Mutsu Michitoki (fss-782)

Mutsu Michitoki (fss-782)

Mutsu Michitoki (fss-782) New Item Available Sold On Hold Special Sale A beautiful sword signed Mutsu Aizu Ju fujiwara Michitoki and dated also Tenpo 4 nen mi hatchi gatsu hi. They were a famous group of smiths that worked from first generation to 6th generation. This work was most likely made by the 3rd or 4th.generation. It is believed he was the sword smith from Mutsu Iwashiro. He was a student of Shoken Motooki , and emulated his master’s style. His jigane is well forged and  shows a milky appearance adding to its depth. This sword has a gunome hamon that is well balanced and has an abundance of hataraki.  A mixture of Nie and nioi is clearly visible and adds the hamon’s elegant pattern. The sword is in an older polish and its in good condition to show the fine details on this blade.  However a fresh polish would truly revitalize this sword powerful beauty.  Many more details would be strongly visible making for a more valuable and desirable sword. The mounts are of a good quality. There is a floral motif beautifully finished of leaves with vines. the tsuka has an wonderful black/brown leather tsukaito wrap and then lacquered over. The saya has been restored mant years ago and is in good condition and well made.  The lacquers in a rich design. On the fuchi a floral motif is used and the kashira is of horn.  This style is a more traditional tsuka and was often seen.  Mythological subjects and auspicious symbols were sometimes used as motifs for Japanese sword furniture. Floral motifs could stand alone as designs unto themselves, particularly if they had seasonal...
Shimada Sukemune (fss-781)

Shimada Sukemune (fss-781)

Shimada Sukemune (fss-781) New Item Available Sold On Hold Special Sale The Shimada school in Suruga was along the Ōigawa river. The founder YOSHISUKE was active in the age of Kousho, the middle of 15th century and the other makers such as SUKEMUNE , HIROSUKE ,YOSHITSUNA MOTOSUKE appeared during the Muromachi period. The Suruga domain in those days had powerful regional warlords of the Imagawa , Takeda , Tokugawa who struggled with each other. The sword smiths of the Shimada school often had made a symbolic sign of swords or yaris to meet with the requirements from those powerful warlords. SUKEMUNE , His family name Gojo and given name Kyuzaemon has been said to be a younger brother of the founder YOSHISUKE. It is believed that he moved from the province of Bizen to Shimada town in Suruga. This tanto is attributed as the work of SUKEMUNE most likely during Tenbun-Eisho era (1532-69) who is highly renowned for the creation of the Osoraku-zukuri tanto which was owed by Takeda Shingen . It is unique with an extraordinary shape to show the impression that they were strongly influenced by the Soshu works of 14th C. Nanbokucho period. There are carvings of a ken with vajra and Gamabashi and Buddhist implements showing the close resemblance to Soshu works. The Fish belly shape of the nakago was popular and frequently seen in Soshu works 、Suruga-Shimada 、Soshu-Tsunahiro and the Bushu-Shitahara schools all shared this feature at times showing that frequent cultural exchange became very active along Tōkaidō (region). There is an example of a collaboration Tanto work both by MURAMASA of the Sengo...
KANEUJI WAKAZASHI (fss-780)

KANEUJI WAKAZASHI (fss-780)

KANEUJI WAKAZASHI (fss-780) New Item Available Sold On Hold Special Sale KANEUJI (兼氏), Tensho , (1573), Mino – “Kaneuji” (兼氏), “Kaneuji saku” (兼氏作), “Nōshū-jū Kaneuji” (濃州住兼氏), Akasaka school, according to tradition this Tensho-era Kaneuji was the son or the grandson of a Kaneuji who moved from Naoe to Akasaka, wazamono, chū-jō-saku An exquisite late koto blade signed Kaneuji. The Kaneuji line of swordsmiths are famous and date back to the EARLY koto era.  They were known to make fine quality swords that cut very well.  This sword measures in at 15 5/8″ . This blade is a beautiful example of a late koto sword with great activity and a wonderful hada covered in ji-nie. The hamon is a vibrant gunome-midare filled with sunagashi, kinsuji and ko-nie abounds. The hada has beautiful thick nioi guchi that is vibrant and bright, loaded with layers of sunagashi. There is an active itame O-mokume mix with flowing itame throughout the blade. Shirrake utsuri can clearly be seen. There is masame in the shinogi-ji. Chikei can be seen all over as well as being peppered with ji-nie. The blade is signed and papered to Kane Uji and given an approximate date of 1573. The longish kissaki has a boshi that is ko-maru finished in hakikake style with kinsuji. The hada has a perfect burl effect and a pleasure to behold. . AN EXCERPT FROM: Yamanaka’s Nihonto Newsletter:General: No specific Mino section which is in the format of the other books. Instead, In Vol II, two issues were dedicated to discussing the specific characteristics of the key schools and smiths. The key smiths and schools are as follows: Kaneuji and his school, Naoe Shizu (Kaneuji’s followers), Kaneshige (worked...
Fujiwara Kunizumi (fss-779)

Fujiwara Kunizumi (fss-779)

Fujiwara Kunizumi (fss-779) New Item Available Sold On Hold Special Sale An exciting unique sword that was special ordered. The blade is signed: Tōbu Fujiwara Kunizumi saku (東武藤原国住作) and it also has the inscription that it was made for Yasuda-shi Hisaaki (安田氏久明) - who was Hisaaki from the Yasuda family. A samurai family. This blade is a shinshinto beauty. Kunizumi was listed as: KUNIZUMI (国住), Kansei (寛政, 1789-1801), Iyo – “Kunizumi saku” (国住作), “Yoshū Matsuyama-shin Fujiwara Kunizumi” (予州松山臣藤原国住, “Fujiwara Kunizumi, retainer of the Matsuyama fief of Iyo province”), he studied in Edo under Hōjōji Kuniyoshi (法城寺国吉) The sword is wakazashi in size and has a splendid koshirae. The blade is ubu with one hole and flawless. The hada is a well worked itame with ji-nie and masame in the shinogi-ji. The boshi is a wide ko-maru. The hamon is a perfectly controlled slightly undulating sugu-ha that widens on both sides as you reach the mono-uchi area.. There is fine kinsugi that can be seen weaving in and out at the top of the hamon. Hotsure is also seen and the entire blade sparkles with ji-nie. The koshirae is of a mon theme with  matching fuchi / kashira of kirimons and menuki of mons also. The tsuba is a beautiful example of nanako with mons to complete the theme. The kodzuka is of a samurai and scholar and the kodzuka blade is signed kunisada. The saya is a glossy black lacquered finish that has been fully restored with blue silk tsuka-ito over a richly patina’d Same (rayskin). The sageo is a combination of blue and red and greatly adds to...
Koto Tanto (fss-778)

Koto Tanto (fss-778)

Koto Tanto (fss-778) New Item Available Sold On Hold Special Sale This is a very well made tanto that dates back to the koto era(1400’s-1500’s).  The quality is good and no major or fatal flaws are found on this tanto.  The work on this tanto appears to be from the Bizen school of swordsmiths.  This blade is in an older polish and we recommend having it polished to bring out its true beauty.  The mounts are also original to this tanto and fit well.  Its mounted in a good samurai style. It’s straightforward mounts are meant to be honest and not fancy.  This is a great sword at a very reasonable price.  This is even for an entry level collector interested in owning a samurai era antique dating back hundreds of years. This sword should be submitted to shinsa to add to its overall value! Mei: Mumei Date: koto (1400’s-1500’s) Nagasa: 9-3/4 inches Sori: 2.0 mm Width at the ha-machi: 24.8mm Thickness at the mune-machi: 6.4 mm Construction: hira zukuri Mune: Iori Nakago: Ubu Kitae: Itame Hamon: Midare 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: $1,200.00 (shipping and insurance included) Email us if your interested in this item and remember to include the order number for this item: fss-778. NihontoAntiques@comcast.net How To Order Information Subscribe for the Latest Updates!Join our mailing list to receive the latest News & Updates from Nihonto Antiques. SUBSCRIBE You have Successfully Subscribed! Your email address will be kept private & will only be used to send updates from this site! For Sale Mutsu Michitoki (fss-782) Shimada Sukemune (fss-781)...