Koto Ken (fss-835)

Koto Ken (fss-835)

Koto Ken (fss-835) New Item Available Sold On Hold Special Sale Here we have a very unique find. It’s a Japanese Ken and it is in very good condition. The blade is in a good polish and is mounted in a Japanese Ho Wood shirasaya that is very well-made. We do not always sell these type of swords as they hard to find. The blade has a carving of a flowing dragon on one side.  On the other it has a signature that may have something to do with the owner of the sword.  Ken are one of the rarer styles of tanto. Ken have double edged blades and were mainly made as Buddhist ritual implements although it is not uncommon to find them mounted and used as tanto. Some ken style tanto were made from cut down yari. Ken style tanto were made in Koto, Shinshinto and Gendai eras; but few were made during the Shinto period (few tanto of any style were made during the Shinto era). Ken blades may have parallel edges or double concave shapes as above. Some of the top sword smiths in history made ken as offerings to various temples.  Mei: Mumei Date: Koto Nagasa: 13″ inches Width at the ha-machi: 30.9 mm Thickness at the mune-machi: 5.1 mm Construction: ken zukuri Nakago: Ubu Kitae: Itame Hamon: suguba 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: $3,800.00 Sale price till July 25th! $2,600.00 (shipping and insurance included) Email us if your interested in this item and remember to include the order number for this item:...
Fujishima Tomoshige Den (fss-834)

Fujishima Tomoshige Den (fss-834)

Fujishima Tomoshige Den (fss-834) New Item Available Sold On Hold Special Sale The condition of this sword is very good considering it was carried during World War II. This sword was appraised by the Japanese sword preservation Society and was deemed to be authentic and made by the Fujishima Tomoshige School back in the 1500s. The blade has some small flaws/fukure/kizu, such is the case with many swords of this age. None of the flaws are fatal flaws. The Hamon or temper line is extremely active and very beautiful. What I find most interesting in this item is it overall history. During world war Japanese soldiers that had Samurai lineage and had swords in their family for many generations would bring their swords to the arsenal and asked for them to be mounted for the war effort in World War II mounts. This is such a sword. On the top of the handle you will find a family crest or Mon in silver. Also, the sword comes with its original tassel. Keep in mind that soldiers that did this felt that their ancestors would be on the battlefield with them. If we analyze this item a little bit we can see that the samurai sword has been a useful weapon for centuries and continued to be a useful weapon up to World War II. Yes, they were weapons but more importantly they were a Spiritual support for Soldiers. This sword was obviously carried in battle and has received damage that is very minor and scuffing on the blade. The most interesting damage of all is in one area on...
Fujimura Kunitoshi (fss-833)

Fujimura Kunitoshi (fss-833)

Fujimura Kunitoshi (fss-833) New Item Available Sold On Hold Special Sale This is a Gendai-To made by 藤村國俊 fujimura kunitoshi.  Kunitoshi worked during the Showa era (1926-1989). He comes from the Yamaguchi Provence.  His lineage stems from the Akihide School of sword making. Kunitoshi was born in 1887and died in 1965 at the age 77.  He was known for making swords in the style of Masamune. This is a fine example of his work. This beautiful sword comes in a shirasaya, and is in very good condition. Signatures he placed on his swords: 藤村國俊 fujimura kunitoshi 松龍子國俊 shōryūshi kunitoshi 岩國住國俊 iwakuni ju kunitoshi   Mei: iwakuni ju kunitosh (岩國住國俊) Date: Gendai-to Showa era 1900’s Nagasa: 26-3/8 inches Sori: 16.0 mm Width at the ha-machi: 34.2 mm Width at the yokote: 23.7 mm Thickness at the mune-machi: 7.8 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: $4600.00 Sale price till July 25th! $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-833. NihontoAntiques@comcast.net How To Order Information Click to Enlarge Image Subscribe for the Latest Updates!Join our mailing list to receive the latest News & Updates from Nihonto Antiques. SUBSCRIBE You have Successfully Subscribed! Your email address will be kept private & will only be used to send updates from this site! For Sale Yakuwa Musashi (fss-836) Koto Ken (fss-835) Fujishima Tomoshige Den (fss-834) Fujimura Kunitoshi (fss-833) Koto Signed Wakazashi (fss-832) Ko-Senjuin (fss-831) WWII KOSHIRAI (FSS 830) Nobumichi Gunto (fss-829) Tashiro Genichi Kanenobu...
Koto Signed Wakazashi (fss-832)

Koto Signed Wakazashi (fss-832)

Koto Signed Wakazashi (fss-832) New Item Available Sold On Hold Special Sale This is a very solid, well made koto blade.  The activity is abundant with a beautiful flowing temple line in Gunome midare style. The sword is an older polish and has signs of staining and blemishes. This sword will polish out fine, if polished by a professional sword polisher. We have no doubt that it will receive a good paper if sent in for shinsa at some point after it’s restored. This wakazashi is an excellent sword for a new collector or even an experienced collector. If you have any other questions about it please let us know. Please note the sword is signed by a mino smith Kane “something”. Its very hard to read the second kanji because of its age and the signature was cut thin. Mei: KANE(?) Date: Edo (1500’s) Nagasa: 17-1/2 inches Sori: 13.0 mm Width at the ha-machi: 32.8 mm Thickness at the mune-machi: 7.5 mm Construction: Hira zukuri Mune: Iori Nakago: Ubu Kitae: Itame Hamon: Midare Gunome Boshi: Maru Condition: Old polish Click to Enlarge Image Click to Enlarge Image This sword is on consignment. Special Sale Price Sold On Hold Asking price: $2,200.00 Sale price till July 25th! $1,600.00 (shipping and insurance included) Email us if your interested in this item and remember to include the order number for this item: fss-832. NihontoAntiques@comcast.net How To Order Information Click to Enlarge Image Subscribe for the Latest Updates!Join our mailing list to receive the latest News & Updates from Nihonto Antiques. SUBSCRIBE You have Successfully Subscribed! Your email address will be kept private & will only be used to send updates from this site! For...
Ko-Senjuin (fss-831)

Ko-Senjuin (fss-831)

Ko-Senjuin (fss-831) New Item Available Sold On Hold Special Sale An elegant Ko Senjuen tachi. When we talk of ko-senjuin swords we talk of swords made in the Heian era (782-1184) to the Kamakura era (1185-1332).  The sayagaki by Tanobe sensei puts in early Kamakura.  The fact that this sword is almost 1000 years old and in such good condition is astonishing in itself.  This sword shows many amazing features, features that go back to an earlier time when the samurai were flourishing. The Ko-senjuin school is one of the most desirable schools to collect. Many of these swords have receive Juyo papers. This is amazing sword that has its original shape. The nakago is almost ubu with a raised machi. Shinogizukure, koshizori, high shinogi, ko kissaki, iroi mune. The Hamon is a brilliant ko gunome midare togare, hotsure, ha nie, deep ashi iri, kinsuji, short inazuma, hataraki, nado. Hadatatsu mokume nagare, masame near the ha, large and small chikei. There is midare togare utsure. The sword is polished, in shirasaya, with Tanobe Sensei Sayagaki. It is accompanied with NBTHK Tokubetsu Hozon certificate. Information on The Ko-senjuin School: The Yamato (大和) school of sword making originated in the Yamato Province and gave rise to the five oldest sword forging technologies.  The five schools of the Yamato tradition consist of the Senjûin (千手院), Hosho (保昌), Taima (当麻), Tegai (手掻), and Shikkake (尻懸).  The Senjûin school (千手院) is acknowledged as the earliest and most elegant of the five schools.   The Senjûin school belonged to a sub-temple of the Tôdaiji Temple located near to the Senjû valley on the eastern foot of...