Minamoto Morikane (fss-843)

Minamoto Morikane (fss-843)

Minamoto Morikane (fss-843) New Item Available Sold On Hold Special Sale This is an incredible example of a Kongobei School sword made by Morikana. He signed this sword  “Minamoto Morikane Saku”. The School was very active from the Einin era (1292). The founder was Moritaka. Early era swords are very rare most are generally seen from the Oei era (1394) and after.  The style of this sword is in a beautiful Nagamaki styes with a long kissaki measuring at 3 inches. The blade has an abundance of beautiful activity. The hada is well forged, it shows on exuberance a fine qualities. Many area show utsuri very clearly.  The hamon is also very beautiful. The details of the hamon are quite striking. There is on abundance of nie and nioi. The length of the sword is quite long at 30″. For such a long sword to have no flaws is impressive. But such was the quality of workmanship in  swords of this age. This sword comes with papers authenticating signature, age and quality. It also comes with its full mounts. The mounts are early and well made, and were made in good samurai tradition and style. Kongobei swords are very desirable specially one such as this.  Mei: Minamoto Morikane Saku Date: Eiroku (1558-1570) Nagasa: 30 inches Sori: 28.0 mm Width at the ha-machi: 30.2 mm Width at the yokote: 26.3 mm Thickness at the mune-machi: 8.7 mm Construction: Nagamaki (Kanmuri-Otoshi zukuri) Mune: Iori Nakago: Ubu Kitae: Itame/mokume Hamon: Midare Gunome Boshi: Midare (3″ Long) Condition: Good polish Click to Enlarge Image The Connoisseur’s Book of Japanese SwordsBy Kōkan Nagayama Click to Enlarge Image Sayagaki (Writing on the shirasaya)伝斬馬刀銘 源盛包作時代永禄頃筑前金剛兵衛一派刃長 貮尺五寸有之昭和五十六年五月廿七日甲種特別貴重刀剣指定 Den ZanbatōMei: Minamoto Morikane sakuJidai Eiroku...
Echizen Yasutsugu (fss-842)

Echizen Yasutsugu (fss-842)

Echizen Yasutsugu (fss-842) New Item Available Sold On Hold Special Sale This is an important sword made by Yasutugu. This Yasutsugu is known as the San-dai or third generation of the Yasutsugu lineage. this group of swords were very renowned and were allowed to sign with the Hollyhock crest. The 3rd generations work in general is not flashy but more serene with a deep elegance.  The word that the Japanese people use for things of this nature is “Shibui” (Deep high quality not flashy). This particular sword is flawless and shows all the beautiful traits from the school. A rather long sword that is very stout and strong looking and feeling when in hand. Please take a very good look at all the pictures to capture all the fine details within the temper line. The Ji is also exquisite and finally forged. This sword comes in original mounts that have never been altered, or changed. The scabbard is wrapped in a beautiful leather that has been lacquered. It has a hidden compartment that is quite unique and not commonly found. It was said that in these compartments gold could be stored or even important Hidden documents. In any case it’s unique and the compartment is long and shows skill in the scabbard maker. It is also in good shape for such an old scabbard dating back a few hundred years. The handle is original down to it’s Silk wrapping. The iron fittings appear to be all made by the same hand there is a signature on the edge of the sword guard that is the same signature that is...
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...