Fujishima Tomoshige Den (fss-902)

Fujishima Tomoshige Den (fss-902)

Fujishima Tomoshige Den (fss-902) New Item Available Sold On Hold Special Sale This sword was awarded the kanteisho prior to polish. It received an attribution to TOMOSHIGE. There is a red Shumei at the bottom of the tang attributing it to YOSHINOBU. This blade if resubmitted may be attributed to an even higher ranked smith now that its in pristine polish but it’s not a necessity. The hada is a beautiful swirling mix of itame and mokume loaded and covered in ji-nie. Chikei abounds! The hamon is nie laden with brilliant streaks of sunagashi and kinsuji. The boshi is Kaen with hakikake. The koshirae is equally impressive. The saya is in a Ishime finish. The fittings are all adorned in a motif of samurai and horses. The Nanako is very nice on the tsuba. The tsuka ito is a bright orchid color over a black lacquered same (rayskin). The sageo is a purplish red hue. The seppa are gold washed. The kodzuka is of a man with horse in fields.  The Habaki is gold foiled and is of high quality also. This Koto era sword comes with NTHK KANTEI-SHO papers. A koto period wakazashi by the Fujishima Tomoshige line of smiths who had ten generations of the name during the Koto period and six generations up until the Shintoshinto period. A splendid wavy gunome togariba majiri hamon (temper line) typical of the Fujishima School captures the eye and imagination. Hailing from the artistic province of Kaga (now Kanazawa), the Fujishima School is considered one that combines characteristics of the five major traditions. Fujishima school is a descendant of Rai school that moved to Gaga province. They...
NIO DEN KATANA (FSS-899)

NIO DEN KATANA (FSS-899)

NIO DEN KATANA (FSS-899) New Item Available Sold On Hold Special Sale This fine sword dates back to the 14th century (1300’s).  It comes from a unique and important school known as Nio.  The blade exhibits Beautiful Yamato qualities.  Yamato is from one are the five main line schools of sword making (Yamato, Yamashiro, Bizen, Mino and Soshu).  This type of sword is highly collectible.  Classic collectors are always looking for swords of this style that go back to the early times of sword making in Japan.  This particular blade is in very good condition and in polish.  It is rather long-ish at almost 28 inches. The Hamon is very elegant and subdued. It comes in a lovely Shirasaya with horn inlay and a Sayagaki from Mr. Tanobe.  The certificate is from the NBTHK and are of High quality stating that this sword received a Tokubetsu Hozon paper.  The sword has a 2-piece gold foiled habaki. The koshirae is very elegant and not meant to be flashy. The saya is lacquered and has crushed abalone Shell inlaid in the lacquer and completed with carved ribs. The tsuka-maki is white with a white sageo to match. The same is white and the tsuba is of iron with Gold inlay design. Thye fuchi/kashira are of streams and rocks and the menuki are of people and have gold inlay. NIO DEN:The NIO school of which the smiths lived in Kaga of Suo province and had been active from Kamakura to the Muromachi periodsis very well on display in this sword. It was said that Kiyohira was the founder and was active in...
MUTSU NO KAMI TSUNASHIGE (FSS-898)

MUTSU NO KAMI TSUNASHIGE (FSS-898)

MUTSU NO KAMI TSUNASHIGE (FSS-898) New Item Sold On Hold Special Sale “A masterpiece”This sword was made by Mutsu No Kami Fujiwara Tsunashige.  It also has a cutting test inlayed in gold. Generally swords with cutting test will only be for two bodies or less.  Also, different types of cutting tested are found but its extremely rare to find a Sword with a three body cutting test. Making this long katana unique, rare and extremely collectable This particular blade is a most outstanding work by the swordsmith Tsunashige. The hamon is a gunome midare in a notarish form. There is tsunagashi that clearly  runs through the hamon. The gunome hamon is frosted with a beautiful nioi-guchi that is mostly in nie. There are times when the tsunagashi becomes kinsuji and sweeps into the hada creating a form of chikei that is just outstanding. The Chikei is exquisite and is finely compacted within the tight itame hada. There is masame-nagare that forms sporadically within the hada. The Boshi is a thick maru with medium Kaeri The tachi koshirae is a sight to behold. A brilliant ITO_MAKI no tachi style koshirae. The mounts were made in the Edo Era (1600’s-1700’s). This sword has a beautiful gold gilded trim over iron fittings. The tsuka-ito is of black silk with menuki of Mice on a salmon. There is an iron Mokko-gata  tsuba that matched the iron fittings. There is a gold foiled habaki. The saya is covered in a keenly decorated silk Brocade accentuated with Kamons. The Tachi sageo is a combination of green, blues red and a creamy white silk all mounted with tsunagi....
ENOMOTO SADAYOSHI (fss-897)

ENOMOTO SADAYOSHI (fss-897)

ENOMOTO SADAYOSHI (fss-897) New Item Available Sold On Hold Special Sale A beautiful ubu with one hole katana this sword from the Gendaito era boasts of classical like work . The hada has a dense itame with and a wild jigane and the hamon is a notarebased  like gunome/choji midare..This was Sadayoshi’s ode to the Fukuoka Ichimonli school. Ko-nie layers the entire hamon blanketing the nioi-guchi with a turbulent amount of Ara-nie, a very pleasing spectacler. This katana is very sound and healthy like the day it was forged and a real beauty.. The blade is wide and has a wonderful curvature that reminds one of the older schools. The quality of the sword is also outstanding. The hamon is bright and has very good activity. The hada is very wet looking and is forged well with much ji-nie and slight utsuri appears. The overall feel of this blade is one of a well balanced beautiful katana and is very sharp. This blade is a large and extremely healthy and one can imagine what a blade just forged really feels like. The hamon is frosted with nie and the hada is a tightly well-forged itame. The koshirae is very clean and fundamental with menuki of floral motif . The tsuba is a picturesque depiction leaves in iron tsukashi style. There is a black lacquered saya  along with black same to match.The fuchi Kashira is also of large floral motif set in a cartouche as a backdrop.  The blade is in full polish with shirasaya. The habaki is silver and seppa are gold washed. The sageo is brown as well as...
BIZEN WAKAZASHI (fss-896)

BIZEN WAKAZASHI (fss-896)

BIZEN WAKAZASHI (fss-896) New Item Available Sold On Hold Special Sale A beautifully preserved un-signed koto wakazashi that has incredible workmanship and a beautiful gunome/midare hamon with utsuri. This blade is ubu and in the Bizen style. A fine example and blend of Bizen work the activity can be seen and appreciated within this blade in the old Bizen tradition. The condition of this koto piece is very good as can be seen in the pictures. A very robust Hamachi and Munemachi can be found.  It is in a new polish with a very nice set of koshirae. 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 well forged with a very slick looking nagare-ish itame with mokume.  The boshi is ko-maru with kaen like finish and longish for this size sword. This koto wakazashi has an elegant shape and is very well balanced. The curvature is very noticible and text book Bizen.  The mounts are very unique and add to the overall value of this sword.  The lacquered saya is new and a great expense has gone into the restoration of this sword.  The sword comes with a shirasaya to protect the sword and polish and a wooden tsunagi has been made to display the mounts.  The fittings are sound and have a traditional Samurai appeal and are in iron. They look and display very well.  Overall this is a fine Japanese Koto wakazashi fully restored.  The menuki are a combination of a floral design. The same is black and has a very nice look to...