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...
Koto Bizen Tanto (fss-723)

Koto Bizen Tanto (fss-723)

Koto Bizen Tanto (fss-723)   New Item   Available   Sold On Hold Special Sale A very nice koto era tanto, mumei and gorgeous Bizen workmanship. This sword is not signed but appears to be by the Bizen Suke sada group of smiths and from the muromachi period. There were many Suke Sada 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 Gunome Midare in notare with much activity and plenty of nie with nioi. The hada consists of burls of mokume blended with itame and interspersed with O-hada. Clear utsuri appears throughout the blade which is virtually flawless as can be seen. The mounts consist of a lacquered saya with crushed abalone shell suspended within. There are gold embossed menuki of Dragon motif. A very nice package . There is a Kodzuka/Kogai which appears to be of a Noh play scene and very entertaining. The Aikuchi style koshirae are a rarer version that fit very nice and hold tightly together. These Aikuchi mountings are of  iron with gold floral sand dollar like motif that is very mon like with some key fret imagery and Buddhist like symbols also. The tsuka-ito is blue with matching sageo contrasting nicely with the old Same. There is a gold washed habaki to finish. The blade is an excellent example of a Bizen Koto tanto and all that is left to complete this package is to submit it to shinsa. This blade should paper very well.     Mei: Mumei Date: Koto (1400’s-1500’s) Nagasa: 11-6?8 inches Sori: 3.5 mm Width at the ha-machi: 28.5 mm Width at...
Suruga no Kuni Shimada (fss-692)

Suruga no Kuni Shimada (fss-692)

Suruga no Kuni Shimada (fss-692)   New Item   Available   Sold On Hold Special Sale This is a flawless incredible Koto era O-Tanto from the Shimada School.  The horimono is very well made and comes with papers and shirasaya with a Tanobe Sensei’s sayagaki.  This is an exquisite blade for any collector. Below is information on the Shimada school to appreciate this item even better. The Shimada school, founded by Yoshisuke, thrived in Shimada of Suruga Province from the middle of the Muromachi Period and the smith name of Yoshisuke was succeeded to until the Edo Period. ‘Koto Mei Zukushi’ says that the first generation of Yoshisuke was active in the Kosho Era and the second generation in the Meio Era. As far as I know, the Eisho is the earliest production date of Yoshisuke. Sukemune was a son of 1st Yoshisuke and it is believed that there were two or three generations. Hirosuke was a student of 3rd Yoshisuke. The Shimada school includes many smiths. Amongst them, Yoshisuke, Sukemune and Hirosuke are the representative smiths of the school and we can see many extant works of them today. Yoshisuke tempers notare mixed with gunome, o-notare, gunome-midare, ko-midare and sugu-ha (tanto). His workmanship resembles to that of the Sue-Seki and the Sengo schools. The Shimada school also tempers hitatsura similar to that of Sue-Soshu smiths. 1st Yoshisuke was the most skilful smith of the school, followed by Hirosuke. Hirosuke makes sugata with wide mi-haba and extended kissaki then tempers o-midare, which looks like sugata of the Nambokucho Period. Sukemune was inferior to Hirosuke in skill. Some smiths of the...