Soshu Masahiro (fss-763)

Soshu Masahiro (fss-763)

Soshu Masahiro (fss-763)   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 soul can take the shape of a dragonfly, especially during Bon, 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...
Kai Mihara (fss-758)

Kai Mihara (fss-758)

Kai Mihara (fss-758)   New Item   Available   Sold On Hold Special Sale This is a beautiful example of a Kai Mihara blade. The blade is Shobu-zukiri in shape with gomabashi horimono. The Hada is a beautifully rendered itame loaded with ji-nie and well worked throughout masame can also be seen. The hamon is a gunome-midare and very bright.a stout looking blade with incredible workmanship. While Osafune smiths were thriving in Bizen Province, there were a few prominent smith of the Aoe school in Bitchu Province in this period. ‘Meikan’ lists the smith names of Ietsugu, Kagetsugu, Hidetsugu, Moritsugu, Kunitsugu and Munetsugu as well as some smiths who were active after the Oei and Eikyo Eras. There is a school called ‘Mihara’ in Bingo Province of which the smiths were active from previous period. The school includes a considerable number of smiths, but there are few distinguished smiths and their workmanship does not show peculiarity so much. Also there is a term of ‘Kai-Mihara’ which it is used for the smiths of the school who were active in the end of the Muromachi Period, for instance ‘Mihara Ju Kai Masazane’. They tempered chu-sugu-ha with few hataraki, occasionally o-midare based on gunome and forge whitish jigane. There are extant works of Masaoku, Masazane and Masanao. The blade is with koshirae. There are shishi menuki and matching fuchi/kashira. the habaki is silver foiled with a cloud design. The saya is a black lacquer finish with a rust colored sageo and brown tsuka-ito. the tsuba is of iron with a floral leaf pattern design. All in all a great piece to study and...
Nobushige Wakazashi (fss-752)

Nobushige Wakazashi (fss-752)

Nobushige Wakazashi (fss-752)   New Item   Available   Sold On Hold Special Sale This is a very interesting wakazashi from the ShinShinto period which reminds one of the Mino or Bizen tradition of the late koto era but has a bit of a soshu feel to it. It is in a very nice polish.  The overall sugata of this sword is on the straighter side with a slight sori and the hamon is loaded with activity.  The hamon contains an abundance of beautiful activity, and the hamon is in a  gunome / midare style . Sunagashi, Kinsuji and Ji-nie can be found and is well made.  The hada has an itame / mokume mix and with some areas of O- hada mixed in.  This blade comes with mountings.  The furniture of the koshirae are made of iron and copper. There are gold highlights and in good condition. The Tsuba is iron also with a shishi or puppies frolicking design and the fuchi and kashira are a shishi and a floral motif. The menuki are of tigers. The Sageo and Ito are brown and the saya lacquer is finished in a high gloss black lacquer. Note the older black lacquered same . The blade is ubu and signed Nobushige Saku.  We found only one smith that signed this way in this era.  It would be recommended to submit for shinsa at some point.  We are not a shinsa team and cannot guarantee the signature but it appears to be a good signature and not fake.   The kissaki is a longish chu-kissaki and ko-maru boshi with a bit of kaen.  The saya is of a black lacquer and is completely restored to keep the polish of the sword in good condition.  The blade is signed Nobushige saku and the...
Akasaka Kaneuji (fss-750)

Akasaka Kaneuji (fss-750)

Akasaka Kaneuji (fss-750)   New Item   Available   Sold On Hold Special Sale More than likely a descendant of this smith: KANEUJI (兼氏), Tenbun , (1532-1555), Mino – “Kaneuji” (兼氏), “Kaneuji saku” (兼氏作), “Nōshū-jū Kaneuji” (濃州住兼氏), Akasaka school, according to tradition this Tenbun-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 koto era.  They were known to make fine quality swords that cut very well.  This sword measures in at 16 1/4″. 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 and there are small balls of temper lifting off the hamon. The hada is an active itame O-mokume mix with flowing itame throughout the blade. 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 1532-1555. The boshi is maru with kinsuji. The hada has a perfect burl effect and a pleasure to behold. The koshirae is fitted with a high gloss semi-ribbed black lacquer finished saya. a shirasaya also accompanies this blade. The ito and Sageo are a matching blue color to accentuate the mounts. The fuchi/kashira are a large pair of shakudo and gold birds in flight. there is an interesting kodzuka and ko-gatana also with a mouse on leaves. The tsuba is shakudo with a semi-squared off mimi-gata lobed in a...
Mumei Wakazashi (fss-749)

Mumei Wakazashi (fss-749)

Mumei Wakazashi (fss-749)   New Item   Available   Sold On Hold Special Sale A beautiful wakazashi of the Shinto or Shinshinto era. As you can see in our new High Resolution photographs the hamon is an active mixture of gunome midare with an overall elegant shape. There is ara-nie in abundance and hotsure. The boshi is a hakikake that tends to kaen on one side.  A very nice feature to study. The hada is a ko-itame with mokume mix and ji-nie appears, a beautiful swirling hada to accentuate this glowing hamon. The sword has a wonderful curvature and the overall classic sugata/shape. The koshirae: These are clean solid mounts with  a menuki of a cricket on a leaf and the other is a chafe against a beautiful pattern of Same. The tsuba is a clean smooth design of shakudo with a copper rim.  The fuchi and kashira are also copper in a floral motif with a horn kashira.  An incredible full lacquered saya of crushed Abalone shell to finish the mounts in true samurai style. The blade is in full polish and is fully restored adding to its overall value. The Sageo is in gold to match the tsuka ito. The habaki, is finished in a gold patina to match.   Mei: Mumei Date: Edo (1700’s-1800’s) Nagasa: 15-1/4 inches Sori: 9.0 mm Width at the ha-machi: 24.49 mm Width at the yokote: 18.3 mm Thickness at the mune-machi: 6.2 mm Construction: Shinogi zukuri Mune: Iori Nakago: Ubu Kitae: Itame/mokume 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: $2,800.00 (shipping and insurance included) Email us if your interested in this item and remember to include the order...