Exquisite Katana (fss 854)

Exquisite Katana (fss 854)

Exquisite Katana (fss-854) New Item Available Sold On Hold Special Sale Here we have a beautiful sword that that has been fully restored and is flawless. A bit shorter than the average katana but it is a katana. We feel that this length was made shorter intentionally with the suriage for quick slashing.  The sword is exceptional and is very tightly forged.  The hada is crystal clear and looks very deep and dark.  The hamon is very interesting and unique.  It has a mixture of nie and some nioi adding to its quality.  It has a very faint signature that is not legible but looks ok. The sword looks Mino school in style. The sword has not been submitted to shinsa yet so it would be interesting to find out what they would say about the sword. Mounts are fully restored and are in the same style as they originally came.  The saya is a satsuma red and a black tsukamaki.  The fittings are from the Edo era.  The saya is clean inside to preserve the polish for years to come. This is a flawless antique sword dating back to the (1600’s-1700’s) we feel. Mei: Mumei Date: approximately Momoyama era (1573-1599) Nagasa: 24-3/8 inches Sori: 13.0 mm Width at the ha-machi: 28.9 mm Width at the yokote: 21.1 mm Thickness at the mune-machi: 6.8 mm Construction: Shinogi zukuri Mune: Iori Nakago: O-suriage Kitae: Itame/mokume Hamon: Gunome mixed with suguba Boshi: Maru Condition: Good polish Click to Enlarge Image Click to Enlarge Image Click to Enlarge Image This sword is on consignment. Special Sale Price Sold On Hold Asking price: $6,200.00 (shipping and insurance included) Email us if your interested in this item and...
(Yasakuni) Yasunobu (fss-853)

(Yasakuni) Yasunobu (fss-853)

(Yasukuni) Yasunobu (fss-853) New Item Available Sold On Hold Special Sale An Impressive Yasukuni Shrine sword by the swordsmith Yasunobu. His full name Murakami Yasunobu and given name is Ensaku from Yamagata prefecture.According to the translation by Kenji Mishina for the JSS:He became a member of the NTKF ( Nihonto Tenren Kai Foundation ) 10/15/33 which made approx. 1000 swords.Given his Yasukuni smith name on 1/11/39 by War Minister, Itagaki Seishiro.Left 8/15/45 after the defeat by the Allied Forces.Donated a sword to the Yasakuni shrine 2/39.Donated a sword to the festival for the 700th anniversary of retired-Emporer Gotoba 3/39.Won the Chairman Award at the 2nd Gunto Tenran Kai 12/21/44His lineage: Ikeda Yasumitsu ( Ikko or Kazumitsu )He was making agricultural tools under the tutelage of Ikeda Ikko in Yamagata prefecture. This impressive blade is in pristine condition. The polish is outstanding and truly shows off the magnificence of the Yasukuni smiths workmanship. As most Yasukuni blades this is a brilliantly controlled Sugu-ha with a very tight Ko-Itame / Ko-Mokume Hada. The boshi is in Maru with no flaws to be found. The Habaki is finished in copper. And not to understate this completed with a wonderfully done Shira-saya of Honoki.Anyone interested in owning a truly perfect example of a Yasukuni Shrine blade by a noted Yasukuni Shrine Smith should own this sword or add it to their collection. This is a link to information about the Yasakuni shrine.  It has a long and extensive history and is a place that that the Japanese people visit regularly.   YASAKUNI SHRINE Mei: Yasunobu Date: Showa era Nagasa: 24-5/8 inches Sori: 15.0 mm Width at...
(Yasukuni) Yasumitsu (fss-852)

(Yasukuni) Yasumitsu (fss-852)

(Yasukuni) Yasumitsu (fss-852) New Item Available Sold On Hold Special Sale This is a very fine quality yasakuni sword made by one of the instructors of the Yasakuni shrine. Ikeda Yasumitsu, joined the NTK at its founding and left in Showa 15 (1940). He passed away in Showa 16 (1941). He made many fine blades and this is a great example of his work. This sword resembles the old koto era swords that were very desirable and the Yasakuni smiths made swords in this style. This sword has a well forged hada and a elegant hamon with good hataraki. The mounts are military and in very good shape.The swordsmith, Ikeda Yasumitsu, joined the NTK at its founding and left in Showa 15 (1940). He passed away in Showa 16 (1941).IKEDA YASUMITSU (BORN 2ND NOVEMBER 1879, DIED JANUARY 1941). Given name: Shuji.Originally from Yamagata Prefecture. Became a member of Nihonto Tanren Foundation as well as Sakite, Abe Shigeo and Murakami Ensaku.Given the Yasukuni smith name “ Yasumitsu “ by the war minister, Araki Sadeo on 15th of December 1933.Retired on 4th of October 1939. He was still in a position of leadership and made a small number of swords after his retirement.Left the foundation and went back to his hometown at the end of 1945.Number of swords produced at Nihonto Tanren Kai: Approx. 1,100 swords. MAIN WORKSDonated a sword to the Yasukuni Shrine in 1933.Made a sword for Prince Mikasa in the occasion of his coming-of-age celebration in 1934.Donated a sword to the festival of the 700th anniversary of the retired- Emperor Gotoba in March 1939.Had made uncertain number of...
Ishidô Unju Korekazu (fss-850)

Ishidô Unju Korekazu (fss-850)

Ishidô Unju Korekazu (fss-850) New Item Available Sold On Hold Special Sale Ishido Korekazu was a nephew of Kato Chounsai Tsunatoshi, He was taught and learned from him and he succeeded the Ishido familyas the seventh generation, he passed away in 1894 at the age of 75.He made So-den bizen den style which is a combination of Bizen and Soshu den style.The First generation Korekazu was skilled in making Bizen den style with beautiful Utsuribut the7th generation Korekazu made swords in the Soshu style.This sword was made on a day in the second month Keiô three (1867), year of the hare.This sword is a combination of gunome/ choji midare within a notare blend hamon which is very rear bright and clear. The activity is amazuing and unusually clear with multitudes of hataraki such as sunagashi, kinsuji. Ko-nie and a wonderful frosting of nie can be seen on the habuchi. There are swirts of mokume as well as masame make up this eye catching hada.There is horimono on both sides odf the blade. A masterful carving of a cherry blossom tree as well as a poem in Buddhist calligraphy and Sanskrit bonji.The mounts keep in theme the advent of the cherry blossom. In Japan, cherry blossoms symbolize clouds due to their nature of blooming en masse, besides being an enduring metaphor for the ephemeral nature of life, an aspect of Japanese cultural tradition that is often associated with Buddhist influence,] and which is embodied in the concept mono no aware. The association of the cherry blossom with mono no aware dates back to 18th-century scholar Motoori Norinaga The transience of the...
Yamashiro Kunikiyo Daisho (849)

Yamashiro Kunikiyo Daisho (849)

Yamashiro Kunikiyo Daisho (849) New Item Available Sold On Hold Special Sale Yamashiro kami Fujiwara Kunikiyo is a son of Shimada Sukemune.born at Shinshu Matsumoto province.After that he studied under Horikawa Kunihiro.He changed his name to Kunikiyo and after Kanei 4th, he got the title of the Yamashiro Daijo.and after that he changed it to Yamashiro no Kami.After his great master Kunihiro passed away, he moved to Matsumoto Shinsyu province and from thereHe moved to Echizen province and followed Daimyo Matsudaira who was ordered to move Echizenby Tokugawa Shogun. This era is his most skilled years.He passed away Keian 2nd at 60 years of age..Kunikiyo is famous for his style of sugu-ha and hada akin to Hizen Tadahiro and can be mistaken for the best of Hizen Tadahiro work. The hada can appear to be veryb similar to honoku hada made dfamous by the Hizen school but with a Horikawa Kunihiro flare. This is an exceptional Daisho that high end collectors look for and cherish when found. Dr. Kanzan Sato, former director of the NBTHK (the sword museum ofJapan) writes in his book The Japanese Sword  that Yamashiro no Kami Kunikiyo was the most famous swordsmith in the Shinto (Edoperiod) that was granted permission to stamp the 16-petal kiku-mon imperial family chrysanthemum on the nakago of his swords. Kunikiyo first left his hometown of Suruga province to Kyoto and became a star student of grandmaster swordsmith Horikawa Kunihiro. He received the Horikawa kanji character for Kuni whereupon he became Kunikiyo. He left Kyoto in 1614 after his master’s death. Kunikiyo was retained by the powerful daimyo (lord) MatsudairaTadamasa and moved to Fukui to join him in 1624....