Koto Tanto (fss-778)

Koto Tanto (fss-778)

Koto Tanto (fss-778) New Item Available Sold On Hold Special Sale This is a very well made tanto that dates back to the koto era(1400’s-1500’s).  The quality is good and no major or fatal flaws are found on this tanto.  The work on this tanto appears to be from the Bizen school of swordsmiths.  This blade is in an older polish and we recommend having it polished to bring out its true beauty.  The mounts are also original to this tanto and fit well.  Its mounted in a good samurai style. It’s straightforward mounts are meant to be honest and not fancy.  This is a great sword at a very reasonable price.  This is even for an entry level collector interested in owning a samurai era antique dating back hundreds of years. This sword should be submitted to shinsa to add to its overall value! Mei: Mumei Date: koto (1400’s-1500’s) Nagasa: 9-3/4 inches Sori: 2.0 mm Width at the ha-machi: 24.8mm Thickness at the mune-machi: 6.4 mm Construction: hira zukuri Mune: Iori Nakago: Ubu Kitae: Itame Hamon: Midare Boshi: Maru Condition: Older polish Click to Enlarge Image Click to Enlarge Image This sword is on consignment. Special Sale Price Sold On Hold Asking price: $1,200.00 (shipping and insurance included) Email us if your interested in this item and remember to include the order number for this item: fss-778. 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 Kunisada with Cutting Test (fss-795) Edo...
Bizen Norimitsu (fss-775)

Bizen Norimitsu (fss-775)

Bizen Norimitsu (fss-775) New Item Available Sold On Hold Special Sale “A beautiful and rare tanto by the Bizen smith Norimitsu” The First generation Norimitsu began in the Tei-ji era and continued through the late Muromachi period. During the Muramachi period, Morimitsu, Yasumitsu and Norimitsu were quite well known swordsmiths. At that time, Soshu style work is the rave and the Masahiro and Tsunahiro line with its exhuberant hitatsura was mimicked throughout all the schools.. This blade has an incredible jigane of itame and mokume blend with much masame and a very active and violent hitatsura hamon that jumps off this exquisite small tanto. Clear Utsuri can be seen. There is a long signature and date which also makes this a very precious piece as we can pinpoint the generation of this line of smiths. There is a very beautiful high grade Aikuchi style Koshirae that accompanies this blade. Norimitsu was a student of Nagamitsu and continued for several generations into late Muromachi period. This tanto is very unusual with soshu influenced hitatsura. The Jigane is marvelous with a beautiful Ji-hada of itame with mokume and masame, chikei can be seen. The Ubu  nakago has 2 holes is signed and dated and very precious and rare. TO NOTE: “This blade was submitted to Shinsa before polish and restoration.” The mounts: The koshirae is in the Aikuchi style. The mei of the fuchi reads: Hosono Sōzaemon Masanori + kaō (細野惣左衛門政守). These fitting are all matching and made by Hosono Sōzaemon Masanori. The fact that its all complete is exceptional. The saya is finished in a red and black Ishime style lacquer. The fittings are all matching of a village scene which consists of the full accoutrement of aikuchi style mountings of fuchi, kashira, kojiri, kurikata and kodzuka with blade....
Silver Mounted Tanto (fss-765)

Silver Mounted Tanto (fss-765)

Silver Mounted Tanto (fss-765) New Item Available Sold On Hold Special Sale This elegantly made Tanto comes in a beautiful older polish. The hamon is an erratic blend of Notare-midare. The blade appears it was made in the bizen style and has a koto feeling to it.  We have listed it as shinto to be conservative but it may very well be koto if judged by the hada and hamon . The hada is itame mix with swirling masame and is well made. This Tanto has fine qualities and has with its HIRA-ZUKURI shape make it a classical looking tanto. The koshirai is of rolling cloud like formations are completely matching throughout.The saya is a mix of a beutiful lacquered black with a cloud motif of matching fittings. This fittings are of all well made silver and a wonderful original black lacquered saya with an all same tsuka and a brown sageo. There is a gold foiled habaki.  The mekugi is not normally found in this style.  It looks like opal stones were placed carefully on the outside of the silver pin.  Kodzuka matches all the mounts and again its important to note that the fittings appear to be made together by one craftsmen and not put together.  This is a lovely set of mounts with a blade that has no flaws and has potential if properly polished. Mei: Mumei Date: Edo (1600’s-1700’s) Nagasa: 8 inches Sori: 15.0 mm Width at the ha-machi: 32.2 mm Thickness at the mune-machi: 6.6 mm Construction: hira zukuri Mune: Iori Nakago: Ubu Kitae: Itame/masame Hamon: Midare Boshi: Maru Condition: older polish Click to Enlarge Image Click to Enlarge Image This sword is on consignment. Special Sale...
Mino Den Tanto (fss-742)

Mino Den Tanto (fss-742)

Mino Den Tanto (fss-742)   New Item   Available   Sold On Hold Special Sale This beautifully lacquered exquisitely made Tanto comes in a very nice polish. The hamon is extremely subtle with a togare-ba/gunome temper. This blade was  made in the mino style probably from the Shinshinto era. The hada is a masame mix with mokume and very finely done. The sword shows off the blades fine qualities  in a very clear sashikomi polish. The blade is in HIRA-ZUKURI shape.  The koshirai is a mix of beautiful lacquer work with a suspension of large abalone within and appears to be from the Shin-shinto era. A beautiful  saya with exquisite lacquering.  This package is complete and well made finished with a beautiful high grade sageo and a dark rich brown leather ito. the motif for the menuki are of a boar. There is an iron kodzuka with a playful puppy with toy! A beautiful TANTO in the tradition of the MINO school this sword exemplifies the late MINO school of the Shinshinto era. As you can see in our new High Resolution photographs the hamon is an active mixture of gunome with an overall ko-notare shape. There is ara-nie in abundance and hotsure. The boshi is a midare-komi with kaen. The hada is a masame with mokume mix  and ji-nie appears, a beautiful tight hada to accentuate this glowing hamon. The sword has a shape and overall it suggests a time forgotten. This koshirae is clean and fundamental with menuki of a boar in a floral setting. Large abalone shell suspended in a lacquered saya finishes the mounts in a true japanese style. The blade is in full polish and should be sent to...
Minamoto Gyôkei (fss-735)

Minamoto Gyôkei (fss-735)

Minamoto Gyôkei (fss-735)   New Item   Available   Sold On Hold Special Sale A tanto in this style is a beautiful example of a modern day smith and in superb condition. This shape was quite often seen from the earliest periods of swordsmithing until the the modern era. Mostly found in larger sizes this tanto and is an extremely rare version that emulates the old style tanto but from the modern period. This Tanto comes in a good  older polish. The hamon is a gunome-midare  with much Ara-nie with many fine activities that changes to sugu-ha. The blade was made in the bizen/mino style as seen in the shinsakuto era . The hada is a ko- masame with itame nagare.  The hamon abounds in sunagashi, kinsugi and ashi with much ji-nie. The gunome mounds have a 3 dimensional effect when viewed in hand. This style of hamon can be seen in the great works of Kane nori and also the Mishina school and others.  The blade is signed and dated and states who the sword was made for. A very nice detail to have provenance on a sword as it was special ordered. The blade is in good honest mounts. It is in an Aikuchi style with a fine nodule same. There is a satsuma red lacquer finish on the saya and fittings. The kodzuka is of a diety in a cave and exceptionally rendered with a kokatana with dragon around ken. Listing in Ôno Tadashi’s Gendai Tôkô Meikan (1971): Taguchi Tsuneo (田口経雄) Gunma Prefecture, Kiryû City, Honmachi 2 chôme 302 Born January 16th 1910 Signed with “Sôryûshi Taguchi Gyôkei” (双龍子田口行慶) and “Minamoto Gyôkei” (源行慶). He took one character of his master Beppu Kôtarô...