Osafune Sukesada (fss-757)

Osafune Sukesada (fss-757)

Osafune Sukesada (fss-757)   New Item   Available   Sold On Hold Special Sale A one handed katana from the Bizen Sukesada school. TheBlade is of uchi katana length with a hamon of Bizen midare. The nie deki hamon is very well done . Ashi and small kinsuji are seen along with fine mokume itame hada.The boshi is in midare komi and ichimai. Blade is gorgeous and in good condition, especially for its age. The tang is ubu 1 hole and signed with 2 character signature (Sukesada). During the twelfth century Uchigatana started to be used and by the Muromachi Period approximately 1336 to 1573 the uchigatana began to rival the tachi as the sword of choice by warriors. Unlike the tachi, the uchigatana was worn edge-up in the belt,  this and usually being slightly smaller than the tachi was the main difference between the tachi and the uchigatana.  Since it is worn differently, the engraved words on the sword are also opposite to the tachi, making the words still upright instead of upside-down like when one wears the tachi like an uchigatana. This sword became popular for several reasons, the uchigatana was more convenient to wear and did not get in the way of using a polearm as much as a tachi, also the frequency of battles fought on foot and the need for speed on the battlefield, were major reasons for the uchigatana being rapidly accepted and indicated that battlefield combat had grown in intensity. Since it was shorter, it could be used in more confined quarters, such as inside a building. Unlike the tachi, with which the acts of drawing and...
Enomoto Sadahito (fss-756)

Enomoto Sadahito (fss-756)

Enomoto Sadahito (fss-756)   New Item   Available   Sold On Hold Special Sale FROM THE BOOK ” THE NEW GENERATION OF JAPANESE SWORDSMITHS ” Enomoto Sadahito Craft:  Tosho (swordsmith) Born: 1954 Address:  Mishima City, Shizuoka Prefecture Enomoto Sadahito is the son of Enomoto Sadayoshi.  He began training under his father while an elementary student, and became a licensed smith in 1977.  He specializes in the Soshu Den, making swords in the tradition of Masamune and Sadamune.  He also works in the Gassan tradition, making the trademark ayasugi hada. He uses tamahagane as well as old steel and oroshigane.  He makes swords using the kobuse or makuri construction.  True to the Soshu Den, his hamon is a midare with profuse nie, sunagashi, kinsuji, and other hataraki. Sadahito was invited to demonstrate his craft in 1998 at the University of Wisconsin Art Facultyˆ‚s Traditional Japanese Metalwork Seminar.  He is currently the President of the Tokai Branch of the National Association of Swordmakers. Sadahito is a regular entrant in the yearly sword making contests; he has taken the Doryoku Sho, or Effort Award, three times.  He is an up and coming  smith with great potential; surely his future is a bright one.   This Shinsakuto is a beautiful traditionally made sword. With almost a 29″ Nagasa and custom mountings this is a sword to admire. This blade was created to use for training and also for cutting in the traditional Martial Arts as well as for a collector of Shinsakuto blades. A gunome midare hamon with loaded with nie , sunagashi, kinsuji and much more adds to the aesthetic quality of the blade. There is boho which also adds to the balance...
Sado no Motoyoshi (fss-754)

Sado no Motoyoshi (fss-754)

Sado no Motoyoshi (fss-754)   New Item   Available   Sold On Hold Special Sale KUNITOMI (国富), Genroku (元禄, 1688-1704), Nagato – “Minamoto Kunitomi Nagato Hagi-jū” (源国富長門萩住), “Sado no Daijō Fujiwara Kunitomi” (佐渡大掾藤原国富), “Sado no Kami Kunitomi Motoyoshi saku” (佐渡守国富元嘉作), “Sado no Kami Fujiwara Kunitomi” (佐渡守藤原国富), he lived in Hagi (萩) and signed later with Motoyoshi (元嘉), the name Motoyoshi is listed in some sources with the characters (元喜), mostly Tegai-style suguha mixed with ko-midare, nijūba and kuichigaiba, he also worked in Edo, Ōshū, and in Matsue (松江) in Izumo province, chū-saku. This katana is a very sound and healthy blade and appears to be an older shinto sword..  The blade is loaded with exciting activity and is of high quality.  The hamon is bright and shows many hataraki/activity.  The hada is milky looking and  is forged well with much ji-nie and utsuri seems to appear.  The overall feel of this blade is one of a well balanced beautiful katana that is very sharp. The hamon is frosted with nie and the hada is a tighly well forged mokume with itame. There is gunome-midare that is very beautifull which is full of sunagashi and other hataraki. Tobyaki can be seen floating above the hamon. The boshi is Kaen loaded with hakikake. Ji-nie and Ara-nie pepper this sword completely..The mounts are very well made. The koshirae is not fancy but are more of a true samurai style and very utalitarian.  They are plush looking without a flashy appearance. The koshirae are a mix of a wonderful brown lacquer work and matching Ito and Sageo. There is a small menuki depicting a horse in a setting. A silver foiled habaki also...
Noshu Ju Kanetoshi (fss-746)

Noshu Ju Kanetoshi (fss-746)

Noshu Ju Kanetoshi (fss-746)   New Item   Available   Sold On Hold Special Sale This is a late war army officers sword from WWII. This sword is a hand forged blade. It has good hada that was well forged and a very active hamon that was water quenched in the tradition manner. This is a very good example of a sword made by the Rikugun Jumei sword smith Kanetoshi. Kanetoshi is listed as a Rikugun Jumei Tosho. Swords made from this group can have a star stamp on the blade as this one has. This blade comes in original mounts and is in mint condition. Signature: [Star Stamp] Nôshû-jû Kanetoshi (濃州住兼俊)[Seki Stamp] Shôwa jûkunen rokugatsu (昭和十九年六月, “June 1944”)   KANETOSHI (兼俊), Shōwa (昭和, 1926-1989), Gifu – “Kanetoshi” (兼俊), real name Murayama Kinokazu (村山喜之一), born August 3rd 1905, he worked as rikugun-jumei-tōshō and died February 23rd 1978, jōkō no retsu (Akihide), Second Seat at the 6th Shinsaku Nihontō Denrankai (新作日本刀展覧会, 1941) The hamon is an erratic blend of gorgeous choji midare with all sorts on inner activity to be found. The hada is mainly a tight well worked itame as seen in the pictures with misc. swirls of chikei and some O-hada.The blade is in a beautiful pristine polish and high grade shirasaya to protect the polish. The hamon is peppered with Nie as well as ji-nie. From the “Japanese Sword Guide” The presence of a STAR stamp on the nakago of a WW II era sword blade is an indicator of a blade made by swordsmiths of the Rikugun Jumei Tosho. To become Rikugun Jumei Tosho, a swordsmith...
Yamato Masanori (fss-733)

Yamato Masanori (fss-733)

Yamato Masanori (fss-733)   New Item   Available   Sold On Hold Special Sale One of the true masters of Keicho Shinto. This smith can be found in most books and especially the ” Masters of Keicho Shinto by Markus Sesko “.. There is an outstanding gunome midare hamon. The hamon has an abundant amount of hataraki/activity and in a fresh polish will stand out beautifully. There are many tobyaki/yubashiri above the hamon. The hada is very clear and has a milky appearance and is well forged.  This is mounted in shirasaya with silver rain storm style habaki.   This sword is from an old collection and is papered to Den Masanori. Masanori was from the Yamada (山田) family and signed his name in early years with the characters (正法). He came originally from Miyatsu (宮津) in Tango province and was a late smith of the lineage of SanjōYoshinori (吉則). Via a stopover in Yamashiro, he moved to Fukui (福井) in Echizen province where he became a student of Kanenori (兼法). We know date signatures from the 13th year of Keichō(1608) to the fourth year of Keian (慶安, 1651). He had one successor who moved later to Edo. Although Masanori was mostly active somewhat later than Keichō, his early works are nevertheless interpreted in Keichō-shintōstyle. We can see a strong resemblance to Mino, or to be precise to Sue-Seki and Kanefusa (兼房) in his works, but certain blades remind of Hizen Tadahiro, Echizen Yasutsugu, or of the Horikawa school. A fine example of the older style blades this sword is polished and mounted in shirasaya “. A fresh polish would greatly enhance the value of the...