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...
Shintō Jumyō Katana (FSS-878)

Shintō Jumyō Katana (FSS-878)

Shintō Jumyō Katana (FSS-878) New Item Available Special Sale This sword is a beautiful mumei katana. The hamon is a notare-ish midare  based in chu-suguha with some gunome midare. It is layered with sunagashi and kinsugi the entire length of this tempered edge. There are hints of togare-ba as well. The blade is peppered in Jinie and Yubashiri appears to ghost the hamon in certain places. The hamon also erupts and flares out in the monouchi area and kisses the shinogi. The hada is a prominent swirling  itame covered in ji-nie and chikei also abounds within. Burls of mokume can be seen as well. The blade is O-suriage with 2 mekugi-ana. The boshi is maru The mounts are very nice and add to the overall presence of the blade. The tsuka is a handachi  like style with menuki of gold tiger in bamboo. The fuchi kashira are a deep shakudo finished with gold sea=life in waves. The tsuba is also styled in waves with a dragon in gold. The tsuka is wrapped in black ito and the Sageo is gold, trimming out a red lacquered saya. The habaki is finished with streaking and gilded with gold. The blade is also in shirasaya to protect the finish of the polish. Information on JUMYO:JUMYO(Toshinaga) 寿命 school, it’s founder was born in Seki town, Mino province in Tensho 8 (1580), real name was Kondo Sukezaemon 近藤助左衛門. He had moved to Kiyosu castle town during Keicho(1596-1614) period and the enjoyed Tango-no-kami 丹後守 title in Kanei 2 (1625). JUMYO school had been prospered in 5 generations during Edo period under the patronage of Owari Tokugawa clans. JUMYO(Toshinaga) 寿命, it exactly...
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...