Yamato Masanori (fss-733)

Yamato Masanori (fss-733)

Yamato Masanori (fss-733)   New Item   Available   Sold On Hold Special Sale One of the true masters of Keicho Shinto. This smith can be found in most books and especially the ” Masters of Keicho Shinto by Markus Sesko “.. There is an outstanding gunome midare hamon. The hamon has an abundant amount of hataraki/activity and in a fresh polish will stand out beautifully. There are many tobyaki/yubashiri above the hamon. The hada is very clear and has a milky appearance and is well forged.  This is mounted in shirasaya with silver rain storm style habaki.   This sword is from an old collection and is papered to Den Masanori. Masanori was from the Yamada (山田) family and signed his name in early years with the characters (正法). He came originally from Miyatsu (宮津) in Tango province and was a late smith of the lineage of SanjōYoshinori (吉則). Via a stopover in Yamashiro, he moved to Fukui (福井) in Echizen province where he became a student of Kanenori (兼法). We know date signatures from the 13th year of Keichō(1608) to the fourth year of Keian (慶安, 1651). He had one successor who moved later to Edo. Although Masanori was mostly active somewhat later than Keichō, his early works are nevertheless interpreted in Keichō-shintōstyle. We can see a strong resemblance to Mino, or to be precise to Sue-Seki and Kanefusa (兼房) in his works, but certain blades remind of Hizen Tadahiro, Echizen Yasutsugu, or of the Horikawa school. A fine example of the older style blades this sword is polished and mounted in shirasaya “. A fresh polish would greatly enhance the value of the...
UNIQUE KOTO WAKAZASHI KANE SAKI MINO-DEN (fss-715)

UNIQUE KOTO WAKAZASHI KANE SAKI MINO-DEN (fss-715)

KANE SAKI UNIQUE KOTO WAKAZASHI MINO-DEN (fss-715)   New Item   Available   Sold On Hold Special Sale A beautiful wakazashi from the koto period attributed to Kanesaki of the tensho (1573-1592) period with unique workmanship of the mino den. This longish blade sports a picture perfect sugata with a longish kissaki. There is a horimono in the form of bohi which stops just above the yokote area. This Bohi finishes in the machi area and is rounded called maru-dome. Horimono such as this example are relatively rare in koto blades but accentuates the overall shape of this sword and adds to its period sugata. The tang is longish and ubu with one hole and finished as Ha agari kurijiri. The kissaki can almost be classified as O-kissaki, also there is small tempering at the boshi and is favoring notare-komi.The hada is a swirling patten of itame with Chikei and ji-nie can be found. The hamon is very unusual with a mountainess notare with gunome-midare, there are wisps of yubashiri forming into tobyaki in places running through the length of the blade above the hamon. These areas are cloud like floating above the hamon. The extreme health of this blade is something to be seen. This blade was mounted in shirasaya with a mekugi of ebony with a matching ebony wood habaki which shows the pride that the owner had in this sword. The unique characteristics along with the beautiful sugata of the blade papered to koto, Kanesaki mino den of the Tensho period. Mei: Mumei Date: Koto-tensho period (1573-1592) Nagasa: 21-1/2 inches Sori: 12.0 mm Width at the ha-machi: 33.4 mm Width at the yokote: 25.0 mm Thickness at the mune-machi: 8.1 mm Construction: Shinogi zukuri Mune: Iori Nakago: Ubu Kitae: Itame/mokume Hamon: Midare...
Yamashiro Nobuyoshi Wakazashi (fss-707)

Yamashiro Nobuyoshi Wakazashi (fss-707)

Yamashiro Nobuyoshi Wakazashi (fss-707)   New Item   Available   Sold On Hold Special Sale Item description: A fantastic early Shinto wakazashi this sword is reminiscent of old koto work. The blade is a signed piece with spectacular hada and vibrant hamon. It is signed and Ubu, a longish wakazashi at 19+-“. This blade is a true beauty. The hada is a well worked Mokume with Itame and covered in ji-nie . There is chikei and much nie clusters all over. The hamon is made up of a gunome midare with small clusters of nie the length of the blade. There is sunagasi and kinsuji as well as ko-nie.A great companion piece to the katana we have just posted.. The Quintessential Shinto era Japanese Samurai sword, this blade is ubu and maintains the original signature and attributes. The blade comes mounted in shirasaya. there are fujishiro papers and was the sword polished by him. The blade itself is an exciting blend of  Gunome with a beautiful thick frosting nie and nioi. The itame hada is tightly forged and very well made. Info from the Fujishiro Taikon: NOBUYOSHI SHINANO NO KAMI SHODAI [SHÔHÔ 1644 YAMASHIRO] SHINTÔ CHÛJÔSAKU He lived in Heianjô, and (blades in which he inscribed) KIKU MON are also seen. He was a smith between the years of Kan’ei and Kanbun. (Wazamono) Signatures: SHINANO NO KAMI FUJIWARA NOBUYOSHI YAMASHIRO KUNI FUJIWARA NOBUYOSHI Plate III: SHINANO NO KAMI FUJIWARA NOBUYOSHI Page 206 NOBUYOSHI SHINANO NO KAMI NIDAI [ENPÔ 1673 YAMASHIRO] SHINTÔ CHÛJÔSAKU He is also called Takai Kinsaburô, and he also lived in Osaka. At first he called himself FUJIWARA, and he later changed to...
Jakushū-jū Fuyuhiro (fss-695)

Jakushū-jū Fuyuhiro (fss-695)

Jakushū-jū Fuyuhiro (fss-695)   New Item   Available   Sold On Hold Special Sale This is a very interesting Katana in the Koto tradition that appears Soshu in character and attributed to Fuyuhiro and of the late muromachi era. It is in  a nice polish and has a cutting edge of over 27″ and appears ubu and mumei.  The overall shape of this Katana is impressive and the hamon is loaded with activity.  The hamon contains plentiful nie with Suagashi and Kinsuji to be seen as well as some tobyaki.  The hada has a milky slick  looking finish and forged very well with some areas of O- hada mixed in.  This blade comes in shirasaya with horn insert.. The Hamon is a brilliant Midare-ba based in sugu-ba with gunome present and loaded with activity. The hada is a swirling itame-nagare and some Masame with many hataraki as well. There is chikei and profuse ara-nie as well as ji-nie. Tobyaki,  ashi and yo is quite prevalent. The boshi is a thick hakikake The tang shape is unusual and is usually sometimes associated with other schools and smiths of Soshu origin. These swords are known to have FUYUHIRO HADA. It is flowing with MASAME that stands out. JI-NIE. MIDARE, NOTARE-MIDARE and GUNOME-MIDARE. 3rd generation banners greater exuberance with TOBI-YAKI, MUNE-YAKI and HITATSURA in KO-NIE.  The most prolific FUYUHIRO can be found with a  standing HADA with JI-NIE. SUGUHA, GUNOME-MIDARE and NOTARE BA. GUNOME-MIDARE with TOBI-YAKI and MUNE-YAKI. HITATSURA. Occasionally there is wide MIDARE HA with more NIE but often the YAKIBA is a defined NIOI that is narrow. As well as the contributing factors of the activities of this...
Koto Bizen Tanto (fss-641)

Koto Bizen Tanto (fss-641)

Koto Bizen Tanto (fss-641) Available New Item Sold On Hold Special Sale A very nice TANTO signed BIZEN NO KUNI JU FUJIWARA SUKESADA . This sword is finished in a classic Bizen style of smiths and is most likely from the koto/shinto era. There were many smiths working at this time and could be one of the many Sukesada smiths. It is constructed in typical bizen fashion with bizen tang and hira zukiri in shape. This sword should be submitted to Shinsa .The hamon is Sugu-ha with much activity and plenty of nie with nioi. The hada is a mokume/itame mix. It comes mounted in a beautiful shirasaya with a silver habaki. A brilliant example of a Bizen sword with an abundance of hataraki. The sword is very attractive and retains the original Bizen shape and is ubu with one hole. A very nice koto tanto with no and extremely healthy for a koto period piece. Mei: Bizen no kuni ju osafune sukesada Date: koto 1400’s - 1500’s Nagasa: 11 3/4 inches Sori: 3.0 mm Width at the ha-machi: 27.8 mm Width at the yokote: none Thickness at the mune-machi: 5.5 mm Construction: hira-zukuri Mune: iori Nakago: ubu Kitae: mokume/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 (shipping and insurance included) Asking price: $4,600.00 Email us if your interested in this item and remember to include the order number for this item: fss-641. NihontoAntiques@comcast.net How To Order Information 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...