Mishina Munetsugu Katana(fss-915)

Mishina Munetsugu Katana(fss-915)

Mishina Munetsugu Katana(fss-915) New Item Available Sold On Hold Special Sale Misina Tajima Kami Munetsugu is a student of Mishina Kanemichi and made swords at Settsu province.  He worked in the 1700’s.  This particular sword is well made and has a very elegant shape.  The sword has carved Bo-hi and is also very long at 29″. The hamon is a midare sulu-ha mix. A very interesting feature of this katana is the Aysugi hada.  Generally speaking Gassan Sadakazu and Sadayoshi we’re working diligently at researching and restoring the Ayasugi hada of the Gassan school.  After their success, they kept producing Ayasugi hada as a Gassan school’s top secret for a long period of time.  This particular sword shows a well-made Ayasugi hada.  You will find this hada in other swords he made. So this is a good example of other schools that actually did this type of hada also. One might confuse this blade for a Gassan school sword.  This sword has a very good balance and the curvature is deep.  It can be used as a high end Iaido training sword.   It is a fine quality antique katana.  It comes in good mounts and overall the fittings are very good quality.  The sword recently received a 70 point Kantei-sho attribution from the NTHK. It attest to the authenticity of the maker, age and quality.  The papers will be mailed to the new owner the moment I have them in hand.     Mei: Mumei Date: Kan-en (1748-1764) Nagasa: 29 inches Sori: 21.0 mm Width at the ha-machi: 28.7 mm Width at the yokote: 20.8 mm Thickness at the mune-machi: 8.9 mm Construction: Shinogi zukuri Mune: Iori Nakago: Ubu...
Katana (fss-912)

Katana (fss-912)

Katana (fss-912) New Item Available Sold On Hold Special Sale This is a very nice quality katana that is in need of restoration to bring out all its fine details.  The condition is not very bad as the hamon is very visible and shows many hataraki/activity. The sword is cut down and still has a very nice sugata. It is listed as shinto (1600’s-1700’s) but after a good polish it may show more details that can narrow down the proper age.  There is a possibility that it may be koto (1400’s-1500’s).  Our listing it as shinto era is a conservative judgment.  The sword is mounted and the fittings are authentic and antique, however the handle and scabbard appear to be from another sword.  They were fitted to this sword and not made for this sword. If this sword is to be polished and restored this can be address at that time.  Overall an interesting katana with fittings and good hamon. Mei: Mumei Date: Edo (1600’s-1700’s) Nagasa: 25-1/4 inches Sori: 13.0 mm Width at the ha-machi: 29.4 mm Width at the yokote: 18.4 mm Thickness at the mune-machi: 6.5 mm Construction: Shinogi zukuri Mune: Iori Nakago: suriage Kitae: Itame Hamon: Midare Gunome Boshi: Maru Condition: poor polish Click to Enlarge Image This sword is on consignment. Special Sale Price Sold On Hold Asking price: $2,800.00 (shipping and insurance included) Email us if your interested in this item and remember to include the order number for this item: fss-912. info@nihontoantiques.com How To Order Information Click to Enlarge Image 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...
MINO DEN KATANA (fss-908)

MINO DEN KATANA (fss-908)

MINO DEN KATANA (fss-908) New Item Available Sold On Hold Special Sale This is a very long sword at almost 30″.  Its a very strong and functional sword and shows good workmanship from the sue-seki line of smiths.  Some utsuri can be seen along with many active hataraki.  It’s in a good polish and is also mounted in a dragon motif.  The mounts have been restored and are also sound.  This sword is from the 1500 or so and overall is a fine sword. About the school: Sue-seki refers to the sword makers who forged swords from Mino province at the end of the Muromachi Period.The MINO swordsmiths style, also known as MINO-DEN, has the TOGARI(Pointed shapes protruding from the Hamon )in a classic straight line and random temper line with some white Utsuri. MINO-DEN had its origin from YAMATO-DEN in the late KAMAKURA period(1280-1330). It flourished in the MUROMACHI period(1333-1573) and continued until the EDO period(1603-1868).  MINO-DEN especially prospered during Sengoku Jidai(Warring State period) due to the high demand for weapons. And the location of Mino province was better than other schools. Akechi Mitsuhide controlled Mino province, and Nobunaga Oda ruled Owari province, and Tokugawa Ieyasu was the lord of Suruga (Neighboring areas). There was high demand from those powerful feudal lords and their retainers. Furthermore, so many wars occurred between the Kanto region and the Kyoto area, and Mino is located in the middle, making feudal lords feel convenient to order swords from MINO-DEN. The blades forged in MINO provinces also had the reputation of its practical design and sharpness. Many feudal lords demanded swords forged in...
(IMAI) KANETSUGU (fss-907)

(IMAI) KANETSUGU (fss-907)

(IMAI) KANETSUGU (fss-907) New Item Available Sold On Hold Special Sale JOSHU Ju IMAI KANETSUGU SAKU Gendaito  JOSHU Ju IMAI KANETSUGU SAKU Gendaito WWII Japanese Army Officer’s sword…A very well made blade with a brilliant choji hamon and very tight well defined hada. The blade has some old dried grease and had not been cleaned when the photos were taken. A much better quality blade than commonly seen. “His real name is Imai Kenzaburo. Kanetsugu began his training as a student of Kiribuchi Kanetomo, but later studied under Kasama Shigetsugu. He used the Go (professional name) of Ryuminsai. During WW2 he served as a Rikugun Jumei Tosho. Kanetsugu died on February 6th, 1971, at the age of 77.” Medium to High Grade Gendaito1941 Exhibition – 3rd Seat His teacher was the well known smith:\ Kane tomo and Kanetsuigu was his first pupil Kanetomo’s lineage and background is as follows: Background There are so many things a person could learn about collecting Nihonto.  The author, a beginning student in this field, tends to spend more time studying items that are more often encountered at affordable prices–Gendaito–than pre-Meiji pieces. Because of the generosity of one of my teachers, I was able to study a good katana made by Ryuminsai Kanetomo. He is listed in Hawley’s, KAN2550 and in Toko Taikan. This teacher of mine also provided me with an article about this smith, written by Mr. Yano Tsuneo 矢野恒夫 which was published in the March 1990 issue Token Bijutsu of NBTHK. There is another article from the September 1988 Token Bijutsu about Kanetomo’s teacher, Kaneyuki 兼行, by the same author. The following information about Kanetomo...
TAKEDA MUNEYUKI (FSS-906)

TAKEDA MUNEYUKI (FSS-906)

TAKEDA MUNEYUKI (FSS-906) New Item Available Sold On Hold Special Sale A beautifully mounted shinto katana in the takada tradition. This blade is signed “ TAKADA JU FUJIWARA MUNEYUKI”. The NBTHK awarded this Hozon origami attesting to the authenticity of the signature. The blade is katana length and well balanced. This sword shows good hataraki, there are ashi and yo and the hamon is choji/gunome. The hada is itame. This Katana is a work of Muneyuki, It is understood the technical exchanges between Tadayoshi school in Hizen domain became very active during 17th C. This katana shows a resemblance to some works of Hizen. The blade is well made and has an elegant shape. Slightly machi-okuri the signature is authentic and adds to this work by MUNEYUKI. The mounts are attractive with its large double phoenix menuki.. The Tsuka-ito is a silk wrapped cord in a whitish crème color. The scabbard/saya is red lacquer finished. The Tsuba is of the Heianjo style with brass inlay on a sukashi plate. The fuchi/kashira are of gold inlay waves.  There is a silver foiled habaki, all the koshirai is antique and original. Takeda school information: [Bunshu Takada-ju], the name of clan [Fujiwara] and smith name [MUNEYUKI] . The founder of Takada lineage in Kenmu (1330’s) in Bungo domain was TOMOYUKI who was a disciple of SAMONJI in Chikuzen domain. During the Sengoku Warning States period, The sword makers of Takada school had worked for a feudal lord Ōtomo Sōrin exclusively. It’s workmanship covers wide range such as Sōshu Bizen, Mino or Yamashiro schools. The subject blade is distinguished as a work of the Muneyuki It is understood the...