Mito Sukemitsu (fss-730)

Mito Sukemitsu (fss-730)

Mito Sukemitsu (fss-730)   New Item   Available   Sold On Hold Special Sale This exceptionally long Yokoyama blade was forged by Sukemitsu and is very well made.  The hamon is abundant with Hataraki/activaty and is beautiful as can be seen in the photo’s.  Its nie based gunome midare mixed with ashi.  There is active streaks of sunagashi and kinsuji throughout the blade.  It also has very nice mune yaki.  The hada is tightly forged in itame and has a rich appearance with much jinie.  The shape of the sword is very elegant and well balanced. The Yokohama swordsmiths were very famous and respected for there work.  This fine sword comes with original mounts that are of very good quality.  The scabbard/saya is very sound and has no damages.  The overall look of the mounts adds greatly to this swords value.  Papered by the NBTHK  attesting to the smith, age and quality of this blade.  A complete sword mounted, polished and papered. An excerpt from an article by Craig Bird: ” Shinto and Shin-Shinto Yokoyama School The Shinto Yokoyama-den was founded by the Osafune school smith Kozuke Daijo Sukesada who made blades with a distinct and rich choji pattern. Next to Kozuke Daijo, the best known Yokoyama kaji is Yokoyama Sukenaga (circa Tenpo). This school made blades of nioi hamon reminiscent of Koto times relying on many varieties of choji. These blades display koshi-hiraki midare, gunome, tight nioi-guchi, sunagashi and kinsuji. Other Shinto and Shin-Shinto era kaji also used the Bizen choji as trademark for their work. Such smiths included Naka Kawachi Kunisuke, Ishido-den, Taikei Naotane, as well as many...
Hizen Katana (fss-720)

Hizen Katana (fss-720)

Hizen Katana (fss-720)   New Item   Available   Sold On Hold Special Sale One  of the  five greatest Shinto smiths  was  Hizen Tadayoshi, a student of Umetada Myojo. The  Hizen style  stands out  and is easily  recognized.  Elegant Shinto sugata, with a strong-grain gray steel,  This blade is in CHU-SUGUHA WITH GUNOME MIDARE in NIE. This sword though shortened still retains a partial signature. There is a sugu-ha hamon with ko-maru turnback. The sword was an ancestral blade mounted in military koshirae. The hada is itame covered in ji-nie. There is a hizen like hada in places which are close to the surface and the softer steel shows from multiple polishings. The hada is primarily Itame nagare and tight towards the monouchi area covered in ji-nie. The blade has been shortened with 3 mekugi ana. The blade was probably 29-30″ originally but still retains the elegant sugata even after being shortened. These are a WWII era koshirae made in the later part of the war. The mounts are sometimes referred to as Shin-gunto . The sword is signed partially Tachi Mei ” Hizen No Ju Fuji ” . The sword is in fair condition and the mounts are of a WWII variety  and sought after by the WWII 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 and therefore are of interest only as military relics, not as art swords. Some blades made during the war period...