Seki Kanenori (fss-820)

Seki Kanenori (fss-820)

Seki Kanenori (fss-820) New Item Available Sold On Hold Special Sale Item description: We have here an exceptional katana with a very elegant Shinto sugata and a horimono of a Dragon on one side and sand script on the other. The Hada is brilliantly forged with masame in the shinogi-ji and tight mokume throughout covered with ji-nie. The hada has that oily appearance to the steel seen on the best of swords. No forging flaws are apparent on this blade.The hamon is also very active. A brilliant Sugu-ba-midare is frosted in nioi with a beautiful layer of nie. There is much activity to enjoy with many hours of viewing and studying pleasure.There is a beautiful key-fret designed gold washed habaki that adorns the blade along with gold washed seppa.  The workmanship is superb and the shape of this particular blade is very unique and attractive. The hada is very well forged. The hamon is subdued and is a very elegant sugu-midare-ba with hataraki thru out the hamon.  This blade has a deeply carved horimono of a dragon that stands out and adds to the uniqueness of this work.  The blade comes with NTHK papers attesting to its quality. Mino-province swords were, from the start, famous for their sharpness. Smiths centered in the town of Seki are representative of the Mino tradition of the time just after the middle of the Muromachi period. Generally, Mino-province swords of this period are known as Sue-Seki swords, because of the prosperity of the town of Seki.” This particular blade is from the Shinto period and displays the splendor of the swords from this era. This sword with beautiful horimono emulates the great blades from an ealier era.  There...
Daisho with Koto Blades  (fss-819)

Daisho with Koto Blades (fss-819)

Daisho with Koto Blades (fss-819) New Item Available Sold On Hold Special Sale Item description: These swords are mounted in an elegant daisho Koshirae. The saya are elaborately finished in a uniques style of Samegawa. The Same/ray skin is attached to the wooden core and ground down flat and polished after lacquer is applied.  This finish is not usually found in this condition.  An interesting note: The kurikata of both saya are finished in same(rayskin) which is a rarity. The Motif is of Dragons throughout finished in gold waves and clouds as a backdrop.  All the fitting are original and matching.  This is a true original Daisho.  The koshirae has an ito of blue that is also very old and the sageo are black in color. The Kodzuka blade and ko-gatana are in a dragon motif also with a shakudo/nanako finish. The ko-gatana blade is signed. The menuki are also well made in a dragon motif that compleat the koshirai. The tsubas are of a Buddhist symbol repeated throughout finished in iron. These tsuba are spectacular and the amount of work that went into them is incredible.  Both swords have matching gold washed habaki and seppa. Please note that for koshirai or mounts to receive papers they must be original and not put together.  This is a real daisho set. The katana is signed Kanesada . A beautiful blade in pristine polish and loaded with activity from the Shinto period. Within the gunome-midare hamon there is hotsure, sunagashi and kinsugi. The hada is a dense and beautiful itame and mokume mix with some masame and loaded with ji-nie. It has the appearance of the evening sky! The wakazashi was attributed to kaneharu of the shinto period. A mumei...
Noshu Kaneuji (fss-802)

Noshu Kaneuji (fss-802)

  Noshu Kaneuji (fss-802)   Available New Item Sold On Hold Special Sale An exquisite long Shinshinto blade signed Kane Uji. The Kane Uji line of swordsmiths is famous and dates back to the koto era.  They were know to make fine quality swords that cut very well.  This sword measures in at almost 31″. At 30 11/16″ this blade is a beautiful example of a flawless ubu Shinshinto sword loaded to the max with great activity and a wonderful hada covered in ji-nie. The hamon is a vibrant gunome-midare filled with sunagashi, kinsuji and ko-nie abounds. The hada is an active itame O-mokume mix with flowing masame throughout. Chikei can be seen all over as well as being peppered with ji-nie. The blade is signed and papered to Kane Uji and given an approximate date of 1844. The boshi is maru finished with sunagashi. The hada has a perfect burl effect and a pleasure to behold. The koshirae is fitted with a high gloss black lacquer finished saya. No shirasaya is nessasary for this blade. The ito and Sageo are a matching brown color to accentuate the mounts. The menuki are a large pair of shakudo and gold running ShiShi. The fuchi Kashira are a iron and very much in the shin-shinto style. The tsuba is an iron geometric pattern accented in gold with square mimi-gata lobes and may date back to the late koto era. A beautifully finished Gold washed Habaki to complete the Koshirae for this wonderful long Shinogi-Zukiri style sword. Mei: Kaneuji Date: Koka  (1844 era) Nagasa: 30 11/16 inches Sori: 21.0 mm Width at the ha-machi: 32.6 mm Width at the yokote: 22.3 mm...
Sagami Kaneyasu (fss-796)

Sagami Kaneyasu (fss-796)

Sagami Kaneyasu (fss-796) New Item Available Sold On Hold Special Sale This is a very interesting katana in the Shinto Mino tradition and of the Kanbun Shinto era. It is in a very good polish. The overall sugata of this sword is impressive and the hamon is loaded with activity. The hamon contains plentiful nie in sugu-ha with a slight hint of notare-ba. The hada has an oily appearance and forged very well with some areas of O- hada mixed in. This blade comes with koshirae. The sword furniture is made up of a Carp or Koi motiff and in good condition. The fuchi /  kashira are of waves with Carp or Koi menuki. A complete package of a papered and mounted sword in good polish. FUJISHIRO HAS THIS TO SAY ABOUT THIS PARTICULAR SMITH: KANEYASU SAGAMI NO KAMI [KANBUN 1661 MINO] SHINTÔ CHÛSAKU He has the Gô of Gotôhichirô, and he entered the Mon of Ômura Kaboku. (Wazamono) Signatures:            SAGAMI NO KAMI KANEYASU NÔSHÛ SEKI GEN’ICHI KANEYASU The Koi Fish The legend says the Chinese then raised the koi in their rice patty fields to be used for food, especially during the long winter months, and not for pets. The Chinese then passed on their knowledge of raising koi to the Japanese. Raising koi in ponds began in Niigata, Japan during one particularly harsh winter. Niigata Koi During this very harsh winter, Japanese farmers in Niigata could not fish and could not sustain any crops. As a result, the farmers began building ponds in which to raise koi in order to feed their families. During this time, many farmers began noticing different...
Edo Period Katana (fss-794)

Edo Period Katana (fss-794)

Edo Period Katana (fss-794) New Item Available Sold On Hold Special Sale The work on this sword is very elegant. The hamon is a saka-choji with profuse nie peppering the entire surface. In the hamon you can see tsunagashi and kinsuji with a well defined habuchi with much ko-nie to frost the top. The hada is well forged and beautiful in very good shape for an older sword with longish wavy masame running here and there entwined with itame and mokume. Ji-nie appears. The style is that of shinogi-zukuri. midare-komi appears in the boshi and the sword has an older feel to it. To say the sword is covered in ji-nie is an understatement. The nie is abundant on the sword. The sword has a mino school feel to it but may also be from the owari school.  This blade should be submitted to shinsa to add more value and for an official appraisal of this sword. This sword is authentic and antique.  We guarantee that it will pass a shinsa if submitted. The mounts are of Dragonfly theme. According to legend, a dead soul can take the shape of a dragonfly, especially during Bon, the Buddhist Day of the Dead. The was fully restored in red lacquer.  The original color was very similar and dated back over a 100 yeas. The menuki are of bees. The sageo and tsuka-Ito are of a royal blue. The tsuba is of iron with dragonfly motif. The fuchi/kashira are also dragonfly themed. The habaki is a beautiful gold gilded and fluted in style as well as the seppa.   Mei: Mumei Date: Late Edo (1700’s-1800’s) Nagasa: 27-3/8...