Shimada Sukemune (fss-781)

Shimada Sukemune (fss-781)

Shimada Sukemune (fss-781) New Item Available Sold On Hold Special Sale The Shimada school in Suruga was along the Ōigawa river. The founder YOSHISUKE was active in the age of Kousho, the middle of 15th century and the other makers such as SUKEMUNE , HIROSUKE ,YOSHITSUNA MOTOSUKE appeared during the Muromachi period. The Suruga domain in those days had powerful regional warlords of the Imagawa , Takeda , Tokugawa who struggled with each other. The sword smiths of the Shimada school often had made a symbolic sign of swords or yaris to meet with the requirements from those powerful warlords. SUKEMUNE , His family name Gojo and given name Kyuzaemon has been said to be a younger brother of the founder YOSHISUKE. It is believed that he moved from the province of Bizen to Shimada town in Suruga. This tanto is attributed as the work of SUKEMUNE most likely during Tenbun-Eisho era (1532-69) who is highly renowned for the creation of the Osoraku-zukuri tanto which was owed by Takeda Shingen . It is unique with an extraordinary shape to show the impression that they were strongly influenced by the Soshu works of 14th C. Nanbokucho period. There are carvings of a ken with vajra and Gamabashi and Buddhist implements showing the close resemblance to Soshu works. The Fish belly shape of the nakago was popular and frequently seen in Soshu works 、Suruga-Shimada 、Soshu-Tsunahiro and the Bushu-Shitahara schools all shared this feature at times showing that frequent cultural exchange became very active along Tōkaidō (region). There is an example of a collaboration Tanto work both by MURAMASA of the Sengo...
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...
Takada Tadayuki (fss-770)

Takada Tadayuki (fss-770)

Takada Tadayuki (fss-770) 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. There are different schools of thought on the quality of Bungo works made in the Shinto period. Members of this school are also known as the Fuijwara Takada because they used Fujiwara as a family name in their signatures. 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 the 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. Bungo and Fujiwara takeda both used many different styles of hamon due to the transference of knowledge from the many schools in close vicinity to them. It is said that the founder of the Bungo Takada school was Tomomitsu or Tomoyuki. Takada Swordsmiths in the Shinto age engraved the last name “Fujiwara”, and so they are called the Fujiwara Takada. One of the neighbors of the Takada school was the Hizen school. Hizen sword makers were controlled by Nabeshima daimyo...
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...
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...