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Article: The Japanese Sword: Weapon and Work of Art
by David E. J. Pepin, 1977

The Japanese sword, more commonly know as the Samurai sword, was a superb weapon. Its unique edge-tempering (compared to the full-blade tempering of the famous Toledo and Damascus swords of Europe) allowed a degree of hardness and razor-sharpness impossible to attain in European swords without danger of brittleness and breakage. The fear and respect which the Japanese warrior and his sword inspired among Oriental foes is recorded in many contemporary accounts. But beyond its quality as a weapon, the Japanese sword is important as one of history's finest expressions of the metal worker's art. Click to read more...

items wanted: Intricate carvings of wood, jade, ivory, or just about anything else. ~~~ Old Nautical ship clocks, Complicated movements, especially fine solid gold pocket watches, repeaters and wrist watches [such as Breitling, Cartier, Patek, & Rolex; old and new alike]. ~~~  Swords, knives, daggers, German items etc. Special paintings. Nice furniture.  ~~~ Antique firearms, US, European, Japanese (such as fine nambu pistols), especially - Colt's, Winchester's. Guns with Enamels and inlays.

US and European swords in Very good condition or presentation, including Bowie knives. ~~~ Any unique items that we have never seen before. Jewels, Chinese pottery, Tiffany lamps. Rare glass. Old Coins or paper currency. Very early Greek and Roman marble.

ART- European, UK, US, Oriental. Paintings, Japanese Wood Block prints, Art glass (Galle & Daum, etc.), Porcelain, Bronze & Marble sculpture, Oriental rugs. ~~~ Scientific Instruments (Clocks, Microscopes, Ship compass, etc.) Rare precious Gems, Baseball memorabilia (I.E. : Presentation items).

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A Exceptionally Rare blade signed
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ū Jyūnin Sasaki Nyūdō Minamoto Ippō (with cutting test)"Immortal Sword" with Keiki* Personified and described in the tester's own words - to possess immortality. With Rare 3 Body Cutting Test, 320 + Years Old - Blade personally named by the tester, With Tokubetsu Kicho Ninteisho by the N.B.T.H.K.Exceptionally Rare blade by IPPO 1st Generation (Shodai)  "Immortal Sword" with Keiki* Personified and described in the tester's own words  - to possess immortality. With "Tokubetsu Saidan", Rare 3 Body Cutting Test, 320 + Years Old Blade personally named by the tester, "Fujimi Hairu"* Tokubetsu Kicho Ninteisho by the N.B.T.H.K.
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Minatogawa shrine blade by Masanao, Choji-Gunome hamon, tachi mei, w/ NTHK certificate, original Navy mounts.

Kikusui stamp

A Masutsugu katana circa 1624-44 AD with 2 body gold inlay cutting test done 1668 w/ NBTHK Tokubetsu Kicho certificate


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A 72 cm ~ 28" Mino school katana with koshirae



 

 

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A tachi by Musashi Daijo Tadahiro (Hizen Tadayoshi, Shodai / 1st Generation), with Kinzogan (gold inlay) calling blade "Daikichi" meaning Good Luck or Excellent, Sai-Jo Saku, w/ NBTHK Hozon certificate (Sold prior to posting)

Minatogawa shrine blade by Masanao, Choji-Gunome hamon, tachi mei, w/ NTHK certificate, original Navy mounts.

A Masutsugu circa 1624-44 AD with 2 body gold inlay cutting test done 1668 w/ NBTHK Tokubetsu Kicho certificate

A Suketoshi 76+ cm ~ 30" KATANA with rare 3 body ginzogan (silver inlay) cutting test Owned by & made by Samurai! NTHK-NPO Certificate, Saya-gaki by Dr Sato (Kanzan)A 72 cm ~ 28" Mino school katana with koshirae

A mu-mei (unsigned) katana w/ koshirae, Attributed to Sawahara Shigetane, Late Edo period, Student of Naotane, Saya-gaki by "Kanzan" (Dr. Sato) with NBTHK Hozon certificate

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A Kanehide wakizashi with very nice koshirae & fittings Shinto 1688-1704 AD, N.T.H.K Certificate

Mu-mei w/Attribution to: den Bishu Nobutaka Sandai (3rd Generation) Shinto, Kanbun 1661-1673 AD, N.T.H.K Certificate

A 72 cm ~ 28" Mino school katana with koshirae

In for polish & or shinsa now

Yasusada 3 body gold inlay cutting test (sold), Tegarayama Masashige Jo-jo saku Shin-Shinto, Kanemoto with gold inlay cutting test, Kanemoto wakizashi, Sue-Mihara katana, Others TBA

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A fine nidai (2nd gen) Tadahiro O-Wakizashi in koshirae w/ NBTHK Tokubetsu Hozon certificate

A Jumyo wakizashi w/ fine koshirae w/ NBTHK Hozon (blade) & NTHK-NPO (koshirae & tsuba)

A Katana by Kunitomo C- 1596 AD with NBTHK Tokubetsu Hozon certificate, TANZAN saya-gaki, with Battle damage

A Kazusa Kaneshige Wakizashi with NBTHK Tokubetsu Kicho certificate

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