MINO KANENAKA (fss-744)

MINO KANENAKA (fss-744)

MINO KANENAKA (fss-744)   New Item   Available   Sold On Hold Special Sale This is a very nice wakazashi and is a very sound and healthy blade and appears to be in an older koto style. The kissaki is longish and approaching O-kissaki status.  The blade is wide and has a beautiful curvature that reminds one of the old mino school.  The quality of the sword is also very 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 well forged with some mokume and itame. There is profuse ara-nie and ji-nie. This sword was attributed to Mino Kanenaka. There were many Kanenaka smiths working at this time but this sword is of a distinct quality. The hamon is gunome midare in notare with much activity and plenty of nie with nioi. The hada is an itame/mokume mix with some masame. This is a koto muramachi wakazashi made back in the 1500’s by Kanenaka a smith from the Seki school lineage. The hamon is notare based gunome and has very good quality hatarai/activity. The hamon is very healthy for such an older piece. The hada is also well forged and is very active and has very nice masame in places. Seki school blades like this were known to be very reliable and sharp. This wakazashi comes in shirasaya with papers attesting to quality and maker. There is a silver foil habaki also. The sword comes in a good polish. KANENAKA (兼仲), Eiroku (永禄, 1558-1570), Mino – “Kanenaka” (兼仲), “Nōshū Seki-jū Kanenaka” (濃州関住兼仲), Zenjō school, itame mixed with masame...
Jumyo wakazashi (fss-743)

Jumyo wakazashi (fss-743)

Jumyo wakazashi (fss-743)   New Item   Available   Sold On Hold Special Sale The Jumyo name has its origins from Yamato in Nara prefecture and moved to Mino province in Gifu prefecture in the Kamakura period (1185-1333). The tradition continued until the end of the Edo period in 1868.The name, Jumyo, means life span or longevity.  Their swords were prized as celebrated gifts to Daimyo families amongst the Samurai society.  This is an exquisite ko- wakazashi.  The finer aspects of this koshirae are very unique.  The tsuba/guard is made of shakudo with a dragon themed rim and tsukashi kirimon cutout.  Most of the fittings are also shakudo.  The saya/scabbard is made in a unique style. The lacquer is very precious with kojiri made of silver.  The tsukamaki or silk handle wrapping shows a beautiful aged appearance and coloration.  We do not recommend changing it.  The overall condition is excellent with some minor age oriented damage, and is a splendid work of art in itself.  The blade is also very well made and flawless.  It is in a fresh polish and the hada and hamon can truly be appreciated and enjoyed.   The hamon is nioi based in general and has a very controlled hamon in a sugu-ba style.  It  is subdued with minute chikei to be found  and is opulent in finish with ji-nie.  The sword should be submitted to  shinsa in the future to add to its overall value. ” A NOTE ON THE DRAGON THEME ” Many Chinese believed the dragon held, or at least chased, the sun, and many drawings depict this as a flaming red ball. However, over the...
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...
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...