(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...
UDA SCHOOL KATANA (fss-768)

UDA SCHOOL KATANA (fss-768)

UDA SCHOOL Katana (fss-768) New Item Available Sold On Hold Special Sale A beautifully Uda-den koto katana that has high quality workmanship and a beautiful gunome/midare hamon with utsuri.  Many hataraki/ activity can be found with  Sunagashi, Kinsuji, chikei, Ji-nie and utsuri can be seen also. Ida school swords come from the Yamato tradition and this can be seen and appreciated within this blade made in the old Yamato tradition. The condition of this koto piece is wonderful as can be seen in the pictures. A very robust Hamachi and Munemachi can be found.  It is in 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 color of swirling  itame with mokume.  The boshi is ko-maru with kaen like finish and longish. This koto katana has an elegant shape and is very well balanced. The curvature is very noticible and is text book UDA.  A very interesting thing to note on this blade is that the mune is maru and so is the mune on the habaki. This is not a common straight on swords in general. The blade is papered by the NTHK attesting to the swords quality, age and school.  The blade is in shirasaya. Overall this is a fine Japanese Koto katana. the blade also comes with a beautiful rain pattern solid silver habaki. The Uda school is said to have originated in Yamato province. The founder Kunimitsu moved to Ecchu province at the end of the Kamakura period. His son...
Fujiwara Takada (fss-767)

Fujiwara Takada (fss-767)

Fujiwara Takeda (fss-767) New Item Available Sold On Hold Special Sale This sword was previously purchased about 6 or 7 years ago from Japan by a client who no longer collects swords. The blade is a longish katana which is ubu with one hole. A beautifully preserved unsigned Shinto Katana that has incredible workmanship and ko-gunome/midare hamon. This blade is ubu and unsigned. A good blend of activity can be seen and appreciated within this blade in the Shinto tradition.  There are a few rough areas and hadaware. This blade comes with a paper from the nthk authenticating the age and maker.  It is in an older polish with a very nice set of  koshirae. The pictures do not do justice to this sword and looks much better in hand.  It has some hataraki and ko-nie appear.  The hada is well forged with an appearance  of swirling  itame with mokume.  The boshi is ko-maru and a bit longish . This Katana has an elegant shape and is very well balanced. The curvature is very very nice and the blade overall is well balance and not heavy.  The mounts are very nice and add to the overall value of this sword. “In Shinto times the Takada school, founded by Tomoyuki in the Nanbokucho period, still had a good number of smiths and was thriving. Members of the school are also known as the Fujiwara Takada because most used Fujiwara as a family name in their signatures.” The koshirai is of rolling cloud like formations for the fuchi / kashira.The saya is a wood like pattern in lacquer design.the menuki are of ShiShi. There is a gold washed habaki.  The same is a black lacquered finish with brown...
Hizen Tadakuni (fss-762)

Hizen Tadakuni (fss-762)

Hizen Tadakuni (fss-762)   New Item   Available   Sold On Hold Special Sale   The Hizen Tadayoshi school of sword smith’s needs no introduction, and are highly prized worldwide.  It all began with the Shodai Tadayoshi who was born in 1572, and known as Hashimoto Shinsaemonjo. Shodai Tadayoshi at age 25 became an apprentice to Umetada Myoju in Kyoto, who is known as the founder of the Shinto Sword. The “Tada” character was given to him by Umetada. After a three year apprenticeship Tadayoshi returned to his home in Hizen Province, where he set up the Hizen Tadayoshi Kaji. The Hizen Tadayoshi Kaji extended through nine mainline generations, ending with the death of the 9th generation Hizen Tadayoshi in 1880. Roger Robertshaw, author of the book “The School of Tadayoshi”, is one of the foremost authorities and collectors of the Hizen Tadayoshi School. In his book, Mr. Robertshaw states, “The Tadayoshi line were the mainline swordsmiths, but equally  as good works were produced by their family and students such as Tadakuni and their descendents.”  As well he states, “Anyone who has had the chance to handle the works of Tadakuni will readily attest to their quality. Blades by this master will immediately impress you as awesome and powerful weapons. The 1st generation or Shodai Hizen Tadakuni was the son of Hizen Yoshiie.  Hizen Yoshiie, the brother and student of Shodai Tadayoshi, worked c. 1625, and his works were rated Josaku.  Hizen Tadakuni, was known to have produced swords of equal quality of any  the mainline Tadayoshi smith’s. Tadakuni’s works were rated Josaku by Fujishiro for his skill and Wazamono in...