Sword Catalog

Sword 9   Munetake Koshirae  Tsuka  Tsuba  Blade  Ji-Ba 1  Ji-Ba 2  Boshi  Mei
Mei: Munetake /                                                      
Length: 73.5 cm
Sugata: Shinogi-zukuri katana.
Kitae: Itame with some areas of nagare.
Hamon: Choji with ashi and yo.
Boshi: Komaru.
Nakago: Ubu. Two mekugi-ana.
Comments: This blade is by Tosa no Suke Tachibana Munetake, a shinshinto smith. It comes in older koshirae. The blade is in old polish with scuffs, scratches, etc. Additionally, there is a chip mid-way up the blade that will be removed when the blade is polished. It has excellent balance and great length, making it an excellent candidate for iai usage.
Price: SOLD
Status: SOLD
























Sword 10   Kanenori Blade  Ji-ba 1  Ji-ba 2  Monouchi  Mei
Mei: Noshu Seki ju Kanenori                                            
Length: 44.1 cm
Sugata: Shinogi-zukuri wakizashi.
Kitae: Compact itame with some masame; there are ji-nie.
Hamon: Kanefusa choji, also called "fukuro choji".
Boshi: Komaru.
Nakago: Ubu.
Comments: This wakizashi is from the Shinto period and is a work of the Kanefusa student Kanenori. Unlike many Seki blades, this is a high quality work which resembles well the style originated by the famous Seki smith Kanefusa. The blade is in old polish with the usual scuffs and scrapes. It has several tiny nicks, but will be outstanding in polish. With NTHK kanteisho.
Price: SALE! $2000US
Status: Available
























Sword 11
Mei: Omi no Suke Genji Kiyohide saku                    
Length: 44 cm
Sugata: Shinogi-zukuri wakizashi.
Kitae: Itame tightly packed with ji-nie.
Hamon: Gunome with deep ashi.
Boshi: Komaru.
Nakago: Ubu.
Comments: Aoki Kiyohide is a well-known shinshinto smith. This blade is in as-found condition and needs a polish. It has no problems and should be stunning after polish.
Price: $4000US
Status: SOLD (DR)




















Sword 12  Blade 1  Blade 2  Ji-ba 1  Ji-ba 2  Ji-ba 3  Monouchi  Boshi  Mei  Nenki
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Mei: Geishu Ogawa Tachibana Masachika Hai To Onaji Shu Yamagata Gun Takano ju Izumo Daijo Minamoto Masamitsu motte Onaji Gun XX Kotetsu Kitae Kore Tenpo 5 Nen 8 Gatsu Hi / Tenpo 6 Nen XX 11 Gatsu 13 Nichi Oite Bushu Senju Shi Yamada Asaemon Yoshimasa Mon Nin Goto Gosaburo Tameshi Kore Maguruma Dodan Barai
Length: 68.1 cm
Sugata: Shinogi-zukuri katana.
Kitae: Deep ko-itame with ji-nie.
Hamon: Suguha with thick ko-nie, bright and clear, with ashi.
Boshi: Komaru.
Nakago: Ubu.
Comments: This is a rare and important cutting test blade by the Shinshinto smith Masamitsu. Masamitsu was from Takano,Yamagata Gun, in Geishu, which is near present day Hiroshima and was a very popular smith. This blade was made for a samurai named Ogawa Tachibana Masachika, who was from also from Geishu, using local steel. It was made in Tenpo 5, and then in Tenpo 6, taken to the Tokugawa execution grounds in Senju, Edo, where it was tested by the famous Tokugawa executioner, Kubi-Kiri Asaemon. The blade cut through the hips and into the mound beneath. The blade looks like a top quality Hizen-to at first blush, with its thick ko-nie lined suguha. It is in fresh polish, with new habaki and shirasaya. It has NBTHK Tokubetsu Hozon kanteisho.
Price: SALE! $15,000US
Status: Available
































Sword 13   Sukenaga Koshirae  Tsuka/omote  Tsuka/ura  Kojiri  Kojiri Mei  Blade 1  Blade 2  Ji-ba 1  Ji-ba 2  Yaki-dashi  Monouchi  Boshi  Mei  Nenki
Mei: Bizen no Kuni Osafune ju Sukenaga / Bunsei 7 Nen 2 Gatsu Hi
Length: 40.5 cm
Sugata: Shinogi-zukuri wakizashi.
Kitae: Tightly forged itame/mokume with ji-nie.
Hamon: Bright kobuse-choji with thick ashi. Trademark Yokoyama den choji.
Boshi: Komaru.
Nakago: Ubu.
Comments: Yokoyama Sukenaga is considered one of the top Bizen smiths of the Shinshinto period. He had a large school and produced many talented students. This blade is a representative work done in the large, flamboyant choji for which the school is famous. The blade comes with a top quality period koshirae with nearly all the kodogu by the same maker, Akitoshi. Akitoshi is listed in the Kinko Meikan as working in Edo in the Shinshinto period. Tsuba is a nice shakudo with nanako ground and gold kiri mon. Kojiri/koiguchi, fuchi/gashira are iron ground with gold fuji. Original koshirae of this quality and in this condition are quite scarce; to come complete with a blade of this quality is rare indeed. This piece is a shoe-in for Tokubetsu Hozon.
Price: $12,000US
Status: SOLD (SS)




























Sword 14   Mumei Koshirae 1  Mumei Koshirae 2  Tsuka  Blade 1  Blade 2  Ji-ba 1  Ji-ba 2  Ji-ba 3  Monouchi  Nakago
Mei: Mumei                                              
Length: 43.5 cm
Sugata: Shinogi-zukuri wakizashi.
Kitae: Running itame with mokume majiri.
Hamon: Notare with sunagashi; thick nie. Nie kuzure.
Boshi: Komaru.
Nakago: Ubu.
Comments: This wakizashi appears to be a late shinto/early shinshinto blade; it is in a nice koshirae. Blade is slender and light. A good starter piece for someone who wants a nicely mounted blade at a reasonable price.
Price: REDUCED TO $1000US
Status: SOLD





















Sword 15   Mumei Blade 1  Mumei Blade 2  Mumei Blade 3  Nakago 1  Nakago 2
Mei: Mumei                                              
Length: 17 cm
Sugata: Hira-zukuri tanto.
Kitae: Running itame.
Hamon: Midare with sunagashi, ashi, thick nie.
Boshi: Komaru.
Nakago: Ubu.
Comments: This small tanto came in an old shirasaya with sayagaki stating that it was made using Hoki steel by Gassan Sadakazu. Judging by the jitetsu, it certainly looks like Hoki steel, and the shape and workmanship is very similar to that of Sadakazu. As it is mumei, there is no way to know for sure. In fresh polish with new shirasaya.
Price: $1,500US
Status: SOLD (PF)





















Sword 16   Blade 1  Blade 2  Ji-ba 1  Boshi  Mei  Nenki
Mei: Izu ju Sadahito Saku / Heisei 9 Nen Chu Shu Bi                                              
Length: 33 cm
Sugata: Hira-zukuri tanto.
Kitae: Beautiful itame with mokume. Thick ji-nie and some chikei. Yubashiri-like formations are present.
Hamon: Ko-Midare with thick nie.
Boshi: Komaru.
Nakago: Ubu.
Comments: This large tanto was made by Enomoto Sadahito, President of the Tokai branch of the All Japan Swordsmith's Association. See my website for more info on this talented smith. This blade was made for an exhibition held at the Atsuta Jinja in Aichi, one of the most important shrines in Japan. It is an intense work full of subtle activity. In fresh polish with new shirasaya.
Price: REDUCED $3750US
Status: SOLD





















Sword 17   Blade 1  Blade 2  Ji-ba 1  Ji-ba 2  Ji-ba 3  Monouchi  Boshi  Mei  Nenki
Mei: Kunitada Saku / Showa 18 Nen                                               
Length: 66.5 cm
Sugata: Shinogi-zukuri katana.
Kitae: Beautiful ko-itame almost muji. Ji-nie and some chikei.
Hamon: Choji-midare with bright ko-nie.
Boshi: Komaru.
Nakago: Ubu.
Comments: This broad, imposing blade was made by the Osaka Gassan school smith Kunitada. While not well known, this sword is proof that "every dog has his day"- it is a top quality kindaito on par with work by the top smiths of the day. The hamon is bright, beautiful, and attractive choji-midare. In fresh polish with new shirasaya.
Price: $5500US
Status: SOLD (LK)