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Wazamono Osaka Shinto Tadatsuna Katana with NTHK papers
Signature: Mumei. Traces of red lacquer attribution on tang. Attributed to Tsumbo Nagatsuna of the Tadatsuna School by NTHK.
Year Made: Shinto late 1600s

Forging Pattern: Itame Mokume
Tempering Pattern:  Midare Choji
Dimensions:   Nagasa:  69.8cm, Nakago:  20cm, Mihaba:  28.5mm, Sakihaba:  19mm, Kasane:  7mm
Mountings:  Original shirasaya. The original habaki is copper with shakudo mune and ha.
Overall Condition:  Excellent. Polished with NTHK papers. Saya has some dents from storage. Nagatsuna was one of the top students of Tadatsuna, the founder of the Osaka Shinto Tadatsuna school. Nagastuna swords are rated as wazamon (extremely sharp), and a Jo-saku level shinto smith. This sword reminds me Koto Yamashiro, with abundant activity in the choji hamon with abundant sunagashi. The deep lustrous hada looks like a swirling wet pool of black blue water. There is abundant ji-nie, chikei and areas of muneyaki. I feel that the attribution to Nagatsuna is conservative.




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30" Early Koto Katana
Signature:  Mumei
Year Made:  Late Kamakura/Early Nambokucho

Forging Pattern:  Itame with Shirake Utsuri
Tempering Pattern:  Midare
Dimensions:   Nagasa 30", Nakago: 8", Mihaba: 1 3/16", Sakihaba: 13/16", Kasane: 1/4:, Sori: 7/8"  
Mountings:  The saya is solid and has a nice flat back kanshitsu lacquer finish.  The tsuka is relatively new with nice same and tight ito.  Fuchikashira are iron but do not match.  The kashira is plain with parallel lines.  The menuki are gold plated horses.  The tsuba is strong old iron and the habaki is a single piece copper in very good condition.
Overall Condition:  The blade has a large forging/grain opening which may blister out on one side and very minor grain opening and blister on the other side.  These two kizu are just forward of the habaki.  There are a couple of other forging openings on one side in the shinogi ji.  These kizu may disappear in polishing and this sword deserves a good polish.  There are a few very small chips in the edge that will easily disappear with a good polish as they are about a 1/64" deep.

Note; I am listing this for a friend of mine, transaction will be directly through him.



   $6,500 916Kat2


Masterpiece Long Shinsakuto Blade by Ichiro Matsuba
Year Made: 

Forging Pattern: Itame
Tempering Pattern: Midari
Dimensions:   Nagasa 36 1/8", Nakago: 9 1/2", Mihaba: 1 3/8", Sakihaba: 1 1/8", Kasane: 5/16", Sori: 1"  
Mountings:  Modern mounts except tsuba is old iron.  The mounts are in excellent condition.  The tsuka has black same with black leather ito with Higo style fuchikashira and dragon on ken menuki.  The saya is done in a very nice kanshitsu lacquer and it has a iron Higo style Kojiri.  The habaki is one piece solid silver.
Overall Condition: The blade is in excellent condition.  Please see the link for background on Kunimasa.

Note; I am listing this for a friend of mine, transaction will be directly through him.





Yasukuni Shrine Smith YasuNori Tachi with NBTHK Papers
Signature: YasuToku, Dated Lucky day on Showa 13 (1939) September
Year Made: 
Forging Pattern: Mokume
Tempering Pattern:   Choji with deep ashi
Dimensions:   Blade Length:  65.4cm", Nakago Length: 18cm, Thickness at Base:  6.8mm, Width at Base:  29.5mm, Thickness at Yokote:  4.5mm, Width at Yokote:  18.5mm, Sori: 1.8cm
Mountings:  Shirasaya and custom koshirae. Black lacquer ishime saya, iron tsuba of a mantis fighting a wheel, fuchi kashira of birds, and menukis of cranes.
Overall Condition:  Mounts are in excellent condition. Blade is in flawless condition and polish.

YashNori was the last YasuKuni shrine smiths. He was taught by his uncle Kajiyama Taketoku (Yasutoku) with his cousin Kajiyama Toshimichi (later Yasutoshi) became his uncle's sakite on July 1933 at the Yasukuni Shrine. On 1 July 1935, he was granted the swordsmith mei YasuNori by Army Minister Hayashi Senjuro. His swords were highly regarded while working at the Shrine, for two years in 1936 and 1937 he won most of the sword making prizes. He was commissioned to make swords for Higashi no Miya and Field Marshall Terauchi's gunto. He continued working at the Shrine until 1945, after the war he moved to Shikoku where he made swords under the name of Takenori. In 1971 Yasunori started to compete at the NBTHK sponsored contests. In five years, 1970, 71, 72, 73, 74 he won the Nyusen Sho or Winner's Award. He died on March 1, 2003 at age 94.




Wazamono Satsuma Izu no Kami Masafusa Katana with Original Mounts
Signature: Mumei, with NTHK papers attribution to Masafusa
Year Made: 1600s

Forging Pattern: Mokume
Tempering Pattern:   Suguha midare with ashi and yo with very thick habuchi.
Dimensions:   Nagasa73cm", Nakago:  22.6cm, Thickness at base: 7.61mm, Width at base: 31mm, Thickness at yokote: 5.32mm, Width at Yokote: 22.16mm, Sori: 13.5mm 
Mountings:  In original Edo period Satsuma mounts. Original fittings down to the custom fitted seppas. Repairs to cracks in the saya, and to the tsuka knot.
Overall Condition: Very good condition. Blade is in good polish, mounts are original with some wear and repairs.

Satsuma Masafusa is rated as Josaku (High Grade) smith, with a cutting rating of Wazamono (Supreme Cutting Ability). This is a very powerful sword; thick, wide and healthy. The mounts are made for hard use, and while being of high quality, gives a very somber, grounded presence. It speaks to the Satsuma Samurai's reputation of being pragmatic, powerful, no nonsense warriors that Tom Cruise's movie The Last Samurai portrayed.





Koto Katana in Mounts
Signature: Mumei
Year Made: 1400-1500s

Forging Pattern: Mokume
Tempering Pattern:   Suguha notare
Dimensions:   Blade Length:  70.7cm", Nakago Length: 21.7cm, Thickness at Base:  7.3mm, Width at Base:  31.5mm, Thickness at Yokote:  4.8mm, Width at Yokote:  20.2mm, Sori: 2cm
Mountings:  This sword was custom mounted by Brian Tschernega, all work was done by him including the handle foundation, wrap, saya and gold foiled 2 piece habaki. It is one of the finest mount restoration, with no expenses spared, using quiet old metal fittings.
Overall Condition:  Mounts are in excellent condition. Blade displays scratches and nicks for use, and rust free. A very nicely balanced sword with a great feel in hand.




Katana with NTHK Papers in Gunto Mounts
Signature: Morioka Masayoshi
Year Made: Meiji

Forging Pattern: Ko-Itame
Tempering Pattern: Gonome with ashi
Dimensions:  Blade Length:  31 7/8", Negasa: 24 13/16", Mihaba: 1 1/16", Sakihaba: 11/16", Kasane: 1/4", Sori: 1/2"  
Mountings:  WW II Koshirae and Shirasaya with one piece gold wash Habaki.  The wash is mostly worn away (see pic).
Condition:  The blade and the shirasaya are both in fine condition.  The gunto koshirae is in very nice condition.  There are a couple of very small chips and one small bump down near the kogiri.  The ito has a few spots where it is starting to fray.  These are visible in the pictures.






Hirazukuri Tanto by MasaTsugu with NTHK Papers

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Signature: Arisugawa Miya Maiko Niwa MasaTsugu Saku.
Year Made: Meiji 43, August

Forging Pattern: Itame
Tempering Pattern: O-Gunome Notara
Dimensions:   Blade Length:  14.25", Nakago: 4.25", Mihaba: 1 1/4", Kasane: 7/32"
Mountings:  Comes in shirasaya with a one piece silver habaki
Overall Condition: The blade is in very nice condition with no forging problems.


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Wakizashi by First Generation Toshinaga

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Signature: Toshinaga
Year Made: 

Forging Pattern: Itame
Tempering Pattern: Notare-Midara
Dimensions:   Blade Length:  20.5 ", Nakago: 6", Mihaba: 1 3/16", Sakihaba: 7/8", Kasane: 5/16", Sori: "  
Mountings:  Shirasaya with one piece gold foiled habaki, both in very nice condition
Overall Condition: blade is in excellent condition with a beautifull polish.  There are a few grain openings up in the shinogu-ji just under the mune.
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Ikkansai Shigetsugu Gendai Katana

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Signature: Ikkansai Shigetsugu
Year Made: A Day in May 4th Year of Taishi (1915)

Forging Pattern: Masame
Tempering Pattern: Suguha with abundant gonomi ashi
Dimensions:  Blade Length:  26.25 ", Nakago: 7.25", Mihaba: 1 1/4", Sakihaba: 7/8", Kasane: 1/4", Sori: 1/2" 
Mountings:  Shirasaya with one piece gold foil Habaki
Condition:  Excellent.  Recently restored.  His birth name is Kasama Yoshikazu, born on April 1st 1886 in Shizuoka.  He studied under his uncle Miyaguchi Shigetoshi and continued his training under Morioka Masayoshi.  Shigetsugu was Nihonto Tarne Denshusho's Master Swordsmith.  His work is highly regarded and coveted by advanced gendaito collectors. 
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Signed Naoiye Sword in Shirasaya with Fujishiro paper
Signature: Oite Nanki Naoiye zo no
Year Made: 1716

Forging Pattern: Ko Itame with Jinie
Tempering Pattern:   Suguha-deki with Ashi and deep nioikuchi in places
Dimensions:   Nagasa 31 1/32", Nakago:  8 5/8", Mihaba:  1 1/4", Sakihaba:  ", Kasane:  5/16", Sori:  3/4"  
Mountings:   Shirasaya. 
Overall Condition:  The polish is very fine and the shirasaya is very nice with only minor dents.  The habaki is a one piece with gold foil and in excellent condition. 


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Shinshinto Blade in Original Period Mounts
Signature: Mumei
Year Made: Shinshinto

Forging Pattern: Ko-Itame
Tempering Pattern: Choji Midare
Dimensions:   Nagasa27 1/8", Nakago:  7 1/4", Mihaba:  1 3/8", Sakihaba:  1", Kasane:  9/32", Sori:  11/16"  
Mountings:  Stone finish saya. period mounts, iron tsuba and one piece copper habaki.  Handle has been re-wrapped with brown silk.
Overall Condition: The blade has no forging flaws, is very wide and health.  There are scuff marks and some rub marks but the blade can still be easily enjoyed as is.  The fittings are all matching and in very good condition.  The lacquered ito is deteriorating, very easily restored for a few hundred dollars to a color of your choice.  Very nice same and menuki.  The tsuba is iron and habaki is a one piece copper some of the original gold plating left.  Overall a nice original  and complete package.


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