Bingo Masayoshi (fss-885)

Bingo Masayoshi (fss-885)

Bingo Masayoshi (fss-885) New Item Available Sold On Hold Special Sale This blade was made by Bingo Masayoshi and has been fully restored. The Mihara roots are from the Yamato tradition which is very apparent in this blade. The hada is covered in Ji-nie and consists of an itam nagare with mokume burls as well as masame. The boshi is ko-maru with slight turnback. There is ko-nie present as well as nijuba. The hamon is peppered with ji-nie and fine workings can be seen. There is sunagahi and kinsuji throughout. The blade is signed “ BINGO (NO) KUNI MIHARA JUNIN MASAYOSHI SAKU “ We believe this to be the Bingo 1573 smith as there were a few generations. This time period which would put him in the Sue-Mihara category. This blade is ubu with one mekugi ana.  The koshirae is attractive. The saya is finished in a red lacquer satsuma style as was the original Saya color. The fuchi/kashira are floral and bug motif in silver. The Tsuka[- ito is black with matching sageo. The tsuba is iron with brass rim. The menuki are of a frog or toad motif. The habaki is silver foiled in a diamond pattern. There are gold washed seppa. A beautiful example of a signed koto blade in koshirai. The sword has some miner imperfections/wari but overall its well made.  Interesting to note is that the sword has two cuts that are visible on the sword.  It appears that the sword was in a battle and was used to block another sword or was slashed at in some way.  This is a very interesting thing to...
Sagami No Munekuni (fss-884)

Sagami No Munekuni (fss-884)

Sagami No Munekuni (fss-884) New Item Available Sold On Hold Special Sale His real name was Yamamoto Tougo, his initial smith name was Hiroshige who had belonged to Shitahara school in Bushu province. He learned the true 15 fold technique with his younger brother Musashi Taro YASUKUNI from their master Omura Kaboku who had served exclusively for Echigo Matsudaira clan and then in his later period served for a Tokugawa Mitsukuni as a medical doctor. It is well-known that Omura kaboku made swords as his pastime and Yamamoto Tougo had offered a Tachi to Tokugawa Mitsukuni who had granted the smith name of MUNEKUNI. This wakizashi is well-proportioned and with high shinogi-suji. The entire blade is quite dignified and finely forged. It is a wonderful example of Munekuni and is to signed proudly [The True 15 Folds Technique] in the reversed side. This is surely a unique work of MUNEKUNI, and it is also a  beautifully mounted wakizashi fully restored and polished. The hada of this blade is spectacular. It is a combination of mokume and itame-nagare. Hataraki abounds in this blade Chikei, ji-nie can be seen throughout. There is kinsugi and ko-nie all over as well as some tsunagashi in areas. The blade is Ubu with one mekugi-ana. A beautiful koshirae adorns this beautiful sword. The motif is of birds. The fuchi kashira are of 3 birds on a Nanako background in pristine condition. The menuki are birds of brass and the tsuba are birds on shakudo waves with gold dots.. The tsuka is a brown silk ito over a black same ( rayskin ) to match the black lacquered saya. The sageo is brown to match the...
Mino Kanemitsu (fss-883)

Mino Kanemitsu (fss-883)

Mino Kanemitsu(fss-883) New Item Available Sold On Hold Special Sale This fine wakazashi has great workmanship and a beautiful gunome midare hamon.  It is in original polish and the shirasaya is signed. The sayagaki has an attribute to the smith “ Mino No Kuni Kanemitsu.  Unfortunately the pictures not do justice to this sword.  The hamon is very nicely done with a thick nioi-guchi.  It has many hataraki and ara-nie appear.  The hada is very well forged with a milky looking color of itame with masame.  This early wakazashi also has an elegant shape and is very well balanced.  The mounts are  in very good shape and add to the overall value of this sword.  The fittings are sounds and have a more simple and traditional look and display very well.  Overall this is a fine Japanese wakazashi.   The mounts are of a very nice quality from tsuka to saya. The bug theme with floral motif beautifully finish the tsuka with an exceptional deep purple tsukaito wrap. The saya is an exquisite black lacquer . The floral motif was often used as a theme for Asian art. Mythological subjects and auspicious symbols were sometimes used as motifs for Japanese sword furniture. Floral motifs could stand alone as designs unto themselves, particularly if they had seasonal or symbolic associations, but they were also used as decorative patterns surrounding or backing more pictorial motifs such as bugs etc. SAYAGAKIMINO NO KUNI KANEMITSULENGTH 1 SHAKU 5 SUN 9 BUDAIKIN 300 KAN Mei: Mumei Date: Edo (1600’s-1700’s) Nagasa: 19″ inches Sori: 15.0 mm Width at the ha-machi: 27.1 mm Width at the yokote: 19.8 mm Thickness at the mune-machi: 5.2 mm Construction: Shinogi zukuri Mune: Iori...
Hizen Masatsugu Daito (fss-882)

Hizen Masatsugu Daito (fss-882)

Hizen Masatsugu Daito (fss-882) New Item Available Sold On Hold Special Sale One  of the  five greatest Shinto smiths  was  Hizen Tadayoshi, a student of Umetada Myojo.The  Hizen style  stands out  and is easily  recognized on this sword.  It has a elegant Shinto sugata, with a strong active hada.  This sword is machi-Okuri and retains a full signature. There is a sugu-ha hamon with ko-maru turnback. The sword was an ancestral blade mounted in military koshirae. The hada is itame covered in konoku-hada a straight of the Hizen smiths. The blade is 27 1/4″ and has an elegant sugata. Comes in WWII era koshirae and were called “kai-gunto” or Naval officer sword mountings. These particular style mounts are of very high quality with a rayskin covered saya and in excellent condition. Its important to note that to retain this signature on the sword it was not cut down.  The Kai-gunto handle was extended.  We have not seen an example this long.  The handle was custom fashioned to preserve this signature.  These are highly sought after by the WWII Japanese sword collector. There is a Samurai family mon on the saya as well as a sword tassel. The saya has the double Obi-tori with Ashi. A beautiful package for both the WWII collector and the collector of Hizen blades. This sword is signed “ HIZEN No KUNI JU MINAMOTO MASATSUGU and the signature is guaranteed by us for one year if submitted to shinsa within that time. The following is a history of the Masatsugu:The first generation Hizen Munetsugu  was originally called Sakai Mitsuemon or Sakai Sanuemon.  His first residence was in Nagase in Saga-gun.  He...
Bizen Katana (fss-881)

Bizen Katana (fss-881)

Bizen Katana (fss-881) New Item Available Sold On Hold Special Sale This is a koto Bizen katana.  It looks like its from the  Muromachi era. The quality of this sword is good and has virtually no flaws. This blade is ubu and there are 2 holes to the sword. There also appears to be a signature and date that is very obscured and not legible but is there. The hamon is a mixture of sugu-ha and slight shallow notare midare with an itame/mokume mix for hada that is well forged. The koshirai is black lacquered and in the handachi style all in suite . The mounts are in good shape and are more in a classical style for a samurai and not meant to be flashy.  The handle has a leather tsukamaki that is black lacquered. The tsukamaki is a very nice detail and not always found in this condition.  The tsuba is a Kinai sukashi style of a Dragon. The menuki are also of dragons in gold wash and the tsuki-ito is a black leather over black Same(rayskin), with a gold and black sageo to match.  The habaki is of good quality. It is in polish.  It would be a great candidate for shinsa someday.  Its mounted solidly . Bizen Province:In the southwest area of Okayama, was once known as the sword kingdom.Possessing talented swordsmiths and nearby high-quality raw materials accessible by water transportation, Bizen produced the most swords in Japan during the Heian Period (794-1185), beating Yamashiro, Yamato, Sagami and Mino, the other popular sword-making areas. In the Muromachi period, Harima, Mimasaka and Bizen province had prospered...