice iron tsuba of similar theme.  Handle is not original to sword and handle wrap is armature restoration.
Overall Condition:  Very good.  Could use a new polish, some isolated rust spots and hazing. 

Item: 1200kat2

 

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Papered KuniSada Katana
Click to see Images Signature:  Izumi no Kami Fujiwara KuniSada 
Forging Pattern:  Mokume
Tempering Pattern:  Midare
Dimensions:  Blade Length:  24.5 inches  Nakago: 5.9 inches 
Mountings:  Shirasaya with Gold foil habaki
Overall Condition:  Excellent.  Loose grain in some areas, fresh polish.  This is most likely a Dai Mei by one of KuniSada's students but is papered to Kunisada.

Item: 1200kat3

 

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Mounted Early Shinto 29.75 inch Katana

Click to see Images Signature:  Mumei
Forging Pattern:  Mokume Itame
Tempering Pattern:  Suguha
Dimensions:  Nagasa: 29.75 inches   Nakago:   6.5 inches    Thickness at Munemachi   7 mm
Mountings:  Buke Zukuri mounts with very well done Mito school fittings of flowers.  Nice original, well lacquered saya and large iron tembo tsuba.
Overall Condition:  Excellent.  In good polish.
Comments: Very nicely mounted long katana.

Item: 1000katana1

 

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Papered Shinto Wakizashi
Click to see Images Signature:  Omi No Kami Fujiwara TsunaHiro 
Forging Pattern:  Mokume
Tempering Pattern:  Suguha Midare
Dimensions:  Blade Length:  19.4 inches  Nakago: 5.6 inches 
Mountings:  Old Shirasaya with silver foil habaki
Overall Condition:  Excellent.  loose grain in the boshi, comes with NBTHK ninteisho. 

Item: 1200wak6

 

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Koto TsuneIye Wakizashi
Click to see Images Signature:  Bishu Osafune TsuneIye Hawleys TSU509
Forging Pattern:  Mokume
Tempering Pattern:  Midare
Dimensions:  Blade Length:  20 inches  Nakago: 4.75 inches 
Mountings:  Shirasaya
Overall Condition:  Very good. Recent polish.  Shodai TsuneIye with Dark Green NBTHK papers. 

Item: 301wak2

 

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Mounted Shinto Wakizashi
Click to see Images Signature:  SukeZane
Forging Pattern:  Mokume/Itame
Tempering Pattern:  Midare
Dimensions:  Nagasa: 20 inches   Nakago:   5.5 inches    Thickness at Munemachi   6 mm
Mountings:  Buke zukuri mounts with shakudo fuchi kashira and shakudo menukis of a pair of shi shi dogs.  Nice old namban tsuba.
Overall Condition:  Excellent.  In good polish with minor spot rusting.  One small kizu.
Comments: Interesting blade with a bohi on one side and a bohi with niju hi on the other.

Item: 1000wak1

 

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Gendai Nagamitsu
Click to see Images Signature:  Nagamitsu Saku
Forging Pattern:  Itame with masame
Tempering Pattern:  Choji
Dimensions:  Blade Length:  24.8 inches  Nakago: 8.5 inches 
Mountings:  Shirasaya
Overall Condition:  Excellent.  New polish, habaki and shirasaya.  Excellent grain and hamon on this great looking gendaito. 

Item: 1200gendai1

 

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Mounted Shinto Wakizashi
Click to see Images Signature:  Bizen Kuni OsaFune HachiBeijo Suke Sada Saku.  Dated Lucky day in August Kambun 3 (1663)
Forging Pattern:  Itame with Mokume
Tempering Pattern:  Choji
Dimensions:  Blade Length:  21.25 inches  Nakago: 6 inches 
Mountings:  Buke Zukuri mounts.
Overall Condition:  Very good.  

Item: 1200wak2

 

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NBTHK Papered Echizen Katana
Click to see Images Signature:  Mumei, Attributed to Echizen HiroTaka 
Forging Pattern:  Mokume
Tempering Pattern:  Midare with nie
Dimensions:  Blade Length:  27.7 inches  Nakago: 7.5 inches 
Mountings:  Nice original saya, handle and silver foil habaki.  Missing Tsuba and fuchi
Overall Condition:  Excellent.  Very minor loose grain in isolated, fresh polish.  

Item: 201kat3

 

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Oei Koto Wakizashi
Click to see Images Signature:  Niou KiyoNaga (suriage) 
Forging Pattern:  Masame
Tempering Pattern:  Suguha Midare
Dimensions:  Blade Length:  22.4 inches  Nakago: 5.9 inches 
Mountings:  Old Shirasaya with gold foil habaki
Overall Condition:  Excellent.  loose grain in some areas, fresh polish. 

Item: 1200wak7

 

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Gendai to
Click to see Images Signature:  Mumei 
Forging Pattern:  Mokume
Tempering Pattern:  Midare
Dimensions:  Blade Length:  30.9 inches  Nakago: 10 inches Mihaba 1.5 inches wide 
Mountings:  Shirasaya with Gold foil habaki
Overall Condition:  Excellent.  Modern made gendai sword.  The Big Bertha of Japanese Swords...

Item: 1200gendai2

 

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Kai Gunto

Click to see Images Signature:  Mumei with Anchor stamp
Forging Pattern:  Stainless blade
Tempering Pattern:  None
Dimensions:  Length:  23 inches  Nakago: 10 inches  
Mountings:  All original Kai Gunto mounts.  Original fittings, handle wrap in 100% condition.
Overall Condition:  Good. Difficult to find good naval mount swords.

Item: 900gunto3

 

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Koto Wakizashi
Click to see Images Signature:  Mumei
Forging Pattern:  Mokume
Tempering Pattern:  Sanbon
Dimensions:  Length:  23.4 inches  Nakago: 6.3 inches  
Mountings:  Armature restored handle, work in progress saya.  With nice original 2 piece habaki.
Overall Condition:  Blade is in good shape with lots of activity and merits a good polish and shirasaya.

Item: 1200wak3

 

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1939 Pattern Shin Gunto

Click to see Images Signature:  Noshu KaneNori Saku, Dated ?Tensho? ....(difficult to read)
Forging Pattern:  muji
Tempering Pattern:  Notare
Dimensions:  Length:  24 inches  Nakago: 7.4 inches  
Mountings:  All original 1939 pattern shin gunto mounts in very good condition.  Handle wrap is all intact.
Overall Condition:  Good. Some scratches and hazing on blade.  Looks like an early (pre 40s) shin gunto.  Blade does not have an arsenal stamp and the temper is quite active.  Most likely hand forged with mill steel.

Item: 900gunto2

 

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ShinShinto Katana

Click to see Images Signature:  Mumei
Forging Pattern:  Masame with itame
Tempering Pattern:  Suguha
Dimensions:  Length:  26.8 inches  Nakago: 8.3 inches  
Mountings:  Nice iron mounts.  Fuchi kashira and kojiri are dragonflies.  Iron tsuba with a dragon motif, soft iron menukis are of peaches.  The saya is not original to this sword and looks like a painted shirasaya.
Overall Condition:  Blade is in excellent shape with no staining or rusting.  Saya will need to be restored, but the handle is intact with new wrap.

Item: 800kat1

 

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Shinto Wakizashi
Click to see Images Signature:  Mumei
Forging Pattern:  Could not make out
Tempering Pattern:  Could not make out
Dimensions:  Length:  14 inches  Nakago: 4.3 inches  
Mountings:  Amature Shirasaya
Overall Condition:  Poor.  Project sword.

Item: 201wak1

 

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Shinto Katana in Gunto Mounts
Click to see Images Signature:  Mumei
Forging Pattern:  Mokume with Masame
Tempering Pattern:  Sanbon with sunagashi in nie
Dimensions:  Length:  24.8 inches  Nakago: 6 inches  
Mountings:  Shin gunto mounts in very good condition and all matching parts.
Overall Condition:  Very good.  Needs a better polish to bring out the activity in this blade.  There is a 2 inch hairline grain opening in the shinogi ji that does not want to show up in the pictures.  The work on the blade is stunning with nice flowing ko nie with bursts of large nie. 

Item: 1000kat1

 

Sold DS

Shinto Yari with Original Pole
Click to see Images Signature:  BuShu Ju...rest is obscured by rust
Forging Pattern:  Muji
Tempering Pattern:  Suguha
Dimensions:  Blade Length:  5.8 inches  Nakago: 6.4 inches, Pole 62 inches  
Mountings:  Original yari mounts with all parts present.  The only restoration done is a clear coat of lacquer added to the pole.  The pole is slightly bowed but could not tell if hanging on the wall.
Overall Condition:  Very good.  Difficult to find pole arms with original poles. 

Item: 1000yari1

 

Sold LH

WW2 Hand Made Gunto
Click to see Images Signature:  IshiWara Yoshi Mune Saku
Forging Pattern:  Muji Hada
Tempering Pattern:  Notare
Dimensions:  Length:  26 inches  Nakago: 7.9 inches  
Mountings:  Very good condition 1939 pattern shin-gunto handle with mismatched 1944 pattern saya
Overall Condition:  Nice handmade mill steel blade with some minor hazing and rust.  Yoshi Mune is a listed seki gendai smith.  This sword has a seki arsenal stamp.  Very bright strong hamon. 

Item: 1000gunto3

 

Sold JL

SameZaya Stainless Steel Kai Gunto
Click to see Images Signature:  Tenshozan Company Kamakura with anchor stamp.  Extremely rare private maker of stainless kai gunto blades for the navy.
Forging Pattern:  Muji
Tempering Pattern:  Suguha simulated
Dimensions:  Length:  26.1 inches  Nakago: 8.3 inches  
Mountings:  Excellent condition same zaya with large nodes.  There is a repair between the ashis.
Overall Condition:  Excellent.  Very hard to find samezaya kai gunto in good condition like this.  Got these 3 on consignment out of the same collection. 

Item: 1200kai1

 

Sold MF

Shinto Wakizashi
Click to see Images Signature:  Mune Michi
Forging Pattern:  Itame with masame
Tempering Pattern:  Suguha
Dimensions:  Blade Length:  17.6 inches  Nakago: 4.9 inches 
Mountings:  Saya and shakudo foil habaki only
Overall Condition:  in need of a polish.  Some loose grain and rust.

Item: 1200wak1

 

Sold TS

Gunto
Click to see Images Signature:  NoriSada
Forging Pattern:  Muji
Tempering Pattern:  Sanbon
Dimensions:  Length:  25.2 inches  Nakago: 8.3 inches  
Mountings:  Original handle without wrap, work in progress saya.
Overall Condition:  Not too good.  A project sword that was still has some work left in it.  Blade has hamon, but is scratched and poorly sharpened.  Looking for a good home, will make an excellent beginner or project sword.

Item: 1200gunto6

 

Sold HW

Handmade Gunto
Click to see Images Signature:  Nagata SukeNori
Forging Pattern:  Muji
Tempering Pattern:  Suguha with Sanbon
Dimensions:  Length:  24.6 inches  Nakago: 8.8 inches  
Mountings:  Shin gunto mounts in very good condition and all matching parts.  Missing kurikata and ring on saya.
Overall Condition:  Very good.  Unusual temper line on this nicely made shinginto. 

Item: 1200gunto7

 

Sold

SameZaya Handmade Kai Gunto
Click to see Images Signature:  Kojima ?goto? masa saku with seki stamp
Forging Pattern:  Muji
Tempering Pattern:  Midare
Dimensions:  Length:  26.4 inches  Nakago: 8.4 inches  
Mountings:  Excellent condition same zaya in almost mint condition.
Overall Condition:  Excellent.  Very hard to find samezaya kai gunto in good condition like this.  Got these 3 on consignment out of the same collection. 

Item: 1200kai2

 

SameZaya Gendai Kai Gunto
Click to see Images Signature:  KiyoNobu, Dated Showa 18 (Hawley Kiy 365)
Forging Pattern:  Muji
Tempering Pattern:  Midare
Dimensions:  Length:  25.5 inches  Nakago: 8.3 inches  
Mountings:  Excellent condition same zaya with silver menukis.
Overall Condition:  Excellent.  Very hard to find samezaya kai gunto in good condition like this.  Got these 3 on consignment out of the same collection.  Blade has been buffed and there are areas of rust, scratches and some small (<1mm) nicks.

Item: 1200kai3

 

Sold

Gendai Nagamitsu
Click to see Images Signature:  Nagamitsu Saku
Forging Pattern:  Itame with masame
Tempering Pattern:  Choji
Dimensions:  Blade Length:  24.8 inches  Nakago: 8.5 inches 
Mountings:  Shirasaya
Overall Condition:  Excellent.  New polish, habaki and shirasaya.  Excellent grain and hamon on this great looking gendaito. 

Item: 1200gendai1

 

Sold

Shin Gunto by DaiDo
Click to see Images Signature:  DaiDo, a listed gendai smith in Hawleys
Forging Pattern:  Muji
Tempering Pattern:  Suguha (simulated)
Dimensions:  Blade Length:  26.25 inches  Nakago: 9 inches 
Mountings:  Very good condition shin gunto with original tassle.
Overall Condition:  Very good.  Although this is made by a gendai smith, it does not have a temper line or visible grain. 

Item: 1200gunto2

 

Sold

Rare Marine Shin Gunto
Click to see Images Signature:  ?Fuku? Da ? mitsu
Forging Pattern:  Muji
Tempering Pattern:  Midare
Dimensions:  Blade Length:  25.5 inches  Nakago: 7.9 inches 
Mountings:  Marine landing sword.  Double hanger saya, army handle with Naval knot.  The marine landing forces had swords that were mixed between Army and Navy mounts.
Overall Condition:  in need of a polish.  Some rust.

Item: 1200gunto3
 

Fittings

Iron Tsuba (1700s)

Width:  7.3cm
Height:  6.9cm
Thickness:  0.6cm

Please click on thumbnail to see a larger image.

US$250

Status:  Sold  Item : 808T4

 

Iron Tsuba (1900s)

Width:  6.7cm
Height:  6.2cm
Thickness:  0.6cm

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US$80

Status:  Sold  Item : 808T5

 

Steel Wakizashi tsuba (1600s)

Width:  6.5cm
Height: 6.8cm
Thickness:  0.4cm

Click on Image for close ups.

 

Status:  Sold  Item :504tsuba6

 

Shoami School Tsuba 1700s

84x81x4mm


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Status:  Sold Item :503t2

 

Large Katana Tsuba with Mitsu Tomoe Mon (1800s)

Width:  8.1cm
Height:  8.6cm
Thickness:  0.6cm

Spectacularly executed waves and mon, carved in positive relief. This type of work is commonly seen on soft metal tsubas, not steel tsubas.  I could not imagine how much time this tsuba took to make.  Nice deep black patina, some pitting.

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Status:  Sold  Item : 402tsuba6

 

Iron Tsuba (1800s)

Width:  7.6cm
Height:  6.9cm
Thickness:  0.4cm

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Status:  Sold  Item : 808T6

 

Iron Tsuba (1800s)

Width:  8.1cm
Height:  8.0cm
Thickness:  0.5cm

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Status:  Sold DE  Item : 808T7

 

Iron Tosho Tsuba (1700s)

Width:  8.2cm
Height:  7.2cm
Thickness:  0.4cm
Signed: MasaHiro

Inscriptions on back loosely translate to:  When you are 30 you rely on strength, when you are 60 you rely on Ki.  A very stout tsuba for a veteran samurai.

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Status:  Sold SH  Item : 808T9

 

Iron Tosho Tsuba (1700s)

Width:  9.1cm
Height:  9.1cm
Thickness:  0.3cm

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Status:  Sold  Item : 808T10

 

Iron Tosho Tsuba (1700s)

Width:  7.9cm
Height:  7.9cm
Thickness:  0.4cm

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Status:  Sold  Item : 808T12

 

Shakudo Tiger Fuchi

Fuchi
Width:  38mm
Height:  2mm
Thickness:  14mm

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Status:  Sold  Item : 808f5

 

Steel Kashira

Width:  34mm
Height:  19mm

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Status:  Sold  Item : 808k3

 

3 Orphaned Fuchis

Fuchi
Width:  Various
Height:  Various
Thickness:  Various

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Status:  Sold  Item : 808f6

 

2 Orphaned Kashira

Width:  Various
Height:  Various
Thickness:  Various

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Status:  Sold  Item : 808k1

 

2 Orphaned Kashira

Width:  Various
Height:  Various
Thickness:  Various

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Status:  Sold  Item : 808k2

 

Shakudo & Sliver Fuchi

Fuchi
Width:  37mm
Height:  20mm
Thickness:  8mm

Please click on thumbnail to see a larger image.

 

 

Status:  Sold  Item : 808f4

 

Shakudo Nanako Fuchi  Kashira of Dragons

Fuchi
Width:  39mm
Height:  22mm
Thickness:  8mm

Kashira
34 by 17mm

Nicely made Fuchi Kashira set.  The dragons appear to be coming in and out of the nanako, very cool effect.

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Status:  Sold  Item : 808fk1

 

Steel with Silver and Brass Inlay Fuchi  Kashira

Fuchi
Width:  39mm
Height:  23mm
Thickness:  10mm

Kashira
37 by 20mm

Nicely made Fuchi Kashira set with inlay of Sakura on a stream.

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Status:  Sold  Item : 808fk3

 

 

Group of 5 Single Menukis

Width:  Various
Height:  Various
Thickness:  Various

Please see photos for size. 

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Status:  Sold Item : 808m7

 

Bonji Characters

Width:  38mm
Height:  18mm
Thickness:  2mm

Nicely made large menukis.

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Status:  Sold RI Item : 808m1

 

Shakudo Bulls

Width:  36mm
Height:  14mm
Thickness:  3mm

Nicely made large menukis in shakudo with gold accents.

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Status:  Sold Item : 808m2

 

Dragons with Kens

Width:  66mm
Height:  10mm
Thickness:  3mm

Nicely made large menukis in shakudo with gold accents.

Please click on thumbnail to see a larger image.

 

Status:  Sold Item : 808m3

 

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Shakudo, Silver and Gold Carriage Menukis

Width:  3.3cm
Height:  1.2cm
Thickness:  0.5cm

Finely detailed carriages with gold and silver flowers.

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Status:  Sold Item : 402menuki3

 

Arrow Head

Point: 35mm
Shaft: 135mm

Status:  Sold Item : 101Arrow1 $100

 

Arrow Head

Point: 40mm
Shaft: 108mm

Status:  Sold Item : 101Arrow2 $150

 

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Mempo

Width:  16cm
Height:  23cm

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  Status:  Sold  Item : 101mempo1

 

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Mempo

Width:  15cm
Height:  23cm

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  Status:  Sold  Item : 101mempo2

 

Tembo Tsuba 1600s

94x88x4mm


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Status:  Sold Item :503t1

 

Big Dipper Tsuba 1800s

87x80x4mm


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Status:  Sold Item :503t4

 

Higo Tsuba 1700s


81.5x75x4.5mm


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Status:  Sold Item :503t6

 

NobuIe Tsuba 1800s

92x87x4mm


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Status:  Sold Item :503t3

 

Tanto tsuba (1600s)

Width:  5.5cm
Height: 5.9cm
Thickness:  0.4cm

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Status:  Sold RR Item :504tsuba11

 

Large Tembo Katana tsuba (1600s)

Width:  8.6cm
Height: 9.3cm
Thickness:  0.5cm

Click on Image for close ups.

 

Status:  Sold Item :504tsuba9

 

Shoami School Katana tsuba (1600s)

Width:  8.0cm
Height: 8.0cm
Thickness:  0.5cm

Click on Image for close ups.

 

Status:  Sold  Item :504tsuba8

 

Shakudo Nanako Kiri Mon Wakizashi tsuba (1800s)

Width:  6.1cm
Height: 6.7cm
Thickness:  0.4cm

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Status:  Sold  Item :504tsuba7

 

Sun Ray Tsuba 1700s

84x80x4mm


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Status:  Sold Item :503t12

 

Dragon Inlay Tsuba 1800s

85x85x4mm



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Status:  Sold Item :503t11

 

Sage Tsuba 1800s

82x76x4mm


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Status:  Sold Item :503t9

 

Mon Tsuba 1700s

85x84x4mm


Click on Image for close ups.

 

Status:  Win This Tsuba on the Nihonto Message Board Item :503t8

 

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Ko Shoami Iron Katana Tsuba (1600s)

Width:  8.0cm
Height:  7.8cm
Thickness:  0.5cm

Unusual design of gourds going in a circle.  Most likely an artistic impression of a mon.

Please click on thumbnail to see a larger image.

US$450

Status:  Sold  Item : 1200tsuba3

 

Tanto tsuba (1600s)

Width:  6.7cm
Height: 7.0cm
Thickness:  0.4cm

Click on Image for close ups.

$150

Status:  Sold Item :504tsuba12

 

Nicely made Katana tsuba (1800s)

Width:  7.3cm
Height: 8.2cm
Thickness:  0.4cm

Very nicely executed iron tsuba with a rich deep brown patina that looks like shakudo. Inlaid copper and shakudo plugs.

Click on Image for close ups.

 

Status:  Sold Item :504tsuba3

 

Gigantic Tosho tsuba (1700s)

Width:  9.3cm
Height: 9.8cm
Thickness:  0.8cm

Click on Image for close ups.

 

Status:  Sold PB Item :504tsuba1

 

 

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Old Iron Wakizashi Tsuba

Width:  7.6cm
Height:  7.6cm
Thickness:  1.1cm at rim

Very cool square tsuba with a folded over rim.  The patina is a deep dark brown.

Please click on thumbnail to see a larger image.

  Status:  Sold RO Item : 1200tsuba7

 

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Shakudo Foiled Tsuba of Dragons

Width:  7cm
Height:  7cm
Thickness:  0.5cm

Click on Image for close ups.

  Status:  Sold  Item : 1102tsuba3

 

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Silver and Gold Menuki of Kens

Width:  4.9cm
Height:  0.9cm
Thickness:  0.35cm

Nicely made menukis.  Blades are solid silver, vajra handles are gold foiled over copper.  Excellent details on this very popular theme.

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  Status:  Sold  Item : 402menuki1

 

Copper Menukis

Width:  4.1cm
Height:  0.7cm
Thickness:  0.4cm


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Status:  Sold Item : 504menuki6

 

Shakudo ShiShi Menukis

Width:  3.5cm
Height:  1.5cm
Thickness:  0.4cm


Please click on thumbnail to see a larger image.

 

Status:  Sold Item : 504menuki4

 

Shakudo ShiShi Menukis

Width:  4.1cm
Height:  0.9cm
Thickness:  0.4cm


Please click on thumbnail to see a larger image.

 

Status:  Sold Item : 504menuki3

 

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Shakudo, Copper and Gold ShiShi Menukis

Width:  3.2cm
Height:  2.8cm
Thickness:  0.5cm

Very finely detailed shishi menukis with gold inlayed eyes and copper highlights.

Please click on thumbnail to see a larger image.

 

Status:  Sold Item : 402menuki2

 

Gold Plated ShiShi Menukis

Width:  3.7cm
Height:  0.8cm
Thickness:  0.4cm


Please click on thumbnail to see a larger image.

 

Status:  Sold Item : 504menuki5

 

Large Mounting Menukis

Width:  7.9cm
Height:  1.1cm
Thickness:  0.4cm
Naginata is most likely a tobacco pouch ornament.

Please click on thumbnail to see a larger image.

 

Status:  Sold Item : 504menuki2

 

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Silver Cast Menuki

Width:  4.2cm
Height:  1.3cm
Thickness:  0.5cm

Old silver casting.

Please click on thumbnail to see a larger image.

  Status:  Sold  Item : 702menuki2

 

Cast Silver Dragon Menukis

Width:  7.4cm
Height:  1.1cm
Thickness:  0.5cm

Please click on thumbnail to see a larger image.

 

Status:  Sold Item : 504menuki1

 

Steel Kojiri

Width:  7.1cm
Height:  3.9cm
Thickness:  1.2cm

Please click on thumbnail to see a larger image.

 

Status:  Sold  Item : 504kojiri1

 

Shakudo Fuchi Kashira

Fuchi
Width:  2.3cm
Height:  3.9cm
Thickness:  1.2cm

Kashira
Width:  1.8cm
Height:  3.2cm
Thickness:  1.0cm

Please click on thumbnail to see a larger image.

 

Status:  Sold  Item : 504fuka4

 

Plain Shakudo Fuchi

Fuchi
Width:  2.3cm
Height:  3.9cm
Thickness:  1.4cm

Please click on thumbnail to see a larger image.

 

Status:  Sold  Item : 504fuchi1

 

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Shakudo, Copper and Gold Fan Menukis

Width:  4.3cm
Height:  1.3cm
Thickness:  0.5cm

Please click on thumbnail to see a larger image.

 

Status:  Sold  Item : 702menuki1

 

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Silver Cast Menuki

Width:  4.9cm
Height:  1.3cm
Thickness:  0.5cm

Old silver casting.

Please click on thumbnail to see a larger image.

 

Status:  Sold  Item : 702menuki2

 

Soten School Shakudo Nanako Fuchi Kashira

Fuchi
Width:  2.2cm
Height:  3.8cm
Thickness:  1.3cm

Kashira
Width:  1.6cm
Height:  3.3cm
Thickness:  0.8cm

Please click on thumbnail to see a larger image.

 

Status:  Sold  Item : 504fuka3

 

Soten School Shakudo Nanako Fuchi Kashira

Fuchi
Width:  2.3cm
Height:  3.8cm
Thickness:  1.3cm

Kashira
Width:  1.9cm
Height:  3.3cm
Thickness:  0.8cm

Please click on thumbnail to see a larger image.

 

Status:  Sold  Item : 504fuka2

 

Shakudo Nanako Fuchi Kashira

Fuchi
Width:  2.2cm
Height:  3.8cm
Thickness:  1.3cm

Kashira
Width:  1.8cm
Height:  3.3cm
Thickness:  0.8cm

Please click on thumbnail to see a larger image.

 

Status:  Sold  Item : 504fuka1

 

Kozuka with Blade (1800s)

Kozuka
Width:  9.8cm
Height:  1.4cm
Thickness:  0.45cm

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Status:  Sold  Item : 504kozuka2

 

Kozuka with Blade (1800s)

Kozuka
Width:  9.7cm
Height:  1.4cm
Thickness:  0.4cm

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Status:  Sold  Item : 504kozuka1

 

Armorer's Mon tsuba (1500s)

Width:  7.3cm
Height: 7.4cm
Thickness:  0.4cm

Click on Image for close ups.

 

Status:  Sold Item :504tsuba5

 

Large Katana tsuba (1600s)

Width:  9.0cm
Height: 9.6cm
Thickness:  0.5cm

Click on Image for close ups.

 

Status:  Sold  Item :504tsuba2

 

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Katana Tsuba Kyo Sukashi with Shinto Prayer Flags (1700s)

Width:  7.4cm
Height: 7.4cm
Thickness:  0.45cm

Click on Image for close ups.

 

Status:  Sold Item :703tsuba1

 

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Mon Tsuba (1800s)

Width:  6.7cm
Height:  7.2cm
Thickness:  0.4cm

Click on Image for close ups.

 

Status:  Sold ms Item : 1102tsuba4

 

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Eccentric Iron Katana Tsuba with Water Dragon (1800s)

Width:  7.75cm
Height:  7.9cm
Thickness:  0.6cm

Unusual and delightful katana tsuba.  A silver inlayed water dragon winding itself around interestingly treated 'molten' steel.  Very cool.  Nice dark patina.

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Status:  Sold  Item : 402tsuba1

 

Tanto tsuba (1600s)

Width:  5.0cm
Height: 5.8cm
Thickness:  0.5cm

Click on Image for close ups.

 

Status:  Sold Item :504tsuba10

 

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Iron Sword smith Katana Tsuba (1600s)

Width:  8.0cm
Height:  8.2cm
Thickness:  0.6cm

Please click on thumbnail to see a larger image.

 

Status:  Sold  Item : 101tsuba11

 

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Large Tosho Tsuba (1600s)

Width:  8.2cm
Height:  8.3cm
Th