Koto Daito (fss-888)

Koto Daito (fss-888)

Koto Daito (fss-888) New Item Available Sold On Hold Special Sale A fine old Koto era sword in military mounts.This koshirae is in mint condition aside from some scuffing on the leather. It was mounted with a long ancestral blade of extremely good quality and a rarity of a find. The original military koshirae is of quite good quality. The tsuba is pierced and the leather covering of the saya is pristine. The kashira has a family mon and the habaki is washed in silver. This long sword is very long and would be a spectacular piece in a new polish. The mounts come with a surrender tag which is very interesting. This koshirae was mounted with an ancestral blade of good quality and a rarity of a find but is in need of a polish. The original military koshirae is of good quality. The tsuba is pierced and you will find a beautiful mint scabbard underneath the leather covering.  The saya appears to be nickel plated and looks excellent. The kashira has a family mon of cross Hatched feathers and the habaki is in silver. This long sword needs a new polish and mounted in shirasaya. The sword is a based in suguha with a gunome- midare mix. The blade is Koto and appears to have Utsuri. The hada is an itame mokume blend with some nagare elements. The boshi is ko-maru. This blade was shortened and still retains a good length. The tang has 4 holes. This blade is an older family Tachi or Daito that was remounted for the war.   Mei: Mumei Date: Koto era (pre 1500’s) Nagasa: 26-3/4...
DOTANUKI MASAKUNI (fss-886)

DOTANUKI MASAKUNI (fss-886)

DOTANUKI MASAKUNI (fss-886) New Item Available Sold On Hold Special Sale This is a very good example of a  longish Dotanuki sword signed with a long signature “KYÛSHÛ HIGO DOTANUKI FUJIWARA MASAKUNI and a “Gatsu Hi” on the other side meaning “Lucky month” the blade length is 27-1/2”. This sword has horimono in the form of Bohi. The blade’s hamon is a fine sugu-ha with small inner workings expertly controlled for a well cutting piece. Just above the habaki the blade has an honorable mark left from another sword when crossed.  Its very small but historically interesting.  The kissaki is longish bordering on being an O-kisaaki. The boshi is ko-maru with nijuba and kinsuji.The hada is as usual for these smiths is a combination hatatachi of masame nagare and itame nagare with some mokume, this hada has the feeling of a much older kamakura blade. There is shirake utsuri. The blade also seems to have fumbari left. This sword has a pronounced Tori-zori and are also known to be cherished for their cutting ability. There is chikei to be found. The koshirae is a beauty of a set of mounts fully restored. The saya is lacquered in a Togidashi make stlye of a Black and Brown mottled design. The Sageo is a golden yellow in color. The Tsuka-ito is a golden yellow and black design that matches well with the sageo. The Same (rayskin) is black and there are menuki of running horses, The fuchi kashira are of samurai family mons.in a stone texture with waves. The seppa are gold washed. The Tsuba is iron with a circular pattern....
Bingo Masayoshi (fss-885)

Bingo Masayoshi (fss-885)

Bingo Masayoshi (fss-885) New Item Available Sold On Hold Special Sale This blade was made by Bingo Masayoshi and has been fully restored. The Mihara roots are from the Yamato tradition which is very apparent in this blade. The hada is covered in Ji-nie and consists of an itam nagare with mokume burls as well as masame. The boshi is ko-maru with slight turnback. There is ko-nie present as well as nijuba. The hamon is peppered with ji-nie and fine workings can be seen. There is sunagahi and kinsuji throughout. The blade is signed “ BINGO (NO) KUNI MIHARA JUNIN MASAYOSHI SAKU “ We believe this to be the Bingo 1573 smith as there were a few generations. This time period which would put him in the Sue-Mihara category. This blade is ubu with one mekugi ana.  The koshirae is attractive. The saya is finished in a red lacquer satsuma style as was the original Saya color. The fuchi/kashira are floral and bug motif in silver. The Tsuka[- ito is black with matching sageo. The tsuba is iron with brass rim. The menuki are of a frog or toad motif. The habaki is silver foiled in a diamond pattern. There are gold washed seppa. A beautiful example of a signed koto blade in koshirai. The sword has some miner imperfections/wari but overall its well made.  Interesting to note is that the sword has two cuts that are visible on the sword.  It appears that the sword was in a battle and was used to block another sword or was slashed at in some way.  This is a very interesting thing to...
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...