Bizen Yoshinori (fss-818)

Bizen Yoshinori (fss-818)

Bizen Yoshinori (fss-818) New Item Available Sold On Hold Special Sale Item description: This is a signed tanto made by Yoshinori with kantei-sho origami attesting to its school, age and quality. It has a longish nakago signed yoshinori Saku.The blade length is 11 1/8″ This blade is an ubu nakago (original nakago/tang that has not been cut or shortened).  The blade shows some fine utsuri.This is a graceful tanto with strong activity. The jigane is especially attractive, and is a wonderful piece made by Yoshinori. The koshirae is in the Aikuchi style with a Kami Hira Maki zuka style tsuka wrap. The saya is finished in a brown Ishime style lacquer. The fittings are of horn with a horse and colt running side by side for menuki. The habaki is gilded.The Sageo is a reddish burgundy color. Yoshinori was of the Yoshii Bizen tradition and worked in the 15th century:The Yoshii (吉井派)school was active in Yoshii, near Osafune, beginning in the Nanbokuchô period.  Tamenori (為則) is said to have been the founder, followed by Kagenori (景則), Sanenori (真則), Ujinori (氏則), Yoshinori (吉則), Mitsunori, (光則), Morinori (盛則), Naganori, (永則) , Kanenori (兼則), and others. Later generations of smiths used the same names and those who moved to Izumo province are known as the Unshu Yoshii (雲州吉井)smiths. Most of the Yoshii (吉井)blades were produced during the Muromachi era. Their workmanship shows its own distinctive traits and is an unorthodox variation of the Bizen tradition.   Mei: Yoshinori Saku Date: Eiko (1429) Nagasa: 11-1/8inches Sori: 2.0 mm Width at the ha-machi: 26.6 mm Thickness at the mune-machi: 5.5 mm Construction: Hira zukuri Mune: Iori Nakago: Ubu Kitae: Itame/mokume Hamon: Midare Gunome Boshi: Maru Condition: Good older polish Click to Enlarge Image Click...
SHIN-SHINTO TANTO (fss-817)

SHIN-SHINTO TANTO (fss-817)

SHIN-SHINTO TANTO (fss-817) New Item Available Sold On Hold Special Sale Item description: This is a shin shinto tanto in mounts.  The overall condition is very good.  This blade is more than likely from the 1800’s and the work on it is clearly visible.  The hamon is in gunome style and looks attractive. There are many little inner workings (hataraki)  that can be seen peppering the blade. A layer of ji-nie can be seen frosting the hamon. The hada is itame and clear and fine chikei and ji-nie can be found. This tanto was well made and the mounts are a mixture of shakudo, gold and copper with a Togidashi Makie style lacquer on the saya.  Overall a very reasonably priced tanto for a new collector that is in very good condition. The older polish is very clean and in very good condition some minor openings are visible but can polish out and not deep. The fittings are matching (fuchi/kashira/tsuba) in a Buddhist design, There are kodzuka and kogai of shakudo with gold of various design, and the the sageo is a very nice braided black The saya is finished in the swirling Togidashi Makie style . The habaki is 2-pieced of a gold washed copper. The handle is done in Same (rayskin) with Mon menuki. Mei: Mumei Date: Late Edo (1800’s) Nagasa: 14 7/8 inches Sori: 10.0 mm Width at the ha-machi: 32.5 mm Thickness at the mune-machi: 6.8 mm Construction: Hira-zukuri Mune: Iori Nakago: Ubu Kitae: Itame Hamon: Midare Gunome Boshi: Maru Condition: Older polish Click to Enlarge Image Click to Enlarge Image This sword is on consignment. Special Sale Price Sold On Hold Asking price: $2,900.00 (shipping and insurance included) Email us if your interested in this item and remember to include...
Soshu Hiromasa (fss-815)

Soshu Hiromasa (fss-815)

Soshu Hiromasa (fss-815) New Item Available Sold On Hold Special Sale Item description: The hamon of this sword is in the gunome/choji style and looks attractive.  The hada is itame and clear. The blade has a partial mei remaining. This tanto has a horimono that is partially obscured by the shortening of the blade though most remains. There is a  ” SO NO KURIKARA ” which is a dragon winding around a ken. this is a highly simplified dragon which winds around a sword and very visible for such an old blade. The sword is mounted in shirasaya with an old sayagaki. The habaki is very rich looking and gilded in gold. a great old sword that is very reasonably priced.   Mei: So (shu) cut off Date: Muromachi (1500’s-1600’s) Nagasa: 15-3/4 inches Sori: 10.5 mm Width at the ha-machi: 32.9 mm Thickness at the mune-machi: 6.4 mm Construction: hira- zukuri Mune: Iori Nakago: Ubu Kitae: Itame Hamon: Midare Gunome Boshi: Maru Condition: Old polish Click to Enlarge Image Click to Enlarge Image This sword is on consignment. Special Sale Price Sold On Hold Asking price: $1,800.00 (shipping and insurance included) Email us if your interested in this item and remember to include the order number for this item: fss-815. NihontoAntiques@comcast.net How To Order Information Click to Enlarge Image Click to Enlarge Image Click to Enlarge Image Info on Soshu Den:  In the Shouou Era some 700 years ago, Regent Hojo called swordsmiths from across the country to the city of Kamakura, then the seat of the shogunate, to set the standards for Kamakura’s swordsmiths. Goro Nyudo Masamune, the founder of the Soshu tradition, was the son of the swordsmith Yukimitsu from Awataguchi, Kyoto. He worked with the...
Yasuhide/Tomohide Tanto (fss-813)

Yasuhide/Tomohide Tanto (fss-813)

Yasuhide/Tomohide Tanto (fss-813) New Item Available Sold On Hold Special Sale Item description: A beautiful rare father and son collaboration this is a shin shinto tanto in shirasaya.  The overall condition is very good.  This blade is more than likely from the 1800’s and the work on it is clearly visible.  The hamon is in chu-suguha style and looks attractive.  The hada is itame and clear. The blade is signed, dated, and papered. This tanto sports horimono on both sides. There is a  ” SO NO KURIKARA ” which is a dragon winding around a ken. this is a highly simplified dragon which winds around a sword and is very rich and well cut. This Ken or Sword is with “sankozuka” which is a vajra thunderbolt hilt. The ken/sword is also an alternative of the Buddhist deity Fudo Myoo. The other side has gomma-hashi which are chopsticks that are used on alters of Shinto shrines. There is also a  Bonji of “Mato Kwannon” who is the horse-head Buddha. Bonji inscriptions are invocations to this spirit to help the wielder of this sword.   Nice joint work between father and son. I have the two listed as (portrait attached also):   YASUHIDE (安英), Bunka (文化, 1804-1818), Musashi – “Buyō ni oite Ichinoseki-shi Takehiro Yasuhide” (於武陽一関士武広安英), “Tōbu ni oite Ōshū Ichinoseki-shi Takehiro Yasuhide” (於東武奥州一之関士武広安英), “Tōbu ni oite Ōshū Takehiro” (於東武奥州武広), “Takehiro Fujiwara Yasuhide tsukuru” (武広藤原安英造), real name Takehiro Yo´emon (武広与右衛門), student of Suishinshi Masahide (水心子正秀), he workd for Ōshū´s Ichinoseki fief (一関藩) which was ruled by the Tamura family (田村), he died on the 25th day of the second month Tenpō 14 (天保,...
Echizen Kaneshige (fss-807)

Echizen Kaneshige (fss-807)

Echizen Kaneshige (fss-807) New Item Available Sold On Hold Special Sale Item description: Echizen Kaneshige was a member of the Echizen Seki school. He was one of many swordsmiths who moved to Echizen province from Seki in Mino province around the middle of the 17th century. They were most active during the years 1658 through 1680. They worked in what we call the Shinto tokuden tradition that was fashionable at the time, as well as their original Mino tradition. Besides Kaneshige, the following smiths are classified as being part of the Echizen Seki school.Shigetaka,Kanenaka,Kanetane,Kanenori, Kanenori, Kanemasa, Kanetoshi, Kanetaka, Hirotaka, Yoshitane, and Kanenori. This is a very nice well forged tanto in the Echizen style. It is ubu with one mekugi-ana. the sword is in a very nice older polish with some slight staining. The hamon is gunome midare with a notarish feel. The hada is an itame mokume blend with lots of chikei and ji-nie abounds. The boshi is maru with a longish turnback.A fine example of an Echizen smith at the pinnacle of his work. During the Momoyama period, it was Toyotomi Hideyoshi who sent Tokugawa Ieyasu’s son Hidetada, to govern Echizen province. It is sometimes seen as a banishment rather than any kind of reward, the main object of which was to dilute or fragment the ever-growing power and influence of the Tokugawa.However, it was this branch of the family, called the Matsudaira, which attracted many swordsmiths and tsuba makers. As the country settled down after the Senogoku-jidai and swordsmiths sought patronage, many moved to the great martial provinces. Principally, swordsmiths going to Echizen were from Seki...