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Antique Swords Under $2,500

Koto Ubu Katana

Signature:  Not  legible
Year Made:  Late Koto

Forging Pattern:  Itame mixed with masame
Tempering Pattern:  Ko midare with gonome 
Dimensions:   Nagasa 27 9/16", Nakago:  7 7/8", Mihaba:  1 1/8", Sakihaba:  11/16", Kasane:  7/32", Sori:  9/16"  
Mountings:  In shirasaya that looks old but I believe it has been stained which is of little consequence .  The shirasaya is solid.  The habaki is one piece made to look like a two piece gold and silver combination.  It is starting to split along the ha and is a little banged up but is still fairly tight and servicable.
Overall Condition:  The blade is solid and the polish is good enough to see the forging and temper. Three is a remnant of a signature that someone attempted to remove. Selling this as an unsigned blade, and priced accordingly.

$1,750

716KAT3

 

Mumei Shinto Katana in Shirasaya
Signature:  Mumei
Year Made:  Shinto 1500s

Forging Pattern:  Masame
Tempering Pattern:  Suguha
Dimensions:   Nagasa 25 15/16", Nakago:  6 13/16", Mihaba:  1 3/16", Sakihaba:  3/4", Kasane:  1.4", Sori:  1.2"  
Mountings:  . In shirasaya with a silver foil habaki.
Overall Condition:  The blade has rust spots with minor pitting that should come out in a polish.  There is one forging opening the is about an 1/8' long.

 

HOLD KS
$1,500

Sale

$850

412KAT9

 

ShinShinto Katana in Shirasaya
Signature: Mumei
Year Made: 1800s

Forging Pattern: Ko-Itame
Tempering Pattern:  Suguha with vibrant activty in the hamon that is difficult to photograph.
Dimensions:   Nagasa26", Nakago:  9 3/16", Mihaba:  1 1/4", Sakihaba:  15/16", Kasane:  1/4", Sori:  3/8"  
Mountings:  Shirasaya is taped and there is a 2 1/2" chip out of it at the koiguchi on the Ha side. The handle is solid and the habaki is part of it.
Overall Condition:  The blade is in good condition except for what appears to be a very small rust line on the mune in the boshi.  There are scratches and some toning.  The nakago appears to have been cleaned at some point and it looks like it was shortened. The forging on this blade is excellent, the hada is tight, consistent, and the hamon has lots of micro activity that shows up in certain lighting. This sword looks much better in person than the photos show.

 

$2300

SALE $1250

HOLD

815KAT1

 

Army Cavalry Saber
Signature:  Mumei
Year Made:  Early 1900s

Forging Pattern: None
Tempering Pattern: None
Dimensions:  Blade Length:  31 inches  Overall Length35.5 inches
Mountings:  Standard WW2 Army Parade Saber.  Matching serial #s.  Damage to scabbard and rust on tip of blade.  Some debri in scabbard that needs to be removed for the sword to sheath all the way.

 

Available: $300
SALE:$150
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Cav Saber

 

Late War Kai Gunto in WW II Navy mounts
Signature: TakaYama To KinMichi
Year Made:  1940s

Forging Pattern:  Muji Hada
Tempering Pattern:   Suguha
Di  Themensions:   Nagasa 24 9/16", Nakago:  10 1/16", Mihaba:  1 3/8", Sakihaba:  1", Kasane:  5/16", Sori:  1/2"  
Mountings:  The sword is in WW2 Naval mounts.  The saya had expected dents and lacquer chips from being used in service. The tsuka has a foundation of lacquered canvas, with its original wrap.
Overall Condition:  The blade has minor abrasions and scratches.

 

SOLD

412KAT4

 

Polished Mumei ShinShinTo Tanto with Horimono
Signature: Mumei
Year Made: 1800s

Forging Pattern:  Ko-Itame
Tempering Pattern:  Suguha
Dimensions:   Nagasa 8 1/4", Nakago:  2 3/4", Mihaba:  15/16",  Kasane:  7/32", Sori:  1/16"  
Mountings:  The blade is in a nice, solid shirasaya and has a nice one piece copper habaki.
Overall Condition:  The blade is in excellent polish with no flaws.  There is a well carved horimono.

 

$1900

SALE $1295

815TANTO1

 

Shinto Sword in Gunto Mounts with Leather Cover

Signature:  Tambo no Kamiyoshi
Year Made:  Edo Shito period

Forging Pattern:  Itami
Tempering Pattern:  Gonome
Dimensions:   Nagasa 26 13/16", Nakago:  5", Mihaba:  1 3/16", Sakihaba:  3/4", Kasane:  1/4", Sori:  7/16"  
Mountings:  The saya is wood with a leather wrap.  The tsuka has a second mekugi ana punched through.  This was not done well and the fittings don't fit properly.  Otherwise, the tsuka is fairly solid. 
Overall Condition:  The blade is solid with no kizu but is osuriage with a short nakago.  The edge has very minor dents and surface scratches that give the appearance that the blade was used for some kind of cutting like maybe brush or bamboo.  This may be from use during WWII.  About a 1/16" of the tip is broken off which may also be WWII damage.  All of this damage would be easily removed with a good polish.  The hada and hamon are nice and this sword will be attractive after a good polish.

Note; I am listing this for a friend of mine, transaction will be directly through him.

 

SOLD

916KAT1

 

Old Tachi Signed KuniMitsu
Signature:  Kunimitsu Saku
Year Made:  1400s

Forging Pattern:  Itame
Tempering Pattern:   One  side appears to be a suguha and the other komidare
Dimensions:   Nagasa 24 3/8", Nakago:  5 5/8", Mihaba:  1 1/8", Sakihaba:  5/8", Kasane:  1/4", Sori:  1 1/16"  
Mountings:  The saya is missing the kojiri and kirikata and the coiguchi is broken away at the mune and ha.  There are several areas where the lacquer is missing.  The saya does not appear to be opening at the seems.  This was a very nice makie saya with green abalone shell that if restored, would be very nice.  The habaki is two piece copper and silver foiled but the foil is not in perfect condition.  It is starting to split at the seem but still fits the blade and is pretty tight.
Overall Condition:  The blade has surface abrasions, scratches and old rust spots that all can be removed when polished.  The is one forging opening just under five inches long the runs along the shinogi ji right at the mune.

 

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412KAT5

 

Wakizashi from the 1700s signed Nobusada
Signature:  Nobusada
Year Made:  1700s

Forging Pattern:  Itame
Tempering Pattern:  Choji
Dimensions:   Nagasa 20 1/8", Nakago:  5 1/16", Mihaba:  1 1/8", Sakihaba:  3/4", Kasane:  1/4", Sori:  3/16"  
Mountings:  Old saya and tsuka from the 1800s that is intact, but could use some minor restoration if desired. It does not have a tsuba.
Overall Condition:  The blade has no kizu and need a good polish to really show it's quality.

 

SOLD  

412WAK1

 

Katana in Shirasaya
Signature:  Mumei
Year Made:  Difficult to determine

Forging Pattern:  Mugi
Tempering Pattern:   Suguha
Dimensions:   Nagasa 27 5/8", Nakago:  27 1/2", Mihaba:  1 1/16", Sakihaba:  13/16", Kasane:  1/4", Sori:  5/8"  
Mountings:  This is mounted in a shirasaya with writing.  The habaki is one piece copper and has a small split on the ha side but is still useable.
Overall Condition:  The nakago has be cleaned and the overall condition make it hard to determine the age of the blade.  It may be shinto or meiji.  The edge has eight or more sword nicks in it.  The deepest is about 1/32".  There are areas of rust.  The worst rust is about 6 1/2" down from the boshi and is 2" long.  There are areas where the blade appears to have been sanding perhaps to remove rust.

 

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412KAT7

 

Late Koto blade in WWII in Gunto mounts
Signature:  Mumei
Year Made:  Late Koto. 1500s

Forging Pattern:  Itamne
Tempering Pattern:   Suguha with choji.
Dimensions:   Nagasa26 7/16", Nakago:  8 1/8", Mihaba:  1 3/16", Sakihaba:  13/16", Kasane:  1/4", Sori:  1/2"  
Mountings:  WW II gunto mountings with leather covered saya that is in very good condition.  The stitching is all there, the leather is in very good condition for it's age and the wooden saya is solid.  The tsuka and same are solid.  The ito is a little loose and no noticeable fraying.  The tsuba is in good condition, the habaki is one piece copper with a little split in the seem on the ha.
Overall Condition:  The blade is straight, no kizu, and a good old polish.  There are some minor rub marks and scratches especially on one side close to the boshi.

 

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412KAT2

 

Mint Kyu Gunto with hanger and knot
Signature: Mumei
Year Made:

Forging Pattern: Machine made blade
Tempering Pattern: Machine made with no Temper 
Dimensions:   Nagasa 26 11/16", Nakago:  6 7/7", Mihaba:  1 1/16", Sakihaba:  3/4", Kasane:  1/4", Sori:  9/16"  
Mountings:  WWII D-Handle koshirae with chrome saya.  The koshirae is in good condition except for a small dent.  There is an Aoi mon of shakudo on the handle.  The attached chain hanger and cord and fob are in good condition.
Overall Condition:  The blade appears to have had some rust on it at some point and has been sanded including, I believe, the nakago.  The fine scratches make it hard to see detail or especially photograph but it has full temper.  There is one small opening in the hamon and the tip has been chipped but otherwise the blade appears solid.  The one piece copper habaki will need to be replace as part of a restoration but is solid enough to hold tight.

 

SOLD

815GUNTO1

 

Wakizashi with Horimono
Signature:  ?Aba? no Kami Fujiwara YasuTsugu
Year Made: 1600/1700s

Forging Pattern: Masame
Tempering Pattern: Choji-gonome
Dimensions:   Nagasa21 1/4", Nakago:  6 1/8", Mihaba:  1 3/16", Sakihaba:  7/8", Kasane:  1/4", Sori:  5/8"  
Mountings:  The saya appears to be military but the tsuka with civilian.  The habaki is two piece copper There is no tsuba, it probably will take a smaller old tsuba.
Overall Condition: The blade has one blister and a few forging openings but is very solid.  There are a couple areas of surface rust, some abrasions and some very small chips in the edge.  These would disappear in a good polish with no problem.  The saya is wood with some surface scraping and losses.  The tsuka is solid, the ito is very tight with only minor ware.  The fuchi shakudo with gold mon and a little beat up.  The kashira is plain.  The menuki are copper dragons.

 

SOLD

807wak4

 

Muromachi Period Bishu Osafune Wakizashi
Signature: Bishu Osafuune Ju YoshiMitsu
Year Made: 1500s

Forging Pattern: Mokeume with Itame
Tempering Pattern:   Midare in nioi guchi with ko nie. Vibrant and active hamon.
Dimensions:   Blade length:  50.5cm, Nakago length:  13cm, Thickness at munemachi: 7mm , Width at munemachi: 29mm, Thickness at yokote: 5mm , Width at yokote: 22mm 
Mountings:  In top quality shirasaya with ivory eyelets.
Overall Condition:  Excellent.  There were several generations of this smith.  This one probably worked in the late Muromachi period.  A nicely forged sword with thick and wide blade.  There is a small kizu and an area of rust.  In full polish and top quality shirasaya and a silver 2 piece habaki.  Get this sword for less than the cost of its restoration.

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814wak1

 

Nice Shin-Shinto Blade with WW II Mounts
Signature:   Mumei
Year Made:   Shinshinto

Forging Pattern:   Itame
Tempering Pattern:   Suguha, Gonome, Midare with nie
Dimensions:   Nagasa 26 15/16", Nakago:  6 7/8", Mihaba:  1 3/16", Sakihaba:  13/16", Kasane:  5/16", Sori:  3/8"  
Mountings:  The sword is in WW II Gunto mounts.
Overall Condition:  The sword has minor scratches, abrasions and what appears to be some old cleaned rust spot just behind the boshi.  There are some very minor chips in the edge in the boshi and just behind it.  Other than these, this is a very stout, strong blade.  The saya is wood with a nice lacquer finish and very solid.  There are a few spots along the ha of the saya where small amounts of lacquer are gone and one blade cut.  The tsuba is shakudo and the habaki is silver foiled. 

 

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611KAT1

 

Shinto Wakizashi
ignature: Mumei
Year Made: Shinshinto

Forging Pattern: Ko Itame
Tempering Pattern: Suguha
Dimensions:   Nagasa18", Nakago:  5 1/8", Mihaba:  1 1/4", Sakihaba:  7/8", Kasane:  1/4", Sori:  3/8"  
Mountings:  WW II era leather covered saya
Overall Condition: The blade has minor surface rust and a little pitting all of which will come out in a polish.  There is one area of lose hada or possibly a blister and one chip in the edge about 1/16".  Both of these appear as though they will be gone with a good polish.  The saya may be usable as a military mount but not a good civilian mount.

 

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811wak2

 

Signed Shinto Katana
Signature: YukiHiro
Year Made: Shinshinto

Forging Pattern:  Itame
Tempering Pattern: Gonome
Dimensions:   Nagasa 26 1/4", Nakago:  7", Mihaba:  1 3/16", Sakihaba:  13/16", Kasane:  5/16", Sori:  1 1/16"  
Mountings:  The sword is in a saya wrapped in blue painters tape and it is probably not very good.
Overall Condition:  The blade appears to have had some rust on it at some point and has been sanded including, I believe, the nakago.  The fine scratches make it hard to see detail or especially photograph but it has full temper.  There is one small opening in the hamon and the tip has been chipped but otherwise the blade appears solid.  The one piece copper habaki will need to be replace as part of a restoration but is solid enough to hold tight.

 

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811kat6

 

Long Shinto Katana signed Hizen Tadayoshi
Signature: Tsuda no Kami Tadayoshi
Year Made:  Shinshinto

Forging Pattern:  Itame
Tempering Pattern:   Suguha
Dimensions:   Nagasa 27 1/2", Nakago:  7 1/8", Mihaba:  1 7/32", Sakihaba:  13/16", Kasane:  1/4", Sori:  3/4"  
Mountings:  The blade is in a saya with a one piece copper habaki.   There are other dents and scratches in the saya but some one with good woodworking skills could repair the saya.
Overall Condition:  There are a number of pin point rust dimples along the edge on both sides starting from the hamachi going half way up the blade (see last two pictures).  There is also another are area of rust in the blade starting about 4 1/2" from the nakago (see last picture).  There is some rust in the shinogi-ji.  There are no other problems in the blade that wouldn't come out in a polish.  The habaki is banged up but could be made serviceable.  The seem on the hamachi is in good condition.  The saya is splitting along some areas of the seems near the koiguchi and the kogiri.  There is no koiguchi or kogiri and there is some missing wood at the koiguchi.

 

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811kat5

 

Signed Shinto Wakizashi
Signature:  Kawachi Daijo Fujiwara KuniSada.  This smith lived in Aizu in the mid 1600s and worked in the Mino style.
Year Made:  Shinto
Forging Pattern:  Itame
Tempering Pattern:  Suguha
Dimensions:   Nagasa:   20 1/4", Nakago:  5 3/4", Mihaba:  1 1/8", Sakihaba:  3/4", Kasane:  5/16", Sori:  9/32"  
Mountings:  There is a black lacquer saya and gold one piece habaki.
Overall Condition:  The blade is solid and only has some forging opening is the shinogi-ji, with one going a millimeter below the shinogi.  It appears that some has tried to sharpen this blade on a grinder.  This has not caused any significant damage but, as a result, there are a lot of small scratch marks.  All of this will easily disappear in a polish.  There is a little bit of rust on one side at the front of the habaki that will also disappear with a good polish.  There is a small amount of damage to the habaki on the mune  at the front.  It looks like a sword cut caused by a sword sliding down the mune hitting the habaki.  The saya is cracking along the seems at both ends but this is repairable.  The koiguchi is missing and the is some lose of wood there.  The kojiri and kurigata are also missing. 

 

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811wak3

 

Signed Hizen ju Tadayoshi
Signature: Hizen ju Tadayoshi
Year Made: Shinto

Forging Pattern: Itame
Tempering Pattern: Gonome Suguha
Dimensions:   Nagasa 20 5/16", Nakago:  5 1/14", Mihaba:  1 3/16", Sakihaba:  27/32", Kasane:  1/4", Sori:  1/2"  
Mountings:  Full Samurai period mountings from late Edo period.
Overall Condition: The blade has no kizu.  There are some surface abrasions in the middle of the blade where it was used to cut something.  Otherwise the polish is in nice condition.  The tsuba is brass measuring 2 9/16" and is of a carve Shishi.  The saya has lost a lot of the lacquer along the top and bottom and appears to have been glued back together at some point.  The horn koiguchi is split at the top and bottom the, saya is starting to separated again at the koiguchi  and the kirikata is missing.  The saya is solid enough to be repaired and used.  The tsuka is split a little at the mune but is still solid as is the Ito.  The menuki are a snail and hawks, fuchi is copper and the kashira is horn.  Two of the seppa are gold foiled but the foil is pealing off.  The habaki is one piece copper and is solid.  Please note that the signature is questionable, this smith's signature was often forged for gift giving due to its meaning; loyalty brings good tidings.   A certified Tadayoshi would cost well over 3 times as much :)  Judge the sword on its own merit without the sig.

 

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811wak1

 

Shinto Wakizashi

Signature: Nagato Kuni Ju Fujiwara XXX
Year Made: Shinto

Forging Pattern:  Itame
Tempering Pattern:   Suguha
Dimensions:   Nagasa 20 7/16", Nakago:  5 1/2", Mihaba:  1 1/4", Sakihaba:  7/8", Kasane:  1/4", Sori:  7/16"  
Mountings:  There is a saya and a two piece gold washed habaki.
Overall Condition:  The blade has areas of  rust on it.  A couple of the larger areas have a rough surface.  For the most part they should come out in a good polish.  Otherwise this is a very stout blade.  The saya has lost a lot of its lacquer and is splitting along some of the seems.  The kirikata and the piece below the kozuka pocket are missing.  The wood koiguchi has split.  The wood foundation is solid and could be striped, lacquered and used.  The habaki is in good condition but needs to be cleaned and replated.

 

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811wak5

 

Rusty Wakizashi
Signature: Mumei
Year Made: Shinshinto?

Forging Pattern: Itame?
Tempering Pattern: Suguha?
Dimensions:   Nagasa17 9/16", Nakago:  5 3/8", Mihaba:  1 1/16", Sakihaba:  15/32", Kasane:  187/32", Sori:  5/16"  
Mountings:  There is a bare wood saya and one piece silver foiled habaki.
Overall Condition: The blade is covered with rust that is red and probably more resently active.  It's difficult to tell what the forging pattern or hamon are do to the rust and discoloration.  There does not appear to be any damage beyond the rust which should all disappear with a good polish.  The edge is good enough to slice paper.  The one piece silver foiled habaki is in good condition with only a very small loss of foil on the hamachi.  The saya may have been covered with leather.  There is a kozuka pocket and the saya is cut for a kirigata.  This was probably made around WW II and is actually pretty solid and usable.

 

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811wak6

 

Shobu Tsukuri Wakizashi
Signature: Mumei
Year Made: Shinto

Forging Pattern: Can't see the forging pattern because of surface rust
Tempering Pattern: Possibly Notari
Dimensions:   Nagasa16 3/32", Nakago:  4 7/16", Mihaba:  1 3/16", Kasane:  3/16", Sori:  1/2"  
Mountings:  There are no mountings with this blade
Overall Condition: The blade apperse to be solid but with a lot of surface rust.  The rust will easily come out with a good polish as can be seen where someone started to open a window.  There does not appear to be any kizu.  The is a one piece copper habaki that is not in good condition and needs to be replaced.

 

 

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811wak7

 

Wakizashi
Signature: Mumei
Year Made: Shinshinto

Forging Pattern: Not detectable because of surface rust/abrasion
Tempering Pattern: Not detectable because of surface rust/abrasion
Dimensions:   Nagasa15 3/8", Nakago:  4 1/2", Mihaba:  1 3/16", Sakihaba:  7/8", Kasane:  7/32", Sori:  3/8"  
Mountings:  There are no mountings for this sword.
Overall Condition: This is a solid wak with no significant Kizu visable.  It looks like someone used a file on part of one side and fine sandpaper on part of the other side possibly trying to clean it.  There is a one pice copper habaki that is splitting on the bottom.  This blade has a good feel/balance to it and would clean up nicely with a polish. 

 

 

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811wak8

 

Rusty Shinto Wakizashi
Signature: Mumei
Year Made: Shinto

Forging Pattern: Unknown
Tempering Pattern: Unknown
Dimensions:   Nagasa21 5/8", Nakago:  5 1/2", Mihaba:  1 1/4", Sakihaba:  7/8", Kasane:  1/4", Sori:  1/2"  
Mountings:  There are no mounts
Overall Condition: This blade is covered with rust.  The surface is rough, there doesn't appear to be any kizu but no guarantee.  The edge bites into brass and appears good except for a little chip in the boshi.  There is a silver foiled habaki that may be solid under the foil but it may only be good for the silver.  The habaki is rusted on and I don't want to destroy it taking it off.

 

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811wak4

 

Late Koto/Early Shinto Katana
Signature: Mumei.
Year Made: Koto/Shinto

Forging Pattern: Itame
Tempering Pattern: Suguha
Dimensions:   Nagasa25 3/8", Nakago: 7", Mihaba: 1", Sakihaba: 11/16", Kasane: 7/32", Sori: 9/16"  
Mountings: The sword is mounted in an older shirasaya with dents and dings and splitting along the seams.  All these can probably be repaired but it will always look fresh.  The habaki that is solid with the remains of a gold plating and it does shows it age.
Overall Condition: This blade has been buffed.  There are some grain openings and one rust spot.  What little work can be seen in the blade is very attractive and a good polish would greatly enhance it.  It appears to be Mihara den work.

 

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508kat5

 

Very Nice Shinto Wakizashi
Signature: Mumei.
Year Made: 1700s

Forging Pattern: O-Midare with Gonome
Tempering Pattern: Itame
Dimensions:   Nagasa15 9/16", Nakago:  5 1/8", Mihaba: 1 1/16", Sakihaba: 27/32", Kasane: 1/4", Sori: 3/16"  
Mountings:  Very attractive period mountings.  The tsuba is namban iron and the seppa are gold foiled.  The fuchikashir and menuki are a very nice shakudo with gold utori highlights. 
Overall Condition: The blade has a very nice active hamone and the hada is very tight but there are areas of old surface rust that have largely been cleaned.  There is no active rust.  It appears that someone has used this blade for /whacking trees or something but there is no damage to the edge and it is sharp.   The saya is solid with some lacquer chipping, abrasions, scrapes etc.  There is a kojiri of a feather that appears to be made of shakudo.  The kirikata shitadome are made of silver and very nice.  The tsuba is dirty and shows some traces of rust.  The tsuka is a little dirty but in very good condition.

 

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608wak1

 

Edo Period Koshirae
Signature: N/A
Year Made: Edo

Forging Pattern: N/A
Tempering Pattern: N/A
Dimensions:   Saya29 13/16", Tsuka:  10 1/8", Tsuba: 2 31/32", Fuchi: 1 17/32"  
Mountings:  The tsuba and fuchikashira are iron with nice, dark patina.  The moon menuki appears to me silver and the leaf menuki appears to be brass.
Overall Condition: The saya is in overall good condition with mostly minor abrasions.  There is one scratch that runs between two ribs that is down to the wood.  This could be easily filled with a little lacquer.  The ito is still in good condition but showing some ware at the top of some of the twist overlaps and at the kashira end knot.  The same beneath is in vary good condition.  The is a hole that goes through the tsuka just below the kashira.  It appears to have been deliberately drilled there.  The kashira has a little rust abrasion.  Koshirae only, no blade.

 

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608koshi1

 

Company Officer's 1886 Pattern Kyu Gunto Mounts with Ancestral Blade
Signature:  Mumei, O-suriage
Year Made:  Shinto

Forging Pattern: Hard to tell, possibly a tight itame
Tempering Pattern: Midare in nioi with nie
Dimensions:  Blade Length:  25.375 inches  Nakago: 6.75 inches 6 mm thick and 29 mm wide at Hamachi
Mountings:  Company officer's 1886 pattern Kyu gunto mounts in fair condition, missing some seppa but samé and wire straps are in good condition. "Rain" style habaki in gold washed copper, chrome plated saya with leather combat cover that has deteriorated and left corrosion on the saya. While all parts seem original to the sword the fit, when assembled, is not tight possibly due to missing seppa/spacers.
Overall Condition:  Fair, Blade appears to be earlier shinto and has be cut down. Has a poorly carved or polished koshi -bi carved into the blade. The blade at the machi end is corroded with deep pits and rust. The sword has ware, scratches, pits, rust and nicks. There appears, however, to be enough temper left to take another polish and it's hard to tell sometimes if there is a jewel hidden beneath all the rust .

 

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905kat5

 

Katana by Kanetada dated 1939
Signature:  Kanetada
Year Made:  1939

Forging Pattern: muji
Tempering Pattern: Suguha
Dimensions:  Blade Length:  26.18 inches  Nakago: 6.875 inches 5 mm thick and 27 mm wide at Hamachi
Mountings:  Converted civilian saya with kurikata removed and two brass reinforcing rings added, one with an ashi. Much lacquer missing and split in places
Overall Condition:  Poor, The edge has been "sharpened" with a file, there are four fukure, one quite large (two are circled in the photos). It is a slender sword with bo-hi and two mekugi ana (a third was partially drilled) It has a "Showa" arsenal stamp. There is a Kanetada listed as working in Seki at that time.

 

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Item: 105kat4

 

Nice Polished Showa Sword in Gunto Mounts with Tassel
Signature: 
Year Made: Showa

Forging Pattern: Ko Itame
Tempering Pattern:   Gonome
Dimensions:   Nagasa 26 1/4", Nakago:  7 3/8", Mihaba:  1 1/8", Sakihaba:  7/8", Kasane:  1/4", Sori:  7/8"  
Mountings:  Sword is mounted in WW II Gunto koshirae with tassel.
Overall Condition:  The blade is in excellent polish with no kizu, perfect as is.  The saya shows typical ware for it's age and there two small dents in it.  The tsuka is in solid and in fine condition.  The tassel broke at some time and has been sown back together.  It is a little faded and is showing some other small signs of ware.  The habaki is one piece and in fine condition.

 

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Shinto Wakizashi with BoHi and SameZaya
Signature:  Mumei
Year Made:  1700s

Forging Pattern:  Mokume Itame
Tempering Pattern:  Suguha Midare in Nie deki
Dimensions:  Length:  18.4 inches  Nakago: 4.7 inches  
Mountings:  Old same zaya.
Overall Condition:  Good.  Very nicely forged blade with nice active itame hada, a nice Bohi and an exceptional nakago.  It does have a small dent about .25 inch wide.  The sword has its original polish but was shined up with polishing compound which makes it very difficult to photograph its details.  Hamon is all present and the boshi is healthy.  Some rust spots, a great candidate for minor restoration.

 

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Item: 704wak2

 

Mounted Edo Period Wakizashi
Signature: Tsuda Echizen Kami SukeHiro
Year Made: 1700s

Forging Pattern: Ko Itame
Tempering Pattern:   Notare with nie
Dimensions:   Nagasa 16 11/16", Nakago:  5 1/8", Mihaba:  1 1/16", Sakihaba:  3/4", Kasane:  1/4", Sori:  3/8"  
Mountings:  The sword is in Edo period koshirae with copper fittings and one piece gold washed habaki.
Overall Condition:  The blade is old but in good polish with some minor scratches, abrasions and rust spots.  The koshirae show ware typical to daily use from the Edo time period but is repairable.  The saya has dents and some lacquer losses but it is still solid, no cracks.  It appears there was suno on the saya that is gone.  The tsuka is solid with nice same but there is some missing around the mekugi area.  The kodogu and tsuba are all copper with gold, silver, and shakudo inlays.  They are all in very good condition.  The seppa and habaki are gold washed that is worn and rubbed off in some places but they are still solid.   Vern nice overall wakizashi with good work.

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