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....
Yasuhide/Tomohide Tanto (fss-813)

Yasuhide/Tomohide Tanto (fss-813)

Yasuhide/Tomohide Tanto (fss-813) New Item Available Sold On Hold Special Sale Item description: A beautiful rare father and son collaboration this is a shin shinto tanto in shirasaya.  The overall condition is very good.  This blade is more than likely from the 1800’s and the work on it is clearly visible.  The hamon is in chu-suguha style and looks attractive.  The hada is itame and clear. The blade is signed, dated, and papered. This tanto sports horimono on both sides. 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 is very rich and well cut. This Ken or Sword is with “sankozuka” which is a vajra thunderbolt hilt. The ken/sword is also an alternative of the Buddhist deity Fudo Myoo. The other side has gomma-hashi which are chopsticks that are used on alters of Shinto shrines. There is also a  Bonji of “Mato Kwannon” who is the horse-head Buddha. Bonji inscriptions are invocations to this spirit to help the wielder of this sword.   Nice joint work between father and son. I have the two listed as (portrait attached also):   YASUHIDE (安英), Bunka (文化, 1804-1818), Musashi – “Buyō ni oite Ichinoseki-shi Takehiro Yasuhide” (於武陽一関士武広安英), “Tōbu ni oite Ōshū Ichinoseki-shi Takehiro Yasuhide” (於東武奥州一之関士武広安英), “Tōbu ni oite Ōshū Takehiro” (於東武奥州武広), “Takehiro Fujiwara Yasuhide tsukuru” (武広藤原安英造), real name Takehiro Yo´emon (武広与右衛門), student of Suishinshi Masahide (水心子正秀), he workd for Ōshū´s Ichinoseki fief (一関藩) which was ruled by the Tamura family (田村), he died on the 25th day of the second month Tenpō 14 (天保,...
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 Ishidô Unju Korekazu (fss-850)December 9, 2019...
Hirado-Sa (fss-800)

Hirado-Sa (fss-800)

Hirado-Sa (fss-800) New Item Available Sold On Hold Special Sale A very interesting tanto from nambokucho to Oei era.  Good activity/hataraki in the hamon is visible. A well forged hada and a lovely shape make for a desirable very early tanto. This sword is a beautiful tanto of gunome midare in itame with much ji-nie.  This sword dates back to the 1300’s and has a very good history and is considered by many as a very desirable school to collect.  This early tanto dating to the 1300’s  is very healthy and robust.  This is truly a wonderful koto era tanto from the Hirado Sa line of swordsmiths. The origin of Sa was that he lived in Chikuzen Oki bearch and was the son of Nissai.It was believed at one time that he was one of the 10 great students of Masamune but there  is conflicting evidence suggesting this is not true. The Soshu-den style of his work was definitely at the top level of this.The well grained jigane is truly spectacular. This school continued until Nanbokucho periodand after that Sue Sa smiths such as Yasuyohoshi, Yukihiro and Yoshisada were active.This sword is said to be the Hirado-Sa school that was active around middle to late Nanbokucho period.It is a wide and thick tanto and the jigane is clear and refined in the Soshu-den style. The hamon and hada are well grained.There are over 30 swords that have passed NBTHK Juyo .The work is fine and healthy and may go to a higher level. HIRADO SA School KUNIFUSA TEI-WA (t: O-SA): Came from CHIKUZEN. HIRADOZAEMONnoJO.         Father of HAKATA KUNIMITSU. Brought SA style undulating         GUNOME-NOTARE BA....