Bizen Norimitsu (fss-903)

Bizen Norimitsu (fss-903)

Bizen Norimitsu (fss-903) New Item Available Sold On Hold Special Sale We have here a masterpiece that not only displays the typical features of Norimitsu, but of Osafune works from that time in general, which are referred to as Ōei-Bizen . One of the most beautiful Bizen Norimitsu  that I have posted in many years. This blade is flawless and a pristine example of Osafune Norimitsu from the 15th Century. The First generation Norimitsu began in the Tei-ji era and continued through the late Muromachi period. During the Muramachi period, Morimitsu, Yasumitsu and Norimitsu were quite well known swordsmiths.  Norimitsu was a student of Nagamitsu and continued for several generations into late Muromachi period. This blade is very unusual with bohi and so-hi that are just visible.  The Jigane is marvelous with a beautiful Ji-hada of ko-mokume. Clear Utsuri can be seen. The hamon is a perfect nie laden sugu-ha with  a very nice boshi that is ko-maru. Small hataraki can be seen within this hamon caused by the wonderful jihada covered in ji-nie.  At the time this sword was made, Osafune Norimitsu’s focus was on function and straight forward quality.  No attempt was made to add flashy details to the work.  The feeling of this sword is that of the very best quality. It has a long signature and date which also makes this a very precious piece as we can pinpoint the generation of this line of smiths. This appears to be the fourth generation of Norimitsu.  There is a very beautiful high grade Koshirae that accompanies this blade. The ito is purple and the sageo is a white trimmed burgundy. The black lacquered saya is ribbed. The fuchi/kashira in a fine Nanako of misc. gourds to match...
Osafune Morikage (fss-901)

Osafune Morikage (fss-901)

Osafune Morikage (fss-901) New Item Available Sold On Hold Special Sale This blade is a magnifiscent example of a fine Koto period piece made by Osafune Morikage. The hada is a beautiful swirling mix of itame and mokume loaded and covered in ji-nie. Chikei can be seen amongst the brilliant ji-nie covered hada. The hamon is covered in nie with lively streaks of sunagashi and kinsuji. The boshi is hakikake. The quality is very high on this sword and many of his swords have received Juyo papers.  This sword has not been submitted yet to Juyo shinsa and is a good candidate.  The koshirae is very imposingh. The saya is in a luxurious black lacquered finish. The fittings are various motif of samurai men. The tsuba is of an irregular shape in iron with a motif of pine trees. The tsuka ito is a rich blue color over a white same (rayskin). The sageo is a blue to match the ito. The seppa and habaki are gold washed.  This sword comes with TOKUBETSU HOZON papers from the NBTHK. Information on school:The founder of the Bizen Ômiya (備前大宮) School is generally thought to have been Kunimori (国盛).  He was active around the Bun-ô (文應) era or 1260 during the Kamakura period.  One theory says that he came from Inokuma Taigû a shrine in the Ômiya district of the Yamashiro Province, thus giving this school its name.  Another theory says that he went to the Ômiya district of Bizen, hence the name Ômiya School.  Whatever the reason, since works by the Kamakura smiths of this school are non-existent, the swords we...
NIO DEN KATANA (FSS-899)

NIO DEN KATANA (FSS-899)

NIO DEN KATANA (FSS-899) New Item Available Sold On Hold Special Sale This fine sword dates back to the 14th century (1300’s).  It comes from a unique and important school known as Nio.  The blade exhibits Beautiful Yamato qualities.  Yamato is from one are the five main line schools of sword making (Yamato, Yamashiro, Bizen, Mino and Soshu).  This type of sword is highly collectible.  Classic collectors are always looking for swords of this style that go back to the early times of sword making in Japan.  This particular blade is in very good condition and in polish.  It is rather long-ish at almost 28 inches. The Hamon is very elegant and subdued. It comes in a lovely Shirasaya with horn inlay and a Sayagaki from Mr. Tanobe.  The certificate is from the NBTHK and are of High quality stating that this sword received a Tokubetsu Hozon paper.  The sword has a 2-piece gold foiled habaki. The koshirae is very elegant and not meant to be flashy. The saya is lacquered and has crushed abalone Shell inlaid in the lacquer and completed with carved ribs. The tsuka-maki is white with a white sageo to match. The same is white and the tsuba is of iron with Gold inlay design. Thye fuchi/kashira are of streams and rocks and the menuki are of people and have gold inlay. NIO DEN:The NIO school of which the smiths lived in Kaga of Suo province and had been active from Kamakura to the Muromachi periodsis very well on display in this sword. It was said that Kiyohira was the founder and was active in...
MUTSU NO KAMI TSUNASHIGE (FSS-898)

MUTSU NO KAMI TSUNASHIGE (FSS-898)

MUTSU NO KAMI TSUNASHIGE (FSS-898) New Item Sold On Hold Special Sale “A masterpiece”This sword was made by Mutsu No Kami Fujiwara Tsunashige.  It also has a cutting test inlayed in gold. Generally swords with cutting test will only be for two bodies or less.  Also, different types of cutting tested are found but its extremely rare to find a Sword with a three body cutting test. Making this long katana unique, rare and extremely collectable This particular blade is a most outstanding work by the swordsmith Tsunashige. The hamon is a gunome midare in a notarish form. There is tsunagashi that clearly  runs through the hamon. The gunome hamon is frosted with a beautiful nioi-guchi that is mostly in nie. There are times when the tsunagashi becomes kinsuji and sweeps into the hada creating a form of chikei that is just outstanding. The Chikei is exquisite and is finely compacted within the tight itame hada. There is masame-nagare that forms sporadically within the hada. The Boshi is a thick maru with medium Kaeri The tachi koshirae is a sight to behold. A brilliant ITO_MAKI no tachi style koshirae. The mounts were made in the Edo Era (1600’s-1700’s). This sword has a beautiful gold gilded trim over iron fittings. The tsuka-ito is of black silk with menuki of Mice on a salmon. There is an iron Mokko-gata  tsuba that matched the iron fittings. There is a gold foiled habaki. The saya is covered in a keenly decorated silk Brocade accentuated with Kamons. The Tachi sageo is a combination of green, blues red and a creamy white silk all mounted with tsunagi....
ENOMOTO SADAYOSHI (fss-897)

ENOMOTO SADAYOSHI (fss-897)

ENOMOTO SADAYOSHI (fss-897) New Item Available Sold On Hold Special Sale A beautiful ubu with one hole katana this sword from the Gendaito era boasts of classical like work . The hada has a dense itame with and a wild jigane and the hamon is a notarebased  like gunome/choji midare..This was Sadayoshi’s ode to the Fukuoka Ichimonli school. Ko-nie layers the entire hamon blanketing the nioi-guchi with a turbulent amount of Ara-nie, a very pleasing spectacler. This katana is very sound and healthy like the day it was forged and a real 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 utsuri appears. The overall feel of this blade is one of a well balanced beautiful katana and is very sharp. This blade is a large and extremely healthy and one can imagine what a blade just forged really feels like. The hamon is frosted with nie and the hada is a tightly well-forged itame. The koshirae is very clean and fundamental with menuki of floral motif . The tsuba is a picturesque depiction leaves in iron tsukashi style. There is a black lacquered saya  along with black same to match.The fuchi Kashira is also of large floral motif set in a cartouche as a backdrop.  The blade is in full polish with shirasaya. The habaki is silver and seppa are gold washed. The sageo is brown as well as...