(MINO) DAIDO (fss-905)

(MINO) DAIDO (fss-905)

(MINO) DAIDO (fss-905) New Item Available Sold On Hold Special Sale Shodai Daido was a smith working in the Mino tradition, and achieved the title of Mutsu no Kami in 1574. His work period dates to the transition years in the Keicho era where Koto gave way to Shinto. His history states that he was the personal swordsmith to Oda Nobunaga who employed smiths of the Mino tradition (the rise of his armies contributed to the spread of the Mino style throughout Japan, and its large contribution to what would become the Shinto style). He reportedly moved to Kyoto with his sons Iga no Kami Kanemichi (Jo-saku), Rai Kinmichi (Jo-saku), Tanba no Kami Yoshimichi (Jo-saku), and Etchu no Kami Masatoshi (Jo-jo saku) making swords for Nobunaga. They would become the Kyoto Gokaji, or the Five Swordsmiths of Kyoto. All of them have sharpness ratings of at least wazamono, so they made blades well in keeping of the warrior tradition of Mino, and from the success and fame of his sons it would seem that Daido was a very good teacher. Daido began his career with the name of Kanemichi, which explains the names of several of his sons. He was granted the “O” character 大from emperor Ogimachi. After using the name O-Kanemichi, he later changed to “Daido”, using the alternate reading of the 大 character. Fujishiro seems to interpret the two signatures as two different smiths, though he records this story under Kanemichi. Kanemichi is dated to 1558 (Eiroku) and listed at Chu-jo Saku and Daido to 1596 (Keicho) at Jo-saku so there was an improvement in skill over time. SHIN-GUNTO SWORDS...
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...
Osafune Morikage (fss-901)

Osafune Morikage (fss-901)

Osafune Morikage (fss-901) New Item Available Sold On Hold Special Sale This blade is a magnifiscent example of a fine Koto period piece made by Osafune Morikage. The hada is a beautiful swirling mix of itame and mokume loaded and covered in ji-nie. Chikei can be seen amongst the brilliant ji-nie covered hada. The hamon is covered in nie with lively streaks of sunagashi and kinsuji. The boshi is hakikake. The quality is very high on this sword and many of his swords have received Juyo papers.  This sword has not been submitted yet to Juyo shinsa and is a good candidate.  The koshirae is very imposingh. The saya is in a luxurious black lacquered finish. The fittings are various motif of samurai men. The tsuba is of an irregular shape in iron with a motif of pine trees. The tsuka ito is a rich blue color over a white same (rayskin). The sageo is a blue to match the ito. The seppa and habaki are gold washed.  This sword comes with TOKUBETSU HOZON papers from the NBTHK. Information on school:The founder of the Bizen Ômiya (備前大宮) School is generally thought to have been Kunimori (国盛).  He was active around the Bun-ô (文應) era or 1260 during the Kamakura period.  One theory says that he came from Inokuma Taigû a shrine in the Ômiya district of the Yamashiro Province, thus giving this school its name.  Another theory says that he went to the Ômiya district of Bizen, hence the name Ômiya School.  Whatever the reason, since works by the Kamakura smiths of this school are non-existent, the swords we...
(Owari) Masahide (fss-900)

(Owari) Masahide (fss-900)

(Owari) Masahide (fss-900)   New Item Available Sold On Hold Special Sale This is a wonderful tanto made by Masahide of Owari province.  This blade is  fully signed and dated by the smith and also has fine horimono/carvings.  The hada has running masame that is forged tightly.  The hamon has good hataraki/activity and is in nie deki with some nioi mixed in.  This very fine tanto also comes with original mounts that add greatly to this tanto.  The scabbard/saya has very lovely lacquer work and is very elegant.  The handle has a silk string wrap that is also original to this blade.  The fuchi, kashira and koiguchi are made of shakudo that is very rich looking.  They almost look like polished horn but they are metal (shakudo).  This is a type of mounts/koshirai that is in the best Japanese style and feels very rich.  This blade comes with papers attesting to the signature and quality. Mei: OWARI NO KUNI MASAHIDE Date: MEIJI SANNEN HACHIGATSU HI (A day in August, 1870) Nagasa: 12″ inches Width at the ha-machi: 31.1 mm Thickness at the mune-machi: 6.2 mm Construction: Hira zukuri Mune: Iori Nakago: Ubu Kitae: Masame Hamon: Suguba Boshi: Maru Condition: Good polish W Click to Enlarge Image Click to Enlarge Image This sword is on consignment. Special Sale Price Sold On Hold Asking price: $4,800.00 (shipping and insurance included) Email us if your interested in this item and remember to include the order number for this item: fss-900. info@nihontoantiques.com How To Order Information Click to Enlarge Image Click to Enlarge Image KANTEISHO No. 3853321.  WAKIZASHI Mei: OWARI NO KUNI MASAHIDEMEIJI SANNEN HACHIGATSU HI (A day in August, 1870)Length:  1 shaku (Last  two ji...
NIO DEN KATANA (FSS-899)

NIO DEN KATANA (FSS-899)

NIO DEN KATANA (FSS-899) New Item Available Sold On Hold Special Sale This fine sword dates back to the 14th century (1300’s).  It comes from a unique and important school known as Nio.  The blade exhibits Beautiful Yamato qualities.  Yamato is from one are the five main line schools of sword making (Yamato, Yamashiro, Bizen, Mino and Soshu).  This type of sword is highly collectible.  Classic collectors are always looking for swords of this style that go back to the early times of sword making in Japan.  This particular blade is in very good condition and in polish.  It is rather long-ish at almost 28 inches. The Hamon is very elegant and subdued. It comes in a lovely Shirasaya with horn inlay and a Sayagaki from Mr. Tanobe.  The certificate is from the NBTHK and are of High quality stating that this sword received a Tokubetsu Hozon paper.  The sword has a 2-piece gold foiled habaki. The koshirae is very elegant and not meant to be flashy. The saya is lacquered and has crushed abalone Shell inlaid in the lacquer and completed with carved ribs. The tsuka-maki is white with a white sageo to match. The same is white and the tsuba is of iron with Gold inlay design. Thye fuchi/kashira are of streams and rocks and the menuki are of people and have gold inlay. NIO DEN:The NIO school of which the smiths lived in Kaga of Suo province and had been active from Kamakura to the Muromachi periodsis very well on display in this sword. It was said that Kiyohira was the founder and was active in...