Bizen Tanto (fss-879)

Bizen Tanto (fss-879)

Bizen Tanto (fss-879) New Item Available Sold On Hold Special Sale A very nice koto era tanto that deserves to be restored in full polish and all its glory it is mumei with nice Bizen workmanship. This sword is not signed but appears to be by the Bizen group of smiths and from the muromachi period. There were many Bizen smiths working at this time and this could be one of many if attributed to this group. It is constructed in typical bizen fashion with wide tang, a classic Bizen trait. The hamon is sugu-ha in slight notare with  activity and plenty of nie with nioi. The hada looks to consist of burls of mokume blended with itame and interspersed with O-hada. Clear utsuri appears throughout the blade if looked from the correct angle.. The koshirae consist of a vermilion lacquered saya with black streaks. There are gold flowered menuki on shakudo with a matching fuchi kashira motif.. A very nice package . There is a Kodzuka which appears to be of ancient style Chinese kanji with a depiction of a fly. The koshirae are a version that fit very nice and hold tightly together. There is a mokku style iron tsuba also.. The tsuka-ito is gold with black sageo contrasting nicely with the Same. There is a copper habaki and seppa, The blade is an excellent example of a Bizen Koto tanto and all that is left to complete this package is to  have it polished with shirasaya and then submit it to shinsa. This blade should paper very well. Mei: Mumei Date: Edo (1500’s) Nagasa: 11-1/8 inches Sori: 3.0 mm Width at the ha-machi: 26.1 mm Thickness at the mune-machi: 6.7 mm Construction: Shinogi zukuri Mune: Iori...
Shintō Jumyō Katana (FSS-878)

Shintō Jumyō Katana (FSS-878)

Shintō Jumyō Katana (FSS-878) New Item Available Sold On Hold Special Sale This sword is a beautiful mumei katana. The hamon is a notare-ish midare  based in chu-suguha with some gunome midare. It is layered with sunagashi and kinsugi the entire length of this tempered edge. There are hints of togare-ba as well. The blade is peppered in Jinie and Yubashiri appears to ghost the hamon in certain places. The hamon also erupts and flares out in the monouchi area and kisses the shinogi. The hada is a prominent swirling  itame covered in ji-nie and chikei also abounds within. Burls of mokume can be seen as well. The blade is O-suriage with 2 mekugi-ana. The boshi is maru The mounts are very nice and add to the overall presence of the blade. The tsuka is a handachi  like style with menuki of gold tiger in bamboo. The fuchi kashira are a deep shakudo finished with gold sea=life in waves. The tsuba is also styled in waves with a dragon in gold. The tsuka is wrapped in black ito and the Sageo is gold, trimming out a red lacquered saya. The habaki is finished with streaking and gilded with gold. The blade is also in shirasaya to protect the finish of the polish. Information on JUMYO:JUMYO(Toshinaga) 寿命 school, it’s founder was born in Seki town, Mino province in Tensho 8 (1580), real name was Kondo Sukezaemon 近藤助左衛門. He had moved to Kiyosu castle town during Keicho(1596-1614) period and the enjoyed Tango-no-kami 丹後守 title in Kanei 2 (1625). JUMYO school had been prospered in 5 generations during Edo period under the patronage of Owari Tokugawa clans....
KODAI KANEMOTO (fss-868)

KODAI KANEMOTO (fss-868)

  KODAI KANEMOTO (fss-868) New Item Available Sold On Hold Special Sale A beautiful Kanemoto wakizashi mumei of a later generation. The 1st generation started the unique hamon  pattern commonly called  sanbonsugi. It is said to resemble a row of three cryptomeria (cypress) treetops.= commonly referred to AS “THE 3 Cedars”. Cypress trees are indigenous to Japan and used in many Japanese gardens. This sword is from Mino province where it was forged approximately 350-400 years ago. The flamboyant hamon can be traced back to Magoroku Kanemoto in the early parts of the 16th century and many following generations continued this tradition for hundreds of years afterwards. This ubu wakazashi has an approximately 13.35″ cutting edge. A KO-Maru as well as sugu style hamon appears in the boshi .The hamon on this particular blade is Sanbonsuji, with a mix of irregular gunome midare. Activity can be found within. This sword has a very small blemish that is slightly visible in the blowup photos. The hada is itame with mokume that literally jumps off the blade. A very interesting and exciting sword to view. This outstanding sword is fully polished and a treat for the collector. The sword comes mounted in an interesting koshirae of Dragons. The saya is in red lacquer with a konoka like design made to resemble rice bran. The Fuchi /kashira are of dragons with small floral like mons in many small cartouche. The menuki are of dragons and a beautiful dragon tsuba of sengoku. The seppa and habaki are of a gilded finish. The ito is brown with brown sageo. A very nice package.  From Unique Japan about the founder: ” Magoroku Kanemoto have a distinct zig-zag pattern in the tip to resemble the revered god Jizo. Generations...
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...
(Hizen) Tadakuni (fss-860)

(Hizen) Tadakuni (fss-860)

(Hizen) Tadakuni (fss-860) New Item Available Sold On Hold Special Sale TADAKUNI (Hizen) Tadakuni Fujishiro:TADAKUNI HARIMA NO DAIJÔ [KEIAN 1648 HIZEN] SHINTÔ JÔSAKU                 He is the son of Hizen Yoshiie, and his family name is Hashimoto.  In the beginning he inscribed the “MA” of Harima no Daijô as the “MA” of rub.  [TN: The bottom radical in the kanji is the radical of “TE”, or hand, rather than “ISHI” or stone. Look at the fourth and tenth items in the third phrase.]  In looking at his works from Kan’ei to Kanbun, the older ones say HARIMA NYÛDÔ TAITETSU, and works can be seen which have a good form, ji is ko-moku, hamon is chû-suguba or an exuberant midareba.  (Wazamono) Signatures:            HIZEN JÛ HARIMA NO DAIJÔ FUJIWARA TADAKUNI Item description:This is an excellent wakazashi made by a high level “jo-saku” smith.  This sword is in great condition and has a very well made hada in a ko-mokume styes with some course areas.  The hamon is extremely active and exuberant.  This is typical of Tadakuni.  The sword is in original mounts that show some wear but the fitting are in good condition and its complete. This wonderful old wakazashi has many things going for it and would be a fine sword to add to any collection. Mei: HARIMA NO DAIJÔ FUJIWARA TADAKUNI Date: (Edo) SHINTO 1600’s Nagasa: 21″ inches Sori: 12.0 mm Width at the ha-machi: 28.7 mm Width at the yokote: 21.1 mm Thickness at the mune-machi: 6.5 mm Construction: Shinogi zukuri Mune: Iori Nakago: Ubu Kitae: ko-mokume Hamon: Midare Gunome Boshi: Maru Condition: Polished Click to Enlarge Image Click to Enlarge Image This sword is on consignment. Special Sale Price Sold...