Chikugo no Kami Kunifusa (fss-851)

Chikugo no Kami Kunifusa (fss-851)

Chikugo no Kami Kunifusa (fss-851) New Item Available Sold On Hold Special Sale This sword was made by the 2nd gen of a 9 generation lineage working in Iyo province for the “Date” who ruled the local Uwajima fief. Kunimori was his early mei. This fine sword boast an abundance of activity and workmanship. There’s a beautiful carving of a dragon on one side and bonji on the other that are well done. The sword is flawless and  has a beautiful hamon and with many hataraki, Its a mixture of nie and nioi.  The itame hada has a dark deep appearance and almost looks wet. Some ji-nie is also visible in the hada. This Sword has a very serene feel to it and although it has many find details it does not look flashy, instead it looks very elegant. The mounts accompany this sword are also in dragon motif.  They are in good condition but we would recommend a shirasaya and tsunagi be made some day for this sword.  It comes with papers authenticating the signature, age and quality.   KUNIFUSA (国房), 2nd gen., Kanbun (寛文, 1661-1673), Iyo – “Chikugo no Daijō Fujiwara Kunifusa” (筑後大掾藤原国房), “Chikugo no Kami Kunifusa” (筑後守国房), real name Kono Koichi (小野小市), he signed first with Kunimori (国林), he studied in Ōsaka under the 1st gen. Yamato no Kami Yoshimichi (大和守吉道), he died on the 13th day of the twelfth month Kyōhō 19 (享保, 1734), dense itame mixed with mokume, gunome-chōji in ko-nie-deki, compact nioiguchi, sugu-bōshi with a ko-maru-kaeri   Mei: Chikugo no Kami Kunifusa (筑後守国房) Date: Kanbun (寛文, 1661-1673) Nagasa: 18 inches Sori: 9.5 mm Width at...
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...
KANESAKI WAKAZASHI (fss-715)

KANESAKI WAKAZASHI (fss-715)

KANESAKI WAKAZASHI (fss-715)   New Item   Available   Sold On Hold Special Sale A beautiful wakazashi from the koto period attributed to Kanesaki of the tensho (1573-1592) periodwith unique workmanship of the mino den. This longish blade sports a picture perfect sugata with a longish kissaki. There is a horimono in the form of bohi which stops just above the yokote area. This Bohi finishes in the machi area and is rounded called maru-dome. Horimono such as this example are relatively rare in koto blades but accentuates the overall shape of this sword and adds to its period sugata. The tang is longish and ubu with one hole and finished as Ha agari kurijiri. The kissaki can almost be classified as O-kissaki, also there is small tempering at the boshi and is favoring notare-komi.The hada is a swirling patten of itame with Chikei and ji-nie can be found. The hamon is very unusual with a mountainess notare with gunome-midare, there are wisps of yubashiri forming into tobyaki in places running through the length of the blade above the hamon. These areas are cloud like floating above the hamon. The extreme health of this blade is something to be seen. This blade was mounted in shirasaya with a mekugi of ebony with a matching ebony wood habaki which shows the pride that the owner had in this sword. The unique characteristics along with the beautiful sugata of the blade papered to koto, Kanesaki mino den of the Tensho period. Mei: Mumei Date: Koto-tensho period (1573-1592) Nagasa: 21-1/2 inches Sori: 12.0 mm Width at the ha-machi: 33.4 mm Width at the yokote: 25.0 mm Thickness at the mune-machi: 8.1 mm Construction: Shinogi zukuri Mune: Iori Nakago: Ubu Kitae: Itame/mokume Hamon: Midare Gunome Boshi: Maru Condition: Good polish...
Echizen Kanenori (fss-713)

Echizen Kanenori (fss-713)

Echizen Kanenori (fss-713)   New Item   Available   Sold On Hold Special Sale   This stunning Echizen blade from the Shinto era comes in koshirai and is in a fine Japanese polish. The work on this sword is very elegant and exciting at the same time. In the hamon you can see tsunagashi and kinsuji with a well defined habuchi with some ko-nie to frost the top and in the valleys are much Nie to be seen.. The hada is well forged and in great shape for such beauty of a blade with some masame running here and there entwined with itame and mokume. Ji-nie appears. The style is that of shinogi-zukuri with double bohi carved. The tang is signed: Chikugo no Kami Fujiwara Kanenori Echizen-jû -on the reverse 2nd generation Echizen Kanenori (包則) From the later Muromachi period onwards, Mino province saw a steady outflow of swordsmith, a trend that saw its peak in the Momoyama and early Edo period. Reason was for the most part the then significant demand for swords and thus local daimyô began to recruit famous masters to work for them on their lands. Mino bldes, or Seki blades in particular, were regarded as being durable and sharp and so a downright wave of migration of Mino/Seki swordsmiths can be seen, especially in the neighboring provinces of Owari and Echizen. As for Echizen, the province also gave a new home to many formerly Ômi-based Shimosaka smiths, thus we use classifications like “Echizen-Seki” (越前関) and “Echizen-Shimosaka” (越前下坂) to refer to these two different currents. The “trend-setters” of the Echizen-Seki group were first and foremost...
Katsutoshi Tanto (fss-650)

Katsutoshi Tanto (fss-650)

Katsutoshi Tanto (fss-650) New Item Sold On Hold Special Sale This is a fine quality tanto signed and dated from the shin-shinto era. The signature reads Katsutoshi and is dated in the Meiji era. This smith is listed in Hawley’s and in his longer signature signed “Echigo Wakida Yoshiteru and Ryuunsai (Wakida) Katsutoshi. He is from Echigo and is a very good smith. Tanto from him are not easily found and this tanto is especially very well made and has a beautiful clear jigane. the hada is a swirling mokume in itame. It is well forged and has no flaws. The hamon is incredibely attractive of gunome-midare with much to see within. Many quality hataraki/activity can be seen in this blade. Tanto like these that were made during the shinshinto era and brought to war are few. After the wakazashi came to existence during the Edo era tanto production diminished greatly. During the shin-shinto era tanto began to be made again. Swordsmiths took pride in producing these quality blades to honor the blades of old. This blade is in a good older polish but would greatly benefit with a new polish. The blade interestingly was mounted for WWII. Tanto mounted in military garb such as this are extremely rare and well sought after by the WWII Japanese sword collector. it may have been a pilots tanto, its difficult to say but the few extent pieces were as such. You generally don’t find tanto like this in a leather cover that is clearly WWII military. The hanger for the cord is also of good quality, to add to it’s uniqueness. To...