Koto Bizen Tanto (fss-723)

Koto Bizen Tanto (fss-723)

Koto Bizen Tanto (fss-723)   New Item   Available   Sold On Hold Special Sale A very nice koto era tanto, mumei and gorgeous Bizen workmanship. This sword is not signed but appears to be by the Bizen Suke sada group of smiths and from the muromachi period. There were many Suke Sada smiths working at this time and this could be one of many if attributed to this group. It is constructed in typical bizen fashion with wide tang, a classic Bizen trait. The hamon is Gunome Midare in notare with much activity and plenty of nie with nioi. The hada consists of burls of mokume blended with itame and interspersed with O-hada. Clear utsuri appears throughout the blade which is virtually flawless as can be seen. The mounts consist of a lacquered saya with crushed abalone shell suspended within. There are gold embossed menuki of Dragon motif. A very nice package . There is a Kodzuka/Kogai which appears to be of a Noh play scene and very entertaining. The Aikuchi style koshirae are a rarer version that fit very nice and hold tightly together. These Aikuchi mountings are of  iron with gold floral sand dollar like motif that is very mon like with some key fret imagery and Buddhist like symbols also. The tsuka-ito is blue with matching sageo contrasting nicely with the old Same. There is a gold washed habaki to finish. The blade is an excellent example of a Bizen Koto tanto and all that is left to complete this package is to submit it to shinsa. This blade should paper very well.     Mei: Mumei Date: Koto (1400’s-1500’s) Nagasa: 11-6?8 inches Sori: 3.5 mm Width at the ha-machi: 28.5 mm Width at...
Suruga no Kuni Shimada (fss-692)

Suruga no Kuni Shimada (fss-692)

Suruga no Kuni Shimada (fss-692)   New Item   Available   Sold On Hold Special Sale This is a flawless incredible Koto era O-Tanto from the Shimada School.  The horimono is very well made and comes with papers and shirasaya with a Tanobe Sensei’s sayagaki.  This is an exquisite blade for any collector. Below is information on the Shimada school to appreciate this item even better. The Shimada school, founded by Yoshisuke, thrived in Shimada of Suruga Province from the middle of the Muromachi Period and the smith name of Yoshisuke was succeeded to until the Edo Period. ‘Koto Mei Zukushi’ says that the first generation of Yoshisuke was active in the Kosho Era and the second generation in the Meio Era. As far as I know, the Eisho is the earliest production date of Yoshisuke. Sukemune was a son of 1st Yoshisuke and it is believed that there were two or three generations. Hirosuke was a student of 3rd Yoshisuke. The Shimada school includes many smiths. Amongst them, Yoshisuke, Sukemune and Hirosuke are the representative smiths of the school and we can see many extant works of them today. Yoshisuke tempers notare mixed with gunome, o-notare, gunome-midare, ko-midare and sugu-ha (tanto). His workmanship resembles to that of the Sue-Seki and the Sengo schools. The Shimada school also tempers hitatsura similar to that of Sue-Soshu smiths. 1st Yoshisuke was the most skilful smith of the school, followed by Hirosuke. Hirosuke makes sugata with wide mi-haba and extended kissaki then tempers o-midare, which looks like sugata of the Nambokucho Period. Sukemune was inferior to Hirosuke in skill. Some smiths of the...
Owari Masahide (fss-690)

Owari Masahide (fss-690)

Owari Masahide (fss-690)   New Item   Available   Sold On Hold Special Sale   This is a wonderful tanto made by Masahide of Owari province. This blade is fully signed and dated by the smith and also has fine horimono/carvings. The hada has running masame that is forged tightly. The hamon has good hataraki/activity and is in nie deki with some nioi mixed in. This very fine tanto also comes with original mounts that add greatly to this tanto. The scabbard/saya has very lovely lacquer work and is very elegant. The handle has a silk string wrap that is also original to this blade. This is a type of mounts/koshirai that is in the best Japanese style and feels very rich. This blade comes with two sets of papers attesting to the signature and quality. Mei: OWARI NO KUNI MASAHIDE Date: MEIJI SANNEN HACHIGATSU HI (A day in August, 1870) Nagasa: 12 inches Width at the ha-machi: 31.1mm Thickness at the mune-machi: 6.2 mm Construction: hira-zukuri Mune: Iori Nakago: Ubu Kitae: masame Hamon: suguba Boshi: Maru Condition: Good polish Click to Enlarge Image Click to Enlarge Image This sword is on consignment. Special Sale Price Sold On Hold Asking price: $6,200.00 (shipping and insurance included) Email us if your interested in this item and remember to include the order number for this item: fss-690. NihontoAntiques@comcast.net How To Order Information Click to Enlarge Image Click to Enlarge Image KANTEISHO No. 385332 1.Tanto Mei: OWARI NO KUNI MASAHIDE MEIJI SANNEN HACHIGATSU HI (A day in August, 1870) Length: 1 shaku (Last two ji make no sense to me. However, the other origami says length is one shaku.) As a result...
Tosa Sadahiro (fss-686)

Tosa Sadahiro (fss-686)

Tosa Sadahiro (fss-686)   New Item   Available   Sold On Hold Special Sale Item description: A tanto in this style is a beautiful example of a modern day smith and in a very nice condition. This shape was quite often seen from the earliest periods of Nambokucho up until the the modern era. Mostly found in larger sizes such as this tanto and is an extremely rare version that emulates the Hocho swords of Masamune but from the modern period. This Tanto comes in a very nice original polish. The hamon is an erratic blend of gunome-midare  with much Ara-nie with many fine activities. The blade was made in the bizen style as seen in the shinsakuto era . The hada is a ko- itame blend with itame nagare. This Tanto shows off the swords fine uniqueness. The blade is signed and dated: ” The blade is packaged in a fine shirasaya trimmed with horn. Information on the swordsmith:   Mei: Tosa-jû Zuiryûshi Sadahiro kore o tsukuru Date: Heisei jûichinen ichigatsu hi ( “on a day in January 1999”) Nagasa: 11-3/4 inches Sori: 1.0 mm Width at the ha-machi: 38.8 mm Thickness at the mune-machi: 6.1 mm Construction: hira- zukuri Mune: Iori Nakago: Ubu Kitae: Itame Hamon: Midare Gunome Boshi: Maru Condition: Good older polish Click to Enlarge Image Click to Enlarge Image This sword is on consignment. Special Sale Price Sold On Hold Asking price: $2,900.00 (shipping and insurance included) Email us if your interested in this item and remember to include the order number for this item: fss-686. NihontoAntiques@comcast.net How To Order Information Special lighting is used to try and draw out more of the activity in the Hamon in this image. Click to Enlarge Image Subscribe for the...
Koto Soshu Tanto (fss 683)

Koto Soshu Tanto (fss 683)

Koto Soshu Tanto (fss-683)   New Item   Available     Sold On Hold Special Sale Item description: This is a very interesting Tanto in the Koto tradition that appears Soshu in character and of the late muromachi era. It is in a nice polish but would be greatly enhanced by a new fresh polish. A signature appears to have been removed at one time and there are remnants that still appear which could also be reworked and then submitted to Shinsa.  The overall shape of this tanto is impressive and the hamon is loaded with activity.  The hamon contains plentiful nie with Suagashi and Kinsuji to be seen as well.  The hada has a milky slick looking finish to it and is forged very well with some areas of running hada mixed in.  This blade comes in mountings.  The furniture are made of shakudo and gold and in good condition. The kashira is of horn and a wheel like theme for the fuchi . The saya is a red lacquer with gold kanji which reads:”Kitaoka-shi denrai-hôki nari” (北岡氏傅来寶器也) - “Heirloom treasure sword/item of the Kitaoka family.” There is a Kaeshizuno - a hook shaped fitting used to lock the saya to the obi while drawing that matches the fuchi in theme. The kodzuka blade has kanji and the kodzuka is a picturesque setting of scholars under a tree. The tsuba is an openwork Sukashi style and there is older Same on the Tsuka. The menuki are of a bee and spider. The sageo is blue and the tsuka ito is black. There is a beautiful 2-piece gold washed habaki also. The Hamon is a brilliant Midare-ba with gunome present...