KANEUJI WAKAZASHI (fss-780)

KANEUJI WAKAZASHI (fss-780)

KANEUJI WAKAZASHI (fss-780) New Item Available Sold On Hold Special Sale KANEUJI (兼氏), Tensho , (1573), Mino – “Kaneuji” (兼氏), “Kaneuji saku” (兼氏作), “Nōshū-jū Kaneuji” (濃州住兼氏), Akasaka school, according to tradition this Tensho-era Kaneuji was the son or the grandson of a Kaneuji who moved from Naoe to Akasaka, wazamono, chū-jō-saku An exquisite late koto blade signed Kaneuji. The Kaneuji line of swordsmiths are famous and date back to the EARLY koto era.  They were known to make fine quality swords that cut very well.  This sword measures in at 15 5/8″ . This blade is a beautiful example of a late koto sword with great activity and a wonderful hada covered in ji-nie. The hamon is a vibrant gunome-midare filled with sunagashi, kinsuji and ko-nie abounds. The hada has beautiful thick nioi guchi that is vibrant and bright, loaded with layers of sunagashi. There is an active itame O-mokume mix with flowing itame throughout the blade. Shirrake utsuri can clearly be seen. There is masame in the shinogi-ji. Chikei can be seen all over as well as being peppered with ji-nie. The blade is signed and papered to Kane Uji and given an approximate date of 1573. The longish kissaki has a boshi that is ko-maru finished in hakikake style with kinsuji. The hada has a perfect burl effect and a pleasure to behold. . AN EXCERPT FROM: Yamanaka’s Nihonto Newsletter:General: No specific Mino section which is in the format of the other books. Instead, In Vol II, two issues were dedicated to discussing the specific characteristics of the key schools and smiths. The key smiths and schools are as follows: Kaneuji and his school, Naoe Shizu (Kaneuji’s followers), Kaneshige (worked...
Fujiwara Kunizumi (fss-779)

Fujiwara Kunizumi (fss-779)

Fujiwara Kunizumi (fss-779) New Item Available Sold On Hold Special Sale An exciting unique sword that was special ordered. The blade is signed: Tōbu Fujiwara Kunizumi saku (東武藤原国住作) and it also has the inscription that it was made for Yasuda-shi Hisaaki (安田氏久明) - who was Hisaaki from the Yasuda family. A samurai family. This blade is a shinshinto beauty. Kunizumi was listed as: KUNIZUMI (国住), Kansei (寛政, 1789-1801), Iyo – “Kunizumi saku” (国住作), “Yoshū Matsuyama-shin Fujiwara Kunizumi” (予州松山臣藤原国住, “Fujiwara Kunizumi, retainer of the Matsuyama fief of Iyo province”), he studied in Edo under Hōjōji Kuniyoshi (法城寺国吉) The sword is wakazashi in size and has a splendid koshirae. The blade is ubu with one hole and flawless. The hada is a well worked itame with ji-nie and masame in the shinogi-ji. The boshi is a wide ko-maru. The hamon is a perfectly controlled slightly undulating sugu-ha that widens on both sides as you reach the mono-uchi area.. There is fine kinsugi that can be seen weaving in and out at the top of the hamon. Hotsure is also seen and the entire blade sparkles with ji-nie. The koshirae is of a mon theme with  matching fuchi / kashira of kirimons and menuki of mons also. The tsuba is a beautiful example of nanako with mons to complete the theme. The kodzuka is of a samurai and scholar and the kodzuka blade is signed kunisada. The saya is a glossy black lacquered finish that has been fully restored with blue silk tsuka-ito over a richly patina’d Same (rayskin). The sageo is a combination of blue and red and greatly adds to...
Echizen Tsuguhiro (fss-777)

Echizen Tsuguhiro (fss-777)

Echizen Tsuguhiro (fss-777) New Item Available Sold On Hold Special Sale According to the Fujishiro Shinto volume, Tsuguhiro is thought to have worked between Genna and Kyoho (1615 and 1716). A hundred years is a large span of time but the lack of dated works is difficult to assign an exact working period. However, other keys in the signature point to earlier than later. Fujishiro notes that around Kanbun (1661) Echizen works commonly have the information “Echizen Ju ” (resident of Echizen) inscribed separately on the ura of the sword, with the rest of the mei (such as title and name) on the omote. This work has the inscription ” Echizen ju shimosaka “on the ura, and contains the mei on the omote specifically including ” Omi no kami fujiwara tsuguhiro ” , a trait which is shared in the example Tsuguhiro mei in Fujishiro Shinto Hen, and is noted there as being quite unusual. Albert Yamanaka notes that Echizen smiths that include “Kuni” in their mei were associated directly with shodai Yasutsugu. Since the Shodai died in the seventh year of Genna (1623), we can surmise that Tsuguhiro’s working life is much closer to Genna than Kyoho, placing this sword in the earlier years of the Shinto period, and this work probably no later than Kanbun. Tsuguhiro is rated as Chujosaku and Wazamono in the Shinto Hen. This work is very robust and bold. Omi no kami Fujiwara Tsuguhiro was a student of the 3rd generation Yasutsugu. He moved to Edo and made a multitude of swords. He made swords like Yasutsugu hamon but sometimes he made  Choji midare and kobushi choji midare hamon similar to Kawachi...
UDA KUNIMUNE (fss-776)

UDA KUNIMUNE (fss-776)

UDA KUNIMUNE (fss-776) New Item Available Sold On Hold Special Sale A beautiful UDA KUNIMUNE koto O-wakazashi (katatauchi or ko-dachi size) just shy of katana length that has high quality workmanship and a beautiful sugu-ha based hamon with gentle gunome/midare here and there with utsuri.  Many hataraki / activity can be found with  Sunagashi, Kinsuji, chikei, Ji-nie and utsuri can be seen also. Uda school swords come from the Yamato tradition and this can be seen and appreciated within this blade made in the old Yamato style. The condition of this koto piece is wonderful as can be seen in the pictures. A very robust Hamachi and Munemachi can be found.  It is in a good polish. The pictures do not do justice to this sword.  The hamon is very nicely done with a thick nioi-guchi that flares up here and there..  It has many hataraki and ko-nie appear.  The hada is very well forged with a very oily appearance of swirling itame with mokume.  The boshi is ko-maru  and longish. This koto O-wakazashi has an elegant shape and is very well balanced. The curvature is very noticible and is text book UDA.  The blade is papered Tokubetsu-Hozon Token by the NBTHK attesting to the swords quality, age and school.  The blade is in shirasaya with sayagaki by Tanabe. Overall this is a fine Japanese Koto O-wakazashi. The blade also comes with a beautiful rain pattern silver foiled habaki. The Uda school is said to have originated in Yamato province. The founder Kunimitsu moved to Ecchu province at the end of the Kamakura period. His son was UDA KUNIMUNE. The following is the lineage for these smiths: KUNIMUNE UDA [OEI 1394 ETCHU] CHUKOTO CHUJOSAKU He is the younger brother...
BIZEN SUKESADA (fss-772)

BIZEN SUKESADA (fss-772)

BIZEN SUKESADA (fss-772) New Item Available Sold On Hold Special Sale This sword is signed by Sukesada , a smith that belongs to the Bizen Tradition.  This blade is a perfect candidate for restoration. There were many Sukesada smiths working at this time. It is constructed in typical bizen fashion with wide tang, a classic Bizen trait. The hamon is Sugu-ha with much activity and plenty of nie with nioi. The hada is a mokume blend. This blade is mounted in WWII era military koshirae/mounts. The Tsuka has the ” Sakura (cherry blossom) ” crest. A family crest is a special add on to military mounts generally for families with a samurai heritage. This is clearly a samurai family’s sword owned for centuries that was mounted in military mounts for the war effort by its owner to go to war with. The sword is signed Sukesada and is a katana length. Both the mounts and the sword are in good condition and the sword would be greatly enhanced with restoration and the mounts are a rare treat for the WWII era Japanese sword collector. Mei: Sukesada Date: Edo (1600’s-1700’s) Nagasa: 23-1/2 inches Sori: 15.0 mm Width at the ha-machi: 29.7 mm Width at the yokote: 20.0 mm Thickness at the mune-machi: 6.9 mm Construction: Shinogi zukuri Mune: Iori Nakago: Ubu Kitae: mokume Hamon: Midare Suguba 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: $2,400.00 Priced to allow for restoration/Polish.   (shipping and insurance included) Email us if your interested in this item and remember to include the order number for this item: fss-772. NihontoAntiques@comcast.net How To Order...