Koyama Munetoshi (fss-747)

Koyama Munetoshi (fss-747)

Koyama Munetoshi (fss-747)   New Item   Available   Sold On Hold Special Sale MUNETOSHI KOYAMA [BUNKYÛ 1861 IWAKI] SHINSHINTÔ CHÛJÔSAKU He lived in Iwaki Shirakawa, and is said to be the older brother of Munetsugu. His works are like that of Munetsugu, and most of them are the larger size. Signature: SHIRAKAWA JÛ KOYAMA MUNETOSHI Plate I: KAEI SHICHINEN SANGATSU HI Plate II: SHIRAKAWA JÛ KOYAMA MUNETOSHI This is a beautiful offering of a Koyama Munetoshi katana. This hamon is elegantly done in a choji-midare style. Munetoshi is the older brother of the famaus Munetsugu. Like Munetsugu, the Koyama brothers (munehira also) aimed to recreate the beautiful and distinctive hamon of the famous Bizen Ichimonji School. The hada has a deep rich feel to the surface with a well worked itame with swirls of mokume. Ji-nie abounds.  The activity/hataraki in the hamon are abundant, and the hamon overall is extremely well made.  It has very beautiful depth to it and expressed powerfully the work of this smith. The beautiful koshirae is adorned with matching royal blue sageo and tsuka ito. It is fully restored to original beauty. The fitting are from the 1800 also except for the tsuba as it appears to be 100 years older. The tsuba depicts great scholars under the pines. The fuchi kashira are of samurai on horseback. The saya has a deep, rich texture to it and adds greatly to the overall appearance of the koshirai/mounts.   The habaki and seppa are gold washed in a rich golden finish.This blade is fully polished with shirasaya and papers. Info on the smith: MUNETOSHI (宗俊), 1st gen., Bunkyū (文久, 1861-1864), Ōshū –...
Minamoto Yoshikuni (fss-745)

Minamoto Yoshikuni (fss-745)

Minamoto Yoshikuni (fss-745)   New Item   Available   Sold On Hold Special Sale This is a very special sword forged by “Shindō Minamoto Yoshikuni”. This blade at almost 30” and could be considered a ShinShinto masterpiece. The sword is signed and dated and origami issued. The swords forging produces a very tight itame with some swirling mokume by the ha covered in ji-nie. The hamon is a very nicely controlled Sugu-ba with much utsuri to be seen. There are puffs of shirake covering the blade like wisps of smoke rising above a tranquil stream.The habuchi is finished in a beautiful nioi–guchi. Chikei abounds and produces a striking effect. There is a longish boshi with an almost hakikake finish. The saya/lacquer is made with swirling patterns of lacquer. The hangers with leather (possibly Doe skin) straps are in good shape. The ito-maki tachi mounts were used as described and most likely presented to a very special official or a shrine. This special sword was most likely paired with the mounts. The sword is in shirasaya also with a deeply rich honoki finish showing its age and beauty. There is tsunagi or wooden sword for the mounts. ITO-MAKI TACHI mounts also called ceremonial tachi and were most likely only worn by a ranking official. This ITO-MAKI style tachi mounts are very special as the entire tachi fittings are gilded in gold from top to bottom. Ito-maki tachi were made from Koto through Showa times. There is a gold gilded foil habaki with a some times referred to as  key fret design. The menuki are of the Maeda mon. The tachi sageo is a deep purple in color. (The origins of the Maeda clan is not known, though in Toshiie’s time it was said they descended...
Signed shin-gunto (fss-741)

Signed shin-gunto (fss-741)

Signed shin-gunto (fss-741)   New Item   Available   Sold On Hold Special Sale This is a WWII era sword made for the war effort. The mounts are referred to as Shingunto and looks to have seen some use as well as the blade . The sword is signed but is difficult to make out and needs further examination on the signature.  There are many smiths making swords for the military that signed differently.  This is just one example of a authentic WWII sword. There appears to be a thick suguha-midare style hamon as well as an arsenal stamp on the tang. The sword is in relativly good condition and shows the wear and tear from being on the battlefield. A perfect blade for a WWII era Japanese sword collector. The blade comes mounted in a green lacquered saya with a tassel in very good condition. Shin-gunto, army officers swords, are the most common style of sword mountings from the World War II era. There is an enormous difference in quality of both blades and mounts of this period. Many, perhaps most, of the blades found in shin-gunto mounts are NOT traditionally made swords. Many are machine made and therefore are of interest as military collectables. The sword is 26 1/4″ and a fine example of a WWII military sword. These swords were sometimes found in civilian mounts used for Japanese sword practice. Mei: Difficult to read (needs more research) Date: WWII Era Nagasa: 26-1/4 inches Sori: 15.0 mm Width at the ha-machi: 31.1 mm Width at the yokote: 22.6 mm Thickness at the mune-machi: 7.5 mm Construction: Shinogi zukuri Mune: Iori Nakago: Ubu Kitae: muji Hamon: Oil tempered Midare Boshi: Maru Condition: WWII polish Click to Enlarge Image Click to Enlarge...
NCO shin-gunto (fss-740)

NCO shin-gunto (fss-740)

NCO shin-gunto (fss-740)   New Item   Available   Sold On Hold Special Sale This is a WWII era sword made in the later part of the war. The sword is in fair condition and the mounts are standard NCO style mounts. a good sword for the WWII era Japanese sword collector.  Shin-gunto, army officers swords, are the most common style of sword mountings from the World War II era. There is an enormous difference in quality of both blades and mounts of this period. Many, perhaps most, of the blades found in shin-gunto mounts are not traditionally made swords. Many are machine made or old tempered and therefore are of interest only as military collectables. Some blades made during the war period were handmade but not by traditional methods. Excerpt from Rich Steins site: NCO SHIN-GUNTOPrior to 1945, NCO shin-gunto, non-commissioned officers swords, have all metal tsukas (handles) made to resemble the traditionally cloth wrapped shin-gunto swords. The first model had an unpainted copper hilt. On later models the hilts were made of aluminum and painted to resemble the lacing (ito) on officer’s shin-gunto swords. These swords will have serial numbers on their blades and are ALL machine made, without exception. The serial numbers are simple assembly or manufacturing numbers; they are not serial numbers of blades as issued to specific soldiers. If the sword is all original, the serial numbers on the blade, tsuba, saya and all other parts should match. In 1945, the NCO sword was changed to a simple wooden hilt with incised cross-hatching (no same’ or ito) and plain, black painted iron mounts and a light brown to tan...
Taro Kanehiro (fss-739)

Taro Kanehiro (fss-739)

Taro Kanehiro (fss-739)   New Item   Available   Sold On Hold Special Sale This Shinsakuto is a beautiful traditionally made sword. With almost a 30″ Nagasa and custom mountings this is a sword to admire. This blade was created to use for training and also for cutting in the traditional Martial Arts as well as for a collector of Shinsakuto blades. A gunome hamon with Bohi adds to the lightness and balance of this sword as well as the aesthetic quality of the blade. The Koshirae is very appealing and not meant to be flashy.  Adorned with strirated design Fuchi / Kashira and menuki of either catfish or tadpole motif.. The handle wrap is finished in blue silk Ito. There is an iron tsuba that also accentuates the mountings. The Saya is in a Black lacquered finish. This sword perfect for training in Iaido . This blade was made of Tamahagane and using the traditional methods, folded and clay tempered, water quenched. And is a true Japanese sword. This sword is signed: “Bushido - Higo no Kuni Yatsushiro-ju Akamatsu Taro Kanehiro saku” (武士道・肥後國赤松太郎兼祐作) “Jika seitetsu o motte kore o kitau” (以自家製鉄鍛之) - “Forged with home-made steel” “Kinoe-umadoshi hachigatsu kichijitsu” (甲午年八月吉日) - “On a lucky day in August in the year of the horse (2014)” Mei: “Bushido - Higo no Kuni Yatsushiro-ju Akamatsu Taro Kanehiro saku” (武士道・肥後國赤松太郎兼祐作) “Jika seitetsu o motte kore o kitau” (以自家製鉄鍛之) - “Forged with home-made steel” “Kinoe-umadoshi hachigatsu kichijitsu” (甲午年八月吉日) - “On a lucky day in August in the year of the horse (2014)” Nagasa: 29 inches Sori: 16.0 mm Width at the ha-machi: 33.5 mm Width at the yokote: 24.6 mm Thickness at the mune-machi: 6.6 mm Construction: Shinogi zukuri Mune: Iori...