Koto Katana (fss-729)

Koto Katana (fss-729)

Koto Katana (fss-729) New Item Sold On Hold Special Sale This sword appears to be of the mihara school but must be verified. A beautiful O-suriage tachi this sword from the late koto era. possibly even as early as Nambokucho period boasts of classic workmanship. The hada has a dense ko-itame with masame and whitish jigane. The hamon is of sugu-ha mixed with ko-midare,ashi, inazuma,kinsuji and sunagashi which layers the length of the hamon. The sugata of the sword still retains the classic tachi curvature and one can imagine its original majestic shape still intact. Their appears to be the remnants of 3 mekugiana. “ The Ko-Mihara school was founded by Masaie during the Kamakura period FROM TOKUJI (1306 TO SHO-CHU 1334 AD. BLADES OF THE EARLY KO-MIHARA SCHOOL ARE FOR THE MOST PART “O-SURIAGE”. THIS IS DUE TO THERE GREAT LENGTH THAT GAVE THE MOUNTED WARRIOR A DISTINCT ADVANTAGE. MASAIE AND MASAMITSU WERE succeeded by, Masahiro during the Nambokucho period. Works by Ko-Mihara have strong Yamato influence, AND OCCASIONALLY BIZEN INFLUENCE. IT IS THOUGHT THAT MASAIE SPENT SOME TIME STUDYING With THE MASTERS OF BIZEN, ON HIS WAY TO BINGO (BINGO PROVINCE IS SYNONYMOUS WITH THE MIHARA SCHOOL). Masaie’s MOST PROLIFIC PERIOD is thought to be THE Kem-mu era (1334). It is very rare to see any works from Masaie or Masahiro, and are only a few that are dated. All of the MAIN LINE MIHARA smiths signed with Masa; (Masakiyo, Masamitsu, Masanobu). IN ADDITION TO THE MAIN LINE there was THE “HOKKE ICHIJO”, AND SHIMBO MIHARA GROUPS. DURING THE later Nambokucho period several additional mihara groups, SUCH...
Minamoto Sadayuki (fss-728)

Minamoto Sadayuki (fss-728)

Minamoto Sadayuki (fss-728)   New Item   Available   Sold On Hold Special Sale Info on the Mei/Signature: 紀南住貞行作 昭和十九年八月吉日 Kinan-jû Sadayuki saku Shôwa jûkunen hachigatsu kichijitsu (“on a lucky day in August 1944”) 為金岡正治氏 贈阪中繁市之 Kaneoka Shôji-shi no tame (“for Mr. Kaneoka Shôji”) Sakanaka Shigeichi kore o okuru (“as a present for Sakanaka Shigeichi”) We could not find anything about Kaneoka Shôji (please note: alternative name readings possible) we found out that Sakanaka Shigeichi was from July 1950 to April 1951 vice-chairman of the Ôsaka City Council. Info on the smith: SADAYUKI (貞行), Shōwa (昭和, 1926-1989), Wakayama – “Ryūjin Tarō Minamoto Sadayuki” (龍神太郎源貞行), “Nanki Ryūjin ni oite Minamoto Sadayuki kore o tsukuru” (於南紀龍神源貞行造之), real name Adachi Sadakusu (安達貞楠), born March 28th 1909, he studied under Kawano Sadashige (川野貞重) and worked as kaigun-jumei-tōshō, he lived in Wakayama´s Ryūjinmura (龍神村), his nickname Ryūjin Tarō (龍神太郎) alludes to the local context. This is a very good quality gendaito that is handmade by Sadayuki.  It is a signed and dated katana that shows quality work in the blade.  The hamon is midare with many hataraki.  The hamon is nie/nioi mixed and has an elegant feel to it.  The hada is also well forged and has a even and has a milky appearance to it with solid fine activity.  The showa era produced many swordsmiths that produced many different qualities of katana for the war effort.  Most swords that were war made were military swords and were mass-produced.  They were tempered in oil and not forged traditionally.  These swords are commonly sold in military mounts like this sword.  The difference is that this sword is made...
Wakazashi Mumei (fss-715)

Wakazashi Mumei (fss-715)

Wakazashi Mumei (fss-715)   New Item   Available   Sold On Hold Special Sale A beautiful wakazashi from the Shinto period, with unique workmanship. This longish blade sports a picture perfect sugata with a longish kissaki. There is a horimono in the form of bohi which stops just above the yokote area. This Bohi finishes in the machi area and is rounded called maru-dome. Horimono are relatively rare in Shinto blades but accentuates the overall shape of this sword and adds to its period sugata. The tang is longish and ubu with one hole and finished as Ha agari kurijiri. The kissaki can almost be classified as O-kissaki, also there is small tempering at the boshi and is favoring notare-komi.The hada is a swirling patten of itame with Chikei and ji-nie can be found. The hamon is very unusual with a mountainess notare with gunome-midare, there are wisps of yubashiri forming into tobyaki in places running through the length of the blade above the hamon. These areas are cloud like floating above the hamon. The extreme health of this blade is something to be seen. This blade was mounted in shirasaya with a mekugi of ebony with a matching ebony wood habaki which shows the pride that the owner had in this sword. The unique characteristics along with the beautiful sugata of the blade should do extremely well at Shinsa being ubu. Mei: Mumei Date: Edo (1600’s-1700’s) Nagasa: 21-1/2 inches Sori: 12.0 mm Width at the ha-machi: 33.4 mm Width at the yokote: 25.0 mm Thickness at the mune-machi: 8.1 mm Construction: Shinogi zukuri Mune: Iori Nakago: Ubu Kitae: Itame/mokume Hamon: Midare Gunome Boshi: Maru Condition: Good polish Click to Enlarge Image Click to Enlarge Image This sword is on consignment. Special...
Yamato No Daijo Masanori (fss-714)

Yamato No Daijo Masanori (fss-714)

Yamato No Daijo Masanori (fss-714)   New Item   Available   Sold On Hold Special Sale One of the true masters of Keicho Shinto. This smith can be found in most books and especially the ” Masters of Keicho Shinto “. A brilliant hitatsura blade forged in the Soshu style by Yamato no Daijo Fujiwara Masanori. This blade was fully restored by Kajihara in the mid-1990’s and papered by Yoshikawa-Sensei of the NTHK also. There is sayagaki by Kajihara. This sword exhibits all that appeals to the Soshu collector without being forged by a Soshu smith. This sword is wide and massive to the touch, one side is a violent Soshu style Hitatsura while the other side is more reminiscent of the early Shimada Hitatsura. At the same time still retaining the MasaNori style gunome-choji midare in nie-deki. Ara-nie, togari-ba as well as sunagashi abound. Large clouds of tobyaki are everywhere to behold. The Nakago is Masanori’s typical style with a  very pronounced iriyamagata-Jiri. A rare style of sword by a master of Keicho Shinto that does not become available very often. The original restoration receipt from Kajihara comes with this sword. The steel is a blackish color with a pronounced itame with  mokume covered in ji-nie. Masame can be seen as well. It is Hira-zukiri in shape and has a feeling being large in breadth. Mei: Mumei Date: Edo (1600’s-1700’s) Nagasa:15-1/2 inches Sori: 15.0 mm Width at the ha-machi: 31.5 mm Width at the yokote: 21.7 mm Thickness at the mune-machi: 7.2 mm Construction: Hira-zukiri Mune: Iori Nakago: Ubu Kitae: Itame/mokume Hamon: Hitatsura Boshi: Maru Condition: Good polish Click to Enlarge Image Click to Enlarge Image Information on saya: 無銘 伝大和大掾正則 刃長壱尺参寸弐分 皇刀軒「花押」 mumei Den Yamato no Daijô Masanori hachô 1...
Yamashiro Nobuyoshi Wakazashi (fss-707)

Yamashiro Nobuyoshi Wakazashi (fss-707)

Yamashiro Nobuyoshi Wakazashi (fss-707)   New Item   Available   Sold On Hold Special Sale Item description: A fantastic early Shinto wakazashi this sword is reminiscent of old koto work. The blade is a signed piece with spectacular hada and vibrant hamon. It is signed and Ubu, a longish wakazashi at 19+-“. This blade is a true beauty. The hada is a well worked Mokume with Itame and covered in ji-nie . There is chikei and much nie clusters all over. The hamon is made up of a gunome midare with small clusters of nie the length of the blade. There is sunagasi and kinsuji as well as ko-nie.A great companion piece to the katana we have just posted.. The Quintessential Shinto era Japanese Samurai sword, this blade is ubu and maintains the original signature and attributes. The blade comes mounted in shirasaya. there are fujishiro papers and was the sword polished by him. The blade itself is an exciting blend of  Gunome with a beautiful thick frosting nie and nioi. The itame hada is tightly forged and very well made. Info from the Fujishiro Taikon: NOBUYOSHI SHINANO NO KAMI SHODAI [SHÔHÔ 1644 YAMASHIRO] SHINTÔ CHÛJÔSAKU He lived in Heianjô, and (blades in which he inscribed) KIKU MON are also seen. He was a smith between the years of Kan’ei and Kanbun. (Wazamono) Signatures: SHINANO NO KAMI FUJIWARA NOBUYOSHI YAMASHIRO KUNI FUJIWARA NOBUYOSHI Plate III: SHINANO NO KAMI FUJIWARA NOBUYOSHI Page 206 NOBUYOSHI SHINANO NO KAMI NIDAI [ENPÔ 1673 YAMASHIRO] SHINTÔ CHÛJÔSAKU He is also called Takai Kinsaburô, and he also lived in Osaka. At first he called himself FUJIWARA, and he later changed to...