Nobushige Wakazashi (fss-752)

Nobushige Wakazashi (fss-752)

Nobushige Wakazashi (fss-752)   New Item   Available   Sold On Hold Special Sale This is a very interesting wakazashi from the ShinShinto period which reminds one of the Mino or Bizen tradition of the late koto era but has a bit of a soshu feel to it. It is in a very nice polish.  The overall sugata of this sword is on the straighter side with a slight sori and the hamon is loaded with activity.  The hamon contains an abundance of beautiful activity, and the hamon is in a  gunome / midare style . Sunagashi, Kinsuji and Ji-nie can be found and is well made.  The hada has an itame / mokume mix and with some areas of O- hada mixed in.  This blade comes with mountings.  The furniture of the koshirae are made of iron and copper. There are gold highlights and in good condition. The Tsuba is iron also with a shishi or puppies frolicking design and the fuchi and kashira are a shishi and a floral motif. The menuki are of tigers. The Sageo and Ito are brown and the saya lacquer is finished in a high gloss black lacquer. Note the older black lacquered same . The blade is ubu and signed Nobushige Saku.  We found only one smith that signed this way in this era.  It would be recommended to submit for shinsa at some point.  We are not a shinsa team and cannot guarantee the signature but it appears to be a good signature and not fake.   The kissaki is a longish chu-kissaki and ko-maru boshi with a bit of kaen.  The saya is of a black lacquer and is completely restored to keep the polish of the sword in good condition.  The blade is signed Nobushige saku and the...
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...
Chinese sword (nji 112)

Chinese sword (nji 112)

Chinese sword (nji 112)   New Item   Available   Sold On Hold Special Sale Click to Enlarge Image ” THIS IS ONE OF A SERIES OF SWORDS THAT WILL BE FEATURED IN THE ” FEATURED WEAPON SECTION OF KUNG FU TAI CHI MAGAZINE.” This sword is being offered for a short time only. As collectors of Chinese arms know most of these weapons from China were seized and or destroyed in the past and are becoming very hard to find. This sword in particular was acquired from a West coast dealer over 25 years ago. The blade is most likely from the mid 18 Century to the mid 19th Century, maybe older. It is very hard to date Chinese swords unless it still retains the original mountings. Most Chinese blades are not signed or dated and dating can be a task. Opinions can vary from the many experts. We were told that this blade is a true seven star sword blade and the brass that is left representing the stars were original and not added at a later date mainly due to the fact that each star is connected by the remnants of a wavy inlay which connects each star. This was usually only found on original seven star blades. The later brass additions on other blades were just usually round inlays of similar dimension and added at a later date. This is a monster to behold and wield. The blade is hand forged and the laminating patterns and tempered edge are can be seen throughout. The saya was made from rosewood we believe as well as the handle which is intricately hand carved with Dragons which...