Bizen Norimitsu (fss-775)

Bizen Norimitsu (fss-775)

Bizen Norimitsu (fss-775) New Item Available Sold On Hold Special Sale “A beautiful and rare tanto by the Bizen smith Norimitsu” The First generation Norimitsu began in the Tei-ji era and continued through the late Muromachi period. During the Muramachi period, Morimitsu, Yasumitsu and Norimitsu were quite well known swordsmiths. At that time, Soshu style work is the rave and the Masahiro and Tsunahiro line with its exhuberant hitatsura was mimicked throughout all the schools.. This blade has an incredible jigane of itame and mokume blend with much masame and a very active and violent hitatsura hamon that jumps off this exquisite small tanto. Clear Utsuri can be seen. There is a long signature and date which also makes this a very precious piece as we can pinpoint the generation of this line of smiths. There is a very beautiful high grade Aikuchi style Koshirae that accompanies this blade. Norimitsu was a student of Nagamitsu and continued for several generations into late Muromachi period. This tanto is very unusual with soshu influenced hitatsura. The Jigane is marvelous with a beautiful Ji-hada of itame with mokume and masame, chikei can be seen. The Ubu  nakago has 2 holes is signed and dated and very precious and rare. TO NOTE: “This blade was submitted to Shinsa before polish and restoration.” The mounts: The koshirae is in the Aikuchi style. The mei of the fuchi reads: Hosono Sōzaemon Masanori + kaō (細野惣左衛門政守). These fitting are all matching and made by Hosono Sōzaemon Masanori. The fact that its all complete is exceptional. The saya is finished in a red and black Ishime style lacquer. The fittings are all matching of a village scene which consists of the full accoutrement of aikuchi style mountings of fuchi, kashira, kojiri, kurikata and kodzuka with blade....
Silver Mounted Tanto (fss-765)

Silver Mounted Tanto (fss-765)

Silver Mounted Tanto (fss-765) New Item Available Sold On Hold Special Sale This elegantly made Tanto comes in a beautiful older polish. The hamon is an erratic blend of Notare-midare. The blade appears it was made in the bizen style and has a koto feeling to it.  We have listed it as shinto to be conservative but it may very well be koto if judged by the hada and hamon . The hada is itame mix with swirling masame and is well made. This Tanto has fine qualities and has with its HIRA-ZUKURI shape make it a classical looking tanto. The koshirai is of rolling cloud like formations are completely matching throughout.The saya is a mix of a beutiful lacquered black with a cloud motif of matching fittings. This fittings are of all well made silver and a wonderful original black lacquered saya with an all same tsuka and a brown sageo. There is a gold foiled habaki.  The mekugi is not normally found in this style.  It looks like opal stones were placed carefully on the outside of the silver pin.  Kodzuka matches all the mounts and again its important to note that the fittings appear to be made together by one craftsmen and not put together.  This is a lovely set of mounts with a blade that has no flaws and has potential if properly polished. Mei: Mumei Date: Edo (1600’s-1700’s) Nagasa: 8 inches Sori: 15.0 mm Width at the ha-machi: 32.2 mm Thickness at the mune-machi: 6.6 mm Construction: hira zukuri Mune: Iori Nakago: Ubu Kitae: Itame/masame Hamon: Midare Boshi: Maru Condition: older polish Click to Enlarge Image Click to Enlarge Image This sword is on consignment. Special Sale...