11 Unique Japan Antique Samurai Swords

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11 Unique Japan Antique Samurai Swords
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Antique Japanese
Swords For Sale
As of August 18, 2013
Tokyo, Japan
The following pages contain descriptions of genuine
antique Japanese swords currently available for
ownership.
Each sword can be legally owned and exported
outside of Japan.
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Index of Japanese Swords for Sale
#
2
3
4
SOLD
8
11
15
16
20
21
28
29
30
31
32
34
35
36
SOLD
43
50
51
52
53
55
56
57
58
59
60
61
62
65
66
SOLD
70
71
HOLD
SOLD
74
75
HOLD
77
SWORDSMITH & TYPE
CM
CERTIFICATE
A KANETSUGU KATANA
73.0
NTHK-NPO Kanteisho
A KOREKAZU KATANA
68.7
Tokubetsu Hozon
A SUKESADA KATANA
63.3
Tokubetsu Kicho x 2
A NOBUHIDE KATANA
72.1
NTHK-NPO Kanteisho
A KIYOMITSU KATANA
67.6
NBTHK Hozon
A YOSHISHIGE KATANA
62.9
NTHK-NPO Kanteisho
A SUKEHIRO WAKIZASHI
46.4
NTHK-NPO Kanteisho
AN IESUKE WAKIZASHI
49.2
NTHK-NPO Kanteisho
A KOREKAZU WAKIZASHI 50.7
NTHK-NPO Kanteisho
A HIRAKUNI WAKIZASHI
32.4
NBTHK Hozon
A NOBUTAKA TANTO
20.0
NTHK-NPO Kanteisho
A TSUNAHIRO TANTO
17.8
NTHK-NPO Kanteisho
A YOSHIMITSU TANTO
21.3
NTHK-NPO Kanteisho
A NOBUKUNI TANTO
21.3
NTHK-NPO Kanteisho
A HOKKE TANTO
29.8
NTHK-NPO Kanteisho
A MUNEAKI TANTO
18.2
NBTHK Kicho
A TOKUMASA TANTO
20.5
NTHK-NPO Kanteisho
AN UJISHIGE TANTO
20.4
NTHK-NPO Kanteisho
A NAGAMICHI DAISHO
66/44 NTHK-NPO Kanteisho
A YOSHIHIRO WAKIZASHI 33.9
NTHK-NPO Kanteisho
A KUNIYOSHI KATANA
63.9
NTHK-NPO Kanteisho
AN IESHIGE KATANA
63.4
NBTHK Hozon
A TSUNAHIRO KATANA
63.5
NTHK-NPO Kanteisho
A KUNIHIKO KATANA
68.7
NTHK-NPO Kanteisho
A SHIGEKUNI WAKIZASHI 45.1
NBTHK Hozon
A MUNETSUGU WAKIZASHI 58.9
NTHK-NPO Kanteisho
A NOBUIE WAKIZASHI
48.2
NTHK-NPO Kanteisho
A MASATOSHI WAKIZASHI 53.7
NTHK-NPO Kanteisho
A NOBUKUNI WAKIZASHI 51.3
NTHK-NPO Kanteisho
SUKESADA NAVY KATANA 63.8
NTHK-NPO Kanteisho
A KUNIKANE WAKIZASHI
44.2
NTHK-NPO Kanteisho
A DENCHU-ZASHI DAISHO 54/39 NTHK-NPO Kanteisho
A RYOKAI KATANA
66.5
NTHK-NPO & NBTHK
A MORIYUKI KATANA
64.2
NTHK-NPO Kanteisho
A FUJISHIMA KATANA
71.1
NBTHK Hozon
A KANEHISA KATANA
62.8
NTHK-NPO Kanteisho
A MASATSUNE WAKIZASHI 46.9
NTHK Kanteisho x 2
A KUNITSUGU WAKIZASHI 62.8
Tokubetsu Hozon +1
A YUKINAGA WAKIZASHI
51.6
NTB Bunka Shiro +1
AN ISHIDO WAKIZASHI
45.1
NTHK Kanteisho x 2
A MASAMICHI KASUGA KABUTO DAIMYOJIN (HELMET)
A MOROKAGE WAKIZASHI 44.5
NTHK Kanteisho x 2
A NOBUTAKA WAKIZASHI 51.5
NTHK Kanteisho x 2
ERA / PERIOD
PRICE
Gendaito (~1940)
¥495,000
Shoho (1644~1648)
¥3,200,000
17th Eisho (1520)
¥2,400,000
2nd Bunkyu (1862)
¥2,500,000
2nd Eiroku (1559)
¥2,500,000
Showa (Pre WWII)
¥575,000
Eisho era (1504~1520) ¥600,000
Tenbun (1532~1555)
¥600,000
Shoho (1645-1648)
¥555,000
Bunki (1501-1503)
¥580,000
Kyoho era (1716~1735) ¥530,000
Manji era (1658-1660) ¥545,000
Daiei era (1521~1527) ¥450,000
Eikyo era (1429~1441) ¥600,000
Tensho (1573~1592)
¥585,000
Bunkyu (1861~1863)
¥425,000
Keio era (1865~1868)
¥350,000
Meiwa (1764~1771)
¥400,000
Early Edo Period
¥1,200,000
Tenpo era (1830~1844) ¥530,000
Oan era (1368~1374)
¥1,380,000
Kanei era (1624~1645) ¥925,000
Tensho (1573~1592)
¥1,190,000
Tenpo era (1830~1844) ¥1,200,000
Kanei era (1624~1645) ¥810,000
Kanei era (1624~1645) ¥755,000
Meireki era (1655~1657) ¥610,000
Shoho era (1645~1648) ¥900,000
Oei era (1394~1427)
¥950,000
Daiei era (1521~1527) ¥1,150,000
Kanbun (1661~1672)
¥790,000
Muromachi & Edo
¥1,400,000
Kagen era (1303~1305) ¥2,380,000
Oei era (1394~1427)
¥1,111,000
Oei era (1394~1427)
¥1,330,000
Kanbun (1661-1672)
¥845,000
Kanei (1624-1644)
¥950,000
Kanei (1624-1644)
¥1,170,000
Manji (1658-1660)
¥9000,000
Mid-Edo (~1700s)
¥470,000
Mid-Edo (~1700s)
¥700,000
Oei era (1394-1427)
¥500,000
Enpo era (1673-1681)
¥550,000
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2 (item no. ujka041)
A KANETSUGU KATANA
unsigned, showa period (circa 1940’s)
Swordsmith:
IMAI KANETSUGU (atrtribution)
Length (ubu):
73.0cm
Curvature:
2.1cm
Hamon:
Suguha (straight) and ko-midare (small peaks of waves)
Certificate:
NTHK-NPO Kanteisho (a sword designated as Important by the Society
for the Preservation of the Japanese Sword)
Included:
Koshirae, silk carry bag, sword stand, maintenance kit, printed care
guide, DVD, registration and all exportation paperwork to home country
¥495,000 (~$5,210)
In 1943 a list was published by the Nihon Token Tanrenjo (NTT) and the Nihon Token
Shinbunshi (NTS) ranking what were then "modern" (gendai) swordsmiths.
This was prior to the current system of rating used by either the NBTHK or NTHKNPO.
Imai Kanetsugu, who crafted this sword, was ranked as the top “Sekiwake” – a superior
swordsmith. The hamon (temper line) is a mixture of straight suguha and several
beautiful tiny waves appear when drawn to the light.
A gold-colored silk tsuka (hilt) and other quality koshirae (fittings) make up this enviably
muscular katana.
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3 (item no. ujka044)
A MUSASHI DAIJO KOREKAZU KATANA
signed, edo period (shoho era: 1644~1648)
Inscription:
(omote)
Location:
Musashi, Edo (Tokyo)
Length (ubu):
68.7cm
Curvature:
1.8cm
Hamon:
Daichoji Midare (large waves and cloves)
Certificate:
NBTHK Tokubetsu Hozon (a sword designated as Especially Worthy of
Conservation issued by the Society for the Preservation of the Japan Art Sword)
Included:
Vintage koshirae, shirasaya (magnolia scabbard), silk carry bag,
sword stand, maintenance kit, printed care guide, DVD and exportation services
¥3,200,000 (~$33,684)
Korekazu was one of the very greatest swordsmiths during the Shinto era (16th to 17th
centuries). Korekazu was a member of the Ishido School and eventually became the
finest swordsmith of the Edo Ishido School about 350 years ago.
The Ishido School originated at the Sekido Temple in Omi Province around the Kanei
period (1624). From there the smiths went to various sections of the country to found
branch Ishido schools.
Some went to Kii Province and came to be known as the Kishi Ishido. Later Tameyasu led
this group to Osaka. Others went to Edo, the most famous of these being Ishido Musashi
Korekazu who forged this sword.
The Ishido School smiths were best known for their ability to make swords in the Bizen
tradition of the Ichimonji School. They were well known for their hamon, which was a
robust choji midare, which sometimes reached the shinogi.
A spectacular leather-bound tachi koshirae (~400 years old) mounts this King of katanas.
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4 (item no. ujka047)
A HIKOBEI SUKESADA KATANA
signed + dated, muromachi period
17th of eisho (february 1520)
Inscription:
(omote)
(ura)
Location:
Bizen province (present day Okayama prefecture)
Length (ubu):
63.3cm
Curvature:
2.4cm
Hamon:
Gunome Midare
Certificate:
NBTHK Tokubetsu Kicho (both sword and koshirae designated as
Especially Precious by the Society for the Preservation of the Japan Art Sword)
Fujishiro:
Saijo-Saku (ranked as a grandmaster swordsmith)
Included:
Vintage koshirae, shirasaya, silk carry bag, sword stand, maintenance
kit, DVD, printed care guide, registration and all exportation paperwork
¥2,400,000 (~$25,263)
The Sayagaki (sumi-e writing on shirasaya attesting to authenticity) was written by
Honami Sensei from 6th of Heisei (1994) reads:"This sword was made by the first generation
of
(Hikobei Sukesada) in his later years.”
This is a masterpiece by the head of Sukesada family [Hikobei-no-jo], a father of Yosozaemon-no-jo Sukesada. Hikobei is Sukesada’s given name, and Bishu Osafune
Sukesada is the name he was known as a swordsmith 500 years ago.
The koshirae (mounting) is also certified as especially precious. The iron tsuba’s design
represents the good fortunes of Shougatsu (Japanese New year).
The fuchi (collar) and menuki (ornamental grips) are expertly crafted depictions of
seashells. This is an absolutely top class uchigatana sword for the discerning collector.
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7 item no. ujka057)
A KURIHARA NOBUHIDE KATANA
signed & dated, late edo period
2nd year of bunkyu (august 1862)
Inscription:
(omote)
(ura)
Swordsmith:
KURIHARA KEJI NOBUHIDE
Location:
Kyoto
Length (ubu):
72.1cm
Curvature:
1.3cm
Hamon:
Gunome-midare, sunagashi and kinsuji
Certificate:
NTHK-NPO Kanteisho (a sword designated as important by the Society
for the Preservation of the Japanese Sword)
Fujishiro:
Jojo-Saku (ranked as a highly superior swordsmith)
Included:
Shirasaya, silk katana bag, sword stand, maintenance kit, printed care
guide, DVD, and all legal paperwork to export to home country
¥2,500,000 (SOLD)
One of the finest horimono (engravers) in the Shinshinto period, Kurihara Keiji Nobuhide
is regarded as the supreme protégé of the infamous swordsmith Kiyomaro.
Born in Echigo province, Nobuhide originally travelled to Kyoto to become a mirror
maker. After a short 2-year apprentice with Kiyomaro he struck it out on his own with
tremendous success.
The skillfully engraved dragon on this commanding katana seems as if it’s rising from
the steel. Ranked as a highly superior swordsmith, works by Nobuhide are fondly
treasured in Japan. This is a fine example of the talent this craftsman commanded.
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8 (item no. ujka058)
A KIYOMITSU KATANA
signed & dated, late muromachi period
2nd year of eiroku (august 1559)
Inscription:
(omote)
(ura)
Swordsmith:
BIZEN NO KUNI JU OSAFUNE KIYOMITSU
Location:
Bizen province (present-day Okayama prefecture)
Length (ubu):
67.6cm
Curvature:
1.5cm
Hamon:
Wide suguha and notare, gunome and choji midare, midare-utsuri
Certificate:
NBTHK Hozon (a sword designated as Worthy of Conservation by the
Society for the Preservation of the Japan Art Sword)
Fujishiro:
Jo-Saku (ranked as a superior swordsmith)
Included:
Koshirae, shirasaya, silk katana bags, sword stand, maintenance kit,
printed care guide, DVD, and all legal paperwork to export to home country
¥2,500,000 (~$26,315)
The Kiyomitsu family were prestigious Bizen swordmakers in the Late Muromachi
Period. This is a stunning katana made by the second generation (ni-dai) known as
Magouemon-no-jo Kiyomitsu who is the son of Gorozaemon.
Fujishiro judged his work to be superior, clearly evident in this katana. A strong
hakikakeboshi (brush-stroke tip) formed of nie crystals demonstrates such skill.
The koshirae is made by a metalsmith from Mino province. Fuchigashira is shakudo-nanakouchi, its design is the flower of kiku (chrysanthemum, the emblem of the Imperial family)
with gold high relief engraving (takabori).
There is a dragon gold engraving in the mimi (the edge of tsuba). A pure gold ise-ebi
(Japanese lobster) menuki and a saya polished in lacquer with gold dusting caps off this
delightful katana.
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11 (item no. ujka064)
A YOSHISHIGE KATANA
signed, early showa period (pre wwii)
Inscription:
(omote)
Swordsmith:
YOSHISHIGE
Location:
Mino province (present-day Gifu prefecture)
Length (ubu):
62.9cm
Curvature:
1.2cm
Hamon:
Sugu-yakidashi, togari, ko-gunome-midare
Certificate:
NTHK-NPO Kanteisho (a sword designated as Important by the Society
for the Preservation of the Japanese Sword)
Included:
Koshirae, silk katana bags, sword stand, maintenance kit, printed care
guide, DVD, and all legal paperwork to export to home country
¥575,000 (~$5,927)
This is a stylish katana signed with a two character inscription by YOSHISHIGE made
just years before the start of WWII.
Complimenting the sword is a unique matching set of antique fuchi-kashira (collar &
pommel) from the Edo period of iron and silver inlay in the design of garden peas
wrapped within vines.
During the Edo-period, farmers were highly respected, ranking just below Samurai in
the rigid class-structure of the time. This is a tribute to the glory of nature.
The menuki (ornamental grips) is made out of gorgeous shakudo and gold takabori in the
design of a kiku (chrysanthemum, the imperial flower of Japan).
The expertly made maru-tsuba (round guard) is made out of yamagane (a type of copper)
in the form of an Ume (Japanese plum) and a daffodil. The saya (scabbard) is lacquered
in green exquisitely inlaid with mother of pearl and finely polished.
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15 (item no. ujwa061)
A SUKEHIRO WAKIZASHI
signed, muromachi period (eisho era: 1504~1520)
Inscription:
(omote)
Swordsmith:
SOSHU JU SUKEHIRO
Location:
Soshu province (Kamakura area)
Length:
46.4cm
Curvature:
1.3cm
Nakago:
Ubu
Hamon:
Gunome and togari with some nijuba
Certificate:
NTHK-NPO Kanteisho (a sword designated as Important by the Society
for the Preservation of the Japanese Sword)
Included:
Vintage koshirae, silk carry bag, sword stand, maintenance kit,
printed care guide, DVD, registration and all exportation paperwork
¥600,000 (~$6,315)
The Society for the Preservation of the Japanese Sword (NTHK-NPO) judged this sword
as fifth generation Soshu Ju Sukehiro of the Eisho Era (1504~1520), 500 years ago.
Signed Soshu tradition swords are a rare treat and Sukehiro is a highly ranked
swordsmith. Soshu traditions can be traced back to the great Masamune.
The koshirae (mounts) feature a mouse and dango (rice dumplings). Look out for the
mounted Samurai on horseback with a gunbai (war fan) on the menuki.
Referees in Sumo tournaments carry a similar gunbai, and use it to point to the winner of
each match.
A shakudo polished tsuba (guard) finishes off this unique piece of history.
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16 (item no. ujwa062)
AN IESUKE WAKIZASHI
signed, muromachi period (tenbun era: 1532~1555)
Inscription:
(omote)
Swordsmith:
KAGA NO KUNI IESUKE
Length:
49.2cm
Curvature:
1.3cm
Hamon:
Midare gunome (wavy circles) with choji (cloves) and a lots of utsuri
Jihada:
Itame nagare (rolling grain) and masame (straight grain)
Certificate:
NTHK-NPO Kanteisho (a sword designated as Important by the Society
for the Preservation of the Japanese Sword)
Included:
Vintage koshirae, shirasaya, silk carry bag, sword stand, maintenance
kit, printed care guide, DVD, exportation paperwork to home country
¥600,000 (~$6,315)
This is a brilliant wakizashi that has recently been given a full polish and it simply looks
amazing.
The hamon is chock full of activity including ‘bari bari’ utsuri, for sword aficionados, this
is steel craftsmanship to truly appreciate.
It was awarded NTHK-NPO Kanteisho as KAGA NO KUNI IESUKE who was a
swordsmith that lived in the Tenbun Era (1532-1555) in Kanazawa.
The classy koshirae is dominated by an arabesque motif for the fuchigashira (collar and
pommel).
Menuki (ornamental grips in the hilt) is of a Japanese fan and sakura (cherry blossom),
the national tree of Japan.
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20 (item no. ujwa067)
A KOREKAZU WAKIZASHI
unsigned, edo period (shoho era: 1645~1648)
Swordsmith:
MUSASHI DAIJO KOREKAZU (attribution)
Location:
Edo province (modern-day Tokyo)
Length:
50.7cm
Curvature:
1.0cm
Hamon:
Gyaku-choji (reverse clove pattern temper line)
Certificate:
NTHK-NPO Kanteisho (a sword designated as Important by the Society
for the Preservation of the Japanese Sword)
Included:
Vintage koshirae, shirasaya, silk carry bag, sword stand, maintenance
kit, printed care guide, DVD, registration and all exportation paperwork
¥555,000 (~$5,842)
Korekazu was one of the most celebrated swordsmiths during the Shinto era (1596-1751).
Korekazu was a member of the Ishido School and he eventually became the finest
swordsmith of the Edo Ishido School about 350 years ago.
The Ishido school smiths were best known for their ability to make swords in the Bizen
tradition of the Ichimonji School. They strived to reproduce the masterful swords made
during the Heian and Kamakura eras during the 12th-13th centuries.
This excellent wakizashi holds a very distinctive hamon that was Korekazu’s signature. It is
called gyaku-choji (reverse clove) where clove blossoms are flipped and angled to form a
beautifully artistic pattern along the length of the blade.
The magnificent koshirae (fittings) are a set of matching mounts that celebrate the iconic
dragonfly. The Samurai revered the dragonfly as when it flew, it flew forward in formation,
never retreating. It is a testament to the person who decides on a certain course of conduct,
and lives true to such purpose without wavering.
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21 (item no. ujwa072)
A HIRAKUNI WAKIZASHI
unsigned, muromachi period (bunki era: 1501~1503)
Swordsmith:
UDA HIRAKUNI (attribution)
Location:
Ecchu province (Toyama prefecture)
Length:
32.4cm
Curvature:
0.1 cm
Hamon:
Suguha and notare, togari-shin and gunome
Certificate:
NBTHK Hozon (a sword designated as Worthy of Conservation by the
Society for the Preservation of the Japan Art Sword)
Included:
Vintage koshirae, shirasaya, silk carry bag, sword stand, maintenance
kit, printed care guide, DVD and exportation services to home country
¥580,000 (~$6,105)
The antique shirasaya that holds this interesting wakizashi reads (sayagaki) that it was
made by Hokke Ichijo, which a very prestigious smith from Bingo province in the early
15th century. A respected polisher within our circles believes the sword could be made
by Naoe-Shizu from the Nambokucho era (14th century).
As the piece is unsigned, it’s up for interpretation. The experts at the NBTHK have
given the nod to Uda Hirakuni, which is a relatively conservative assessment. This
sword feels older and more valuable that its certification leads it to be.
The very pleasing antique koshirae (fittings) is one based on a nautical theme of a plover
birds flying free above the waves below. The kawari-saya is made with crushed motherof-pearl sprinkled delicately with depictions of white plover birds within.
The saya's koikuchi (mouth) and kurigata (thread hole) are beautifully wrapped by
samegawa (ray skin) that has been dyed green.
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28 (item no. ujta014)
A NOBUTAKA TANTO
signed, edo period (kyoho era: 1716~1735)
Inscription:
(omote)
Swordsmith:
HOUKI NO KAMI NOBUTAKA
Location:
Owari province (present day Aichi prefecture)
Length:
20.0cm
Nakago:
Ubu
Hamon:
Suguha with Ko-Ashi (straight with tiny legs)
Certificate:
NTHK-NPO Kanteisho (a sword designated as Important by the Society
for the Preservation of the Japanese Sword)
Fujishiro:
Jo-saku (ranked as a superior swordsmith of his generation)
Included:
Koshirae, shirasaya, silk carry bag, sword stand, maintenance kit,
printed care guide, DVD, registration and all exportation paperwork
¥530,000 (~$5,578)
Houki no Kami Nobutaka, chairman of the Seki Swordsmiths Association, was the
personal swordsmith of Owari Tokugawa Shogun family.
This is a very high-class Samurai tanto made 300 years ago during the Kyoho era – a
time in which Tokyo (Edo) became the world’s largest city with all of 1.1million people!
The kasane (spine) is very thick, especially crafted to penetrate armor. These robust
tantos were highly prized by the Samurai class.
Complimenting the power of the piece is a Higo Zougan koshirae that elegantly secures
the sword. The saya (scabbard) features crushed blue shells, which are skillfully
decorated and secured layer-by-layer with Japanese lacquer.
The shakudo kozuka (paper knife) is signed by
well-known sword-fitting craftsman.
(Shitsu Saburou Kaneuchi), a
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29 (item no. ujta015)
A TSUNAHIRO TANTO
signed, edo period (manji era: 1658~1660)
Inscription:
(omote)
(ura)
Swordsmith:
ISE DAIJO TSUNAHIRO
Length (ubu):
17.8cm
Hamon:
Notare, Sunagashi, Yubashiri and Kinsuji
Jihada:
Masame (straight grain)
Certificate:
NTHK-NPO Kanteisho (a sword designated as Important by the Society
for the Preservation of the Japanese Sword)
Fujishiro:
Jo-saku (ranked as a superior swordsmith of his generation)
Included:
Vintage koshirae, signed shirasaya, silk carry bag, sword stand,
maintenance kit, printed care guide, DVD, registration and all exportation paperwork
¥545,000 (~$5,736)
Regarded as a superior swordsmith, fifth generation Tsunahiro pays tribute to the greatest of all
sword makers (Masamune), with this signed Samurai family tanto as Momijigari. “Momijigari”
means appreciating the turning of the maple tree leaves in autumn.
In the same spirit Ohanami (appreciating the blooming of sakura blossoms in spring), it was
popular to observe the maple trees change color by the Yoshino River in the fall. Maple leaves
fall on river turning the water into a flowing canvas of rich, vibrant colors.
This tanto has a famous “funa-gata nakago” (a tang with a wide bulge that is said to resemble a
boat). It reads
(Momijigari) on the front and
(Masamune) on the back.
The shirasaya (magnolia scabbard) is further signed (sayagaki) and reads
(Soshu Ju
Tsunahiro), 5 Sun 8 Bu (the traditional measurement of the blade). An elegant set of Edoperiod koshirae (fittings) further compliments this little Japanese treasure piece.
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31 (item no. ujta017)
A NOBUKUNI TANTO
unsigned, muromachi period (eikyo era: 1429~1441)
Swordsmith:
NOBUKUNI (attribution)
Length:
21.3cm
Curvature:
Uchizori (inward curving)
Hamon:
Gunome midare (irregular waves), yahazu
Certificate:
NTHK-NPO Kanteisho (a sword designated as Important by the Society
for the Preservation of the Japanese Sword)
Fujishiro:
Jo-saku (ranked as a superior swordsmith of his generation)
Included:
Shirasaya, silk carry bag, sword stand, maintenance kit, printed care
guide, DVD and exportation services
¥600,000 (~$6,315)
Son of Saemonnojo Nobukuni, Shikibunojo Nobukuni is a prestigious swordsmith ranked with
the likes of Bizen’s Morimitsu and Yoshimitsu. Early on his was known as Nobusada.
Works span from the Oei to Eikyo (1394~1429). The hamon (temper line) is very distinctive, in
some places two continuous gunome are fused together, becoming yahazu (fish-tail shaped). The
Nobukuni School is highly stared for their horimono (engravings).
The vintage issaku koshirae (matching fittings) are absolutely stunning. Fuchigashira and menuki
(collar & pommel & ornamental grips) are made out of shakudo-nanako with gold yo-bori
carvings that feature blossoming peonies, the king of Japanese flowers symbolizing wealth,
good fortune, honor, and bravery. The gold threading on the tsuka (hilt) shows Samurai status.
Saya is lacquered in black and polished with a Samurai Kaeshi-zuno (a hook-shaped fitting).
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32 (item no. ujta018)
A HOKKE TANTO
signed, muromachi period (tensho era: 1573~1592)
Inscription:
Swordsmith:
HOKKE
Location:
Mino (Gifu prefecture)
Length:
29.8cm
Hamon:
Koshibiraki-gunome-midare
Certificate:
NTHK-NPO Kanteisho (a sword designated as Important by the
Society for the Preservation of the Japanese Sword)
Included:
Vintage koshirae, silk carry bag, sword stand, maintenance kit,
printed care guide, DVD and exportation services to home country
¥585,000 (~$6,157)
The Hokke name originates from Bingo province in Hiroshima, so it is likely that the Hokke
smith who made this tanto travelled to Mino from Bingo province as swordsmiths often did.
The hamon (temper line) is a well-crafted koshibiraki gunome midare (which are clove blossoms
following a wavy pattern. It is a distinctive hamon found on swords crafted in the Bizen
tradition in modern-day Okayama.
A most splendid set of koshirae fittings known as Denchu-Sashi-Koshirae meant for wear in the
Imperial palacegrace this tanto. Fuchi(collar) circa late 1700s is made from shakudowith gold
taka-yo-bori carvings of Hakime (sand) and plants. Signed: Kitosai Omori Terumitsu Kao.
Shakudo menuki (ornamental grip) feature a most rare depiction of horin (Dharmachakra, a
symbol of the Buddhist ‘wheel of life’ that leads to enlightenment). A Ko-kinko-tsuba (antique
guard) from the Muromachi period also features horin with kiku (chrysanthemum flowers of the
Imperial family).
This tanto was surely owned by a Samurai with highly respected status.
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34 (item no. ujta020)
A MUNEAKI TANTO
unsigned, late edo period (bunkyu era: 1861~1863)
Swordsmith:
ICHINOSEKI MUNEAKI (attribution)
Location:
Ichinoseki, Rikuchu (Iwate prefecture)
Length (ubu):
18.2cm
Hamon:
Gunome-midare and yubashiri
Certificate:
NBTHK Kicho (a sword designated Precious by the Society for the
Preservation of the Japan Art Sword)
Included:
Vintage koshirae, shirasaya, silk carry bag, sword stand, maintenance
kit, printed care guide, DVD and exportation services to home country
¥425,000 (~$4,473)
According to Fujishiro in Nihon Shinto Jiten, of swordsmith Muneaki “both his style and mei
(inscription) have the flavor of Katayama Munetsugu, an he is said to have especially given attention
to sharpness.”
Upper-class swordsmith Muneaki was indeed a pupil of the most famous smiths in the late
Edo period, Koyama Munetsugu. They lived in Rikuchu Ichinoseki (Iwate Prefecture).
The aikuchi-koshirae (fittings) is made from iron and splashes of silver pay tribute the milky
waygalaxy. The rather intriguing menuki has yo-bori engraving made in the form of a
spool.
A beautiful Kawari-saya is lined with scatterings of mother-of pearl secures the tanto.
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35 (item no. ujta021)
A TOKUMASA TANTO
unsigned, late edo period (keio era: 1865~1868)
Swordsmith:
DEN TOKUMASA (attribution)
Location:
Mito, Hitachi no Kuni (Ibaraki prefecture)
Length (ubu):
20.5cm
Curvature:
0.1cm
Hamon:
Gunome and notare with kinsen
Certificate:
NTHK-NPO Kanteisho (a sword designated as Important by the Society
for the Preservation of the Japanese Sword)
Included:
Vintage koshirae, shirasaya, silk carry bag, sword stand, maintenance
kit, printed care guide, DVD and exportation services to home country
¥350,000 (~$3,684)
Tokumasa was swordsmith from Mito in Hitachi no Kuni (Ibaraki prefecture) and a pupil of
prominent swordsmiths Katsumura Norikatsu and Ichige Tokurin.
Beautifully crafted with gentle gunome hamon (wavy temper line), the tanto is secured in a
black-lacqured kizamisaya in aikuchi koshirae.
The menuki(ornamental grips)made from shakudo-nanako are in the form of kiku
(chrysanthemum, the floral emblem of the Imperial family) encircled by gosan no kiri (which
was the imperial crest or kamon given by the Emperor to the Ashikaga.)
In 1568, Ashikaga Yoshiaki gave Nobunaga permission to use the "Go-San-no-Kiri" imperial
kamon, as well as the Ashikaga family emblem, the "Futa-Hiki-Ryou".
This very prestigious gift of two family emblems was given to Nobunaga in thanks for his
effectively having Yoshiaki installed as Shogun.
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36 (item no. ujta022)
AN UJISHIGE TANTO
unsigned, edo period (meiwa era: 1764~1771)
Swordsmith:
DEN HARIMA NO KUNI UJISHIGE (attribution)
Location:
Tegarayama, Harima no Kuni (Hyogo prefecture)
Length:
20.4cm
Hamon:
Doranba and uchinoke and yo
Certificate:
NTHK-NPO Kanteisho (a sword designated as Important by the Society
for the Preservation of the Japanese Sword)
Included:
Vintage koshirae, shirasaya (magnolia scabbard), silk carry bag,
sword stand, maintenance kit, printed care guide, DVD and exportation services to
home country
¥400,000 (~$4,210)
This very attractive tanto by swordsmith Ujishige belonged to the Tegarayama School in
Hyogo, nestled between Bizen and Kyoto provinces.
There were many generations of Tegarayama Ujishige, the fourth generation of which this
sword was made moved to Shirakawa in Oshu (Iwate prefecture) and changed his name to
Masashige.Tegarayama Masashige then became a prominent swordsmith during Shinshinto (late
Edo) period.
A matching set of fittings (issaku koshirae) made from shinchu is referred to a sogaki-koshirae
beautifully compliments the blade. It consists of kizami-saya and kizami-tsuka (a roundedtexture) made from leather kawa-maki. The design depicts tanabata – a wood considered by the
Japanese to originate from the heavens symbolizing luck and long life.
There is a famous Tanabata star festival in Japan that celebrates the meeting of the deities
Orihime and Hikoboshi (represented by the stars Vega and Altair respectively). According to
legend, the Milky Way separates these lovers, allowed to meet only once a year on the seventh
day of the seventh lunar month of the luni-solar calendar.
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Only the Samurai were permitted to wear the long and
short swords (katana and wakizashi).
38 (item no. ujka067)
A NAGAMICHI SAMURAI DAISHO (2 swords)
(katana & wakizashi)
signed, edo period
Inscription:
Swordsmith:
MUTSU DAIJO MIYOSHI NAGAMICHI
Location:
Aizu province (Fukushima prefecture)
Length:
66.6cm (katana) 44.1cm (wakizashi)
Hamon:
Togari gunome with sanbonsugi and gunome
Certificate:
NTHK-NPO Kanteisho (a sword designated as Important by the Society
for the Preservation of the Japanese Sword – wakizashi only)
Included:
Vintage koshirae x 2, shirasaya x 2, silk carry bag, sword stand,
maintenance kit, printed care guide, DVD and exportation services to home country
¥1,200,000 (SOLD)
This is very rare find indeed. An authentic traditional daisho (katana and wakizashi)
from the Edo Period (18-19th century) exactly as a Samurai would have worn.
Both the wakizashi and katana are in their original condition and signed Mutsu Daijo
Miyoshi Nagamichi. The signature on the wakizashi has been certified to be the Shodai
(founder) in around 1661 who was a grandmaster. The katana was likely forged by a
later generation Nagamichi. The swords were crafted in Aizu (Fukushima prefecture).
All fittings match perfectly; this is a genuine Edo-period Samurai daisho.
From intricately designed dragons to spiny lobsters (ise-ebi), this is a highly prized
collectible. Price includes a vintage “kiri-bako” (katana box) from the Edo period.
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43 (item no. ujwa081)
A YOSHIHIRO WAKIZASHI
unsigned, late edo period (tenpo era: 1830~1844)
Swordsmith:
DEN EDO IKKANSAI YOSHIHIRO (attribution)
Length (ubu):
33.9cm
Curvature:
0.4cm
Jihada:
Wavy Itame
Hamon:
Gunome-Midare and Ashi
Certificate:
NTHK-NPO Kanteisho (a sword designated as Important by the Society
for the Preservation of the Japanese Sword)
Included:
Vintage koshirae, silk carry bag, sword stand, maintenance kit,
printed care guide, DVD and exportation services
¥530,000 (~$5,578)
Ikkansai Yoshihiro was a pupil of Suishinshi Masahide and his name relates to the fact that
he was skilled at creating swords in the style of Go no Yoshihiro - one of Masamune’s
infamous Jittetsu (10 students) in the Kenmu period (1334-1336).
Not many of Yoshihiro’s swords are actually in existence so this is a fortunate find.
Yoshihiro was known for hitatsura-like hamon and midareba. The jihada (surface grain) has
a dazzling wavy o-itame forging technique.
Yoshihiro swords pay tribute to the Soshu tradition of the koto period. Fujishiro
(leading sword appraiser) refers to his works as “nothing but beautiful”.
One aspect of this sword that can be enjoyed is the funa-gata nakago (fune means “boat”).
The line of the cutting edge has a deep outward bulge. This is a rare nakago and
associated with Masamune of Soshu and his school. Edo-period koshirae has a lovely
kozuka (paper knife) with the design of a peony and shisa lions.
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50 (item no. ujka069)
AN ENJU KUNIYOSHI KATANA
unsigned, nanbokucho period (oan era: 1368~1374)
Swordsmith:
Den Higo Enju Kuniyoshi (attribution)
Location:
Higo province (present-day Kumamoto)
Length:
63.9cm
Curvature:
1.7cm
Jihada:
Itame
Hamon:
Hoso Suguha (thin straight temperline). Gunome on only one side!
Certificate:
NTHK-NPO Kanteisho (a sword designated as Important by the Society
for the Preservation of the Japanese Sword)
Included:
Vintage koshirae, shirasaya, silk carry bags, sword stand,
maintenance kit, DVD, printed care guide, registration and all exportation paperwork
¥1,380,000 (~$14,226)
The Enju School can trace itself back to both the Yamashiro Rai School and the Yamato
tradition from Nara. The story begins with Hiromura from the Yamato Shikkake School
who moved to Kyoto to study under the great Rai Kuniyuki.
Hiromura’s son, Kunimura, who is said to have married one of Kuniyuki’s daughters,
moved to Higo province (Kumamoto prefecture) to start the Enju School in about 1312.
One of Kunimura’s finest students, Kuniyoshi, is attributed to have forged this katana.
It carries all the quality hallmarks of the Rai brand, especially the hoso suguha (thin
straight temper line). It also has a long bo-hi (groove) extending the length of the blade.
The creative koshirae features a fuchigashira made out of shakudo nanako-uchi with
depictions of owls, birds, frogs and a wild chrysanthemum with takabori. The menuki is
formed of shakudo covered with gold with the design of crow and the rising sun. A rare
otsubu samekawa coated tsukamaki is wrapped with brown-lacquered leather cord.
The tsuba is from the Kinko School and made from polished shakudo migaki with katakiribori in the design of wild grass on a field. Saya is layered with an antique ishime-ji finish.
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51 (item no. ujka072)
AN IESHIGE KATANA
unsigned, edo period (kanei era: 1624-1645)
Swordsmith:
Kashu Fujiwara Ieshige (attribution)
Location:
Kaga province (present-day Ishikawa)
Length:
63.4cm
Curvature:
1.3cm
Jihada:
Ko-Itame
Hamon:
Togari-shin and Gunome Choji-Midare
Nakago:
Ubu (original condition tang)
Certificate:
NBTHK Hozon (a sword designated as Worthy of Conservation by the
Society for the Preservation of the Japan Art Sword)
Included:
Vintage koshirae, shirasaya, silk carry bags, sword stand,
maintenance kit, DVD, printed care guide, registration and all exportation paperwork
¥925,000 (~$9,736)
Fujiwara no Ieshige is regarded as the founder of Shinto Katsukuni School, which
flourished with his son Darani Katsukuni and several generations that carried on the
Katsukuni name. This katana is attributed to the Kanei era, corresponding to the first
generation Ieshige. It has an extended kissaki and a glorious wavy clove (choji) hamon.
Interesting to note, many swords that were made in Kashu (Ishikawa prefecture) have a
nakago with a distinctive shape where the tip (nakago-jiri) curves upwards. This is called
Ha-agari-Kurishiri. One could easily classify this remarkable sword to that of the Bizen
tradition, but the unique nakagojiri speaks poignantly to swords made from Kashu.
The artistic fittings include a fuchigashira made from shakudo and takabori in the design of
a flowering plant and a singing insect found in autumn in the Mino province. The tsuba
comprises also of shakudo and gold takabori in the shape of mokko-gata with full of
flowering plants in Mino and a powerful dragon in the mimi (edge of the tsuba).
Menuki is further made of shakudo and takabori with depictions of chrysanthemums.
Tsuka is weaved of fine jabara-maki and the saya is black-lacquered Inro-kizami.
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52 (item no. ujka073)
A TSUNAHIRO KATANA (2nd generation)
unsigned, muromachi period (tensho era: 1573-1592)
Swordsmith:
Soshu Tsunahiro 2nd generation (attribution)
Location:
Odawara province (present-day Kanagawa)
Length (ubu):
63.5cm
Curvature:
2.0cm
Jihada:
Tight Itame
Hamon:
Gunome-midare and Hitatsura
Certificate:
NTHK-NPO Kanteisho (a sword designated as Important by the Society
for the Preservation of the Japanese Sword)
Fujishiro:
Jo-Saku (ranked as a superior swordsmith)
Included:
Vintage koshirae, silk carry bag, sword stand, maintenance kit, DVD,
printed care guide, registration and all exportation paperwork
¥1,190,000 (~$12,268)
In the mid 1500s, first generation Tsunahiro moved from Kamakura to Odawara in
Kanagawa prefecture and worked for the emerging Hojo clan. Subsequently no less
than twenty (20) dedicated generations of the Tsunahiro swordsmith name supported
the Tokugawa Shogunate throughout the Edo Period to the Meiji period (1600~1867).
Swords made by the first and second generation Tsunahiro are the most prized of all.
This handsome katana is blessed with an eye-catching hamon and a well-forged body.
The powerful warrior-themed koshirae comprises of a fuchigashira made from shakudonanako depicting Samurai in gold, copper and shakudo takabori. The marvelous menuki is
formed of marching Samurai in shakudo and gold takabori.
The iron tsuba is uniquely designed with fighting Samurai with gold, silver and copper
inlay with shakudo fukurin in mimi (tsuba’s edge). The kojiri (tip of the scabbard) is
wrapped and reinforced in iron with stately floral patterns. The gracefully curved saya
is decorated in a rare olive-green colour.
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53 (item no. ujka075)
A KUNIHIKO PHOENIX KATANA
unsigned, edo period (tenpo era: 1830-1844)
Swordsmith:
Bingo no Kuni Takenaka Kunihiko (attribution)
Location:
Bingo province (present-day Hiroshima)
Length:
68.7cm
Curvature:
2.6cm
Jihada:
Tight Nashiji-hada and Muji-fu
Hamon:
Notare-Gunome and Togari-ba
Nakago:
Ubu (original condition tang)
Certificate:
NTHK-NPO Kanteisho (a sword designated as Important by the Society
for the Preservation of the Japanese Sword)
Included:
Vintage tachi koshirae with phoenix, silk carry bag, sword stand,
maintenance kit, DVD, printed care guide, registration and all exportation paperwork
¥1,200,000 (~$12,371)
Kunihiko was born in Tajima (Hyogo prefecture). He studied under Kenryushi Toshiyuki
from the Hamabe School who was skilled at producing an excellent tight itame, almost mujihada giving the appearance of grainless steel. This is a noteworthy characteristic of
Shinshinto blades (swords made between 1781 and 1868).
Kunihiko first signed as Kunimitsu, then Kunitora, then Kunihiko, and finally to Takenaka
Kunihiko. He became the official swordsmith for the 7th Daimyo of Fukuyama clan, Abe
Masahiro who was worth 110,000 Koku in Hiroshima prefecture.
Tachi swords made 1,000 years ago inspired this
extremely curved katana. An incredible tachi koshirae
features an elaborate kashira in the form of a phoenix
(Hō-ō). The phoenix was adopted as a symbol of the
imperial household, particularly the empress
representing fire, the sun, justice, and fidelity.
Other fittings are made of shinchu with a gold finish. The saya (scabbard) is of Kinnashiji
(lacquered in gold aventurine) with arabesque swirls. This is a fabulous display piece.
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55 (item no. ujwa087)
A SHIGEKUNI WAKIZASHI
unsigned, edo period (kanei era: 1624~1645)
Swordsmith:
Monju Shigekuni (attribution)
Location:
Kishu province (present-day Wakayama)
Length:
45.1cm
Curvature:
1.0cm
Jihada:
Itame and Mokume and Jinie
Hamon:
Naka-Suguha and deep Konie and Nijyuba (Double) and Ko-midare and
Kuichigaiba and Sunanagashi and Koashi. Hataraki in Hachu is lively.
Nakago:
Ubu (original condition tang)
Certificate:
NBTHK Hozon (a sword designated as Worthy of Conservation by the
Society for the Preservation of the Japan Art Sword)
Included:
Vintage koshirae, shirasaya, silk carry bag, sword stand, maintenance
kit, DVD, printed care guide, registration and all exportation paperwork
¥810,000 (~$8,350)
Shigekuni was Sai-Josaku (grandmaster), one of the finest swordsmiths of Shinto period.
His skill was regularly compared with the likes of Horikawa Kunihiro among all the
Keicho Shinto smiths. His strength lay in his production of clear and bright jihada
(surface grain) and a ha (cutting edge) that was second to none among other smiths.
Shigekuni belonged to the Monju-ha of the Yamato Tegai School and served Shogun
Tokugawa Ieyasu as one of his personal sword makers. After Ieyasu passed away in
1616, Shigekuni followed Ieyasu’s tenth son, Yorinobu to Kishu province. This is why
the swordsmith is called Nanki Shigekuni (Nanki is a place within Kishu.)
Fuchigashira is made out of shakudo-nanako and gold, silver and shakudo takabori with the
design of tiger and bamboo grass. Menuki is of a gold male and female dragon. The
tsuba is made out of iron with the shape of mokko-gata. Its design is of gold spray and
waves in katagiribori. Saya is black-lacquered in the form of an inro kizamisaya. The silk
sageo is wrapped in a ronin-musubi knot giving the impression it is the tail of a tiger.
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56 (item no. ujwa088)
A MUNETSUGU WAKIZASHI
(nearly katana length)
unsigned, edo period (kanei era: 1624-1645)
Swordsmith:
Hizen Iyo no Jyo Munetsugu (attribution)
Location:
Hizen province (present-day Saga prefecture)
Length:
58.9cm
Curvature: 1.2cm
Jihada:
Tight itame
Hamon: Naka-Suguha and Gunome-Midare
Nakago:
Ubu (original condition tang)
Certificate:
NTHK-NPO Kanteisho (a sword designated as Important by the
Society for the Preservation of the Japanese Sword)
Included:
Vintage koshirae, shirasaya, silk carry bag, sword stand, maintenance
kit, DVD, printed care guide, registration and all exportation paperwork
¥755,000 (~$7,947)
Shodai Munetsugu (first generation) was born in Nagase-mura circa (1542~1568) and is
considered to be the founder of Shinto Hizento. In fact, the great Shodai Tadayoshi was his
student from age 13 to 25. In 1606 he was appointed “Jo Tsukasa-no-Kashira” (person in charge
of all Hizen smiths). He was also the local religious leader, and shrine leader of Tenman-gu.
First and second generations of smiths known as Munetsugu Iyo no Jyo were both highly skilled
smiths. Either one can be credited (perhaps jointly) with this sword as there was an overlap in
the their respective careers. Shodai received the name of Muneyasu from Feudal lord, Nabeshima
Katsushige. He then succeeded his name to Munetsugu in his later years.
This beautiful wakizashi is formed in Katakiriha-zukuri where one side is shinogi-zukuri and
the other is kiriha-zukuri. This type originated at the end of the Kamakura period (1288-1334)
and was fashionable during Japan’s cultural renaissance from 1596-1643.
The fuchigashira is made out of shakudo-nanako in the design of flying dragon and gold takabori.
Menuki is made out of shakudo also in the design of dragon. The maru tsuba (round-shaped
guard) is exquisitely pounded in shakudo-nanako-uchi. The saya is lacquered in black with
spiraled shells sprinkled throughout. A gold dragon kozuka (paper knife) is signed, Houki no
Kami Fujiwara no Nobutaka and Hosaki. The wari kogai (hair spike) is of yamagane (copper)
expertly carved in a flying dragon.
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57 (item no. ujwa089)
A NOBUIE WAKIZASHI
signed, edo period (meireki era: 1655~1657)
Swordsmith:
Owari Izumi no Kami Nobuie (partly signed)
Location:
Owari province (present-day Aichi prefecture)
Length:
48.2cm
Curvature:
1.4cm
Jihada:
Tight Nashiji-hada and Muji-fu
Hamon:
Notare-Gunome and Togari-ba
Nakago:
Suriage (slightly shortened)
Certificate:
NTHK-NPO Kanteisho (a sword designated as Important by the Society
for the Preservation of the Japanese Sword)
Included:
Vintage koshirae, silk carry bag, sword stand, maintenance kit, DVD,
printed care guide, registration and all exportation paperwork
¥610,000 (~$6,288)
Swordsmith Nobuie was mentored by second generation Nobutaka one of the finest smiths
of the Owari Seki School. His first kanji signature was
(Nobuie), he later changed it to
(Nobuie) when he received the title Izumi no Kami. Fujishiro ranked Nobuie as ChuJosaku – an above average swordsmith of his generation.
The sword is in fine condition; signed with part of the signature lost due to shortening.
It is polished in what is known as sashikomi-togi, the classical style polish aimed at showing
the blade’s “natural face”. No hadori (white pattern) is used on the blade.
One can admire a very complex yakiba (tempered surface between the ha and hamon).
Fuchi-gashira is of shakudo-nanako in the design of fighting Samurai at war. The menuki is
made out of shakudo and gold inlay with the design of the god Hotei's walking stick and
furoshiki (a parcel wrapped in cloth). This is known as Rusumoyo (Rusu means ‘absent ’,
Moyo means ‘design’.) This unique piece of art is designed to recall lucky Hotei! An iron
Heianjo tsuba with shinchu inlay of an arabesque pattern and heraldic design comes together
with a saya that is lacquered with mother-of-pearl scattered its entire length.
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58 (item no. ujwa090)
A MASATOSHI WAKIZASHI
signed, edo period (shoho era: 1645-1648)
Swordsmith:
Heianjo Ishido Ukon Masatoshi
Location:
Yamashiro province (present-day Kyoto)
Length:
53.7cm
Curvature:
1.1cm
Jihada:
Itame
Hamon:
High temperature choji-midare
Nakago:
Suriage (complete signature is visible)
Certificate:
NTHK-NPO Kanteisho (a sword designated as Important by the Society
for the Preservation of the Japanese Sword)
Included:
Vintage koshirae, shirasaya, silk carry bag, sword stand, maintenance
kit, DVD, printed care guide, registration and all exportation paperwork
¥900,000 (~$9,278)
A group of smiths that lived in Omi province are said to be descendants of the great
Bizen-province Ichimonji School, calling themselves Ishido. Swordsmiths from the Kishu
Ishido School worked exclusively for Kishu Tokugawa Family in Kishu, Wakayama.
During the Shoho era (1645-1648) swordsmiths from Kishu Ishido School moved to
various locales in the country. The Masatoshi group migrated to Kyo (Kyoto) and
swordsmith Masatoshi became the founder of the Kyo Ishido School.
Collectively the Ishido smiths were famous for producing swords with the iconic gunome
choji-midar hamon (clove-shaped temper line). Masatoshi was particularly skilled and
ranked above smiths of his generation and this sword is a prime example as such.
The fuchigashira is made out of shakudo and ishime-ji with the design of the Sawa family
Hachiyou ni maru kamon (8-planet crest), ancestors to the Fujiwara family. The tsukamaki
(hilt) is wrapped in leather cord. Menuki is of yamagane carved in the design of a crane
representing long life. The round iron maru-tsuba features a lovely arabesque pattern
with sukashi. The saya is lacquered with ishime-ji in an elegant chocolate-brown colour.
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59 (item no. ujwa091)
A NOBUKUNI WAKIZASHI
unsigned, early muromachi period (oei era: 1394~1427)
Swordsmith:
Yamashiro Shikibunojyo Nobukuni (attribution)
Location:
Yamashiro province (present-day Kyoto)
Length:
51.3cm
Curvature:
1.5cm
Jihada:
Itame
Hamon:
Small Gunome-Midare and Naka-Yakihaba (Yahazu midare), a family trait
Certificate:
NTHK-NPO Kanteisho (a sword designated as Important by the Society
for the Preservation of the Japanese Sword)
Included:
Vintage koshirae, shirasaya, silk carry bag, sword stand, maintenance
kit, DVD, printed care guide, registration and all exportation paperwork
¥950,000 (~$9,793)
This wakizashi is registered in the 26th year of Showa (1951), where only Damiyo families
(great feudal lords) were invited to submit their swords. It is a mark of great distinction.
Son of Saemonnojo Nobukuni, Shikibunojo Nobukuni is a prestigious swordsmith ranked with
the likes of Bizen’s Morimitsu and Yoshimitsu. Early on he was known as Nobusada.
Works span from Oei to Eikyo (1394~1429). The hamon (temper line) is very distinctive, in
some places two continuous gunome are fused together, becoming yahazu (fish-tail shaped).
The Nobukuni School is highly stared for their horimono (engravings) and this sword has a
long bo-hi (groove) extending the length of the blade.
The fuchigashira is formed of shakudo and ishime-ji and gold inlay in the design of a pine
needle and family crest. The menuki is formed of shakudo and gold with the design of
traveler on a ship on the wave of the sea.
The mokko tsuba is of yamagane with sukashi openwork in the design of paulownia flowers.
Hundreds of tiny black lines thread their way around the red saya to form a lucky silk spool.
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60 (item no. ujgu014)
A SUKESADA NAVY KATANA
signed, mid muromachi period (daiei era: 1521~1527)
Swordsmith:
Bishu Osafune Sukesada (signed)
Location:
Bizen province (present-day Okayama)
Length:
63.8cm
Curvature:
2.0cm
Jihada:
Ko-Itame and Nagereru and Masame. Plenty of Midare-Utsuri.
Hamon:
Naka-Suguha and Notare and Ashi and Yo
Nakago:
Ubu (uncut)
Certificate:
NTHK-NPO Kanteisho (a sword designated as Important by the Society
for the Preservation of the Japanese Sword)
Included:
WWII Japanese Naval Officer Kai-Gunto Mounts, shirasaya, silk carry
bag, sword stand, maintenance kit, DVD, printed care guide, all exportation paperwork
¥1,150,000 (~$11,855)
This is a splendid uchigatana (one-handed sword) from the middle of the Muromachi
Period, made during the Sengoku Jidai when Japan was in full out war for about 100 years.
The sword is signed by Sukesada - a name forever synonymous with the Bizen region and
tradition with over 60 generations sharing the name. Given the time period and analysis of
the signature, it is very possible that the great Yosozaemon-no-Jo Sukesada forged the blade.
Yosozaemon-no-jo was ranked as Saijo-Saku (grandmaster swordsmith) by Fujishiro.
Quite spectacular in it’s own right, the sword is housed in a traditional WWII Japanese
Naval Fittings (Dai Nippon Teikoku Kaigun Gunto Koshirae) that is in near mint condition.
It is quite unusual to see such an old katana in Japanese Naval fittings from the 20th
century. Therefore, this katana was almost certainly carried by an officer of high rank such
as Taisa (Colonel), Chuusa (Lieutenant-Colonel), or Shousa (Major).
The fittings comprise of a black ray skin scabbard (samekawa togidashi), with matching
number “359” on all elements such as the tsuba, fuchi, and six(!) seppas.
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61 (item no. ujwa092)
A KUNIKANE WAKIZASHI
unsigned, early edo period (kanbun era: 1661~1672)
Swordsmith:
Yamashiro no Kami Kunikane 2nd generation (attribution)
Location:
Sendai province (present-day Miyagi prefecture)
Length:
44.2cm
Curvature:
0.7cm
Jihada:
Beautiful Masame-hada
Hamon:
Naka-Suguha with Nijyu-ba and Hotsure
Nakago:
Ubu (uncut)
Certificate:
NTHK-NPO Kanteisho (a sword designated as Important by the Society
for the Preservation of the Japanese Sword)
Included:
Vintage koshirae, shirasaya, silk carry bag, sword stand, maintenance
kit, DVD, printed care guide, registration and all exportation paperwork
¥790,000 (~$8,144)
Eldest son second generation Kunikane was born Hongo Kichizaemon. He is said to have
inherited the business from his father Shoho Ninen in 1645. He received the prestigious title
of Yamashiro no Kami in December 1667 and died at the age of 81 in 1672.
The family worked directly for the Date Masamune clan in Sendai (present-day Miyagi
prefecture). Following his father’s lead (and some say eventually surpassing his father in
skille), Kunikane swords are blessed with plenty of activity in the blade such as nijyuba
(double hamon), hotsure (strays along the hamon) and sunagashi (streaks of sand).
The masame-hada (straight grain), a distinguishing mark of swords made in the Yamato
tradition is absolutely beautiful and the center point to this wakizashi.
The koshirae carries a splendid dragon theme. Fuchigashira is made out of shakudo with
high-relief gold takabori carvings of a dragon and ume (plum blossom). Menuki is also of
gold dragon takabori.
An iron tsuba with katagiribori gold inlay juxtaposes powerful waves and a spiraling dragon.
Saya was once part of a Samurai daisho and is lacquered in black and polished beautifully.
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62 (item no. ujka076)
A DENCHU-ZASHI DAISHO
ceremonial swords to be worn in a daimyo castle
both swords registered in 1951 (showa 26), daimyo year
Swordsmiths:
Dai (long sword): Harima Daijyo Fujiwara no Kiyomitsu (signed)
Sho (short sword): Not confirmed
Period (era):
Dai: Kanbun (1661~1672) Sho: ~ Eisho (1504-1520)
Length:
Dai: 54cm
Sho: 39.6cm
Curvature:
Dai: 0.9cm
Sho: 0.9cm
Jihada:
Dai: Tight Itame
Sho: Tight Ko-Mokume-hada and Shirakeru
Hamon:
Dai: Naka Suguha
Sho: Gunome-midare Boshi: Jizo & Kaeri
Nakago:
Dai: Tight Itame
Sho: Tight Ko-Mokume-hada and Shirakeru
Certificate:
Dai only: NTHK-NPO Kanteisho (a sword designated as Important by
the Society for the Preservation of the Japanese Sword)
Included:
Vintage koshirae, vintage sword box, letter that reads they were
swords of protection for the Satake family, shirasayas, silk carry bags, sword stand,
maintenance kit, DVD, printed care guide, registration and all exportation paperwork
¥1,400,000 (~$14,432)
This is a most impressive ceremonial Samurai Daisho (long and short sword) that was the
possession of the Satake clan. A letter testifying to this fact is included with the swords.
The swords were both registered in 1951,
the first year in which only Daimyo
families were asked to submit their swords.
Many more images and information can be
shared to those interested in ownership.
Please enquire for further details.
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65 (item no. ujka077)
A RYOKAI HISANOBU KATANA
unsigned, kamakura period (kagen era: 1303-1305)
Swordsmith:
Ryokai Hisanobu (attribution)
Location:
Yamashiro province (Kyoto)
Length:
66.5cm
Curvature:
2.2cm
Jihada:
Itame and Nagaremasa and Jimon
Hamon:
Thin Suguha and Konie
Certificate 1:
NTHK-NPO Kanteisho (a sword designated as Important by the Society
for the Preservation of the Japanese Sword)
Certificate 2:
NBTHK Kanteisho (koshirae (sword fittings) designated as Especially
Precious by the Society for the Preservation of the Japan Art Sword)
Fujishiro:
Jo-Saku (ranked as a superior swordsmith of his generation)
Included:
Vintage koshirae, shirasaya, silk carry bags, sword stand,
maintenance kit, DVD, printed care guide, registration and all exportation paperwork
¥2,380,000 (~$24,536)
This is a katana with truly remarkable pedigree. Yamashiro Ryokai Hisanobu (born
Kurozaemon) is the son of Yamashiro Ryokai and the grandson to one of the finest
swordsmiths that ever lived, Rai Kunitoshi of the Rai School in Kyoto.
Fujishiro ranks Ryokai Hisanobu as a superior smith of his generation. This speaks
volumes about his skill level given he was working at nearly the same time as the infamous
Masamune in Kamakura.
The koshirae (fittings) are certified as “Especially Precious” by the NBTHK. They include a
black leather wrapped inro-kizami saya and a fuchigashira of shakudo-nanako depicting the
harness and stirrups of a horse (very rare).
Menuki is also made from shakudo and yobori carving of tabanenoshi, a traditional Japanese
design of good fortune and celebration. A vintage round iron tsuba (guard) further
compliments this prized sword from the latter stages of the Japan’s celebrated period of
Japanese swords - The Kamakura period.
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66 (item no. ujka078)
A MORIYUKI KATANA
signed, early muromachi period (oei era: 1394-1427)
Swordsmith:
Bishu Osafune “Moriyuki” (attribution)
Location:
Bizen province (Okayama prefecture)
Length:
64.2cm
Curvature:
1.8cm
Jihada:
Beautiful Small Tight Itame and Midare-Utsuri from Habaki to Kissaki
Hamon:
Gunome-Midare
Certificate:
NTHK-NPO Kanteisho (a sword designated as Important by the Society
for the Preservation of the Japanese Sword)
Included:
Vintage koshirae, shirasaya, silk carry bags, sword stand,
maintenance kit, DVD, printed care guide, registration and all exportation paperwork
¥1,111,000 (~$11,694)
First generation Moriyuki flourished during the Nanbokucho period during the Kenmu era
between 1334 and 1338. The signature on the nakago (tang) of the next generation Moriyuki
is on the tachi side, suggesting that this sword might have originally been a kodachi for onehanded use.
The koshirae's design holds very powerful depictions of waves and dragons, iconic symbols
revered by the Samurai. Even the sword’s traditional bag design depicts a dragon and
paulownia with gold threading.
A particularly complimentary handachi koshirae (half-tachi) saya is lacqured in black with
scatterings of beautiful mother-of-pearl. Fuchigashira of shakudo continues the theme of
dragons is further signed “Seijyo”.
There are seven generations of Seijyo dating back from the Keicho period (1596~1615) to
Kaeri (1848~1854). Although it is difficult to determine which generation of metalsmith
created this very set every generation of Seijo metalsmith was held in high regard.
Fine shakudo menuki and a superb iron tsuba carry out the matching dragon and wave theme
in a most inspiring manner. This sword would benefit enormously with a polish that we
can help arrange at a very reasonable price.
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67 (item no. ujka079)
A FUJISHIMA KATANA
unsigned, early muromachi period (oei era: 1394-1427)
Swordsmith:
Fujishima (attribution)
Location:
Kaga province (Ishikawa prefecture)
Length:
71.1cm
Curvature:
1.5cm
Jihada:
Itamehada and thin utsuri on shinogi
Hamon:
Gunome-Midare, Chojiba Majiri, Ko-Gunome and Yahazuba and Togariba
Certificate:
NTHK-NPO Hozon (a sword designated as Worthy of Conservation by
the Society for the Preservation of the Japan Art Sword)
Included:
Vintage koshirae, shirasaya, silk carry bags, sword stand,
maintenance kit, DVD, printed care guide, registration and all exportation paperwork
¥1,330,000 (SOLD)
This is quite simply a spectacular katana.
Coming off a beautiful fresh polish and judged as “Fujishima” by the NBTHK it is likely the
swordsmith is Fujishima Tomoshige circa 1400AD judging by the qualities of the sword.
The hamon (temper line) is worthy of close examination and fervent admiration. It is
stunning in every way.
This lengthy katana is secured in a chocolate-brown Ishimeji finished scabbard decorated
with dustings of mother-of-pearl.
Fuchigashira of shakudo in the design of Samurai on horseback in gold, silver and copper
inlay is very impressive in its detail. Menuki is of shakudo and features a carving of a bow
and arrow – the traditional weapon of choice of the Samurai.
An iron openwork tsuba design showcases the infamous inome (eyes of the wild boar)
symbolizing determination and a focused spirit.
The sword is registered in 1951, meaning that a prestigious Daimyo family would have held
it their private collection. The pink tsuka is a fabulous touch to such a formidable sword.
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70 (item no. ujka081)
A KANEHISA KATANA
partly signed, edo period (kanbun era: 1661-1672)
Swordsmith:
Seki Kanehisa (attribution)
Location:
Hishu in Mino province (Gifu prefecture)
Length:
62.8cm
Curvature:
1.2cm
Hamon:
Small Gunome, Togariba, Yahazuba Mimigata Hakomidare Majiri
Jihada:
Tight Itame and Nashiji-like
Certificate:
NTHK-NPO Kanteisho (a sword designated as Important by the Society
for the Preservation of the Japanese Sword)
Included:
Vintage koshirae, shirasaya, silk carry bags, sword stand,
maintenance kit, DVD, printed care guide, registration and all exportation paperwork
¥845,000 (~$8,711)
Swordsmith Seki Kanehisa from Mino province has direct lineage to the well-respected
smith Naoe Shizu Kanehisa from the Nambokucho period, circa 1333~1392.
Part of the mei (signature) is suriage (partly removed) making the sword an attribution to
Kanehisa by the NTKH. The blade has recently been polished and looks beautiful.
Sword registered in 1951, which is a Daimyo year. Only swords from Daimyo families were
invited to register their swords in this first year. It is a sword that was almost certainly held
by a family of respectable rank.
In the past only shu-colored (red) saya (scabbards) existed. It is said that a sword housed in
a red saya would never blunt. Fuchigashira is of shakudonanako and gold takabori with the
design of flying dragon. An iron sukashi (openwork) Aksaka-school tsuba depicting a flying
dragon guards the blade.
Menuki is formed of shakudo in the design of Kuyo-mon. Kuyo-mon is a kamon (family crest)
with the center circle representing the sun and the surrounding eight circles are stars.
This kamon was proudly worn by the Matsudaira, Date, Hosokawa and other prominent
Daimyo families.
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71 (item no. ujwa097)
A MASATSUNE WAKIZASHI
signed, early edo period (kanei era: 1624~1644)
Swordsmith:
Mino no Kami Fujiwara no Masatsune (second generation)
Location:
Owari no Kuni (Aichi prefecture)
Length:
46.9cm (ubu nakago)
Curvature: 0.9cm
Hamon:
Suguha (straight like a laser)
Jihada: Itame and Nagare Masagokoro
Certificate #1:
NTHK-NPO Kanteisho (a sword designated as Important by the Society
for the Preservation of the Japanese Sword)
Certificate #2:
NTHK-NPO Kanteisho (a koshirae (sword fittings) designated as
Important by the Society for the Preservation of the Japanese Sword)
Included:
Vintage koshirae, shirasaya, silk carry bags, sword stand,
maintenance kit, DVD, printed care guide, registration and all exportation paperwork
¥950,000 (~$10,000)
Words are hard to describe the true beauty of this sword. Adopted son Masatsune was
ranked as Jo-Saku (superior smith) and from this wakizashi is easy to see why. It has a
hamon (temper line) akin to a laser beam and a jihada (surface skin) that swirls to perfection.
The fittings are exquisite and highly symbolic to the powerful Daimyo familes that ruled
Japan. Shavings of mother-of-pearl & oyster shell sparkle the polished lacquer scabbard.
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72 (item no. ujwa099)
A KUNITSUGU WAKIZASHI
signed, early edo period (kanei era: 1624~1644)
Swordsmith:
Yamashiro no Daijyo Fujiwara no Kunitsugu
Location:
Echizen province (Fukui prefecture)
Length:
48.7cm (ubu nakago)
Curvature: 1.2cm
Hamon:
Konie-deki (clusters of small crystals) and Gunome-Midare (semi-circular
waves) and Kinsen (lightning bolts), Sunagashi (streaks of sand) and ashi (small legs) in Hachu
Jihada:
Itame and Mokume and Hadatachikokoro and Jinie
Certificate #1:
NBTHK Tokubetsu Hozon (a sword designated Especially Worthy of
Conservation by the Society for the Preservation of the Japan Art Sword)
Certificate #2:
NTHK-NPO Kanteisho (a koshirae (fittings) designated as Important by
the Society for the Preservation of the Japanese Sword)
Included:
Vintage koshirae, shirasaya, silk carry bags, sword stand,
maintenance kit, DVD, printed care guide, registration and all exportation paperwork
¥1,170,000 (ON HOLD)
Polished magnificently, this Edo-period wakizashi by Kunitsugu from Echizen province
features a stunning gunome hamon resembling clove buds. Sword has been granted NBTHK
Tokubetsu Hozon Certification and NTHK-NPO Kanteisho Certification for the fittings.
The prestigious Shogun Tokugawa hollyhock kamon (family crest) is depicted on the tsuba
(guard). A handsomely carved praying mantis nestled among the insects on the fittings
symbolizes the Samurai’s moral duty to protect Japanese society during the Edo Period.
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73 (item no. ujwa100)
A YUKINAGA WAKIZASHI
signed, early edo period (manji era 1658~1660)
Swordsmith:
Hoshu Takada ju Yukinaga
Location:
Bungo no Kuni (Oita prefecture)
Length:
51.6cm (ubu nakago)
Curvature: 1.2cm
Hamon:
Suguha (straight) Jihada: Ko-Itame (small whirls of wood grain)
Certificate #1:
NTB Bunka Shiro (a sword designated as a Cultural Item by the Nihon
Tosogu Bijyutsukan)
Certificate #2:
NBTHK Hozon (a koshirae (sword fittings) designated as Worthy of
Conservation by the Society for the Preservation of the Japan Art Sword)
Included:
Vintage koshirae, shirasaya, silk carry bags, sword stand,
maintenance kit, DVD, printed care guide, registration and all exportation paperwork
¥900,000 (SOLD)
This is a sword where art tells a story. The sword itself is a long Edo Period wakizashi that
is subtle in its beauty, with a well-made jihada (surface skin) and a suguha hamon (straight
temper line) that meanders gently up the length of the blade.
The NBTHK certified koshirae (fittings) are simply spectacular. The Edo Period made
fittings derive their inspiration from Sangukoshi or “Records of the Three Kingdoms” that
dates its origins back to the 1st to 4th centuries of China. The scabbard is made of ray skin.
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75 (item no. ujwa101)
AN ISHIDO WAKIZASHI
unsigned, mid-edo period (~1700s)
Swordsmith:
Attributed to the Ishido School (attribution)
Location:
Musashi no Kuni (Tokyo, Saitama and Kanagawa prefecture)
Length:
45.1cm (ubu nakago)
Curvature: 0.1cm
Hamon:
Gunome-Choji Midare (small circular waves with clove-shape blossoms)
Jihada:
Ko-Itame and Mokume Majiri
Certificate #1:
Vintage NBTHK Kicho (a sword designated as Precious by the Society for
the Preservation of the Japan Art Sword) ! certificate was issued in 1960
Certificate #2:
NTHK-NPO Kanteisho (a koshirae (sword fittings) designated as
Important by the Society for the Preservation of the Japanese Sword)
Included:
Vintage koshirae, silk carry bag, sword stand, maintenance kit, DVD,
printed care guide, registration and all exportation paperwork
¥470,000 (~$4,947)
This is delightful wakizashi from the Edo Period that has been attributed to the Ishido
School who exceled at producing swords with a choji midare hamon (clove-shaped) in the
Bizen tradition. Ishido smiths can be traced back to the Kamakura period. The superb
temper line appears like a heartbeat on the blade. This sword has two certificates of
authenticity for both the sword and elegant fittings that are also from the Edo Period.
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76 (item no. ujar007)
A KASUGA DAIMYOJIN KABUTO (helmet)
signed, mid-edo period (~1700s)
Armor Maker:
Location:
Hachi (bowl):
Included:
Fujiwara Masamichi
Kept at Kasuga Daimyojin (Kasuga Grand Shrine
) in Nara
Shaped similarly to Zenshozan
Vintage kabuto, box, helmet stand, DVD, printed care guide
¥700,000 (~$7,368)
The marvelous 40-plate kabuto is in the form of helmets that were seen in the Nambokucho
Period (1333-1392) with leather-covered Fukigaeshi that curl elegantly around the piece.
The kabuto is signed (engraved) with the characters
as it was kept at one of the
most famous and prestigious shrines in Japan called Kasuga Daimyojin (Kasuga Grand
Shrine, first established in 768AD). It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site in Nara, Japan.
Fujiwara Masamichi, the kabuto maker, has signed his name in a black circular formation
(Maruta Magozaemon), over the strikingly red interior.
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77 (item no. ujwa102)
A MOROKAGE WAKIZASHI
unsigned, muromachi period (oei era 1394~1427)
Swordsmith:
Bizen Osafune Morokage (attribution, o-suriage)
Location:
Bizen province (Okayama prefecture)
Length:
44.5cm
Curvature: 1.4cm
Hamon:
Ko-Gunome-Midare (small circular waves)
Jihada:
Itame (whirls of wood grain) with light midare-utsuri (shadow hamon)
Certificate #1:
NTHK-NPO Kanteisho (a sword designated as Important by the Society
for the Preservation of the Japanese Sword)
Certificate #2:
NTHK-NPO Kanteisho (a koshirae (sword fittings) designated as
Important by the Society for the Preservation of the Japanese Sword)
Included:
Vintage koshirae, silk carry bag, sword stand, maintenance kit, DVD,
printed care guide, registration and all exportation paperwork
¥500,000 (ON HOLD)
This is a unique 600-year old wakizashi that was once a Naginata (pole arm) attributed to
swordsmith Morokage of the Bizen Kozori School that originated circa 1326. Kozori
means, “to gather together”. As such, swordsmiths of this Kozori School demonstrate an
independently skilled approach to the art of sword making.
A finely crafted dragon twists and billows its way around the tsuba (guard). This sword has
two certificates of authenticity for both the blade and its koshirae (fittings).
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78 (item no. ujwa104)
A NOBUTAKA WAKIZASHI
unsigned, edo period (enpo era 1673~1681)
Swordsmith:
Den Bishu Nobutaka (attribution, second generation)
Location:
Owari no Kuni (Aichi prefecture), Owari Seki School
Length:
51.5cm (ubu nakago)
Curvature: 1.4cm
Hamon:
Yakidaka and Gunome Midare (Irregularly undulating hamon pattern) and
Yahazu (arrow notch shaped) Midare and Togari (tapered) Gunome
Jihada:
Tight Itame (wood grain pattern)
Certificate #1:
NTHK-NPO Kanteisho (a sword designated as Important by the Society
for the Preservation of the Japanese Sword)
Certificate #2:
NTHK-NPO Kanteisho (a koshirae (sword fittings) designated as
Important by the Society for the Preservation of the Japanese Sword)
Included:
Vintage koshirae, silk carry bag, sword stand, maintenance kit, DVD,
printed care guide, registration and all exportation paperwork
¥550,000 (~$5,789)
The Nobutaka family were skilled swordsmiths who enjoyed the patronage of the Tokugawa
clan of Owari province. This long wakizashi is attributed to the 2nd generation Nobutaka who
was a Jo-Saku (superior smith) and lived to the tender age of 87. A fabulous hamon (temper
line) packed with personality blesses the sword. Three-dimensional golden dragons circle the
fuchi and kashira (collar/pommel). There is also a lucky rabbit on the tsuba (guard). This sword
has two certificates of authenticity for both the sword and Edo Period fittings.
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