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Antique Japanese
Swords For Sale
As of May 1, 2013
Tokyo, Japan
The following pages contain descriptions of genuine
antique Japanese swords currently available for
ownership.
Each sword can be legally owned and exported
outside of Japan.
Descriptions and availability are subject to change
without notice.
Please enquire for additional images and information
on swords of interest to [email protected]
We look forward to assisting you.
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Founder, unique japan
Unique Japan, Fine Art Dealer
Antiques license issued by Meguro City
Tokyo, Japan (No.303291102398)
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Index of Japanese Swords for Sale
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SOLD
2
3
4
SOLD
7
8
SOLD
10
11
SOLD
SOLD
15
16
SOLD
SOLD
20
21
SOLD
SOLD
SOLD
SOLD
28
29
30
31
32
33
34
35
36
38
43
44
SOLD
SOLD
SOLD
50
51
52
53
55
56
57
58
59
60
61
62
SOLD
65
66
67
SOLD
SWORDSMITH & TYPE
A SADAHIDE GUNTO
A KANETSUGU KATANA
A KOREKAZU KATANA
A SUKESADA KATANA
A MORIIE KATANA
A NOBUHIDE KATANA
A KIYOMITSU KATANA
A YOSHIKUNI KATANA
A KANETSUJI KATANA
A YOSHISHIGE KATANA
A NAGAHIRO KATANA
A JUMYO WAKIZASHI
A SUKEHIRO WAKIZASHI
AN IESUKE WAKIZASHI
A KANEMUNE WAKIZASHI
A MASANOBU WAKIZASHI
A KOREKAZU WAKIZASHI
A HIRAKUNI WAKIZASHI
AN UJIFUSA WAKIZASHI
A MASAKUNI WAKIZASHI
A KANEFUSA WAKIZASHI
A KUNIYASU TANTO
A NOBUTAKA TANTO
A TSUNAHIRO TANTO
A YOSHIMITSU TANTO
A NOBUKUNI TANTO
A HOKKE TANTO
A KUNIKANE TANTO
A MUNEAKI TANTO
A TOKUMASA TANTO
AN UJISHIGE TANTO
A NAGAMICHI DAISHO
A YOSHIHIRO WAKIZASHI
A MASAIE WAKIZASHI
A KANENOBU WAKIZASHI
A MINO SENJUIN KATANA
A YOSHIMICHI WAKIZASHI
A KUNIYOSHI KATANA
AN IESHIGE KATANA
A TSUNAHIRO KATANA
A KUNIHIKO KATANA
A SHIGEKUNI WAKIZASHI
A MUNETSUGU WAKIZASHI
A NOBUIE WAKIZASHI
A MASATOSHI WAKIZASHI
A NOBUKUNI WAKIZASHI
SUKESADA NAVY KATANA
A KUNIKANE WAKIZASHI
A DENCHU-ZASHI DAISHO
A MASAHIRO WAKIZASHI
A RYOKAI KATANA
A MORIYUKI KATANA
A FUJISHIMA KATANA
A KATSUMITSU WAKIZASHI
CM
68.0
73.0
68.7
63.3
71.0
72.1
67.6
69.0
69.5
62.9
60.1
51.7
46.4
49.2
48.9
49.5
50.7
32.4
53.6
38.2
43.6
27.6
20.0
17.8
21.3
21.3
29.8
21.2
18.2
20.5
20.4
66/44
33.9
37.1
37.3
68.5
54.4
63.9
63.4
63.5
68.7
45.1
58.9
48.2
53.7
51.3
63.8
44.2
54/39
36.3
66.5
64.2
71.1
56.2
CERTIFICATE
NTHK Kanteisho
NTHK Kanteisho
Tokubetsu Hozon
Tokubetsu Kicho x 2
NBTHK Hozon
NTHK Kanteisho
NBTHK Hozon
NTHK Kanteisho
NTHK Kanteisho
NTHK Kanteish o
NTHK Kanteisho
NTHK Kanteisho
NBTHK Hozon
NBTHK Hozon
NTHK Kanteisho
NBTHK Hozon
NTHK Kanteisho
NTHK Kanteisho
Tokubetsu Kicho
NTHK Kanteisho
NTHK Kanteisho
NTHK Kanteisho
NTHK Kanteisho
NTHK Kanteisho
NBTHK Kicho
NTHK Kanteisho
NTHK Kanteisho
NTHK Kanteisho
NTHK Kanteisho
NTHK Kanteisho
NTHK Kanteisho
NBTHK Hozon
Tokubetsu Hozon
NTHK Kanteisho
NBTHK Hozon
NTHK Kanteisho
NTHK Kanteisho
NBTHK Hozon
NTHK Kanteisho
NTHK Kanteisho
NTHK Kanteisho
NTHK Kanteisho
NTHK Kanteisho
NTHK Kanteisho
NTHK Kanteisho
NTHK Kanteisho
NTHK & NBTHK
NTHK Kanteisho
NBTHK Hozon
NTHK & NBTHK
ERA / PERIOD
PRICE
12th Showa (1937)
¥630,000
Gendaito (~1940)
¥495,000
Shoho (1644~1648)
¥3,200,000
17th Eisho (1520)
¥2,400,000
Eisho (1504~1521)
¥1,050,000
2nd Bunkyu (1862)
¥2,500,000
2nd Eiroku (1559)
¥2,500,000
Keian (1648~1651)
¥550,000
Koji (1555~1557)
¥750,000
Showa (Pre WWII)
¥525,000
2nd Ansei (1855)
¥500,000
Kanbun (1661-1672)
¥450,000
Eisho era (1504~1520) ¥600,000
Tenbun (1532~1555)
¥600,000
Tenbun (1532-1555)
¥625,000
Enpo (1673-1681)
¥600,000
Shoho (1645-1648)
¥555,000
Bunki (1501-1503)
¥580,000
Kanbun (1661-1672)
¥560,000
3rd Kaei (1850)
¥595,000
Mid Edo (Early 1700s) ¥395,000
Enpo (1673~1681)
¥520,000
Kyoho era (1716~1735) ¥530,000
Manji (1658-1660)
¥545,000
Daiei (1521~1527)
¥450,000
Eikyo (1429~1441)
¥600,000
Tensho (1573~1592)
¥585,000
Kanei (1624~1645)
¥200,000
Bunkyu (1861~1863)
¥425,000
Keio (1865~1868)
¥350,000
Meiwa (1764~1771)
¥400,000
Early Edo Period
¥1,200,000
Tenpo era (1830~1844) ¥530,000
Tenbun (1532~1555)
¥550,000
Tenbun (1532~1555)
¥545,000
Oei era (1394~1428)
¥890,000
Shotoku era (~1711)
¥1,280,000
Oan era (1368~1374)
¥1,380,000
Kanei era (1624~1645) ¥970,000
Tensho (1573~1592)
¥1,190,000
Tenpo era (1830~1844) ¥1,200,000
Kanei era (1624~1645) ¥810,000
Kanei era (1624~1645) ¥800,000
Meireki era (1655~1657) ¥610,000
Shoho era (1645~1648) ¥900,000
Oei era (1394~1427)
¥950,000
Daiei era (1521~1527) ¥1,150,000
Kanbun (1661~1672)
¥790,000
Muromachi & Edo
¥1,400,000
Bunkyu (1861~1863)
¥650,000
Kagen era (1303~1305) ¥2,380,000
Oei era (1394~1427)
¥1,180,000
Oei era (1394~1427)
¥1,330,000
Entoku era (Aug 1491) ¥1,200,000
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1 (SOLD) (item no. ujgu010)
A SADAHIDE ARMY GUNTO
signed + dated (12th year of showa: august, 1937)
Inscription:
(omote)
(ura)
Swordsmith:
ECCHU KOKU JU MIYAMOTO SADAHIDE
Length (ubu):
68.0cm
Curvature:
1.5cm
Hamon:
Suguha (straight)
Certificate:
NTHK Kanteisho (a sword designated as Important by the Society for the
Preservation of the Japanese Sword)
Included:
Japanese WWII Army Gunto Koshirae, silk carry bag, sword stand,
maintenance kit, printed care guide, DVD, registration and all exportation paperwork
¥630,000 (~$6,631)
This is a very fine handcrafted WWII Army Gunto signed and dated “August 1937”.
Blessed with excellent curvature, this hand-forged sword was made just before the start of
WWII. It is made completely by traditional methods - very rare to see in traditional Gunto
swords.
All Army and Navy guntos carry a sakura (cherry blossom) koshirae (fittings) throughout.
The sakura is the national flower of Japan and considered to be the most masculine one.
The sakura is an important Samurai symbol because the cherry tree blooms for a very short time, and
then they disappear. Like the Samurai warrior, the cherry blossom dies at the peak of its maturity.
All seppa (washers) and tsuba (guard) match in numbers. This shows that the blade and
scabbard are all original to the blade. This is an important point to look for when investing
in quality gunto swords such as this one.
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2 (item no. ujka041)
A KANETSUGU KATANA
unsigned, showa period (circa 1940’s)
Swordsmith:
IMAI KANETSUGU (atrtribution)
Length (ubu):
73.0cm
Curvature:
2.1cm
Hamon:
Suguha (straight) and ko-midare (small peaks of waves)
Certificate:
NTHK Kanteisho (a sword designated as Important by the Society for the
Preservation of the Japanese Sword)
Included:
Koshirae, silk carry bag, sword stand, maintenance kit, printed care
guide, DVD, registration and all exportation paperwork to home country
¥495,000 (~$5,210)
In 1943 a list was published by the Nihon Token Tanrenjo (NTT) and the Nihon Token
Shinbunshi (NTS) ranking what were then "modern" (gendai) swordsmiths.
This was prior to the current system of rating used by either the NBTHK or NTHK.
Imai Kanetsugu, who crafted this sword, was ranked as the top “Sekiwake” – a superior
swordsmith. The hamon (temper line) is a mixture of straight suguha and several
beautiful tiny waves appear when drawn to the light.
A gold-colored silk tsuka (hilt) and other quality koshirae (fittings) make up this enviably
muscular katana.
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3 (item no. ujka044)
A MUSASHI DAIJO KOREKAZU KATANA
signed, edo period (shoho era: 1644~1648)
Inscription:
(omote)
Location:
Musashi, Edo (Tokyo)
Length (ubu):
68.7cm
Curvature:
1.8cm
Hamon:
Daichoji Midare (large waves and cloves)
Certificate:
NBTHK Tokubetsu Hozon (a sword designated as Especially Worthy of
Conservation issued by the Society for the Preservation of the Japan Art Sword)
Included:
Vintage koshirae, shirasaya (magnolia scabbard), silk carry bag,
sword stand, maintenance kit, printed care guide, DVD and exportation services
¥3,200,000 (~$33,684)
Korekazu was one of the very greatest swordsmiths during the Shinto era (16th to 17th
centuries). Korekazu was a member of the Ishido School and eventually became the
finest swordsmith of the Edo Ishido School about 350 years ago.
The Ishido School originated at the Sekido Temple in Omi Province around the Kanei
period (1624). From there the smiths went to various sections of the country to found
branch Ishido schools.
Some went to Kii Province and came to be known as the Kishi Ishido. Later Tameyasu led
this group to Osaka. Others went to Edo, the most famous of these being Ishido Musashi
Korekazu who forged this sword.
The Ishido School smiths were best known for their ability to make swords in the Bizen
tradition of the Ichimonji School. They were well known for their hamon, which was a
robust choji midare, which sometimes reached the shinogi.
A spectacular leather-bound tachi koshirae (~400 years old) mounts this King of katanas.
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4 (item no. ujka047)
A HIKOBEI SUKESADA KATANA
signed + dated, muromachi period
17th of eisho (february 1520)
Inscription:
(omote)
(ura)
Location:
Bizen province (present day Okayama prefecture)
Length (ubu):
63.3cm
Curvature:
2.4cm
Hamon:
Gunome Midare
Certificate:
NBTHK Tokubetsu Kicho (both sword and koshirae designated as
Especially Precious by the Society for the Preservation of the Japan Art Sword)
Fujishiro:
Saijo-Saku (ranked as a grandmaster swordsmith)
Included:
Vintage koshirae, shirasaya, silk carry bag, sword stand, maintenance
kit, DVD, printed care guide, registration and all exportation paperwork
¥2,400,000 (~$25,263)
The Sayagaki (sumi-e writing on shirasaya attesting to authenticity) was written by
Honami Sensei from 6th of Heisei (1994) reads:"This sword was made by the first generation
of
(Hikobei Sukesada) in his later years.”
This is a masterpiece by the head of Sukesada family [Hikobei-no-jo], a father of Yosozaemon-no-jo Sukesada. Hikobei is Sukesada’s given name, and Bishu Osafune
Sukesada is the name he was known as a swordsmith 500 years ago.
The koshirae (mounting) is also certified as especially precious. The iron tsuba’s design
represents the good fortunes of Shougatsu (Japanese New year).
The fuchi (collar) and menuki (ornamental grips) are expertly crafted depictions of
seashells. This is an absolutely top class uchigatana sword for the discerning collector.
Recommended.
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5 (SOLD)
(item no. ujka055)
A MORIIE KATANA
signed, muromachi period (eisho era: 1504~1521)
Inscription:
(omote)
Swordsmith:
HOSHU TAIRA TAKADA MORIIE
Length (ubu):
71.0cm
Curvature:
1.4cm
Hamon:
Gunome Choji Midare (wild wavy temper line with clove blossoms)
Certificate:
NTHK Kanteisho (a sword designated as Important by the Society for the
Preservation of the Japanese Sword)
Included:
Vintage koshirae, silk carry bag, sword stand, maintenance kit,
printed care guide, DVD, registration and all exportation paperwork
¥1,050,000 (~$11,052)
Taira Takada School was active from the Nambokucho period (1333-1392) right through
to the Edo Period. This school worked in both the Bizen and Mino traditions. This
katana has distinct Bizen tradition qualities.
Koshirae (fittings) comprise of shakudo and its design is Nanako-uchi (tiny fish eggs).
Fuchigashira is gold damascening with the design of an ear of rice. The menuki is made
out of shakudo gold and silver damascening in the design of a Japanese ginger.
The tsuba is made out of iron and gold and silver damascening with the design of
Amidayasuri (a halo of Amitabha Tathagata), with dragon and clouds.
A revered paulownia flower, which symbolizes justice and benevolence, is featured in
the fittings as well.
Saya (scabbard) is coated with the color of shu. A red saya holds only special swords,
such as this one.
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7 (item no. ujka057)
A KURIHARA NOBUHIDE KATANA
signed & dated, late edo period
2nd year of bunkyu (august 1862)
Inscription:
(omote)
(ura)
Swordsmith:
KURIHARA KEJI NOBUHIDE
Location:
Kyoto
Length (ubu):
72.1cm
Curvature:
1.3cm
Hamon:
Gunome-midare, sunagashi and kinsuji
Certificate:
NTHK Kanteisho (a sword designated as important by the Society for the
Preservation of the Japanese Sword)
Fujishiro:
Jojo-Saku (ranked as a highly superior swordsmith)
Included:
Shirasaya, silk katana bag, sword stand, maintenance kit, printed care
guide, DVD, and all legal paperwork to export to home country
¥2,500,000 (~$26,315)
One of the finest horimono (engravers) in the Shinshinto period, Kurihara Keiji Nobuhide
is regarded as the supreme protégé of the infamous swordsmith Kiyomaro.
Born in Echigo province, Nobuhide originally travelled to Kyoto to become a mirror
maker. After a short 2-year apprentice with Kiyomaro he struck it out on his own with
tremendous success.
The skillfully engraved dragon on this commanding katana seems as if it’s rising from
the steel. Ranked as a highly superior swordsmith, works by Nobuhide are fondly
treasured in Japan. This is a fine example of the talent this craftsman commanded.
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A SHIGEZANE
JUYO TACHI
signed & dated
1st year of Kenmu
December, 1334
Inscription (tachi mei):
(
)(omote)
(ura)
Swordsmith:
BISHU OSAFUNE SHIGEZANE
Location:
Bizen province (present-day Okayama prefecture)
Length:
81.9cm
Curvature:
2.1cm
Nakago:
Ubu (unaltered) Mekugi-ana (2)
Hamon:
Suguha, ko-gunome and ko-choji, partly square-like gunome, koashi, you,
kinsuji, subtle sunanagashi, bright and clear nioi-kuchi
Certificate:
NBTHK Juyo Token (A sword designated as an Important Work by
the Society for the Preservation of the Japan Art Sword in the year 2000)
Fujishiro:
Jo-Saku (ranked as a superior swordsmith)
Included:
Shirasaya, silk katana bag, sword stand, maintenance kit, printed care
guide, DVD, and all legal paperwork to export to home country
please enquire
Shigezane was the younger brother of Motoshige (founder of the Motoshige school in
Bizen province). He was known as Sahyoemon-no-jo.
He was a pupil of of Kagemitsu and is said to have travelled to Soshu (Kamakura) to
study under Sadamune. It is likely that this is untrue as his work reflects only pure
Bizen traditions.
A tachi from the early 14th century that is in its original length (over 80cm) and being
dated during the infamous Kenmu Restoration is very rare. 60 years of conflict in Kyoto
between the southern and northern courts known as the Nambokucho Period began
shortly after this sword was made.
It is a pristine sword with NBTHK Juyo certification (important work).
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8 (item no. ujka058)
A KIYOMITSU KATANA
signed & dated, late muromachi period
2nd year of eiroku (august 1559)
Inscription:
(omote)
(ura)
Swordsmith:
BIZEN NO KUNI JU OSAFUNE KIYOMITSU
Location:
Bizen province (present-day Okayama prefecture)
Length (ubu):
67.6cm
Curvature:
1.5cm
Hamon:
Wide suguha and notare, gunome and choji midare, midare-utsuri
Certificate:
NBTHK Hozon (a sword designated as Worthy of Conservation by the
Society for the Preservation of the Japan Art Sword)
Fujishiro:
Jo-Saku (ranked as a superior swordsmith)
Included:
Koshirae, shirasaya, silk katana bags, sword stand, maintenance kit,
printed care guide, DVD, and all legal paperwork to export to home country
¥2,500,000 (~$26,315)
The Kiyomitsu family were prestigious Bizen swordmakers in the Late Muromachi
Period. This is a stunning katana made by the second generation (ni-dai) known as
Magouemon-no-jo Kiyomitsu who is the son of Gorozaemon.
Fujishiro judged his work to be superior, clearly evident in this katana. A strong
hakikakeboshi (brush-stroke tip) formed of nie crystals demonstrates such skill.
The koshirae is made by a metalsmith from Mino province. Fuchigashira is shakudo-nanakouchi, its design is the flower of kiku (chrysanthemum, the emblem of the Imperial family)
with gold high relief engraving (takabori).
There is a dragon gold engraving in the mimi (the edge of tsuba). A pure gold ise-ebi
(Japanese lobster) menuki and a saya polished in lacquer with gold dusting caps off this
delightful katana.
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9 (SOLD) (item no. ujka061)
A YOSHIKUNI KATANA
signed, early edo period
keian era (1648~1651)
Inscription:
(omote)
Swordsmith:
CHIKUSHU YANAGAWA JU YOSHIKUNI
Location:
Chikugo province (present-day Saga prefecture)
Length:
69.0cm
Curvature:
0.6cm
Nakago:
Ubu
Hamon:
Notare and gunome-midare
Included:
Vintage koshirae, shirasaya, silk katana bags, sword stand,
maintenance kit, printed care guide, DVD, and all legal exportation to home country
¥550,000 (~$5,789)
Swordsmith Onizuka Yoshikuni from the Hizen no Kuni Tadayoshi School moved to
Yamagawa in Chikugo (Saga prefecture in Kyushu) during Kanbun era (1661-1672).
The sword looks like a Hizen sword, but the curvature is shallower. This katana is
typical of those used in Satsuma Jigen-ryu – a traditional swordsmanship school from
the 16th century that placed an emphasis on an overwhelmingly strong first strike.
Fuchigashira (collar and pommel) are metal fittings for handachi (half-tachi koshirae) and
made out of a copper and gold. The menuki (ornamental grips) are of gold shisa lions
(dogs) with yo-bori engraving to bring spiritual protection to the piece.
The tsuba is made out of iron in the form of a beautiful blossoming chrysanthemum
(kiku) – the national flower of Japan used by the Imperial family.
The saya (scabbard) is of black kawari-saya (an advanced lacquering technique) wrapped
in a unique sharkskin kimono-like obi.
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10 (item no. ujka062)
A KANETSUJI KATANA
unsigned, late muromachi period (koji era 1555~1557)
Swordsmith:
NOSHU SEKI JU KANETSUJI (attribution)
Location:
Mino province (present-day Gifu prefecture)
Length:
69.5cm
Curvature:
2.0cm
Nakago:
Ubu
Hamon:
Sugu-yakidashi, togari, ko-gunome-midare
Certificate:
NTHK Kanteisho (a sword designated as Important by the Society for the
Preservation of the Japanese Sword)
Included:
Vintage handachi koshirae, shirasaya, silk katana bags, sword stand,
maintenance kit, printed care guide, DVD, and all legal paperwork to export
¥750,000 (~$7,894)
Although there were numerous swordsmiths with the prefix “Kane” working in Mino
province in the late Muromachi period, swordsmith KANETSUJI rose above the masses.
This is a brilliant 450-year-old katana that holds a well-forged itame-hada (plank grain steel
body) with a magnificent ko-gunome hamon (small wavy temper line). It has a fine curvature
of 2cm, which gives the piece elegance.
Complimenting the blade is very well preserved handachi koshirae (half-tachi mount) that
isalso several hundred years old, hailing from the same period the blade was made.
All fittings are made out of prestigious shakudo. The design of the fuchi (collar) is of a
tsurukusa (vine) that is engraved with alovely carving technique known as katagiri-bori,
which uses a chisel in the same way as a traditional Japanese calligraphy brush.
The menuki (ornamental grips) depicts an ox carriage lined with waves of gold. The iron
tsuba (guard) made for a genuine tachi with ino-me (eyes of a wild boar) signifies courage
and determination.
The saya (scabbard) is lacquered in dark-brown with matte ishime-hada in dustings of gold.
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11 (item no. ujka064)
A YOSHISHIGE KATANA
signed, early showa period (pre wwii)
Inscription:
(omote)
Swordsmith:
YOSHISHIGE
Location:
Mino province (present-day Gifu prefecture)
Length (ubu):
62.9cm
Curvature:
1.2cm
Hamon:
Sugu-yakidashi, togari, ko-gunome-midare
Certificate:
NTHK Kanteisho (a sword designated as Important by the Society for the
Preservation of the Japanese Sword)
Included:
Koshirae, silk katana bags, sword stand, maintenance kit, printed care
guide, DVD, and all legal paperwork to export to home country
¥525,000 (~$5,526)
This is a stylish katana signed with a two character inscription by YOSHISHIGE made
just years before the start of WWII.
Complimenting the sword is a unique matching set of antique fuchi-kashira (collar &
pommel) from the Edo period of iron and silver inlay in the design of garden peas
wrapped within vines.
During the Edo-period, farmers were highly respected, ranking just below Samurai in
the rigid class-structure of the time. This is a tribute to the glory of nature.
The menuki (ornamental grips) is made out of gorgeous shakudo and gold takabori in the
design of a kiku (chrysanthemum, the imperial flower of Japan).
The expertly made maru-tsuba (round guard) is made out of yamagane (a type of copper)
in the form of an Ume (Japanese plum) and a daffodil. The saya (scabbard) is lacquered
in green exquisitely inlaid with mother of pearl and finely polished.
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12 (SOLD) (item no. ujka065)
A NAGAHIRO KATANA
signed & dated, late edo period
2nd year of ansei (february 1855)
Inscription:
(omote)
(ura)
Swordsmith:
CHOSHU JU FUJITA NAGAHIRO
Location:
Choshu province (present-day Yamaguchi prefecture)
Length (ubu):
60.1cm
Curvature:
1.1cm
Hamon:
Gunome-midare with tight itame-hada
Included:
Vintage koshirae, shirasaya, silk katana bags, sword stand, DVD,
maintenance kit, printed care guide, all legal paperwork to export to home country
¥500,000 (~$5,263)
Nagahiro Fujita (born Fujita Kaneware) was a respected smith for the Chōshū Han (Choshu
Feudal Domain) descendants of the infamous Sengoku warlord Mōri Motonari from 1497-1571.
According to a famous legend still taught today, Motonari, is said to have handed each of his
sons an arrow and asked each to snap it. After each snapped his arrow, Motonari produced
three arrows and asked his sons to snap all three at once. When they were unable to do so,
Motonari explained that one arrow could be broken easily, but three arrows together could not.
Above all, this is a well-constructed blade. This is evident when admiring the very tight itamehada (plank grain body) and its delightful gunome-midare hamon (wavy temper line).
This katana was dated the 2nd year of Ansei, 1855. The name Ansei means "tranquil
government", and was created to herald in a peaceful period in Japan. The motivation behind
this change of era name was said to have been the burning of the Imperial Palace in Kyoto
during the preceding summer.
In fact 1855 was when work officially began to reconstruct the palace in Kyoto. It should also
be noted that US Naval Commander Perry arrived in Yokosuka in 1853, only two years prior.
The striking green silk hilt wrap with Edo-period mounts features a combination of willows and
swallows, vines, rice biscuits and seashells. Paying tribute to the Motonari legend, the menuki is of a
gold arrow and a bracer (arm guard). This is superb display piece with a great little story.
!
14 (SOLD) (item no. ujwa041)!
A JUMYO WAKIZASHI
signed, early edo period (kanbun era: 1661~1672)
Swordsmith:
JUMYO SCHOOL SMITH
Length (ubu):
51.7cm
Curvature:
0.8cm
Nakago:
Ubu
Hamon:
Gunome (wavy temper line)
Certificate:
NTHK Kanteisho (a sword designated as Important by the Society for the
Preservation of the Japanese Sword)
Included:
Vintage koshirae, silk carry bag, sword stand, maintenance kit,
printed care guide, DVD, registration and all exportation paperwork
¥450,000 (~$4,736)
This sword is signed Jumyo, meaning “long life”.
As it’s meaning is so optimistic, Jumyo swords were prized as celebrated gifts to Daimyo
(great) families amongst the Samurai class during the Edo Period (1600-1868).
What makes this 300 year-old wakizashi quite special is that it is signed with two
characters,
(Jumyo) on the nakago (tang) and the elegant koshirae (mountings).
Behold the finely handcrafted powerful dragon menuki (eyelets under the silk handle).
The tortoise shell pattern on the sophisticated and robust tsuba is also symbolic for a
long life. The tsuba is signed by Nobuie (1596-1615).
A precise symmetric wavy gunome hamon is a focal point to this little gem from the first
generation of Jumyo School swords in the Edo Period.
!
15 (item no. ujwa061)
A SUKEHIRO WAKIZASHI
signed, muromachi period (eisho era: 1504~1520)
Inscription:
(omote)
Swordsmith:
SOSHU JU SUKEHIRO
Location:
Soshu province (Kamakura area)
Length:
46.4cm
Curvature:
1.3cm
Nakago:
Ubu
Hamon:
Gunome and togari with some nijuba
Certificate:
NTHK Kanteisho (a sword designated as Important by the Society for the
Preservation of the Japanese Sword)
Included:
Vintage koshirae, silk carry bag, sword stand, maintenance kit,
printed care guide, DVD, registration and all exportation paperwork
¥600,000 (~$6,315)
The Society for the Preservation of the Japanese Sword (NTHK) judged this sword as
fifth generation Soshu Ju Sukehiro of the Eisho Era (1504~1520), 500 years ago.
Signed Soshu tradition swords are a rare treat and Sukehiro is a highly ranked
swordsmith. Soshu traditions can be traced back to the great Masamune.
The koshirae (mounts) feature a mouse and dango (rice dumplings). Look out for the
mounted Samurai on horseback with a gunbai (war fan) on the menuki.
Referees in Sumo tournaments carry a similar gunbai, and use it to point to the winner of
each match.
A shakudo polished tsuba (guard) finishes off this unique piece of history.
!
16 (item no. ujwa062)
AN IESUKE WAKIZASHI
signed, muromachi period (tenbun era: 1532~1555)
Inscription:
(omote)
Swordsmith:
KAGA NO KUNI IESUKE
Length:
49.2cm
Curvature:
1.3cm
Hamon:
Midare gunome (wavy circles) with choji (cloves) and a lots of utsuri
Jihada:
Itame nagare (rolling grain) and masame (straight grain)
Certificate:
NTHK Kanteisho (a sword designated as Important by the Society for the
Preservation of the Japanese Sword)
Included:
Vintage koshirae, shirasaya, silk carry bag, sword stand, maintenance
kit, printed care guide, DVD, exportation paperwork to home country
¥600,000 (~$6,315)
This is a brilliant wakizashi that has recently been given a full polish and it simply looks
amazing.
The hamon is chock full of activity including ‘bari bari’ utsuri, for sword aficionados, this
is steel craftsmanship to truly appreciate.
It was awarded NTHK Kanteisho as KAGA NO KUNI IESUKE who was a swordsmith
that lived in the Tenbun Era (1532-1555) in Kanazawa.
The classy koshirae is dominated by an arabesque motif for the fuchigashira (collar and
pommel).
Menuki (ornamental grips in the hilt) is of a Japanese fan and sakura (cherry blossom),
the national tree of Japan.
!
17 (SOLD) (item no. ujwa064)
A HARUMITSU WAKIZASHI
unsigned, muromachi period
tensho era (1573~1592)
Swordsmith:
BISHU OSAFUNE HARUMITSU (attribution)
Location:
Bizen province (Okayama prefecture)
Length (ubu):
54.2cm
Curvature:
2.0cm
Hamon:
Gunome choji with tobiyaki
Certificate:
NTHK Kanteisho (a sword designated as Important by the Society
for the Preservation of the Japanese Sword)
Included:
Vintage koshirae, shirasaya (magnolia scabbard), silk carry bag,
sword stand, maintenance kit, printed care guide, DVD and exportation services.
¥650,000
Harumitsu was a swordsmith that was working a little more than 400 years ago in the Bizen
province, better known as the Sword Kingdom in Japan.
In classic Bizen form, the blade has a wavy gunome hamon based on a pattern of cloves or
choji. A scattering of tobiyaki fills parts of the sword, an influence from the Soshu traditional
techniques from Kamakura it would appear.
The koshirae (fittings) consist of a matching set that feature depictions of the powerful
Japanese dragon in shakudo (a gold and copper bullion)
A remarkably rare shinchu tsuba (guard) is signed Setsuzan, which was the former name of
Nagatsune. Its design is one of the pictures of sixteen Rakan (Arhat) in Buddhism. Rakan is
said to have vowed to stay in this world to protect the Law of the Buddha.
On the right hand side of the tsuba, there is an old priest, whereas on the left, one can see a
little red demon. The red demon is timidly giving a pearl of fire to him. This indicates that
the old priest (Rakan) has great power to lead, even a demon to the teachings of the Buddha!
Seppa is shaved in order not to interfere with the design of the edge circle of Rakan and the
hand of the red demon.
!
18 (SOLD) (item no. ujwa065)
A KANEMUNE WAKIZASHI
signed, end of muromachi (tenbun era: 1532-1555)
Inscription:
(omote)
Swordsmith:
YAMATO NO KUNI KANEMUNE
Length:
48.9cm
Curvature:
0.8cm
Hamon:
Gunome midare (circular waves) with sunagashi (sand streaks), kinsen
Jihada:
Masame (straight grain – typical of Yamato tradition workmanship)
Certificate:
NBTHK Hozon (a sword designated as Worthy of Conservation by the
Society for the Preservation of the Japan Art Sword)
Included:
Certificate, Koshirae, shirasaya, silk carry bag, sword stand,
maintenance kit, printed care guide, DVD, registration and all exportation paperwork
¥625,000 (~$6,578)
According to the Toko Soran (book of swords), swordsmith Kanemune belonged to the
infamous Yamato Tegai School. He worked in the Tenbun Era (1532-1555).
On the NBTHK Hozon certificate, it reads "Shinto", which is technically reserved for
swords made after 1594. However, the Tenbun Era is around the end of Muromachi
period and when examining the antique state of the nakago (tang), this is clearly a sword
closer to 500 years old from the Koto period.
An important point to observe on this sword is where the hamon (temper line) originates
at the bottom of the blade. For about 5 or 6 cm, the hamon is suguha (straight), and then
extends into a fantastic wavy midare hamon. This is referred to as suguha yakidashi.
The fuchi-gashira (collar/pommel) is of shakudo (gold copper) with Japanese plum
flowers (ume). The menuki (ornamental grips) features a horse, plants and flowers
symbolic for a healthy life.
!
19 (SOLD) (item no. ujwa066)
A MASANOBU WAKIZASHI
signed, edo period (enpo era: 1673~1681)
Inscription:
(omote)
Swordsmith:
TOSA NO KAMI MASANOBU
Length:
49.5cm
Curvature:
1.0cm
Nakago:
Ubu
Hamon:
Gunome midare (wavy temper line with sunagashi)
Certificate:
NBTHK Hozon (a sword designated as Worthy of Conservation by the
Society for the Preservation of the Japan Art Sword)
Included:
Koshirae, shirasaya, silk carry bag, sword stand, maintenance kit,
printed care guide, DVD, registration and all exportation paperwork
¥600,000 (~$6,315)
Swordsmith Masanobu hails from Kai province, modern-day Yamanashi prefecture, the home
of Mount Fuji. His career took him to Yamato province (Nara prefecture), where he continued
to forge swords until he retired.
This is a splendid wakizashi with an outstanding wavy hamon beautifully complimented with a
matching set of fittings of Japan’s imperial flower, the kiku (chrysanthemum).
The fuchigashira (collar/pommel) is made from shakudo in Mino tradition and the artwork
features a butterfly nestled within the flowers. A most unique iron tsuba depicts Japan’s most
celebrated of symbols, Mt. Fuji. It is a fitting tribute to Masanobu’s home province.
There is also a charming kozuka (paper knife) nestled in the saya made out of shakud oin the form
of a koto (Japanese stringed musical instrument) with a bouquet of flowers with inscription
“Inoue Shinkai”. Inoue-san worked in Settsu (Osaka) during the early Edo period.
Inoue-san was also called “
”(Osaka’s Masamune). Many katana and tachi made by
this smith are treated as Important Cultural Properties of Japan.
!
!
20 (item no. ujwa067)
A KOREKAZU WAKIZASHI
unsigned, edo period (shoho era: 1645~1648)
Swordsmith:
MUSASHI DAIJO KOREKAZU (attribution)
Location:
Edo province (modern-day Tokyo)
Length:
50.7cm
Curvature:
1.0cm
Hamon:
Gyaku-choji (reverse clove pattern temper line)
Certificate:
NTHK Kanteisho (a sword designated as Important by the Society for the
Preservation of the Japanese Sword)
Included:
Vintage koshirae, shirasaya, silk carry bag, sword stand, maintenance
kit, printed care guide, DVD, registration and all exportation paperwork
¥555,000 (~$5,842)
Korekazu was one of the most celebrated swordsmiths during the Shinto era (1596-1751).
Korekazu was a member of the Ishido School and he eventually became the finest
swordsmith of the Edo Ishido School about 350 years ago.
The Ishido school smiths were best known for their ability to make swords in the Bizen
tradition of the Ichimonji School. They strived to reproduce the masterful swords made
during the Heian and Kamakura eras during the 12th-13th centuries.
This excellent wakizashi holds a very distinctive hamon that was Korekazu’s signature. It is
called gyaku-choji (reverse clove) where clove blossoms are flipped and angled to form a
beautifully artistic pattern along the length of the blade.
The magnificent koshirae (fittings) are a set of matching mounts that celebrate the iconic
dragonfly. The Samurai revered the dragonfly as when it flew, it flew forward in formation,
never retreating. It is a testament to the person who decides on a certain course of conduct,
and lives true to such purpose without wavering.
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21 (item no. ujwa072)
A HIRAKUNI WAKIZASHI
unsigned, muromachi period (bunki era: 1501~1503)
Swordsmith:
UDA HIRAKUNI (attribution)
Location:
Ecchu province (Toyama prefecture)
Length:
32.4cm
Curvature:
0.1 cm
Hamon:
Suguha and notare, togari-shin and gunome
Certificate:
NBTHK Hozon (a sword designated as Worthy of Conservation by the
Society for the Preservation of the Japan Art Sword)
Included:
Vintage koshirae, shirasaya, silk carry bag, sword stand, maintenance
kit, printed care guide, DVD and exportation services to home country
¥580,000 (~$6,105)
The antique shirasaya that holds this interesting wakizashi reads (sayagaki) that it was
made by Hokke Ichijo, which a very prestigious smith from Bingo province in the early
15th century. A respected polisher within our circles believes the sword could be made
by Naoe-Shizu from the Nambokucho era (14th century).
As the piece is unsigned, it’s up for interpretation. The experts at the NBTHK have
given the nod to Uda Hirakuni, which is a relatively conservative assessment. This
sword feels older and more valuable that its certification leads it to be.
The very pleasing antique koshirae (fittings) is one based on a nautical theme of a plover
birds flying free above the waves below. The kawari-saya is made with crushed motherof-pearl sprinkled delicately with depictions of white plover birds within.
The saya's koikuchi (mouth) and kurigata (thread hole) are beautifully wrapped by
samegawa (ray skin) that has been dyed green.
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22 (SOLD) (item no. ujwa073)
A YUKIMITSU WAKIZASHI
signed, edo period (genroku era: 1688~1704)
Inscription:
(omote)
Swordsmith:
BUNGO JU YUKIMITSU
Location:
Bungo province (Oita prefecture)
Length:
52.5cm
Curvature:
1cm
Hamon:
Gunome and choji-midare
Certificate:
NTHK Kanteisho (a sword designated as Important by the Society for the
Preservation of the Japanese Sword)
Included:
Vintage koshirae, silk carry bag, sword stand, maintenance kit,
printed care guide, DVD and exportation services to home country
¥590,000
Swordsmith Yukimitsu of Bungo province is a famous name in the Takada School, to which he
belonged to. According to Kokan Nagayama, author of the The Connoisseurs Book of Japanese
Swords, Bungo province produced ”excellent swordsmiths from as Yukihira during Koto times”,
and that members of the Takada School appear to “satisfy more practical than artistic needs.”
This signed wakizashi is one such sword that is not only rather artistic in his flowing hamon
(temper line), but it’s also muscular and robust, meant for battle if so needed.
Fuchigashira (collar and pommel fittings) are made from shibuichi (a kind of Japanese alloy) with
depictions of Ebisu (the lucky god of fishers or merchants) and Daikoku (the lucky god of wealth,
commerce and trade). Ebisu is shown with his trusted fishing rod and familiar sea bream.
The gold shakudoyobori-carved menuki is of a rat. This is symbolic as the clever rat is often seen
as the symbol of Daikoku. A rat is revered in Japan and has the natural ability to be successful.
Tsuba is made from kashi-tetsu (a type of iron) smartly inscribed by the maker,
(Choshu ju Tomoyuki). Its unique design is of vines. The saya is black-lacquered and polished.
!
23 (SOLD) (item no. ujwa074)
AN UJIFUSA WAKIZASHI
signed, edo period (kanbun era: 1661~1672)
Inscription:
(omote)
Swordsmith:
HIDA NO KAMI UJIFUSA
Location:
Suruga province (Yamanashi and Shizuoka prefecture)
Length (ubu):
53.6cm
Curvature:
1.2cm
Hamon:
Naka-suguha and koashi
Included:
Vintage koshirae, shirasaya, silk carry bag, sword stand, maintenance
kit, printed care guide, DVD and exportation services.
¥560,000 (~$5,894)
The Ujifusa family name has its origins in Mino province (Gifu prefecture). According
to Nihon Shinto Jiten by Fujishiro, there are three generations of Ujifusa smiths and this
fineo-wakizashi (extended wakizashi) is of the third.
The shape of the sword is in classic Kanbun Shinto form, which has a slightly wide base
and gradually tapers to the kissaki (tip). The body of the blade is in fact quite wide, a
characteristic accounted for in Ujifusa family blades.
Fuchigashira is shakudo nanako and its gold yo-bori engraving is in the splendid form of
rabbits and waves. The Japanese represent the white disk of the moon with a rabbit or a
hare pounding rice in a mortar. This symbol is based on a pun. In Japanese, mochi-zuki
means to pound rice for cakes, and mochi-zuki also means the full moon.
The powerful rolling waves depicted on the tsuba (guard) are reminiscent of Hokusai’s
“Great Wave off Kanagawa”, clawing its way to envelop the sword.
The extremely unique kawamaki-saya (leather scabbard) is designed in the shape of an
inro (a collectible pillbox carried by Samurai in feudal Japan).
!
24 (SOLD) (item no. ujwa075)
A MASAKUNI WAKIZASHI
signed & dated, edo period (kaei era III: august 1850)
Inscription:
(omote)
(ura)
Swordsmith:
SUNSHU JU SABURO MASAKUNI
Location:
Sunshu (Yamanashi and Shizuoka prefecture)
Length:
38.2cm
Curvature:
0.6cm
Hamon:
Hitatsura (a temper line with tobiyaki spots that fills the entire blade)
Certificate:
NTHK Kanteisho (a sword designated as Important by the Society for the
Preservation of the Japanese Sword)
Included:
Vintage koshirae, shirasaya, silk carry bag, sword stand, maintenance
kit, printed care guide, DVD and exportation services to home country
¥595,000 (~$6,263)
This is a brilliantly unique Japanese sword, artistic in its every single detail.
Masakuni belonged to the Shimada School that forged swords in the Soshu-den tradition
made famous by the great Masamune of the Kamakura and early Nambokucho periods.
They tempered blades at high temperatures resulting in marvelous detail in the steel.
This particular wakizashi is blessed with a hamon called hitatsura, which fills the blade with
formations that resemble swirls of wood grain. It is a sharp sword indeed.
The owner of the sword clearly had a fondness for dogs as both the fuchi (collar) and menuki
(ornamental grips) both feature dogs playing together. This is very rare to see.
The iron kaku-tsuba (guard) contains higo-zogan, a refined gold inlay technique perfected in
the Kanazawa region of Japan (old Kaga province). The antique kawari-saya (scabbard) is
lacquered in brown and contains pieces of shellfish artistically arranged.
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26 (SOLD) (item no. ujwa053)
A KANEFUSA WAKIZASHI
signed, early edo period (kanbun era: 1661~1672)
Inscription:
(omote)
Swordsmith:
KANEFUSA
Location:
Mino province (present day Gifu prefecture)
Length (ubu):
43.6cm
Curvature:
1.4cm
Hamon:
Gunome Midare (undulating waves)
Certificate:
NTHK Kanteisho (a sword designated as Important by the Society for the
Preservation of the Japanese Sword)
Included:
Certificate, koshirae, silk carry bag, sword stand, maintenance kit,
DVD, printed care guide, registration and all exportation paperwork to home country
¥395,000 (~$4,157)
This handsome two-kanji (ni-ji) signed Kanefusa wakizashi who belonged to one of the seven
biggest sword schools, the Zenjo Schoo in mino province. He is forever respected as being the
founder of the Kanefusa Midare Hamon (Kanefusa-style wild wavy temper line).
The koshirae (mounts) are all from Edo period (in the 1700s-1800s) and tell a grand story of the
greatest Samurai battle.
The fuchi-gashira (collar and pommel) is made from shakudo nanako (a tiny fish-eggs) with the
kashira representing the “Battle of Sumaura” - a clash between Taira and Minamoto families in
1184 culminating with the Kamakura period after the Minamoto took victory.
The unique iron tsuba (guard) depicts the outline of a goose. This is symbolic, as a goose is
known for their honorable commitment to family – never, ever leaving a family member
behind. This is a most noble Samurai virtue.
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27 (SOLD) (item no. ujta013)
A KUNIYASU TANTO
signed, edo period (enpo era: 1673~1681)
Inscription:
(omote)
(ura)
Swordsmith:
BUKO JOUKA KUNIYASU, HEIANJO JU
Location:
Edo province (Tokyo)
Length:
27.6cm
Nakago:
Ubu
Hamon:
Chu-suguha with lots of nie (straight packed with tiny crystals)
Certificate:
NBTHK Tokubetsu Kicho (a sword designated as Especially Precious by
the Society for the Preservation of the Japan Art Sword)
Included:
NBTHK certificate, koshirae, silk carry bag, sword stand,
maintenance kit, printed care guide, DVD and exportation services
¥520,000 (~$5,473)
Crafted in the classic Yamato tradition, this is a special Samurai family tanto by swordsmith
Kuniyasu made approximately 350 years ago.
Kuniyasu's was originally known as Dewa no Kami Fujiwara no Kuniyasu. He is from Yamato
(Nara) and was related to the Kanenaga School. He then moved to Edo (Tokyo) in Enpo Era
(late 1600s) where traditional Samurai ethics flourished.
This sword was registered with this koshirae mounting on the 26th of Showa (1951), which only
swords from great Daimyo families were invited.
All clasps are original. The fuchi-kashira (collar and pommel) is signed by Akao Yoshitsugu and
made to a formidable standard. You’ll be able to see peonies, shisa lions (dogs), which ward off
evil spirits as at the entrance of Japanese shrines.
The tsuba (guard) features a koi (carp) swimming up a waterfall. According to Japanese legend,
if a koi succeeds in climbing the waterfalls at a point called the Dragon Gate on the Yellow
River, it would transform into a dragon. The koi swimming up a waterfall is a symbol of the
soul moving towards enlightenment. A highly prized giant ray fish node is on the hilt.!
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28 (item no. ujta014)
A NOBUTAKA TANTO
signed, edo period (kyoho era: 1716~1735)
Inscription:
(omote)
Swordsmith:
HOUKI NO KAMI NOBUTAKA
Location:
Owari province (present day Aichi prefecture)
Length:
20.0cm
Nakago:
Ubu
Hamon:
Suguha with Ko-Ashi (straight with tiny legs)
Certificate:
NTHK Kanteisho (a sword designated as Important by the Society for the
Preservation of the Japanese Sword)
Fujishiro:
Jo-saku (ranked as a superior swordsmith of his generation)
Included:
Koshirae, shirasaya, silk carry bag, sword stand, maintenance kit,
printed care guide, DVD, registration and all exportation paperwork
¥530,000 (~$5,578)
Houki no Kami Nobutaka, chairman of the Seki Swordsmiths Association, was the
personal swordsmith of Owari Tokugawa Shogun family.
This is a very high-class Samurai tanto made 300 years ago during the Kyoho era – a
time in which Tokyo (Edo) became the world’s largest city with all of 1.1million people!
The kasane (spine) is very thick, especially crafted to penetrate armor. These robust
tantos were highly prized by the Samurai class.
Complimenting the power of the piece is a Higo Zougan koshirae that elegantly secures
the sword. The saya (scabbard) features crushed blue shells, which are skillfully
decorated and secured layer-by-layer with Japanese lacquer.
The shakudo kozuka (paper knife) is signed by
well-known sword-fitting craftsman.
(Shitsu Saburou Kaneuchi), a
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29 (item no. ujta015)
A TSUNAHIRO TANTO
signed, edo period (manji era: 1658~1660)
Inscription:
(omote)
(ura)
Swordsmith:
ISE DAIJO TSUNAHIRO
Length (ubu):
17.8cm
Hamon:
Notare, Sunagashi, Yubashiri and Kinsuji
Jihada:
Masame (straight grain)
Certificate:
NTHK Kanteisho (a sword designated as Important by the Society for the
Preservation of the Japanese Sword)
Fujishiro:
Jo-saku (ranked as a superior swordsmith of his generation)
Included:
Vintage koshirae, signed shirasaya, silk carry bag, sword stand,
maintenance kit, printed care guide, DVD, registration and all exportation paperwork
¥545,000 (~$5,736)
Regarded as a superior swordsmith, fifth generation Tsunahiro pays tribute to the greatest of all
sword makers (Masamune), with this signed Samurai family tanto as Momijigari. “Momijigari”
means appreciating the turning of the maple tree leaves in autumn.
In the same spirit Ohanami (appreciating the blooming of sakura blossoms in spring), it was
popular to observe the maple trees change color by the Yoshino River in the fall. Maple leaves
fall on river turning the water into a flowing canvas of rich, vibrant colors.
This tanto has a famous “funa-gata nakago” (a tang with a wide bulge that is said to resemble a
boat). It reads
(Momijigari) on the front and
(Masamune) on the back.
The shirasaya (magnolia scabbard) is further signed (sayagaki) and reads
(Soshu Ju
Tsunahiro), 5 Sun 8 Bu (the traditional measurement of the blade). An elegant set of Edoperiod koshirae (fittings) further compliments this little Japanese treasure piece.
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30 (item no. ujta016)
A YOSHIMITSU TANTO
signed, muromachi period (daiei era: 1521~1527)
Inscription:
(omote)
Swordsmith:
TOSA NO KUNI YOSHIMITSU
Length:
21.3cm
Curvature:
Uchizori (inward curving)
Hamon:
Kogunome with sunagashi
Certificate:
NTHK Kanteisho (a sword designated as Important by the Society for the
Preservation of the Japanese Sword)
Included:
Shirasaya, silk carry bag, sword stand, maintenance kit, printed care
guide, DVD and exportation services
¥450,000 (~$4,736)
This sword has just been given a full polish and was recently awarded NTHK
Kanteisho as Tosa no Kuni Yoshimitsu who was a swordsmith that lived in the
Daie-ei Era (1521-1527) during the Muromachi period.
Yoshimitsu has lineage to the infamous Awataguchi school in the Kamakura
period.
Please inquire for further details.
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31 (item no. ujta017)
A NOBUKUNI TANTO
unsigned, muromachi period (eikyo era: 1429~1441)
Swordsmith:
NOBUKUNI (attribution)
Length:
21.3cm
Curvature:
Uchizori (inward curving)
Hamon:
Gunome midare (irregular waves), yahazu
Certificate:
NTHK Kanteisho (a sword designated as Important by the Society for the
Preservation of the Japanese Sword)
Fujishiro:
Jo-saku (ranked as a superior swordsmith of his generation)
Included:
Shirasaya, silk carry bag, sword stand, maintenance kit, printed care
guide, DVD and exportation services
¥600,000 (~$6,315)
Son of Saemonnojo Nobukuni, Shikibunojo Nobukuni is a prestigious swordsmith ranked with
the likes of Bizen’s Morimitsu and Yoshimitsu. Early on his was known as Nobusada.
Works span from the Oei to Eikyo (1394~1429). The hamon (temper line) is very distinctive, in
some places two continuous gunome are fused together, becoming yahazu (fish-tail shaped). The
Nobukuni School is highly stared for their horimono (engravings).
The vintage issaku koshirae (matching fittings) are absolutely stunning. Fuchigashira and menuki
(collar & pommel & ornamental grips) are made out of shakudo-nanako with gold yo-bori
carvings that feature blossoming peonies, the king of Japanese flowers symbolizing wealth,
good fortune, honor, and bravery. The gold threading on the tsuka (hilt) shows Samurai status.
Saya is lacquered in black and polished with a Samurai Kaeshi-zuno (a hook-shaped fitting).
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32 (item no. ujta018)
A HOKKE TANTO
signed, muromachi period (tensho era: 1573~1592)
Inscription:
Swordsmith:
HOKKE
Location:
Mino (Gifu prefecture)
Length:
29.8cm
Hamon:
Koshibiraki-gunome-midare
Certificate:
NTHK Kanteisho (a sword designated as Important by the Society
for the Preservation of the Japanese Sword)
Included:
Vintage koshirae, silk carry bag, sword stand, maintenance kit,
printed care guide, DVD and exportation services to home country
¥585,000 (~$6,157)
The Hokke name originates from Bingo province in Hiroshima, so it is likely that the Hokke
smith who made this tanto travelled to Mino from Bingo province as swordsmiths often did.
The hamon (temper line) is a well-crafted koshibiraki gunome midare (which are clove blossoms
following a wavy pattern. It is a distinctive hamon found on swords crafted in the Bizen
tradition in modern-day Okayama.
A most splendid set of koshirae fittings known as Denchu-Sashi-Koshirae meant for wear in the
Imperial palacegrace this tanto. Fuchi(collar) circa late 1700s is made from shakudowith gold
taka-yo-bori carvings of Hakime (sand) and plants. Signed: Kitosai Omori Terumitsu Kao.
Shakudo menuki (ornamental grip) feature a most rare depiction of horin (Dharmachakra, a
symbol of the Buddhist ‘wheel of life’ that leads to enlightenment). A Ko-kinko-tsuba (antique
guard) from the Muromachi period also features horin with kiku (chrysanthemum flowers of the
Imperial family).
This tanto was surely owned by a Samurai with highly respected status.
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33 (item no. ujta019)
A KUNIKANE TANTO
signed, edo period (kanei era: 1624~1645)
Inscription:
(false signature)
Swordsmith:
YAMASHRO DAIJO FUJIWARA NO KUNIKANE
Location:
Ichinoseki, Rikuchu (Iwate prefecture)
Length (ubu):
21.2cm
Curvature:
0.4cm
Hamon:
Naka-suguha and ashi
Included:
Shirasaya, silk carry bag, sword stand, maintenance kit, printed care
guide, DVD and exportation services to home country
¥200,000 (~$2,105)
Shodai Kunikane was a grandmaster swordsmith from the early Edo period who started a
long line of smiths that survived and were supported by the Date Daimyo family.
There were 14 generations in the main line. They practiced the style of the founder and
enjoyed official support. The middle generations produced mumei (unsigned) swords
that went right into the armory of the Date family.
(Sendai meikan lists no legitimate signatures from the 4th to 10th generations.)
Although this sword is such a very well crafted tanto in masame hada (straight grain
body), its signature of the grandmaster was not validated. Offered a reasonable price in
consideration on this point.
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34 (item no. ujta020)
A MUNEAKI TANTO
unsigned, late edo period (bunkyu era: 1861~1863)
Swordsmith:
ICHINOSEKI MUNEAKI (attribution)
Location:
Ichinoseki, Rikuchu (Iwate prefecture)
Length (ubu):
18.2cm
Hamon:
Gunome-midare and yubashiri
Certificate:
NBTHK Kicho (a sword designated Precious by the Society for the
Preservation of the Japan Art Sword)
Included:
Vintage koshirae, shirasaya, silk carry bag, sword stand, maintenance
kit, printed care guide, DVD and exportation services to home country
¥425,000 (~$4,473)
According to Fujishiro in Nihon Shinto Jiten, of swordsmith Muneaki “both his style and mei
(inscription) have the flavor of Katayama Munetsugu, an he is said to have especially given attention
to sharpness.”
Upper-class swordsmith Muneaki was indeed a pupil of the most famous smiths in the late
Edo period, Koyama Munetsugu. They lived in Rikuchu Ichinoseki (Iwate Prefecture).
The aikuchi-koshirae (fittings) is made from iron and splashes of silver pay tribute the milky
waygalaxy. The rather intriguing menuki has yo-bori engraving made in the form of a
spool.
A beautiful Kawari-saya is lined with scatterings of mother-of pearl secures the tanto.
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35 (item no. ujta021)
A TOKUMASA TANTO
unsigned, late edo period (keio era: 1865~1868)
Swordsmith:
DEN TOKUMASA (attribution)
Location:
Mito, Hitachi no Kuni (Ibaraki prefecture)
Length (ubu):
20.5cm
Curvature:
0.1cm
Hamon:
Gunome and notare with kinsen
Certificate:
NTHK Kanteisho (a sword designated as Important by the Society for the
Preservation of the Japanese Sword)
Included:
Vintage koshirae, shirasaya, silk carry bag, sword stand, maintenance
kit, printed care guide, DVD and exportation services to home country
¥350,000 (~$3,684)
Tokumasa was swordsmith from Mito in Hitachi no Kuni (Ibaraki prefecture) and a pupil of
prominent swordsmiths Katsumura Norikatsu and Ichige Tokurin.
Beautifully crafted with gentle gunome hamon (wavy temper line), the tanto is secured in a
black-lacqured kizamisaya in aikuchi koshirae.
The menuki(ornamental grips)made from shakudo-nanako are in the form of kiku
(chrysanthemum, the floral emblem of the Imperial family) encircled by gosan no kiri (which
was the imperial crest or kamon given by the Emperor to the Ashikaga.)
In 1568, Ashikaga Yoshiaki gave Nobunaga permission to use the "Go-San-no-Kiri" imperial
kamon, as well as the Ashikaga family emblem, the "Futa-Hiki-Ryou".
This very prestigious gift of two family emblems was given to Nobunaga in thanks for his
effectively having Yoshiaki installed as Shogun.
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36 (item no. ujta022)
AN UJISHIGE TANTO
unsigned, edo period (meiwa era: 1764~1771)
Swordsmith:
DEN HARIMA NO KUNI UJISHIGE (attribution)
Location:
Tegarayama, Harima no Kuni (Hyogo prefecture)
Length:
20.4cm
Hamon:
Doranba and uchinoke and yo
Certificate:
NTHK Kanteisho (a sword designated as Important by the Society for the
Preservation of the Japanese Sword)
Included:
Vintage koshirae, shirasaya (magnolia scabbard), silk carry bag,
sword stand, maintenance kit, printed care guide, DVD and exportation services to
home country
¥400,000 (~$4,210)
This very attractive tanto by swordsmith Ujishige belonged to the Tegarayama School in
Hyogo, nestled between Bizen and Kyoto provinces.
There were many generations of Tegarayama Ujishige, the fourth generation of which this
sword was made moved to Shirakawa in Oshu (Iwate prefecture) and changed his name to
Masashige.Tegarayama Masashige then became a prominent swordsmith during Shinshinto (late
Edo) period.
A matching set of fittings (issaku koshirae) made from shinchu is referred to a sogaki-koshirae
beautifully compliments the blade. It consists of kizami-saya and kizami-tsuka (a roundedtexture) made from leather kawa-maki. The design depicts tanabata – a wood considered by the
Japanese to originate from the heavens symbolizing luck and long life.
There is a famous Tanabata star festival in Japan that celebrates the meeting of the deities
Orihime and Hikoboshi (represented by the stars Vega and Altair respectively). According to
legend, the Milky Way separates these lovers, allowed to meet only once a year on the seventh
day of the seventh lunar month of the luni-solar calendar.
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Only the Samurai were permitted to wear the long and
short swords (katana and wakizashi).
38 (item no. ujka067)
A NAGAMICHI SAMURAI DAISHO (2 swords)
(katana & wakizashi)
signed, edo period
Inscription:
Swordsmith:
MUTSU DAIJO MIYOSHI NAGAMICHI
Location:
Aizu province (Fukushima prefecture)
Length:
66.6cm (katana) 44.1cm (wakizashi)
Hamon:
Togari gunome with sanbonsugi and gunome
Certificate:
NTHK Kanteisho (a sword designated as Important by the Society for the
Preservation of the Japanese Sword – wakizashi only)
Included:
Vintage koshirae x 2, shirasaya x 2, silk carry bag, sword stand,
maintenance kit, printed care guide, DVD and exportation services to home country
¥1,200,000 (~$12,631)
This is very rare find indeed. An authentic traditional daisho (katana and wakizashi)
from the Edo Period (18-19th century) exactly as a Samurai would have worn.
Both the wakizashi and katana are in their original condition and signed Mutsu Daijo
Miyoshi Nagamichi. The signature on the wakizashi has been certified to be the Shodai
(founder) in around 1661 who was a grandmaster. The katana was likely forged by a
later generation Nagamichi. The swords were crafted in Aizu (Fukushima prefecture).
All fittings match perfectly; this is a genuine Edo-period Samurai daisho.
From intricately designed dragons to spiny lobsters (ise-ebi), this is a highly prized
collectible. Price includes a vintage “kiri-bako” (katana box) from the Edo period.
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39 (SOLD) (item no. ujwa076)
A MASACHIKA WAKIZASHI
unsigned, edo period (kanbun era: 1661~1672)
Swordsmith:
BUNGO NO KAMI MASACHIKA (attribution)
Location:
Owari province (Nagoya area)
Length:
54.2cm
Curvature:
1.3cm
Hamon:
Yakidaka and ashinaga and gunome-midare (wavy temper line)
Certificate:
NTHK Kanteisho (a sword AND tsuba designated as Important by the
Society for the Preservation of the Japanese Sword)
Included:
Vintage koshirae, silk carry bag, sword stand, maintenance kit,
printed care guide, DVD and exportation services to home country
¥345,000
Introducing a splendid 350-year-old wakizashi with a gunome-midare hamon (wavy
temper line) by swordsmith Masachika from the Nagoya area.
The signed tsuba (guard) features intricately carved
rolling waves that graciously envelopes the sword.
The nakago (tang) has kiri (horizontal) file marks that
remind one of the great Ichimonji swords from the
Kamakura period in Bizen province.
It is likely a sword offered directly to a daimyo
family, as it isn’t signed. Offered at an attractive
price considering it is fully certified by the NTHK.
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40 (ON HOLD) (item no. ujka054)
A MORIIE KODACHI
signed and dated “the 10th of august”
early muromachi period (oei era: 1394~1428)
Sword type:
Japanese Katana (kodachi)
Swordsmith:
BISHU OSAFUNE MORIIE (
)
Location:
Bizen province (present-day Okayama prefecture)
Length:
61.8cm
Curvature:
2.2cm
Jihada:
Itame and bo-utsuri
Hamon:
Suguha (straight) and kogunome (small waves) with ashi (tiny legs)
Nakago:
Ubu (original condition tang, signed and dated)
Certificate:
NBTHK Tokubetsu Kicho (a sword designated as Especially Precious
by the Society for the Preservation of the Japan Art Sword)
Included:
Koshirae (mounts), signed shirasaya sayagaki by Dr. Kanzan, carry bags,
maintenance kit, DVD, printed care guide
¥1,400,000
This splendid katana was forged by swordsmith Moriie during the Oei Era, circa
1394~1428 in the early Muromachi Period. It has been certified by the NBTHK (Society
for the Preservation of the Japan Art Sword), as Tokubetsu Kicho (Especially Precious).
The sword’s shape and size is referred to as a small tachi, or kodachi. It features deep
torii-zori (blade curvature towards the middle section) and a ko-kissaki (a small tip).
It is a pioneering example of a sword-making evolution that saw longer tachi swords
carried on horseback by the Samurai in the Kamakura and Nambokucho periods (12th to
14th centuries) being replaced by the katana, and then the infamous uchigatana.
Full details: http://new.uniquejapan.com/a-moriie-kodachi/
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43 (item no. ujwa081)
A YOSHIHIRO WAKIZASHI
unsigned, late edo period (tenpo era: 1830~1844)
Swordsmith:
DEN EDO IKKANSAI YOSHIHIRO (attribution)
Length (ubu):
33.9cm
Curvature:
0.4cm
Jihada:
Wavy Itame
Hamon:
Gunome-Midare and Ashi
Certificate:
NTHK Kanteisho (a sword designated as Important by the Society for the
Preservation of the Japanese Sword)
Included:
Vintage koshirae, silk carry bag, sword stand, maintenance kit,
printed care guide, DVD and exportation services
¥530,000 (~$5,578)
Ikkansai Yoshihiro was a pupil of Suishinshi Masahide and his name relates to the fact that
he was skilled at creating swords in the style of Go no Yoshihiro - one of Masamune’s
infamous Jittetsu (10 students) in the Kenmu period (1334-1336).
Not many of Yoshihiro’s swords are actually in existence so this is a fortunate find.
Yoshihiro was known for hitatsura-like hamon and midareba. The jihada (surface grain) has
a dazzling wavy o-itame forging technique.
Yoshihiro swords pay tribute to the Soshu tradition of the koto period. Fujishiro
(leading sword appraiser) refers to his works as “nothing but beautiful”.
One aspect of this sword that can be enjoyed is the funa-gata nakago (fune means “boat”).
The line of the cutting edge has a deep outward bulge. This is a rare nakago and
associated with Masamune of Soshu and his school. Edo-period koshirae has a lovely
kozuka (paper knife) with the design of a peony and shisa lions.
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44 (item no. ujwa082)
A MASAIE WAKIZASHI
signed, late muromachi period (tenbun era: 1532~1555)
Swordsmith:
MASAIE
Location:
Mino province (present-day Gifu prefecture)
Length (ubu):
37.1cm
Curvature:
0.9cm
Jihada:
Tight itame
Hamon:
O-gunome-midare and koashi (large and small waves)
Certificate:
NTHK Kanteisho (a sword designated as Important by the Society for the
Preservation of the Japanese Sword)
Included:
Vintage koshirae, shirasaya, silk carry bag, sword stand, maintenance
kit, printed care guide, DVD and exportation services
¥550,000 (~$5,789)
Swords from the renowned Masaie family are usually suguha (straight temper line).
We sold a recent Masaie wakizashi (#25 in this PDF), which carried such a temper line.
This sword, however, features a unique o-gunome midareba (large wavy temper line),
which is a rare find indeed. And for it’s length, it has an elegant amount of curvature.
An eye-catching koshirae (fitting) further compliments the sword. Saya (scabbard) is
sprinkled with several layers of crushed mother-of-pearl on its surface. Fuchigashira is
signed Kuwamura Katsuhisa and made out of shakudo-nanako and gold takabori with the
design of an insect.
An excellent tsuba in the Kinai tradition depicts a ginkgo leaf and a kozuka of a pine and a
person carrying an umbrella signed Inoue Izumi no Kami Kunisada. A jizo boshi caps off
this true piece of art.
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46 (SOLD) (item no. ujwa079)
A KANENOBU WAKIZASHI
unsigned, late muromachi (tenbun era: 1532~1555)
Swordsmith:
KANENOBU (attribution)
Location:
Mino province (present-day Gifu prefecture)
Length:
37.3cm
Curvature:
0.7cm
Jihada:
Tight itame
Hamon:
Impressive gunome-midare (large and small waves)
Nakago:
Ubu (original condition tang)
Certificate:
NTHK Kanteisho (a sword designated as Important by the Society for the
Preservation of the Japanese Sword)
Included:
Vintage koshirae, shirasaya (magnolia scabbard), silk carry bag,
sword stand, maintenance kit, printed care guide, DVD and exportation services
¥545,000 (~$5,736)
This is a fine wakizashi (extended tanto) that has been well forged with a tight itame hada
(wood plank grain). The sword has been attributed to Kanenobu of Mino province. It
carries an impressive wavy hamon with large and small valleys.
Fuchigashira is made out of shakudo-nanako, koikuchi, awagata, ichimonji, all issaku-mono.
Menuki is made out of gold, silver, copper, and shakudo with the shape of masu (a square
wooden box used to measure rice during feudal Japan). Nowadays, these square boxes
are a popular form to drink sake from!
Tsuba is made out of shakudo, polished and gold inlay with the design of a phoenix and
an ume Blossom (plum flower). Saya is kawari-saya (unusual saya) with the look of tree
bark and scattered mother-of-pearl. Kozuka (paper knife) is signed Yanagawa Naomitsu
and Hosaki is with the signature of Inoue Izumi no Kami Kunisada.
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48 (SOLD) (item no. ujka071)
A MINO SENJUIN KATANA
unsigned, early muromachi period (oei era: 1394~1427)
Swordsmith:
MINO SENJUIN SCHOOL
Location:
Mino province (present-day Gifu prefecture)
Length (ubu):
68.5cm (o-suriage)
Curvature:
1.3cm
Jihada:
Good tight Ko-itame and mixed Masame
Hamon:
Suguha and Ko-gunome and Ko-nie
Certificate:
NBTHK Hozon (a sword designated as Worthy of Conservation by the
Society for the Preservation of the Japan Art Sword)
Included:
Vintage koshirae, shirasaya, silk carry bags, sword stand,
maintenance kit, DVD, printed care guide, registration and all exportation paperwork
¥890,000 (~$9,368)
Mino Senjuin is one of the major schools of the Mino sword-making tradition. It can be
traced back to the Yamato Senjuin School from the late Heian period (12th century). The
founder for the Mino Senjuin School is KUNINAGA, Jowa era (1345~1349).
Conservatively speaking this katana was forged during the Oei era (1394~1428)
according to the NBTHK. However, the founder of the Mino Senjuin School itself,
KUNINAGA, may have been the smith responsible circa 1350.
The stately Edo-period koshirae (fittings) feature elements of highly skilled gold inlay
and a modern hilt wrapped in a complex weave called Kumiage-maki. The tsuba (guard)
has details of ivy, which is symbolic for immortality, friendship, faithfulness and eternal
life. Thin stripes of mother of pearl gracefully decorate the lacquered saya (scabbard).
The sword has a prominent bo-hi (groove) running the length of the blade to lighten and
strengthen the blade. It is a sword that exudes a calm magnificence.
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49 (SOLD) (item no. ujwa084)
A YOSHIMICHI WAKIZASHI (5th generation)
signed with chrysanthemum, edo period (circa 1711)
Swordsmith:
Tanba no Kami Yoshimichi (5th generation)
Location:
Yamashiro province (present-day Kyoto)
Length:
54.4cm
Curvature:
1.7cm
Jihada:
Tight itame, ko-nie with a boshi (tip) of deep komaru-gaeshi
Hamon:
Beautiful sudareba (bamboo blind)
Nakago:
Ubu (original condition tang) with 16-petal chrysanthemum
Certificate:
NBTHK Tokubetsu Hozon (a sword designated as Especially Worthy of
Conservation by the Society for the Preservation of the Japan Art Sword)
Included:
Vintage koshirae, shirasaya, silk carry bags, sword stand,
maintenance kit, DVD, printed care guide, registration and all exportation paperwork
¥1,280,000 (~$13,473)
This is a rare wakizashi from the prestigious Tanba no Kami Yoshimichi family from
Kyoto. The first Tanba no Kami Yoshimichi was called as “Hokake Tanba” because his
Kanji character
(Tan) looks similar to
(Ho) of
(Hokake), meaning “Sail”.
Tradition maintains that the first character engraved on the tang is shaped like a sail.
Bestowed with the highest honor from the emperor, all Kyo-tanba generations of the
Yoshimichi family were given the right to place the 16-petal imperial chrysanthemum
on the nakago (tang of the sword).
This 5th generation Yoshimichi sword was just awarded NBTHK Tokubetsu Hozon
status, which is a highly prized distinction to achieve. The blade is in spectacular
condition and carries with it the infamous ‘sudareba hamon‘ – a temper line that
resembles the pattern of a bamboo-strip blind or curtain. The Edo-period mounts
features a dazzling tsuba (guard) with an oar spearing cleanly through the water.
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50 (item no. ujka069)
AN ENJU KUNIYOSHI KATANA
unsigned, nanbokucho period (oan era: 1368~1374)
Swordsmith:
Den Higo Enju Kuniyoshi (attribution)
Location:
Higo province (present-day Kumamoto)
Length:
63.9cm
Curvature:
1.7cm
Jihada:
Itame
Hamon:
Hoso Suguha (thin straight temperline). Gunome on only one side!
Certificate:
NTHK Kanteisho (a sword designated as Important by the Society for the
Preservation of the Japanese Sword)
Included:
Vintage koshirae, shirasaya, silk carry bags, sword stand,
maintenance kit, DVD, printed care guide, registration and all exportation paperwork
¥1,380,000 (~$14,526)
The Enju School can trace itself back to both the Yamashiro Rai School and the Yamato
tradition from Nara. The story begins with Hiromura from the Yamato Shikkake School
who moved to Kyoto to study under the great Rai Kuniyuki.
Hiromura’s son, Kunimura, who is said to have married one of Kuniyuki’s daughters,
moved to Higo province (Kumamoto prefecture) to start the Enju School in about 1312.
One of Kunimura’s finest students, Kuniyoshi, is attributed to have forged this katana.
It carries all the quality hallmarks of the Rai brand, especially the hoso suguha (thin
straight temper line). It also has a long bo-hi (groove) extending the length of the blade.
The creative koshirae features a fuchigashira made out of shakudo nanako-uchi with
depictions of owls, birds, frogs and a wild chrysanthemum with takabori. The menuki is
formed of shakudo covered with gold with the design of crow and the rising sun. A rare
otsubu samekawa coated tsukamaki is wrapped with brown-lacquered leather cord.
The tsuba is from the Kinko School and made from polished shakudo migaki with katakiribori in the design of wild grass on a field. Saya is layered with an antique ishime-ji finish.
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51 (item no. ujka072)
AN IESHIGE KATANA
unsigned, edo period (kanei era: 1624-1645)
Swordsmith:
Kashu Fujiwara Ieshige (attribution)
Location:
Kaga province (present-day Ishikawa)
Length:
63.4cm
Curvature:
1.3cm
Jihada:
Ko-Itame
Hamon:
Togari-shin and Gunome Choji-Midare
Nakago:
Ubu (original condition tang)
Certificate:
NBTHK Hozon (a sword designated as Worthy of Conservation by the
Society for the Preservation of the Japan Art Sword)
Included:
Vintage koshirae, shirasaya, silk carry bags, sword stand,
maintenance kit, DVD, printed care guide, registration and all exportation paperwork
¥970,000 (~$10,210)
Fujiwara no Ieshige is regarded as the founder of Shinto Katsukuni School, which
flourished with his son Darani Katsukuni and several generations that carried on the
Katsukuni name. This katana is attributed to the Kanei era, corresponding to the first
generation Ieshige. It has an extended kissaki and a glorious wavy clove (choji) hamon.
Interesting to note, many swords that were made in Kashu (Ishikawa prefecture) have a
nakago with a distinctive shape where the tip (nakago-jiri) curves upwards. This is called
Ha-agari-Kurishiri. One could easily classify this remarkable sword to that of the Bizen
tradition, but the unique nakagojiri speaks poignantly to swords made from Kashu.
The artistic fittings include a fuchigashira made from shakudo and takabori in the design of
a flowering plant and a singing insect found in autumn in the Mino province. The tsuba
comprises also of shakudo and gold takabori in the shape of mokko-gata with full of
flowering plants in Mino and a powerful dragon in the mimi (edge of the tsuba).
Menuki is further made of shakudo and takabori with depictions of chrysanthemums.
Tsuka is weaved of fine jabara-maki and the saya is black-lacquered Inro-kizami.
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52 (item no. ujka073)
A TSUNAHIRO KATANA (2nd generation)
unsigned, muromachi period (tensho era: 1573-1592)
Swordsmith:
Soshu Tsunahiro 2nd generation (attribution)
Location:
Odawara province (present-day Kanagawa)
Length (ubu):
63.5cm
Curvature:
2.0cm
Jihada:
Tight Itame
Hamon:
Gunome-midare and Hitatsura
Certificate:
NTHK Kanteisho (a sword designated as Important by the Society for the
Preservation of the Japanese Sword)
Fujishiro:
Jo-Saku (ranked as a superior swordsmith)
Included:
Vintage koshirae, silk carry bag, sword stand, maintenance kit, DVD,
printed care guide, registration and all exportation paperwork
¥1,190,000 (~$12,526)
In the mid 1500s, first generation Tsunahiro moved from Kamakura to Odawara in
Kanagawa prefecture and worked for the emerging Hojo clan. Subsequently no less
than twenty (20) dedicated generations of the Tsunahiro swordsmith name supported
the Tokugawa Shogunate throughout the Edo Period to the Meiji period (1600~1867).
Swords made by the first and second generation Tsunahiro are the most prized of all.
This handsome katana is blessed with an eye-catching hamon and a well-forged body.
The powerful warrior-themed koshirae comprises of a fuchigashira made from shakudonanako depicting Samurai in gold, copper and shakudo takabori. The marvelous menuki is
formed of marching Samurai in shakudo and gold takabori.
The iron tsuba is uniquely designed with fighting Samurai with gold, silver and copper
inlay with shakudo fukurin in mimi (tsuba’s edge). The kojiri (tip of the scabbard) is
wrapped and reinforced in iron with stately floral patterns. The gracefully curved saya
is decorated in a rare olive-green colour.
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53 (item no. ujka075)
A KUNIHIKO PHOENIX KATANA
unsigned, edo period (tenpo era: 1830-1844)
Swordsmith:
Bingo no Kuni Takenaka Kunihiko (attribution)
Location:
Bingo province (present-day Hiroshima)
Length:
68.7cm
Curvature:
2.6cm
Jihada:
Tight Nashiji-hada and Muji-fu
Hamon:
Notare-Gunome and Togari-ba
Nakago:
Ubu (original condition tang)
Certificate:
NTHK Kanteisho (a sword designated as Important by the Society for the
Preservation of the Japanese Sword)
Included:
Vintage tachi koshirae with phoenix, silk carry bag, sword stand,
maintenance kit, DVD, printed care guide, registration and all exportation paperwork
¥1,200,000 (~$12,631)
Kunihiko was born in Tajima (Hyogo prefecture). He studied under Kenryushi Toshiyuki
from the Hamabe School who was skilled at producing an excellent tight itame, almost mujihada giving the appearance of grainless steel. This is a noteworthy characteristic of
Shinshinto blades (swords made between 1781 and 1868).
Kunihiko first signed as Kunimitsu, then Kunitora, then Kunihiko, and finally to Takenaka
Kunihiko. He became the official swordsmith for the 7th Daimyo of Fukuyama clan, Abe
Masahiro who was worth 110,000 Koku in Hiroshima prefecture.
Tachi swords made 1,000 years ago inspired this
extremely curved katana. An incredible tachi koshirae
features an elaborate kashira in the form of a phoenix
(Hō-ō). The phoenix was adopted as a symbol of the
imperial household, particularly the empress
representing fire, the sun, justice, and fidelity.
Other fittings are made of shinchu with a gold finish. The saya (scabbard) is of Kinnashiji
(lacquered in gold aventurine) with arabesque swirls. This is a fabulous display piece.
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55 (item no. ujwa087)
A SHIGEKUNI WAKIZASHI
unsigned, edo period (kanei era: 1624~1645)
Swordsmith:
Monju Shigekuni (attribution)
Location:
Kishu province (present-day Wakayama)
Length:
45.1cm
Curvature:
1.0cm
Jihada:
Itame and Mokume and Jinie
Hamon:
Naka-Suguha and deep Konie and Nijyuba (Double) and Ko-midare and
Kuichigaiba and Sunanagashi and Koashi. Hataraki in Hachu is lively.
Nakago:
Ubu (original condition tang)
Certificate:
NBTHK Hozon (a sword designated as Worthy of Conservation by the
Society for the Preservation of the Japan Art Sword)
Included:
Vintage koshirae, shirasaya, silk carry bag, sword stand, maintenance
kit, DVD, printed care guide, registration and all exportation paperwork
¥810,000 (~$8,526)
Shigekuni was Sai-Josaku (grandmaster), one of the finest swordsmiths of Shinto period.
His skill was regularly compared with the likes of Horikawa Kunihiro among all the
Keicho Shinto smiths. His strength lay in his production of clear and bright jihada
(surface grain) and a ha (cutting edge) that was second to none among other smiths.
Shigekuni belonged to the Monju-ha of the Yamato Tegai School and served Shogun
Tokugawa Ieyasu as one of his personal sword makers. After Ieyasu passed away in
1616, Shigekuni followed Ieyasu’s tenth son, Yorinobu to Kishu province. This is why
the swordsmith is called Nanki Shigekuni (Nanki is a place within Kishu.)
Fuchigashira is made out of shakudo-nanako and gold, silver and shakudo takabori with the
design of tiger and bamboo grass. Menuki is of a gold male and female dragon. The
tsuba is made out of iron with the shape of mokko-gata. Its design is of gold spray and
waves in katagiribori. Saya is black-lacquered in the form of an inro kizamisaya. The silk
sageo is wrapped in a ronin-musubi knot giving the impression it is the tail of a tiger.
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56 (item no. ujwa088)
A MUNETSUGU WAKIZASHI
(nearly katana length!)
unsigned, edo period (kanei era: 1624-1645)
Swordsmith:
Hizen Iyo no Jyo Munetsugu (attribution)
Location:
Hizen province (present-day Saga prefecture)
Length:
58.9cm
Curvature: 1.2cm
Jihada:
Tight itame
Hamon: Naka-Suguha and Gunome-Midare
Nakago:
Ubu (original condition tang)
Certificate:
NTHK Kanteisho (a sword designated as Important by the Society for
the Preservation of the Japanese Sword)
Included:
Vintage koshirae, shirasaya, silk carry bag, sword stand, maintenance
kit, DVD, printed care guide, registration and all exportation paperwork
¥800,000 (~$8,421)
Shodai Munetsugu (first generation) was born in Nagase-mura circa (1542~1568) and is
considered to be the founder of Shinto Hizento. In fact, the great Shodai Tadayoshi was his
student from age 13 to 25. In 1606 he was appointed “Jo Tsukasa-no-Kashira” (person in charge
of all Hizen smiths). He was also the local religious leader, and shrine leader of Tenman-gu.
First and second generations of smiths known as Munetsugu Iyo no Jyo were both highly skilled
smiths. Either one can be credited (perhaps jointly) with this sword as there was an overlap in
the their respective careers. Shodai received the name of Muneyasu from Feudal lord, Nabeshima
Katsushige. He then succeeded his name to Munetsugu in his later years.
This beautiful wakizashi is formed in Katakiriha-zukuri where one side is shinogi-zukuri and
the other is kiriha-zukuri. This type originated at the end of the Kamakura period (1288-1334)
and was fashionable during Japan’s cultural renaissance from 1596-1643.
The fuchigashira is made out of shakudo-nanako in the design of flying dragon and gold takabori.
Menuki is made out of shakudo also in the design of dragon. The maru tsuba (round-shaped
guard) is exquisitely pounded in shakudo-nanako-uchi. The saya is lacquered in black with
spiraled shells sprinkled throughout. A gold dragon kozuka (paper knife) is signed, Houki no
Kami Fujiwara no Nobutaka and Hosaki. The wari kogai (hair spike) is of yamagane (copper)
expertly carved in a flying dragon.
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57 (item no. ujwa089)
A NOBUIE WAKIZASHI
signed, edo period (meireki era: 1655~1657)
Swordsmith:
Owari Izumi no Kami Nobuie (partly signed)
Location:
Owari province (present-day Aichi prefecture)
Length:
48.2cm
Curvature:
1.4cm
Jihada:
Tight Nashiji-hada and Muji-fu
Hamon:
Notare-Gunome and Togari-ba
Nakago:
Suriage (slightly shortened)
Certificate:
NTHK Kanteisho (a sword designated as Important by the Society for the
Preservation of the Japanese Sword)
Included:
Vintage koshirae, silk carry bag, sword stand, maintenance kit, DVD,
printed care guide, registration and all exportation paperwork
¥610,000 (~$6,559)
Swordsmith Nobuie was mentored by second generation Nobutaka one of the finest smiths
of the Owari Seki School. His first kanji signature was
(Nobuie), he later changed it to
(Nobuie) when he received the title Izumi no Kami. Fujishiro ranked Nobuie as ChuJosaku – an above average swordsmith of his generation.
The sword is in fine condition; signed with part of the signature lost due to shortening.
It is polished in what is known as sashikomi-togi, the classical style polish aimed at showing
the blade’s “natural face”. No hadori (white pattern) is used on the blade.
One can admire a very complex yakiba (tempered surface between the ha and hamon).
Fuchi-gashira is of shakudo-nanako in the design of fighting Samurai at war. The menuki is
made out of shakudo and gold inlay with the design of the god Hotei's walking stick and
furoshiki (a parcel wrapped in cloth). This is known as Rusumoyo (Rusu means ‘absent ’,
Moyo means ‘design’.) This unique piece of art is designed to recall lucky Hotei! An iron
Heianjo tsuba with shinchu inlay of an arabesque pattern and heraldic design comes together
with a saya that is lacquered with mother-of-pearl scattered its entire length.
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58 (item no. ujwa090)
A MASATOSHI WAKIZASHI
signed, edo period (shoho era: 1645-1648)
Swordsmith:
Heianjo Ishido Ukon Masatoshi
Location:
Yamashiro province (present-day Kyoto)
Length:
53.7cm
Curvature:
1.1cm
Jihada:
Itame
Hamon:
High temperature choji-midare
Nakago:
Suriage (complete signature is visible)
Certificate:
NTHK Kanteisho (a sword designated as Important by the Society for the
Preservation of the Japanese Sword)
Included:
Vintage koshirae, shirasaya, silk carry bag, sword stand, maintenance
kit, DVD, printed care guide, registration and all exportation paperwork
¥900,000 (~$9,473)
A group of smiths that lived in Omi province are said to be descendants of the great
Bizen-province Ichimonji School, calling themselves Ishido. Swordsmiths from the Kishu
Ishido School worked exclusively for Kishu Tokugawa Family in Kishu, Wakayama.
During the Shoho era (1645-1648) swordsmiths from Kishu Ishido School moved to
various locales in the country. The Masatoshi group migrated to Kyo (Kyoto) and
swordsmith Masatoshi became the founder of the Kyo Ishido School.
Collectively the Ishido smiths were famous for producing swords with the iconic gunome
choji-midar hamon (clove-shaped temper line). Masatoshi was particularly skilled and
ranked above smiths of his generation and this sword is a prime example as such.
The fuchigashira is made out of shakudo and ishime-ji with the design of the Sawa family
Hachiyou ni maru kamon (8-planet crest), ancestors to the Fujiwara family. The tsukamaki
(hilt) is wrapped in leather cord. Menuki is of yamagane carved in the design of a crane
representing long life. The round iron maru-tsuba features a lovely arabesque pattern
with sukashi. The saya is lacquered with ishime-ji in an elegant chocolate-brown colour.
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59 (item no. ujwa091)
A NOBUKUNI WAKIZASHI
unsigned, early muromachi period (oei era: 1394~1427)
Swordsmith:
Yamashiro Shikibunojyo Nobukuni (attribution)
Location:
Yamashiro province (present-day Kyoto)
Length:
51.3cm
Curvature:
1.5cm
Jihada:
Itame
Hamon:
Small Gunome-Midare and Naka-Yakihaba (Yahazu midare), a family trait
Certificate:
NTHK Kanteisho (a sword designated as Important by the Society for the
Preservation of the Japanese Sword)
Included:
Vintage koshirae, shirasaya, silk carry bag, sword stand, maintenance
kit, DVD, printed care guide, registration and all exportation paperwork
¥950,000 (~$10,000)
This wakizashi is registered in the 26th year of Showa (1951), where only Damiyo families
(great feudal lords) were invited to submit their swords. It is a mark of great distinction.
Son of Saemonnojo Nobukuni, Shikibunojo Nobukuni is a prestigious swordsmith ranked with
the likes of Bizen’s Morimitsu and Yoshimitsu. Early on he was known as Nobusada.
Works span from Oei to Eikyo (1394~1429). The hamon (temper line) is very distinctive, in
some places two continuous gunome are fused together, becoming yahazu (fish-tail shaped).
The Nobukuni School is highly stared for their horimono (engravings) and this sword has a
long bo-hi (groove) extending the length of the blade.
The fuchigashira is formed of shakudo and ishime-ji and gold inlay in the design of a pine
needle and family crest. The menuki is formed of shakudo and gold with the design of
traveler on a ship on the wave of the sea.
The mokko tsuba is of yamagane with sukashi openwork in the design of paulownia flowers.
Hundreds of tiny black lines thread their way around the red saya to form a lucky silk spool.
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60 (item no. ujgu014)
A SUKESADA NAVY KATANA
signed, mid muromachi period (daiei era: 1521~1527)
Swordsmith:
Bishu Osafune Sukesada (signed)
Location:
Bizen province (present-day Okayama)
Length:
63.8cm
Curvature:
2.0cm
Jihada:
Ko-Itame and Nagereru and Masame. Plenty of Midare-Utsuri.
Hamon:
Naka-Suguha and Notare and Ashi and Yo
Nakago:
Ubu (uncut)
Certificate:
NTHK Kanteisho (a sword designated as Important by the Society for the
Preservation of the Japanese Sword)
Included:
WWII Japanese Naval Officer Kai-Gunto Mounts, shirasaya, silk carry
bag, sword stand, maintenance kit, DVD, printed care guide, all exportation paperwork
¥1,150,000 (~$12,105)
This is a splendid uchigatana (one-handed sword) from the middle of the Muromachi
Period, made during the Sengoku Jidai when Japan was in full out war for about 100 years.
The sword is signed by Sukesada - a name forever synonymous with the Bizen region and
tradition with over 60 generations sharing the name. Given the time period and analysis of
the signature, it is very possible that the great Yosozaemon-no-Jo Sukesada forged the blade.
Yosozaemon-no-jo was ranked as Saijo-Saku (grandmaster swordsmith) by Fujishiro.
Quite spectacular in it’s own right, the sword is housed in a traditional WWII Japanese
Naval Fittings (Dai Nippon Teikoku Kaigun Gunto Koshirae) that is in near mint condition.
It is quite unusual to see such an old katana in Japanese Naval fittings from the 20th century.
Therefore, this katana was almost certainly carried by an officer of high rank such as Taisa
(Colonel), Chuusa (Lieutenant-Colonel), or Shousa (Major).
The fittings comprise of a black ray skin scabbard (samekawa togidashi), with matching
number “359” on all elements such as the tsuba, fuchi, and six(!) seppas.
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61 (item no. ujwa092)
A KUNIKANE WAKIZASHI
unsigned, early edo period (kanbun era: 1661~1672)
Swordsmith:
Yamashiro no Kami Kunikane 2nd generation (attribution)
Location:
Sendai province (present-day Miyagi prefecture)
Length:
44.2cm
Curvature:
0.7cm
Jihada:
Beautiful Masame-hada
Hamon:
Naka-Suguha with Nijyu-ba and Hotsure
Nakago:
Ubu (uncut)
Certificate:
NTHK Kanteisho (a sword designated as Important by the Society for the
Preservation of the Japanese Sword)
Included:
Vintage koshirae, shirasaya, silk carry bag, sword stand, maintenance
kit, DVD, printed care guide, registration and all exportation paperwork
¥790,000 (~$8,315)
Eldest son second generation Kunikane was born Hongo Kichizaemon. He is said to have
inherited the business from his father Shoho Ninen in 1645. He received the prestigious title
of Yamashiro no Kami in December 1667 and died at the age of 81 in 1672.
The family worked directly for the Date Masamune clan in Sendai (present-day Miyagi
prefecture). Following his father’s lead (and some say eventually surpassing his father in
skille), Kunikane swords are blessed with plenty of activity in the blade such as nijyuba
(double hamon), hotsure (strays along the hamon) and sunagashi (streaks of sand).
The masame-hada (straight grain), a distinguishing mark of swords made in the Yamato
tradition is absolutely beautiful and the center point to this wakizashi.
The koshirae carries a splendid dragon theme. Fuchigashira is made out of shakudo with
high-relief gold takabori carvings of a dragon and ume (plum blossom). Menuki is also of
gold dragon takabori.
An iron tsuba with katagiribori gold inlay juxtaposes powerful waves and a spiraling dragon.
Saya was once part of a Samurai daisho and is lacquered in black and polished beautifully.
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62 (item no. ujka076)
A DENCHU-ZASHI DAISHO
ceremonial swords to be worn in a daimyo castle
both swords registered in 1951 (showa 26), daimyo year
Swordsmiths:
Dai (long sword): Harima Daijyo Fujiwara no Kiyomitsu (signed)
Sho (short sword): Not confirmed
Period (era):
Dai: Kanbun (1661~1672) Sho: ~ Eisho (1504-1520)
Length:
Dai: 54cm
Sho: 39.6cm
Curvature:
Dai: 0.9cm
Sho: 0.9cm
Jihada:
Dai: Tight Itame
Sho: Tight Ko-Mokume-hada and Shirakeru
Hamon:
Dai: Naka Suguha
Sho: Gunome-midare Boshi: Jizo & Kaeri
Nakago:
Dai: Tight Itame
Sho: Tight Ko-Mokume-hada and Shirakeru
Certificate:
Dai only: NTHK Kanteisho (a sword designated as Important by the
Society for the Preservation of the Japanese Sword)
Included:
Vintage koshirae, vintage sword box, letter that reads they were
swords of protection for the Satake family, shirasayas, silk carry bags, sword stand,
maintenance kit, DVD, printed care guide, registration and all exportation paperwork
¥1,400,000 (~$14,736)
This is a most impressive ceremonial Samurai Daisho (long and short sword) that was the
possession of the Satake clan. A letter testifying to this fact is included with the swords.
The swords were both registered in 1951,
the first year in which only Daimyo
families were asked to submit their
swords.
Many more images and information can be
shared to those interested in ownership.
Please enquire for further details.
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63 (SOLD) (item no. ujwa093)
A MASAHIRO WAKIZASHI
(7th generation)
signed, late edo period (bunkyu era: 1861-1863)
Swordsmith:
Masahiro (7th generation)
Location:
Hizen province (Saga & Nagasaki prefectures)
Length:
36.3cm
Curvature:
1.0cm
Jihada:
Ko-Itame
Hamon:
Thick Yakihaba and Gunome-Midare
Nakago:
Ubu (uncut)
Certificate:
NTHK Kanteisho (a sword designated as Important by the Society for the
Preservation of the Japanese Sword)
Included:
Vintage koshirae, shirasaya, silk carry bag, sword stand, maintenance
kit, DVD, printed care guide, registration and all exportation paperwork
¥650,000 (~$6,842)
Seventh generation Masahiro hails from a highly respected family of swordsmiths from
Hizen province beginning with Masahiro Shodai in the Kanei era (~1624). The Masahiro
name lasted right until the Meiji Period with a total of ten generations.
Flourishing during the Ansei era (1854-1859), Masahiro’s swords carry a very real influence
of the Soshu tradition, with plenty of splendid hataraki (distinctive features in the steel).
On this unokubi-zukuri shaped (similar to a naginata) blade one can admire a richness of nie
(visible crystals), yubashiri (nie cystal clusters) and hitatsura. Furthermore, there is tobiyaki
(tempered spots) and utsuri (shadow hamon)!
A custom-designed copper habaki with a fine katagiribori carving of a dragon secures the
wakizashi. Skilled depictions of Samurai warrior scenes carved on the fuchikashira are
formed of shakudo-nanako and gold takabori. The menuki is also made of shakudo and gold in
the design of sakura petals and kaiawase (shell).
The powerful iron mokko-gata tsuba carries the design of waves and dragons. The kawarisaya is lacquered in black and polished with sequential units of nine-stripe formations.
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64 (SOLD) (item no. ujgu013)
AN ISHIDO MITSUNOBU NAVY KATANA
signed, early showa period (circa 1926-1935)
Swordsmith:
Ishido Mitsunobu (Teruhide)
Location:
Tokyo area
Length:
61.5cm
Curvature:
1.3cm
Jihada:
Ko-itame (small wood grain pattern) and Muji-hada (unfigured like)
Hamon:
Suguha (straight) and Ko-Midare (irregular hamon)
Nakago:
Ubu (uncut)
Certificate:
NTHK Kanteisho (a sword designated as Important by the Society for the
Preservation of the Japanese Sword)
Included:
WWII Kai-gunto (Japanese Navy Officer) fittings, carry bag, sword
stand, maintenance kit, DVD, printed care guide, registration & exportation paperwork
¥600,000 (~$6,250)
Ishido Teruhide (1900~1982) was the 10th and last generation of the prestigious Ishido
Korekazu line of swordsmiths in Edo/Musashi Province (Tokyo). He was the descendant of
the infamous Musashi Daijo Fujiwara Korekazu.
During WWII, he produced many swords for high-ranking military officers and also made
blades for civilians. Ishido Teruhide was ranked betseki in the 1943 swordsmith rankings by
the Nihon Token Tanrenjo and the Nihon Token Shinbunshi. On this particularly rare sword
Teruhide used a kao (carved personal seal) in addition to his mei (signature) with the name
Ishido Mitsunobu – a signature he used for part of his career.
As in all Ishido swords the construction is sublime. It is blessed with a fine ko-itame jihada
and muji-hada with a subtle suguha hamon mixed with small meandering waves (ko-midare).
Blade is housed in its original WWII Japanese Navy Officer Kai-Gunto Koshirae that
includes the traditional brown navy tassel and the matching serial number 48 on all fittings.
It also carries an original gold habaki with a skillfully carved kamon (crest) called Maru ni
Mokko that symbolizes prosperity as the design depicts an egg in a nest.
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65 (item no. ujka077)
A RYOKAI HISANOBU KATANA
unsigned, kamakura period (kagen era: 1303-1305)
Swordsmith:
Ryokai Hisanobu (attribution)
Location:
Yamashiro province (Kyoto)
Length:
66.5cm
Curvature:
2.2cm
Jihada:
Itame and Nagaremasa and Jimon
Hamon:
Thin Suguha and Konie
Certificate 1:
NTHK Kanteisho (a sword designated as Important by the Society for the
Preservation of the Japanese Sword)
Certificate 2:
NBTHK Kanteisho (koshirae (sword fittings) designated as Especially
Precious by the Society for the Preservation of the Japan Art Sword)
Fujishiro:
Jo-Saku (ranked as a superior swordsmith of his generation)
Included:
Vintage koshirae, shirasaya, silk carry bags, sword stand,
maintenance kit, DVD, printed care guide, registration and all exportation paperwork
¥2,380,000 (~$25,000)
This is a katana with truly remarkable pedigree. Yamashiro Ryokai Hisanobu (born
Kurozaemon) is the son of Yamashiro Ryokai and the grandson to one of the finest
swordsmiths that ever lived, Rai Kunitoshi of the Rai School in Kyoto.
Fujishiro ranks Ryokai Hisanobu as a superior smith of his generation. This speaks
volumes about his skill level given he was working at nearly the same time as the infamous
Masamune in Kamakura.
The koshirae (fittings) are certified as “Especially Precious” by the NBTHK. They include a
black leather wrapped inro-kizami saya and a fuchigashira of shakudo-nanako depicting the
harness and stirrups of a horse (very rare).
Menuki is also made from shakudo and yobori carving of tabanenoshi, a traditional Japanese
design of good fortune and celebration. A vintage round iron tsuba (guard) further
compliments this prized sword from the latter stages of the Japan’s celebrated period of
Japanese swords - The Kamakura period.
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66 (item no. ujka078)
A MORIYUKI KATANA
signed, early muromachi period (oei era: 1394-1427)
Swordsmith:
Bishu Osafune “Moriyuki” (attribution)
Location:
Bizen province (Okayama prefecture)
Length:
64.2cm
Curvature:
1.8cm
Jihada:
Beautiful Small Tight Itame and Midare-Utsuri from Habaki to Kissaki
Hamon:
Gunome-Midare
Certificate:
NTHK Kanteisho (a sword designated as Important by the Society for the
Preservation of the Japanese Sword)
Included:
Vintage koshirae, shirasaya, silk carry bags, sword stand,
maintenance kit, DVD, printed care guide, registration and all exportation paperwork
¥1,180,000 (~$12,421)
First generation Moriyuki flourished during the Nanbokucho period during the Kenmu era
between 1334 and 1338. The signature on the nakago (tang) of the next generation Moriyuki
is on the tachi side, suggesting that this sword might have originally been a kodachi for onehanded use.
The koshirae's design holds very powerful depictions of waves and dragons, iconic symbols
revered by the Samurai. Even the sword’s traditional bag design depicts a dragon and
paulownia with gold threading.
A particularly complimentary handachi koshirae (half-tachi) saya is lacqured in black with
scatterings of beautiful mother-of-pearl. Fuchigashira of shakudo continues the theme of
dragons is further signed “Seijyo”.
There are seven generations of Seijyo dating back from the Keicho period (1596~1615) to
Kaeri (1848~1854). Although it is difficult to determine which generation of metalsmith
created this very set every generation of Seijo metalsmith was held in high regard.
Fine shakudo menuki and a superb iron tsuba carry out the matching dragon and wave theme
in a most inspiring manner. This sword would benefit enormously with a polish that we
can help arrange at a very reasonable price.
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67 (item no. ujka079)
A FUJISHIMA KATANA
unsigned, early muromachi period (oei era: 1394-1427)
Swordsmith:
Fujishima (attribution)
Location:
Kaga province (Ishikawa prefecture)
Length:
71.1cm
Curvature:
1.5cm
Jihada:
Itamehada and thin utsuri on shinogi
Hamon:
Gunome-Midare, Chojiba Majiri, Ko-Gunome and Yahazuba and Togariba
Certificate:
NTHK Hozon (a sword designated as Worthy of Conservation by the
Society for the Preservation of the Japan Art Sword)
Included:
Vintage koshirae, shirasaya, silk carry bags, sword stand,
maintenance kit, DVD, printed care guide, registration and all exportation paperwork
¥1,330,000 (~$14,000)
This is quite simply a spectacular katana.
Coming off a beautiful fresh polish and judged as “Fujishima” by the NBTHK it is likely the
swordsmith is Fujishima Tomoshige circa 1400AD judging by the qualities of the sword.
The hamon (temper line) is worthy of close examination and fervent admiration. It is
stunning in every way.
This lengthy katana is secured in a chocolate-brown Ishimeji finished scabbard decorated
with dustings of mother-of-pearl.
Fuchigashira of shakudo in the design of Samurai on horseback in gold, silver and copper
inlay is very impressive in its detail. Menuki is of shakudo and features a carving of a bow
and arrow – the traditional weapon of choice of the Samurai.
An iron openwork tsuba design showcases the infamous inome (eyes of the wild boar)
symbolizing determination and a focused spirit.
The sword is registered in 1951, meaning that a prestigious Daimyo family would have held
it their private collection. The pink tsuka is a fabulous touch to such a formidable sword.
!
68 (SOLD) (item no. ujwa094)
A KATSUMITSU WAKIZASHI
signed + dated, muromachi entoku era (august 1491)
Swordsmith:
Bishu Osafune Katsumitsu
Location:
Bizen province (Okayama prefecture)
Length:
56.2cm
Curvature:
2.1cm
Hamon:
Gunome Choji Midare and Ashi, Yo, Sunagashi, Yubashiri and Kinsen
Jihada:
Splendid Ko-Itame and Mokumajiri and Utsuri
Certificate #1:
NBTHK Kicho (a sword designated Precious by the Society for the
Preservation of the Japan Art Sword)
Certificate #2:
NTHK Kanteisho (a sword designated as Important by the Society for the
Preservation of the Japanese Sword)
Included:
Vintage koshirae, shirasaya, silk carry bags, sword stand,
maintenance kit, DVD, printed care guide, registration and all exportation paperwork
¥1,200,000 (~$12,371)
As Morimitsu and his brother Yasumitsu were representative smiths of Oei era (1394-1427)
in the early Muromachi period, generations of Katsumitsu and Sukesada were the finest
smiths of the late Muromachi period (15th-16th century) in Bizen province.
This magnificent wakizashi is really what Japanese sword making is all about. Recently
polished to a very high standard, the jihada (surface skin) jumps out with glorious spirals of
ko-itame, mokumajiri. There is also beautiful utsuri along the surface of the blade too.
The sword is dated one year before Columbus famously sailed the ocean blue (August,
1491). Notice the unique extended kissaki (tip). This sword was once the length of a katana.
A fantastic vintage handachi koshirae compliments this sword with a leather-wrapped
metal fuchigashira tsuka-tachi. The menuki is of a flowering plant carved in gold (takabori).
An antique tsuba is made out of yamagane in the design of Amida and Yasuri-mon. Seppas
carry the design of chrysanthemum and the kawari handachi saya is shu (reddish) coloured
with mother-of-pearl scatterings and double-line hirumaki.
!
69 (item no. ujar006)
A SAI-JODO SET OF
ARMOR
early edo period
(Mizuno Clan)
¥1,100,000 (~$11,370)
KABUTO (helmut)
- 24 ken-suji Kabuto
- Maedate with Family crest of the
Mizuno Clan in the shape of
Kuwagata (a stag beetle)
YOROI (armor)
- Saijo-do (the very best)
- Black coloured leather lacquered
finish.
- Kusari gote (armoured sleeve
covered in mail)
- Osode with Honkozane finish
- Haidate (the paulownia design of
5/7. Paulownia is the mark
bestowed to warriors displaying
great bravery on the battlefield)
This striking set of armor is very clean (no
scratches) and was identified in the house of a
distinguished family in Shizuoka prefecture.
The family crest on Maedate (helmet accessory) is
Numazu castle Mizuno Dewa no Kami (which was
rated at thirty thousand Koku).
Made in the Early-Edo Period, possibly the
Momoyama Period in the late 1500s.
!
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