Akasaka Kanesada (fss-734)

Akasaka Kanesada (fss-734)

Akasaka Kanesada (fss-734)   New Item   Available   Sold On Hold Special Sale This is a large wakazashi (almost katana size) and is a very sound and healthy blade and appears to be in an older koto style.  The blade is wide and has a beautiful curvature that reminds one of the old mino school.  The quality of the sword is also good.  The hamon is bright and has very good activity.  The hada is milky looking and is forged well with much ji-nie and shirake appears.  The hamon is frosted with nie and the hada is a tighly well forged mokume with itame. There is profuse ara-nie and ji-nie. This sword is signed by Akasaka kanesada. There were many Kane Sada smiths working at this time but this sword is of a distinct branch. The hamon is notare midare in sugu-ha with much activity and plenty of nie with nioi. The hada is a mokume mix. Though in need of a fresh polish this blade has good work. it comes with original koshirae though the lacquer is missing in spots. The fuchi kashira are iron with a gilded design. The tsuba is made of shakudo. The ito and sageo are both in black with a well made habaki. About Akasaka and this smith: Akasaka-jû Kanesada 赤坂住兼定 Akasaka was a production site in Mino province. The famous Kanemoto lineage worked there as did a branch of the No-Sada’s. The group around No-Sada worked in Seki but the banch in question split off and moved to Akasaka. That was in the late 1500s, i.e. Tensho (1573-1592). Mei: Akasaka-jû Kanesada 赤坂住兼定 Date: (1500’s-1600’s) Nagasa: 22-1/8 inches Sori: 15.2 mm Width at the ha-machi: 29.5 mm Width at...
Kii no Kuni Yasumitsu (fss-718)

Kii no Kuni Yasumitsu (fss-718)

Kii no Kuni Yasumitsu (fss-718)   New Item   Available   Sold On Hold Special Sale Blade: This exquisite WAKAZASHI has great workmanship and a beautiful erratic gunome midare hamon in absolutely pristine condition. It is in a fresh new polish with shirasaya. The sword is signed “. The pictures do not do justice to this sword. The hamon is very rich with a thick nioi-guchi. It has many hataraki and ji-nie appear. The hada is very well forged with a milky looking color and a tightly forged itame. A gorgeous Shinto wakazashi, it also has an elegant shape and is very well balanced. The mounts are in fantastic condition and add to the overall value of this sword. The fittings are elegant and have a quality of richness with a spectacular look and display very well. Overall this is a fine Japanese wakazashi richly adorned with the Shoki and Oni motif. The Fuchi-Kashira are of Shoki and Oni. Mounts: The mounts are of excellent quality from tsuka to saya. The richly finished motif beautifully complete the tsuka with an exceptional deep gold tsukaito wrap and brown sageo. The saya is an exquisite unique black finish layer with a texture of clouds. There are gold kanji adorning both sides of the saya which read: Namu-Hachiman (南無八幡) - the deity Hachiman Junkoku no Ken (殉國之剣) - “The sword that I wear when I have to die for my country.” Smith: Kii Yasumitsu (紀伊康光)By stating Genroku (元禄, 1688-1704), the NTHK attributes this blade to the second generation Kii Yasumitsu. His predecessor was active around Enpô (延宝, 1673-1681). We also know that he...
Horii Toshihide (fss-709)

Horii Toshihide (fss-709)

Horii Toshihide (fss-709)   New Item   Available   Sold On Hold Special Sale The mei on this sword reads Minamoto Hideaki Saku (an early mei of Toshihide) before Emperor Akihito took power, when he changed his name out of respect as they used the “aki” kanji. The VERY RARE symbol/inscription at the top of the nakago is stylized “Ni” for his steel company, “Nihon Seikosho Jo”, and 33 indicates that it was the 33 sword made in Taisho 8. This is a beautiful sword 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 wakazashi. There is horimono on both sides of the blade. A Ken can be seen on the one side known as SUKEN and Gomabashi ( chopsticks ) on the other. This wakazashi comes mounted in Shirasaya trimmed with horn inlay in the handle with gold foiled habaki. This beautifully made wakazashi comes in a very nice polish. The hamon is an erratic blend of gunome-midare based in notare with much ara-nie and many fine activities. The blade was made in the bizen style. The hada is a ko- itame blend with itame nagare and mokume. The ko-wakazashi shows off the swords fine uniqueness. The blade is signed and dated: Information on the swordsmith: Horii Toshihide: From Markus Sesko’s index: - Toshihide (俊秀), Shōwa (昭和, 1926-1989), Hokkaidō – „Ōmi no Kuni Shiga Tarō Minamoto Hideaki“ (近江国志賀太郎源秀明), „Minamoto Toshihide“ (源俊秀), „Zuisen Horii Toshihide“ (瑞泉堀井俊秀), civilian name „Horii Kaneyoshi“ (堀井兼吉), he was born on the second day of the third month Meiji 19 (明治, 1886) in the village of Shimosaka...
Tsukushi-Ryôkai (fss-708)

Tsukushi-Ryôkai (fss-708)

Tsukushi-Ryôkai (fss-708)   New Item   Available   Sold On Hold Special Sale Please note this is a important school of swordsmiths. These swords are highly desirable for collecting and not commonly found. Tsukushi-Ryôkai (筑紫了戒) The Tsukushi-Ryôkai group goes back to the later Ryôkai smith Yoshisada (能定) who moved towards the end of the Nanbokuchô period from Kyôto to Usa (宇佐) which was located along the border between the provinces of Buzen and Bungo. His students and their students spread then from the beginning of the Muromachi period onwards across the northern provinces of Kyûshû, e.g. Chikuzen, Chikugo, and Buzen whereas they were summarized by referring to the old name for that region, Tsukushi. Most smiths of this group used Ryôkai as a trade name, signing it as prefix to their own name, for example “Ryôkai Yoshizane” (了戒能真), most of them sharing the character for “Yoshi” (能). Known individual smiths from that grou are Hideyoshi (秀能), Nobuyoshi (宣能), and Naoyoshi (直能), just to name a few. Most Tsukushi-Ryôkai works are of a rustic charme that is typical for provincial works of the Muromachi period and basically follow the stylistic roots of the group, which are to be found in the Ryôkai interpretation of the Yamashiro tradition. Although not displaying a highly sophisticated workmanship in general, Tsukushi-Ryôkai were held in high regards among Sengoku bushi because they enjoyed the reputation of being good and reliable weapons, and this applies to other contemporary Kyûshû swordsmith groups like that of the Dôtanuki School of Higo province and the Takada School of Bungo province. This is a fine example of the koto era Ryôkai blade.  This...
Mumei Wakazashi (fss-703)

Mumei Wakazashi (fss-703)

Mumei Wakazashi (fss-703)   New Item   Available   Sold On Hold Special Sale This wakazashi is a very sound and healthy blade and appears to be an older shinto beauty..  The blade is wide and has a beautiful shape that would suggest maybe Bizen school.  The quality of the sword is also very good.  The hamon is bright and has very good activity and would benefit from a fresh polish.  The hada is sound and is forged well with much ji-nie and maybe utsuri can be seen. A fresh polish would uncover this  The overall feel of this blade is one of a well balanced beautiful wakazashi . The hamon is frosted with nie and the hada is a well forged mokume with itame. The koshirae is a fine pair of of inspired fittings. The habaki is copper. The tsuba is iron with gold inlay of floral design. The menuki are of ShiShi and well carved/ The Tsuka-Ito is brown as well as the lacquer on the saya. the sageo is a deep blue. The Same is old and original. The bottom of the saya is rounded and the kissaki is a longish chu-kissaki ending in ko-maru. This sword is ubu with 1 hole. A great starter piece to have and enjoy and possibly enhance in the future.     Mei: Mumei Date: Edo (1600’s-1700’s) Nagasa: 19-1/4 inches Sori: 12.0 mm Width at the ha-machi: 28.5 mm Width at the yokote: 19.1 mm Thickness at the mune-machi: 6.6 mm Construction: Shinogi zukuri Mune: Iori Nakago: Ubu Kitae: Itame/mokume Hamon: Gunome Boshi: Maru Condition: older polish Click to Enlarge Image Click to Enlarge Image This sword is on consignment. Special Sale Price Sold On Hold Asking price: $1,300.00 (shipping and...