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...
BUNGO NORIYUKI (fss-783)

BUNGO NORIYUKI (fss-783)

BUNGO NORIYUKI (fss-783) New Item Available Sold On Hold Special Sale A beautifully crafted sword with outstanding hada in a rare shape with longish kissaki, this blade is signed ” BUNGO JU FUJIWARA NORIYUKI”. This sword was previously from Japan mounted in a higher end shirasaya. The blade is a longish wakazashi which is ubu with one hole and signed. A signed Shinto wakazashi that has a hoso-suguha hamon with hataraki. A nice well worked mokume with much ji-nie.  A good blend of activity can be seen and appreciated within this blade in the Shinto fujiwara takada tradition. The Nakago is a very nice Iriyama-gata in shape. There is a silver foil habaki  This blade comes with a paper from the nthk authenticating the age and maker.  It is in an older polish with a very high end Japanese shirasaya accentuated with horn throughout with an ivory mekugi trim. The pictures do not do justice to this sword and is striking in hand.  It has some hataraki and ko-nie appear.  The hada is well forged with an appearance  of mokume with Ji-nie. The boshi is ko-maru and a bit longish . This wakazashi has an elegant shape and is very well balanced. It is very rare to find an U-no-kobu-zukuri of this length. This blade has striking qualities. The curvature is very nice and the blade overall is well balance and not heavy.  The shirasaya is outstanding. The age and patina of the honoki is beautiful and add to the overall appearance of this sword. A great family of Takada smiths whose blades were once sought after by many samurai. They were collectively known as the 3 “YUKI’S”. A family lead by the grandfather Sadayuki then to the...
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...
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...
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....