UDA KUNIMUNE (fss-776)

UDA KUNIMUNE (fss-776)

UDA KUNIMUNE (fss-776) New Item Available Sold On Hold Special Sale A beautiful UDA KUNIMUNE koto O-wakazashi (katatauchi or ko-dachi size) just shy of katana length that has high quality workmanship and a beautiful sugu-ha based hamon with gentle gunome/midare here and there with utsuri.  Many hataraki / activity can be found with  Sunagashi, Kinsuji, chikei, Ji-nie and utsuri can be seen also. Uda school swords come from the Yamato tradition and this can be seen and appreciated within this blade made in the old Yamato style. The condition of this koto piece is wonderful as can be seen in the pictures. A very robust Hamachi and Munemachi can be found.  It is in a good polish. The pictures do not do justice to this sword.  The hamon is very nicely done with a thick nioi-guchi that flares up here and there..  It has many hataraki and ko-nie appear.  The hada is very well forged with a very oily appearance of swirling itame with mokume.  The boshi is ko-maru  and longish. This koto O-wakazashi has an elegant shape and is very well balanced. The curvature is very noticible and is text book UDA.  The blade is papered Tokubetsu-Hozon Token by the NBTHK attesting to the swords quality, age and school.  The blade is in shirasaya with sayagaki by Tanabe. Overall this is a fine Japanese Koto O-wakazashi. The blade also comes with a beautiful rain pattern silver foiled habaki. The Uda school is said to have originated in Yamato province. The founder Kunimitsu moved to Ecchu province at the end of the Kamakura period. His son was UDA KUNIMUNE. The following is the lineage for these smiths: KUNIMUNE UDA [OEI 1394 ETCHU] CHUKOTO CHUJOSAKU He is the younger brother...
Bizen Norimitsu (fss-775)

Bizen Norimitsu (fss-775)

Bizen Norimitsu (fss-775) New Item Available Sold On Hold Special Sale “A beautiful and rare tanto by the Bizen smith Norimitsu” The First generation Norimitsu began in the Tei-ji era and continued through the late Muromachi period. During the Muramachi period, Morimitsu, Yasumitsu and Norimitsu were quite well known swordsmiths. At that time, Soshu style work is the rave and the Masahiro and Tsunahiro line with its exhuberant hitatsura was mimicked throughout all the schools.. This blade has an incredible jigane of itame and mokume blend with much masame and a very active and violent hitatsura hamon that jumps off this exquisite small tanto. Clear Utsuri can be seen. There is a long signature and date which also makes this a very precious piece as we can pinpoint the generation of this line of smiths. There is a very beautiful high grade Aikuchi style Koshirae that accompanies this blade. Norimitsu was a student of Nagamitsu and continued for several generations into late Muromachi period. This tanto is very unusual with soshu influenced hitatsura. The Jigane is marvelous with a beautiful Ji-hada of itame with mokume and masame, chikei can be seen. The Ubu  nakago has 2 holes is signed and dated and very precious and rare. TO NOTE: “This blade was submitted to Shinsa before polish and restoration.” The mounts: The koshirae is in the Aikuchi style. The mei of the fuchi reads: Hosono Sōzaemon Masanori + kaō (細野惣左衛門政守). These fitting are all matching and made by Hosono Sōzaemon Masanori. The fact that its all complete is exceptional. The saya is finished in a red and black Ishime style lacquer. The fittings are all matching of a village scene which consists of the full accoutrement of aikuchi style mountings of fuchi, kashira, kojiri, kurikata and kodzuka with blade....
(Kamakura era) Enju (fss-774)

(Kamakura era) Enju (fss-774)

(Kamakura era) Enju (fss-774) New Item Available Sold On Hold Special Sale   A rare and exciting sword, this blade was awarded Tokubetsu Hozon papers from the NBTHK and attributed to the Enju school of swordsmiths. (This blade has not been submitted to Juyo Shinsa) A late Kamakura era sword this blade has all the finer attributes found in this school. The hada is a beautiful mix of itame with masame and utsuri appears. The hamon is loaded with hataraki it is ko-midare with hotsure, nijuba and sunagashi. The blade has bohi engraved and is mounted in shirasaya with gold foiled 2-piece habaki.  This sword is a true tachi in shape and balance.  The curvature is strong and this blade was made for one handed slashing from horseback. Around the end of the Kamakura era, a smith by the name of Hiromura left the Yamato area and went to Yamashiro where he studied under the famous Yamashiro smith, Rai Kuniyuki. He is said to have married the daughter of Rai Kuniyuki. Around Gen-o (1319-1321), he moved to the Kikuchi area in the Higo province of Kyushu and founded the Higo school of sword making. There are no existing works of Hiromura so his son, Kunimura, is credited with the actual founding of the Enju school.� In fact the name of the school originated from Kunimura’s, full name, Enju Taro Kunimura. Examples of work by the Enju smiths span the period from the end of the Kamakura to the Muromachi eras. The works are commonly divided into one of three periods: Ko-Enju from the late Kamakura period; Chu-Enju during the...
Onibushi Yoshikuni   (fss-773)

Onibushi Yoshikuni  (fss-773)

Onibushi Yoshikuni  (fss-773) New Item Available Sold On Hold Special Sale A beautifully mounted sword in the Bizen tradition fully signed with cutting test attribution that this sword cut through 3 bodies by the famous Yamada family sword cutter YAMADA ASA’EMON YOSHITOSHI An outstanding katana which is signed of the Shinshinto period. This sword reminds one of older Bizen work. This blade has a long Kissaki and attractive Sori and the hamon is frosted in nie. The activities in Ha are very beautiful with an abundance of ji-nie, the hamon appears very strong and rich looking. It is an attractive gunome midare. There is ashi and yo to be found. The hada is covered in ji-nie and is a mokume itame mix. Ubu with one hole, this katana is from the Shinshinto era and boasts of classical work . The hada has a dense itame with mokume with a whitish jigane. Ko-nie layers the entire hamon blanketing the nioi-guchi. The Koshirae is stunning with a matching Musha (samurai in battle) motif finished in shakudo and gold. The saya is a black lacquer and black and gold ito and brown sageo to finish. The habaki is gold washed. The fuchi is signed. The sword is 27+” and is signed from the Edo period mounted in shirasaya and with koshirae. A great package papered and polished and ready for the collector. THIS SWORD COMES IN SHIRASAYA AND HAS A TSUNAGI FOR THE MOUNTS. The sword is signed: mei omote: Ôshû Nanbu-jû Onibushi Yoshikuni kore o saku (奥州南部住鬼伏吉國作之) – “made by Onibushi Yoshikuni, resident of Nanbu in Mutsu province” mei ura: Yamada Asa’emon Yoshitoshi (山田朝右衛門吉利) Mitsu-dô dotanbarai Ansei...
Fujiwara Takeda (fss-771)

Fujiwara Takeda (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...