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Swords / Nihonto : Tanto / Wakizashi / Katana

Nihonto Tanto collection



Nihonto - Samurai sword nr.: Z-1

This is an authentic Nihonto Japanese DaiSho Samurai sword set. A special DaiSho with very exceptional super Koshirae (mid 1800s) in good old used condition and ShiraSaya, both blades in good Japanese polish. The Katana (Dai) is signed, Kii no Kuni YASUMITSU (Ishido school, Kii province) with NBTHK Hozon certificate, from the Shinto period, (ca. 1682-1698). The blade is elegant and flawless with a Chu kissaki and beautiful Horimono.

Kii Yasumitsu from the Genroku period (ca. 1682-1698) is the second generation Kii Yasumitsu and ranked 15 points at the Hawley. His predecessor was active around Enpô, (1673-1681). We also know that he came from the Uemura family and was a student of the first generation of Kii Yasutsuna. This means that the Yasumitsu lineage belonged to the Ishidô group that remained in Kii province when many of the other masters moved to Ôsaka or Edo. Even Kii Yasutsuna is said to have worked temporarily in Ôsaka, which is supported by the fact that his son, second generation Yasutsuna, is listed as a blacksmith based in Ôsaka, i.e. he moved there permanently.v
This katana has a beautiful Horimono on the Omote side depicting a dragon climbing up around a blossom stump, on the other side (Ura) 3 Sanscrit or Bonji symbols are engraved. The Hamon is a Choji Midare Hamon with Nioi with Yo, Ashi, Tobiyaki and Muneyaki in Yakidashi style. The Jihada is a nice lively Itame and Jinie. The Katana is Ubu (not shortened) with 2 mekugi-ana. His swords belong to the Jyo-saku smiths. The Wakizashi (Sho) is signed: Uda Kunimune (Uda school, Yamato, 4th generation) Edo period (ca. 1650). The blade is in a good polishing Ubu (not shortened) with 3 Mekugi-ana. The Hamon is a Suguha Hamon in Nie and Nioi. The Jihada is well and lively forged Itame in the Yamato style with Ji-nie, with a Chu-kissaki and completely flawless and belongs to the Jyo-saku class.

Uda shool originated in Uda area Yamato province. After that, Ko Nyudo Kunimitsu moved to Ettchu Province. They worked in the Nanbokucho period and this school continued to the Muromachi period (ouei era). In the Ettchu area, Norishige and Go are famous and there are many good swordsmiths in the Nanbokucho period. Blades attributed to Uda Kunimune descent from Uda School. there are 4 generations, this must be the last, the Hawley gives him 15 points.

The founder of the Uda School is considered to be Kunimitsu. He was originally from Uda District of Yamato Province. He worked around the Bunpo era or 1317 at the end of the Kamakura era. All subsequent blacksmiths of this school used the kanji sign “Kuni” in their signatures. At some point, he moved to Etchu Province, so although the Uda School had its foundation in the Yamato tradition, it is considered one of the wakimono schools of this region, along with schools like he Fujishima and Chiyozuru. Together, these three schools are often referred to as the kita kuni mono. Since Kunimitsu's remaining works do not exist, it is widely believed that his students, Kunifusa and Kunimune, are the true founders of this school. Both blacksmiths studied under Norishige of the Etchu Province and were active around the Koan era (1361). The works of these early Uda smiths followed the style of the Yamato Den, especially in the fields of sugata and hamon.

This Daisho was put up for sale at the Bonhams London auction many years ago and has been for sale again in my collection for many years now. There are also ShiraSaya's and Tsunagi's, the Sayas have an old Sayagaki from Mr. Sato Kanzan Sensai who thus describes the two blades. The Koshirae in Handachi version are with super special, very heavy Shakudo quality fittings with skulls and bones as an image, which I have never seen in all my collecting years in this quality and version. Sometimes a tsuba or F&K set is offered with a skull, but never a complete Koshirae, let alone as a DaiSho set. Both mounts have a Kogai and Kozuka set with signed Ko-katana. The Tsuba's the F&K, Menuki's , Kojiri, Kaeshizuno, Kurigata and Kozuka and Kogai are Shakudo with skull motif. Then both Saya's have a gold-painted Mon as the TAKAHA Mon (hawk feathers) of the Asano family or Clan that commissioned this Daisho. The Habaki's are a 2-piece, with the wakizashi a very special one, with heads cut off in full relief on both sides in very high quality and details, and with the katana also 2-piece and both Habaki's with a gold foil mantle. Then the Saya's such as Kojiri and the Tsuka's have inlaid tombstones or Stupa in relief with gold paint.

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

Price Euro 38950,-

Data:
Sizes Dai: (katana) Shinogi-Zukuri
length / nagasa 64.1 cm
Sori 1.4 cm
high / motohaba 3.1 cm
Blade thickness/ motokasane 0.66 cm
hamon ; Choji Midare Hamon with Nioi with Yo, Ashi, Tobiyaki and Muneyaki
Jihada ; Itame with jinie.

Maten Sho: (wakizashi) Shinogi-Zukuri
length / nagasa 50.3 cm
Sori 1.2 cm
high / motohaba 2.82 cm
Blade thickness / motokasane 0.6 cm.
hamon ; Suguha with Nie.
Jihada ; Itame with nie and nioi.

Nihonto - Samurai sword nr.: Z-2

A special DaiSho with very nice Koshirae in very good condition, both blades in good Japanese polishing.

Both the Katana and the Wakizashi are made by Hizen Tadahiro 2nd Generation (Nidai), son of Tadayoshi 1st Generation.

The Katana (Dai) is signed as Tachi, Hizen No Kuni Ju Omi Daijo Fujiwara Tadayoshi (Nidai) (Echizen group, Musashi) with NBTHK Tokubetsu Hozon papers, from the Shinto period, (ca. 1650/1670). The blade is made in Koto style with a deep Sori and a lot of Fumbari and is very elegant with a Ko-kissaki. The Hamon is the typical Hizen Suguha Hamon.
Tadahiro's swords are counted among the Owaza mono sharp swords and his mastership is mentioned as in the Jyo-Jyo Saku forging.
The Jihada is the typical Hizen Konuka Hada with the dark bluish steel. The Katana is Ubu (not shortened) with 1 mekugi-ana. This katana is made and signed as Tachi and his signature is with the full title with Omi-Daijo which he was assigned in 1641.
The birth name of Tadahiro is Heisakuro Hashimoto. He was the son of Tadayoshi 1st Generation and was only 19 years old when his father died in 1632.
Tadahiro has made a lot of swords in his life and learned many other good smith the sword forging and he died at the age of 80 in 1693.

The Wakizashi (Sho) is signed, Omi Daijo Fujiwara Tadahiro (Nidai) (Echizen group, Musashi) Shinto period (ca. 1650/1670) and has NBTHK Tokubetsu Hozon papers. The blade is in good polishing is Ubu (not shortened) with 1 Mekugi-ana and has typical Hizen Suguha Hamon.
The Jihada is the typical Hizen Konuka Hada with the dark bluish steel.

The Koshirae are excellent with high-quality sword fittings, the Saya's with Same (rye skin) which is of very good quality and super nice. . The Tsubas are Shakudo with Nanako with images of Dragon and Shishi temple dogs in gold high-lights. The F&K, Kozuka and Kogai are Shakudo / Nanako with dragon motifs in good quality, the Menuki are gilded dragons, a wind and water dragon on the wakizashi and katana. The Habaki's are high quality, gold wrapped. The Ko-katana is a contemporary made and signed.

This is an excellent DaiSho with good blades, both with Tokubetsu Hozon papers and very nice ensuite Koshirae.

Price Euro 24,500, -

€22.400,-

Data:
Sizes Dai: (katana) Shinogi-zukuri
length / nagasa 67.8 cm
Sori 2.8 cm
high / motohaba 2.8 cm
Kling / motokasane thickness 0.6 cm

Sizes Sho: (wakizashi) Shinogi-zukuri
length / nagasa 44.7 cm
Sori 0.5 cm
high / motohaba 2.8 cm
Thickness thickness / motokasane 0.5 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,-

€14.500,-

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

A special Nihonto DaiSho with Koto blades and very beautiful Koshirae in top condition.

It is exceptional that this Daisho has a Tanto next to the Katana.

The Daimyo version Koshirae in a museum quality has NBTHK Tokubetsu Hozon certificate.
The Katana has NBTHK Hozon certificate
The Tanto has NBTHK Hozon certificate


The Katana (Dai) is unsigned, but is directly attributed to the smith and school; Mihara MASANOBU (Mihara school, Bingo province), from the late Koto Nanbokucho period, (ca. 1375-1385). He was a Jo-Jo saku smith and made O-Wazamono sharp swords. The blade has a nice even Itame jihada and Suguha Hamon. The sword is some little Machi-okuri, it has 2 Mekugi-ana, and fawless. The NBTHK rated the sword as Mihara Masanobu directly at the smith and not at the school alone. Especially the beautiful Jigane reminds us of the Aoe school. With this blade, a Hi runs exactly over the Shinogi line which is quite exceptional, usually the Hi or Bo-hi runs above the Shinogi.

Smiths in Yamato Province moved to Bingo in the Kamakura period and they were influenced by Bingo sword makers and also by the Bizen Aoe school where it is noticeable that the Jigane can be admired an additional beauty of the forging pattern.
The Ko-Mihara School was founded by Masaie during the Kamakura period ca.1306 and was succeeded by Masahiro during the Nambokucho period. Swords from Ko-Mihara have a strong Yamato influence, and occasionally from the Bizen smiths / schools. Masai's most productive period is considered to be the Kem-mu era (c. 1334). It is very rare to see works from Masaie or Masahiro, and only a few are dated. All Mihara school blacksmiths signed with Masa; as (Masakiyo, Masamitsu, Masanobu).

The Wakizashi / Tanto (Sho) as Moroha Zukuri model is signed; Bingo Kuni Mihara Ju MASAOKI saku, (Mihara school, Bingo province) Koto Muromachi period (ca. 1504/1520). He was a Jo-Jo saku smith. The blade is in good polish, Ubu (not shortened) with 2 Mekugi-ana and absolte fawless. This wakizashi has a beautifully controlled even Itame Jihada. This Tanto also has a Hi that runs exactly over the Shinogi to the back of the Nakago, and this blade also clearly shows the same features as the Mihara Katana.

Ko-Mihara is from the Kamakura to Nambokucho period. Each province had a Kokubunji, a temple group with a Clan. The Kokubunji system was set up under the emperor. Each had one for women, Ama and one for men. It was a special system - and the people associated with it were special people. The Ko-Mihara were “smiths on the” imperial side - as opposed to the “government” or the Samurai. They supported the emperor, just as the Nambokucho Bizen blacksmiths were Unjo, Unji and Unju followers of the emperor.
Ko-Mihara is conservative. They remained conservative, especially against the on-lock of the beautiful Ichimonji Hamon types who were later produced in Fukuoka Bizen. Conservatively won in the later Kamakura over the earlier, mid-period Ichimonji styles. The original Sanyodo influence is Yamato and then Yamashiro styles. The high rim in the Mihara School tells about preserving tradition. Sukemura comes from Ichimonji lines and brings Bizen skill to make sword.
So we see fine Bizen-like swords with conservative Suguha and raised SHINOGI lines as well as both of these DaiSho swords.
Ko-Mihara are excellent swords - that made real masterpiece quality. Therefore, Ko-Mihara swords have always been praised and revered. Ko-Mihara are considered world class, mainly because of their conservative nature.

The Daisho set also has a ShiraSaya with Tsunagi in addition to the mount, the Sayas both have a beautiful written Saya-gaki and even on the Tsunagi (wooden sword) a written indication of the blades and their smith and school. That this set has been given a lot of attention, it appears that both Tsunagi also have the same Hi or Bo-hi as in the blades and even the wooden Habaki's are the item as the metal version on the blades.

The Daisho koshirae
The Koshirae are excellent in Museum quality with NBTHK Tokubetsu-Hozon paper awarded to the HIGO school, EDO period. The Saya are made in a very special style with dark red and black dots or spots. Both Saya are of very good quality and the Tanto features Kozuka from Shakudo with a Shishi temple dog with gold highlights. The Ko-katana has an engraving of a stylistic dragon that revolves around a ken. The Tsuba, F&K, Menuki, iron and Shakudo are ensuite from the HIGO school with gold high-lights in very good quality. The Habaki's are of high quality wrapped with gold foil, even in the Tanto habaki the Hi of the blade runs through. Both Tsuka have dark brown Tsuka-ito of lacquered paper, which in the Edo period was really only reserved for very high placed Lords. There is lacquered Same under the winding. Both are in super condition without damage.

This is an excellent special DaiSho with very good blades, and very beautiful ensuite Koshirae. (both with ShiraSaya and tsunagi)

Price Euro 21.450, -

DATA:

Sizes Dai: (katana) Shinogi-Zukuri
length / nagasa 62.1 cm
Sori 1.1 cm
high / motohaba 3.6 cm
Blade thickness / motocasane 0.67 cm
hamon; Suguha in Nie.
Jihada; Ko-Itame with jinie.

Sizes Sho: (wakizashi / Tanto) Moroha-Zukuri
length / nagasa 26.4 cm
Sori 0.2 cm
high / motohaba 2.45 cm
Blade thickness / motocasane 0.61 cm.
hamon; Suguha with Nie.
Jihada; Ko-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,-

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; Sendai ju fujiwara KUNIKANE, (2nd Generation Nidai), 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 Japanese samurai sword.

A good DaiSho with beautiful Koshirae in good old used condition, both blades in very good Japanese polishing and in new ShiraSaya and new tsunagi.

The Katana (Dai) is Mumei - unsigned, attributed to Matsuba Motoyuki, Echizen Seki province by the NBTHK Hozon papers, from the Kanbun Shinto period (1661-1673). The blade is elegant in good condition and full polished with a Chu-kissaki. The Hamon is a Gunome Midare Choji Hamon with Nie Deki. The Hamon is very lively and active.
Motoyuki belongs to the Jyo saku smith ranking , better than average.
The Jihada is a beautiful Ko-Itame with also Masame and Jinie. The Katana is Machi-Okuri (shortened) with 3 mekugi-ana.
His birth name is Kawachi Minamoto Yukihira, and he moved to the Hizen province in 1677 at the age of 35. Around 1694 he changed his name to Motoyuki.
Matsuba means “pine needle” in Japanese.
After some time he moved to Edo City, where he further expanded his skills, he made a typical Choji Hamon that is clearly different from the Hizen and Bungo schools.

The Wakizashi (Sho) is Mumei - unsigned, attributed to; Echizen Seki, Edo, Kanei period (about 1624-1644) and HBTHK Hozon papers. The blade is healthy and not polished in a very good polishing is Sureage (shortened) with 3 Mekugi-ana.
The Hamon is a Niedeki Gunome Midare Hamon with small Ashi. The Jihada is well and active forged Ko-Itame mixed with Masame Hada with Ji-nie, the blade has a Chu-kissaki and completely faultless.
in the Muromachi period the Echizen-seki school moved from Mino to Echizen province. There are many good fighting swords made in Fukui prefecture.

DaiSho Koshiare,
The Koshirae are with good quality iron fittings, the Saya's are black Kizami Sayas with Ishimeji lacquer. The Tsubas are made of iron with Shakudo inlaid plates and have a water / wave show with birds, ect from gold and silver high-lights. The F&K (iron with silver inlaid), Kozuka (Shakudo) also have a water / waves shell and bird motif in good quality, the Menuki are shakudo with Amine design. The Habaki's are a 2 piece with gold foil wrapped in very high quality.

This is an excellent DaiSho with good blades, both with NBTHK Hozon papers and beautiful Original stylish ensuite Koshirae.

Price Euro 11950, -

€10.950,-


DATA:

Sizes Dai: (katana)
length 63.6 cm
Sori 1.8 cm
high 3.08 cm
Thickness 0.67 cm

Sizes Sho: (wakizashi)
length 48.5 cm
Sori 1.0 cm
high 2.55 cm
Thickness 0.53 cm

Nihonto - Samurai sword nr.: Z-10

This is an authentic Nihonto Japanese Samurai sword.
A Shinogi-zukuri Wakizashi from the Shinto period, in the middle of Shinto ca. 1673-1681; signed : Tanba Kami YOSHIMICHI Osaka (3rd Generation) Mishina School, with NBTHK TOKUBETSU HOZON papers, mounted in a beautiful Koshirae and ShiraSaya with tsunagi. Yoshimichi is a Jyo Jyo-Saku smith (above average) and made O-Wazamono sharp swords, he was the 3rd son of Tanba Yoshimichi, The sword has a robust shape and a Chu-Kissaki. The first generation Yoshimichi moved to Kyoto along with the 3rd son of Mino Kanemichi. The third generation Yoshimichi was well known for the Sudare-Ba hamon, until today the making of the Sudare-ba hamon has remained a secret for the Tanba Yoshimichi smiths. The Mishina school of blades were known for their good cutting properties and sought after by the Samurai warrior and their Lords.
This is a robust yet graceful blade from the SETTSU province of the Mischina school and is flawless in super polishing with 1 Mekugi-ana and Ubu (not shortened), The Hamon is Sudare-ba and lots of Ara-Nie. The Jihada is a close Ko-Itame Hada with Jinie.
The Koshirae is in very good condition and very good quality, the Habaki is wrapped with gold foil.
The Saya is dark brown lacquered as a tree bark motif, the Tsuba is Shakudo iron with an image of a Samurai saddle and riding crop, the F&K and Menuki are Shakudo. The Tsuka-ito is brown and the Same has nice big studs.

A perfect flawless blade and beautiful good quality Koshirae in perfect condition with ShiraSaya.

Price ; € 5700,-

DATA:

blade shape; Shinogi zukuri Wakizashi
length/ Nagasa ; 58.8 cm
height Motohaba; 2.95 cm
thick / kasane ; 0.68 cm
sori ; 1.0 cm
hamon ; Sudare-Ba with lots of Ara-Nie.
Jihada ; Ko-Itame with Ji-Nie.

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 Japanese samurai sword.
A flawless Shinogi-zukuri Katana from the late Koto early Shinto period, ca. 1560-1620 unsigned, and attributed to the Fujishima school (Echizen province) with NBTHK Hozon papers on the Katana and the Koshirae, mounted in a perfect Omori school Koshirae.
The Fujishima school had its origin in the Kaga province (Kanewaka) and was split up and settled in Echizen province.
These smiths made a mix of Yamato style with Bizen Oei, this was the early stage of the Kaga Fujishima school.
Smiths are working here include Tomoshige 1st generation (founder and student of Rai Kunitoshi 1334-1340 who worked in the Fujishima Castle), Yukimitsu, Nobunaga and Chikanori.
The Echizen Fujishima school made Wazamono sharp swords.

This is an elegant blade from the Echizen province / Fujishima school and is faultless in very good Japanese polishing, with 2 Mekugi-ana and is shortened / O-sureage, The Hamon is Gunome Midare and Ko-Choji Midare Ba with Ko-nie Deki. Sunagashi and Kinsuji can also be seen. The Jihada is a close Ko-Itame Hada with Jinie.
The Koshirae is in very good condition and very high quality, the Habaki is wrapped with gold foil.
The Saya is black lacquered and partly ribbed with various parts of the Omori school with gold foil and ensuite, such as the beautiful long Kojiri at the end of the Saya, the Kaeshizuno, Kurigata and Kuchi-gane, the Tsuba is Shakudo with a gold gilded rand, the F&K and Menuki are Crane bird images in Shakudo with gold. The Tsuka is wrapped with thin dark brown ribs of Whale Baleen.
A perfect flawless blade and beautiful high quality Koshirae in perfect condition, completely ensuite.

Price ; € 8700, -

DATA:
blade shape; Shinogi-zukuri Katana
length / Nagasa; 67.5 cm
height ; 2.9 cm
fat ; 0.6 cm
sori; 1.8 cm
hamon; Gunome Midare and Ko-Choji Midare Ba with Ko-nie Deki and Sunagashi and Kinsuji.
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, -

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 SOUKAN in Japanese or SOKAN (brother 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 Antique Japanese Samurai sword.

This is a very good Mounted and in ShiraSaya Mumei Koto Katana sword attributed to Echizen Rai school with Tokubetsu NBTHK Hozon papers.
The sword is from the Nanbokucho period, about 1350. The founder from the Echizen Rai school is Rai Kuniyasu, he came from the Rai school and moved to the Echizen province where the sword making was mixed up and became the blackish Hijiki Hada.
This Rai school was also called the Nakajima Rai school and is ranked to the Jyo-Jyo Saku swords. The sword has a nagasa from 69.7 cm with a nice O-Kissaki, and that is rather long for an old Nanbukucho sword.

The Koshirae is mounted with Higo school fittings, the Tsuba is iron with a Dragon in the clouds. Also the Kojiri is Higo school. And the Tsuka has a very fine and in top condition leather wrapping. The Saya is dark red Ishime in good condition.
Due the shortening is has now 2 Mekugi-ana, the Habaki is a single perfect piece one and has gold foil skin.
A good sword in perfect condition and polish, fawless blade, include a nice and good Koshirae.

Price € 11300,-

DATA:

Shape ; Shinogi Zukuri
cutting edge : 69.7 cm
Wide : 2.90 cm
thick : 0.6 cm
sori : 1.6 cm
Hamon : Suguha in Ko- Niedeki.
Jihada : Itame and O-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.

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.

Price Euro 11,950,-


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,-

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.

Price ; € 5250, -

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 Japanese Nihonto Samurai sword.
A signed and dated (Ubu) ShinShinto period Katana with an O-Kissaki, with beautiful polishing in beautiful Koshirae , signed by: Bizen Kuni Osafune YOKOYAMA SUKEKANE Saku (Province of Bizen Yokoyama School), dated: 58th Tomonari February 1865 with Dai Mago NBTHK Hozon papers. Sukekane belongs to the Saiiyo Saku (superior) skilled smiths, and he made Wazamono sharp swords. This blade is Ubu (not shortened) with 2 Mekugi-ana. This blade has a large point (O-kissaki) with a Tobiyaki spot (freestanding hardened round).

Sukekane's ancestors date back to the Sukesada School, one of its most famous schools in that period , and flourished under the Osafune Schools (the main branch) for generations. There were several styles forged through the generations . There were about 60 swordsmiths who used Sukesada as the name of its maker in the history of the samurai. The smiths in Bizen produced many swords during the Muromachi period as it was in the middle of the Sengoku period (warring state period). The demand for swords increased among strong feudal lords. The high level of craftsmanship was passed down to the end of the Edo Shinto and Shinshinto period, and Sukekane is a prime example.
BIZEN is located near the Chugoku Mountains, where iron sand, one of the essential product for making Japanese swords, was abundant. In addition, BIZEN swordsmiths had close access to the Yoshi River, where they could find also water and charcoal. This geological location helped the swordsmiths forge high-quality refined swords. We assume that BIZEN was quite active in sword forging since ancient times. BIZEN DEN is said to have been made there by groups of swordsmiths after the late Heian era (late 12th century).
Sukekane was the adopted son of Yokoyama Sukemori. He was also known as Yokoyama Toshiyuki. A tradition of Ko Bizen Tomonari lineage started with Yokoyama Sukenaga 9 also teacher of Sukekane ) and continued for several generations. Sukekane added "Tomonari go ju hachi dai mago" (58th generation descendant of Tomonari) to the may of his works. The nakago of this katana includes this in the ura mei as well as the date it was made, February 1865. Sukekane is a well regarded blacksmith, as truly seen at a higher level that some older rankings may indicate. His work is generally appreciated as much or more than Jo Saku shinshinto. The setup of the Yokoyama school and especially Sukekane and Sukenaga and others to imitate the Ichimonji style with hamon and appearance.
This Katana has an elegant Koto appearance with a large sori and a typical Yokoyama Choiji Midare Hamon that clearly opposes the Jihada. The Jihada is a dense tight Itame in Nie-deki. There are no Ware or Fukure (forging errors) but the blade at the Shinogi has a rust pit. When I bought this sword it was quite rusty, and unfortunately this pit of rust did not come out after polishing, otherwise too much material would have to be polished away. The Habaki is covered with gold foil and super made. The Saya is with black lacquer, the Kurigata is made of buffalo horn. The Tsuka is wrapped with white/cream Tsuka-Ito with a beautiful black Same as background. And has Menuki in Shakudo with gilded arrows. The Fuchi Kashira are from Shukudo with waves, The Tsuba is made of patinated iron with a landscape and bridge.

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

Price : Euro 9950,-

DATA:

blade shape; Shinogi zukuri Katana
length/ Nagasa ; 65.5 cm
kissaki length ; 8.4 cm
height Motohaba; 3.0 cm
thick / kasane ; 0.58 cm
sori ; 2.0 cm
hamon ; Yokoyama Choiji Midare hamon
Jihadah ; ko-Itame with Nie-deki

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, -

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 NIHONTO Japanese samurai sword.
A Hirazukuri Tanto, made in the early Edo period (ca. 1600-1624), signed: Oite Nanki SHIGEKUNI Tsukuru (kore) from the Monju Province, Yamato school ,with NBTHK Tokubetsuhozon papers.
This is a tanto made as a slender Hirazukuri-Tanto and has a very special Daimyo mount of the Naitó clan and ShiraSaya with Sayagaki. Shigekuni (birth name Monju Kuró emon) belonged to the Monju clan of the Yamato Tegai School and was highly ranked as a Saijyo 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 blacksmiths. 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. This kind of signature is very specific and I am happy that this tanto also has a complete signature.
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 Tanto, 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.

The blade has 2 Mekugi ana and is Ubu (not shortened) and signed, the Hamon is Suguha with Nie. The Tanto has no Kizu or Ware and no forging errors.
The Jihada is a beautiful mokume Hada. The Habaki is two-part and provided with a gold foil in perfect condition.
The Kogatana is signed and the kozuka is shakudo with gold high-lights depicting the mon of the Naitó family.
The Koshirae is in excellent condition and of super good quality. The Menuki are also Mons of the Naitó family with gold high-lights. The Kurigata is painted. The Tsuka has polished super beautiful Same with a Mekugi from silver that is very special and in very good condition. The Saya has deep black lacquer, the edges of which are refined/polished, so that the red lacquer comes through which was loved by high-ranking members of a Daimyo clan, in very good condition.

A super Daimyo Tanto with a perfect koshirae from a Saijyo Saku smith. (115 points Hawley)

Price; € 13900,-

DATA:

blade shape; Hirazukuri Tanto.
length / nagasa; 28.4 cm
height / motohabe; 2.54 cm
thick / motokasane; 0.5 cm
sori; 0.0
hamon; Suguha with Nie.
jihada; Mokume 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, -

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, -

€34.500,-

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.
A Hirazukuri Yoriodoshi Tanto, made in the Koto period (ca. 1490-1530), signed: NIO (Suwo Nio school). With beautiful Koshirae and Shira-Saya with Sayagaki and beautiful old storage box with Kagi inscription.
The influence and culture of the Kinai extended from the Fujiwara Family through the ToDaiJi to many Jisha Temples and Shrines to seat Yamato-style at the Shoen Manor-house in Suwo. Work is seen from the Heian Jidai and the Muromachi.
The name NIO came from the Temple guardians NI & O that stands in front of the temples to protect them.
The oldest extant sword is the Tachi-mei Bun-ei 2, Kiyotsuna (1265) of Itsukushima, the Shrine of the Three Daughters.
A Fujiwara Kiyohisa dated, Sho-O Gan-nen Ku-gatsu Tsuitachi (1288) is known as founder. - Their school continues through the Nambokucho to the Muromachi and up until Shinto.
KIYOZANE(1) YAMATO smith arriving through CHIKUZEN is founder and father in SUWO ( Nio ) . YAMATO style raised SHINOGI becomes tradition. His dates, and many of his school, are obscured because KIYOTSUNA's BUN-EI period TACHI resides on ITSUKU-SHIMA island. Attributions arising from legend give it to KIYOTSUNA(1) - who actually worked sixty years.
SUWO - NIO School * The Deities Of The Gate *
KO-NIO: Under the blanket of YAMATO style.
ITAME/MOKUME with MASAME that is KUMORI “cloudy”.
HOSO-SUGU KUZURE BA with KO-ASHI. HOTSURE.
The blade has 1 Mekugi ana and not shortened , the Hamon is Gunome Notare with Nie and Sunagashi . The Tanto has a great lively look, full of activities.
The Jihada is a nice Itame with the Mune Masame Hada with a nice soft shine and the Mune is a MitsuMune. The Habaki is masif silver.
The Koshirae is in good condition and of good quality, the Saya has a beautiful dark red Urushi paint. The Menuki are shakudo Jing/Jang mons, who also serve as Mekugi to hold the blade in the Tsuka. The Tsuka has no winding but Same with the F&K in smooth silver. The Saya is fitted with a silver Kurigata.

A special signed Tanto from NIO school from the Koto period from a smith/school you don't see often for sale and a special Aikuchi koshirae and storage box.

Price Euro 2890,-

DATA:

blade shape; Hirazukuri Yoriodoshi Tanto (Mitsu Mune)
length / nagasa; 21.0 cm
height / motohabe; 2.0 cm
thick / motokasane; 0.7 cm
sori; 0.25
hamon; Gunome Notare in Nie with Sunagasi, Hotsure and Utsuri.
jihada; Itame with Masame.

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,-

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.

Price Euro 6450, -

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 NIHONTO Japanese Samurai sword.

An unsigned ShinShinto hirazukuri Wakizashi with NBTHK Kicho token papers. attributed to ; Yamaura MASAO, ShinShinto ca.1854 / 1860. Mounted in a super Mino fitted Koshirae,
Yamaura MASAO also called SANEO worked in the Shimano province and was the older brother of the famous KIYOMARO. (Kiyomaro committed for not completing a large commission from her lord Seppuku on November 14, 1834 at age 42). Both were students of Kawamura Toshitaka who worked in Ueda province. Masao was 9 years older than Kiyomaro and changed his name several times in his career, starting in 1851, from Tennenshi Masatoshi to Toshimasa to Masao and Saneo and finally to Toshinaga. He worked for Lord Sanada of the Matsushiro clan. It is said that Masao had 17 students including the famous Kanetora (from the Yamaura Kanetora school). Masao died in 1875 at the age of 71. Masao is mentioned in the Hawley with 60 points.
Masao made his work in the Mino and Soshu tradition, this wakizashi being a Mino example and having a Mune as a Mitsu-mune, (small part flattened on top of the mune).

Masao belongs to the Jyo Jyo Saku class and made O-Wazamono sharp swords, this wakizashi is very well polished and very sharp. This Wakizashi is Ubu, not shortened with 1 Mekugi-ana, no forging errors and well polished. The polish is soft and looks like there is a misty layer on the blade. The blade also has a wide Hi and a narrow Soe-hi. The Habaki is made of brass with a beautiful gold foil wrapping. The blade is well polished and has no forging errors,
The Jigane is a Ko-Itame Hada beautifully smooth in structure with Jinie.
The Hamon is Gunome Midare with Nie. The Nioikuchi is thick and not polished off.
The koshirae is of very good quality, The Saya is painted black with Kurigata horn. The Tsuka is wrapped with black Ito wire and the Menuki are flowers with golden highlights. the Fuchi & Kashira and Tsuba are Shakudo with Nanako adapted from the MINO school with plants and insects. The Tsuba is from Shakudo with Kinko leaves and insects with golden highlights. The kozuka is from Shakudo with Ikebana flowers bouquet and a signed Kokatana.

A very beautiful Wakizashi from a high placed blacksmith with a beautiful Edo period Koshirae.

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Data:
blade shape; hira zukuri Wakizashi
length / Nagasa; 39.2 cm
height Motohaba; 3.5 cm
thick / kasane; 0.66 cm
sori; 0.4 cm
hamon; Gunome Midare with nie
Jihada; Ko Itame Hada with jinie.

Nihonto - Samurai sword nr.: Z-35

This is an authentic Japanese Samurai sword.
An unsigned late Koto period (ca. 1550-1570) Katana with beautiful polishing in beautiful Tensho style Koshirae, attributed to: Takada Sadamori (Bungo Province, Bungo Takada school) with NBTHK Hozon papers.

The province of Bungo in Kyushu produced good swordsmiths like Yukihira in the Koto era. Tomoyuki founded the Bungo Takada school in the Nanbokucho period. Tomoyuki is considered a superior swordsmith. As time goes by, it is generally believed that quality and style have declined, and by the Muromachi period when there were constant wars and the demand for swords was very high, quality become lower. Members of this school are also known as Fujiwara Takada smiths with as example, Noriyuki, Sadamori, Sadayuki, ect. because they used Fujiwara as a family name in their signatures. Bungo province was located in ancient Japan on Kyushu, below the Hizen and Higo provinces.
Many swords have been made at the Bungo Takada school, many of which have been preserved and are still in circulation. Many swords from the Takada school make little impression because they are relatively boring with few activities.

This Katana has an elegant lively appearance with a beautiful sori and an active wild Gunome Midare Hamon that clearly stands out against the Jihada with a lot of Utsuri against the Shinogi which is quite exceptional for this school . The Jihada is a dense Itame in Nie- deki. There is an irregularity in the range of the hamon as a sort of Ware, but not as an opening. The Habaki is in 2 parts covered with gold foil. The Saya is with very dark brown paint as well as the Kurigata and Kaeshizuna (hook) and Kojiri. The Tsuka is wrapped in dark green Tsuka-Ito with Same in black background, and has Menuki in Shakudo with gold-plated details. The Fuchi is from Almagane / Sentuku as rain pattern, the Kashira is from Buffalo horn where the Tsuka-ito runs over. This was usually carried by highly placed Samurai or at Daimyo's or Shogun courtship. The Tsuba is also from Almagane/Sentuku and show a tiger and dragon at wild water, the tsuba is signed Mitsusada met Kao.

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

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Data:
blade shape; Shinogi zukuri Katana
length / Nagasa; 69.9 cm
height Motohaba; 3.0 cm
thick / kasane; 0.64 cm
sori; 1.95 cm
hamon; midare hamon
Jihada; Itame with Ji-nie and Utsuri



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