Nobushige Wakazashi (fss-752)

Nobushige Wakazashi (fss-752)

Nobushige Wakazashi (fss-752)   New Item   Available   Sold On Hold Special Sale This is a very interesting wakazashi from the ShinShinto period which reminds one of the Mino or Bizen tradition of the late koto era but has a bit of a soshu feel to it. It is in a very nice polish.  The overall sugata of this sword is on the straighter side with a slight sori and the hamon is loaded with activity.  The hamon contains an abundance of beautiful activity, and the hamon is in a  gunome / midare style . Sunagashi, Kinsuji and Ji-nie can be found and is well made.  The hada has an itame / mokume mix and with some areas of O- hada mixed in.  This blade comes with mountings.  The furniture of the koshirae are made of iron and copper. There are gold highlights and in good condition. The Tsuba is iron also with a shishi or puppies frolicking design and the fuchi and kashira are a shishi and a floral motif. The menuki are of tigers. The Sageo and Ito are brown and the saya lacquer is finished in a high gloss black lacquer. Note the older black lacquered same . The blade is ubu and signed Nobushige Saku.  We found only one smith that signed this way in this era.  It would be recommended to submit for shinsa at some point.  We are not a shinsa team and cannot guarantee the signature but it appears to be a good signature and not fake.   The kissaki is a longish chu-kissaki and ko-maru boshi with a bit of kaen.  The saya is of a black lacquer and is completely restored to keep the polish of the sword in good condition.  The blade is signed Nobushige saku and the...
Akasaka Kaneuji (fss-750)

Akasaka Kaneuji (fss-750)

Akasaka Kaneuji (fss-750)   New Item   Available   Sold On Hold Special Sale More than likely a descendant of this smith: KANEUJI (兼氏), Tenbun , (1532-1555), Mino – “Kaneuji” (兼氏), “Kaneuji saku” (兼氏作), “Nōshū-jū Kaneuji” (濃州住兼氏), Akasaka school, according to tradition this Tenbun-era Kaneuji was the son or the grandson of a Kaneuji who moved from Naoe to Akasaka, wazamono, chū-jō-saku An exquisite late koto blade signed Kaneuji. The Kaneuji line of swordsmiths are famous and date back to the koto era.  They were known to make fine quality swords that cut very well.  This sword measures in at 16 1/4″. This blade is a beautiful example of a late koto sword with great activity and a wonderful hada covered in ji-nie. The hamon is a vibrant gunome-midare filled with sunagashi, kinsuji and ko-nie abounds and there are small balls of temper lifting off the hamon. The hada is an active itame O-mokume mix with flowing itame throughout the blade. There is masame in the shinogi-ji. Chikei can be seen all over as well as being peppered with ji-nie. The blade is signed and papered to Kane Uji and given an approximate date of 1532-1555. The boshi is maru with kinsuji. The hada has a perfect burl effect and a pleasure to behold. The koshirae is fitted with a high gloss semi-ribbed black lacquer finished saya. a shirasaya also accompanies this blade. The ito and Sageo are a matching blue color to accentuate the mounts. The fuchi/kashira are a large pair of shakudo and gold birds in flight. there is an interesting kodzuka and ko-gatana also with a mouse on leaves. The tsuba is shakudo with a semi-squared off mimi-gata lobed in a...
Mumei Wakazashi (fss-749)

Mumei Wakazashi (fss-749)

Mumei Wakazashi (fss-749)   New Item   Available   Sold On Hold Special Sale A beautiful wakazashi of the Shinto or Shinshinto era. As you can see in our new High Resolution photographs the hamon is an active mixture of gunome midare with an overall elegant shape. There is ara-nie in abundance and hotsure. The boshi is a hakikake that tends to kaen on one side.  A very nice feature to study. The hada is a ko-itame with mokume mix and ji-nie appears, a beautiful swirling hada to accentuate this glowing hamon. The sword has a wonderful curvature and the overall classic sugata/shape. The koshirae: These are clean solid mounts with  a menuki of a cricket on a leaf and the other is a chafe against a beautiful pattern of Same. The tsuba is a clean smooth design of shakudo with a copper rim.  The fuchi and kashira are also copper in a floral motif with a horn kashira.  An incredible full lacquered saya of crushed Abalone shell to finish the mounts in true samurai style. The blade is in full polish and is fully restored adding to its overall value. The Sageo is in gold to match the tsuka ito. The habaki, is finished in a gold patina to match.   Mei: Mumei Date: Edo (1700’s-1800’s) Nagasa: 15-1/4 inches Sori: 9.0 mm Width at the ha-machi: 24.49 mm Width at the yokote: 18.3 mm Thickness at the mune-machi: 6.2 mm Construction: Shinogi zukuri Mune: Iori Nakago: Ubu Kitae: Itame/mokume Hamon: Midare Gunome Boshi: Maru Condition: Good polish Click to Enlarge Image Click to Enlarge Image This sword is on consignment. Special Sale Price Sold On Hold Asking price: $2,800.00 (shipping and insurance included) Email us if your interested in this item and remember to include the order...
MINO KANENAKA (fss-744)

MINO KANENAKA (fss-744)

MINO KANENAKA (fss-744)   New Item   Available   Sold On Hold Special Sale This is a very nice wakazashi and is a very sound and healthy blade and appears to be in an older koto style. The kissaki is longish and approaching O-kissaki status.  The blade is wide and has a beautiful curvature that reminds one of the old mino school.  The quality of the sword is also very good.  The hamon is bright and has very good activity.  The hada is milky looking and is forged well with much ji-nie and shirake appears.  The hamon is frosted with nie and the hada is well forged with some mokume and itame. There is profuse ara-nie and ji-nie. This sword was attributed to Mino Kanenaka. There were many Kanenaka smiths working at this time but this sword is of a distinct quality. The hamon is gunome midare in notare with much activity and plenty of nie with nioi. The hada is an itame/mokume mix with some masame. This is a koto muramachi wakazashi made back in the 1500’s by Kanenaka a smith from the Seki school lineage. The hamon is notare based gunome and has very good quality hatarai/activity. The hamon is very healthy for such an older piece. The hada is also well forged and is very active and has very nice masame in places. Seki school blades like this were known to be very reliable and sharp. This wakazashi comes in shirasaya with papers attesting to quality and maker. There is a silver foil habaki also. The sword comes in a good polish. KANENAKA (兼仲), Eiroku (永禄, 1558-1570), Mino – “Kanenaka” (兼仲), “Nōshū Seki-jū Kanenaka” (濃州関住兼仲), Zenjō school, itame mixed with masame...
Jumyo wakazashi (fss-743)

Jumyo wakazashi (fss-743)

Jumyo wakazashi (fss-743)   New Item   Available   Sold On Hold Special Sale The Jumyo name has its origins from Yamato in Nara prefecture and moved to Mino province in Gifu prefecture in the Kamakura period (1185-1333). The tradition continued until the end of the Edo period in 1868.The name, Jumyo, means life span or longevity.  Their swords were prized as celebrated gifts to Daimyo families amongst the Samurai society.  This is an exquisite ko- wakazashi.  The finer aspects of this koshirae are very unique.  The tsuba/guard is made of shakudo with a dragon themed rim and tsukashi kirimon cutout.  Most of the fittings are also shakudo.  The saya/scabbard is made in a unique style. The lacquer is very precious with kojiri made of silver.  The tsukamaki or silk handle wrapping shows a beautiful aged appearance and coloration.  We do not recommend changing it.  The overall condition is excellent with some minor age oriented damage, and is a splendid work of art in itself.  The blade is also very well made and flawless.  It is in a fresh polish and the hada and hamon can truly be appreciated and enjoyed.   The hamon is nioi based in general and has a very controlled hamon in a sugu-ba style.  It  is subdued with minute chikei to be found  and is opulent in finish with ji-nie.  The sword should be submitted to  shinsa in the future to add to its overall value. ” A NOTE ON THE DRAGON THEME ” Many Chinese believed the dragon held, or at least chased, the sun, and many drawings depict this as a flaming red ball. However, over the...