Bingo Mihara Masatoshi (fss-822)

Bingo Mihara Masatoshi (fss-822)

Bingo Mihara Masatoshi (fss-822) New Item Available Sold On Hold Special Sale Item description: This sword was made by “Mihara-jū Masatoshi” (三原住正利).   It needs restoration but the mihara group is a classic sword school.  They come from the yamato tradition and made very good quality swords.  This group comes from the Bingo province and does back to the Sochu era 1324-1313. This sword is from the koto era around 1400’s we feel.  It is a solid blade that has no flaws and should polish out very well if done by a qualified sword polisher.  The mounts are original and very old also at least from the 1500’s-1600’s.  We feel its a great sword to save and bring back to life. Mei: “Mihara-jū Masatoshi” (三原住正利) Date: Koto Nagasa: 16-7/8 inches Sori: 12.0 mm Width at the ha-machi: 27.0 mm Width at the yokote: 20.0 mm Thickness at the mune-machi: 5.8 mm Construction: Shinogi zukuri Mune: Iori Nakago: Ubu Kitae: Itame Hamon: Suguba Boshi: Maru Condition: old polish 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 the order number for this item: fss-822. NihontoAntiques@comcast.net How To Order Information Click to Enlarge Image 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 kept private & will only be used to send updates from this site! For Sale Ko-Senjuin (fss-831) WWII KOSHIRAI (FSS 830) Nobumichi Gunto (fss-829) Tashiro Genichi Kanenobu (fss-828) SHINTO JUMYO KATANA (FSS-827) Koto Tanto (fss-826) Hizen Tadahiro(2nd) (fss-825) SOSHU...
(Inoue Shinkai) Kunisada (2nd) (fss-816)

(Inoue Shinkai) Kunisada (2nd) (fss-816)

(Inoue Shinkai) Kunisada (2nd) (fss-816) New Item Available Sold On Hold Special Sale Item description: We are pleased to showcase this exceptional Inoue Shinkai Kunisada blade. Kunisada (Shinkai) is a saijo-saku level swordsmith, the highest level that can be achieved for a swordsmith. Inoue Shinkai is considered one of the best of the Osaka Shinto smiths and this blade shows his incredible workmanship. The Jihada is a beautiful blend of well worked mokume and itame. Chikei and ji-nie can be found in abundance. The hamon has a lovely glowing nioi-guchi frosted with ko-nie throughout. Small inner workings of kinsuji can be seen. The boshi follows the hamon in maru which is also sprinkled with a fine layer of ko-nie. The blade is ubu with one hole and signed “Izumi No Kami Kunisada” and the yasurime is in Sujikai stye and is in perfect condition with a wonderful patina. The koshirae for this blade is outstanding. The mounts are a deeply carved shakudo with gold of a floral and arabesque pattern and theme. The saya is in the Togidashi Makie style with minor damage from use and and has an antique white silk sageo to match the string wrapped tsuka. String wrapping in silk such as this is of the best quality and is generally done only on the best of swords. The Same (rayskin) is of a lovely antique ivory color with large nodules. There is kodzuka and kogai. The kodzuka has a Mt. Fuji theme to match the Mt. Fuji shaped habaki. There is a presentation box with Hakogaki dated to Taisho (1924).  This is very unique and historic by itself.  Most swords do...
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....
Takada Tadayuki (fss-770)

Takada Tadayuki (fss-770)

Takada Tadayuki (fss-770) New Item Available Sold On Hold Special Sale The Bungo province in Kyushu produced such excellent sword-smiths as Yukihira in the Koto times. The Bungo Takada school was founded by Tomoyuki in the Nanbokucho period. Tomoyuki is considered to have been a superior sword-smith. With the passage of time it is generally felt that the quality and style declined and by the Muromachi period all of the works were pretty much the same. There are different schools of thought on the quality of Bungo works made in the Shinto period. Members of this school are also known as the Fuijwara Takada because they used Fujiwara as a family name in their signatures. An immediate response from many “sword experts” when Bungo works are mentioned is that they are not swords of great quality. Others feel that they are good swords. Perhaps the foundation of this difference of opinion is that if you look at the structure of Bungo Takada swords, you will see that they were made to satisfy practical rather than artistic needs. Indeed, at times they were sought out because of their cutting ability and sturdiness. Bungo and Fujiwara takeda both used many different styles of hamon due to the transference of knowledge from the many schools in close vicinity to them. It is said that the founder of the Bungo Takada school was Tomomitsu or Tomoyuki. Takada Swordsmiths in the Shinto age engraved the last name “Fujiwara”, and so they are called the Fujiwara Takada. One of the neighbors of the Takada school was the Hizen school. Hizen sword makers were controlled by Nabeshima daimyo...
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...