Hizen Masatsugu Daito (fss-882)

Hizen Masatsugu Daito (fss-882)

Hizen Masatsugu Daito (fss-882) New Item Available Sold On Hold Special Sale One  of the  five greatest Shinto smiths  was  Hizen Tadayoshi, a student of Umetada Myojo.The  Hizen style  stands out  and is easily  recognized on this sword.  It has a elegant Shinto sugata, with a strong active hada.  This sword is machi-Okuri and retains a full signature. There is a sugu-ha hamon with ko-maru turnback. The sword was an ancestral blade mounted in military koshirae. The hada is itame covered in konoku-hada a straight of the Hizen smiths. The blade is 27 1/4″ and has an elegant sugata. Comes in WWII era koshirae and were called “kai-gunto” or Naval officer sword mountings. These particular style mounts are of very high quality with a rayskin covered saya and in excellent condition. Its important to note that to retain this signature on the sword it was not cut down.  The Kai-gunto handle was extended.  We have not seen an example this long.  The handle was custom fashioned to preserve this signature.  These are highly sought after by the WWII Japanese sword collector. There is a Samurai family mon on the saya as well as a sword tassel. The saya has the double Obi-tori with Ashi. A beautiful package for both the WWII collector and the collector of Hizen blades. This sword is signed “ HIZEN No KUNI JU MINAMOTO MASATSUGU and the signature is guaranteed by us for one year if submitted to shinsa within that time. The following is a history of the Masatsugu:The first generation Hizen Munetsugu  was originally called Sakai Mitsuemon or Sakai Sanuemon.  His first residence was in Nagase in Saga-gun.  He...
Bizen Katana (fss-881)

Bizen Katana (fss-881)

Bizen Katana (fss-881) New Item Available Sold On Hold Special Sale This is a koto Bizen katana.  It looks like its from the  Muromachi era. The quality of this sword is good and has virtually no flaws. This blade is ubu and there are 2 holes to the sword. There also appears to be a signature and date that is very obscured and not legible but is there. The hamon is a mixture of sugu-ha and slight shallow notare midare with an itame/mokume mix for hada that is well forged. The koshirai is black lacquered and in the handachi style all in suite . The mounts are in good shape and are more in a classical style for a samurai and not meant to be flashy.  The handle has a leather tsukamaki that is black lacquered. The tsukamaki is a very nice detail and not always found in this condition.  The tsuba is a Kinai sukashi style of a Dragon. The menuki are also of dragons in gold wash and the tsuki-ito is a black leather over black Same(rayskin), with a gold and black sageo to match.  The habaki is of good quality. It is in polish.  It would be a great candidate for shinsa someday.  Its mounted solidly . Bizen Province:In the southwest area of Okayama, was once known as the sword kingdom.Possessing talented swordsmiths and nearby high-quality raw materials accessible by water transportation, Bizen produced the most swords in Japan during the Heian Period (794-1185), beating Yamashiro, Yamato, Sagami and Mino, the other popular sword-making areas. In the Muromachi period, Harima, Mimasaka and Bizen province had prospered...
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...