Soshu Masahiro (fss-763)

Soshu Masahiro (fss-763)

Soshu Masahiro (fss-763)   New Item   Available   Sold On Hold Special Sale We are pleased  to be able to offer an extremely rare Nambokucho era Soshu Masahiro. This blade is loaded with hataraki and horimono as can be seen in the pictures. One side has a carving of a Dragon wrapped around a ken with vajra or ” Shin no Kurikara “. The other side has a Bonji representing “Fudo Myoo ” with Gomabashi and Rendai or lotus blossums”. There is sunagashi, kinsuji and chikei. Ji-nie also abounds. There is a unique 3 dimensional quality to the steel as if looking through a pool of water at the hataraki, rarely seen and can be found on the best of Soshu blades. A great sword for the connoisseur of the early Soshu school just a couple of generations from Masamune. His influence can be greatly felt in this piece. This is a true Sunobi Tanto from the Nambokucho era, ubu with 3 holes. The sword is wide and beautiful to behold. A true Soshu masterpiece. It has Mitsumune and in an exquisite polish. This sword has very nice Nambokucho style horimono The koshirae is ensuite with a myriad of Dragonflies as the motif: “Dragonfly: According to legend, a passing soul can take the shape of a dragonfly, especially during Bon, the Buddhist Day of the Dead.” The Fuchi/Kashira are in soft metal with the eyes made of Radon or mother of pearl and appear to glow!. Truly spectacular. The kodzuka is of 2 dragonfly of different type and butterfly and very old. The kodzuka blade is hand forged with kanji. The tsuba is of Iron Sukashi style...
Hizen Tadakuni (fss-762)

Hizen Tadakuni (fss-762)

Hizen Tadakuni (fss-762)   New Item   Available   Sold On Hold Special Sale   The Hizen Tadayoshi school of sword smith’s needs no introduction, and are highly prized worldwide.  It all began with the Shodai Tadayoshi who was born in 1572, and known as Hashimoto Shinsaemonjo. Shodai Tadayoshi at age 25 became an apprentice to Umetada Myoju in Kyoto, who is known as the founder of the Shinto Sword. The “Tada” character was given to him by Umetada. After a three year apprenticeship Tadayoshi returned to his home in Hizen Province, where he set up the Hizen Tadayoshi Kaji. The Hizen Tadayoshi Kaji extended through nine mainline generations, ending with the death of the 9th generation Hizen Tadayoshi in 1880. Roger Robertshaw, author of the book “The School of Tadayoshi”, is one of the foremost authorities and collectors of the Hizen Tadayoshi School. In his book, Mr. Robertshaw states, “The Tadayoshi line were the mainline swordsmiths, but equally  as good works were produced by their family and students such as Tadakuni and their descendents.”  As well he states, “Anyone who has had the chance to handle the works of Tadakuni will readily attest to their quality. Blades by this master will immediately impress you as awesome and powerful weapons. The 1st generation or Shodai Hizen Tadakuni was the son of Hizen Yoshiie.  Hizen Yoshiie, the brother and student of Shodai Tadayoshi, worked c. 1625, and his works were rated Josaku.  Hizen Tadakuni, was known to have produced swords of equal quality of any  the mainline Tadayoshi smith’s. Tadakuni’s works were rated Josaku by Fujishiro for his skill and Wazamono in...
Harima no Daijō Shigetaka (fss-761)

Harima no Daijō Shigetaka (fss-761)

Harima no Daijō Shigetaka (fss-761)   New Item   Available   Sold On Hold Special Sale A SWORD SIGNED AND PAPERED TO:  ” ECHIZEN JU HARIMA DAIJO FUJIWARA SHIGETAKA “ At the beginning of the Shinto period Echizen province (now Fukui pref.), also known as the Azuchi-Momoyama period in the 1570s, Native sword smiths from Seki, Mino provence such as KANETANE 兼種, KANENORI 兼則 had moved and MASANORI 正則 were invited from the capital of Yamashiro to Fukui, Echizen provence. The AOI crest was bestowed on YASUTSUGU 康継 from the Lord Tokugawa and 16 petals KIKU crests were bestowed from the Imperial Court on KUNIKIYO 国淸 of Kunihiro school. They strived to attain the skill for performance, strength and beauty of the martial spirit with the increasing demand from the Samurai. The smith SHIGETAKA 重高 with the official title of Harima-daijo 播磨大掾, had come from Iida, Shinshu provence then moved to Seki, Mino to become a disciple of KANENORI 兼則. SHIGETAKA 重高 had moved to Ichijōdani, Echizen to accept an invitation to work for the Asakura clan along with his master KANENORI 兼則. 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 bldes, or Seki blades in particular, were regarded as being durable and sharp and so a downright wave of migration of Mino/Seki swordsmiths can be seen, especially in the neighboring provinces of Owari and Echizen. As for Echizen, the province also gave a new home...
Yokoyama Sukesada (fss-760)

Yokoyama Sukesada (fss-760)

Yokoyama Sukesada (fss-760)   New Item   Available   Sold On Hold Special Sale A beautiful flawless blade in the tradition of Yokoyama Sukesada of the Shinto period. This blade is from the 1st generation of this smith from this era. This blade is by the Shinto Sukesada smith who singlehandedly saved this school from obliteration after the great flood of the Yoshii River in 1591 which wiped out almost the entire school. This smith is responsible for the founding of the Yokoyama branch which was especially made famous during the Shinshinto era. The Bizen tradition of sword craft reigned supreme as the longest and most successful line of smith in Japanese Sword history, spanning over 1200 years of sword manufacture, born with the smith Tomonari in the 10th century AD.  From Tomonari, the successive centuries saw the development of other schools working in the Bizen tradition such as, Ichimonji, Ko-osafune, Kozori, Osafune, Yoshii, Omiya, and the extensive Sukesada school, from which the school of this sword, Yokoyama,emerged. The quality of works ebbed and flowed with the tides of warfare, with quality yielding to demands of quantity during the dark times of the great civil wars that tore the country apart at the seams.  Two calamitous floods also scoured Osafune village twice within a relatively short period and one historic text says that the only smithing family to survive was the Yokoyama family.  It’s no coincidence then that with the transition into the Shinto period a few short years later, that the Yokoyama Sukesada line of smiths occupies a place in sword manufacture, keeping breath of life in their tradition after the...
Authentic Period Daisho (fss-759)

Authentic Period Daisho (fss-759)

Authentic Period Daisho (fss-759)   New Item   Available   Sold On Hold Special Sale A True Samurai Daisho, These swords, both Koto pieces (1500’s era) are mounted in a spectacular pair of original Edo period mounts with inlayed style lacquered saya accentuated with abalone throughout. The Motif is of a floral design framed within a textile like curtain and are in pristine condition. The flowers that are used are called Paulowinia, it is a flower pattern referred to in Japanese as Go-Shichi-No-Kiri and was used to represent the Prime minister of Japan in later times. The Menuki are of gold washed dragons and the Kozuka is of a scholar or monks traversing their way to a town in the distance, a very cool scene indeed and quite nice. The Tsuba are of iron with gold inlay of the Musashi plains grass with small winged insects at the bottom both with gold Mon to the maker. The Same or rayskin is of very high quality with a large pattern nodule exposed. The ito is a goldish brown and the sageo is mauvish and white with dragon motif. These sageo with dragon weaved in them are fragile and very old.  They are very unique. The Daisho habaki are both 2-piece with shakudo foil bases and the tops are of silver foil both original to the blades and matching. The Dai-to was attributed to Den Kanesada. A beautiful blade in  pristine polish and loaded with activity from the koto period an O-suriage piece. Within the Sugu-ha there is hotsure, sunagahi and kinsugi. The hada is a dense and beautiful swirling itame and mokume mix. The hada has some course areas that stand out as in...