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...
Jôshû Mito, Sukemitsu (fss-727)

Jôshû Mito, Sukemitsu (fss-727)

Jôshû Mito, Sukemitsu (fss-727)   New Item   Available   Sold On Hold Special Sale A beautiful katana in the tradition of the Bizen school this sword exemplifies the late Bizen school of the Shinshinto era. As you can see in our new High Resolution photographs the hamon is an active mixture of large midare/gunome with an overall elegant shape. There is ara-nie in abundance and hotsure. The boshi is a sugu that tends to ichimai on one side.  A very nice feature to study. The hada is a ko-itame with mokume mix and ji-nie appears, a beautiful tight hada to accentuate this glowing hamon. The sword has a wonderful curvature and the overall sugata suggests a time forgotten. A long sword at 31+” katana like this one is not always easily found in flawless condition. The swordsmith: SUKEMITSU (祐光), Ansei (安政, 1854-1860), Hitachi – “Suifu ni oite Yokoyama Sukemitsu saku” (於水府横山祐光作), “Mito-jū Sukemitsu kore o tsukuru” (水戸住祐光造之), “Suifu-jū Yokoyama Fujiwara Sukemitsu saku” (水府住横山藤原祐光作), real name Yokoyama Kajūrō (横山嘉十郎, the first name can also read Yoshijūrō), he is also listed with the first name Kijūrō (喜十郎), he was born in the third year of Bunsei (文政, 1820) as third son of a certain Taguchi Gon´emon (田口権右衛門) in Edo, there he studied under a not further specified Yokoya smith and was allowed the use the family name Yokoyama (横山), in the second year of Kaei (嘉永, 1849) he was employed by the Mito fief (水戸藩) by recommendation of Norikatsu (徳勝) and received a stipend for the support of seven persons, he died on the 13th day of the seventh month Meiji six (明治,...
Fujiwara Takeda (fss-726)

Fujiwara Takeda (fss-726)

Fujiwara Takeda (fss-726)   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. Members of this school are also known as Fuijwara Takada because they used Fujiwara as a family name in their signatures. There are different schools of thought on the quality of Bungo works made in the Shinto period. 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 a 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. It is said that the founder of Bungo Takada school was Tomomitsu or Tomoyuki. Takada Swordsmiths in Shinto age engrave the last name “Fujiwara”, and so they are called also Fujiwara Takada. The neighbor of the Takada school was Hizen school. Hizen sword makers were controlled by Nabeshima daimyo and imported western steel. Takada school made swords that cut well. Early stage from late Muromachi to Kanbun era, Takada school swords were prized highly for cutting...
Soshu Odawara, Yasukuni (fss-725)

Soshu Odawara, Yasukuni (fss-725)

Soshu Odawara, Yasukuni (fss-725)   New Item   Available   Sold On Hold Special Sale YASUKUNI (康国), 1st gen., Kyōroku (享禄, 1528-1532), Sagami – “Sōshū-jū Yasukuni” (相州住康国), “Yasukuni saku” (康国作), Odawara-Sōshū group, according to tradition a student of Shimada Yoshisuke (義助) and the younger brother of Tsunaie (綱家), Hōjō Ujiyasu (北条氏康, 1515-1571) granted him the character for “yasu” (康), the hamon is a gunome-midare or notare-midare with unobtrusive nie, that means the Sōshū tradition with its emphasis on nie already began to disappear at that time, he was an excellent horimono carver, ō-wazamono, jō-saku This a beautiful later period Koto Katana in the Soshu tradition, this sword is reminiscent of the beautiful work of this era. The blade is a longish mumei piece with a fine hada and a wavy notare-ish sugu-ha hamon. At almost 28” this blade is a wonderful piece with pristine hormono. The hada is a fine Mokume with itame covered in ji-nie which produces an oily slick appearance. There is a longish ko-maru kissaki with hakikake. There is ji-nie all over. The sublime execution of the the ko-itame with mokume reminds one of the twinkling of stars as the ji-nie highlights the intricacies of the workmanship of the steel. The hamon is made up of a conservative wavy sugu-ha base which looks spectacular in this polish which is pristine. A fantastic sword with much to enjoy and appreciate. The koshirae is a beautiful stand out set. These are of a shoki and oni theme with a golden ken. There is a beautifully textured saya of a darkish lacquer mixed with brown in a larger stone like texture...
NO SHU KANEYOSHI (fss-724)

NO SHU KANEYOSHI (fss-724)

NO SHU KANEYOSHI (fss-724)   New Item   Available   Sold On Hold Special Sale Item description here This is a very interesting military sword in civilian mounts for training purposes.  These mounts are complete and the sword smith is NO SHU SEKI JU KANEYOSHI SAKU from the showa era.  For a collector who wishes to train with a WWII sword It’s a great find. The blade is of good quality and is in a good old polish with an arsenal stamp. The hamon is very attractive for a non traditionally made sword. It starts as a gunome midare then finishes in suguha like is seen on many older mino blades This sword is a great sword to study and train with.  The sword has a longish Kissaki and starts with a wonderful gunome midare hamon. The sword is signed No Shu Seki Ju Kane ? Saku This is a very good example of the smiths of WWII, an oil tempered showa-to .  The mounts are a matching set of copper with the Tokugawa crest. The menuki are of Mons with a Blue Tsuka- ito and black sageo. The Saya is in a glossy black lacquer finish with a ray skin top. This sword can be used for iaido or toyama-ryu/tameshigiri.  It can cut and the fact that its a showa era blade makes this sword reasonably priced. Mei: NO SHU SEKI JU KANEYOSHI SAKU Date: Showa (1900’s) Nagasa: 25-3/4 inches Sori: 12.5 mm Width at the ha-machi: 31.8 mm Width at the yokote: 21.4 mm Thickness at the mune-machi: 7.1 mm Construction: Shinogi zukuri Mune: Iori Nakago: Ubu Kitae: muji Hamon: Midare Gunome Boshi: Maru Condition: old polish Click to Enlarge Image Click to Enlarge Image This sword is on consignment. Special Sale Price Sold On...