ECHIZEN SADATSUGU(fss-887)

 ECHIZEN SADATSUGU(fss-887)

 ECHIZEN SADATSUGU(fss-887) New Item Available Sold On Hold Special Sale This is a beautiful tanto by the Shinto smith Sadatsugu of Echizen.  The hada is a serene but beautiful  dense itame with mokume. There is much ji-nie that shows very vibrant on this sword. The hamon is a sublime hitatsura with a smooth nioi-guchi. The hamon  is extremely well-made and a high-quality. Heading to the overall beauty this sword. This blade is in a pristine  sashikomi polish which adds to the brilliant look of this tanto. The  yasurime is katte sagari and the nakago-jiri is Kengyo in shape. This blade is ubu with one mekugi-ana and a long signature. This blade is flawless. Shinto tanto are quite rare and this one is visually stunning to look at. The entire packade is a great piece for the collector and comes with an older set of NBTHK papers. The koshirae is also very special. The saya is beautiful larger abalone shells suspended in lacquer. The Abalone shells are all similar in size and present as stunning backdrop for this sword. Some splitting on the edge of the saya is visible but overall it’s in very good shape.  The tsuka ito is a blue that matches with the sageo perfectly. The tsuba is of iron in an Owari Sukashi style. The fuchi kashira is matching and with a gold motif of Sakura flowers. The menuki are of Wasps or Bees and there is an iron kodzuka of bugs also. The habaki is an older gold washed two piece with fan shaped window on the lower piece. The seppa are gilded. Fujishiro rates...
DOTANUKI MASAKUNI (fss-886)

DOTANUKI MASAKUNI (fss-886)

DOTANUKI MASAKUNI (fss-886) New Item Available Sold On Hold Special Sale This is a very good example of a  longish Dotanuki sword signed with a long signature “KYÛSHÛ HIGO DOTANUKI FUJIWARA MASAKUNI and a “Gatsu Hi” on the other side meaning “Lucky month” the blade length is 27-1/2”. This sword has horimono in the form of Bohi. The blade’s hamon is a fine sugu-ha with small inner workings expertly controlled for a well cutting piece. The kissaki is longish bordering on being an O-kisaaki. The boshi is ko-maru with nijuba and kinsuji.The hada is as usual for these smiths is a combination hatatachi of masame nagare and itame nagare with some mokume, this hada has the feeling of a much older kamakura blade. There is shirake utsuri. The blade also seems to have fumbari left. This sword has a pronounced Tori-zori and are also known to be cherished for their cutting ability. There is chikei to be found. The koshirae is a beauty of a set of mounts fully restored. The saya is lacquered in a Togidashi make stlye of a Black and Brown mottled design. The Sageo is a golden yellow in color. The Tsuka-ito is a golden yellow and black design that matches well with the sageo. The Same (rayskin) is black and there are menuki of running horses, The fuchi kashira are of samurai family mons.in a stone texture with waves. The seppa are gold washed. The Tsuba is iron with a circular pattern. A solid silver 2-piece habaki with a snowflake like pattern is seen. A beautiful old piece. This blade was papered with NTHK...
Bingo Masayoshi (fss-885)

Bingo Masayoshi (fss-885)

Bingo Masayoshi (fss-885) New Item Available Sold On Hold Special Sale This blade was made by Bingo Masayoshi and has been fully restored. The Mihara roots are from the Yamato tradition which is very apparent in this blade. The hada is covered in Ji-nie and consists of an itam nagare with mokume burls as well as masame. The boshi is ko-maru with slight turnback. There is ko-nie present as well as nijuba. The hamon is peppered with ji-nie and fine workings can be seen. There is sunagahi and kinsuji throughout. The blade is signed “ BINGO (NO) KUNI MIHARA JUNIN MASAYOSHI SAKU “ We believe this to be the Bingo 1573 smith as there were a few generations. This time period which would put him in the Sue-Mihara category. This blade is ubu with one mekugi ana.  The koshirae is attractive. The saya is finished in a red lacquer satsuma style as was the original Saya color. The fuchi/kashira are floral and bug motif in silver. The Tsuka[- ito is black with matching sageo. The tsuba is iron with brass rim. The menuki are of a frog or toad motif. The habaki is silver foiled in a diamond pattern. There are gold washed seppa. A beautiful example of a signed koto blade in koshirai. The sword has some miner imperfections/wari but overall its well made.  Interesting to note is that the sword has two cuts that are visible on the sword.  It appears that the sword was in a battle and was used to block another sword or was slashed at in some way.  This is a very interesting thing to...
Sagami No Munekuni (fss-884)

Sagami No Munekuni (fss-884)

Sagami No Munekuni (fss-884) New Item Available Sold On Hold Special Sale His real name was Yamamoto Tougo, his initial smith name was Hiroshige who had belonged to Shitahara school in Bushu province. He learned the true 15 fold technique with his younger brother Musashi Taro YASUKUNI from their master Omura Kaboku who had served exclusively for Echigo Matsudaira clan and then in his later period served for a Tokugawa Mitsukuni as a medical doctor. It is well-known that Omura kaboku made swords as his pastime and Yamamoto Tougo had offered a Tachi to Tokugawa Mitsukuni who had granted the smith name of MUNEKUNI. This wakizashi is well-proportioned and with high shinogi-suji. The entire blade is quite dignified and finely forged. It is a wonderful example of Munekuni and is to signed proudly [The True 15 Folds Technique] in the reversed side. This is surely a unique work of MUNEKUNI, and it is also a  beautifully mounted wakizashi fully restored and polished. The hada of this blade is spectacular. It is a combination of mokume and itame-nagare. Hataraki abounds in this blade Chikei, ji-nie can be seen throughout. There is kinsugi and ko-nie all over as well as some tsunagashi in areas. The blade is Ubu with one mekugi-ana. A beautiful koshirae adorns this beautiful sword. The motif is of birds. The fuchi kashira are of 3 birds on a Nanako background in pristine condition. The menuki are birds of brass and the tsuba are birds on shakudo waves with gold dots.. The tsuka is a brown silk ito over a black same ( rayskin ) to match the black lacquered saya. The sageo is brown to match the...
Mino Kanemitsu (fss-883)

Mino Kanemitsu (fss-883)

Mino Kanemitsu(fss-883) New Item Available Sold On Hold Special Sale This fine wakazashi has great workmanship and a beautiful gunome midare hamon.  It is in original polish and the shirasaya is signed. The sayagaki has an attribute to the smith “ Mino No Kuni Kanemitsu.  Unfortunately the pictures not do justice to this sword.  The hamon is very nicely done with a thick nioi-guchi.  It has many hataraki and ara-nie appear.  The hada is very well forged with a milky looking color of itame with masame.  This early wakazashi also has an elegant shape and is very well balanced.  The mounts are  in very good shape and add to the overall value of this sword.  The fittings are sounds and have a more simple and traditional look and display very well.  Overall this is a fine Japanese wakazashi.   The mounts are of a very nice quality from tsuka to saya. The bug theme with floral motif beautifully finish the tsuka with an exceptional deep purple tsukaito wrap. The saya is an exquisite black lacquer . The floral motif was often used as a theme for Asian art. 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 or symbolic associations, but they were also used as decorative patterns surrounding or backing more pictorial motifs such as bugs etc. SAYAGAKIMINO NO KUNI KANEMITSULENGTH 1 SHAKU 5 SUN 9 BUDAIKIN 300 KAN Mei: Mumei Date: Edo (1600’s-1700’s) Nagasa: 19″ inches Sori: 15.0 mm Width at the ha-machi: 27.1 mm Width at the yokote: 19.8 mm Thickness at the mune-machi: 5.2 mm Construction: Shinogi zukuri Mune: Iori...