C-87 Sa Hiroyuki Katana
Unsigned – Attributed to Sa Hiroyuki NBTHK Juyo Token SOLD
Length of cutting edge: 69.5 cm Date: 1300's

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C-85 Hisakazu Katana

 


 Tenryushi Taira Hisakazu Seitan / Ansei 6 Nen 8 gatsu Hi  NBTHK Marutoku
HOLD
Length of cutting edge: 30.5 inches Date: 1800's

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Kat-114 Enju Katana

 

Unsigned – NBTHK Tokubetsu Hozon attributed to the Enju School HOLD
Length - 61.43 cm tip to habaki 1200-early 1300’s

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C-91 Ko Mihara Katana
Unsigned NBTHK Juyo Token to Ko Mihara. Sayagaki by Tanobe Sensei of the NBTHK HOLD
Length of cutting edge - 69.85cm Date:
Late 1200’s, early 1300’s

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Kat-111 Juyo Token Naoe Shizu
Signed - Satsuyou Shi Motohira/ Anei Ju Nen Ni Gatsu Nichi NBTHK Tokubetsu Hozon  
Length of cutting edge: 69.5 cm  Date: Nanbokucho

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C-65 NBHTK Hozon Enju Katana

 

Unsigned - NBTHK Hozon to Enju  
Length: 68.1 cm Late 1200-early 1300's

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MS-95 Bizen Sukesada

Price:

Sold
Time Period:

1600's

Signature:

Unsigned

Size:

27.25" inches

Nice long katana from the Bizen Sukesada school. Blade is long (over 27" inches) with a hamon of textbook Bizen koshibiraki gunome midare. The nie deki hamon is done very well. Ashi and small kinsuji are seen along with fine mokume itame hada. In our opinion, this is a blade from the early Shinto period, and not the late Koto Sukesada. The boshi is in midare komi and healthy. Blade is in an old polish that is in nice condition. The tang is ubu 1 hole unsigned.

 

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Kat-110 Juyo Aoe Ko-Wakizashi

aoe

Price:

SOLD

Time Period:

1300’s 

Signature:

Unsigned - NBTHK Juyo Token to Aoe (55th Session)

Size:

Blade length - 34cm

Rare High Grade Blade and Mountings

The blade is from the 1300’s from the famous Aoe School which flourished from the time of 1000 till the end of the 1300’s. This blade was originally much longer, but was reshaped as a sunnobi tanto to be worn as a ko-wakizashi that had to be made for a lord of very high status.

 

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Kat-105 NBTHK Juyo Enju Katana

Enju

Price:

SOLD

Time Period:

1300’s 

Signature:

Unsigned – attribute to Enju (Juyo Token 46th session) 

Size:

Around 27.5 inches cutting edge length

Superb Juyo Token attributed to the Enju School.

The Enju School flourished during the Kamakura and Nanbokucho periods in the Southern part of Japan known as Higo. The founder of the school (Enju Kunimura) was the son of the famous Rai Kuniyuki who studied well under his father then moving to Higo Kikuchi to establish his own school. Actually if not for the boshi activity in this blade, it might have been attributed to the Rai School instead of Enju.

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Kat-103 Kawachi no Kami Kunisuke

Kunisuke

Price:

SOLD

Time Period:

1600's

Signature:

Kawachi no Kami Fujiwara Kunisuke –NTHK Kanteisho (Yoshikawa Kentaro version)

Size:

Length 51.2cm

Wakizashi by Kawachi no Kami Kunisuke

Rare blade by the 1st generation Kunisuke. In this famous school, the first 2 generations are the most sought after as their work and quality is among the best in Osaka Shinto blades. The 1st generation Kunisuke was a student of Horikawa kunitomo and his works are very similar to those of the 1st Izumi no Kami Kunisada. He originally was a samurai, but when his liege lord lost his position, he vowed to become a master swordsmith. This blade is very well made,, showing all of the key points of a quality Osaka Shinto blade. Thick nie deki hamon with ashi, Osaka styled yakidashi make this a very textbook blade. Nice ko itame hada with lots of fine chikei and ji nie. Boshi is extremely healthy, and is almost ichimai. It almost seems as if this blade might be a copy of a “Go Yoshihiro” , same of which that Kunisada and Shinkai also made. There are No flaws, and the blade is in very excellent polish. In a new shirasaya, silver habaki.

 

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Kat-102 Nobutomo

Nobutomo

Price:

SOLD

Time Period:

1600's

Signature:

Omote:

Kashu Kanazawa Ju Nin Fujiwara Nobutomo

Yotsudo Dodan Barai

Murai Toemon Nagaaki (kao) Sama Kore

Okumura Inaba no Kami Kazutoyo Shoji Kore

Ura:

Futatsu do Dodan Barai Kirite

Murai ToemonNagaaki (Kao)

Naka Oke Sue Ryo Do Dodan Barai Do Nin (Kao)Sama Kore

 

Size:

68.3cm

One of the most famous blades made by Kashu Nobutomo. Nobutomo was a smith that worked in the 1600’s and made many swords for those under the Maeda Daimyo. Kaga blades were very famous for their exquisite sharpness, and their reputation was so well known, that there are many blades from the Kaga Schools that have test cut signatures on their tangs. This blade in particular is most likely the rarest and most famous Nobutomo. Not only has the blade been tested twice, but is also published in the Kaga Taikan.

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Kat-107 Bishu Osafune Sukesada

Sukesada

Price:

September special - regular $7500, this month $6500

Time Period:
1500’s (blade)
Signature:

Signed – Bishu Osafune Sukesada – mei guaranteed to pass NBTHK shinsa if sent through us within 1 year of purchase or full refund of purchase price if there is a failure to pass. 

Size:

63 cm length of cutting edge

Sukesada Katana in Original Mounts 


Excellent example of a late Koto period Sukesada. This wide-bodied katana is classic for the 1500’s. The style is known as “katate-uchi,” which fits this swords shape to perfection. Swords used during the late Muromachi period were often used in the one-handed fashion and as such, were name “katate-uchi”. There are many Sukesada’s during this period, so careful examination of each individual blade is necessary, especially when only signed “Bishu Osafune Sukesada”.


The difference between so-called mass produced pieces is easily apparent when one sees such an example. In massed produced blades, the grain is ugly and loose, and the temper line is dull and has poor shape. These are the mass produced swords made by students for the war effort during the 1500’s. But on occasion, we can see a sword of quality from this school such as this sword we have today for sale. The blade has a beautiful classic gunome with the valleys in between done very well. Kinsuji is seen in places throughout the hamon with also has ashi and yo in places as well. Inazuma with chikei is visbile also and is presented in a beautiful itame-mokume grain pattern. The blade is in excellent polish and the boshi is very healthy. A deep groove runs through the upper portion of the blade, giving this wide blade excellent balance. The tang is probably ubu with a possibly of it being slightly machi raised.

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Kat-112 Kencho Naginata Naoshi

 

Unsigned - NBTHK Tokubetsu Hozon to Osafune Kanenaga SOLD
Length of cutting edge:49.5cm  Date: 1300's

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MS-105 Satsuma Motohira
Signed - Satsuyou Shi Motohira/ Anei Ju Nen Ni Gatsu Nichi NBTHK Tokubetsu Hozon SOLD
Length of cutting edge: 31.49 inches Date: 1700's

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C-64 Koyama Munetsugu

 

Signed - Bizen no Suke Fujiwara Munetsugu / Genji Ganen San Gatsu Hi /Kihira Masayoshi Kore kitau SOLD
Length of cutting edge: 59.9 cm  Date: 1864 March

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C-71 Nabokucho Miike Mitsuyo

 

Unsigned - sayagaki to Miike Mitsuyo (NBTHK paper was lost) SOLD
Length of cutting edge: 27 inches Date: 1300's

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Kat-106 Higo Mounted Koto blade

Higo Koto

Price:

$7,500

Time Period:
Blade - Koto period

Mount -later part of Mid Edo 1700’s
Signature:

Unsigned

Size:

Blade cutting edge length 69.6 cm

Rare nicely mounted katana done in the Higo style.

Higo koshirae are very appreciated in Japan among collectors. They had a great sense of nature in both the design, as well as the materials used. This mount is very rare as many Same" (rayskin) scabbards have not survived after WW2. But this type of rayskin is an even more special type known as “Botan Same’” or peony blossom patterned rayskin. The appearance of the pattern of the skin looks like the peony flower in bloom, and this type of rayskin comes only on a rare type of ray. Higo koshirae are famous for their use of "Same" for their scabbards, along with leather or doeskin for the tape binding on the handle. By using these materials to make the mount, the mount is more durable in everyday use and wear. There are many Juyo Higo rated mounts with this combination.

 

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Tan-118 Tegai Kanehisa

Kanehisa

Price:

$7,500

Time Period:
Blade 1400-1500’s
Signature:

Signed – Kanehisa (Tegai) NBTHK Hozon token

Size:

Cutting Edge – 29.7cm

Rare Signed Koto Yamato Tanto With Mount


Tanto made by Tegai Kanehisa. Kanehisa was a very well known maker from the famous Yamato Tegai School. The Tegai School was most famous from the kamakura period through the Muromachi period as one of the top Yamato den Schools. Even the famous Soshu smith Kaneuji originally worked in the Yamato tradition, and his early roots are known as Yamato Shizu and resemble works of Tegai smiths. This tanto is made by one of the most famous Early Muromachi Tegai smiths. He is rated as Jojosaku, and signed pieces are very very rare. For some reason many Tegai pieces are unsigned, so finding a signed original example is very difficult.

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MS-97 Koto Katana with Mount

Unsigned SOLD

Length of cutting edge 29.7 inches

Date: 1500's

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C-70 Kikuchi Yari

Unsigned - Higo Kikuchi school SOLD

32cm cutting edge / 12mm thick

Date: 1300's

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Tan-117 Hojoji Masateru Tanto

(Kiku mon) Hojoji Echizen no Kami Tachibana Masateru (NBTHK Hozon Sold
Masateru

Cutting Edge 29.1 cm Habakimoto 1.0625 cm Kasane 9.3 cm

Date: 1680's

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Tan-116 Yoshiaki Aoe Utsushimono

Yoshiaki Saku / Heisei Ju Ni Ni (Four) Nen Go Gatsu Kichi hi (Lucky Day May , 2002) SOLD
Yoshiaki
Length - 29.2 cm Date: 2002

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MS-106 Shinshinto Katana with Koshirae

Unsigned - Guarantee to pass NBTHK Hozon to Shinshinto, most probably Koyama Munetoshi or someone similar. SOLD
29.5 inches cutting edge length Date: 1800's

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