Nobushige Wakazashi (fss-752)

Nobushige Wakazashi (fss-752)

Nobushige Wakazashi (fss-752)   New Item   Available   Sold On Hold Special Sale This is a very interesting wakazashi from the ShinShinto period which reminds one of the Mino or Bizen tradition of the late koto era but has a bit of a soshu feel to it. It is in a very nice polish.  The overall sugata of this sword is on the straighter side with a slight sori and the hamon is loaded with activity.  The hamon contains an abundance of beautiful activity, and the hamon is in a  gunome / midare style . Sunagashi, Kinsuji and Ji-nie can be found and is well made.  The hada has an itame / mokume mix and with some areas of O- hada mixed in.  This blade comes with mountings.  The furniture of the koshirae are made of iron and copper. There are gold highlights and in good condition. The Tsuba is iron also with a shishi or puppies frolicking design and the fuchi and kashira are a shishi and a floral motif. The menuki are of tigers. The Sageo and Ito are brown and the saya lacquer is finished in a high gloss black lacquer. Note the older black lacquered same . The blade is ubu and signed Nobushige Saku.  We found only one smith that signed this way in this era.  It would be recommended to submit for shinsa at some point.  We are not a shinsa team and cannot guarantee the signature but it appears to be a good signature and not fake.   The kissaki is a longish chu-kissaki and ko-maru boshi with a bit of kaen.  The saya is of a black lacquer and is completely restored to keep the polish of the sword in good condition.  The blade is signed Nobushige saku and the...
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...