Fujishima Tomoshige Den (fss-902)

Fujishima Tomoshige Den (fss-902)

Fujishima Tomoshige Den (fss-902) New Item Available Sold On Hold Special Sale This sword was awarded the kanteisho prior to polish. It received an attribution to TOMOSHIGE. There is a red Shumei at the bottom of the tang attributing it to YOSHINOBU. This blade if resubmitted may be attributed to an even higher ranked smith now that its in pristine polish but it’s not a necessity. The hada is a beautiful swirling mix of itame and mokume loaded and covered in ji-nie. Chikei abounds! The hamon is nie laden with brilliant streaks of sunagashi and kinsuji. The boshi is Kaen with hakikake. The koshirae is equally impressive. The saya is in a Ishime finish. The fittings are all adorned in a motif of samurai and horses. The Nanako is very nice on the tsuba. The tsuka ito is a bright orchid color over a black lacquered same (rayskin). The sageo is a purplish red hue. The seppa are gold washed. The kodzuka is of a man with horse in fields.  The Habaki is gold foiled and is of high quality also. This Koto era sword comes with NTHK KANTEI-SHO papers. A koto period wakazashi by the Fujishima Tomoshige line of smiths who had ten generations of the name during the Koto period and six generations up until the Shintoshinto period. A splendid wavy gunome togariba majiri hamon (temper line) typical of the Fujishima School captures the eye and imagination. Hailing from the artistic province of Kaga (now Kanazawa), the Fujishima School is considered one that combines characteristics of the five major traditions. Fujishima school is a descendant of Rai school that moved to Gaga province. They...
BIZEN WAKAZASHI (fss-896)

BIZEN WAKAZASHI (fss-896)

BIZEN WAKAZASHI (fss-896) New Item Available Sold On Hold Special Sale A beautifully preserved un-signed koto wakazashi that has incredible workmanship and a beautiful gunome/midare hamon with utsuri. This blade is ubu and in the Bizen style. A fine example and blend of Bizen work the activity can be seen and appreciated within this blade in the old Bizen tradition. The condition of this koto piece is very good as can be seen in the pictures. A very robust Hamachi and Munemachi can be found.  It is in a new polish with a very nice set of koshirae. The pictures 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 well forged with a very slick looking nagare-ish itame with mokume.  The boshi is ko-maru with kaen like finish and longish for this size sword. This koto wakazashi has an elegant shape and is very well balanced. The curvature is very noticible and text book Bizen.  The mounts are very unique and add to the overall value of this sword.  The lacquered saya is new and a great expense has gone into the restoration of this sword.  The sword comes with a shirasaya to protect the sword and polish and a wooden tsunagi has been made to display the mounts.  The fittings are sound and have a traditional Samurai appeal and are in iron. They look and display very well.  Overall this is a fine Japanese Koto wakazashi fully restored.  The menuki are a combination of a floral design. The same is black and has a very nice look to...
KOTO WAKAZASHI (fss-895)

KOTO WAKAZASHI (fss-895)

KOTO WAKAZASHI (fss-895) New Item Available Sold On Hold Special Sale A beautiful wakazashi of the koto era that has been shortened. As you can see in our photographs the hamon is a hoso-suguha with an overall stoic shape. There is ji-nie in abundance and and a perfectly controlled hoso-sugu-ha with a bright nioi-gucchi. The boshi is a ko-maru style almost yakitsune and also follows the hoso-suguha hamon that tends to kaen at the top.  A very nice feature to study. The hada is a ko-itame with mokume mix and ji-nie appears, a beautiful mix of hada to accentuate this glowing hamon. The sword has a slight curvature and the overall classic sugata/shape of a koto suriage piece. This narrow suguha along with the yakitsune like boshi reminds one of the oldest of Yamato pieces.The koshirae:  This is a interesting set of mounts with  a menuki of a dragon around ken against a beautiful pattern of Same with large nodules. The tsuba is of brass with a mokku shape.  The fuchi and kashira are match of Chidori over ocean waves.  A lacquered saya of crushed Abalone shell with silver inlayed in the lacquer.  The condition of the mounts is a bit worn but are still together and add to this old sword. The kodzuka is of Hoei’s bag and fan. The Sageo is in white to match the tsuka ito. The habaki, is finished in a silver foil. There is a peculiar red stripe running down one side of the saya that makes one wonder if this has any meaning. A good package for restoration of an old koto blade. Mei: Mumei Date: Koto (1400’s-1500’s) Nagasa: 13-1/8 inches...
WAKAZASHI (fss-894)

WAKAZASHI (fss-894)

WAKAZASHI (fss-894) New Item Available Sold On Hold Special Sale This sword was a katana originally. Now it’s a very interesting  long wakizashi with an active hamon. If it were 1/8″ longer it would still be clarified as a katana.  This hamon is a large choji /O-gunome midare with Tobyaki. The blade is covered in ji-nie. The boshi is almost ichimei with Kaen/hakikae. This blade would be spectacular in a fresh polish. A great entry level sword for restoration. The hada is also loaded with activity and is made up of a dense itame/mokume nagare with masame nagare also. Ji-nie abounds. This blade is mumei O-suriage with 2 mekugi ana. This blade is accompanied by a full set of koshirae that is very utilitarian in nature. The Tsuka-ito is an olivish brown ans the sageo is brown. The saya is a mottled black lacquer finish. the menuki and fuchi has a dragon on it. The tsuba is iron. There is a kojiri and handachi style accoutrement on the saya.    Mei: Mumei Date: Edo (1600’s-1700’s) Nagasa: 23-1/2 inches Sori: 12.0 mm Width at the ha-machi: 27.5 mm Width at the yokote: 20.7 mm Thickness at the mune-machi: 6.8 mm Construction: Shinogi zukuri Mune: Iori Nakago: O-suriage Kitae: Itame/mokume Hamon: Midare Chioji 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: $3,200.00 (shipping and insurance included) Email us if your interested in this item and remember to include the order number for this item: fss-894. NihontoAntiques@comcast.net How To Order Information Click to Enlarge Image Click to Enlarge Image Subscribe for the Latest Updates!Join our mailing list to receive...
Settsu Shigetora (fss-893)

Settsu Shigetora (fss-893)

Settsu Shigetora (fss-893) New Item Available Sold On Hold Special Sale This wakizashi is signed “Settsu (or Seshu) Ju Shigetora.  He was a student of Kaneyasu and is know to work in 1673.  He was from Settsu Provence.  This interesting wakazashi from Settsu provence made by Shigetora and has a bit of a soshu feel to it. Sesshu or Settsu is the same Provence.  There is a sugu-ha yakidashi and It is in a very nice pristine polish.  The overall sugata of this sword has a slight sori and the hamon is loaded with activity.  The hamon contains an abundance of beautiful activity of ashi with a thick nioi-guchi, and the hamon is in a  gunome / choji midare style . Ji-nie and chikei can be found and is well made.  The hada has a tightly forged itame / mokume mix and covered in ji-nie.  The kissaki is a longish chu-kissaki and ko-maru boshi with a bit of kaen.  This blade comes with mountings.  The furniture of the koshirae are made of iron with a gold floral motif.  The Tsuba is iron also with a floral  design and basket like weave in gold with a butterfly. The set of tsuba, fuchi,kashira is matching and made by the same person. The menuki are birds to compliment the floral motif. The Sageo is gold and the Ito is black over an old patina’d rayskin and the saya lacquer is finished in a black lacquer. The silk on the handle is original and old and the saya is also and has wear.  There is a shirasaya for the sword as well as a tsunagi for the koshirae.  We  the signature is  good signature and not fake.  The habaki is...