Bizen Yoshinori (fss-818)

Bizen Yoshinori (fss-818)

Bizen Yoshinori (fss-818) New Item Available Sold On Hold Special Sale Item description: This is a signed tanto made by Yoshinori with kantei-sho origami attesting to its school, age and quality. It has a longish nakago signed yoshinori Saku.The blade length is 11 1/8″ This blade is an ubu nakago (original nakago/tang that has not been cut or shortened).  The blade shows some fine utsuri. This is a graceful tanto with strong activity. The jigane is especially attractive, and is a wonderful piece made by Yoshinori. The koshirae is in the Aikuchi style with a Kami Hira Maki zuka style tsuka wrap. The saya is finished in a brown Ishime style lacquer. The fittings are of horn with a horse and colt running side by side for menuki. The habaki is gilded.The Sageo is a reddish burgundy color. Yoshinori was of the Yoshii Bizen tradition and worked in the 15th century: The Yoshii (吉井派)school was active in Yoshii, near Osafune, beginning in the Nanbokuchô period.  Tamenori (為則) is said to have been the founder, followed by Kagenori (景則), Sanenori (真則), Ujinori (氏則), Yoshinori (吉則), Mitsunori, (光則), Morinori (盛則), Naganori, (永則) , Kanenori (兼則), and others. Later generations of smiths used the same names and those who moved to Izumo province are known as the Unshu Yoshii (雲州吉井)smiths. Most of the Yoshii (吉井)blades were produced during the Muromachi era. Their workmanship shows its own distinctive traits and is an unorthodox variation of the Bizen tradition.   Mei: Yoshinori Saku Date: Eiko (1429) Nagasa: 11-1/8inches Sori: 2.0 mm Width at the ha-machi: 26.6 mm Thickness at the mune-machi: 5.5 mm Construction: Hira zukuri Mune: Iori Nakago: Ubu Kitae: Itame/mokume Hamon: Midare Gunome Boshi: Maru Condition: Good older polish Click to Enlarge...
Soshu Hiromasa (fss-815)

Soshu Hiromasa (fss-815)

Soshu Hiromasa (fss-815) New Item Available Sold On Hold Special Sale Item description: The hamon of this sword is in the gunome/choji style and looks attractive.  The hada is itame and clear. The blade has a partial mei remaining. This tanto has a horimono that is partially obscured by the shortening of the blade though most remains. There is a  ” SO NO KURIKARA ” which is a dragon winding around a ken. this is a highly simplified dragon which winds around a sword and very visible for such an old blade. The sword is mounted in shirasaya with an old sayagaki. The habaki is very rich looking and gilded in gold. a great old sword that is very reasonably priced.   Mei: So (shu) cut off Date: Muromachi (1500’s-1600’s) Nagasa: 15-3/4 inches Sori: 10.5 mm Width at the ha-machi: 32.9 mm Thickness at the mune-machi: 6.4 mm Construction: hira- zukuri Mune: Iori Nakago: Ubu Kitae: Itame Hamon: Midare Gunome Boshi: Maru Condition: Old polish Click to Enlarge Image Click to Enlarge Image This sword is on consignment. Special Sale Price Sold On Hold Asking price: $1,800.00 Holiday Sale Price $1,050,00 (shipping and insurance included) Email us if your interested in this item and remember to include the order number for this item: fss-815. NihontoAntiques@comcast.net How To Order Information Click to Enlarge Image Click to Enlarge Image Click to Enlarge Image Info on Soshu Den:  In the Shouou Era some 700 years ago, Regent Hojo called swordsmiths from across the country to the city of Kamakura, then the seat of the shogunate, to set the standards for Kamakura’s swordsmiths. Goro Nyudo Masamune, the founder of the Soshu tradition, was the son of the swordsmith Yukimitsu from Awataguchi, Kyoto....
Bizen Sukesada (fss-809)

Bizen Sukesada (fss-809)

Bizen Sukesada (fss-809) New Item Available Sold On Hold Special Sale Item description: A very nice TANTO signed BIZEN NO KUNI JU FUJIWARA SUKESADA . This sword is finished in the classic Bizen style of this period and is from the koto era. There were many smiths working at this time and could be one of the many of the fujiwara Sukesada smiths. It is constructed in typical bizen fashion with bizen tang and hira zukiri in shape. The hamon is Sugu-ha with much activity and plenty of nie with nioi. The hada is a mokume/itame mix.  From a historical perspective what makes this blade very special is the fact it was forged in the Momoyama period just before the great flooding of the Yoshii River which wiped out most of the Bizen smiths of this time.  This tanto comes mounted in a beautiful koshirai with a silver habaki. A brilliant example of a Bizen sword with an abundance of hataraki. The sword is very attractive and retains the original Bizen shape and is ubu with one hole. An extremely healthy sword for a koto period Tanto with wonderful koshirai. The koshirae for this blade is very unique. The saya is finished in a beautiful glossy black lacquer adorned with a kirimon motif, one of the two emblems of the imperial family of Japan, composed of paulowina leaves and flowers. The tsuka has a beautiful gold same accentuated with red knodules. The menuki are a matching kiri-mon theme. The sageo is black to match. What is most unique about this saya is it has a hidden compartment for storing coins. Well to do merchant class to keep their...
Shin-Shinto Tanto (fss-808)

Shin-Shinto Tanto (fss-808)

Shin-Shinto Tanto (fss-808) New Item Available Sold On Hold Special Sale Item description: This is a shin shinto tanto in mounts.  The overall condition is good.  This blade is more than likely from the 1800’s and the work on it is clearly visible.  The hamon is in gunome style and looks attractive.  The hada is itame and clear.  These tanto were functional and the mounts are a mixture of brass and copper often called castle mounts.  Overall a good reasonably priced tanto for a new collector that is in very good shape. The fittings are all matching, there are kodzuka and kogai, and the blue tsuka-ito string wrap is slightly frayed at one area. The sageo is a very nice fancy blue and white combination and the saya is finished in black lacquer with some raised floral design. The habaki and seppa are of copper. Mei: Mumei Date: Late Edo (1800’s) Nagasa: 11-3/4 inches Sori: 3.0 mm Width at the ha-machi: 27.8 mm Thickness at the mune-machi: 7.8 mm Construction: Hira zukuri Mune: Iori Nakago: Ubu 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 price: $1,800.00 (shipping and insurance included) Email us if your interested in this item and remember to include the order number for this item: fss-808. NihontoAntiques@comcast.net How To Order Information Subscribe for the Latest Updates!Join our mailing list to receive the latest News & Updates from Nihonto Antiques. SUBSCRIBE You have Successfully Subscribed! Your email address will be kept private & will only be used to send updates from this site! For Sale Naganori Yoshii (fss-821) Seki Kanenori (fss-820)...
Echizen Kaneshige (fss-807)

Echizen Kaneshige (fss-807)

Echizen Kaneshige (fss-807) New Item Available Sold On Hold Special Sale Item description: Echizen Kaneshige was a member of the Echizen Seki school. He was one of many swordsmiths who moved to Echizen province from Seki in Mino province around the middle of the 17th century. They were most active during the years 1658 through 1680. They worked in what we call the Shinto tokuden tradition that was fashionable at the time, as well as their original Mino tradition. Besides Kaneshige, the following smiths are classified as being part of the Echizen Seki school.Shigetaka,Kanenaka,Kanetane,Kanenori, Kanenori, Kanemasa, Kanetoshi, Kanetaka, Hirotaka, Yoshitane, and Kanenori. This is a very nice well forged tanto in the Echizen style. It is ubu with one mekugi-ana. the sword is in a very nice older polish with some slight staining. The hamon is gunome midare with a notarish feel. The hada is an itame mokume blend with lots of chikei and ji-nie abounds. The boshi is maru with a longish turnback.A fine example of an Echizen smith at the pinnacle of his work. During the Momoyama period, it was Toyotomi Hideyoshi who sent Tokugawa Ieyasu’s son Hidetada, to govern Echizen province. It is sometimes seen as a banishment rather than any kind of reward, the main object of which was to dilute or fragment the ever-growing power and influence of the Tokugawa.However, it was this branch of the family, called the Matsudaira, which attracted many swordsmiths and tsuba makers. As the country settled down after the Senogoku-jidai and swordsmiths sought patronage, many moved to the great martial provinces. Principally, swordsmiths going to Echizen were from Seki...