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,...
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...
(Kamakura era) Enju (fss-774)

(Kamakura era) Enju (fss-774)

(Kamakura era) Enju (fss-774) New Item Available Sold On Hold Special Sale   A rare and exciting sword, this blade was awarded Tokubetsu Hozon papers from the NBTHK and attributed to the Enju school of swordsmiths. (This blade has not been submitted to Juyo Shinsa) A late Kamakura era sword this blade has all the finer attributes found in this school. The hada is a beautiful mix of itame with masame and utsuri appears. The hamon is loaded with hataraki it is ko-midare with hotsure, nijuba and sunagashi. The blade has bohi engraved and is mounted in shirasaya with gold foiled 2-piece habaki.  This sword is a true tachi in shape and balance.  The curvature is strong and this blade was made for one handed slashing from horseback. The Enju School in Higo province is famous as the supplier of swords to the Kikuchi family they were loyal retainers of a divided Emperor family in the Namboku-cho period. The founder of Enju School Kunimura was a pupil of Rai Kunitoshi in Yamashiro province. The School had prospered following the Kikuchi family and came to an end in the Age of Provincial Wars. The representative swordsmiths were Kunimura, Kuniyoshi, Kuniyasu and Kuninobu. Around the end of the Kamakura era, a smith by the name of Hiromura left the Yamato area and went to Yamashiro where he studied under the famous Yamashiro smith, Rai Kuniyuki. He is said to have married the daughter of Rai Kuniyuki. Around Gen-o (1319-1321), he moved to the Kikuchi area in the Higo province of Kyushu and founded the Higo school of sword making. There are no existing...
Onibushi Yoshikuni   (fss-773)

Onibushi Yoshikuni  (fss-773)

Onibushi Yoshikuni  (fss-773) New Item Available Sold On Hold Special Sale A beautifully mounted sword in the Bizen tradition fully signed with cutting test attribution that this sword cut through 3 bodies by the famous Yamada family sword cutter YAMADA ASA’EMON YOSHITOSHI An outstanding katana which is signed of the Shinshinto period. This sword reminds one of older Bizen work. This blade has a long Kissaki and attractive Sori and the hamon is frosted in nie. The activities in Ha are very beautiful with an abundance of ji-nie, the hamon appears very strong and rich looking. It is an attractive gunome midare. There is ashi and yo to be found. The hada is covered in ji-nie and is a mokume itame mix. Ubu with one hole, this katana is from the Shinshinto era and boasts of classical work . The hada has a dense itame with mokume with a whitish jigane. Ko-nie layers the entire hamon blanketing the nioi-guchi. The Koshirae is stunning with a matching Musha (samurai in battle) motif finished in shakudo and gold. The saya is a black lacquer and black and gold ito and brown sageo to finish. The habaki is gold washed. The fuchi is signed. The sword is 27+” and is signed from the Edo period mounted in shirasaya and with koshirae. A great package papered and polished and ready for the collector. THIS SWORD COMES IN SHIRASAYA AND HAS A TSUNAGI FOR THE MOUNTS. The sword is signed: mei omote: Ôshû Nanbu-jû Onibushi Yoshikuni kore o saku (奥州南部住鬼伏吉國作之) – “made by Onibushi Yoshikuni, resident of Nanbu in Mutsu province” mei ura: Yamada Asa’emon Yoshitoshi (山田朝右衛門吉利) Mitsu-dô dotanbarai Ansei...