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...
Minamoto Yoshikuni (fss-745)

Minamoto Yoshikuni (fss-745)

Minamoto Yoshikuni (fss-745)   New Item   Available   Sold On Hold Special Sale This is a very special sword forged by “Shindō Minamoto Yoshikuni”. This blade at almost 30” and could be considered a ShinShinto masterpiece. The sword is signed and dated and origami issued. The swords forging produces a very tight itame with some swirling mokume by the ha covered in ji-nie. The hamon is a very nicely controlled Sugu-ba with much utsuri to be seen. There are puffs of shirake covering the blade like wisps of smoke rising above a tranquil stream.The habuchi is finished in a beautiful nioi–guchi. Chikei abounds and produces a striking effect. There is a longish boshi with an almost hakikake finish. The saya/lacquer is made with swirling patterns of lacquer. The hangers with leather (possibly Doe skin) straps are in good shape. The ito-maki tachi mounts were used as described and most likely presented to a very special official or a shrine. This special sword was most likely paired with the mounts. The sword is in shirasaya also with a deeply rich honoki finish showing its age and beauty. There is tsunagi or wooden sword for the mounts. ITO-MAKI TACHI mounts also called ceremonial tachi and were most likely only worn by a ranking official. This ITO-MAKI style tachi mounts are very special as the entire tachi fittings are gilded in gold from top to bottom. Ito-maki tachi were made from Koto through Showa times. There is a gold gilded foil habaki with a some times referred to as  key fret design. The menuki are of the Maeda mon. The tachi sageo is a deep purple in color. (The origins of the Maeda clan is not known, though in Toshiie’s time it was said they descended...
Signed shin-gunto (fss-741)

Signed shin-gunto (fss-741)

Signed shin-gunto (fss-741)   New Item   Available   Sold On Hold Special Sale This is a WWII era sword made for the war effort. The mounts are referred to as Shingunto and looks to have seen some use as well as the blade . The sword is signed but is difficult to make out and needs further examination on the signature.  There are many smiths making swords for the military that signed differently.  This is just one example of a authentic WWII sword. There appears to be a thick suguha-midare style hamon as well as an arsenal stamp on the tang. The sword is in relativly good condition and shows the wear and tear from being on the battlefield. A perfect blade for a WWII era Japanese sword collector. The blade comes mounted in a green lacquered saya with a tassel in very good condition. Shin-gunto, army officers swords, are the most common style of sword mountings from the World War II era. There is an enormous difference in quality of both blades and mounts of this period. Many, perhaps most, of the blades found in shin-gunto mounts are NOT traditionally made swords. Many are machine made and therefore are of interest as military collectables. The sword is 26 1/4″ and a fine example of a WWII military sword. These swords were sometimes found in civilian mounts used for Japanese sword practice. Mei: Difficult to read (needs more research) Date: WWII Era Nagasa: 26-1/4 inches Sori: 15.0 mm Width at the ha-machi: 31.1 mm Width at the yokote: 22.6 mm Thickness at the mune-machi: 7.5 mm Construction: Shinogi zukuri Mune: Iori Nakago: Ubu Kitae: muji Hamon: Oil tempered Midare Boshi: Maru Condition: WWII polish Click to Enlarge Image Click to Enlarge...
NCO shin-gunto (fss-740)

NCO shin-gunto (fss-740)

NCO shin-gunto (fss-740)   New Item   Available   Sold On Hold Special Sale This is a WWII era sword made in the later part of the war. The sword is in fair condition and the mounts are standard NCO style mounts. a good sword for the WWII era Japanese sword collector.  Shin-gunto, army officers swords, are the most common style of sword mountings from the World War II era. There is an enormous difference in quality of both blades and mounts of this period. Many, perhaps most, of the blades found in shin-gunto mounts are not traditionally made swords. Many are machine made or old tempered and therefore are of interest only as military collectables. Some blades made during the war period were handmade but not by traditional methods. Excerpt from Rich Steins site: NCO SHIN-GUNTOPrior to 1945, NCO shin-gunto, non-commissioned officers swords, have all metal tsukas (handles) made to resemble the traditionally cloth wrapped shin-gunto swords. The first model had an unpainted copper hilt. On later models the hilts were made of aluminum and painted to resemble the lacing (ito) on officer’s shin-gunto swords. These swords will have serial numbers on their blades and are ALL machine made, without exception. The serial numbers are simple assembly or manufacturing numbers; they are not serial numbers of blades as issued to specific soldiers. If the sword is all original, the serial numbers on the blade, tsuba, saya and all other parts should match. In 1945, the NCO sword was changed to a simple wooden hilt with incised cross-hatching (no same’ or ito) and plain, black painted iron mounts and a light brown to tan...
Taro Kanehiro (fss-739)

Taro Kanehiro (fss-739)

Taro Kanehiro (fss-739)   New Item   Available   Sold On Hold Special Sale This Shinsakuto is a beautiful traditionally made sword. With almost a 30″ Nagasa and custom mountings this is a sword to admire. This blade was created to use for training and also for cutting in the traditional Martial Arts as well as for a collector of Shinsakuto blades. A gunome hamon with Bohi adds to the lightness and balance of this sword as well as the aesthetic quality of the blade. The Koshirae is very appealing and not meant to be flashy.  Adorned with strirated design Fuchi / Kashira and menuki of either catfish or tadpole motif.. The handle wrap is finished in blue silk Ito. There is an iron tsuba that also accentuates the mountings. The Saya is in a Black lacquered finish. This sword perfect for training in Iaido . This blade was made of Tamahagane and using the traditional methods, folded and clay tempered, water quenched. And is a true Japanese sword. This sword is signed: “Bushido - Higo no Kuni Yatsushiro-ju Akamatsu Taro Kanehiro saku” (武士道・肥後國赤松太郎兼祐作) “Jika seitetsu o motte kore o kitau” (以自家製鉄鍛之) - “Forged with home-made steel” “Kinoe-umadoshi hachigatsu kichijitsu” (甲午年八月吉日) - “On a lucky day in August in the year of the horse (2014)” Mei: “Bushido - Higo no Kuni Yatsushiro-ju Akamatsu Taro Kanehiro saku” (武士道・肥後國赤松太郎兼祐作) “Jika seitetsu o motte kore o kitau” (以自家製鉄鍛之) - “Forged with home-made steel” “Kinoe-umadoshi hachigatsu kichijitsu” (甲午年八月吉日) - “On a lucky day in August in the year of the horse (2014)” Nagasa: 29 inches Sori: 16.0 mm Width at the ha-machi: 33.5 mm Width at the yokote: 24.6 mm Thickness at the mune-machi: 6.6 mm Construction: Shinogi zukuri Mune: Iori...