Echizen Kaneshige (fss-859)

Echizen Kaneshige (fss-859)

Echizen Kaneshige (fss-859) 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...
Soshu Masahiro (fss-857)

Soshu Masahiro (fss-857)

Soshu Masahiro (fss-857)   New Item   Available   Sold On Hold Special Sale We are pleased  to be able to offer an extremely rare Nambokucho era Soshu Masahiro. This blade is loaded with hataraki and horimono as can be seen in the pictures. One side has a carving of a Dragon wrapped around a ken with vajra or ” Shin no Kurikara “. The other side has a Bonji representing “Fudo Myoo ” with Gomabashi and Rendai or lotus blossums”. There is sunagashi, kinsuji and chikei. Ji-nie also abounds. There is a unique 3 dimensional quality to the steel as if looking through a pool of water at the hataraki, rarely seen and can be found on the best of Soshu blades. A great sword for the connoisseur of the early Soshu school just a couple of generations from Masamune. His influence can be greatly felt in this piece. This is a true Sunobi Tanto from the Nambokucho era, ubu with 3 holes. The sword is wide and beautiful to behold. A true Soshu masterpiece. It has Mitsumune and in an exquisite polish. This sword has very nice Nambokucho style horimono The koshirae is ensuite with a myriad of Dragonflies as the motif: “Dragonfly: According to legend, a passing soulcan take the shape of a dragonfly, especially duringBon, the Buddhist Day of the Dead.” The Fuchi/Kashira are in soft metal with the eyes made of Radon or mother of pearl and appear to glow!. Truly spectacular. The kodzuka is of 2 dragonfly of different type and butterfly and very old. The kodzuka blade is hand forged with kanji. The tsuba is of Iron Sukashi style of dragonfly...
Koto Ken (fss-835)

Koto Ken (fss-835)

Koto Ken (fss-835) New Item Available Sold On Hold Special Sale Here we have a very unique find. It’s a Japanese Ken and it is in very good condition. The blade is in a good polish and is mounted in a Japanese Ho Wood shirasaya that is very well-made. We do not always sell these type of swords as they hard to find. The blade has a carving of a flowing dragon on one side.  On the other it has a signature that may have something to do with the owner of the sword.  Ken are one of the rarer styles of tanto. Ken have double edged blades and were mainly made as Buddhist ritual implements although it is not uncommon to find them mounted and used as tanto. Some ken style tanto were made from cut down yari. Ken style tanto were made in Koto, Shinshinto and Gendai eras; but few were made during the Shinto period (few tanto of any style were made during the Shinto era). Ken blades may have parallel edges or double concave shapes as above. Some of the top sword smiths in history made ken as offerings to various temples.  Mei: Mumei Date: Koto Nagasa: 13″ inches Width at the ha-machi: 30.9 mm Thickness at the mune-machi: 5.1 mm Construction: ken zukuri Nakago: Ubu Kitae: Itame Hamon: suguba 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: $3,800.00 Sale price till July 25th! $2,600.00 (shipping and insurance included) Email us if your interested in this item and remember to include the order number for this item:...
Koto Tanto (fss-826)

Koto Tanto (fss-826)

Koto Tanto (fss-826) New Item Available Sold On Hold Special Sale Item description: This is a very old tanto that looks to be from the 1400’s if not earlier.  It’s in need of restoration and shinsa but is being sold as is.  The hamon is visible and well done.  It has no fatal flaws.  It shows some hada ware that its common for very old swords.  This blade overall is a great starter tanto with potential. Mei: Mumei Date: Edo (1600’s-1700’s) Nagasa: 10-1/8″ inches Sori: 0.0 mm Width at the ha-machi: 23.1 mm Thickness at the mune-machi: 6.9 mm Construction: Shinogi 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: $1,400.00 (shipping and insurance included) Email us if your interested in this item and remember to include the order number for this item: fss-826. 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 Ishidô Unju Korekazu (fss-850)December 9, 2019 Yamashiro Kunikiyo Daisho (849)November 15, 2019 Enomoto Sadayoshi (fss-838)July 10, 2019 Ko-Senjuin (fss-831)May 13, 2019 kogai/warebashi (fsk-501)December 28, 2015 Fine Menuki Papered (fso-262)January 27, 2015 Ko Kinko Kogai fso-500January 27,...
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...