BANRYUSHI NAGAHIRO (fss-892)

BANRYUSHI NAGAHIRO (fss-892)

BANRYUSHI NAGAHIRO (fss-892) New Item Available Sold On Hold Special Sale This is an outstanding wakazashi from the shinshinto period . The blade is signed “Banryushi Nagahiro” and dated.  He worked from 1818-1864 and is from IYO Provence.  He was the son of Nagatsugu and he was a student of the well known “Hamabe Toshizane”. The sugata is shobu-zukiri. There is a sugu-ha yakidashi and It is in a very nice pristine polish.  The overall sugata of this sword has a nice sori and the hamon is loaded with activity.  The hamon contains an abundance of beautiful activity of ashi , yo and sunagashi with a thick nioi-guchi, and the hamon is in a  gunome / choji midare style . There is a round tobyaki which we believe is to represent the bsun or moon. 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. There are wisps of temper here and there floating above the hamon.  This blade comes with mountings.  The furniture of the koshirae are made of shakudo with a tiger and bamboo motif. There are gold highlights and in good condition. The Tsuba is copper with a mimi of shakudo also with a tiger and bamboo.The fuchi and kashira are also a tiger and bamboo. The menuki are of gold tigers. The Sageo is black and the Ito is gold over a  rayskin and the saya lacquer is finished in a unique striation of red, black with gold striping.. There is a shirasaya for the sword as well as a tsunagi for the koshirae. Note the kodzuka of Shoki . The blade is ubu and signed but has some damage ....
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...
Mino Kanemitsu (fss-883)

Mino Kanemitsu (fss-883)

Mino Kanemitsu(fss-883) New Item Available Sold On Hold Special Sale This fine wakazashi has great workmanship and a beautiful gunome midare hamon.  It is in original polish and the shirasaya is signed. The sayagaki has an attribute to the smith “ Mino No Kuni Kanemitsu.  Unfortunately the pictures not do justice to this sword.  The hamon is very nicely done with a thick nioi-guchi.  It has many hataraki and ara-nie appear.  The hada is very well forged with a milky looking color of itame with masame.  This early wakazashi also has an elegant shape and is very well balanced.  The mounts are  in very good shape and add to the overall value of this sword.  The fittings are sounds and have a more simple and traditional look and display very well.  Overall this is a fine Japanese wakazashi.   The mounts are of a very nice quality from tsuka to saya. The bug theme with floral motif beautifully finish the tsuka with an exceptional deep purple tsukaito wrap. The saya is an exquisite black lacquer . The floral motif was often used as a theme for Asian art. Mythological subjects and auspicious symbols were sometimes used as motifs for Japanese sword furniture. Floral motifs could stand alone as designs unto themselves, particularly if they had seasonal or symbolic associations, but they were also used as decorative patterns surrounding or backing more pictorial motifs such as bugs etc. SAYAGAKIMINO NO KUNI KANEMITSULENGTH 1 SHAKU 5 SUN 9 BUDAIKIN 300 KAN Mei: Mumei Date: Edo (1600’s-1700’s) Nagasa: 19″ inches Sori: 15.0 mm Width at the ha-machi: 27.1 mm Width at the yokote: 19.8 mm Thickness at the mune-machi: 5.2 mm Construction: Shinogi zukuri Mune: Iori...
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...