Bizen Tanto (fss-879)

Bizen Tanto (fss-879)

Bizen Tanto (fss-879) New Item Available Sold On Hold Special Sale A very nice koto era tanto that deserves to be restored in full polish and all its glory it is mumei with nice Bizen workmanship. This sword is not signed but appears to be by the Bizen group of smiths and from the muromachi period. There were many Bizen smiths working at this time and this could be one of many if attributed to this group. It is constructed in typical bizen fashion with wide tang, a classic Bizen trait. The hamon is sugu-ha in slight notare with  activity and plenty of nie with nioi. The hada looks to consist of burls of mokume blended with itame and interspersed with O-hada. Clear utsuri appears throughout the blade if looked from the correct angle.. The koshirae consist of a vermilion lacquered saya with black streaks. There are gold flowered menuki on shakudo with a matching fuchi kashira motif.. A very nice package . There is a Kodzuka which appears to be of ancient style Chinese kanji with a depiction of a fly. The koshirae are a version that fit very nice and hold tightly together. There is a mokku style iron tsuba also.. The tsuka-ito is gold with black sageo contrasting nicely with the Same. There is a copper habaki and seppa, The blade is an excellent example of a Bizen Koto tanto and all that is left to complete this package is to  have it polished with shirasaya and then submit it to shinsa. This blade should paper very well. Mei: Mumei Date: Edo (1500’s) Nagasa: 11-1/8 inches Sori: 3.0 mm Width at the ha-machi: 26.1 mm Thickness at the mune-machi: 6.7 mm Construction: Shinogi zukuri Mune: Iori...
Shintō Jumyō Katana (FSS-878)

Shintō Jumyō Katana (FSS-878)

Shintō Jumyō Katana (FSS-878) New Item Available Sold On Hold Special Sale This sword is a beautiful mumei katana. The hamon is a notare-ish midare  based in chu-suguha with some gunome midare. It is layered with sunagashi and kinsugi the entire length of this tempered edge. There are hints of togare-ba as well. The blade is peppered in Jinie and Yubashiri appears to ghost the hamon in certain places. The hamon also erupts and flares out in the monouchi area and kisses the shinogi. The hada is a prominent swirling  itame covered in ji-nie and chikei also abounds within. Burls of mokume can be seen as well. The blade is O-suriage with 2 mekugi-ana. The boshi is maru The mounts are very nice and add to the overall presence of the blade. The tsuka is a handachi  like style with menuki of gold tiger in bamboo. The fuchi kashira are a deep shakudo finished with gold sea=life in waves. The tsuba is also styled in waves with a dragon in gold. The tsuka is wrapped in black ito and the Sageo is gold, trimming out a red lacquered saya. The habaki is finished with streaking and gilded with gold. The blade is also in shirasaya to protect the finish of the polish. Information on JUMYO:JUMYO(Toshinaga) 寿命 school, it’s founder was born in Seki town, Mino province in Tensho 8 (1580), real name was Kondo Sukezaemon 近藤助左衛門. He had moved to Kiyosu castle town during Keicho(1596-1614) period and the enjoyed Tango-no-kami 丹後守 title in Kanei 2 (1625). JUMYO school had been prospered in 5 generations during Edo period under the patronage of Owari Tokugawa clans....
Ko-Uda Katana (fss-877)

Ko-Uda Katana (fss-877)

Ko-Uda Katana (fss-877) New Item Available Sold On Hold Special Sale This sword in particular has a beautiful sugu-ha midare hamon peppered in nie with a boshi finished in hakikake. The hada is a finely worked itame and mokume covered in ji-nie. The blade is O-suriage with one hole. The koshirae is elegant and fully restored also. The Fuchi Kashira and Tsuba are all horse themed and menuki of a person in shakudo and gold. The tsuka ito is a spectacular purple in color with black Sageo on a black lacquered saya. There is a fluted tsuba lobed and the seppa and shitodome are gilded in gold to finish this attractive package for this wonderful school of smiths. The Ko-Uda school: The beginnings of the Ko-Uda school was with Nyudo kunimitsu and also his many students like Kunifusa, Kunimune and Kunitsaugu.Generally the old Ko-Uda school made a suguha hamon with soshu den finishes.This sword is suguha midare with but soshu den influence can be seen with the added kinsuji work and profuse Chikei.  Ko-Uda has been a thriving school from the Kamakura period to the Nanbokucho period (1185-1391)and has continued to be felt during the early Muromachi period. The Uda school moved from Yamato province, Uda to Ecchu province.Nyudo Kunimitsu was the founder of the Uda schoool. The founder of the Uda School  is considered to have been Kunimitsu .  He was originally from the Uda  district of Yamato Province.  He worked around the Bunpo Era or 1317 at the end of the Kamakura Era.  All of the succeeding smiths of this school used the kanji character “Kuni”  in...
Shitahara Den Tanto(fss-873)

Shitahara Den Tanto(fss-873)

Shitahara Den Tanto(fss-873) New Item Available Sold On Hold Special Sale This sword has been attributed to the Shitahara school by the NBTHK Shinsa. We believe this to be a late koto piece probably by the smith Chikashige. It has a very Soshu like feel and look to the blade. Some suggest there may have been a Soshu influence to the Shitahara school but that is in question.  A very nice hira-zukuri style blade with a very bright hamon and intriguing hada.. There are many details which point this blade to this school, including the unique jihada which has a circular swirling pattern and is known as uzumaki-hada or shitahara hada. The dark jigane is also found in Shitahara blades and is a trait of this school.  The Shitahara school is a well regarded school with great smiths.  A rare longish Hirazukiri blade tanto in length this blade sports an attractive Bohi on both sides. Technically an O-tanto this blade feels and looks like a tanto. It is very light and well balanced. The hamon is full of hataraki such as sunagashi, kinsugi and more.The hamon is a gunome midare. The swirling mokume or Uzumaki-hada is a sight to see and appreciate. The tang is text book Shitahara and a solid kantei point, there is a square hole ALSO UNDER THE ROUND HOLE. A beautiful and unique rare blade by this school.  The blade is in Koshirae and of nice quality all in black.. The tsuka is adorned with floral themed menuki as well as the Fuchi/kashira. The saya starts of in a ribbed style and then a wood grain texture to...
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...