Daisho with Koto Blades  (fss-819)

Daisho with Koto Blades (fss-819)

Daisho with Koto Blades (fss-819) New Item Available Sold On Hold Special Sale Item description: These swords are mounted in an elegant daisho Koshirae. The saya are elaborately finished in a uniques style of Samegawa. The Same/ray skin is attached to the wooden core and ground down flat and polished after lacquer is applied.  This finish is not usually found in this condition.  An interesting note: The kurikata of both saya are finished in same(rayskin) which is a rarity. The Motif is of Dragons throughout finished in gold waves and clouds as a backdrop.  All the fitting are original and matching.  This is a true original Daisho.  The koshirae has an ito of blue that is also very old and the sageo are black in color. The Kodzuka blade and ko-gatana are in a dragon motif also with a shakudo/nanako finish. The ko-gatana blade is signed. The menuki are also well made in a dragon motif that compleat the koshirai. The tsubas are of a Buddhist symbol repeated throughout finished in iron. These tsuba are spectacular and the amount of work that went into them is incredible.  Both swords have matching gold washed habaki and seppa. Please note that for koshirai or mounts to receive papers they must be original and not put together.  This is a real daisho set. The katana is signed Kanesada . 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. It has the appearance of the evening sky! The wakazashi was attributed to kaneharu of the shinto period. A mumei...
Bizen Yoshinori (fss-818)

Bizen Yoshinori (fss-818)

Bizen Yoshinori (fss-818) New Item Available Sold On Hold Special Sale Item description: This is a signed tanto made by Yoshinori with kantei-sho origami attesting to its school, age and quality. It has a longish nakago signed yoshinori Saku.The blade length is 11 1/8″ This blade is an ubu nakago (original nakago/tang that has not been cut or shortened).  The blade shows some fine utsuri.This is a graceful tanto with strong activity. The jigane is especially attractive, and is a wonderful piece made by Yoshinori. The koshirae is in the Aikuchi style with a Kami Hira Maki zuka style tsuka wrap. The saya is finished in a brown Ishime style lacquer. The fittings are of horn with a horse and colt running side by side for menuki. The habaki is gilded.The Sageo is a reddish burgundy color. Yoshinori was of the Yoshii Bizen tradition and worked in the 15th century:The Yoshii (吉井派)school was active in Yoshii, near Osafune, beginning in the Nanbokuchô period.  Tamenori (為則) is said to have been the founder, followed by Kagenori (景則), Sanenori (真則), Ujinori (氏則), Yoshinori (吉則), Mitsunori, (光則), Morinori (盛則), Naganori, (永則) , Kanenori (兼則), and others. Later generations of smiths used the same names and those who moved to Izumo province are known as the Unshu Yoshii (雲州吉井)smiths. Most of the Yoshii (吉井)blades were produced during the Muromachi era. Their workmanship shows its own distinctive traits and is an unorthodox variation of the Bizen tradition.   Mei: Yoshinori Saku Date: Eiko (1429) Nagasa: 11-1/8inches Sori: 2.0 mm Width at the ha-machi: 26.6 mm Thickness at the mune-machi: 5.5 mm Construction: Hira zukuri Mune: Iori Nakago: Ubu Kitae: Itame/mokume Hamon: Midare Gunome Boshi: Maru Condition: Good older polish Click to Enlarge Image Click...
SHIN-SHINTO TANTO (fss-817)

SHIN-SHINTO TANTO (fss-817)

SHIN-SHINTO TANTO (fss-817) New Item Available Sold On Hold Special Sale Item description: This is a shin shinto tanto in mounts.  The overall condition is very good.  This blade is more than likely from the 1800’s and the work on it is clearly visible.  The hamon is in gunome style and looks attractive. There are many little inner workings (hataraki)  that can be seen peppering the blade. A layer of ji-nie can be seen frosting the hamon. The hada is itame and clear and fine chikei and ji-nie can be found. This tanto was well made and the mounts are a mixture of shakudo, gold and copper with a Togidashi Makie style lacquer on the saya.  Overall a very reasonably priced tanto for a new collector that is in very good condition. The older polish is very clean and in very good condition some minor openings are visible but can polish out and not deep. The fittings are matching (fuchi/kashira/tsuba) in a Buddhist design, There are kodzuka and kogai of shakudo with gold of various design, and the the sageo is a very nice braided black The saya is finished in the swirling Togidashi Makie style . The habaki is 2-pieced of a gold washed copper. The handle is done in Same (rayskin) with Mon menuki. Mei: Mumei Date: Late Edo (1800’s) Nagasa: 14 7/8 inches Sori: 10.0 mm Width at the ha-machi: 32.5 mm Thickness at the mune-machi: 6.8 mm Construction: Hira-zukuri Mune: Iori Nakago: Ubu Kitae: Itame Hamon: Midare Gunome Boshi: Maru Condition: Older polish Click to Enlarge Image Click to Enlarge Image This sword is on consignment. Special Sale Price Sold On Hold Asking price: $2,900.00 (shipping and insurance included) Email us if your interested in this item and remember to include...
(Inoue Shinkai) Kunisada (2nd) (fss-816)

(Inoue Shinkai) Kunisada (2nd) (fss-816)

(Inoue Shinkai) Kunisada (2nd) (fss-816) New Item Available Sold On Hold Special Sale Item description: We are pleased to showcase this exceptional Inoue Shinkai Kunisada blade. Kunisada (Shinkai) is a saijo-saku level swordsmith, the highest level that can be achieved for a swordsmith. Inoue Shinkai is considered one of the best of the Osaka Shinto smiths and this blade shows his incredible workmanship. The Jihada is a beautiful blend of well worked mokume and itame. Chikei and ji-nie can be found in abundance. The hamon has a lovely glowing nioi-guchi frosted with ko-nie throughout. Small inner workings of kinsuji can be seen. The boshi follows the hamon in maru which is also sprinkled with a fine layer of ko-nie. The blade is ubu with one hole and signed “Izumi No Kami Kunisada” and the yasurime is in Sujikai stye and is in perfect condition with a wonderful patina. The koshirae for this blade is outstanding. The mounts are a deeply carved shakudo with gold of a floral and arabesque pattern and theme. The saya is in the Togidashi Makie style with minor damage from use and and has an antique white silk sageo to match the string wrapped tsuka. String wrapping in silk such as this is of the best quality and is generally done only on the best of swords. The Same (rayskin) is of a lovely antique ivory color with large nodules. There is kodzuka and kogai. The kodzuka has a Mt. Fuji theme to match the Mt. Fuji shaped habaki. There is a presentation box with Hakogaki dated to Taisho (1924).  This is very unique and historic by itself.  Most swords do...
Soshu Hiromasa (fss-815)

Soshu Hiromasa (fss-815)

Soshu Hiromasa (fss-815) New Item Available Sold On Hold Special Sale Item description: The hamon of this sword is in the gunome/choji style and looks attractive.  The hada is itame and clear. The blade has a partial mei remaining. This tanto has a horimono that is partially obscured by the shortening of the blade though most remains. There is a  ” SO NO KURIKARA ” which is a dragon winding around a ken. this is a highly simplified dragon which winds around a sword and very visible for such an old blade. The sword is mounted in shirasaya with an old sayagaki. The habaki is very rich looking and gilded in gold. a great old sword that is very reasonably priced.   Mei: So (shu) cut off Date: Muromachi (1500’s-1600’s) Nagasa: 15-3/4 inches Sori: 10.5 mm Width at the ha-machi: 32.9 mm Thickness at the mune-machi: 6.4 mm Construction: hira- zukuri Mune: Iori Nakago: Ubu Kitae: Itame Hamon: Midare Gunome Boshi: Maru Condition: Old polish Click to Enlarge Image Click to Enlarge Image This sword is on consignment. Special Sale Price Sold On Hold Asking price: $1,800.00 (shipping and insurance included) Email us if your interested in this item and remember to include the order number for this item: fss-815. NihontoAntiques@comcast.net How To Order Information Click to Enlarge Image Click to Enlarge Image Click to Enlarge Image Info on Soshu Den:  In the Shouou Era some 700 years ago, Regent Hojo called swordsmiths from across the country to the city of Kamakura, then the seat of the shogunate, to set the standards for Kamakura’s swordsmiths. Goro Nyudo Masamune, the founder of the Soshu tradition, was the son of the swordsmith Yukimitsu from Awataguchi, Kyoto. He worked with the...