Sagami No Munekuni (fss-884)

Sagami No Munekuni (fss-884)

Sagami No Munekuni (fss-884) New Item Available Sold On Hold Special Sale His real name was Yamamoto Tougo, his initial smith name was Hiroshige who had belonged to Shitahara school in Bushu province. He learned the true 15 fold technique with his younger brother Musashi Taro YASUKUNI from their master Omura Kaboku who had served exclusively for Echigo Matsudaira clan and then in his later period served for a Tokugawa Mitsukuni as a medical doctor. It is well-known that Omura kaboku made swords as his pastime and Yamamoto Tougo had offered a Tachi to Tokugawa Mitsukuni who had granted the smith name of MUNEKUNI. This wakizashi is well-proportioned and with high shinogi-suji. The entire blade is quite dignified and finely forged. It is a wonderful example of Munekuni and is to signed proudly [The True 15 Folds Technique] in the reversed side. This is surely a unique work of MUNEKUNI, and it is also a  beautifully mounted wakizashi fully restored and polished. The hada of this blade is spectacular. It is a combination of mokume and itame-nagare. Hataraki abounds in this blade Chikei, ji-nie can be seen throughout. There is kinsugi and ko-nie all over as well as some tsunagashi in areas. The blade is Ubu with one mekugi-ana. A beautiful koshirae adorns this beautiful sword. The motif is of birds. The fuchi kashira are of 3 birds on a Nanako background in pristine condition. The menuki are birds of brass and the tsuba are birds on shakudo waves with gold dots.. The tsuka is a brown silk ito over a black same ( rayskin ) to match the black lacquered saya. The sageo is brown to match the...
KODAI KANEMOTO (fss-868)

KODAI KANEMOTO (fss-868)

  KODAI KANEMOTO (fss-868) New Item Available Sold On Hold Special Sale A beautiful Kanemoto wakizashi mumei of a later generation. The 1st generation started the unique hamon  pattern commonly called  sanbonsugi. It is said to resemble a row of three cryptomeria (cypress) treetops.= commonly referred to AS “THE 3 Cedars”. Cypress trees are indigenous to Japan and used in many Japanese gardens. This sword is from Mino province where it was forged approximately 350-400 years ago. The flamboyant hamon can be traced back to Magoroku Kanemoto in the early parts of the 16th century and many following generations continued this tradition for hundreds of years afterwards. This ubu wakazashi has an approximately 13.35″ cutting edge. A KO-Maru as well as sugu style hamon appears in the boshi .The hamon on this particular blade is Sanbonsuji, with a mix of irregular gunome midare. Activity can be found within. This sword has a very small blemish that is slightly visible in the blowup photos. The hada is itame with mokume that literally jumps off the blade. A very interesting and exciting sword to view. This outstanding sword is fully polished and a treat for the collector. The sword comes mounted in an interesting koshirae of Dragons. The saya is in red lacquer with a konoka like design made to resemble rice bran. The Fuchi /kashira are of dragons with small floral like mons in many small cartouche. The menuki are of dragons and a beautiful dragon tsuba of sengoku. The seppa and habaki are of a gilded finish. The ito is brown with brown sageo. A very nice package.  From Unique Japan about the founder: ” Magoroku Kanemoto have a distinct zig-zag pattern in the tip to resemble the revered god Jizo. Generations...
Koto Mihara (fss-865)

Koto Mihara (fss-865)

Koto Mihara (fss-865)   New Item   Available   Sold On Hold Special Sale A well made koto blade of the Mihara school. This blade is believed to be from the Tenmon era of thev 16thcentury. The hada is a beautiful Itame nagare with mokume and much ji-nie. Utsuri appears on the ji. The hamon is a rich wavy Sugu-ha with much hataraki for your viewing pleasure. The undulating hamon is sprinkled with nie the entire length of the blade and there are mountainous wisps of sunagashi throughout. The boshi is ko-maru. The Mihara School started in Bingo Province around the Shochu era (1324 - 1326), according to Yamanaka,  “Descendants of the late Mihara School and of the Goami School made a few blades.” Bingo is on the Sanyodo Highway, on the south side of the western portion of Honshu, the main island of Japan. It faces the inland sea, beside Bitchu province. Mihara school had been prospered from late Kamakura to late Muromachi period in Bingo province present Okayama prefecture. The representative swordsmiths were Masaie and Masahiro. Especially the works of last Kamakura period to Namboku-cho period are called Ko-Mihara, and are distinguished from the later period.Rising above the times, the school had been influenced by the Yamato School. There had been many shoen; manors in medieval Japan in Bingo province ruled by the shrines and temples of Yamato province. As the features of Mihara school, elegant suguha-hamon with slight midare-ba and smooth Itame-hada. The sword comes mounted in beautiful koshirae with stylized fuchi/kashira .  The menuki are turtles and very nice quality. Meanings derived from a turtle/tortoise...
(Kaga) Yukimitsu (fss-861)

(Kaga) Yukimitsu (fss-861)

(Kaga) Yukimitsu (fss-861) New Item Available Special Sale Item description here: This is a kodachi made by Kaga Yukimitsu.  There were a few generations but this sword clearly dates back to the koto era and is more than likely made by first 3 generations of Yukimitsu that are listed below.  The sword is in an older but good polish and has been well made.  The hamon is very active and shows many hataraki (activity). The shape is elegant and well balanced. The hada is masame itame mixed.  The hamon is gunome midare and shows a mixture of nie and nioi.  Utsuri is visible in the hada also and the sword is in very good condition for its age.  NBTHK HOZON certificate authentication the sword is included in the sale as is a shirasaya and tsunagi for the the blade and mounts. Yukimitsu generations: YUKIMITSU (行光), 1st gen., Eiwa (永和, 1375-1379), Kaga – “Fujishima Yukimitsu” (藤島行光), “Yukimitsu” (行光), according to tradition the second son of the 1st gen. Fujishima Tomoshige (友重), he is also listed as student of Kashū Sanekage (真景), there are tantō with a wide mihaba and muzori extant, the jigane is a standing-out itame with ji-nie and chikei, the hamon is a ko-notare mixed with gunome and many sunagashi as well as hakikake and nijūba along the habuchi, chūjō-saku YUKIMITSU (行光), 2nd gen., Ōei (応永, 1394-1428), Kaga – “Kashū-jū Yukimitsu” (加州住行光), “Yukimitsu” (行光), “Kashū Fujiwara Yukimitsu” (加州藤原行光), itame mixed with masame and ji-nie, the hamon is a suguha or ko-gunome with sunagashi YUKIMITSU (行光), 3rd gen., Kōshō (康正, 1455-1457), Kaga – “Kashū-jū Yukimitsu” (加州住行光), “Yukimitsu” (行光), “Fujiwara Yukimitsu”...
(Hizen) Tadakuni (fss-860)

(Hizen) Tadakuni (fss-860)

(Hizen) Tadakuni (fss-860) New Item Available Sold On Hold Special Sale TADAKUNI (Hizen) Tadakuni Fujishiro:TADAKUNI HARIMA NO DAIJÔ [KEIAN 1648 HIZEN] SHINTÔ JÔSAKU                 He is the son of Hizen Yoshiie, and his family name is Hashimoto.  In the beginning he inscribed the “MA” of Harima no Daijô as the “MA” of rub.  [TN: The bottom radical in the kanji is the radical of “TE”, or hand, rather than “ISHI” or stone. Look at the fourth and tenth items in the third phrase.]  In looking at his works from Kan’ei to Kanbun, the older ones say HARIMA NYÛDÔ TAITETSU, and works can be seen which have a good form, ji is ko-moku, hamon is chû-suguba or an exuberant midareba.  (Wazamono) Signatures:            HIZEN JÛ HARIMA NO DAIJÔ FUJIWARA TADAKUNI Item description:This is an excellent wakazashi made by a high level “jo-saku” smith.  This sword is in great condition and has a very well made hada in a ko-mokume styes with some course areas.  The hamon is extremely active and exuberant.  This is typical of Tadakuni.  The sword is in original mounts that show some wear but the fitting are in good condition and its complete. This wonderful old wakazashi has many things going for it and would be a fine sword to add to any collection. Mei: HARIMA NO DAIJÔ FUJIWARA TADAKUNI Date: (Edo) SHINTO 1600’s Nagasa: 21″ inches Sori: 12.0 mm Width at the ha-machi: 28.7 mm Width at the yokote: 21.1 mm Thickness at the mune-machi: 6.5 mm Construction: Shinogi zukuri Mune: Iori Nakago: Ubu Kitae: ko-mokume Hamon: Midare Gunome Boshi: Maru Condition: Polished Click to Enlarge Image Click to Enlarge Image This sword is on consignment. Special Sale Price Sold...