Kanenori Tanto (fss-880)

Kanenori Tanto (fss-880)

Kanenori Tanto (fss-880) New Item Available Sold On Hold Special Sale This is a very nice koto tanto by the Koto Mino smith, Kanenori.  There were several generations of smiths who signed using this kanji. I believe It is a late Muromachi tanto.   It is a quintessential muramachi tanto with a cutting edge of. The 2-character signature is completely intact.  This signature is 100% genuine. The jitetsu is a flowing itame with very fine ji-nie that create an almost utsuri like effect.  The blade is shobu-zukuri in shape and the hamon is a peaked notare-gunome-midare with togariba.  There is a habuchi that becomes especially active in the monouchi area with areas of kinsuji and sunagashi as well as ji-nie. There is a very active kissaki indicative of the Muromachi era when this blade was made.  The very active hamon continues into the bôshi creating a nie-kuzure effect. Accompanying this fine sword is a beautiful style mounting with all of the components being made of horn with a black lacquered saya. The menuki are of tigers and there is a kodzuka of the many animals of the Asian zodiac.  These mountings are in very good condition. The tsuka is of a nicely aged same (rayskin) with large knodes in the upper portion. There is no wrapping of this style tsuka. The habaki is a 2-piece copper syle with a streaking rainfall design. There is a very nice bi-color sageo in the battlewrap style, Mei: Mumei Date: Edo (1600’s-1700’s) Nagasa: 11-1/2 inches Sori: 0 mm Width at the ha-machi: 25.5 mm Thickness at the mune-machi: 8.2 mm Construction: Shinogi zukuri Mune: Iori Nakago: Ubu Kitae: Itame Hamon: Midare  Boshi: Maru Condition: old polish Click...
Bizen Tanto (fss-879)

Bizen Tanto (fss-879)

Bizen Tanto (fss-879) New Item Available Sold On Hold Special Sale A very nice koto era tanto that deserves to be restored in full polish and all its glory it is mumei with nice Bizen workmanship. This sword is not signed but appears to be by the Bizen group of smiths and from the muromachi period. There were many Bizen smiths working at this time and this could be one of many if attributed to this group. It is constructed in typical bizen fashion with wide tang, a classic Bizen trait. The hamon is sugu-ha in slight notare with  activity and plenty of nie with nioi. The hada looks to consist of burls of mokume blended with itame and interspersed with O-hada. Clear utsuri appears throughout the blade if looked from the correct angle.. The koshirae consist of a vermilion lacquered saya with black streaks. There are gold flowered menuki on shakudo with a matching fuchi kashira motif.. A very nice package . There is a Kodzuka which appears to be of ancient style Chinese kanji with a depiction of a fly. The koshirae are a version that fit very nice and hold tightly together. There is a mokku style iron tsuba also.. The tsuka-ito is gold with black sageo contrasting nicely with the Same. There is a copper habaki and seppa, The blade is an excellent example of a Bizen Koto tanto and all that is left to complete this package is to  have it polished with shirasaya and then submit it to shinsa. This blade should paper very well. Mei: Mumei Date: Edo (1500’s) Nagasa: 11-1/8 inches Sori: 3.0 mm Width at the ha-machi: 26.1 mm Thickness at the mune-machi: 6.7 mm Construction: Shinogi zukuri Mune: Iori...
Shin-Shinto Jumyo (fss-874)

Shin-Shinto Jumyo (fss-874)

Shin-Shinto Jumyo (fss-874) New Item Available Sold On Hold Special Sale This is an exquisite tanto that has beautiful activity and is very well made.  It is from the shin-shinto era around the 1700’s and accompanied with NBTHK papers attributing it to a Jumyo swordsmith and also attesting to its quality. The blade has a horimono though polished down a bit of a “So No Kurikara” or Dragon wrapped around a ken. Also there is a long and short so-hi. The hamon is gunome midare with crab claw like shapes throughout and it has many hataraki.  The shape is elegant and well balanced.   The hada is very rich and profoundly active.  The mounts are an exquisite and also very interesting and attractive with its original old fittings that are also dating back to the shin-shinto era. The Ito is a dark blue as well as the Sageo. The habaki is shakudo and the saya is partially ribbed with a fine lacquer finish. The lacquer is of ishime style in a bluish grey color. The tsuba is a Heianjo style with gold accents and the fuchi /kashira have small snowflake like designs. The menuki are of a cricket. The kodzuka is signed in gold and with Kao. The design is of a cannon. A rare treat. The mounts are also papered by the NBTHK. This beautiful sword is even more interesting when viewing in hand.  A fine collectable sword. Information on JUMYO:JUMYO(Toshinaga) 寿命 school, it’s founder was born in Seki town, Mino province in Tensho 8 (1580), real name was Kondo Sukezaemon 近藤助左衛門. He had moved to Kiyosu castle town during...
Shitahara Den Tanto(fss-873)

Shitahara Den Tanto(fss-873)

Shitahara Den Tanto(fss-873) New Item Available Sold On Hold Special Sale This sword has been attributed to the Shitahara school by the NBTHK Shinsa. We believe this to be a late koto piece probably by the smith Chikashige. It has a very Soshu like feel and look to the blade. Some suggest there may have been a Soshu influence to the Shitahara school but that is in question.  A very nice hira-zukuri style blade with a very bright hamon and intriguing hada.. There are many details which point this blade to this school, including the unique jihada which has a circular swirling pattern and is known as uzumaki-hada or shitahara hada. The dark jigane is also found in Shitahara blades and is a trait of this school.  The Shitahara school is a well regarded school with great smiths.  A rare longish Hirazukiri blade tanto in length this blade sports an attractive Bohi on both sides. Technically an O-tanto this blade feels and looks like a tanto. It is very light and well balanced. The hamon is full of hataraki such as sunagashi, kinsugi and more.The hamon is a gunome midare. The swirling mokume or Uzumaki-hada is a sight to see and appreciate. The tang is text book Shitahara and a solid kantei point, there is a square hole ALSO UNDER THE ROUND HOLE. A beautiful and unique rare blade by this school.  The blade is in Koshirae and of nice quality all in black.. The tsuka is adorned with floral themed menuki as well as the Fuchi/kashira. The saya starts of in a ribbed style and then a wood grain texture to...
Moroha-zukiri tanto (fss-870)

Moroha-zukiri tanto (fss-870)

Moroha-zukiri tanto (fss-870) New Item Available Sold On Hold Special Sale Here we have a very unique find. It’s a Japanese Moroha-zukiri tanto and it is in very good condition.  We do not always sell these type of swords as they hard to find. The blade has a carving of gomabashi that runs through the end of the nakago called kaki-toshi. The blade is mumei and appears to be shinshinto. Moroha-zukiri are one of the rarer styles of tanto. These are double edged blades and were sometimes made as Buddhist ritual implements although it is not uncommon to find them mounted and used as tanto. Moroha style tanto were made in the Koto and Shinshinto eras; but few were made during the Shinto period (few tanto of any style were made during the Shinto era). Moroha blades have parallel edges and one side ends about halfway down the blade and is finished with a iroi mune. Some of the top sword smiths in history made these as offerings to various temples. The Koshirae is wrapped with a beautiful blue ito-maki. With matching sageo,. The tsuba is of waves with a sakura rim. The menuki are of Yanone and the fuchi kashira are themed of oni and are signed. The saya is a black lacquer. The habaki is silver finished and all in all a wonderful package waiting for Shinsa. This tanto has been fully restored and is only in need of submitting to shinsa in the future that will add to the value of this fine collectable. Mei: Mumei Date: Late Edo (1800’s) Nagasa: 10-1/2 inches Width at the ha-machi: 27.3 mm Thickness...