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...
Yokoyama Sukemune (fss-732)

Yokoyama Sukemune (fss-732)

Yokoyama Sukemune (fss-732)   New Item   Available   Sold On Hold Special Sale The swordsmith and signature: Sukemune (祐宗) was a smith of the bakumatsu era Yokoyama Bizen School. It is said that he originally came from Ise province and that has studied with Yokoyama Sukeharu (祐春) who was active between Tenpô (1830-1844) and Ansei (1854-1860) and who counted himself as 56th generation Tomonari. However, there is also the tradition that he studied with one of the two generations Yokoyama Sukenaga (祐永). The 1st generation Sukenaga counted himself as 56th, and the 2nd generation as 57th generation Tomonari. However, it is possible that Sukemune learned from all of these Yokoyama Bizen masters. There exists a blade by Sukemune which he made in Keiô three (1867) in the vicinity of the Tenryûgawa (天竜川) in Shinano province, present-day Nagano Prefecture. This blade is signed with the supplement Kômeishi (高鳴子) which seems to have been Sukemune’s gô. Sukemune counted himself as 58th generation Tomonari but so did the Yokoyama Bizen smiths Sukeyoshi (祐義) and Sukekane (祐包). The supplement in the signature says that the blade was made for a certain Fujiwara Jinzaemon (藤原陣左衛門) from the Sekiguchi Gyokushin ryû. Unfortunately, we were not able to find anything on the person Jinzaemon himself. The Sekiguchi Gyokushin ryû is a kenjutsu and iaijutsu school that goes back to Satô Yûta (佐藤雄太) (also listed as Satô Gondayû, 佐藤権太夫) who was a samurai of the Tokushima fief in Awa province who studied kenjutsu with the Heki family which were elders of the Okayama fief of Bizen province. The Sekiguchi Gyokushin ryû was then taught by Satô’s...
Mino Kanetomo (fss-731)

Mino Kanetomo (fss-731)

Mino Kanetomo (fss-731)   New Item   Available   Sold On Hold Special Sale A fine example of the older Mino style blades this sword was shortened at the machi to true uchikatana size though still retains the original mei of “ Kane Tomo Saku “. Uchikatana were mainly used in one handed fighting styles which were prolific during the Muramachi and early Edo period . The hamon is a wonderfully active Gunome midare with a hada of itame. Many hataraki can be seen within the hamon. There are several courser areas as pointed out in the pictures. The blade appears ubu but shortened a little bit at the machi but the signature is fully intact. There are 3 holes in the tang from prior mountings, A hira-zukiri sword of this length is most prized by the collector . A sword such as this  polished shows the true workmanship of the steel from side to side. The koshirae is a true fit to the blade and is in the Uchikatana style. The Sukashi style tsuba and stone like texture of the fuchi kashira is very appealing though not old. The Tsuka-Ito is blue with black sageo. During the twelfth century Uchigatana started to be used and by the Muromachi Period approximately 1336 to 1573 the uchigatana began to rival the tachi as the sword of choice by warriors. Unlike the tachi, the uchigatana was worn edge-up in the belt,  this and usually being slightly smaller than the tachi was the main difference between the tachi and the uchigatana.  Since it is worn differently, the engraved words on the sword are also opposite to...
Mito Sukemitsu (fss-730)

Mito Sukemitsu (fss-730)

Mito Sukemitsu (fss-730)   New Item   Available   Sold On Hold Special Sale This exceptionally long Yokoyama blade was forged by Sukemitsu and is very well made.  The hamon is abundant with Hataraki/activaty and is beautiful as can be seen in the photo’s.  Its nie based gunome midare mixed with ashi.  There is active streaks of sunagashi and kinsuji throughout the blade.  It also has very nice mune yaki.  The hada is tightly forged in itame and has a rich appearance with much jinie.  The shape of the sword is very elegant and well balanced. The Yokohama swordsmiths were very famous and respected for there work.  This fine sword comes with original mounts that are of very good quality.  The scabbard/saya is very sound and has no damages.  The overall look of the mounts adds greatly to this swords value.  Papered by the NBTHK  attesting to the smith, age and quality of this blade.  A complete sword mounted, polished and papered. An excerpt from an article by Craig Bird: ” Shinto and Shin-Shinto Yokoyama School The Shinto Yokoyama-den was founded by the Osafune school smith Kozuke Daijo Sukesada who made blades with a distinct and rich choji pattern. Next to Kozuke Daijo, the best known Yokoyama kaji is Yokoyama Sukenaga (circa Tenpo). This school made blades of nioi hamon reminiscent of Koto times relying on many varieties of choji. These blades display koshi-hiraki midare, gunome, tight nioi-guchi, sunagashi and kinsuji. Other Shinto and Shin-Shinto era kaji also used the Bizen choji as trademark for their work. Such smiths included Naka Kawachi Kunisuke, Ishido-den, Taikei Naotane, as well as many...
Koto Katana (fss-729)

Koto Katana (fss-729)

Koto Katana (fss-729) New Item Sold On Hold Special Sale This sword appears to be of the mihara school but must be verified. A beautiful O-suriage tachi this sword from the late koto era. possibly even as early as Nambokucho period boasts of classic workmanship. The hada has a dense ko-itame with masame and whitish jigane. The hamon is of sugu-ha mixed with ko-midare,ashi, inazuma,kinsuji and sunagashi which layers the length of the hamon. The sugata of the sword still retains the classic tachi curvature and one can imagine its original majestic shape still intact. Their appears to be the remnants of 3 mekugiana. “ The Ko-Mihara school was founded by Masaie during the Kamakura period FROM TOKUJI (1306 TO SHO-CHU 1334 AD. BLADES OF THE EARLY KO-MIHARA SCHOOL ARE FOR THE MOST PART “O-SURIAGE”. THIS IS DUE TO THERE GREAT LENGTH THAT GAVE THE MOUNTED WARRIOR A DISTINCT ADVANTAGE. MASAIE AND MASAMITSU WERE succeeded by, Masahiro during the Nambokucho period. Works by Ko-Mihara have strong Yamato influence, AND OCCASIONALLY BIZEN INFLUENCE. IT IS THOUGHT THAT MASAIE SPENT SOME TIME STUDYING With THE MASTERS OF BIZEN, ON HIS WAY TO BINGO (BINGO PROVINCE IS SYNONYMOUS WITH THE MIHARA SCHOOL). Masaie’s MOST PROLIFIC PERIOD is thought to be THE Kem-mu era (1334). It is very rare to see any works from Masaie or Masahiro, and are only a few that are dated. All of the MAIN LINE MIHARA smiths signed with Masa; (Masakiyo, Masamitsu, Masanobu). IN ADDITION TO THE MAIN LINE there was THE “HOKKE ICHIJO”, AND SHIMBO MIHARA GROUPS. DURING THE later Nambokucho period several additional mihara groups, SUCH...