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    Bizen Masashiro Katana

    Shinsakuto made in the Bizen Ichimonji tradition by Masashiro.

    A tad over 29" nagasa with deep sori and bohi.

    Purchased from Modern Tosho a few years back (photos are below from from Keith Larman at the time of the sale -- additional and current photos on request), this is long blade with a classic choji hamon in the Bizen tradition. It's an elegant blade that is almost tachi-like in its proportions.

    You won't see many blades like this for sale in the US -- it was made as an "art sword" that would sell for over twice the asking price if new. However, it's available at a greatly discounted price based on use by the previous owner for iaido and tameshigiri, with scratches and a bend that was corrected in the mune, but with a persisting warp in the ha.

    Fully mounted, ready for use or collection.

    More pictures here: http://s119.photobucket.com/user/drj...?sort=3&page=1

    $5000.





    Last edited by Joe Pierre; 03-12-2017 at 11:44 AM.

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    Very nice! What is the weight of the blade only?
    /R

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    the weight in fittings without saya is about 1280 g. if you have serious interest, i can take off the tsuka and weigh the bare blade.

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    No thank you; however I really appreciate your prompt reply.

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    still available just in time for Christmas.

    PM if you want to see pictures.

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    Masashiro1 by drjoe4, on FlickrMasashiro2 by drjoe4, on Flickr
    Masashiro7 by drjoe4, on Flickr
    Masashiro9 by drjoe4, on Flickr

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    Make me an offer.
    Last edited by Joe Pierre; 09-02-2018 at 08:05 AM.

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    holiday season is here!

    let's make a deal.

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    In case anyone is actually interested, I recently learned that the maker is actually Kazuki Kawashima who signed the blade Masaki (previously mistranslated as Masashiro) and made it for a Mr. Yamazaki Zenichirou, presumably in 2006 (the date is actually written Heisei 81).

    Kazuki Kawashima trained under Nakata Masanao and also spent some time with Yoshihara Kuniie and also at the Bizen Osafune Sword Museum workshop refining the Bizen style.

    You can see his website and bio here: http://kazukikawashima.com/about/

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    Not sure if there's still traffic on this site, but the warp in this blade has been professionally corrected and is no longer present.

    This is an art sword that has seen it's share of use in iai and would make a special user blade from someone training in iaido. It has scratches and shinae as cosmetic blemishes from use, but it otherwise fully mounted and ready for use. If someone wanted to get it polished, it would be an art sword suitable for a collector.

    The blade is now offered with a different "user" sukashi tsuba than the one in the pictures above.

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    Any certificate or papers with the sword?

    Thanks!

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    It's a shinsakuto; those don't come with certificates/papers.

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    I don't doubt what you say, neither am I an expert in nihonto. Just a guy who is looking to buy his first one.

    This is what I believe to be a modern (Heisei) katana with some kind of a certificate coming from Japan: https://www.japanese-sword-katana.jp.../1910-1147.htm

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    My understanding is that's the import/export paperwork, not a "certificate" per se. Certificate are usually taken to mean paperwork from NBTHK kantei, which are not typically issued for shinsakuto since the provenance is known. In any case, the one I'm selling doesn't have anything like that.

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    Thanks for being polite and upfront! Your nihonto is beautiful, good luck with the sale!

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    Best of luck in the sale, Joe,

    It looks like a beautiful sword. I found some photos of the smith online:

    https://tdubphoto.com/15th-generatio...ai-swordsmith/

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    Yes, that's him; thanks for posting!

    I'm not getting notifications on this thread even though I'm subscribed, so if anyone is interested, send me a DM.

    Now that the warp has been corrected, this blade has been restored to form. As I keep saying, it would be an iaidoka's dream. With a new polish, it would be a formidable art sword.

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