Mumei Daito (fss-751)

Mumei Daito (fss-751)

Mumei Daito (fss-751)   New Item   Available   Sold On Hold Special Sale An outstanding katana which appears to be from the shinto period. This sword reminds one of a Bizen katana.  This blade has the typical characteristics of blades made in the shinto era. It also has a longish Kissaki and attractive Sori and frosted in nie. The activities in Ha are very beautiful with ji-nie . The hamon is an attractive large  gunome choji midare in a notarish pattern.. There is wide ashi to be found. The hada is covered in ji-nie and is an itame mixed with beautiful mokume swirls..  A beautiful ubu with one hole katana this sword from the shinto era boasts of classical like work . The hada has a dense itame and mokume with and a whitish jigane and the hamon is a  gunome/choji midare.. Ko-nie layers the entire hamon blanketing the nioi-guchi.  This katana is very sound and healthy and a beauty.. The blade is wide and has a wonderful curvature that reminds one of the older schools. The quality of the sword is also outstanding. The hamon is bright and has very good activity. The hada is very wet looking and is forged well with much ji-nie and slight shirakke appears. The overall feel of this blade is one of a well balanced beautiful katana and is very sharp. The hamon is frosted with nioi and the hada is a   itame and mokume.  The koshirae is clean and fundamental with menuki of shi-shi motif . The tsuba is a picturesque depiction of a bird in gold surrounded by trees and fauna in...
Masasada Kanabo (fss-748)

Masasada Kanabo (fss-748)

Masasada Kanabo (fss-748)   New Item   Available   Sold On Hold Special Sale A beautiful mounted koto katana in the Yamato tradition. This blade was attributed to the Kanabo school and is stunning. The blade has bohi and the remnants of a soe hi also on one side. This blade is inundated with hataraki. There are many ashi and yo up and down the blade Based in sugu-ha midare with much choji/gunome within. The hada is an itame nagare with utsuri to be found. About the smith: The meikan list one earlier Masasada (see info below) of whom it seems more blades are going round. Also possible that these were the same guy but who just got listed twice.MASASADA (政定), Tenshō (天正, 1573-1592), Yamato – “Kanabō Saemon no Jō Masasada” (金房左衛門尉政定), Kanabō school. MASASADA (政定), Eiroku (永禄, 1558-1570), Yamato – “Yamato no Kuni Fujiwara Masasada” (大和国藤原政定), “Nanto-jū Fujiwara Ason Kanabō Saemon no Jō Masasada saku” (南都住藤原朝臣金房左衛門尉政定作), Kanabō school (金房), ko-itame mixed with masame and ji-nie, the hamon is a suguha or gunome-midare in ko-nie-deki, wazamono The mounts are ensuite with a dragon theme from tsuba to menuki. The Tsuka-ito and sageo are blue with a stunning red ishime style lacquer finished saya. An attractive koshirae this intricately mounted sword is all of dragons, finished in a red lacquer. This is a  rare and exciting mounting for a unique blade. This blade is to be enjoyed for its fine activity and rarity as they are seldom found in such good condition. The legend of the Dragon: Many Chinese believed the dragon held, or at least chased, the sun, and many drawings depict...
Koyama Munetoshi (fss-747)

Koyama Munetoshi (fss-747)

Koyama Munetoshi (fss-747)   New Item   Available   Sold On Hold Special Sale MUNETOSHI KOYAMA [BUNKYÛ 1861 IWAKI] SHINSHINTÔ CHÛJÔSAKU He lived in Iwaki Shirakawa, and is said to be the older brother of Munetsugu. His works are like that of Munetsugu, and most of them are the larger size. Signature: SHIRAKAWA JÛ KOYAMA MUNETOSHI Plate I: KAEI SHICHINEN SANGATSU HI Plate II: SHIRAKAWA JÛ KOYAMA MUNETOSHI This is a beautiful offering of a Koyama Munetoshi katana. This hamon is elegantly done in a choji-midare style. Munetoshi is the older brother of the famaus Munetsugu. Like Munetsugu, the Koyama brothers (munehira also) aimed to recreate the beautiful and distinctive hamon of the famous Bizen Ichimonji School. The hada has a deep rich feel to the surface with a well worked itame with swirls of mokume. Ji-nie abounds.  The activity/hataraki in the hamon are abundant, and the hamon overall is extremely well made.  It has very beautiful depth to it and expressed powerfully the work of this smith. The beautiful koshirae is adorned with matching royal blue sageo and tsuka ito. It is fully restored to original beauty. The fitting are from the 1800 also except for the tsuba as it appears to be 100 years older. The tsuba depicts great scholars under the pines. The fuchi kashira are of samurai on horseback. The saya has a deep, rich texture to it and adds greatly to the overall appearance of the koshirai/mounts.   The habaki and seppa are gold washed in a rich golden finish.This blade is fully polished with shirasaya and papers. Info on the smith: MUNETOSHI (宗俊), 1st gen., Bunkyū (文久, 1861-1864), Ōshū –...
Minamoto Yoshikuni (fss-745)

Minamoto Yoshikuni (fss-745)

Minamoto Yoshikuni (fss-745)   New Item   Available   Sold On Hold Special Sale This is a very special sword forged by “Shindō Minamoto Yoshikuni”. This blade at almost 30” and could be considered a ShinShinto masterpiece. The sword is signed and dated and origami issued. The swords forging produces a very tight itame with some swirling mokume by the ha covered in ji-nie. The hamon is a very nicely controlled Sugu-ba with much utsuri to be seen. There are puffs of shirake covering the blade like wisps of smoke rising above a tranquil stream.The habuchi is finished in a beautiful nioi–guchi. Chikei abounds and produces a striking effect. There is a longish boshi with an almost hakikake finish. The saya/lacquer is made with swirling patterns of lacquer. The hangers with leather (possibly Doe skin) straps are in good shape. The ito-maki tachi mounts were used as described and most likely presented to a very special official or a shrine. This special sword was most likely paired with the mounts. The sword is in shirasaya also with a deeply rich honoki finish showing its age and beauty. There is tsunagi or wooden sword for the mounts. ITO-MAKI TACHI mounts also called ceremonial tachi and were most likely only worn by a ranking official. This ITO-MAKI style tachi mounts are very special as the entire tachi fittings are gilded in gold from top to bottom. Ito-maki tachi were made from Koto through Showa times. There is a gold gilded foil habaki with a some times referred to as  key fret design. The menuki are of the Maeda mon. The tachi sageo is a deep purple in color. (The origins of the Maeda clan is not known, though in Toshiie’s time it was said they descended...
Signed shin-gunto (fss-741)

Signed shin-gunto (fss-741)

Signed shin-gunto (fss-741)   New Item   Available   Sold On Hold Special Sale This is a WWII era sword made for the war effort. The mounts are referred to as Shingunto and looks to have seen some use as well as the blade . The sword is signed but is difficult to make out and needs further examination on the signature.  There are many smiths making swords for the military that signed differently.  This is just one example of a authentic WWII sword. There appears to be a thick suguha-midare style hamon as well as an arsenal stamp on the tang. The sword is in relativly good condition and shows the wear and tear from being on the battlefield. A perfect blade for a WWII era Japanese sword collector. The blade comes mounted in a green lacquered saya with a tassel in very good condition. Shin-gunto, army officers swords, are the most common style of sword mountings from the World War II era. There is an enormous difference in quality of both blades and mounts of this period. Many, perhaps most, of the blades found in shin-gunto mounts are NOT traditionally made swords. Many are machine made and therefore are of interest as military collectables. The sword is 26 1/4″ and a fine example of a WWII military sword. These swords were sometimes found in civilian mounts used for Japanese sword practice. Mei: Difficult to read (needs more research) Date: WWII Era Nagasa: 26-1/4 inches Sori: 15.0 mm Width at the ha-machi: 31.1 mm Width at the yokote: 22.6 mm Thickness at the mune-machi: 7.5 mm Construction: Shinogi zukuri Mune: Iori Nakago: Ubu Kitae: muji Hamon: Oil tempered Midare Boshi: Maru Condition: WWII polish Click to Enlarge Image Click to Enlarge...