Tamba Kanemichi (fss-840)

Tamba Kanemichi (fss-840)

Tamba Kanemichi (fss-840) New Item Available Sold On Hold Special Sale There were six generations. But I have only the first generation adding a chrysanthemum crest and the character Ichi. So this sword appears to be made by the first generation Kanemichi. The sword could use a polish, but over all the work is still visible on this blade in general. Sword has papers authenticating the signature and overall has a ton of potential. This is information on KANEMICHI (兼道), 1st gen., Manji (万治, 1658-1661), Settsu – “Tango no Kami Naomichi” (丹後守直道), “Tango no Kami Fujiwara Rai Naomichi saku” (丹後守藤原来直道作), “Mishina Tango no Kami Naomichi” (三品丹後守 直道), “Tango no Kami Kanemichi” (丹後守 兼道), “Tango no Kami Fujiwara Kanemichi” (丹後守藤原兼道), “Mishina Tango no Kami Kanemichi” (三品丹後守兼道), “Mishina Tango no Kami Fujiwara Kanemichi” (三品丹後守藤原兼道), real name Mishina Kichibei (三品吉兵衛, the first name can also read Yoshibei), he was the second (according to other traditions the third) son of the 1st gen. Kyō Tanba no Kami Yoshimichi (丹波守吉道) and it is said that he signed at the beginning of his career with Yoshimichi too, before he took over the name Kanemichi, he signed also with Naomichi (直道) and is therefore also counted as 1st gen. Naomichi, in the second year of Kan´ei (寛永, 1625) he received the honorary title Tango no Kami, the move from Kyōto to Ōsaka took place during the Kan´ei era (1624-1644), he died in the twelfth year of Kanbun (寛文, 1672) at the age of 70, dense ko-itame, regular gunome-chōji with plenty of nie and a wide nioiguchi, he also hardened a sudareba and a narrow sugu-yakidashi, he...
Kashu Kyomitsu (fss-837)

Kashu Kyomitsu (fss-837)

Kashu Kyomitsu (fss-837) New Item Available Sold On Hold Special Sale Here we have a beautiful wakazashi mounted with very nice mounts. The sword has two well done carvings, one side you’ll find a dragon on the other a Ken. This is a lovely sword that dates back to the 1600s and is signed Kyomitsu. Overall its in good condition and and solid and comes in a good polish. One side is extremely healthy while on the other side the sword shows some open course steel in the hada and a fukure or blister is visible. Swords like this one that were used, may have been polished a few times and in their lives. Because of this some course steel and flaws can become visible. A sword that has no flaws is obviously more expensive but nevertheless this is still a historic item and the price will be lower because of this reason. It makes for very good honest collectible that has been used and is authenticated by the NTHK as authentic and collectible. The carvings on the blade show that great care went into this sword when it was originally made. Kaga school swords we’re considered desirable by samurai, they were well known for there sharpness. This sword comes in its original mounts, that are very nice. The fittings are soft metal and the sword guard is iron. The iron sword guard has a very interesting shape. The habaki is gold washed, the blade is in a good polish and mounted in a shirasaya. The mounts have a wooden sword inside them for the display purposes. Overall for...
Yakuwa Musashi (fss-836)

Yakuwa Musashi (fss-836)

Yakuwa Musashi (fss-836) New Item Available Sold On Hold Special Sale Here we have one of the finest Shinsaku-to that we have ever seen. It was made by Yakuwa Musashi, and it is an exceptional sword. His given name is Yakuwa Tadao and was born in 1944.  We do not know if he is still alive at this point. But we do know that he has left a beautiful Legacy with this sword. This sword is massive, measuring 32 and 1/16 of an inch long. The Kissaki/point is just over 3 inches long and shows an abundance of activity. I feel that this could be a masterpiece of Yakuwa Musashi. The style of this sword is reminiscent of Ichimonji Bizen work. This style of tempering or shall we say heat treating has an exuberant feel to it, this gives the sword a very exciting and robust look. The activity within this temper line is abundant with nie and nioi. It’s a flawless example of a well forged well shaped Katana. The curvature of this blade is deep, allowing it to cut almost anything very easily. It comes in very sound mounts, so it can be easily used for training or cutting. We don’t recommend it though, because it’s fine collectible sword. The fittings are more than likely a little earlier than the sword. They are all brass and well-made. The dragon motive is all matching and the menuki are hawk feather mon (taka-no-ha). The handle wrapping looks also solid and has a Gold washed copper habaki. A new scabbard was made for this sword prior to polishing. This scabbard...
Koto Ken (fss-835)

Koto Ken (fss-835)

Koto Ken (fss-835) New Item Available Sold On Hold Special Sale Here we have a very unique find. It’s a Japanese Ken and it is in very good condition. The blade is in a good polish and is mounted in a Japanese Ho Wood shirasaya that is very well-made. We do not always sell these type of swords as they hard to find. The blade has a carving of a flowing dragon on one side.  On the other it has a signature that may have something to do with the owner of the sword.  Ken are one of the rarer styles of tanto. Ken have double edged blades and were mainly made as Buddhist ritual implements although it is not uncommon to find them mounted and used as tanto. Some ken style tanto were made from cut down yari. Ken style tanto were made in Koto, Shinshinto and Gendai eras; but few were made during the Shinto period (few tanto of any style were made during the Shinto era). Ken blades may have parallel edges or double concave shapes as above. Some of the top sword smiths in history made ken as offerings to various temples.  Mei: Mumei Date: Koto Nagasa: 13″ inches Width at the ha-machi: 30.9 mm Thickness at the mune-machi: 5.1 mm Construction: ken zukuri Nakago: Ubu Kitae: Itame Hamon: suguba Boshi: Maru Condition: Good polish Click to Enlarge Image Click to Enlarge Image This sword is on consignment. Special Sale Price Sold On Hold Asking price: $3,800.00 Sale price till July 25th! $2,600.00 (shipping and insurance included) Email us if your interested in this item and remember to include the order number for this item:...
Fujishima Tomoshige Den (fss-834)

Fujishima Tomoshige Den (fss-834)

Fujishima Tomoshige Den (fss-834) New Item Available Sold On Hold Special Sale The condition of this sword is very good considering it was carried during World War II. This sword was appraised by the Japanese sword preservation Society and was deemed to be authentic and made by the Fujishima Tomoshige School back in the 1500s. The blade has some small flaws/fukure/kizu, such is the case with many swords of this age. None of the flaws are fatal flaws. The Hamon or temper line is extremely active and very beautiful. What I find most interesting in this item is it overall history. During world war Japanese soldiers that had Samurai lineage and had swords in their family for many generations would bring their swords to the arsenal and asked for them to be mounted for the war effort in World War II mounts. This is such a sword. On the top of the handle you will find a family crest or Mon in silver. Also, the sword comes with its original tassel. Keep in mind that soldiers that did this felt that their ancestors would be on the battlefield with them. If we analyze this item a little bit we can see that the samurai sword has been a useful weapon for centuries and continued to be a useful weapon up to World War II. Yes, they were weapons but more importantly they were a Spiritual support for Soldiers. This sword was obviously carried in battle and has received damage that is very minor and scuffing on the blade. The most interesting damage of all is in one area on...