Kanenori Tanto (fss-880)

Kanenori Tanto (fss-880)

Kanenori Tanto (fss-880) New Item Available Sold On Hold Special Sale This is a very nice koto tanto by the Koto Mino smith, Kanenori.  There were several generations of smiths who signed using this kanji. I believe It is a late Muromachi tanto.   It is a quintessential muramachi tanto with a cutting edge of. The 2-character signature is completely intact.  This signature is 100% genuine. The jitetsu is a flowing itame with very fine ji-nie that create an almost utsuri like effect.  The blade is shobu-zukuri in shape and the hamon is a peaked notare-gunome-midare with togariba.  There is a habuchi that becomes especially active in the monouchi area with areas of kinsuji and sunagashi as well as ji-nie. There is a very active kissaki indicative of the Muromachi era when this blade was made.  The very active hamon continues into the bôshi creating a nie-kuzure effect. Accompanying this fine sword is a beautiful style mounting with all of the components being made of horn with a black lacquered saya. The menuki are of tigers and there is a kodzuka of the many animals of the Asian zodiac.  These mountings are in very good condition. The tsuka is of a nicely aged same (rayskin) with large knodes in the upper portion. There is no wrapping of this style tsuka. The habaki is a 2-piece copper syle with a streaking rainfall design. There is a very nice bi-color sageo in the battlewrap style, Mei: Mumei Date: Edo (1600’s-1700’s) Nagasa: 11-1/2 inches Sori: 0 mm Width at the ha-machi: 25.5 mm Thickness at the mune-machi: 8.2 mm Construction: Shinogi zukuri Mune: Iori Nakago: Ubu Kitae: Itame Hamon: Midare  Boshi: Maru Condition: old polish Click...
Bizen Tanto (fss-879)

Bizen Tanto (fss-879)

Bizen Tanto (fss-879) New Item Available Sold On Hold Special Sale A very nice koto era tanto that deserves to be restored in full polish and all its glory it is mumei with nice Bizen workmanship. This sword is not signed but appears to be by the Bizen group of smiths and from the muromachi period. There were many Bizen smiths working at this time and this could be one of many if attributed to this group. It is constructed in typical bizen fashion with wide tang, a classic Bizen trait. The hamon is sugu-ha in slight notare with  activity and plenty of nie with nioi. The hada looks to consist of burls of mokume blended with itame and interspersed with O-hada. Clear utsuri appears throughout the blade if looked from the correct angle.. The koshirae consist of a vermilion lacquered saya with black streaks. There are gold flowered menuki on shakudo with a matching fuchi kashira motif.. A very nice package . There is a Kodzuka which appears to be of ancient style Chinese kanji with a depiction of a fly. The koshirae are a version that fit very nice and hold tightly together. There is a mokku style iron tsuba also.. The tsuka-ito is gold with black sageo contrasting nicely with the Same. There is a copper habaki and seppa, The blade is an excellent example of a Bizen Koto tanto and all that is left to complete this package is to  have it polished with shirasaya and then submit it to shinsa. This blade should paper very well. Mei: Mumei Date: Edo (1500’s) Nagasa: 11-1/8 inches Sori: 3.0 mm Width at the ha-machi: 26.1 mm Thickness at the mune-machi: 6.7 mm Construction: Shinogi zukuri Mune: Iori...
Ko-Uda Katana (fss-877)

Ko-Uda Katana (fss-877)

Ko-Uda Katana (fss-877) New Item Available Sold On Hold Special Sale This sword in particular has a beautiful sugu-ha midare hamon peppered in nie with a boshi finished in hakikake. The hada is a finely worked itame and mokume covered in ji-nie. The blade is O-suriage with one hole. The koshirae is elegant and fully restored also. The Fuchi Kashira and Tsuba are all horse themed and menuki of a person in shakudo and gold. The tsuka ito is a spectacular purple in color with black Sageo on a black lacquered saya. There is a fluted tsuba lobed and the seppa and shitodome are gilded in gold to finish this attractive package for this wonderful school of smiths. The Ko-Uda school: The beginnings of the Ko-Uda school was with Nyudo kunimitsu and also his many students like Kunifusa, Kunimune and Kunitsaugu.Generally the old Ko-Uda school made a suguha hamon with soshu den finishes.This sword is suguha midare with but soshu den influence can be seen with the added kinsuji work and profuse Chikei.  Ko-Uda has been a thriving school from the Kamakura period to the Nanbokucho period (1185-1391)and has continued to be felt during the early Muromachi period. The Uda school moved from Yamato province, Uda to Ecchu province.Nyudo Kunimitsu was the founder of the Uda schoool. The founder of the Uda School  is considered to have been Kunimitsu .  He was originally from the Uda  district of Yamato Province.  He worked around the Bunpo Era or 1317 at the end of the Kamakura Era.  All of the succeeding smiths of this school used the kanji character “Kuni”  in...
Koto Katana (fss-876)

Koto Katana (fss-876)

Koto Katana (fss-876) New Item Available Sold On Hold Special Sale An outstanding katana which is from the koto period. This sword reminds one of a Bizen katana.  This blade has the typical characteristics of blades made in the koto era. It also has alongish Kissaki and attractive Sori, iand is  O-Suriage. The activities in the  Ha are very beautiful with ji-nie . The hamon is an attractive large  gunome-ish choji midare in a notarish pattern.. There is ashi and many hataraki to be found. The hada is covered in ji-nie and is an itame mixed with beautiful mokume swirls.  The hada has a dense itame and mokume with and a whitish jigane and the hamon is a  gunome/choji midare. Ko-nie layers the entire hamon blanketing the nioi-guchi.  This katana is very sound and healthy. The blade is wide and has a wonderful curvature.   The koshirae is clean and fundamental with menuki of floral motif . The fuchi kashira is a picturesque depiction of a scholars in gold surrounded by trees and fauna in gold inlay on iron. A black lacquered saya . The Tsuba is of Sukashi style of pine trees. The blade is in polish. The sageo is gold and the tsuka-ito is gold to match. A wonderful package to a splendid blade. We recommend submitting this sword for Shinsa.  Mei: Mumei Date: Koto (1400’s-1500’s) Nagasa: 26-1/2 inches Sori: 12.0 mm Width at the ha-machi: 27.3 mm Width at the yokote: 20.3 mm Thickness at the mune-machi: 6.7 mm Construction: Shinogi zukuri Mune: Iori Nakago: Suriage Kitae: Itame Hamon: Midare Gunome 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...
Nagashige Katana (fss-875)

Nagashige Katana (fss-875)

Nagashige Katana (fss-875) New Item Available Sold On Hold Special Sale This to is a beautiful edo period Katana.  The sword is reminiscent of the beautiful work of this era. The blade is a longish piece, suriage, with a fine hada and a wavy notare-ish gunome midare hamon. At almost 27” this blade is a wonderful piece. The hada is a fine Mokume and itame covered in ji-nie . There is a longish ko-maru kissaki . There is ji-nie all over. The sublime execution of the the ko-itame reminds one of the twinkling of stars as the ji-nie highlights the intricacies of the workmanship of the steel. The hamon is made up of a gunome-midare base which looks spectacular in this polish which is pristine. A fantastic sword with much to enjoy and appreciate. The blade is suriage but still contains most of the mei with Kiku Ichi.  Fujishiro has this to say: NAGASHIGE SESSHÛ NO KAMI SHODAI [JÔÔ 1652 RIKUZEN] SHINTÔ CHÛJÔSAKU                 He is the third generation of Sendai Nagatoshi, is called Tashiro Shigetarô, and he received his title during the Jôô era.  (Wazamono) Signature:              SESSHÛ NO KAMI FUJIWARA NAGASHIGE, and he also inscribed the KIKU MON. Page 186 NAGASHIGE SESSHÛ NO KAMI NIDAI [HÔREKI 1751 RIKUZEN] SHINTÔ CHÛJÔSAKU                 He is in the Nagatoshi Mon, his initial signature was KIYOTOSHI, and he became the nidai Nagashige.  [TN: It was a long time from 1652 to 1751.  Perhaps nidai does not necessarily mean son or immediate succession.]  He also signed later as NAGASHIGE, [TN: Different kanji for “SHIGE”], and there were also times when he inscribed the KIKU MON. Signatures:            ÔSHÛ...