Echizen Kanetake (fss-805)

Echizen Kanetake (fss-805)

Echizen Kanetake (fss-805) New Item Available Sold On Hold Special Sale A very interesting sword made by Kanetaka.  This katana has a wonderful hamon that is very lively and loaded with hataraki/activity.  The mixture of the activity and overall balance in this hamon make it a very fine example of Kanetaka work.  You can find much ji-nie and temper in the ji area.  Its very difficult to give a good example of the hamon in the pictures because of the older polish.  I can only say that in hand its much more beautiful than the pictures can show.  The hada is ko-itame and is very well forged and has no flaws. This katana is in an older polish with some scuffing but has no serious rust.  It can be appreciated and kept in this condition for many years.  However, putting this sword in a full polish would greatly enhance its value.  Not only would it increase its value but the sword in a fresh polish will be an exquisite sword to look at.  This gunome-midare hamon would jump out at you and really show its incredible activaty. (we would offer a much better restoration price if asked to polish this sword) As for the mounts/koshirai, they are original to the sword.  They came directly from the WWII effort.  The handle is obviously the older katana handle with it’s fitting that date back over 100 years to the Edo era.  The habaki is of copper with silver foil covering.  These mounts were used and adapted to be carried during WWII.  It’s a unique mount and very interesting to see the...
(Mino) Katana (fss-798)

(Mino) Katana (fss-798)

(Mino) Katana (fss-798) New Item Available Sold On Hold Special Sale A beautiful long katana from the late edo era and is in very good condition. The saya is in a textured black lacquer finish. The hada is very active with a swirling mokume and itame. The hamon is active with a gunome midare with much hataraki. Ji-nie covers the blade. Overall this is a very well balanced blade and is a good example of a katana from the samurai era. This blade  should be  submitted to shinsa some day as it would add to its overall value. The handle is original and the silk for the most part is in good condition. The koshirae is unique and a nice addition to the blade. The kashira is of a mountain scene in iron and soft metal. The fuchi is of a stylized design set in a cartouche. The tsuba is of iron in the sukashi style. There is old Same (rayskin) with a very nice patina wrapped with a black silk Tsuka-ito. There is a black sageo to match. The habaki is copper in a unique mottled finish. Mei: mumei Date:  1700’s-1800’s Nagasa:  28 ” Sori: 15.0mm Width at the ha-machi:  32.3mm Width at the yokote:  20.7mm Thickness at the mune-machi:  6.4mm Construction:  shinogi zukuri Mune:  iori Nakago:  ubu Kitae:  mokume Hamon:  gunome Boshi:  maru Condition:  good polish Click to Enlarge Image Click to Enlarge Image This sword is on consignment. Special Sale Price Sold On Hold Asking price: $7,400.00 (shipping and insurance included) Email us if your interested in this item and remember to include the order number for this item: fss-798....
Sagami Kaneyasu (fss-796)

Sagami Kaneyasu (fss-796)

Sagami Kaneyasu (fss-796) New Item Available Sold On Hold Special Sale This is a very interesting katana in the Shinto Mino tradition and of the Kanbun Shinto era. It is in a very good polish. The overall sugata of this sword is impressive and the hamon is loaded with activity. The hamon contains plentiful nie in sugu-ha with a slight hint of notare-ba. The hada has an oily appearance and forged very well with some areas of O- hada mixed in. This blade comes with koshirae. The sword furniture is made up of a Carp or Koi motiff and in good condition. The fuchi /  kashira are of waves with Carp or Koi menuki. A complete package of a papered and mounted sword in good polish. FUJISHIRO HAS THIS TO SAY ABOUT THIS PARTICULAR SMITH: KANEYASU SAGAMI NO KAMI [KANBUN 1661 MINO] SHINTÔ CHÛSAKU He has the Gô of Gotôhichirô, and he entered the Mon of Ômura Kaboku. (Wazamono) Signatures:            SAGAMI NO KAMI KANEYASU NÔSHÛ SEKI GEN’ICHI KANEYASU The Koi Fish The legend says the Chinese then raised the koi in their rice patty fields to be used for food, especially during the long winter months, and not for pets. The Chinese then passed on their knowledge of raising koi to the Japanese. Raising koi in ponds began in Niigata, Japan during one particularly harsh winter. Niigata Koi During this very harsh winter, Japanese farmers in Niigata could not fish and could not sustain any crops. As a result, the farmers began building ponds in which to raise koi in order to feed their families. During this time, many farmers began noticing different...
Edo Period Katana (fss-794)

Edo Period Katana (fss-794)

Edo Period Katana (fss-794) New Item Available Sold On Hold Special Sale The work on this sword is very elegant. The hamon is a saka-choji with profuse nie peppering the entire surface. In the hamon you can see tsunagashi and kinsuji with a well defined habuchi with much ko-nie to frost the top. The hada is well forged and beautiful in very good shape for an older sword with longish wavy masame running here and there entwined with itame and mokume. Ji-nie appears. The style is that of shinogi-zukuri. midare-komi appears in the boshi and the sword has an older feel to it. To say the sword is covered in ji-nie is an understatement. The nie is abundant on the sword. The sword has a mino school feel to it but may also be from the owari school.  This blade should be submitted to shinsa to add more value and for an official appraisal of this sword. This sword is authentic and antique.  We guarantee that it will pass a shinsa if submitted. The mounts are of Dragonfly theme. According to legend, a dead soul can take the shape of a dragonfly, especially during Bon, the Buddhist Day of the Dead. The was fully restored in red lacquer.  The original color was very similar and dated back over a 100 yeas. The menuki are of bees. The sageo and tsuka-Ito are of a royal blue. The tsuba is of iron with dragonfly motif. The fuchi/kashira are also dragonfly themed. The habaki is a beautiful gold gilded and fluted in style as well as the seppa.   Mei: Mumei Date: Late Edo (1700’s-1800’s) Nagasa: 27-3/8...
Beautiful Daisho (fss-792)

Beautiful Daisho (fss-792)

Beautiful Daisho (fss-792) New Item Available Sold On Hold Special Sale A True Samurai Daisho, These swords are mounted in an Oxen theme of very nice quality. The Motif is of oxen and are in pristine condition finished in shakudo, gold and copper with a fine nanako. The kodzuka is of oxen also with gold back finish. The saya are black with a brown sageo. The tsuba are nanban style but not your ordinary type. This daisho set are thick with a rounded rim that sings when tapped gently. There are dragons and a hidden Christian theme of crucifix’. The menuki appear to be Sakura of gold and shakudo finish. The ito is black and the same (rayskin have a beautiful patina). The habaki are an original matching silver foil with quite a patina finished in a rain storm pattern, just splendid. The katana is ubu, and loaded with activity. Within the Sugu-ha, gunome can be seen, there is hotsure, sunagahi and kinsugi. The hada is a dense and beautiful itame and mokume mix with some masame. It is signed katsumitsu and the signature looks good. The wakazashi an O-suriage piece, this sword has a hamon based in sugu-ha. The hada appears to be an itame nagare with ji-nie. The blades are both from the koto period. The wearing of daishō was limited to the samurai class, and became a symbol or badge of their rank. Daishō may have became popular around the end of the Muromachi(1336 to 1573)as several early examples date from the late sixteenth century an edict in 1629 defining the duties of a samurai required the wearing of a daishō when on official duty....