ISHIDO DEN (fss-812)

ISHIDO DEN (fss-812)

ISHIDO DEN (fss-812) New Item Available Sold On Hold Special Sale Item description: When first viewing this blade you can see a resemblance of an Ichimonji blade. Fine utsuri covers the blade as well as Ji-nie. The chiji midare is very active and it appears as flames dancing along the blade. There is tobyaki and yubashiri causing a hitatsura like hamon. The hada is a finely worked itame. An exquisite blade and one that never tires of viewing. The koshirae is a high gloss black lacquer with a gloss black lacquered Same(rayskin). The tsuka-ito and sageo are a matching gold in color. the tsuba is of a scenic nature. The menuki are of shakudo and gold and the fuchi/kashira are of a geometric design. A beautiful gilded 2-piece habaki was made for this sword to create a great package and wonderful piece. The stub is also signed. The Ishido Kei had its foundations in Omi Province. Omi Province was the home of many well-known smiths from the late Kamakura period into the Nanbokucho period. Some of the more famous smiths were Takagi Sadamune (高木貞宗) and Kanro Toshinaga. They had many descendants but very few of their works survived so that by the time the Tokugawa period began, there were not many of these descendants left in this province. Around the Meio Era (1492), many of the Osafune-kaji from Bizen came to Omi and made swords thus breathing new life into this area. Among these was Sukenaga (助長) who moved to this area and is said to have founded the Ishido Kei.  During the early years of the Edo period...
SHITAHARA CHIKASHIGE DEN (fss-811)

SHITAHARA CHIKASHIGE DEN (fss-811)

SHITAHARA CHIKASHIGE DEN (fss-811) New Item Available Sold On Hold Special Sale Item description: This sword has been attributed to the Shitahara school by the NTHK shinsa. 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 almost Katana in length this blade sports an attractive Bohi on both sides. Technically an O-Wakazashi this blade feels and looks like a katana. It is very light and well balance. The hamon is full of hataraki such as sunagashi, kinsugi and more.The hamon is an O-gunome based in Notare. The swirling mokume or Uzumaki-hada is a sight to see and appreciate. The tang is text book Shitahara and a solid kantei point. A beautiful and unique rare blade by the founders of this school.  The blade is in shirasaya and there is a full set of high ranking military mounts that the blade was originally found in. The tsuka is adorned with a family mon of bamboo theme. History on the Shitahara school: Founded around the Eisho (1504) and Kyoroku (1528) eras in the later Muromachi period, a swordsmith named Tajima (no) Kami Chikashige from the Yamamoto clan, is credited with the foundation of the Shitahara school in what is now the Hajioji district of Metropolitan Tokyo. It is thought that he was employed by Oishi Sadahisa, a high ranking retainer of the Yamaouchi....
PROJECT KOTO KANEMASA (fss-810)

PROJECT KOTO KANEMASA (fss-810)

PROJECT KOTO KANEMASA (fss-810) New Item Available Sold On Hold Special Sale PLEASE NOTE: WE HAVE BEEN ASKED BY MANY OF OUR CLIENTS TO LIST THEIR ITEMS THAT ARE IN NEED OF RESTORATION ETC. EACH PIECE IS SOLD AS IS. WE DO HOWEVER GUARANTEE THERE ARE NO FATAL FLAWS. WE TRY TO PRESENT BLADES THAT ARE WORTHY OF RESTORATION. YOUR DUE DILIGENCE IS ADVISED AND YOU MAY FIND A GEM LURKING AMONGST THESE ONCE VALUED TREASURES!!  ALL ITEMS ARE PRICED ACCORDINGLY. A nicely preserved signed “KANEMASA” wakazashi that has very nice workmanship and a active hamon. This blade is ubu and signed with a good signature. A collection of activity may be found with a proper polish. This is a great looking blade with good possibilities if polished. The is in a very restorable condition. We would be happy to polish the sword for the new owner.  The cost for polishing this sword is normally approximately $2000.00 but we will give the buyer a better price of $1700,  Koshirai/shirasaya work is extra.  The sword has no scabbard. The pictures not do justice to this sword.  The hada is very well forged with a very tight itame. The mounts are original and add to the overall value of this item. This sword also comes with papers from the NTHK shinsa team attesting to the blade quality and its signature.  All the sword needs is restoration to bring it back to its original beauty. Mei: KANEMASA Date: Tenmon (1532) koto era Nagasa: 19-5/8 inches Sori: 19.0 mm Width at the ha-machi: 28.3 mm Width at the yokote: 21.4 mm Thickness at the mune-machi: 6.5 mm Construction: Shinogi zukuri Mune: Iori Nakago: Ubu Kitae: Itame Hamon: Midare Gunome Boshi: Maru Condition: old polish Click to Enlarge...
Bizen Sukesada fss (806)

Bizen Sukesada fss (806)

  Bizen Sukesada fss (806)   New Item     Available     Sold   On Hold Special Sale Item description: This fine wakazashi has great workmanship and a beautiful gunome/choji midare hamon almost hitatsura on one side especially. This blade is ubu and signed and dated. A spectacular collection of activity with Yubashiri, Tobyaki, Sunagashi, Kinsuji, chikei and much more. Ji-nie and utsuri can be seen. A fine example of almost every activity can be seen and appreciated within this blade in the Bizen tradition.  It is in a very nice polish with a very nice set of koshirae. Look at the pictures, they 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 mokume. Some minor coarseness visible in the Jihada.  The boshi is ko-maru with kaen like finish. This early wakazashi is signed and dated and 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 sound and have a more simple and traditional look and display very well.  Overall this is a fine Japanese wakazashi.  The Fuchi-Kashira are a neutral shakudo. The menuki and kodzuka are of a floral motif. The mounts are of good quality from tsuka to saya. The floral theme of the menuki and kodzuka beautifully finish the tsuka and saya with an exceptional deep blue 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...
(Hizen) Tadakuni (fss-803)

(Hizen) Tadakuni (fss-803)

(Hizen) Tadakuni (fss-803) New Item Available Sold On Hold Special Sale Hawleys: TAD 80 (80 point smith!) Fujishiro: TADAKUNI HARIMA NO DAIJÔ [KEIAN 1648 HIZEN] SHINTÔ JÔSAKU He is the son of Hizen Yoshiie, and his family name is Hashimoto. In the beginning he inscribed the “MA” of Harima no Daijô as the “MA” of rub. [TN: The bottom radical in the kanji is the radical of “TE”, or hand, rather than “ISHI” or stone. Look at the fourth and tenth items in the third phrase.] In looking at his works from Kan’ei to Kanbun, the older ones say HARIMA NYÛDÔ TAITETSU, and works can be seen which have a good form, ji is ko-moku, hamon is chû-suguba or an exuberant midareba. (Wazamono) Signatures: - HIZEN JÛ HARIMA NO DAIJÔ FUJIWARA TADAKUNI - HARIMA NO DAIJÔ FUJIWARA TADAKUNI - HIZEN JÛ HARIMA NYÛDÔ FUJIWARA TAITETSU This is a very fine example of a sword made by the first generation Tadakuni. The hada is very beautiful and the overall shape of this sword is very elegant. This smith also had the title of HARIMA NO DAIJO. He was in the Shodai Tadayoshi Mon, and worked around Kan’ei (1624-1644). The Nidai Tadakuni also had the Title of Harima no Kami, but most of the swords signed that way are by the Shodai in his later years. Hirosada was a Hizen swordsmith and half brother to Shodai Tadayoshi. During the rise of Tadayoshi, he likely studied under the Shodai and changed his name to Yoshiie, taking the last half of Tadayoshi’s name. His own sons in order of birth were also students...