Kunisada with Cutting Test (fss-795)

Kunisada with Cutting Test (fss-795)

Kunisada with Cutting Test (fss-795) New Item Available Sold On Hold Special Sale A very unique long wakazashi by the 2nd generation Kunisada with a cutting test.  The papers put this sword in the Jokyo era (1684-1688).  The majority of cutting test blades are katana.  The fact that this is a cutting test wakazashi makes for a great collectable sword. The kanji read “cut (through everything) with a single blow”. The reading is: ichizan-sureba issaizan (一斬一切斬) This sword is a great candidate for restoration signed “Kawachi no Daijo FujiWara KuniSada” with a cutting test.  This sword has all the attributes to make for a wonderful restoration. It has a gunome midare hamon with an itame and mokume hada. The boshi is ko-maru. Its very sound and has no fatal flaws.  After polish it will look completely different and even more beautiful.  We recommend a fresh polish, shirasaya and tsunagi for koshirai. This blade, fully restored with mounts and papers would truly make for a jewel in a collection. The mounts are of quality with a deep samurai feel to them and are not meant to be flashy.  They are all origen with no restoration and date back to the late edo era. The smith:KUNISADA (国定), 2nd gen., Kanbun (寛文, 1661-1673), Ōshū – “Kawachi no Daijō Fujiwara Kunisada” (河内大掾藤原国定), “Kunisada” (国定), real name Furukawa Mago´emon (古川孫右衛門), he signed his name initially with the characters (国貞), received the honorary title Kawachi no Daijō during the Manji era (万治, 1658-1661), and died in the second year of Genroku (元禄, 1689), suguha, notare, gunome-midare, wazamono, chū-saku Notes on cutting test: During the Edo period, only the...
HIGO MITSUYO (fss-784)

HIGO MITSUYO (fss-784)

HIGO MITSUYO (fss-784) New Item Available Sold On Hold Special Sale Item description here A rare wakazashi by MITSUYO also pronounced MITSUSHIRO with the pseudonym of Hata , surname Ito and is said to have originated in Yamashiro. He stayed in Seki in Mino and then was adopted into the Echu-no-kami SADAYUKI in Owari where he broke off relations to become independent. The blade is signed on both sides ” HIGO NO KAMI HATA MITSUYO” and stating that this was made with Nanbam tetsu. Fortune made him work exclusively for a great swordsman Yagyu-renyasai TOSHIKANE then later learned from Tsushima-no-kami TSUNEMITSU by his mediation. He enjoyed an official district title of Higo-no-kami that was granted by the Imperial Court during the Kanbun era (1661-), he lived in Nishi-kaji-cho (now Nishiki-2-chome, Naka-award, Nagoya) then moved to Minami Monzen-machi. There is a well-known work by Hata MITSUYO, a wakizashi named Oni-no Houcho that was exclusively made for: Yagyu-renyu-TOSHIKANE and is his most distinguished work constructed with great pains and also the most famed Daisho-set of Kago-tsurube and Sasa-no-tsuyu which had been owed by Yagyu-renya TOSHIKANE during his lifetime. In the Tokugawa Art Museum collection, an odd shaped wakizashi work of Ito Higo no kami Hata Mitsuyo for Yagyu Toshinobu , tested to vivisect two bodies and a wakizashi of “Go YOSHIHIRO” a reproduction of the work of Tsushima-no-kami TSUNEMITSU both have been treasures of the Owari Tokugawa feudal clan and also the Owari Yagyu swordmans school. The number of extant works by the swordsmith MITSUYO is comparatively small because they were only made to order for the Owari yagyu school of swordsmanship. Copper finished Habaki collar, preserved in Shirasaya, a plain wood mounting. Good...
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...
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...