DOTANUKI MASAKUNI (fss-886)

DOTANUKI MASAKUNI (fss-886)

DOTANUKI MASAKUNI (fss-886) New Item Available Sold On Hold Special Sale This is a very good example of a  longish Dotanuki sword signed with a long signature “KYÛSHÛ HIGO DOTANUKI FUJIWARA MASAKUNI and a “Gatsu Hi” on the other side meaning “Lucky month” the blade length is 27-1/2”. This sword has horimono in the form of Bohi. The blade’s hamon is a fine sugu-ha with small inner workings expertly controlled for a well cutting piece. The kissaki is longish bordering on being an O-kisaaki. The boshi is ko-maru with nijuba and kinsuji.The hada is as usual for these smiths is a combination hatatachi of masame nagare and itame nagare with some mokume, this hada has the feeling of a much older kamakura blade. There is shirake utsuri. The blade also seems to have fumbari left. This sword has a pronounced Tori-zori and are also known to be cherished for their cutting ability. There is chikei to be found. The koshirae is a beauty of a set of mounts fully restored. The saya is lacquered in a Togidashi make stlye of a Black and Brown mottled design. The Sageo is a golden yellow in color. The Tsuka-ito is a golden yellow and black design that matches well with the sageo. The Same (rayskin) is black and there are menuki of running horses, The fuchi kashira are of samurai family mons.in a stone texture with waves. The seppa are gold washed. The Tsuba is iron with a circular pattern. A solid silver 2-piece habaki with a snowflake like pattern is seen. A beautiful old piece. This blade was papered with NTHK...
Bingo Masayoshi (fss-885)

Bingo Masayoshi (fss-885)

Bingo Masayoshi (fss-885) New Item Available Sold On Hold Special Sale This blade was made by Bingo Masayoshi and has been fully restored. The Mihara roots are from the Yamato tradition which is very apparent in this blade. The hada is covered in Ji-nie and consists of an itam nagare with mokume burls as well as masame. The boshi is ko-maru with slight turnback. There is ko-nie present as well as nijuba. The hamon is peppered with ji-nie and fine workings can be seen. There is sunagahi and kinsuji throughout. The blade is signed “ BINGO (NO) KUNI MIHARA JUNIN MASAYOSHI SAKU “ We believe this to be the Bingo 1573 smith as there were a few generations. This time period which would put him in the Sue-Mihara category. This blade is ubu with one mekugi ana.  The koshirae is attractive. The saya is finished in a red lacquer satsuma style as was the original Saya color. The fuchi/kashira are floral and bug motif in silver. The Tsuka[- ito is black with matching sageo. The tsuba is iron with brass rim. The menuki are of a frog or toad motif. The habaki is silver foiled in a diamond pattern. There are gold washed seppa. A beautiful example of a signed koto blade in koshirai. The sword has some miner imperfections/wari but overall its well made.  Interesting to note is that the sword has two cuts that are visible on the sword.  It appears that the sword was in a battle and was used to block another sword or was slashed at in some way.  This is a very interesting thing to...
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...
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...
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...