Hizen Tadahiro (fss-804)

Hizen Tadahiro (fss-804)

Hizen Tadahiro (fss-804) New Item Available Sold On Hold Special Sale A beautiful sword in the Hizen tradition. This blade is a wonderful example of one of the best smiths of the Tadayoshi line.  This sword is signed “Omi Daijo Fujiwara Tadahiro” and the shinsa team dated it Keian 1648.  That would be the 2nd generation and in Fujishiro he is listed as “Jo Jo Saku level”. Fujishiro ratings: Saijo saku (High level Very best smith) Jojo saku (High level best smith) Jo saku (High level smith) Chujo saku (Good level smith) Chu saku (standard level smith) (please note this is a general interpretation of the Fujishiro ratings) This Tadahiro is in immaculate fully restored condition, papered and mounted. This sword comes ensuite with Shishi motif. The Fuchi/Kasira and menuki are of Shishi dogs. There is a signed Shishi kodzuka in copper finish and is signed. The habaki is completed in silver foil. The sageo and ito are of a gold color. The saya has a very nice  gloss black lacquered finish. An age old patina on a wonderful Same (rayskin) that adorns the tsuka. A great package for all collectors. Shishi (or Jishi) is translated as “lion” but it can also refer to a deer or dog with magical properties and the power to repel evil spirits. A pair of shishi traditionally stand guard outside the gates of Japanese Shinto shrines and Buddhist temples, although temples are more often guarded by two Nio protectors. The Shishi (like the Nio) are traditionally depicted in pairs, one with mouth open and one with mouth shut. The opened/closed mouth relates to Ah (open mouth) and Un...
Kanemichi Wakazashi (fss-801)

Kanemichi Wakazashi (fss-801)

Kanemichi Wakazashi (fss-801)   New Item     Available     Sold   On Hold Special Sale A specially signed sword TANGO NO KAMI KANE MICHI. The 1st generation of these smiths from Settsu are listed as 60 points in Hawley’s. He was known to work in a large gunome/choji midare such as this. The hada is mainly a well worked  Ko- itame with some ko- mokume covered in a velvety ji-nie. There is a thick nio-guchi with ashi to be seen. The Hamon is a rolling gunome- midare filled with activity. The sword is covered in Ji-Nie.  Ara-nie and Ko-nie can be seen frosting the hamon the entire length of the sword. Ashi is present and Chikei and kinsugi in spots. This Shinto blade is a Mishina work and virtually flawless. There is a long signature that reads ”  TANGO NO KAMI KANE MICHI“. This sword has not been submitted to Shinsa as of yet so it is priced accordingly. The sword looks to be of the Mishina school and is very well made with a very beautiful hamon that just jumps off the blade.  The sword is in a beautiful polish with virtually no flaws to be seen.  The Hamachi is wide and the blade has a fine shape as well. It is as ubu with one hole. The koshirae is a floral theme. The Tsuba is an iron sukashi style signed in sosho writing with a gold kao . The menuki are floral to match as well as the kodzuka . The saya is finshed in a black gloss lacquer. the tsuka-ito and sageo are blue. All in all a great package for the sword that is within. The tang is engraved with...
Kunisada with Cutting Test (fss-795)

Kunisada with Cutting Test (fss-795)

Kunisada with Cutting Test (fss-795) New Item Available Sold On Hold Special Sale A very unique long wakazashi by the 2nd generation Kunisada with a cutting test.  The papers put this sword in the Jokyo era (1684-1688).  The majority of cutting test blades are katana.  The fact that this is a cutting test wakazashi makes for a great collectable sword. The kanji read “cut (through everything) with a single blow”. The reading is: ichizan-sureba issaizan (一斬一切斬) This sword is a great candidate for restoration signed “Kawachi no Daijo FujiWara KuniSada” with a cutting test.  This sword has all the attributes to make for a wonderful restoration. It has a gunome midare hamon with an itame and mokume hada. The boshi is ko-maru. Its very sound and has no fatal flaws.  After polish it will look completely different and even more beautiful.  We recommend a fresh polish, shirasaya and tsunagi for koshirai. This blade, fully restored with mounts and papers would truly make for a jewel in a collection. The mounts are of quality with a deep samurai feel to them and are not meant to be flashy.  They are all origen with no restoration and date back to the late edo era. The smith:KUNISADA (国定), 2nd gen., Kanbun (寛文, 1661-1673), Ōshū – “Kawachi no Daijō Fujiwara Kunisada” (河内大掾藤原国定), “Kunisada” (国定), real name Furukawa Mago´emon (古川孫右衛門), he signed his name initially with the characters (国貞), received the honorary title Kawachi no Daijō during the Manji era (万治, 1658-1661), and died in the second year of Genroku (元禄, 1689), suguha, notare, gunome-midare, wazamono, chū-saku Notes on cutting test: During the Edo period, only the...
Project Wakazashi (fss-793)

Project Wakazashi (fss-793)

Project Wakazashi (fss-793) New Item Available Sold On Hold Special Sale PLEASE NOTE: WE HAVE BEEN ASKED BY MANY OF OUR CLIENTS TO LIST THEIR ITEMS THAT ARE IN NEED OF RESTORATION ETC. FOLLOWING IS THE FIRST OF SEVERAL BLADES THAT WILL BE LISTED AT A VERY REASONABLE PRICE. WE DO NOT GUARANTEE SIGNATURES ETC. AND EACH PIECE IS SOLD AS IS. WE DO HOWEVER GUARANTEE THERE ARE NO FATAL FLAWS. WE TRY TO PRESENT BLADES THAT ARE WORTHY OF RESTORATION. YOUR DUE DILIGENCE IS ADVISED AND YOU MAY FIND A GEM LURKING AMONGST THESE ONCE VALUED TREASURES!!  ALL ITEMS ARE PRICED ACCORDINGLY. A nicely preserved signed “YOKOYAMA KOZUKE DAIJO FUJIWARA SUKESADA” wakazashi that has very nice workmanship and a active hamon. This blade is ubu and signed with a long signature. A collection of activity may be found with a proper polish. This is a great looking blade with good possibilities if polished. The condition of this piece is in a very restorable condition as can be seen in the pictures. The pictures not do justice to this sword.  The hada is very well forged with a very tight itame. The mounts are original and add to the overall value of this item. A Bizen tang and shape can be seen as well as the workmanship. Mei: YOKOYAMA KOZUKE DAIJO FUJIWARA SUKESADA Date: Edo (1800’s) Nagasa: 17-5/8 inches Sori: 15.0 mm Width at the ha-machi: 27.6 mm Width at the yokote: 19.9 mm Thickness at the mune-machi: 6.9 mm Construction: Shinogi zukuri Mune: Iori Nakago: Ubu Kitae: Itame Hamon: Gunome 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: $1,100.00 (shipping and insurance included) Email us if...
Chikuzen Yoshisuke (fss-786)

Chikuzen Yoshisuke (fss-786)

Chikuzen Yoshisuke (fss-786) New Item Available Sold On Hold Special Sale The Chikuzen Nobukuni at the Edo period during the Kanbun era is continuation of the Muromachi period. Chikuzen-ju Yoshisada, Nobukuni Yoshisuke of which this sword is attributed to and Nobukuni-zaemon Yoshikane were active at same time. An affordable exquisite package for the connoisseur’s of collecting. This blade is fully polished and mounted with papers attributing it to CHIKUZEN NOBUKUNI YOSHISUKE. The sword is a beautiful saka gunome-midare just loaded with hataraki. There is ashi, sunagashi. a thick nioi-guchi, kinsuji. The hada is layed in ji-nie with much ara-nie peppering the hamon especially found in the valleys of the GUNOME. The hada is a true itame and mokume blend with masame. There is chikei and the boshi is finished in O-maru. The koshirae is a dazzling horse theme with fuchi, kashira and menuki of horses finished in shakudo and gold. The tsuba is a Mokko shape in iron with a picturesque setting of scholars under a tree signed and finished in gold and silver. The sageo and tsuka ito are a matching cobalt blue with a large nodule same(rayskin). The saya is beautiful and narrowly ribbed finished in black lacquer. Chikuzen Nobukuni History: Chikuzen Nobukuni is a long line extending from Koto times. The Sengoku labored all sword schools until the Momoyama of robust unification breathed new life into the arts and styles of all of Japan. The young masters coming from Ten-sho, such as Horikawa Kunihiro, traveling to Kyoto, would create a new world of strong new Momoyama styles. The “Shinto” sword-period grew directly from Hideyoshi’s Momoyama Unification....