Mumei Daito (fss-751)

Mumei Daito (fss-751)

Mumei Daito (fss-751)   New Item   Available   Sold On Hold Special Sale An outstanding katana which appears to be from the shinto period. This sword reminds one of a Bizen katana.  This blade has the typical characteristics of blades made in the shinto era. It also has a longish Kissaki and attractive Sori and frosted in nie. The activities in Ha are very beautiful with ji-nie . The hamon is an attractive large  gunome choji midare in a notarish pattern.. There is wide ashi to be found. The hada is covered in ji-nie and is an itame mixed with beautiful mokume swirls..  A beautiful ubu with one hole katana this sword from the shinto era boasts of classical like work . The hada has a dense itame and mokume with and a whitish jigane and the hamon is a  gunome/choji midare.. Ko-nie layers the entire hamon blanketing the nioi-guchi.  This katana is very sound and healthy and a beauty.. The blade is wide and has a wonderful curvature that reminds one of the older schools. The quality of the sword is also outstanding. The hamon is bright and has very good activity. The hada is very wet looking and is forged well with much ji-nie and slight shirakke appears. The overall feel of this blade is one of a well balanced beautiful katana and is very sharp. The hamon is frosted with nioi and the hada is a   itame and mokume.  The koshirae is clean and fundamental with menuki of shi-shi motif . The tsuba is a picturesque depiction of a bird in gold surrounded by trees and fauna in...
Masasada Kanabo (fss-748)

Masasada Kanabo (fss-748)

Masasada Kanabo (fss-748)   New Item   Available   Sold On Hold Special Sale A beautiful mounted koto katana in the Yamato tradition. This blade was attributed to the Kanabo school and is stunning. The blade has bohi and the remnants of a soe hi also on one side. This blade is inundated with hataraki. There are many ashi and yo up and down the blade Based in sugu-ha midare with much choji/gunome within. The hada is an itame nagare with utsuri to be found. About the smith: The meikan list one earlier Masasada (see info below) of whom it seems more blades are going round. Also possible that these were the same guy but who just got listed twice.MASASADA (政定), Tenshō (天正, 1573-1592), Yamato – “Kanabō Saemon no Jō Masasada” (金房左衛門尉政定), Kanabō school. MASASADA (政定), Eiroku (永禄, 1558-1570), Yamato – “Yamato no Kuni Fujiwara Masasada” (大和国藤原政定), “Nanto-jū Fujiwara Ason Kanabō Saemon no Jō Masasada saku” (南都住藤原朝臣金房左衛門尉政定作), Kanabō school (金房), ko-itame mixed with masame and ji-nie, the hamon is a suguha or gunome-midare in ko-nie-deki, wazamono The mounts are ensuite with a dragon theme from tsuba to menuki. The Tsuka-ito and sageo are blue with a stunning red ishime style lacquer finished saya. An attractive koshirae this intricately mounted sword is all of dragons, finished in a red lacquer. This is a  rare and exciting mounting for a unique blade. This blade is to be enjoyed for its fine activity and rarity as they are seldom found in such good condition. The legend of the Dragon: Many Chinese believed the dragon held, or at least chased, the sun, and many drawings depict...
Koyama Munetoshi (fss-747)

Koyama Munetoshi (fss-747)

Koyama Munetoshi (fss-747)   New Item   Available   Sold On Hold Special Sale MUNETOSHI KOYAMA [BUNKYÛ 1861 IWAKI] SHINSHINTÔ CHÛJÔSAKU He lived in Iwaki Shirakawa, and is said to be the older brother of Munetsugu. His works are like that of Munetsugu, and most of them are the larger size. Signature: SHIRAKAWA JÛ KOYAMA MUNETOSHI Plate I: KAEI SHICHINEN SANGATSU HI Plate II: SHIRAKAWA JÛ KOYAMA MUNETOSHI This is a beautiful offering of a Koyama Munetoshi katana. This hamon is elegantly done in a choji-midare style. Munetoshi is the older brother of the famaus Munetsugu. Like Munetsugu, the Koyama brothers (munehira also) aimed to recreate the beautiful and distinctive hamon of the famous Bizen Ichimonji School. The hada has a deep rich feel to the surface with a well worked itame with swirls of mokume. Ji-nie abounds.  The activity/hataraki in the hamon are abundant, and the hamon overall is extremely well made.  It has very beautiful depth to it and expressed powerfully the work of this smith. The beautiful koshirae is adorned with matching royal blue sageo and tsuka ito. It is fully restored to original beauty. The fitting are from the 1800 also except for the tsuba as it appears to be 100 years older. The tsuba depicts great scholars under the pines. The fuchi kashira are of samurai on horseback. The saya has a deep, rich texture to it and adds greatly to the overall appearance of the koshirai/mounts.   The habaki and seppa are gold washed in a rich golden finish.This blade is fully polished with shirasaya and papers. Info on the smith: MUNETOSHI (宗俊), 1st gen., Bunkyū (文久, 1861-1864), Ōshū –...
Noshu Ju Kanetoshi (fss-746)

Noshu Ju Kanetoshi (fss-746)

Noshu Ju Kanetoshi (fss-746)   New Item   Available   Sold On Hold Special Sale This is a late war army officers sword from WWII. This sword is a hand forged blade and not mass produced. It has good hada that was well forged and a very active hamon that was water quenched in the tradition manner. This is a very good example of a sword made by the Rikugun Jumei sword smith Kanetoshi. Kanetoshi is listed as a Rikugun Jumei Tosho. Swords made from this group can have a star stamp on the blade as this one has. This blade comes in original mounts and is in good condition. Signature: [Star Stamp] Nôshû-jû Kanetoshi (濃州住兼俊)[Seki Stamp] Shôwa jûkunen rokugatsu (昭和十九年六月, “June 1944”) KANETOSHI (兼俊), Shōwa (昭和, 1926-1989), Gifu – “Kanetoshi” (兼俊), real name Murayama Kinokazu (村山喜之一), born August 3rd 1905, he worked as rikugun-jumei-tōshō and died February 23rd 1978, jōkō no retsu (Akihide), Second Seat at the 6th Shinsaku Nihontō Denrankai (新作日本刀展覧会, 1941) The hamon is an erratic blend of gorgeous choji midare with all sorts on inner activity to be found. The hada is mainly a tight well worked itame as seen in the pictures with misc. swirls of chikei and some O-hada.The blade is in a beautiful pristine polish and high grade shirasaya to protect the polish. The hamon is peppered with Nie as well as ji-nie. From the “Japanese Sword Guide” The presence of a STAR stamp on the nakago of a WW II era sword blade is an indicator of a blade made by swordsmiths of the Rikugun Jumei Tosho. To become Rikugun Jumei...
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...