Project Sword (fss-790)

Project Sword (fss-790)

Project Sword (fss-790) New Item Available Sold On Hold Special Sale PLEASE NOTE: WE HAVE BEEN ASKED BY MANY OF OUR CLIENTS TO LIST THEIR WARES  THAT ARE IN NEED OF RESTORATION ETC. FOLLOWING IS THE FIRST OF BLADES LISTED AT A VERY REASONABLE PRICE. WE DO NOT GUARANTEE SIGNATURES ETC. AND EACH PIECE IS SOLD AS IS. WE DO HOWEVER GUARATEE THERE ARE NO FATAL FLAWS. WE TRY TO PRESENT BLADES THAT ARE WORTHY OF RESTORATION. SO YOUR DUE DILIGENCE IS ADVISED AND YOU MAY FIND A GEM LURKING AMONGST THESE ONCE VALUED TREASURES! ALL ITEMS ARE PRICED ACCORDINGLY. A nicely preserved signed and dated koto katana that has very nice workmanship and a hoso-suguha hamon with utsuri. This blade is ubu and signed with a long signature of Bizen no kuni Osafune ju Kiyomitsu. A collection of activity with  Sunagashi, Kinsuji, chikei and much more may be found with a proper polish. Ji-nie and utsuri can be found. An exquisite blend of most Bizen activity can be seen and appreciated within this blade in the old Bizen tradition. The condition of this koto piece is in very restorable condition as can be seen in the pictures. It is in need of a good polish.. The pictures not do justice to this sword.  The hamon is very nicely done with a thick nioi-guchi that flares up here and there..  It has many hataraki and ko-nie appear.  The hada is very well forged with a very slick looking blend of swirling  itame with mokume.  The boshi is ko-maru with kaen like finish and longish for this size sword. This koto katana is signed Kiyomitsu and also has an elegant shape and is very well balanced. The curvature is...
Sesshū-jū Norihide (fss-788)

Sesshū-jū Norihide (fss-788)

Sesshū-jū Norihide (fss-788) New Item Available Sold On Hold Special Sale This Shinsakuto is a captivating traditionally made sword. With a ″ Nagasa and custom mountings this is a sword to admire. This blade was created to use for training and also for appreciation. A Choji midare hamon loaded with sunagashi, kinsuji and chikei . Ji-nie abounds and adds to the aesthetic quality of the blade. There are thick lines of Chikei that form large Mokume burls similar to Ayasugi hada with fine itame loaded with ji-nie. These large Mokume areas form a stream flowing into the Hamon. This is a beautiful sword by Norihide in Sesshu, present day Hyogo prefecture. His real name is Koshio Gonda who lives in Takarazuka-city and he has won several awards in the Contemporary Sword Exhibition and Contest held by Japanese Sword Preservation Society (NBTHK). This blade is an outstanding example of his work style. Special ordered and elaborately made. The whole shape is stout and entirely overflowing with an ambitious spirit. There are 2 mekugi-ana in an ubu nakago. This sword is spectacular to study and for the finest of Shinsakuto collectors. A pleasure to behold and one never gets tired of viewing the myriad of activity that is found in this blade. The Koshirae is very appealing.  Adorned with iron Fuchi / Kashira and Tsuba . The handle wrap is finished in black leather as well as a black silk sageo. There is a Sukashi style tsuba and a swirling lacquer finish to the saya which also accentuates the mountings. The Saya is in a red and black lacquered finish. The habaki and seppa are finished in a gold wash. This blade was made of Tamahagane and using the traditional methods, folded and clay tempered,...
Chikuzen Yoshisuke (fss-786)

Chikuzen Yoshisuke (fss-786)

Chikuzen Yoshisuke (fss-786) New Item Available Sold On Hold Special Sale The Chikuzen Nobukuni at the Edo period during the Kanbun era is continuation of the Muromachi period. Chikuzen-ju Yoshisada, Nobukuni Yoshisuke of which this sword is attributed to and Nobukuni-zaemon Yoshikane were active at same time. An affordable exquisite package for the connoisseur’s of collecting. This blade is fully polished and mounted with papers attributing it to CHIKUZEN NOBUKUNI YOSHISUKE. The sword is a beautiful saka gunome-midare just loaded with hataraki. There is ashi, sunagashi. a thick nioi-guchi, kinsuji. The hada is layed in ji-nie with much ara-nie peppering the hamon especially found in the valleys of the GUNOME. The hada is a true itame and mokume blend with masame. There is chikei and the boshi is finished in O-maru. The koshirae is a dazzling horse theme with fuchi, kashira and menuki of horses finished in shakudo and gold. The tsuba is a Mokko shape in iron with a picturesque setting of scholars under a tree signed and finished in gold and silver. The sageo and tsuka ito are a matching cobalt blue with a large nodule same(rayskin). The saya is beautiful and narrowly ribbed finished in black lacquer. Chikuzen Nobukuni History: Chikuzen Nobukuni is a long line extending from Koto times. The Sengoku labored all sword schools until the Momoyama of robust unification breathed new life into the arts and styles of all of Japan. The young masters coming from Ten-sho, such as Horikawa Kunihiro, traveling to Kyoto, would create a new world of strong new Momoyama styles. The “Shinto” sword-period grew directly from Hideyoshi’s Momoyama Unification....
KANEZANE (fss-785)

KANEZANE (fss-785)

KANEZANE (fss-785) New Item Available Sold On Hold Special Sale Item description here Asano Kanesane, also spelled Kanezane, is one of the better documented swordsmiths of the Showa (WW II) Era. He was born Asano Shinichi on December 19th 1910 in the city of Seki in Mino (Noshu) Province and was apprenticed to master swordsmith Kojima Kanemichi in 1923. In April of 1930, he became an independent swordsmith and adopted the art name of Kanesane. He established a school of swordmaking in Seki and began teaching the art in 1933 when he accepted his first students, Kanetada and Michisane. He worked his entire life in Seki. He won numerous awards for swordmaking including the silver medal in the 1934 Fine Art Exhibition, the gold medal at the same exhibition in 1935 and gold medals in each successive exhibition from 1936 to 1941 (Fuller and Gregory). He was ranked “second seat” (quasi national smith) in the 1941 newly made swords exhibition (Slough). In 1942 he received a Special Award at the last Fine Art Exhibition held prior to the end of the war. Also in 1942, Kurihara Hikosaburo, (also known as Kurihara Akihide, the founder of the Nihonto Tanren Denshujo) ranked Kanesane as Joko no Retsu at the Tosho Banzuke (trans. Jinsoo Kim). The Nihon Token Tanrenjo and Nihon Token Shinbunshi swordsmith ranking published in 1943 gave Asano Kanesane the special rank of betseki (trans. Kenji Mishina). In 1942 his swordmaking school came under the direction of the army sword office. He established the East Asia Sword Company at that time to make swords for the war effort. At its...
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...