IKKANSAI YOSHIHIRO (FSS-872)

IKKANSAI YOSHIHIRO (FSS-872)

Ikkansai Yoshihiro (fss-872) New Item Available Sold On Hold Special Sale This blade is spectacular, it is a site to behold and view. We believe this to be an utsushi of a Koto era sword by Norishige which are very uncommon and desirable.  The hamon represents the best of this style by this smith based in a gunome midare with choji. It is laced with sunagashi, kinsuji and nie. The hada has a depth seldom seen on swords of this era. This is a deep, rich looking hada of the Mitsukawa style in which he was trained and can be seen in the juyo level token of Norishige also. The blade is loaded with chikei, ji-nie all on an elegantly woven pattern of a swirling masame, itame and mokume grain  called Mistukawa blending for the perfect backdrop of this gorgeous hamon. The pictures cannot show the complete beauty of this steel and must be appreciated in hand. The polish is a spectacular sashikomi style which gives a crystal clear view of all the swords unique attributes. The boshi is ko-maru with hakikake and gunome-midare. The blade is O-suriage but may have been done purposely to emulate the great koto blades of Norishige. It is beautifully carved with an exceptional horimono of a dragon around a ken called “ So No Kurikawa “ with gomabashi and bonji also.  Also, please note the kirikomi 切り込み (cutting mark) or battle scars.  This is a very interesting aspect on this sword. This sword is accompanied by an outstanding beautiful koshirae. The tsuka-ito and matching sageo are finished in a cobalt blue. The Same(rayskin) is lacquered in black. The...
Bizen Katana (fss-871)

Bizen Katana (fss-871)

Bizen Katana (fss-871) New Item Available Sold On Hold Special Sale This is a koto Bizen katana.  It looks like its from the  muromachi era. The quality of this sword is good and has no flaws. This blade has been shortened and has bohi that are original to the sword. The hamon is a mixture of gunome/choji midare with an itame/mokume mix for hada that is well forged. The koshirai is black lacquered with Same(rayskin) at the top of the saya. The tsuba is sukashi style. The menuki are round and the tsuki-ito is gold with a sageo to match.  The habaki is gold foiled and very good quality. It is in an older polish with minor scuffing.  It would be a great candidate for shinsa someday.  Its mounted solidly and can even be a good sword for iaido training. Bizen Province, now the southwest area of Okayama, was once known as the sword kingdom.Possessing talented swordsmiths and nearby high-quality raw materials accessible by water transportation, Bizen produced the most swords in Japan during the Heian Period (794-1185), beating Yamashiro, Yamato, Sagami and Minohe, the other popular sword-making areas. In the Muromachi period, Harima, Mimasaka and Bizen province had prospered under the protection of the Akamatsu family. Above all, Bizen province has turned out a great many of talented swordsmiths. Supplying the demand of the Age of Provincial Wars in Japan, a large number of swords were made there in the late Muromachi period. Sukesada has become a synonym for the Osafune School though the founder was Mitsutada. It is regrettable that a deluge devastated the School in Osafune...
Shinto Katana (fss 869)

Shinto Katana (fss 869)

Shinto Katana (fss-869) New Item Available Sold On Hold Special Sale An outstanding katana  from the shinto period signed Yamashiro no Kami Fujiwara Kunikane.  This blade has the typical characteristics of blades made in this era. It also has a longish Kissaki and an attractive slight Sori and frosted in nie. The activities in Ha are very beautiful with ji-nie . The hamon is an attractive chu-suguha. The hada is covered in ji-nie and is an itame mixed with beautiful mokume swirls and some masame..  A beautiful ubu with one hole katana this sword from the shinto era boasts of classical like work . The hada has a dense itame and mokume with and a whitish jigane and the hamon is a  chu-sugu-ba in a slight notare.. Ko-nie layers the entire hamon blanketing the nioi-guchi.  This katana is very sound and healthy and a beauty.. The blade is wide and has a very attractive but slight curvature that reminds one of the Shinto period. The quality of the sword is also outstanding. On the omote side by the habaki you will find an interesting area that has been tempered and is frosted in ji-niei.  The hamon is bright and has very good activity. The hada is very wet looking and is forged well with much ji-nie and slight shirakke appears. The overall feel of this blade is one of a well balanced beautiful katana and is very sharp.  The blade is signed but not confirmed as “Yamashiro no Kami Fujiwara Kunikane” due to that point we cannot verify this mei. A great sword in polish that would mount well that could be...
SHOWA AKIYUKI (fss-867)

SHOWA AKIYUKI (fss-867)

SHOWA AKIYUKI (fss-867) New Item Available Sold On Hold Special Sale AKIYUKI (昭行), Shōwa (昭和, 1926-1989), Gunma – “Akiyuki” (昭行), real name KuriharaWashio (栗原鷲雄), he worked as a rikugun-jumei-tōshō This gendai-to sword is a wonderful katana. The hada is A TIGHT IOTAME/MOKUME MIX. The hamon is based in sugu-ha made up of a gunome midare with a tight nioi-gucchi. The boshi is also ko-maru of gunome midare. This sword is wide healthy blade a bit on the larger side.  A beautiful sword for mounting and training.  The term “gendai or gendaito”  is used by collectors to refer to traditionally made blades; those which have folded steel and are water tempered. The Japanese require that for a sword to be “gendaito” it must be made of tamehagane or oroshigane even though it is impossible to tell what a sword is made from after the sword is finished and polished. Swords made of forge folded commercial mill steel look the same as those made of tamehagane after they are polished although some collectors feel that swords made of tamehagane are more likely to have active hamon and more prominent hada than those made of folded mill steel. Gendaito Swords Explained The term “gendaito” also refers to Japanese swords produced during 1876 to 1945. Japanese bladesmiths have produced swords for centuries, with some of the region’s first swords dating back to around 300 to 500 A.D. There were still swords in Japan before this era, though they were believed to have come from China. It wasn’t until 300 to 500 A.D. when Japan began making its own swords. Modern swords produced in Japan from 1876 to 1945...
Enomoto Sadayoshi (fss-838)

Enomoto Sadayoshi (fss-838)

Enomoto Sadayoshi (fss-838) New Item Available Sold On Hold Special Sale This is an exquisite example of a sword made by Enamoto Sadayoshi in the style of Fukuoka Ichimonji. This beautiful sword shows an abundance of activity. This sword is in a very good state of polish, in a beautiful Horn inlaid Shirasaya and has papers authenticating the sword. The habaki is a foiled piece.. Biography and Lineage;1908–2000. Born 榎本吉市 Enomoto Yoshiichi in Tokushima prefecture. Moved to Mishima city in 1943. Licensed in 1966, “mukansa-taigu” in 1981 and NBTHK designated mukansa in 9/1996. Studied under Gassan Sadakatsu for ten years starting in 1928. Skilled in ayasugi-hada. Trained his two sons Enomoto Tatsuyoshi & Sadahito from a young age.May have used the name Yorikichi while working for the Rikugun Jumei Tosho.WorkmanshipSkilled in classic Gassan style (e.g. Ayasugi-hada) and Sōshu-den. Occasionally used a strongly contrasting hada. Mei: Saku’i Fukuoka-Ichimonji Mishima ni oite Yūsuishi Sadayoshi kinsaku – Kanoe-inu gogatsu kichijitsu Shōwa yonjūgonen Yamaguchi Gō no motome ni ōjite (作意福岡一文字於三島湧水子貞吉謹作・庚戌五月吉日 昭和二二十五年応山口豪需) – “Respectfully made by Yūsuishi Sadayoshi on a lucky day in May of 1970, year of the dog, in the Fukuoka-Ichimonji style in Mishima and on request of Yamaguchi Gō” Nagasa: 28-1/8 inches Sori: 18.0 mm Width at the ha-machi: 32.0 mm Width at the yokote: 23.5 mm Thickness at the mune-machi: 7.3 mm Construction: Shinogi zukuri Mune: Iori Nakago: Ubu Kitae: ko-Itame Hamon: Notare based with chōji-ashi 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: $8,400.00   (shipping and insurance included) Email us if your interested in this item and remember to...