Echizen Kanenori (fss-789)

Echizen Kanenori (fss-789)

Echizen Kanenori (fss-789) New Item Available Sold On Hold Special Sale This beautiful exquisitely made Tanto comes in a very nice polish. The hamon is extremely subtle with a Notare/gunome based in suguha temper. This blade was  made in the Echizen/shimosaka style from the shinto era. The hada is a masame mix with mokume and very finely done. The sword shows off the blades fine qualities in a very clear sashikomi polish. The blade is in HIRA-ZUKURI shape.  This stunning Echizen blade from the Shinto era comes in shirasaya with an ivory mekugi-ana ringlet and is in a fine Japanese polish. The work on this sword is very elegant and exciting at the same time. In the hamon you can see tsunagashi and kinsuji with a well defined habuchi with some ko-nie to frost the top and also in the valleys there is much Nie to be seen.. The hada is well forged and in great shape for such beauty of a blade with some masame running here and there entwined with itame and mokume. Ji-nie appears. The style is that of Hira-zukuri. A quality of hada called Echizen-gane which was indicative of this school can be found on this blade. The tang is signed: Echizen-no kuni-Shimosaka-Kanenori From the later Muromachi period onwards, Mino province saw a steady outflow of swordsmiths, a trend that saw its peak in the Momoyama and early Edo period. Reason was for the most part the then significant demand for swords and thus local daimyô began to recruit famous masters to work for them on their lands. Mino blades, or Seki blades in particular, were regarded as being durable and sharp and...
Sesshū-jū Norihide (fss-788)

Sesshū-jū Norihide (fss-788)

Sesshū-jū Norihide (fss-788) New Item Available Sold On Hold Special Sale This Shinsakuto is a captivating traditionally made sword. With a ″ Nagasa and custom mountings this is a sword to admire. This blade was created to use for training and also for appreciation. A Choji midare hamon loaded with sunagashi, kinsuji and chikei . Ji-nie abounds and adds to the aesthetic quality of the blade. There are thick lines of Chikei that form large Mokume burls similar to Ayasugi hada with fine itame loaded with ji-nie. These large Mokume areas form a stream flowing into the Hamon. This is a beautiful sword by Norihide in Sesshu, present day Hyogo prefecture. His real name is Koshio Gonda who lives in Takarazuka-city and he has won several awards in the Contemporary Sword Exhibition and Contest held by Japanese Sword Preservation Society (NBTHK). This blade is an outstanding example of his work style. Special ordered and elaborately made. The whole shape is stout and entirely overflowing with an ambitious spirit. There are 2 mekugi-ana in an ubu nakago. This sword is spectacular to study and for the finest of Shinsakuto collectors. A pleasure to behold and one never gets tired of viewing the myriad of activity that is found in this blade. The Koshirae is very appealing.  Adorned with iron Fuchi / Kashira and Tsuba . The handle wrap is finished in black leather as well as a black silk sageo. There is a Sukashi style tsuba and a swirling lacquer finish to the saya which also accentuates the mountings. The Saya is in a red and black lacquered finish. The habaki and seppa are finished in a gold wash. This blade was made of Tamahagane and using the traditional methods, folded and clay tempered,...
EDO DAISHO (fss-787)

EDO DAISHO (fss-787)

EDO DAISHO (fss-787) New Item Available Sold On Hold Special Sale A beautiful Samurai Daisho, These swords are mounted in a spectacular suspension of abalone style Koshirae . The Motif is of scholars or men finished in iron with gold with a natural setting background. The Dai-to had papers but were unfortunately lost and will have to be papered at some future time. A beautiful blade in pristine polish and loaded with activity from the Shinto period. Within the gunome-midare hamon there is hotsure, sunagashi and kinsugi. The hada is a dense and beautiful itame and mokume mix with some masame and loaded with ji-nie. The Sho-to was attributed to kanesada of the shinto period. A mumei piece this sword has a hamon with O-gunome-midare throughout. The hada is an itame and mokume with ji-nie. Both swords are mounted in newly made saya to protect the polish. The koshirae has an ito of blue and the sageo is a teal in color. The Kodzuka blade is polished with a gunome-midare hamon. Much activity can be found within the hamon and hada of this ko-katana blade The kodzuka itself is a beautiful floral motif as well as the menuki. The tsubas are of a Jokushi style of a village scene within a mountain backdrop finished in iron. Both swords have matching gold washed habaki and seppa. The wearing of daishō was limited to the samurai class, and became a symbol or badge of their rank. Daishō may have became popular around the end of the Muromachi period (1336 to 1573)as several early examples date from the late sixteenth century.An edict in 1629 defining the duties of a samurai required the wearing of...
Chikuzen Yoshisuke (fss-786)

Chikuzen Yoshisuke (fss-786)

Chikuzen Yoshisuke (fss-786) New Item Available Sold On Hold Special Sale The Chikuzen Nobukuni at the Edo period during the Kanbun era is continuation of the Muromachi period. Chikuzen-ju Yoshisada, Nobukuni Yoshisuke of which this sword is attributed to and Nobukuni-zaemon Yoshikane were active at same time. An affordable exquisite package for the connoisseur’s of collecting. This blade is fully polished and mounted with papers attributing it to CHIKUZEN NOBUKUNI YOSHISUKE. The sword is a beautiful saka gunome-midare just loaded with hataraki. There is ashi, sunagashi. a thick nioi-guchi, kinsuji. The hada is layed in ji-nie with much ara-nie peppering the hamon especially found in the valleys of the GUNOME. The hada is a true itame and mokume blend with masame. There is chikei and the boshi is finished in O-maru. The koshirae is a dazzling horse theme with fuchi, kashira and menuki of horses finished in shakudo and gold. The tsuba is a Mokko shape in iron with a picturesque setting of scholars under a tree signed and finished in gold and silver. The sageo and tsuka ito are a matching cobalt blue with a large nodule same(rayskin). The saya is beautiful and narrowly ribbed finished in black lacquer. Chikuzen Nobukuni History: Chikuzen Nobukuni is a long line extending from Koto times. The Sengoku labored all sword schools until the Momoyama of robust unification breathed new life into the arts and styles of all of Japan. The young masters coming from Ten-sho, such as Horikawa Kunihiro, traveling to Kyoto, would create a new world of strong new Momoyama styles. The “Shinto” sword-period grew directly from Hideyoshi’s Momoyama Unification....
HIGO MITSUYO (fss-784)

HIGO MITSUYO (fss-784)

HIGO MITSUYO (fss-784) New Item Available Sold On Hold Special Sale Item description here A rare wakazashi by MITSUYO also pronounced MITSUSHIRO with the pseudonym of Hata , surname Ito and is said to have originated in Yamashiro. He stayed in Seki in Mino and then was adopted into the Echu-no-kami SADAYUKI in Owari where he broke off relations to become independent. The blade is signed on both sides ” HIGO NO KAMI HATA MITSUYO” and stating that this was made with Nanbam tetsu. Fortune made him work exclusively for a great swordsman Yagyu-renyasai TOSHIKANE then later learned from Tsushima-no-kami TSUNEMITSU by his mediation. He enjoyed an official district title of Higo-no-kami that was granted by the Imperial Court during the Kanbun era (1661-), he lived in Nishi-kaji-cho (now Nishiki-2-chome, Naka-award, Nagoya) then moved to Minami Monzen-machi. There is a well-known work by Hata MITSUYO, a wakizashi named Oni-no Houcho that was exclusively made for: Yagyu-renyu-TOSHIKANE and is his most distinguished work constructed with great pains and also the most famed Daisho-set of Kago-tsurube and Sasa-no-tsuyu which had been owed by Yagyu-renya TOSHIKANE during his lifetime. In the Tokugawa Art Museum collection, an odd shaped wakizashi work of Ito Higo no kami Hata Mitsuyo for Yagyu Toshinobu , tested to vivisect two bodies and a wakizashi of “Go YOSHIHIRO” a reproduction of the work of Tsushima-no-kami TSUNEMITSU both have been treasures of the Owari Tokugawa feudal clan and also the Owari Yagyu swordmans school. The number of extant works by the swordsmith MITSUYO is comparatively small because they were only made to order for the Owari yagyu school of swordsmanship. Copper finished Habaki collar, preserved in Shirasaya, a plain wood mounting. Good...