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...
Kashu Katsukuni (fss-864)

Kashu Katsukuni (fss-864)

Kashu Katsukuni (fss-864) New Item Available Sold On Hold Special Sale Item description here: This sword has been fully restored and is in a fresh sashikomi polish.  The workmanship in this katana is excellent and the hamon is very active and beutiful.  The sword has no flaws and is in interesting mounts that are in a waves and crabs motif.  The tsukamaki silk is brown and the saya has stone texture.  The sword is not signed, however the NTHK attribution is to 1st Generation Katsukuni.   KATSUKUNI (勝国), 1st gen., Kanbun (寛文, 1661-1673), Kaga – “Kashū-jū Fujiwara Ieshige saku” (加州住藤原家重作), “Kashū-jū Iyo no Daijō Darani Tachibana Katsukuni” (加州住伊予大掾陀羅尼橘勝国), “Iyo no Daijō Tachibana Katsukuni saku” (伊予大橘勝国作), second son of the 1st gen. Ieshige (家重), real name Matsuto Zenzaburō (松戸善三郎), in Kanbun one (寛文, 1661), he received through the agency of his employer, the Maeda family (前田), from chancellor Yotsuji Yoshiie (四辻吉家) the honorary title Iyo no Daijō (伊予大掾), the clan name Fujiwara used by him so far was changed with this to Tachibana (橘) and the smith name to Katsukuni (勝国), with this he was the 1st gen. Darani Katsukuni but counted himself also as 17th gen. Rai Kuniyoshi (来国吉), he died in the twelfth year of Kanbun (寛文, 1672), itame mixed with masame and a Kanemoto-like sanbonsugi, the interpretations of Ieshige/Katsukuni are insofar different from that of Kanemoto as that they show nie in the valleys between the sanbonsugi elements, kata-sujikai yasurime, jō-saku Mei: Mumei Date: Edo (1600’s-1700’s) Nagasa: 25-1/2 inches Sori: 15.0 mm Width at the ha-machi: 31.5 mm Width at the yokote: 21.3 mm Thickness at the mune-machi: 6.5 mm Construction: Shinogi zukuri Mune: Iori Nakago: Ubu...
(Echizen) Shimosaka (fss-862)

(Echizen) Shimosaka (fss-862)

Available Sold Special Sale This is a very good quality Echizen no Kuni Shimosaka tanto.  It comes with NBTHK Kanteisho attesting to the signature and quality.  This tanto is in polished condition. The hamon is notare midare and is well made.  The hada is mokume-hada mixed with masame-hada.  The tanto has bohi hori or carving and has gold foil two part habaki.  This sword was made during the shinto era (1600’s).   The Echizen seki school: Many swordsmiths moved to the Echizen province from Seki, in the Mino province. They were very active during the years 1658 through 1680.  Their work reflects the Shinto token tradition that was in fashion at the time as well as the Mino tradition. These smiths included Kanetane, Kanenori, Kanetaka, Tsuguhiro, Hirotaka, Yoshitane, and Kanenori.   Mei: Mumei Date: Edo (1600’s) Nagasa: 12-1/2 inches Sori: 1.5 mm Width at the ha-machi: 27.3 mm Thickness at the mune-machi: 6.2 mm Construction: Hira-zukuri Mune: Iori Nakago: Ubu Kitae: mokume/masame 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 (shipping and insurance included) Email us if your interested in this item and remember to include the order number for this item: fss-862. NihontoAntiques@comcast.net How To Order Information Click to Enlarge Image Click to Enlarge Image KANTEI-SHO (鑑定書) - APPRAISAL Wakizashi, signed: Echizen no Kuni Shimosaka (越前国下坂) ‒ “Shimosaka from Echizen province” nagasa ~ 31.6 cm According to the result of the shinsa committee of our society, we judge this work as authentic and rank it as Hozon Tōken. May 30, 2017[Foundation] Nihon Bijutsu Tōken Hozon Kyōkai, NBTHK (日本美術刀劍保存協會) Subscribe for the Latest Updates!Join...
(Kaga) Yukimitsu (fss-861)

(Kaga) Yukimitsu (fss-861)

(Kaga) Yukimitsu (fss-861) New Item Available Special Sale Item description here: This is a kodachi made by Kaga Yukimitsu.  There were a few generations but this sword clearly dates back to the koto era and is more than likely made by first 3 generations of Yukimitsu that are listed below.  The sword is in an older but good polish and has been well made.  The hamon is very active and shows many hataraki (activity). The shape is elegant and well balanced. The hada is masame itame mixed.  The hamon is gunome midare and shows a mixture of nie and nioi.  Utsuri is visible in the hada also and the sword is in very good condition for its age.  NBTHK HOZON certificate authentication the sword is included in the sale as is a shirasaya and tsunagi for the the blade and mounts. Yukimitsu generations: YUKIMITSU (行光), 1st gen., Eiwa (永和, 1375-1379), Kaga – “Fujishima Yukimitsu” (藤島行光), “Yukimitsu” (行光), according to tradition the second son of the 1st gen. Fujishima Tomoshige (友重), he is also listed as student of Kashū Sanekage (真景), there are tantō with a wide mihaba and muzori extant, the jigane is a standing-out itame with ji-nie and chikei, the hamon is a ko-notare mixed with gunome and many sunagashi as well as hakikake and nijūba along the habuchi, chūjō-saku YUKIMITSU (行光), 2nd gen., Ōei (応永, 1394-1428), Kaga – “Kashū-jū Yukimitsu” (加州住行光), “Yukimitsu” (行光), “Kashū Fujiwara Yukimitsu” (加州藤原行光), itame mixed with masame and ji-nie, the hamon is a suguha or ko-gunome with sunagashi YUKIMITSU (行光), 3rd gen., Kōshō (康正, 1455-1457), Kaga – “Kashū-jū Yukimitsu” (加州住行光), “Yukimitsu” (行光), “Fujiwara Yukimitsu”...
(Hizen) Tadakuni (fss-860)

(Hizen) Tadakuni (fss-860)

(Hizen) Tadakuni (fss-860) New Item Available Sold On Hold Special Sale TADAKUNI (Hizen) Tadakuni Fujishiro:TADAKUNI HARIMA NO DAIJÔ [KEIAN 1648 HIZEN] SHINTÔ JÔSAKU                 He is the son of Hizen Yoshiie, and his family name is Hashimoto.  In the beginning he inscribed the “MA” of Harima no Daijô as the “MA” of rub.  [TN: The bottom radical in the kanji is the radical of “TE”, or hand, rather than “ISHI” or stone. Look at the fourth and tenth items in the third phrase.]  In looking at his works from Kan’ei to Kanbun, the older ones say HARIMA NYÛDÔ TAITETSU, and works can be seen which have a good form, ji is ko-moku, hamon is chû-suguba or an exuberant midareba.  (Wazamono) Signatures:            HIZEN JÛ HARIMA NO DAIJÔ FUJIWARA TADAKUNI Item description:This is an excellent wakazashi made by a high level “jo-saku” smith.  This sword is in great condition and has a very well made hada in a ko-mokume styes with some course areas.  The hamon is extremely active and exuberant.  This is typical of Tadakuni.  The sword is in original mounts that show some wear but the fitting are in good condition and its complete. This wonderful old wakazashi has many things going for it and would be a fine sword to add to any collection. Mei: HARIMA NO DAIJÔ FUJIWARA TADAKUNI Date: (Edo) SHINTO 1600’s Nagasa: 21″ inches Sori: 12.0 mm Width at the ha-machi: 28.7 mm Width at the yokote: 21.1 mm Thickness at the mune-machi: 6.5 mm Construction: Shinogi zukuri Mune: Iori Nakago: Ubu Kitae: ko-mokume Hamon: Midare Gunome Boshi: Maru Condition: Polished Click to Enlarge Image Click to Enlarge Image This sword is on consignment. Special Sale Price Sold...