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Here you can see the overview of the Japanese Samurai swords (Nihonto) including; Katana, Tachi, DaiSho, No-dachi, Wakizashi, Tanto, Yoriodoshi, Yari, Naginata and Gunto, which we currently manage with or without NBTHK Hozon or Tokubetsu Hozon or Juyo certificate. The swords have a Koshirae mount (mounted with tsuba/sword guard, menuki, kozuka, kogai, Fuchi-kashira) and/or a ShiraSaya, signed or Mumei, Ubu or Sureage. All these items are old/antique and one-off, so no reproductions. On the left you see a description of the sword and koshirae and on the right the corresponding image. You can click on the image for an enlargement and more detailed photos.
You can read some more background information and explanation about the different types of Japanese swords on the page

explanation Japanese swords

Swords / Nihonto : Tanto / Wakizashi / Katana

Nihonto Tanto collection



Nihonto - Samurai sword nr.: Z-1

A special Nihonto DaiSho with Koto blades and very nice Koshirae in top condition.
A very nice Samurai Edo period Koshirae in museum quality and has NBTHK Hozon and Bunka Shiryo Museum fitting certificate. The Katana has NBTHK Hozon certificate and a handwritten old document from 1938 about the sword that was then on display. The wakizashi has NBTHK Hozon certificate.

The Katana (Dai) is unsigned , but attributed directly to the swordsmith and school ; Shimada HIROSUKE (Shimada school, Bingo province), from the late Koto Muromachi period, (ca. 1558). He was a Jo-Jo saku swordsmith and made Wazamono sharp swords. The blade has a nice even Itame jihada and Gunome Midare Hamon with Nie and an O-kissaki. The sword is O-sureage (shortened), has 3 Mekugi-ana and is flawlessly forged. The NBTHK rated the sword as Shimada HIROSUKE directly at the swordsmith and not at the school alone. This blade runs a Bo-Hi and a fine Su-hi. Hirosuke Shimada is a son of Yoshisuke and a swordsmith of the Odawara Hojo Family.
The Shimada school was founded by Yoshisuke during the mid Muromachi period and lasted until the late Edo period. The group of Shimada swordsmiths lived in the city of Shimada, in Suruga Province (present-day Shizuoka Prefecture). Other famous swordsmiths of this school are Sukemune, Hirotsugu, Sadahiro. The first generation of Yoshisuke was active during the Kosho era (1455-1457). It is said that the first generation of Yoshisuke was a descendant of Bizen Ichimonji Sukemune, one of the most famous swordsmiths in Japanese history. The first generation of Yoshisuke served a powerful feudal family called Imagawa. It is said that he received his maker's name from Imagawa Yoshitada. The Shimada school was in contact with other Soshu swordsmith schools who lived near Odawa Castle in Kanagawa Prefecture. The Suruga domain was vital to strong feudal lords such as Takeda, Tokugawa, and Hojo clan during the Sengoku Jidai (Warring State Period: Late Muromachi Period). The swordsmiths in the Shimada school received many orders from these powerful feudal families. The first generation of Yoshisuke mastered excellent craftsmanship and it was passed on to swordsmiths at the Shimada school.

The Wakizashi ( Sho )
as Moroha Zukuri model is also unsigned and attributed to ; KANEHARU, (Mino/Kaga Province) Koto Muromachi period (c. 1532). He was a Jo-Jo saku swordsmith. The blade is in a good polish, Ubu (not shortened) with 2 Mekugi-ana and is flawlessly forged. This wakizashi has a lively Hitatsura hamon with Nie en and Ara-ni and a Mokume-Itame Jihada.
Kaneharu is linked to Naoe Shizu, Kaneyuki's son, of whom the first records are known around 1450. This beautiful Hitatsura Hamon can be traced back to the Soshu style, which also has the influence of the Mino school. The Mino smiths made good cutting swords and were loved by the Samurai warriors.

The Daisho koshirae
The Koshirae are excellent and in museum condition with NBTHK Hozon certificate and a Bunka Shiryo fitting museum certificate awarded to the EDO period (ca 1750) where the F&K and Kojiri are signed. Both Saya's of very good quality and super condition, these are sprinkled with Gold Palm Leaves which gives the beautiful gold glitter effect. The F&K are made of iron from the JAKUSHI School and signed JAKUSHI. The Menuki are exceptionally large and made of Shakudo with gold inlay and a beautiful old patina. Both tsubas are with a silver rim and a representation of the seven wise sagas of SHICHIKENJIN in iron with gold and silver highlights. Both Saya's have signed Shakudo Kojiri with bamboo image, signed: HIROCHIKA. The Kozuka is Shakudo with an image of the Thunder God with Samurai, the Ko-katana is an old bamboo version. Both Sayas also have a Shakudo Kurigata and the Wakizashi also has a Shibabiki Menuki at the end of the Saya. Both mountings has a nice patina what them a old and used charakter gives. This is an excellent special DaiSho with very good blades, and very nice ensuite Koshirae. (both with luxury new ShiraSaya and tsunagi)

SOLD

Data:
Sizes Dai: (katana) Shinogi-Zukuri
length / nagasa 70.9 cm
Sori 1,5 cm
high / motohaba 2.98 cm
Blade thickness/ motokasane 0.55 cm
hamon ; Gunome Midare in Nie.
Jihada ; Itame with jinie.

Sizes Sho: (wakizashi) Moroha-Zukuri
length / nagasa 39.9 cm
Sori 1.0 cm
high / motohaba 3.16 cm
Blade thickness / motokasane 0.74 cm.
hamon ; Hitatsura with Nie.
Jihada ; Mokume-Itame with jinie.

Nihonto - Samurai sword nr.: Z-2

This is an authentic Nihonto Japanese Samurai sword.
A special DaiSho with very nice Koshirae in very good condition, both blades in good Japanese polishing and ShiraSaya with Tsunagi (wood copy of the sword itself).
The Katana (Dai) is not signed, (Mumei), from the Shinto period, (ca. 1670/1730). The blade is made in Koto style with an elegant Sori and is very large with a 0-kissaki (13.3 cm). The Jihada (forging pattern) is a clear and regular Mokume Hada with Nioi.

The Hamon resembles a Sanbonsugi or or pointed Gunome Hamon that sits low on the Ha with a regular pattern. The Katana is Machi-okuri (shortened) with 3 mekugi-ana and has no forging flaws. This katana has a thin Bo-Hi that runs just below the Shinogi about 11 cm behind the Habaki and into the Nakago. The blade has an elegant shape (declining towards the Mune) also called the Diamond shape, which is typical for a Nagamaki Naoshi Katana. It is difficult to attribute this sword but conceivable due to the Diamond shape and Jihada in that direction to Yamashiro-Den tradition.

The Wakizashi (Sho) is also unsigned, (Mumei) and from the Shinto period (ca. 1680/1750). The blade is in a good polish and is Ubu (not shortened) with 2 Mekugi-ana and this one also has an O-kissaki (big point) and no forging flaws. The Wakizashi has a Notare/Gunome Suguha Hamon with Nioi. The Jihada is also a Mokume Hada here. Also with this blade the beautiful elegant diamond shape or the Diamond shape. This blade is made in the style of a Koto priode sword, and also possibly from the Yamashio-Den school.

The Edo period Koshirae are excellent with high-quality sword mountings, the Sayas are with polished Same (rayskin) which is of very good quality and beautifully made. The Tsubas are from the Nanban school with Nanako with broken images of monkeys (Senbikizaru) with gold highlights and a steel rim in very good condition. Please have your attention, this mounting is from the Edo period, and the Tsuka-Ito is also so old and the winding is now starting to loosen because the silk band is starting to pulverize, normally silk band lasts approx. 100-125 years if not used much. This DaiSho Tsuka-Ito strap is still too good to be replaced and has its old glory. The F&K are Shakudo with catfish motif and fruit motif on the Kashira in super good quality, the Menuki of Shakudo and its with fruits and gilded flowers, the Kozuka is Shakudo with family weapons such as butterflies (Mons) from the Hiramatsu Clan. The Ko-katana is a contemporary made of brass. The Habakis are of superior quality with a mantle of gold foil and partly openwork, imaginable from the Nanban school. This kind of high-quality habaki is very rare, the tsunagi's also have the Habaki's shape in wood. The ShiraSaya's and Tsunagi's are new (still wrapped with transport film)

This is an excellent DaiSho with good blades, both equipped with an elegant O-kissaki and very nice ensuite Koshirae.

Price Euro 16650,-

Data:
Sizes Dai: (katana) Shinogi-zukuri
length / nagasa 63.6 cm
Sori 1.8 cm
high / motohaba 2.9 cm
Blade / motokasane thickness 0.65 cm

Sizes Sho: (wakizashi) Shinogi-zukuri
length / nagasa 39.2 cm
Sori 0.55 cm
high / motohaba 2.7 cm
Blade thickness / motokasane 0.52 cm.

Nihonto - Samurai sword nr.: Z-3


This is an Antique Japanese Samurai sword.
A special DaiSho with very nice Koshirae in good old used condition, both blades in very good Japanese polishing.

The Katana (Dai) is Mumei - unsigned, attributed to Mino Senjuin School, NAGAHIRO by the NBTHK Hozon papers, from the Koto period, late Muromachi (about 1550/1570). The blade is very elegant with a Chu-kissaki. The Hamon is a Gunome Midare Hamon with Ko-Nie Deki with Sunagashi and Kinsuji in Hakikake style.
The Jihada is a beautiful active Itame with also Masame and Jinie, Shirake Utsuri can also be seen. The Katana is Machi-Okuri with 3 mekugi-ana. The birth name of NAGAHIRO was FUJITA KANEWARE, and his swords belong to the Jyo-saku ranking.
The Mino Senjuin school started in the Nanbokucho period (1333) until the late Muromachi period (1572). In the early Nanbokucho era the swordsmiths of the Nara province went to the Mino province and there was a mix of Mino and Senjuin influences in which the Mino-Senjuin swords arose.

The Wakizashi (Sho) is signed, Tanba No Kami YOSHIMICHI (Mishina school) (Kyo, 6th generation) late Edo period (ca. 1800) and has HBTHK Hozon papers. The blade is in a very good polish is Ubu with 1 Mekugi-ana and has a Kikumon engraved.
The Hamon is a Niedeki Gunome Midare Hamon. The Jihada is well made and vividly forged Ko-Itame in the Yamashiro style with Ji-nie, with a Chu-kissaki and completely faultless.
In contrast to the earlier Yoshimichi smiths that invented the famous Soshu-den Sudare-ba hamon this blade is in Gunome Midare. Yoshimichi got the title Tamba No Kami and was allowed to engrave the Kikumon in his swords.

The Koshirae are with good quality fittings, the Saya's are very special made in a kind of diamond shape (Roiro Kawarinuri) which is very rare. The Tsuba’s are modeled mount Fuji images on the edge of the tsuba. The F&K, Kozuka and Kogai are Shakudo with dragon motifs in good quality, the Menuki are gold gilded dragons, a wind and water dragon on the wakizashi and katana. The Habaki's are a 2-part one, the wakizashi , and the katana with silver wrapped.

This is an excellent DaiSho with good blades, both with Hozon papers and special ensuite Koshirae

Price Euro 15950,-

€13.600,-

DATA:

measurement Dai: (katana)
length 69.9 cm
Sori 1.4 cm
high 2.78 cm
thick 0.62 cm

measurement Sho: (wakizashi)
length 50.1 cm
Sori 1.3 cm
high 2,73 cm
thick 0.55 cm

Nihonto - Samurai sword nr.: Z-4

This is an authentic NIHONTO Japanese DaiSho samurai swordset.

The KATANA / Dai ;
A Shinogi-zukuri Katana, made in the early Edo period (ca. 1600-1624), Attributed to: Oite Nanki SHIGEKUNI from the Kii / Monju Province, Yamato school ,with NBTHK hozon papers.

Shigekuni (birth name Monju Kuró emon) belonged to the Monju clan of the Yamato Tegai School and was highly ranked as a Saij-Jyo Saku (highest) smith and made Ryowaza mono (very sharp) swords. He settled in Fuchu in Suruga-no-kuni during the Keicho era (1596-1614) and served Tokugawa Ieyasu as one of his swordmakers along with Shodai Yasutsugu and other famous smiths. After Ieyasu died in the second year of Genna (1616), Shigekuni followed the tenth son of Ieyasu, Yorinobu, to Wakayama in Kishu prov. , where Yorinobu founded the Kishu Tokugawa family who became one of the three most important Tokugawa families.
Shigekuni is seen as one of the best swordsmiths from the Shinto era. In terms of skills, Shigekuni and Horikawa Kunihiro belong to the top of all Keicho Shinto smiths. He was a Saijyo Saku smith. (115 points Hawley). His power in producing clear and clear ji and ha was unrivaled among his contemporaries. Shigekuni was known for making long swords and, unfortunately, many have been shortened in later times. We are lucky that Shodai Nanki Shigekuni has left many examples with his personal history, recorded in his signature about where he lived at different times in his life as a sword maker. We find examples such as WASHU TEGAI no JU SHIGEKUNI SUNPU ni OITE KORE.
The sword characteristics of Shigekuni can be divided into two main streams. His background is the Yamato School and he has made many of his swords with classical Yamato characteristics. Because this was the basis of his training for making swords, we see that most of his swords have these classic Yamato characteristics. These works are characterized by suguha hamon such as this Katana, and also ko-midare or gunome, and with a hakikake-decorated boshi that in most cases stops in yakitsume finish without kaeri. Even the few examples where the boshi has a kaeri, the length of the kaeri is very short. The swords of Shigekuni, done in the Yamato tradition, have a striking resemblance at a glance to the works of Yamato Kanenaga and also Shikkake Norinaga.
The other trend in his style was the Soshu school with Masamune and Sadamune as an example. It is a very powerful blade with Bo-Hi and a lot of activity and beautiful Masame/ko-Itame forgingpattern.

The blade has 3 Mekugi ana and is Sureage ( shortened) and unsigned, the Hamon is Suguha with Nie. The Katana has no Kizu or Ware and no forging errors.

The WAKIZASHI / Sho ;
This blade is signed by Hizen Koku Tadayoshi. The maker's name Tadayoshi lasted 10 generations during the Edo period. According to its NBTHK's Hozon certificate, it was made by the 8th- gen Tadayoshi during the Tenpo era (1830-1844). Among other generations of Tadayoshi, the eighth-gen was a renowned figure and mastered a high level of craftsmanship passed down from the previous generations. The 8th generation Hashimoto Shinzaiemon Tadayoshi and is called Ko-dai Tadayoshi. He is the most expert of Hizen sword. All the generations of Tadayoshi served Nabeshima clan, which controlled Saga domain. The 8th-gen Tadayoshi was born as the son of Furukawa family in Saga domain in 1801. He was eventually adopted by the 7th-gen Tadayoshi, and he changed his name to Hashimoto Shinzaemon . He took over Tadayoshi school from the 7th-gen in the 13th year of the Bunka period (1816). The domain acknowledged his skill, and he played a vital role in modernizing the weaponry of Saga domain. In 1850, he was in charge of making a cannon for the domain because of his refined swordsmithing. He died at 59 in the 6th year of the Ansei period (1859). The swordsmiths in the Hizen province worked under the auspices of the Nabeshima clan like Tadayoshi. They produce beautiful blades with Konuka Hada with the blue steel gloss. This Hada is one of the most well-known characteristics of the blades produced in Hizen province. Tadayoshi 8e gen. has 20 points at the Hawley.

THE KOSHIRAE ;
the DaiSho Koshirae is in excellent condition, the tsuka's with white Tsuka-Ito are wrapped with Menuki in Shakudo with gold as an image of flowers and a butterfly. The Fuchi is from the Mino school in Shakudo with gold and floral image, The Kashira is buffalo horn. The Tsuba's are iron with a gilded edge and images of peonies in silver and butterflies. The Saya's are painted with gold paint in very fine details with flowers and insects in super good quality and condition. Price; € 27900,-

DATA:

Sizes Dai: (Katana) Shinogi-zukuri
Length / Nagasa 71.7 cm
Sori / 1.5 cm
high / Motohaba 3.3 cm
Blade thickness/ Motokasane 0.87 cm
hamon ; Suguha in Nie met Kinsui.
jihada ; Masame en Ko-Itame with Jinie.

Sho sizes: (wakizashi) shinogi-zukuri
Length / Nagasa 45.4 cm
Sori / 1.25 cm
high / Motohaba 2.8 cm
Blade thickness / Motokasane 0.63 cm.
hamon ; Suguha with Nie.
jihada ; Konuka Hizen Itame with Jinie.

Nihonto - Samurai sword nr.: Z-5

This is an authentic Nihonto Japanese Samurai sword.
A special DaiSho with very nice Koshirae in good old used condition, both blades in very good Japanese polishing.
The Katana (Dai) is signed, with NBTHK Hozon papers, from the late Shinto period (ca. 1764), with the Kiku-mon, signed: Sashu Jyu (Orikaeshi) KIYOKATA. The blade is very elegant with a Chu kissaki. The Hamon is a Gunome Midare Hamon with Ko-Nie Deki with Sunagashi and Kinsuji in Hakikake style.
The Jihada is a nice lively even typical Satsuma Ko-Itame with Jinie. The Katana is Machi-Okuri with 2 mekugi-ana where the signature has been preserved by cutting it out and folding it on the other side of the nakago so that the entire signature is preserved.
KIYOKATA lived in the Satsuma province, and his swords belong to the Jyo-saku smiths and are Wazamono sharp. This katana has a Bo-hi and on the other side a double Su-hi which gives the blade a nice look. smiths from the Satsuma province were already active in the Koto era until the Meiji restoration in 1876. i.a. there were the famous smiths like; Masafusa, Masakiyo, Yasuchika and Yasukuni, mostly the examples were taken from the Shosu tradition as this katana is also made. Apparently KIYOKATA has been given the lofty position of being allowed to engrave the Imperial Kiku-mon on its blades, which was quite a privilege and emphasized his quality of forging.
The Wakizashi (Sho) is unsigned, (Mumei) and given the style and the Jihada in the direction of the Aoe school from the Koto Edo period (ca. 1480/1520). The blade is in good polishing with 1 Mekugi-ana and shortened (sureage).v The Hamon is a Niedeki with a low Gunome Midare Hamon. The Jihada is well and very lively forged Mokume that can be clearly seen. The Koshirae are with very high quality fittings, the Sayas are dark green with a kind of tree bark effect, the katana has a Shakudo Kogai and the Wakizashi has a Shakudo Kozuka/Ko-katana. The Tsubas with the sun rising over the sea are like images with gold inlaid drops. The F&K, Kojiri, Shibabiki, Kozuka and Kogai are Shakudo with plant motif in super good quality, the Menuki are parts of the samurai, including a Tenpo rifle, arrowheads and quiver in Shakudo. The Kurigata are made of buffalo horn. The Habaki are a 2-piece with a gilded foil wrapped. In the Kojiri is a Mon or family crest of the Horikawa or the Matsuno family or Clan (the mon is the blooming Gentian).

This is an excellent DaiSho with good blades, the katana has a Hozon certificate and special ensuite Edo period Dai-Sho Koshirae.

Price Euro 18450,-

DATA:
Sizes Dai: (katana) shinogi-zukuri
length 64.0 cm
Sori 1.9 cm
high 3.17 cm
Blade thickness 0.64 cm

Sizes Sho: (wakizashi) nagamaki naoshi
length 45.5 cm
Sori 1.3 cm
high 2.8 cm
Blade thickness 0.61 cm

Nihonto - Samurai sword nr.: Z-6

This is an Antique Japanese Samurai sword.
A signed Showa Katana (1944 ) Gendai with a nice Koshirae and fawless blade with Chu- kissaki in good polish.
This Katana is signed and dated ; Tsugaru-junin Kunitoshi kore o tsukuru, and dated : showa kinoe saru ni gatsu hi 1944.

Kunitoshi was a Showa smith. He made swords for the Japanese army.
The Hamon goes on the entyre blade and is a Ko-Gumome Midare. The Jihada is a coarse Mokume with Itame, the blade has 1 mekugi-ana and is Ubu. The Handachi Koshirae and all parts are in a good condition.
A realy nice fawles very Showa blade and good old Koshirae.

Price: € 3950,-

3200,-

DATA:
bladeshape ; Shinogizukuri Katana
length 66.5 cm
wide 3,0 cm
thick 0.7 cm
Sori 1,5 cm
Hamon ; gumome Midare
Jihada :Ko- Mokume with Itame with Jinie

Nihonto - Samurai sword nr.: Z-7

This is an authentic Nihonto Japanese Samurai sword.
A signed Shinto period Katana (c. 1650/1660) in a good polish with NBTHK TOKUBETSU HOZON paper. Signed;YAMASHIRO KAMI FIJIWARA KUNIKANE, (2nd Generation Nidai), SENDAI from Rikuzen province, Kunikane school with good Koshirae.
This katana is a robust blade with a typical Kanbun Shinto appearance and Sori,
Kunikane 2nd generation can be classified to the Sai-Jo Saku class (highest rank) and made Saijo O-Wazamono sharp swords (superior sharp swords).
Kunikane 2nd generation was born in 1612 and his birth name was Hongo Kichizaemon and was the son of Sendai Kunikane 1st generation. He became the head of the Kunikane clan / family in the 2nd year of Shoho (1645), and on November 12th from Kanbun (1667) he received his title “Yamashiro no Kami”.
He died at the age of 61 in the twelfth year of Kanbun 1672. He is buried in the same cemetery next to his father in Zendo-Ji, Sendai.
The Kunikane blacksmiths have continued the Yamashiro / Hosho tradition from the Koto period with the beautiful Masame Hada. The Hamon was almost always the Suguha with a lot of Nie and Ji-nie, the work of the 1st and 2nd generations differ little, but the 2nd Gen. Has more exuberant Ji-Nie and Ara-Nie which can also be seen in this blade. Also, the 2nd Gen typically has the Masame Ware, this is not a forging flaw or lamination opening, but a kind of Sunagashi which is very clear and sometimes seems to be slightly open. This masame-ware is typical and permissible in the assessment without any points deduction at Shinsa.
Kunikane 2nd Gen. Is highly rated and has 70 points in the Hawley.
This blade is Sureage shortened (and Machi-ukuri) with 3 Mekugi-ana and has no forging flaws or damage. The katana has an active Suguha Hamon in Nie-Deki, the Jihada is the typical Masame Hada with en Jinie and Ara-Nie. The Habaki is made of copper. The Koshirae is of good quality with Shakudo F&K with waves like the Omori school has. The iron tsuba and menuki are gilded birds. the Saya is with dark brown ribbed lacquer with some damage. The Tsuka is with a good brown leather / suede wrapping.

A blade from Kunikane 2nd Gen. Which is highly appreciated and sees little offered with a koshirae in good condition.

Price Euro 28250, -

DATA:
blade shape; Shinogi zukuri Katana
length / Nagasa; 69.5 cm
height Motohaba; 3.12 cm
thick / kasane; 0.52 cm
sori; 0.6cm
hamon; Nie-deki Suguha, Nioi and Nie and Sunagashi.
Jihada; Masame with Jinie and Ara-nie.

Nihonto - Samurai sword nr.: Z-8

This is an authentic NIHONTO Japanese samurai sword.
A very nice and fully Ensuit mounted Moroha-zukuri Aikuchi Tanto, made in the Shinto (end Kanbun Shinto) period (ca. 1659), signed as: Echizen No Kami SUKEHIRO (2nd Gen) from the Settsu province, a copy is included of the Japanese registration document that comes with each sword Sukehiro was active in the Meireki period in the Echizen Province. Sukehiro made O-Wazamono sharp swords and can be classified in the Jyo-Jyo Saku class.
He was born in Kanei 14 (1637), Uchide town, Settsu domain, real name Jin'nosuke. He learned from the 1st gen. Soboro SUKEHIRO to fulfill his ambition to become a swordsmith and thus obtain the title of Echizen-no-kami in Meireki (1657).
He achieved success and fame and in Kanbun 7 (1667) Aoyama Inabanokami Munetoshi (Karo top samurai officials) of Osaka castle hired him as a vassal with a salary of 10 fuchi.
His general craftsmanship changed from choji-midare and hitatsura in his early years, roundish gunome or soft wave Suguha and rising waves of Toran-ha.
He was a dominant swordsmith in his time, highly regarded as the most superior swordsmith who had a great impact on all swordsmiths in later centuries. He dies Young in Ten'na 2 (1682), and was 46 years old. Jigane is very fine Itame-hada, covered with sparkling Nie of the highest quality martensite crystals and precise dark elements of Chikei appear on its blades.

The Tanto is in old Japanese polish and has the typical diamond shape of the Moroha style with a little light rust spot on the Mune, has no forging errors, has not been shortened (Ubu) and has 1 Mekugi-ana, and no accompanying papers.
The Koshirae is of super quality and in very good condition. The sword jewelry is made of silver (which was very expensive in ancient Japan) with gilded dragons and is specially made for the Aikuchi tanto, ensuit, the Mekugi is also the Menuki as silver dragons that are twisted together with a pin and screw thread. The Tsuka does not have a same (ray skin) but a sollid silver plate with ornaments on it surface that runs all the way through. The Saya has a deep dark red paint (spotted Nashiji) in super good condition. The Habaki is wrapped with gold foil and finished to a high standard. All fittings are ensuite, as are the Kogai as Splitware and Kozuka with the same Dragons as the other parts. The Ko-Katana has allso a signature.

A very special version of an Aikuchi Tanto with a super good Koshirae.

SOLD


DATA:

blade shape; Shonobu Moroha-zukuri Tanto.
length / nagasa; 20 cm
height / motohabe; 2.1cm
thick / motokasane; 0.58 cm
sori; 0.0
hamon; Hitatsura with Muneyaki, Sunagasi, Nie and Nioi
jihada; itame.

Nihonto - Samurai sword nr.: Z-9

This is an authentic Nihonto Japanese Samurai Dai-sho sword set.
A special DaiSho with very nice Handachi Koshirae in super condition, both blades in very good polishing.
The Katana is Mumei - unsigned, Koto period (ca. 1450/1500). The blade is very elegant with a Chu kissaki. The Hamon is a Suguha Hamon with Nie, the Jihada is a nice lively Itame. The Katana is Ubu with 1 mekugi-ana and has a small lamination opening ( still not an real open Ware ) in the blade (see photo). Given the sori and the beautiful fumbari, it could be a blade from the Bizen province. The katana can be called as Uchi-katana for the then fighting technique on horseback, a sword that was not too long and which was used with one hand.
The Wakizashi very vaguely still has a remnant of a signature, but it is no longer legible, so I qualify it as Mumei - unsigned, Koto period (ca. 1450/1500). The Hamon is a Suguha Hamon. The blade is in a very good polishing, Ubu with 1 Mekugi-ana, the Jihada is well and lively forged Itame with Ji-nie, with a Chu-kissaki and completely flawless. Also with this blade it could be a Bizen sword because of the nagasa and sori.
The Handachi Koshirae are excellent with good quality fittings, the Sayas are with clouds of pearly gold colored infill. The Tsubas are openworked with aquatic plants such as arrowweed and birds. The F&K, kojiri and semegane and kuchi-gane are of good quality patinated brass, the Menuki are Aoi Mons that were also used by the Tokugawa family. The Kozuka is brass with shakudo vines. Both Tsuka's have a new silk wrapping. Both Habaki's are 2 pieces of solid silver.

This is an excellent DaiSho with good blades and Koshirae.

Price Euro 9980,-


DATA:

Sizes Dai: (shinogi-zukuri katana)
Nagasa / length 61.8 cm
Sori 2.1 cm
Motohaba / high 2.7 cm
Kasane / Blade thickness 0.65 cm

Sizes Sho: (shinogi-zukuri wakizashi)
Nagasa / length 45.0 cm
Sori 1.5cm
Motohaba / high 2.6 cm
Kasane / Blade thickness 0.55 cm

Nihonto - Samurai sword nr.: Z-10

This is an authentic antique TANTO NIHONTO Japanese samurai sword.
A hirazukuri YoroiDoshi Tanto made in the Shinshinto period (ca. 1830-1850), unsigned (mumei) with 1 mukugi-ana and Ubu (original length) with NBTHK Hozon certificate, attributed to the INSHU HAMABE School, Domein. A 4th generation Hamabe school swordsmith.
He was a son of Minryushi Toshizane. This is a tanto made as a slender Hirazukuri YoroiDoshi Tanto used as a last resort to pierce through a Yoroi/armour, in a very distinct mount with all parts ensuite in iron. The blade has 1 Mekugi ana and is not shortened, so Ubu. The Hamon is a beautiful active Gunome Choji hamon that the Hamabe school is known for. The Tanto has no forging defects and a good polish. The Hamon is well and tightly made and almost equal on both sides. The Jihada is a beautiful Ko-Itame Hada with a nice soft shine over the blade. The Habaki is wrapped with gold foil with file strokes.

The well-known swordsmith in the Insyu Hamabe school is Toshinori. He had a good reputation for his Choji and Gunome midare hamon. Inshu is the same as Inaba province. Now that part is Tottori prefecture.

Hamabe Toshinori - his first name was Hamabe Kyurôemon, his first name as a working swordsmith was Kaneyoshi, he was then under the tutelage of Kanesaki, later in Edo he used the mei Toshinori. It is said that given the remoteness of his home in Inaba, he traveled to other parts of the country to perfect his craft. Starting with Bizen to study under the Sukesada, then to Osaka to make the later generation Tamba no Kami Yoshimichi forge, and some say to Otsuka Edo where he became one of many students in Suishinshi Masahide's school. He was encouraged in his studies by the famous and well-connected swordsman Kamada Gyomyo, author of the Shintô Bengi. In Tenmei 5 nen (1785), at the age of 41, he received the Mino no Kami title and began to sign Toshinori. At the same time, he became the Tottori Han O-kakae Kaji. He died in Kaei 3 (1850). The founder of Kenryushi Toshiyuki is Toshitaka who was a student of Minryushi Toshizane and also master of Minamoto Kiyomaro and Yamaura Saneo. He had many students. Early works by Kiyomaro Choji Midare Hamon similar to Hamabe Toshitaka.
The Koshirae in this version is called (ISSAKU KOSHIRAE) is in good condition with black paintwork, The Tsuka has a black Same in good condition, The F&K also made of iron with a Sankrit or Bonji symbol, Tsuba in this tanto is attached to the Saya , very unusual, but it is believed that the Saya was also used as a defense against a sword in combat, and the Kojiri also resembles Higo schoolwork in iron in a sober version. the Menuki are hornets/wasps inlaid with gold.

A nice special Tanto with very special and good koshirae.

Price; € 3790, -

DATA:

blade shape; Hira zukuri YoroiDoshi Tanto.
length / nagasa; 21.8cm
height / motohabe; 2.04cm
fat / motokasane; 0.95 cm
sori; 0.0 cm
hamon; Gunome Choji , Ashi with Nie/Nioi.
jihada; Ko Itame with jinie.

Nihonto - Samurai sword nr.: Z-11

This is an Antique Japanese Samurai sword.
This Wakizashi is signed Yamato no Kami YOSHIMICHI from the Kanbun Shinto period (ca. 1640-1650), with NBTHK Hozon papers. Yoshimichi lives in Yamato provice and ist he 3e son of Osaka Yoshimichi, the blade is gracefull and has a nice powerfull O-Kissaki.

A Gunome Midare with Choji Midare Hamon goes on the entyre blade, with Ashi & Nie. The Jihada is a coarse Ko-Itame with Jinie, the blade has 1 mekugi-ana and is Ubu. The Koshirae and all parts are in a perfect condition and ensuite. The Habaki is a 2 piece one silver foiled, tha saya is laquerd dark green with black like small clouds, the Tsube is Shakudo with very fine Nanako with a gold rim, the F&K and Menuki are Shakudo with Nanako with gold details and Mons, the Kozuka ist a nice one in Shakudo with Nanako with gold high lighted Samurai.

the Sword is fawles and in very good Japanese polish and comes with a beautiful high ranking Koshirae.
A realy perfect outstanding blade and perfect Koshirae.

Price: € 7700,-

€6900,-

DATA:
bladeshape ; Shinogizukuri Wakizashi
length 52.7 cm
wide 3.2 cm
thick 0.7 cm
Sori 1.55 cm
Hamon ;Gunome Midare & Choji Midare with Ashi and nie
Jihada : Ko-Itame with Jinie

Nihonto - Samurai sword nr.: Z-12

This is an authentic Nihonto Japanese Samurai sword.

A signed Kanbun Shinto period Katana (ca. 1661) in a very good Japanese polish with NBTHK TOKUBETSU HOZON paper. Signed ; Tanba no kami YOSHIMICHI with KIKU-Mon (2nd generation) from the MISHINA school, Settsu, Osaka, with a very nice Koshirae and ShiraSaya with tsunagi. This katana is a nice stable blade with a compact, dense Jihada with a nice deep, typical Sudare-ba Hamon, the Sori and shape are typical for the Kanbun Shinto period, Yoshimichi worked in the Settsu province (Mishina school). The founder of the Mishina school was Kanemichi who lived at the end of the Muromachi era in Seki, in the province of Mino. He had four sons, Iga no Kami Kinmichi was the eldest and Rai Kinmichi was the second eldest. Next came his third son, Tanba no Kami Yoshimichi, and his fourth son was Etchu no Kami Masatoshi.

The swordsmith Yoshimichi of the Mishina school can be classified into the Jyo-Jyosaku exceptional superior class and made Wazamono sharp swords, this is a very well forged sword with the so typical Mishina school hamon, the SUDARE-BA. This Hamon was not made by any other school or swordsmith afterwards, the secret to make this Hamon was well kept by the Tanba No Kami Mishina school. The Sudare-ba hamon is also referred to as horizontal bamboo strips, and also known as skipping waves on the water.

This blade is Ubu, not shortened with 1 Mekugi-ana and has no forging errors or damage in a beautiful and very good Japanese polish. This Katana also has the 16 blades KIKU-MON engraved, which at that time only the smiths who were good enough to supply to the Japanese Court. The katana has an active Suguha / Sudare-Ba Hamon in Nie-Deki with Nie , the Jihada is a Ko-Itame with Jinie and is also called the Osaka Jihada. The Habaki is with a gold foil and very good quality. The Koshirae is of good quality with Shakudo F&K, signed and on the Kashira an image of the god of war - FUDU, with gold highlights and menuki, also Shakudo with samurai or warrior image and gold highlights, the Tsuba is signed is a thick Shakudo plate with Katakiri-ba engraving with bird and plants in silver. The Saya is with black/deep brown Urushi paint and has a twisted pattern and is in very good condition. The Tsuka is with a good black Ito winding.

A special blade of a very good school from the Kanbun Shinto period in original length with a koshirae in good condition.

SOLD

DATA:
blade shape; Shinogi zukuri Katana
length/ Nagasa ; 69.8 cm
height Motohaba; 3.1 cm
thick / kasane ; 0.51 cm
sori ; 1.0 cm
hamon ; Nie-deki Suguha / Sudare-Ba.
Jihada ; Ko-Itame with jinie.

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Nihonto - Samurai sword nr.: Z-13


This is an authentic Japanese samurai sword.

An unsigned Koto period Katana with a good polishing with Super Koshirae in gold Nishi lacquer.

I think this katana is Muromachi period (about 1500) the blade is O-suriage, so shortened with 3 Mekugi-ana. The katana is equipped with a deep Bo-hi.

In a first glance it looks like an Echizen school blade, but because there are no papers, the judgment can also be different. The sword is in good polishing and has a narrow shallow Kizu right in front of the Habaki.

The hamon is a Gunome Midare in Nie with Sunagasi and Kinsui, the Jihada is a Ko-Itame. The Habaki is wrapped in thick gold foil with the Japanese rising sun as its motive.

The Koshirae is of very special quality with fish and other sea animals in thick applied Nishi gold lacquer with many details. This mount is from the middle Edo period (1700/1750) and despite the age is still a very good condition. Not 1 cm of the Saya is the same, the many motifs makes the Saya very decorative. All sword fitting pieces are gold gilded and from the maker Moritomo Shige-Aki. The Fuchi-Kashira are signed with a Kao.

The Tsuka is with a luxurious single-wire black winding, with shells like Menuki. The Tsuba has a gold gilded rim and also sea animals and shells as motif.

The whole piece is very special and very high quality which you hardly can find in this exceptional mountings.

Price Euro 14.950, -

13450,-

DATA:

blade shape; Shinogi zukuri Katana
length / Nagasa; 64.3 cm
wide / Motohaba; 2.8 cm
thick / kasane; 0.6 cm
sori; 1.25 cm
hamon; Gunome Midare with sunagashi and Kinsui.
Jihada; Ko-Itame.

Nihonto - Samurai sword nr.: Z-14


This is an Antique Japanese Samurai sword.
This Mumei Katana is attributed to; Koyama Munehira, also called SOUBEI in Japanese or SOKAN (father from Koyama Munetsugu) from the Shin Shinto Bunka period (ca. 1804), with NBTHK Hozon paper. Munehira moves to Kuwana province to make swords for the Daimyo Matsudaire, the blade is gracefull and has a nice shape with Bo-hi from the Koto period.

Munehira belongs to the Jyo-saku ranking with Wazamono sharp swords. He belongs to the famous Koyama school who made very good swords. The blade has much more activity then my pictures can show you, it is very very active.
A Gunome/Midare Choji Hamon goes on the entyre blade. The Jihada is a coarse K0-Itame Hamon, the blade has 2 mekugi-ana and is shortened. The nice real Samurai Koshirae and all parts are in a perfect condition and ensuite. The Habaki is a 2 piece one goldwraped , tha saya is a black Handachi one, the Tsuba is Steel, the F&K and Kojiri are in steel, the Menuki are soft metal with Dragons in gold high lighted details.
the Sword is fawles and in very good Japanese polish and comes with a beautiful high ranking Samurai Koshirae.
A realy perfect outstanding Koyama school blade and perfect Handachi Koshirae and new Shirasaya.

Price: € 8400,-


DATA:

bladeshape ; Shinogizukuri Katana
length 67.0 cm
wide 2.8 cm
thick 0.67 cm
Sori 2.0 cm
Hamon ; Gunome Midare Niedeki with Choji Midare with Sunagashi with Kinsuji
Jihada : Ko-Itame with jinie and Utsuri are on the blade

Nihonto - Samurai sword nr.: Z-15


This is an Antique Japanese Samurai sword.
A very special late Edo Katana with Shirasaya and orginal polish, it comes with NBTHK Hozon paper, Gesigned and dated : Miyatsu Ju Unju TOSHITANE Saku , Meiji 3 nen Aki 8 gatsu Kichijitsu (lucky day in Augustus 1870).

This Toshitane belongs to the Jyo-Saku ranking , he worked in the Tango Miyatsu domain and his born giving name was Cyuzo Ikeda.

He was a Student and working under the master Ishido Uniyu Korekazu who was a very well known sword maker in late Edo period. Toshitanes Hamon and Jigane are very similar to his master.

It is hard to find swords from Toshitane because he was helping his master a lot with making swords for him, so his own production was less. So this blade looks very similar to that from Korekazu.

The habaki is copper. The Hamon is Niedeki Gunome Midare wild Hamon with Kinsuji and Ashi and a Chu-Kissaki. The Jihada is Ko-itame Hada with Jinie and chikei. The Blade is Ubu and has 1 Mekugi-ana. A very nice healthy powerfull blade by 68 cm long in good original polish.

price € 6250,-

€5750,-


DATA:

bladeshape ; shinogi-zukuri Katana with double Bo-Hi
length 68.0 cm
wide 2.49 cm
thick 0.65 cm
Sori 1.4 cm
Hamon is Niedeki Gunome Midare with Kinsuji and Ashi
Jihada : Ko-itame met Jinie en Chikei

Nihonto - Samurai sword nr.: Z-16

This is an authentic NIHONTO Japanese Samurai sword.
A signed Kanbun Shinto Katana: signed by; Tajima Kami Hojoji Tachibana SADAKUNI . Period is Kanbun Shinto, Edo, ca. 1640-1660 with NBTHK TOKUBETSU HOZON certificate. Mounted in a ShiraSaya.
Tajima Kami Hôjôji Tachibana Sadakuni is a rank as the Jô-Jôsaku esteemed swordsmith who worked in Musashi (Edo) around 1655 (Manji period). He was a smith of the Hôjôji school who was the second swordsmith in skill after Ami no Kami Masahiro in that school.
The Hôjôji school is thought to have descended from the smith Hôjôji Kunimitsu who was one of the Sadamune Santetsu (three outstanding students of Sadamune). Masahiro moved from Tajima province to Edo and founded this school which prospered during the Edo period. Besides Masahiro, the school includes Sadakuni, Yoshitsugu, Masanori, Masateru, Kunimitsu and Kunimasa. As mentioned, Sadakuni was by far the best of these students. It is said that his swords resembled those of Nagasone Okisato (Kotetsu). It is even thought that their school must have had some connection with the Kotetsu school.
Sadakuni is valued in the Hawley with 60 points, and after the founder Masahiro is the most important blacksmith of the Hojoji school where he formed the branch of the KOTETSU school.
His swords are arranged as a Jo-Jo saku and O-wazamono sharp in the Shinto period. The School had an extremely important place in the history of this period.
The Jihada is nicely even and the Hamon is a nice Gunome-Midare Suguha Nie-deki Hamon. The blade is UBU (not shortened) with original length and 1 Mekugi-ana.
The Habaki is of very good quality wrapped with gold foil. The blade is very well polished in Japan by a Mukansa polisher and has no forging flaws.
The Jigane is Ko Itame Hada and nicely even in structure with Jinie. The Nakago has the original length with 1 mekugi-ana.

A super katana in original length from the highly regarded Hojoji school made by Sadakuni.

Price ; € 15750,-

DATA:

blade shape; Shinogi zukuri Katana
length/ Nagasa ; 73.3 cm
height Motohaba; 3.07 cm
thick / kasane ; 0.72 cm
sori ; 1.65 cm
hamon ; Gunome Midare Suguha in Nie-deki
Jihada ; Ko-Itame with jinie.

Nihonto - Samurai sword nr.: Z-17

This is an authentic Nihonto Japanese Samurai sword.
An unsigned (mumei) Shinto period Katana in good polishing with NBTHK HOZON paper. Attributed to ; YAMASHIRO DAIJO KUNIKANE , (1st Generation SHODAI ca. 1624/1645), from Rikuzen province, Kunikane school, with a very good Koshirae. This katana is not a typical Kanbun Shinto blade but with a lot of Sori, made as a Koto blade. Kunikane 1st generation can be classified into the Sai-Jo Saku class (highest rank) and made Saijo O-Wazamono sharp swords (superior sharp swords).
This is a sword of Daijo Kunikane is shodai (1st generation). Kunikane lived in Kokubu Wakabayahi (Sendai province, Jôka, a town near the castle of Sendai), and he is said to be the last descendant of Hoshô Sadamune. In the beginning he was Genzô, and this was later changed to Hongo Kichinosuke. On the orders of Date Masamune, Kunikane entered Kyoto to Kyô Etchu no Kami Masatoshi as a student. In the following year, at Genna (Genwa) Gannen Shigatsu (1615 ), the battle of Osaka took place, and Kunikane returned to his workshop and became more skilled at swordsmithing. It is said that in the second year of the same era (1616) he re-entered the school of Masatoshi. He is said to have received the title Yamashiro no Daijô in Kan‘ei Yonen (1627), but this can already be seen in his works by Kan‘ei Sannen in (1626). Therefore, receiving the title must be in accordance with his works. He became a priest in Kan'ei Jûgonen (1638) and was called Y?kei. In Shôhô Ninen (1645) he transferred his business to his chakushi Kichizamemon and retired. He died in Kanbun Yonen (1664) Jûnigatsu at the age of 73. His works have high shinogi, beautiful masame hada, itame hada, komidare hamon, medium suguba hamon with sunagashi entired in the hada, and the bôshi is in the yakizume style.
The Kunikane smiths have continued the Yamashiro / Hosho tradition from the Koto period with the beautiful Masame Hada up to and including the 13th Generation. The Hamon was almost always the Suguha with a lot of Nie and Ji-nie, the work of the 1st and 2nd generations differ little, but the 2nd Gen. Has more exuberant Ji-Nie and Ara-Nie.
Kunikane 1st Gen. Is highly rated and has 80 points in the Hawley and is also called the Masamune of the Shinto time, he made Saijo O-wazamono sharp swords (the best cutting blades) and has the rank Sai Jo Saku (highest possible rank among swordsmiths) .
This blade is Ubu and not shortened with 2 Mekugi-ana and has no forging flaws or damage. On one side of the kissaki near the cut edge, a spot has appeared, possibly due to some dirt in the Saya. The katana has an active Suguha Hamon in Nie-Deki , the Jihada is the typical Masame Hada with and Jinie and Ara-Nie. The Habaki is made of copper with a silver mantle. The Koshirae is of very good quality with Shakudo F&K with dragons in golden details. The Tsuba is also from Shakudo and signed (possibly Ko-Gingo school) with dragons and golden highlights as well as the menuki. Furthermore, all possible extra fittings are parts on the Saya from Shakudo with gilded dragons. the Saya itself is with dark green lacquer inlaid with mother of pearl with alternating black lacquered rings with some minor damage. The Tsuka is with a good old black Ito winding. This mount also has a Kogai and Kozuka (both signed, Masa Mitsu Tomo with Kao) with signed Ko-katana in very high quality, possibly from the Goto school.
A blade of Kunikane Shodai 1st Gen. Which is very highly valued and very rare and little offered with a very high quality dragon koshirae in good condition.
With ShiraSaya and Tsunagi (the Tsunagi was added later, and due never used, gets the Tsunagi not complete into the ShiraSaya Tsuka).

Price Euro 42.250,-

DATA:

blade shape; Shinogi zukuri Katana
length/ Nagasa ; 68.0 cm
height Motohaba; 2.9 cm.
thick / kasane ; 0.61 cm
sori ; 2.1cm
hamon ; Nie-deki Suguha, Nioi and Nie and Sunagashi.
Jihada ; Masame with jinie and Ara-nie.

Nihonto - Samurai sword nr.: Z-18

This is an authentic Japanese Nihonto Samurai sword.
An unsigned (Mumei) Koto period (ca. 1450) Nakamaki Naoshi Katana with an O-Kissaki, with beautiful polishing in beautiful Koshirae and ShiraSaya with sayagaki by Mr Tanobe (director sword museum Tokyo), attributed to: SHIMADA YOSHISUKE 1st Generation (Suruga Province of the Shimada school) with NBTHK Hozon papers. Yoshisuke gets 20 points from the Hawley, and he made Wazamono sharp swords. This blade is Sureage (shortened) with 3 Mekugi-ana to make it the Nagamaki Katana version and the signature has also been lost due to the shortening. This Katana is made as Naginata to be used as a lance with a total length of approx. 2.8/3.0 Mtr to keep the opponent at a distance. Also, these Naginata were used to ward off the onrushing samurai on horseback by knocking the horse's front legs away, the samurai fell and the fighting continued on the ground. Beautiful about this Katana is the clear diamond shape of the blade and the short hi on both sides of the blade and the huge Kissaki of 17.5 cm. This is the longest Kissaki I've ever encountered, and I've seen many, many blades pass by.
The Shimada School in Suruga was located along the ?igawa River. The founder YOSHISUKE (family name Gojo) was active in the Kousho era, the mid-15th century and the other makers such as SUKEMUNE, HIROSUKE and YOSHITSUNA MOTOSUKE appeared during the Muromachi period. The Suruga domain at that time had powerful regional warlords of the Imagawa, Takeda, Tokugawa fighting each other. The swordsmiths of the Shimada school often had a symbolic sign on swords or yaris made to meet the demands of those mighty warlords. This Katana has a robust impressive appearance with a mild sori and an even Notare-Gunome Suguha Hamon that clearly stands out against the Jihada. The Jihada is a dense tight Itame in Nie-deki. There are no true or fukure (forging errors). The Habaki is covered with gold foil. The Saya is with black Urushi lacquer as well as the Kurigata and Kaeshizuna (bracket) and Kojiri. The Tsuka is wrapped with black Tsuka-Ito with a beautiful Same as background. And has Menuki in Shakudo with gilded dragons. The Fuchi Kashira are from Shukudo / Nanako with gilded dragons and Shishi temple lions, The Tsuba is also from Shakudo and highly glossy polished with a gilded mounted edge.

This is a very nice sword with super Koshirae with NBTHK Hozon papers in super condition and good polishing.

Price : Euro 14950,-


DATA:

blade shape; Nagamaki Naoshi Katana
length/ Nagasa ; 65.5 cm
kissaki length ; 17.5 cm
height Motohaba; 3.1cm
thick / kasane ; 0.77 cm
sori ; 1.2 cm
hamon ; Notare/Gunome Suguha hamon
Jihada ; Itame with Nie-deki

Nihonto - Samurai sword nr.: Z-19


This is an authentic Japanese Samurai sword.
An unsigned (Mumei) Shinshinto period Katana (ca. 1860-1865) with very good polishing with NBTHK HOZON paper attributed to Seisousai MUNEARI of the Koyama Munetsugu school with very beautiful impressive Koshirae. Seiso Sai Soyu is a master of Soji Goyama in Edo, and his name is Jiro Suzuki. Born in Mutsukuni Hachinohe, served in Oshu Hachinohe, and called him Seikosai.
This large impressive katana from the Shinshinto period is from a student of the famous Koyama Munetsugu, school., They have a wide mihaba, the jigane is dense itame with ji-ni and the hamon is an impressive Choji Gunome that blooms like large pile clouds on the sky. The boshi is usually notare-komi with a broad kaeri. Muneari belongs to the jo-saku smiths.
You don't see the swords of Muneari much, let alone such a large blade made at the request of a Samurai or given as a sacrifice to a Temple.
This is a large impressive blade with a 75.5 cm cutting length. With this sword the Nakago is very long with 3 Mekugi-ana and 26.7 cm long, this is made to secure the sword with multiple Mekugi in the Tsuka for more strength. This blade is not shortened ( Ubu )with 3 Mekugi-ana of which 2 are used for the tsuka. The hamon is a Choji Gunome Midare in Nie, the Jihada is an Itame and a large kissaki ,. The Habaki is made of high-quality copper. The Koshirae is of very good quality with turtles and golden eyes. the Saya is sprinkled with bamboo splinters and iron Kojiri as Turtle. The Tsuka is with a white winding, with cranes as Menuki. The Tsuba is made of iron with gold wire in the Higo style.

A very special blade from the Koyama Munetsugu school and of very good quality that you rarely see from this smith.

SOLD


DATA:

blade shape; Shinogi zukuri Katana with large kissaki
length / Nagasa; 75.5 cm
height Motohaba; 3.25 cm
thick / kasane; 0.8 cm
sori; 1.7 cm
hamon; Choji Gunome Midare with Nie
Jihada; ko-itame with jinie.

Nihonto - Samurai sword nr.: Z-20


A Kanbun Shinto period (about 1673) Wakizashi with NTHK papers, signed by SHINANO NO KAMI FUJIWARA NOBUYOSHI , Nidai (2nd Generation) from the Yamashiro provincie in a very good polish, the Blade is Sureage with 2 Mekugi-ana, possible that this blade was reshaped for a marine-mount WWII, the Hamon is Gunome Midare with Jiie and Nioi, Kinsei and Sunagasi. The Jihada is Ko-Itame with Jinie and Chikei.
Nobuyoshi lives in the KanbunShinto period (ca. 1673) in Yamashiro Province. He is a Chu-Jo Saku smith and has 60 points in the Hawley. He also lived in Osaka, his real name was Takai Kinsaburo. the kiku Mon was only engraved by the first 3 smith. The blade has a nice Koshirae in good condition.

Price € 5850,-

4990,-

DATA:

Blade shape ; Shinogi-zukuri
lenght ; 45.5cm
wide ; 2.9cm
thick ; 7 mm
sori ; 1.0 cm
hamon ; Gunome Midare Hamon, with JiNie and Nioi, Kinsei and Sunagasi
Jihada ; Ko-Itame ,and Jinie and Chikei

Nihonto - Samurai sword nr.: Z-21

This is an authentic NIHONTO Japanese Samurai sword.

A very large and powerful mumei in early Shinto period Hirazukuri Wakizashi with NBTHK Hozon Token papers. Attributed to ; (Mino) ECHIZEN KANETANE, Shinto ca.1600. Mounted in a very beautiful and special No-Masker Koshirae. Include ShiraSaya with a Tsunagi.
This Hirazukuri Wakizashi has a large and wide format, the blade has a Motohaba of 3.4 cm at the habaki. What immediately stands out is the great Hitatsura Hamon (full hardening).
The first generation KANETANE, had come from Seki-Mino province to Echizen (now in Fukui prefecture), along with his family, such as KANENORI, to accept the invitation of a feudal lord ASAKURA in the late 1500s and lived in Ichijodani . Kanetane's work is very similar to the work of Yasutsugu (Yasutsugu school) in that period and the same province. Most of his swords were Wakizashi and tanto, this Wakizashi has a full hardening of the Hitatsura Hamon which is quite special, as he normally made Gonome Midare Choji Hamon. He was awarded the prize of Yoki-wazamono (good cutting performance). Kanetane died the 14th year of Kanei (1637), and was 68 years old.
KANETANE worked at the end of the Momoyama, early Shinto period and belongs to the Jyo Saku class and made O-Wazamono sharp swords, this wakizashi is well polished.
This Wakizashi is Ubu, not shortened with 1 Mekugi-ana, no forging flaws and polished well. The Habaki is made of Sentuku (red copper) with patina like all other sword parts.
The Jigane is a Mokume-Itame-Hada with many activities and with Jinie.
The Hamon is in Niedeki Hitatsura with Nie and Ara-nie.
The koshirae is of good quality, The Saya is lacquered red / brown in the style of Treebark with horn Kurigata and iron Kojiri. The Tsuka has a dark brown lacquered Tsuka-Ito and the Menuki are great No-Masker images in Sentuku (red copper) and Shakudo. the Fuchi & Kashira is also from Sentuku with a picture of an Oki. The Tsuba is also from Sentuku and signed with a Kao , with the Oki catching the Oni in a chest, an old Japanese motif.

A very beautiful Shinto period Wakizashi with Hitatsura Hamon and a special and good Koshirae.

SOLD

DATA:

blade shape; Hirazukuri Wakizashi
length / Nagasa; 43.7 cm
height Motohaba; 3.4 cm
thick / kasane; 0.7 cm
sori; 0.5 cm
hamon; special Hitatsura hamon with niedeki and Ara-Ni
Jihada; compact Mokume-Itame Hada with jinie.

Nihonto - Samurai sword nr.: Z-22

This is an authentic NIHONTO Japanese Samurai sword.

A signed Shinto Katana: signed; Hizen no kuni TADAYOSHI (6th Generation). Period is Shinto ca. 1750/1770 with NBTHK TOKUBETSU HOZON. Mounted in a ShiraSaya with Sayagaki of Mr Tanobe sensai of the sword museum Tokyo.
Sadayoshi the 6th generation, born Hashimoto Shinzaemon in 1736 and died 28 Dec. 1815, was a swordsmith from Hizen province in SAGA. Also the current Saga Prefecture on Kyushu Island. There are some mysteries about this 6th Generation Tadayoshi, his father Tadayoshi the 5th had 2 sons and the youngest was called the 6th Generation. It is unknown whether the eldest son also forged swords, although he did take the smith name Tadayoshi, no direct works of him are known.
His swords are arranged as a Jo-saku and O-wazamono sharp in the Shinto period. The Hizen School had an extremely important place in the history of this period. The Hawley gives Tadayoshi the 6th Gen. 30 points. The 6e Gen. Is higly recomended and rare to be offerd.
The Sayagaki of Mr. Tanobe says this is the best work he's seen from this smith so far, indeed this sword is superbly made, a perfect Hizen Konuga Jihada with the dark/blueish color of the steel and super tight Suguha Hamon. The blade is UBU (not shortened ) with original length and 1 Mekugi-ana.
The Habaki is newly made and of solid silver. The blade is super well polished in Japan by a Mukansa polisher and has no forging errors. The Jigane is Ko Itame Hada also called the Hizen Konuga Hada with a typical blue glow in the steel, nice and even in structure with Jinie. The Nakago has the horizontal filing strokes (yoko-yasurime) and the typical Hizen Tadayoshi round Kuijiri tip.
Then the Hamon is the typical Hizen Nie deki Suguha hamon where the Nie is beautiful to see.
A super katana in original length from the 6th Generation Tadayoshi.

Price ; € 14900,-

DATA:

blade shape; Shinogi zukuri Katana
length/ Nagasa ; 74.1 cm
height Motohaba; 3.01 cm
thick / kasane ; 0.8 cm
sori ; 2.0 cm
hamon ; Suguha in Nie-deki
Jihada ; Hizen Ko-Itame Konuga with jinie.

Nihonto - Samurai sword nr.: Z-23

This is an authentic Japanese samurai sword.
A very special Shinogi-zukuri Katana from the Kanbun Shinto period, ca. 1661-1681, signed: Musashi No Kami Nagamichi (Musashi/Settsu province) with NBTHK Hozon papers, mounted in a ShiraSaya.
Nagamichi is a direct student of Daijio Kunimichi and made swords in the Kanbun Shinto period in Osaka and Edo.
The Hamon is a beautiful active O-Notare Gunome with lots of activities and is very brilliant.
Nagamichi made Wazamono sharp swords and belongs to the Jyo Saku rank. This sword was made in the Shinto Toku-den tradition.

This is a powerful blade in very good Japanese polishing with 2 Mekugi-ana (the second small Mekigi-ana at the end of the Nakago is made for the mount so as to fight the blade better in his Tsuka fits.) and is Ubu, not shortened, The Hamon is O-Notare with Gunome Midare with Ko-nie Deki and Ji-Nie. there is also Kinsuji to see. The Jihada is a close Ko-Mokume Hada with Jinie.

The Habaki is two-piece with gold foil wrapped in very good quality.

A powerful long blade of a smith that you not see often in perfect polishing in perfect condition.

Price ; € 8200, -

€7700,-

DATA:

blade shape; Shinogi-zukuri Katana
length / Nagasa; 72.5 cm
height / Motohaba; 3.2 cm
thick / Kasane; 0.7 cm
sori; 1.2 cm
hamon; O-Notare & Gunome Midare with Ko-nie Deki and Kinsuji.
Jihada; Ko-Mokume with Jinie.

Nihonto - Samurai sword nr.: Z-24

This is an authentic antique Nihonto Japanese Wakizashi Samurai sword.

A Mumei KOTO Wakizashi, with NTHK -NPO Kicho paper, attributed to: UDA KUNIMUNE (Koto/Muromachi ca. 1500/1530 Enpo period) of the Uda school in Etchu province with a super nice quality, special Koshirae and ShiraSaya with Tsunagi.
This is a beautiful flawless and well polished wakizashi from the Uda school. Kunimune belongs to the Jyo saku forging class and has a 20 point rating in the Hawley.
The fouder from the Uda school was Kunimitsu and coma from the Yamato province around 1317 at the end of the Kamakura period. The sword has no Shirake, the steel is clear and contains Ji-nie and Chikei. Shirake is a characteristic that you see relatively often in work by Kyûshû smiths, such as in Bungo and Higo-Enju work. In addition, the forging of this sword is beautiful and compact and very prominent itame-mokume with some Nagare. For swords with dark jigane you end up in Etchû and there the Uda school is the most prominent at the time. Etchû-Uda is a sideline of the Yamato schools and you would also expect Yamato characteristics there, but these are missing in the Suguha hamon. There are several fringes in the Ha that are reminiscent of Ashi, but they are not, these fringes are caused by the fine mokume of the Ji that run into the Ha and are visible there as dark lines. Furthermore, the suguha hamon is quite calm with fine Nie.
The sword is mumei and attributed and Kunimune who was nevertheless an important sword smith where you come across these characteristics. Now there are several generations, so this is a work of a later (4th) generation.
The Nakago is Iriyamagata. The Kiri-light katte-sagari Yasurime.
This Wakizashi is Ubu, not shortened with 1 Mekugi-ana, the Habaki is covered with gold foil. The blade is well polished and has no forging flaws, The hamon is Suguha with Nie en. The Jihada is a well made lively fine Itame -Gunome with Jinie.
The Koshirae is of super good quality, the Saya is lacquered with and sprinkled with mother of pearl particles and splinters of bamboo, the Tsuka is newly wound with a gold/brown Ito band, the Menuki are from Shakudo (soft metal) like Kabuto's and with gold high-lights in very good quality, with the F&K standing out immediately, the Fuchi is a Yari and Samurai War brush in silver/gold and Sentuku made. The Kashira is of sublime super quality as large Kabuto with deep patina which is made in super detail, with gold, silver and Sentuku with a dragon as Medate in super detail. The Tsuba is made of iron with 2 spells or texts in the edge (the sign To or sword is also in it) with brass inlay. The Kozuka and Kogai split-ware are made of iron, have fine ribbing and gold inlays with a beautiful patina.

A nice blade with a very nice Koshirae with ShiraSaya.

SOLD

DATA:

blade shape; Shinogi-zukuri Wakizashi
length/ Nagasa ; 49.1 cm
height Motohaba; 2.9 cm
thick / kasane ; 0.62 cm
sori ; 0.7 cm
hamon ; Suguha with Nie.
Jihada ; Itame with Mokume.

Nihonto - Samurai sword nr.: Z-25

This is an authentic NIHONTO Japanese Samurai sword.
A robust unsigned late Koto / early Shinto Nagamaki Naoshi Wakizashi, imaginable from the Horikawa School at Kyoto with beautiful Naginata Hi and Bo-hi, mounted in a very beautiful Edo period Koshirae.
This kind of Nagamaki Naoshi blades were often shortened in the Shinto period from Naginata (pole-arm) with which there was a lot of fighting in the Koto period, to knock the legs of the horse away with the Samurai on horseback, so that the Samurai came to the ground and then was overpowered.
The fighting technique in the Shinto period changed and the major battlegrounds (Muromachi period) were no longer involved and so these Naginata blades were converted into handswords.
This Wakizashi is Sureage (shortened, because the Naginata has a very long Nakago to have enough grip in the lance and could not be knocked over by the opponent), with 2 Mekugi-ana.
The founder of the HORIKAWA school was KUNIHIRO (TEN-SHO to KEI-CHO at the end of the Koto period) He moved to SHIMOTSUKE to make swords at ASHIKAGA Castle, where he supposedly made his two famous NAMBOKUCHO copies for NAGAO AKINAGA . In the period of TEN-SHO, he founded “HORIKAWA school” according to his name. He eventually moved to UMETADA with the School to become one of the main founders of SHINTO. He is known as the father of the SHINTO period.
The Habaki is made of brass with a beautiful gold foil wrapping. The Kling is well polished and has no forging flaws. The Jigane is an Itame Hada beautifully smooth in structure with Jinie. Then the Hamon who is a Gunome Midare with a regular pattern and Nioi. The koshirae is of very good quality, The Saya is painted dark red / brown (restored, newly painted) with Kurigata horn and a metal Kojiri at the end of the saya. The Tsuka is wrapped with dark green single wire Ito (luxury winding) and the Menuki are birds. the Fuchi & Kashira and Kozuga are from Shakudo with baskets and farming tools and a bird resting on it with gold, silver and Sentuku highlights. The Tsuba is made of iron, again with the same representation with golden highlights. The Kozuka is equipped with a good Ko-katana.

A particularly beautiful robust Nagamaki Naoshi Wakizashi with a beautiful Edo period Koshirae.

Price ; € 4900, -

4450,-

DATA:

blade shape; Nagamaki Naoshi Wakizashi with Naginata Hi and Bo-hi
length / Nagasa; 41.5 cm
height Motohaba; 2.2 cm
thick / kasane; 0.65 cm
sori; 1.6 cm
hamon; Gunome Midare in Nioi-deki. Kinsui and Sunagashi
Jihada; Itame Hada.

Nihonto - Samurai sword nr.: Z-26

This is an authentic antique TANTO NIHONTO Japanese samurai sword.
A hirazukuri Tanto made in the Shinshinto period (ca. 1780-1850), unsigned (mumei) with 2 mukugi-ana and Ubu (original length).
This is a tanto made as a slim Hirazukuri Tanto in a beautiful mounting with all parts ensuite in iron with brass inlaid. The blade has 2 Mekugi ana and is not shortened, so Ubu. The Hamon is an even gunome and resembles a Sanbonsugi hamon from the Kanemoto school. The Tanto has a kind of leaf in front of the habaki, which is slightly rough and stands up but is not open, and has no other forging flaws and a good polishing. The Hamon is well made and sleek and on both sides as good as equal.
The Jihada is a beautiful Itame Hada with a nice soft shine on the blade. The Habaki is made of copper with filing strokes.
The Koshirae is in good condition with very nice dark red paintwork with clouds as motif, The Tsuka has a new dark red Ito winding in good condition, The F&K, Tsuba and Kojiri resemble Higo school work in iron with brass inlay work. the Menuki are Shakudo with gold.
The Kozuka is made of beautiful patinated iron with poison Ivy as an image, and the Ko-katana is signed.
A nice Tanto with very nice and good koshirae.

Price; € 2890, -

DATA:

blade shape; Shobu Zukuri Moroha zukuri Tanto.
length / nagasa; 25.1 cm
height / motohabe; 2.4 cm
thick / motokasane; 0.6 cm
sori; 0.25 cm
hamon; Gunome / Sanbonsugi.
jihada; Itame with jinie.

Nihonto - Samurai sword nr.: Z-27

This is an authentic Japanese Samurai sword.
A Mumei Shinto Wakizashi, with HBTHK Hozon paper, attributed to: Uda School TOMOTSUGU (Koto ca. 1532) with beautiful and special quality Koshirae.
The Uda School was located in the Etchu Province where the Ko-uda school started forging in the Kamakura period. The basis is transferred and further used by the Yamato tradition and the Soshu tradition by Norishige.
There have been many smiths working at the Ko-uda and Uda school over a long period of time, such as Kunimune, Tomotsugu, Kunifusa, Kunimune, ect. In the long period that the Uda school was active, they made very many swords.
Most smiths from the Uda school belong to the Jyo-Saku class and mostly Wazamon made sharp swords. Their swords are mostly modest with regard to the Hamon but have a very beautiful and active Itame jihada.
This Wakizashi is Ubu, not shortened with 1 Mekugi-ana, the Habaki is made of solid silver. The Kling is well polished and has no forging errors or flaws.
The hamon is Suguha with Nie. The Jihada is a well-made lively Itame with Jinie.
The koshirae is of good quality, the Saya is wrapped with beautiful Same that is inlaid with red-brown color, the Tsuka is wrapped with cream color thread and the Mekugi is made of silver that are twisted together, the Menuki. the Fuchi & Kashira and the Tsuba are dark red from Sentuku / Yamagane (soft metal) in very good quality. The Tsuba still has an edge of Shakudo.
The Saya also has a Kurigata and Kojiri from horn.
The Wakizashi has an iron Kozuka with Ko-katana, the Kozuka is in the form of a signed Nakago.

A special blade with a very beautiful Koshirae.

Price ; € 3800,-

DATA:

blade shape; Hirazukuri Wakizashi
length / Nagasa; 42.6 cm
height Motohaba; 2.8 cm
thick / kasane; 0.5 cm
sori; 1.0 cm
hamon; Suguha with nie
Jihada; Itame with Jinie.

Nihonto - Samurai sword nr.: Z-28

This is an authentic Japanese samurai sword. TANTO OFFERED OF PRIVATE COLLECTION.
A Hirazukuri Tanto as Yoriodoshi, made in the Shinshinto period (ca. 1850), unsigned and attributed to: Koyama Seiryuken MORITOSHI with NTHK papers (6 stamps and thus as a higher certificate awarded to this blade) this smith made very good and strong blades and was known by the Samurai as the master maker of fighting swords. The blade is in Shira saya with a Sayagaki.
Seiryuken Moritoshi was named as Iwamoto Kiyouemon. He was the brother of the famous Chounsai Tsunatoshi. He was named second generation by Tsunatoshi as brother.
Tsunatoshi worked under Moritoshi. This was a personal swordsmith from Shuhou Iwakoku Han.
This sword is from the first sight, reminiscent of Koyama Munetsugu.
Moritoshi was a Shinshinto smith who was part of the Chounsai Tsunatoshi school, one of the most influential schools of the period. Koyama Munetsugu, Unju Korekazu and Takahashi Naganobu were all students of this school and all their works have their own important sword history.
This is a blade made as Yoriodoshi model to put through a harness, the blade in good polishing without Kizu or Ware / forging errors, 2 Mekugi-ana and not Machi-okuri but apparently something taken off a little off the Nakago, The Hamon is Suguha base with uniform Gunome with Jinie & Nie.
The Jihada is a dense Itame Hada. The Habaki has a red copper.

A strong big Yoriodoshi Tanto from the Koyama school who made a lot of good blades.

Price ; € 3600, -

3100,-

DATA:

blade shape; Hirazukuri Tanto as Yoriodoshi.
length / nagasa; 28.0 cm
height / motohabe; 3.0 cm
thick / motokasane; 0.9 cm
sori; 0.2 cm
hamon; Suguha with Gunome
jihada; Itame.

Nihonto - Samurai sword nr.: Z-29

This is an authentic Nihonto Japanese Samurai sword.

An unsigned (Mumei) Koto era, middle Kamakura period Katana (ca. 1240-1270) in a very good Japanese polish with NBTHK Tokubetsu HOZON paper. Attributed to the AYANOKOJI - Den with an extremely beautiful Koshirae with NTHK Tosho paper 3 times signed OMORI school and ShiraSaya.
The Ayanokoji school is part of the YAMASHIRO tradition, and it is said that Nagamasa was the founder. Among other things, Sadatoshi and Sadayoshi were considered co-founders in the place/town Ayanokoji to which the school also took the name.
The smiths in this school all used a 2 character signature, which included Sukesada, Sadaie, Sadatoshi, Sueyuki and Tadaie. Little is known about the Ayanokoji school and their swords are special as not many survive in families or collections in and outside Japan.
Usual for this school was a Jigane from a mix of Mokume with Itame and sometimes Masame (not in this blade). The Hamon is based on Ko-Gunome, Choji-Midare with many activities like Ji-Nie, Kinsuji and Ashi.
This blade is O-suriage, or shortened with 4 Mekugi-ana. The sword has no Ware or Kizu or other errors. The Ayanokoji school was classified under the O-wazamono sharp swords.
This sword was offered at the Christies auction in London in 2007 and had an estimate between 21,000 and 22,000 Euro (without the 25% auktion surcharge). The sword was then in a poor polish with some spots and scratches and no papers. After the London auction, the sword was sent to Japan for polishing by a Mukansa polisher, new ShiraSaya and certification for the blade and Koshirae.
The sword now has NBTHK Tokubetsu-Hozon and the Koshirae has the NTHK high, 5 judge stamp rating.
The Habaki is wrapped with a gold foil in high quality as a 2 piece.
The Koshirae is of very high quality with Shakudo and dragons and waves in gold high-lights. The Tsuka is in very good condition with a very special Rattan lacquered black winding, The Tsuba is signed: Mori Tokinobu and thick and solid Shakudo with dragon motif in the clouds and a raised rim in gold high-lights. The Menuki are Gilded dragons. the Saya is black Uruchi lacquer with Kirikane gold speckles inlaid and Maple leaves (Japanese Maple) that are in high relief in autumn colors.
The rest of the mount is made of solid silver with gold highlights and from the Omori school and of super high quality and signed; the Fuchi-Kashira = Omori Eishu (Omori Teruhide ca. 1828-1870). Teruhide was the highest master of the Omori school and his works are highly qualified.
The Kojiri is signed; Masahide (a student of Omori Eiman the fifth son of Eisho (Teruhide), who the adopted son Eishu (he later incorporated MORI in his name) was again the Tsuba maker of the Sano family around 1830-1870. He studied under Yanagawa Naotoki and married the daughter and ended up in the Sano Naoteru family.

A particularly well-forged blade of the rare Ayanokoji school with an extremely beautiful koshirae of sublime high quality.

Price Euro 34950, -

DATA:

blade shape; Shinogi zukuri Katana
length / Nagasa; 68.6 cm
height Motohaba; 2.95 cm
thick / kasane; 0.65 cm
sori; 1.54 cm
hamon; Ko-Gunome, Choji-Midare with Ji-Nie, Kinsuji and Ashi.
Jihada; mix of Mokume with Itame

Nihonto - Samurai sword nr.: Z-30

This is an authentic NIHONTO Japanese Samurai sword.

An elegant signed early Shinto period Wakizashi with NBTHK Hozon Token papers. Signed ; Bizen Kuni Osafune Ju Fujiwara SUKESADA , Shinto ca. 1650/1670. (Sukesada Osafune school) Mounted in a very nice and good Koshirae, including ShiraSaya with Sayagaki and Tsunagi. (Sayagaki translation: Bizen Kuni Osafune Ju Shichi beeno jo Sukesada).
The Bizen Sukesada school was already very active in the Muromachi period when there was a huge demand for swords during the many wars in Japan. At the end of the Muromachi period, there was a flooding of the river that completely destroyed the school. The part of the Sukesada school that was higher up was spared and continued to make swords. Swordsmiths who worked there include Genzaemon, Shichibei Sukesada, Gengoro Sukesada, Yoso Zaemon Sukesada and more.
Sukesada worked at the beginning of the Shinto period and belongs to the Jyo Jyo Saku class and made O-Wazamono sharp swords, this wakizashi is very well polished. This period was the quiet time when more attention could be paid to the beauty of the sword itself, which can also be seen in the controlled forging of Sukesada.
This Wakizashi is Ubu , not shortened with 1 Mekugi-ana, no forging flaws or Fukure and well polished. The Habaki is made of very good quality solid silver. The Jigane is a Ko-Itame Mokume Hada with many even activities showing a beautiful forging.
The koshirae is of good quality, De Saya is covered with cloth or leather and lacquered in the style of tree bark with horn Kurigata and iron Kojiri of the Higo school. The Tsuka has new black Tsuka-Ito and the Menuki are horses in Shakudo. the Fuchi & Kashira is also from Shakudo with an image of plants and flowers. The Tsuba is made of iron with a beautiful deep patina.

A nice early Shinto period Wakizashi with good Koshirae.

Price ; € 3950,-

DATA:

blade shape; Shinogi-zukuri Wakizashi
length/ Nagasa ; 51.8 cm
height Motohaba; 2.7 cm
thick / kasane ; 0.7 cm
sori ; 1.5 cm
hamon ; Suguha with niedeki and Ara-Ni and Nioikuchi.
Jihada ; controlled Ko-Itame with Mokume Hada with Jinie and Chikei.

Nihonto - Samurai sword nr.: Z-31

This is an authentic Nihonto Japanese Samurai sword.
A signed Kan-ei / early Kanbun Shinto period Wakizashi (ca.1650-1672) in a very good polish with NBTHK HOZON paper. Signed; Izumi (no) Kami Fujiwara Kunisada as 1st generation with very nice Koshirae and ShiraSaya with Tsunagi (70 points in the Hawley).
This Wakizashi is from the famous first generation (Shodai) Kunisada, the father of the very famous Inoue Shinkai, from Settsu province. This 1st generation was active around Kan-ei / Kanbun (1650-1672).
Kunisada 1st generation is also called Oya-Kunisada, which means parent or parent in Japanese. Inoue Shinkai often helped his older father make swords in his early years, which can also be seen regularly in the ironwork and signature.
Born in 1589, Kunisada (in Hyuga province) later moved to Osaka, known as the founder of the Osaka Shinto, he died in 1652. The first generation Kunisada was born in the seventeenth year of Tensho (1589). His hometown was central Kyushu, in Obi-han in Hyuga prefecture. He became a student of Horikawa Kunihiro. Many people believe that Kunisada was actually a student of Kunitomo, one of Kunihiro's leading students. It is also very likely that Kunitomo was Kunihiro's cousin. Like Kunihiro and Kunisada, Kunitomo was also born in Obi, Hyuga.
After spending several years as an apprentice under Kunitomo, Kunisada became independent and moved to Osaka. Another student from Kunitomo.
Osaka was a newly developed city at the time. Toyotomi Hideyoshi started building his enormous castle there in 1584 and it was completed in 1585. Hideyoshi died in 1598 and the lord of the castle became his son, Hideyori. The castle was destroyed by Tokugawa Ieyasu during the so-called Osaka Winter and Osaka Summer campaigns of 1614-1615. The city of Osaka was also destroyed. Hideyori and his mother, Yodo, both committed suicide at the end of the war. The Tokugawa Shogunate then established an office in Osaka in 1619. It was called the Osaka Jodai. At that time they started rebuilding the city and the castle.
Kunisada received the title of Izumi-no-kami in the ninth year of Genna (1623). Since there are examples, such as a sword from 1621 signed "Sesshu Osaka ju Fujiwara Kunisada", we know that Kunisada moved to Osaka before he was given the title Izumi-no-kami. Given the time Osaka Jodai was founded and the date of this sword, Kunisada probably moved to Osaka between 1619 and 1621.
Kunisada worked steadily from 1623 to around 1645. He signed most of his magazines with the May, "Izumi-no-kami Fujiwara Kunisada". Sometimes he used "Izumi-no-kami Kunisada" or "At Osaka Izumi-no-kami Kunisada". Kunzan Honma pointed out that the reputation of Kunisada's work is that even his average products are of high quality (Jyojyo saku). Kunzan wrote that he believed that the quality of Kunisada's average swords is better than that of the second generation Kunisada (Inoue Shinkai), although the latter's best products are more appreciated than the first generation Kunisada.
This blade is Ubu, so not shortened with 1 Mekugi-ana. The Wakizashi has a Gunome Midare / Choji Midare in Nioikuchi, the Jihada is a Ko-Itame with Jinie like the Osaka Shinto Jigane should be. The Habaki is a 2 piece and gold plated in high quality. The Koshirae is good quality with Shakudo F&K with lobster or spiny lobster in gold highlights. the Saya is dark brown Uruchi lacquer with buffalo horn parts. The Tsuka is with a good black winding, with shells like Menuki. The Tsuba is made of iron with a broken pattern of blossom and Mons. A very well forged blade from Kunisada with a good quality koshirae.

Price: € 6750,-

DATA:

blade shape; Hirazukuri zukuri Wakizashi
length / Nagasa; 39.5 cm
height Motohaba; 3.0 cm
thick / kasane; 0.71 cm
sori; 0.6 cm
hamon; Nie-deki Gunome Midare with Choji Midare and Tobiyaki.
Jihada; Osaka Shinto Itame with Jinie.

Nihonto - Samurai sword nr.: Z-32

This is an authentic NIHONTO Japanese samurai sword.
A Daimyo mounted Hirazukuri Aikuchi Tanto, made in the Koto-Muromachi period (August 1554), signed and dated: Bishu Osafune SUKESADA, // 8th month Tenbun (24th) (August 1554) of the Bizen School, with NBTHK Hozon papers on the blade. There is also a copy in Japanese of the Mon and the Clan in which this tanto was held.
Sukesada was active in the Bunmei period until the end of the Muromachi era in the Bizen Province. SUKESADA was at that time together with Harumitsu (of which I had a Daimyo-mounted Tanto in 2019) and Kiyomitsu who then made many swords in mass production, given the Japanese era in which there were constant wars and the demand for swords was very high. The Jihada in this blade is Mokume, there is Utsuri. This is a tanto made as a Hirazukuri model. The blade is well polished, dated and signed 2 Mekugi ana and Ubu (not shortened), the Hamon is based on Muneyaki and Hitatsura with a lot of Nie and Nioi and Sunagasi. Sukesada made most Tanto’s in Gunome and few in Hitatsura like this tanto. The Tanto has no serious Kizu or Ware and no forging errors, but a small former rust pit that did not completely disappear during polishing. Sukesada made O-Wazamono sharp swords and can be classified in the Jyo-Saku class.

The Koshirae is of Daimyo / Hofhould quality and in super condition, considering that the Kiri Mon was only reserved for the Imperial Godaigo. Later, the Kiri Mon was also used by Oda Nobunaga and Toyotomi Hideyoshi to honor their Generals for their merits. The fittings are solid Shakudo and equipped with many Mon's (Family Arms). The Menuki (as Kiri Mon of Imperial Godaigo and several Daimyo) are specially made and on a plate Shakudo (Tsutu-gane), the Mekugi that is only on one side in the Tsuka. and does not go through what is extraordinary is , is from Shakudo. The Tsuka has no Tsuka-ito, but consists of laquered wood. The Saya has a deep dark red paint (Nashiji) in super good condition. The Habaki is wrapped with gold foil and has a high-quality finish. All fittings are ensuite, just like the Kogai with the same Kiri Mons.

A very special Daimyo version of Koto Aikuchi Tanto in super good condition.

Price; € 10950,-

9880,-

DATA:

blade shape; Hirazukuri Tanto.
length / nagasa; 22.4 cm
height / motohabe; 2.0 cm
thick / motokasane; 0.55 cm
sori; 0.0
hamon; Hitatsura base with Muneyaki, Utsuri, Sunagasi , Nie and Nioi
jihada; Mokume.

Nihonto - Samurai sword nr.: Z-33

This is an authentic Nihonto Shinsakuto (1987) Japanese Samurai sword.

A signed and dated Shinsakuto 1987 Tachi with large Bo-hi in a very good Japanese polish (Mukansa polish). Signed and dated; Minamoto MASATSUGU, dated 2nd month 1987, made for the YAMATO family in ShiraSaya.
The sword is robust and large as a copy from the Nanbukucho period with Bo-hi and deep Sori. The Jigane as Ko-itame with Jinie who is made super controlled. The Hamon is based on Gunome, Midare with Nie and Coarse Ara-Nie and Fat Niokuchi, and has a deep and wide Bo-Hi running the entire length of the sword.
Masatsugu works in Hitachi province.
His sword-working ancestors worked in the Edo and late Edo period also under this name and were employed in the Hitachi province, his ancestors worked for the Kasama Daimyo clan in the late Edo period.
Unfortunately, very little is known about Minamoto Masatsugu outside of Japan.
He also appears to have received several Nyusen prizes for his work from the NBTHK.
The Habaki is wrapped with a gold foil in very good quality.

A very well forged blade with Bo-hi from a Gendai / Shinsakuto smith made for the YAMATO family.

SOLD

DATA:

blade shape; Shinogi zukuri Tachi
length / Nagasa; 75.0 cm
height Motohaba; 3.33 cm
thick / kasane; 0.8 cm
sori; 2.5 cm
hamon; Gunome-Midare with thick Nioikuchi Nie and coarse Ara-Nie
Jihada; Ko-Itame with Jinie.

Nihonto - Samurai sword nr.: Z-34

This is an authentic Antique Japanese Nihonto Wakizashi Samurai sword.
A Mumei Koto period Wakizashi, with HBTHK Tokubetsu Hozon paper, attributed to: Ko-Mihara School (Koto ca. 1314-1387 ) with nice quality Koshirae and ShiraSaya with Tsunagi.
Ko-mihara is the name of a group of swords that lived in Mihara of Bingo Province and flourished around the last Kamakura until the last Muromachi period. Masaie and Masahiro are the representative swordsmiths of this school. Signature points of their swords are shirake-utsuri and a light masame pattern on the jitetsu, hotsure and uchinoke on the hamon and round boshi, although the elaborate style resembles that of the Yamato School and the neighboring Aoe School. The reason why Yamato School influenced this school is that there were many Buddhist temples or Shinto shrines in Yamato Province. The signatures of the Ko-Mihara group (ca. 1306-1356) such as Masaie (founder), MasaShige, MasaKiyo, MasaHiro, ect. often used Bishu instead of Bingo, as Bingo was not well known for sword forging at the time. In later years, in the Muromachi period, Bingo begins to appear in signatures indicating that the smiths who worked in this province gained fame. The Mihara tradition continued through the Koto, Shinto, and Shinshinto periods, ending with Takanobu around 1800.
Most of the works from Ko-Mihara's early period are now unsigned because the swords were made very long in the common Nanbokucho style and then shortened to katana length in the Edo period. As a result, there are very few signed items to be seen today and it becomes difficult to make an attribution outside of school. As such, these swords are usually labeled only for Ko-Mihara rather than directly to one of the individual smiths. Most swordsmiths of the Ko-Mihara school belong to the Jyo-Saku class and mostly made O-Wazamon sharp swords. Their swords are often modest as far as the Hamon is concerned, but they have a very nice and active Itame jihada.
This Wakizashi is O-sureage, shortened with 3 Mekugi-ana, the Habaki is made of copper. The blade is well polished and has no forging flaws, The hamon is Suguha with Nie. The Jihada is a well made lively Itame with Jinie.
The koshirae is of good quality, the Saya is painted with red brown, the Tsuka is wrapped with brown color Ito wire and the F&K Shakudo inlaid with fine gold wire, the Menuki are made of Shakudo with gold inlaid as a tree/branches motif, the Tsuba from iron and has a Maru-gata shape and is openwork.

A special old Koto blade with a beautiful Koshirae and ShiraSaya.

Price ; € 5750,-

€ 4950,-

Data:
blade shape; Hirazukuri Wakizashi
length/ Nagasa ; 50.5 cm
height Motohaba; 2.85 cm
thick / kasane ; 0.7 cm
sori ; 1.1 cm
hamon ; Suguha with nie
Jihada ; Itame with Jinie.



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