Sado no Motoyoshi (fss-754)

Sado no Motoyoshi (fss-754)

Sado no Motoyoshi (fss-754)   New Item   Available   Sold On Hold Special Sale KUNITOMI (国富), Genroku (元禄, 1688-1704), Nagato – “Minamoto Kunitomi Nagato Hagi-jū” (源国富長門萩住), “Sado no Daijō Fujiwara Kunitomi” (佐渡大掾藤原国富), “Sado no Kami Kunitomi Motoyoshi saku” (佐渡守国富元嘉作), “Sado no Kami Fujiwara Kunitomi” (佐渡守藤原国富), he lived in Hagi (萩) and signed later with Motoyoshi (元嘉), the name Motoyoshi is listed in some sources with the characters (元喜), mostly Tegai-style suguha mixed with ko-midare, nijūba and kuichigaiba, he also worked in Edo, Ōshū, and in Matsue (松江) in Izumo province, chū-saku. This katana is a very sound and healthy blade and appears to be an older shinto sword..  The blade is loaded with exciting activity and is of high quality.  The hamon is bright and shows many hataraki/activity.  The hada is milky looking and  is forged well with much ji-nie and utsuri seems to appear.  The overall feel of this blade is one of a well balanced beautiful katana that is very sharp. The hamon is frosted with nie and the hada is a tighly well forged mokume with itame. There is gunome-midare that is very beautifull which is full of sunagashi and other hataraki. Tobyaki can be seen floating above the hamon. The boshi is Kaen loaded with hakikake. Ji-nie and Ara-nie pepper this sword completely..The mounts are very well made. The koshirae is not fancy but are more of a true samurai style and very utalitarian.  They are plush looking without a flashy appearance. The koshirae are a mix of a wonderful brown lacquer work and matching Ito and Sageo. There is a small menuki depicting a horse in a setting. A silver foiled habaki also...
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 swordsmith...
Yamato Masanori (fss-733)

Yamato Masanori (fss-733)

Yamato Masanori (fss-733)   New Item   Available   Sold On Hold Special Sale One of the true masters of Keicho Shinto. This smith can be found in most books and especially the ” Masters of Keicho Shinto by Markus Sesko “.. There is an outstanding gunome midare hamon. The hamon has an abundant amount of hataraki/activity and in a fresh polish will stand out beautifully. There are many tobyaki/yubashiri above the hamon. The hada is very clear and has a milky appearance and is well forged.  This is mounted in shirasaya with silver rain storm style habaki.   This sword is from an old collection and is papered to Den Masanori. Masanori was from the Yamada (山田) family and signed his name in early years with the characters (正法). He came originally from Miyatsu (宮津) in Tango province and was a late smith of the lineage of SanjōYoshinori (吉則). Via a stopover in Yamashiro, he moved to Fukui (福井) in Echizen province where he became a student of Kanenori (兼法). We know date signatures from the 13th year of Keichō(1608) to the fourth year of Keian (慶安, 1651). He had one successor who moved later to Edo. Although Masanori was mostly active somewhat later than Keichō, his early works are nevertheless interpreted in Keichō-shintōstyle. We can see a strong resemblance to Mino, or to be precise to Sue-Seki and Kanefusa (兼房) in his works, but certain blades remind of Hizen Tadahiro, Echizen Yasutsugu, or of the Horikawa school. A fine example of the older style blades this sword is polished and mounted in shirasaya “. A fresh polish would greatly enhance the value of the...
Jakushū-jū Fuyuhiro (fss-695)

Jakushū-jū Fuyuhiro (fss-695)

Jakushū-jū Fuyuhiro (fss-695)   New Item   Available   Sold On Hold Special Sale This is a very interesting Katana in the Koto tradition that appears Soshu in character and attributed to Fuyuhiro and of the late muromachi era. It is in  a nice polish and has a cutting edge of over 27″ and appears ubu and mumei.  The overall shape of this Katana is impressive and the hamon is loaded with activity.  The hamon contains plentiful nie with Suagashi and Kinsuji to be seen as well as some tobyaki.  The hada has a milky slick  looking finish and forged very well with some areas of O- hada mixed in.  This blade comes in shirasaya with horn insert.. The Hamon is a brilliant Midare-ba based in sugu-ba with gunome present and loaded with activity. The hada is a swirling itame-nagare and some Masame with many hataraki as well. There is chikei and profuse ara-nie as well as ji-nie. Tobyaki,  ashi and yo is quite prevalent. The boshi is a thick hakikake The tang shape is unusual and is usually sometimes associated with other schools and smiths of Soshu origin. These swords are known to have FUYUHIRO HADA. It is flowing with MASAME that stands out. JI-NIE. MIDARE, NOTARE-MIDARE and GUNOME-MIDARE. 3rd generation banners greater exuberance with TOBI-YAKI, MUNE-YAKI and HITATSURA in KO-NIE.  The most prolific FUYUHIRO can be found with a  standing HADA with JI-NIE. SUGUHA, GUNOME-MIDARE and NOTARE BA. GUNOME-MIDARE with TOBI-YAKI and MUNE-YAKI. HITATSURA. Occasionally there is wide MIDARE HA with more NIE but often the YAKIBA is a defined NIOI that is narrow. As well as the contributing factors of the activities of this...