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...
SEKI KANEKADO (fss-904)

SEKI KANEKADO (fss-904)

(SEKI) KANEKADO (fss-904) New Item Available Sold On Hold Special Sale This is a very interesting signed katana in the Koto Mino tradition and of the late muromachi era. It is in an original polish.  The overall sugata of this sword is impressive and the hamon is loaded with activity.  The hamon contains plentiful nie and togare-ba.  The hada has a milky slick  looking finish and forged very well with some areas of O- hada mixed in.  This blade comes in mountings.  The furniture  are made of silver and in good condition. The fuchi kashira are modern and of waves with dragon menuki. Many Chinese believed the dragon held, or at least chased, the sun, and many drawings depict this as a flaming red ball. However, over the years, this sun changed color from red to a silvery-pearl color, and gradually the ball came to be considered a flaming pearl, known as the night shining pearl. It is with this that the dragon is almost invariably associated in art.The link between serpentine shaped dragons and the pearl is reflected in a legend that states that Chi Liang, the Marquis of Sui, who was a Minister of State, was out walking one day, and found a wounded snake to which he gave medicine and saved its life. Sometime later, he saw the snake with a brilliant pearl in its mouth. The snake said ‘I am the son of His Majesty the Dragon, and I am indebted to you for the preservation of my life, and I have brought this pearl to thank you for your kindness.’ The Minister accepted the...
Osafune Morikage (fss-901)

Osafune Morikage (fss-901)

Osafune Morikage (fss-901) New Item Available Sold On Hold Special Sale This blade is a magnifiscent example of a fine Koto period piece made by Osafune Morikage. The hada is a beautiful swirling mix of itame and mokume loaded and covered in ji-nie. Chikei can be seen amongst the brilliant ji-nie covered hada. The hamon is covered in nie with lively streaks of sunagashi and kinsuji. The boshi is hakikake. The quality is very high on this sword and many of his swords have received Juyo papers.  This sword has not been submitted yet to Juyo shinsa and is a good candidate.  The koshirae is very imposingh. The saya is in a luxurious black lacquered finish. The fittings are various motif of samurai men. The tsuba is of an irregular shape in iron with a motif of pine trees. The tsuka ito is a rich blue color over a white same (rayskin). The sageo is a blue to match the ito. The seppa and habaki are gold washed.  This sword comes with TOKUBETSU HOZON papers from the NBTHK. Information on school:The founder of the Bizen Ômiya (備前大宮) School is generally thought to have been Kunimori (国盛).  He was active around the Bun-ô (文應) era or 1260 during the Kamakura period.  One theory says that he came from Inokuma Taigû a shrine in the Ômiya district of the Yamashiro Province, thus giving this school its name.  Another theory says that he went to the Ômiya district of Bizen, hence the name Ômiya School.  Whatever the reason, since works by the Kamakura smiths of this school are non-existent, the swords we...