Mishina Munetsugu Katana(fss-915)

Mishina Munetsugu Katana(fss-915)

Mishina Munetsugu Katana(fss-915) New Item Available Sold On Hold Special Sale Misina Tajima Kami Munetsugu is a student of Mishina Kanemichi and made swords at Settsu province.  He worked in the 1700’s.  This particular sword is well made and has a very elegant shape.  The sword has carved Bo-hi and is also very long at 29″. The hamon is a midare sulu-ha mix. A very interesting feature of this katana is the Aysugi hada.  Generally speaking Gassan Sadakazu and Sadayoshi we’re working diligently at researching and restoring the Ayasugi hada of the Gassan school.  After their success, they kept producing Ayasugi hada as a Gassan school’s top secret for a long period of time.  This particular sword shows a well-made Ayasugi hada.  You will find this hada in other swords he made. So this is a good example of other schools that actually did this type of hada also. One might confuse this blade for a Gassan school sword.  This sword has a very good balance and the curvature is deep.  It can be used as a high end Iaido training sword.   It is a fine quality antique katana.  It comes in good mounts and overall the fittings are very good quality.  The sword recently received a 70 point Kantei-sho attribution from the NTHK. It attest to the authenticity of the maker, age and quality.  The papers will be mailed to the new owner the moment I have them in hand.     Mei: Mumei Date: Kan-en (1748-1764) Nagasa: 29 inches Sori: 21.0 mm Width at the ha-machi: 28.7 mm Width at the yokote: 20.8 mm Thickness at the mune-machi: 8.9 mm Construction: Shinogi zukuri Mune: Iori Nakago: Ubu...
Yamato no kami Yasutsugu (fss-914)

Yamato no kami Yasutsugu (fss-914)

Yamato no kami Yasutsugu (fss-914) New Item Available Sold On Hold Special Sale A beautifully made sword by the smith “ Yamashiro no kami Yasutsugu “. This blade is a spectacular Notare-midare with gunome And an almost Toran-ba appearance. The Nioi-guchi is deep and the blade is frosted in Ji-nie. There are bands of thick kinsuji as well as sunagashi. Nie frosts the habuchi.  The hada is a tight itame mixed with some mokume. There is  masame  in the shinogi-ji. The Yasutsugu school is famous for what has been called Echizen gane or hadadachi-gokoro. This hada consists of the tight itame/mokume mentioned above with the presence of shirake or whitish patches in the steel structure that are mixed with the real color of a darker hue. This blade is absolutely gorgeous and would be an outstanding piece for any collection.The Koshirae is equally attractive and a true Samurai style of mounting. The saya is a black lacquer with striations from top to bottom. The fuchi/kashira and tsuba are of a group of men and or scholarts in a golden robes or garb. The menuki are mounted on old Same and are of galloping horses. The Ito is of gold with matching sageo. There is a rain pattern silver habaki with a plain upper portion. There is an older shirasaya with a beautiful aged patina. A wonderful sword for the discriminate collector. Information about the school:The first generation was Kan’ei period 1624-1644, Nagato. He lived in Nagato’s Fuchu, real name Fujishima Hayato no Suke Minomoto Yasutsugu. There was a 2nd gen. also Nagato-Yasutsugu. There was also a 3rd generation from Musashi- Yamato no Kami Yasutsugu, first name Sotayu, son of Yamato no...
Katana (fss-912)

Katana (fss-912)

Katana (fss-912) New Item Available Sold On Hold Special Sale This is a very nice quality katana that is in need of restoration to bring out all its fine details.  The condition is not very bad as the hamon is very visible and shows many hataraki/activity. The sword is cut down and still has a very nice sugata. It is listed as shinto (1600’s-1700’s) but after a good polish it may show more details that can narrow down the proper age.  There is a possibility that it may be koto (1400’s-1500’s).  Our listing it as shinto era is a conservative judgment.  The sword is mounted and the fittings are authentic and antique, however the handle and scabbard appear to be from another sword.  They were fitted to this sword and not made for this sword. If this sword is to be polished and restored this can be address at that time.  Overall an interesting katana with fittings and good hamon. Mei: Mumei Date: Edo (1600’s-1700’s) Nagasa: 25-1/4 inches Sori: 13.0 mm Width at the ha-machi: 29.4 mm Width at the yokote: 18.4 mm Thickness at the mune-machi: 6.5 mm Construction: Shinogi zukuri Mune: Iori Nakago: suriage Kitae: Itame Hamon: Midare Gunome Boshi: Maru Condition: poor polish Click to Enlarge Image This sword is on consignment. Special Sale Price Sold On Hold Asking price: $2,800.00 (shipping and insurance included) Email us if your interested in this item and remember to include the order number for this item: fss-912. info@nihontoantiques.com How To Order Information Click to Enlarge Image Subscribe for the Latest Updates!Join our mailing list to receive the latest News & Updates from Nihonto Antiques. SUBSCRIBE You have Successfully Subscribed! Your email address will...
(IMAI) KANETSUGU (fss-907)

(IMAI) KANETSUGU (fss-907)

(IMAI) KANETSUGU (fss-907) New Item Available Sold On Hold Special Sale JOSHU Ju IMAI KANETSUGU SAKU Gendaito  JOSHU Ju IMAI KANETSUGU SAKU Gendaito WWII Japanese Army Officer’s sword…A very well made blade with a brilliant choji hamon and very tight well defined hada. The blade has some old dried grease and had not been cleaned when the photos were taken. A much better quality blade than commonly seen. “His real name is Imai Kenzaburo. Kanetsugu began his training as a student of Kiribuchi Kanetomo, but later studied under Kasama Shigetsugu. He used the Go (professional name) of Ryuminsai. During WW2 he served as a Rikugun Jumei Tosho. Kanetsugu died on February 6th, 1971, at the age of 77.” Medium to High Grade Gendaito1941 Exhibition – 3rd Seat His teacher was the well known smith:\ Kane tomo and Kanetsuigu was his first pupil Kanetomo’s lineage and background is as follows: Background There are so many things a person could learn about collecting Nihonto.  The author, a beginning student in this field, tends to spend more time studying items that are more often encountered at affordable prices–Gendaito–than pre-Meiji pieces. Because of the generosity of one of my teachers, I was able to study a good katana made by Ryuminsai Kanetomo. He is listed in Hawley’s, KAN2550 and in Toko Taikan. This teacher of mine also provided me with an article about this smith, written by Mr. Yano Tsuneo 矢野恒夫 which was published in the March 1990 issue Token Bijutsu of NBTHK. There is another article from the September 1988 Token Bijutsu about Kanetomo’s teacher, Kaneyuki 兼行, by the same author. The following information about Kanetomo...
Bizen Norimitsu (fss-903)

Bizen Norimitsu (fss-903)

Bizen Norimitsu (fss-903) New Item Available Sold On Hold Special Sale We have here a masterpiece that not only displays the typical features of Norimitsu, but of Osafune works from that time in general, which are referred to as Ōei-Bizen . One of the most beautiful Bizen Norimitsu  that I have posted in many years. This blade is flawless and a pristine example of Osafune Norimitsu from the 15th Century. 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.  Norimitsu was a student of Nagamitsu and continued for several generations into late Muromachi period. This blade is very unusual with bohi and so-hi that are just visible.  The Jigane is marvelous with a beautiful Ji-hada of ko-mokume. Clear Utsuri can be seen. The hamon is a perfect nie laden sugu-ha with  a very nice boshi that is ko-maru. Small hataraki can be seen within this hamon caused by the wonderful jihada covered in ji-nie.  At the time this sword was made, Osafune Norimitsu’s focus was on function and straight forward quality.  No attempt was made to add flashy details to the work.  The feeling of this sword is that of the very best quality. It has a long signature and date which also makes this a very precious piece as we can pinpoint the generation of this line of smiths. This appears to be the fourth generation of Norimitsu.  There is a very beautiful high grade Koshirae that accompanies this blade. The ito is purple and the sageo is a white trimmed burgundy. The black lacquered saya is ribbed. The fuchi/kashira in a fine Nanako of misc. gourds to match...