KANEZANE (fss-785)

KANEZANE (fss-785)

KANEZANE (fss-785) New Item Available Sold On Hold Special Sale Item description here Asano Kanesane, also spelled Kanezane, is one of the better documented swordsmiths of the Showa (WW II) Era. He was born Asano Shinichi on December 19th 1910 in the city of Seki in Mino (Noshu) Province and was apprenticed to master swordsmith Kojima Kanemichi in 1923. In April of 1930, he became an independent swordsmith and adopted the art name of Kanesane. He established a school of swordmaking in Seki and began teaching the art in 1933 when he accepted his first students, Kanetada and Michisane. He worked his entire life in Seki. He won numerous awards for swordmaking including the silver medal in the 1934 Fine Art Exhibition, the gold medal at the same exhibition in 1935 and gold medals in each successive exhibition from 1936 to 1941 (Fuller and Gregory). He was ranked “second seat” (quasi national smith) in the 1941 newly made swords exhibition (Slough). In 1942 he received a Special Award at the last Fine Art Exhibition held prior to the end of the war. Also in 1942, Kurihara Hikosaburo, (also known as Kurihara Akihide, the founder of the Nihonto Tanren Denshujo) ranked Kanesane as Joko no Retsu at the Tosho Banzuke (trans. Jinsoo Kim). The Nihon Token Tanrenjo and Nihon Token Shinbunshi swordsmith ranking published in 1943 gave Asano Kanesane the special rank of betseki (trans. Kenji Mishina). In 1942 his swordmaking school came under the direction of the army sword office. He established the East Asia Sword Company at that time to make swords for the war effort. At its...
Mutsu Michitoki (fss-782)

Mutsu Michitoki (fss-782)

Mutsu Michitoki (fss-782) New Item Available Sold On Hold Special Sale A beautiful sword signed Mutsu Aizu Ju fujiwara Michitoki and dated also Tenpo 4 nen mi hatchi gatsu hi. They were a famous group of smiths that worked from first generation to 6th generation. This work was most likely made by the 3rd or 4th.generation. It is believed he was the sword smith from Mutsu Iwashiro. He was a student of Shoken Motooki , and emulated his master’s style. His jigane is well forged and  shows a milky appearance adding to its depth. This sword has a gunome hamon that is well balanced and has an abundance of hataraki.  A mixture of Nie and nioi is clearly visible and adds the hamon’s elegant pattern. The sword is in an older polish and its in good condition to show the fine details on this blade.  However a fresh polish would truly revitalize this sword powerful beauty.  Many more details would be strongly visible making for a more valuable and desirable sword. The mounts are of a good quality. There is a floral motif beautifully finished of leaves with vines. the tsuka has an wonderful black/brown leather tsukaito wrap and then lacquered over. The saya has been restored mant years ago and is in good condition and well made.  The lacquers in a rich design. On the fuchi a floral motif is used and the kashira is of horn.  This style is a more traditional tsuka and was often seen.  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...
Fujiwara Takada (fss-771)

Fujiwara Takada (fss-771)

Fujiwara Takeda (fss-771) New Item Available Sold On Hold Special Sale The Bungo province in Kyushu produced such excellent sword-smiths as Yukihira in the Koto times. The Bungo Takada school was founded by Tomoyuki in the Nanbokucho period. Tomoyuki is considered to have been a superior sword-smith. With the passage of time it is generally felt that the quality and style declined and by the Muromachi period all of the works were pretty much the same. Members of this school are also known as Fuijwara Takada because they used Fujiwara as a family name in their signatures. There are different schools of thought on the quality of Bungo works made in the Shinto period. An immediate response from many “sword experts” when Bungo works are mentioned is that they are not swords of great quality. Others feel that they are good swords. Perhaps a foundation of this difference of opinion is that if you look at the structure of Bungo Takada swords, you will see that they were made to satisfy practical rather than artistic needs. Indeed, at times they were sought out because of their cutting ability and sturdiness. It is said that the founder of Bungo Takada school was Tomomitsu or Tomoyuki. Takada Swordsmiths in Shinto age engrave the last name “Fujiwara”, and so they are called also Fujiwara Takada. The neighbor of the Takada school was Hizen school. Hizen sword makers were controlled by Nabeshima daimyo and imported western steel. Takada school made swords that cut well. Early stage from late Muromachi to Kanbun era, Takada school swords were prized highly for cutting very well and...
Daito in Koshirai (fss-769)

Daito in Koshirai (fss-769)

Daito in Koshirai (fss-769) New Item Available Sold On Hold Special Sale A beautiful Late koto early Shinto Katana, this sword is reminiscent of Gassan work. The blade is a longish mumei piece with spectacular hada and vibrant hamon at 27-1/4″, his blade is a true Samurai sword. The hada is a spectacular o-Mokume with large burls covered in ji-nie . There is longish wavy Masame throughout. There is chikei and much nie all over. The hamon is made up of ko-gunome based in sugu-ha with small puffs and clusters of nie the length of the blade. This is a fantastic sword with much to enjoy and appreciate.  This sword be more valuable if submitted to shinsa. It should receive a good attribution. The koshirae is just as wonderful. There is a scholarly theme with a scene of men playing GO and enjoying the Tea ceremony. The menuki show the bringing of tea to the ceremony all in shakudo and gold. There is a pierced tsuba crowned in gold with black lacquered saya and matching ito and sageo of black. It is finished with a rain pattern silver foil habaki. Mei: Mumei Date: (1500-1700’s) Nagasa: 27-1/8 inches Sori: 15.0 mm Width at the ha-machi: 30.2mm Width at the yokote: 19.6 mm Thickness at the mune-machi: 7.3 mm Construction: Shinogi zukuri Mune: Iori Nakago: Ubu Kitae: Itame/mokume Hamon: Midare Gunome Boshi: Maru Condition: older polish Click to Enlarge Image Click to Enlarge Image This sword is on consignment. Special Sale Price Sold On Hold Asking price: $7,600 (shipping and insurance included) Email us if your interested in this item and remember to include the order number for this item: fss-769. NihontoAntiques@comcast.net How To Order...
Noshu Ju Kanetoshi (fss-746)

Noshu Ju Kanetoshi (fss-746)

Noshu Ju Kanetoshi (fss-746)   New Item   Available   Sold On Hold Special Sale This is a late war army officers sword from WWII. This sword is a hand forged blade. It has good hada that was well forged and a very active hamon that was water quenched in the tradition manner. This is a very good example of a sword made by the Rikugun Jumei sword smith Kanetoshi. Kanetoshi is listed as a Rikugun Jumei Tosho. Swords made from this group can have a star stamp on the blade as this one has. This blade comes in original mounts and is in mint condition. Signature: [Star Stamp] Nôshû-jû Kanetoshi (濃州住兼俊) [Seki Stamp] Shôwa jûkunen rokugatsu (昭和十九年六月, “June 1944”)   KANETOSHI (兼俊), Shōwa (昭和, 1926-1989), Gifu – “Kanetoshi” (兼俊), real name Murayama Kinokazu (村山喜之一), born August 3rd 1905, he worked as rikugun-jumei-tōshō and died February 23rd 1978, jōkō no retsu (Akihide), Second Seat at the 6th Shinsaku Nihontō Denrankai (新作日本刀展覧会, 1941) The hamon is an erratic blend of gorgeous choji midare with all sorts on inner activity to be found. The hada is mainly a tight well worked itame as seen in the pictures with misc. swirls of chikei and some O-hada.The blade is in a beautiful pristine polish and high grade shirasaya to protect the polish. The hamon is peppered with Nie as well as ji-nie. From the “Japanese Sword Guide” The presence of a STAR stamp on the nakago of a WW II era sword blade is an indicator of a blade made by swordsmiths of the Rikugun Jumei Tosho. To become Rikugun Jumei Tosho, a...