Edo Period Katana (fss-856)

Edo Period Katana (fss-856)

Edo Period Katana (fss-856) 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...
Echizen Yasutsugu (fss-855)

Echizen Yasutsugu (fss-855)

Echizen Yasutsugu (fss-855) New Item Available Sold On Hold Special Sale This is a good example of the 3rd generation Yasutsugu.  The quality of this sword is very good and has no flaws.  It was a family sword that was mounted in WWII for the war.  It was mounted with an antique tsuba and antique menuki.  This is not common and adds an interesting detention to the mounts.  The blade has good activity and the hada/grain is very rich and dark looking. This sword is in full polish and is in a shirasaya.  The mounts are held together with a wooden tsunagi.  The sword comes with papers from the Nihon Tōken Hozon Kai (日本刀剣保存会) ‒ NTHK from Japan (Japanese sword preservation society). Info on smith:YASUTSUGU (康継), 3rd gen., Kanbun (寛文, 1661-1673), Musashi – “Yasutsugu nanban-tetsu o motte Bushū Edo ni oite kore o saku” (康継以南蛮鉄於武州江戸作之, “made by Yasutsugu with nanban-tetsu in Edo in Musashi province”), real name Shimosaka Umanosuke (下坂右馬助), he adopted later the first name Ichinojō (市之丞), son of the 2nd gen. Yasutsugu, he was not of age when his father died and so a succession dispute arouse which resulted in the splitting to an Edo and an Echizen branch of the Yasutsugu school, it was settled that both were allowed to call themselves 3rd gen., according to tradition he was fully trained by his uncle and he worked later for the bakufu, we know date signatures from the third year of Kanbun (1663) to the third year of Enpō (延宝, 1675), he worked in the style of the 2nd gen. but did not reach his quality, he...
Exquisite Katana (fss 854)

Exquisite Katana (fss 854)

Exquisite Katana (fss-854) New Item Available Sold On Hold Special Sale Here we have a beautiful sword that that has been fully restored and is flawless. A bit shorter than the average katana but it is a katana. We feel that this length was made shorter intentionally with the suriage for quick slashing.  The sword is exceptional and is very tightly forged.  The hada is crystal clear and looks very deep and dark.  The hamon is very interesting and unique.  It has a mixture of nie and some nioi adding to its quality.  It has a very faint signature that is not legible but looks ok. The sword looks Mino school in style. The sword has not been submitted to shinsa yet so it would be interesting to find out what they would say about the sword. Mounts are fully restored and are in the same style as they originally came.  The saya is a satsuma red and a black tsukamaki.  The fittings are from the Edo era.  The saya is clean inside to preserve the polish for years to come. This is a flawless antique sword dating back to the (1600’s-1700’s) we feel. Mei: Mumei Date: approximately Momoyama era (1573-1599) Nagasa: 24-3/8 inches Sori: 13.0 mm Width at the ha-machi: 28.9 mm Width at the yokote: 21.1 mm Thickness at the mune-machi: 6.8 mm Construction: Shinogi zukuri Mune: Iori Nakago: O-suriage Kitae: Itame/mokume Hamon: Gunome mixed with suguba Boshi: Maru Condition: Good polish Click to Enlarge Image Click to Enlarge Image Click to Enlarge Image This sword is on consignment. Special Sale Price Sold On Hold Asking price: $6,200.00 (shipping and insurance included) Email us if your interested in this item and...
(Yasakuni) Yasunobu (fss-853)

(Yasakuni) Yasunobu (fss-853)

(Yasukuni) Yasunobu (fss-853) New Item Available Sold On Hold Special Sale An Impressive Yasukuni Shrine sword by the swordsmith Yasunobu. His full name Murakami Yasunobu and given name is Ensaku from Yamagata prefecture.According to the translation by Kenji Mishina for the JSS:He became a member of the NTKF ( Nihonto Tenren Kai Foundation ) 10/15/33 which made approx. 1000 swords.Given his Yasukuni smith name on 1/11/39 by War Minister, Itagaki Seishiro.Left 8/15/45 after the defeat by the Allied Forces.Donated a sword to the Yasakuni shrine 2/39.Donated a sword to the festival for the 700th anniversary of retired-Emporer Gotoba 3/39.Won the Chairman Award at the 2nd Gunto Tenran Kai 12/21/44His lineage: Ikeda Yasumitsu ( Ikko or Kazumitsu )He was making agricultural tools under the tutelage of Ikeda Ikko in Yamagata prefecture. This impressive blade is in pristine condition. The polish is outstanding and truly shows off the magnificence of the Yasukuni smiths workmanship. As most Yasukuni blades this is a brilliantly controlled Sugu-ha with a very tight Ko-Itame / Ko-Mokume Hada. The boshi is in Maru with no flaws to be found. The Habaki is finished in copper. And not to understate this completed with a wonderfully done Shira-saya of Honoki.Anyone interested in owning a truly perfect example of a Yasukuni Shrine blade by a noted Yasukuni Shrine Smith should own this sword or add it to their collection. This is a link to information about the Yasakuni shrine.  It has a long and extensive history and is a place that that the Japanese people visit regularly.   YASAKUNI SHRINE Mei: Yasunobu Date: Showa era Nagasa: 24-5/8 inches Sori: 15.0 mm Width at...
(Yasukuni) Yasumitsu (fss-852)

(Yasukuni) Yasumitsu (fss-852)

(Yasukuni) Yasumitsu (fss-852) New Item Available Sold On Hold Special Sale This is a very fine quality yasakuni sword made by one of the instructors of the Yasakuni shrine. Ikeda Yasumitsu, joined the NTK at its founding and left in Showa 15 (1940). He passed away in Showa 16 (1941). He made many fine blades and this is a great example of his work. This sword resembles the old koto era swords that were very desirable and the Yasakuni smiths made swords in this style. This sword has a well forged hada and a elegant hamon with good hataraki. The mounts are military and in very good shape.The swordsmith, Ikeda Yasumitsu, joined the NTK at its founding and left in Showa 15 (1940). He passed away in Showa 16 (1941).IKEDA YASUMITSU (BORN 2ND NOVEMBER 1879, DIED JANUARY 1941). Given name: Shuji.Originally from Yamagata Prefecture. Became a member of Nihonto Tanren Foundation as well as Sakite, Abe Shigeo and Murakami Ensaku.Given the Yasukuni smith name “ Yasumitsu “ by the war minister, Araki Sadeo on 15th of December 1933.Retired on 4th of October 1939. He was still in a position of leadership and made a small number of swords after his retirement.Left the foundation and went back to his hometown at the end of 1945.Number of swords produced at Nihonto Tanren Kai: Approx. 1,100 swords. MAIN WORKSDonated a sword to the Yasukuni Shrine in 1933.Made a sword for Prince Mikasa in the occasion of his coming-of-age celebration in 1934.Donated a sword to the festival of the 700th anniversary of the retired- Emperor Gotoba in March 1939.Had made uncertain number of...