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Mounted Long ShinShinTo Katana
Signature: Mumei
Year Made:  Shinshinto

Forging Pattern:  Itame
Tempering Pattern: Gunome Midare 
Dimensions:   Nagasa 28 5 /16", Nakago:  9 1/8", Mihaba:  1 5/16", Sakihaba:  15/16", Kasane:  5/16", Sori:  3/4"  
Mountings:  The saya appears to be new, in excellent condition with a rough kanshitsu lacquer finish.  The tsuba is nice old iron.  The tsuka is very solid condition, the ito is tight with no issues.  The fuchi and menuki are brass and the kashira is horn.  The habaki is solid, tight one piece copper.  Everything fits together tightly.  The blade does fit in the saya too tightly but this may be a humidity issue in the Northwest.  The saya can always be opened up if necessary.
Overall Condition:  The blade is in very good polish, easy to see all the forging work and temper.  The only issue with the blade is an old chip in the ha just in front of the habaki

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716KAT2

 

Shinto Katana In D-Guard Mounts

Signature:  Mumei
Year Made:  Shinto

Forging Pattern:  Itame
Tempering Pattern:  Gonome Midare
Dimensions:   Nagasa 27 1/2", Nakago:  7 1/16", Mihaba:  1 1/8", Sakihaba:  3/4", Kasane:  1/4", Sori:  3/8"  
Mountings:  Leather wraped saya is in nice condition except the stitching at between the koi guchi and hanger are ripped out but this can be repaired.  The leather at the kogiri is worn through and this is probably not repairable because the leather has shrunk with age.  The D-handle is in fine condition.  The habaki is one piece copper with a silver wash the is mostly gone.  It is starting to split at the front of the habaki but it is still storng and holds the koshirae together tight.
Overall Condition:  The blade is very good and does not need to be polished.  The gonome midare hamon can be seen clearly and is very attractive.  The is one minor forging opening in the shinogi ji and another along the shinogi which do not detract from the sword.

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716KAT4

 

Shinshinto Blade in WW II Mounts in recent polish
Signature: Mumei
Year Made: Shinshinto

Forging Pattern: Itame
Tempering Pattern: Notare with ashi
Dimensions:   Nagasa27 3/8", Nakago:  8", Mihaba:  1 9/32", Sakihaba:  27/32", Kasane:  1/4", Sori:  5/8"  
Mountings:  WW II Guntowith foiled habaki
Overall Condition: Good. Blade was recently polished by Josiah Boomershine. There are sword cuts in the mune (see last 3 pictures) that were left behind and not polished out as tradition. The koshirae is all very good quality and in excellent condition.  There is a family mon in the fuchi.  The habaki is foiled and appears to be shibuichi.  It is in very serviceable condition and has superb balance.

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608KAT6

 

Early Shinto Blade in WW II Gunto Mounts
Signature: Echizen Ju Hyuga Daijo Fujiwara SadaTsugu
Year Made: 
1600s
Forging Pattern: Itame
Tempering Pattern:  Suguha
Dimensions:   Nagasa 25 9/16", Nakago:  8 3/8", Mihaba:  1 3/8", Sakihaba:  13/16", Kasane:  1/4", Sori:  3/16"  
Mountings:  The saya is in good condition except for one dent just above the kogiri.  The tsuka is solid with tight ito over nice same.  The habaki is one piece with silver plate.
Overall Condition:  The blade is in nice condition with no kizu and minor staining, abrasions and scuffing.  There are scratch marks from the tip down about 8" that look like someone was try to remove rust but they are minor. Hyuga Daijo Sadatsugu was a well known smith from the Echizen Seki. He worked in the same style as the famous Shigetaka, and their blades were known for their cutting ability.

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713KAT2

 

Rare Tanetsugu Gendai Tanto
Signature:  Tanetsugu Horii  Made one Lucky Spring Day 1980
Year Made: 1980

Forging Pattern:  Ko-Itame
Tempering Pattern:  Gonome
Dimensions:   Nagasa 9 7/16",  Nakago: 3 3/4",  Mihaba:  7/8",  Kasane:  7/32",  Sori:  Negative"  
Mountings:  There is a very good shirasaya in and high quality silk bag stored in a custom box.
Overall Condition:  The blade is in excellent condition and includes a high quality two piece gold foiled habaki. This smith had an interesting history, he made very few swords, as he was in a Russian prison till 1948. He worked at the Japan Steel Works until 1980.

 

$3500

SALE $2,800

815TANTO1

 

Long Koto Blade
Signature: Mumei
Year Made: 
1500s
Forging Pattern:  Itame
Tempering Pattern:   Suguha
Dimensions:   Nagasa 28 5/16", Nakago:  7", Mihaba:  1 3/16", Sakihaba:  13/16", Kasane:  1/4", Sori:  1"  
Mountings:  The saya is very attractive but does show ware from being carried and the is a small crack in the koiguchi.  The tsuka has one crack which can be repaired and is strong otherwise.  The same is very nice and the menuki are good quality.  The fuchi is missing but the kashira is nice shakudo.  The habaki is silver foiled and is in very good usable condition.
Overall Condition:  The blade is in good condition other that the chips.  There are areas where rust has been cleaned off.  There appears to be utsuri but not certain because of the old polish.  This would be a very nice blade in fresh polish.

$3,250

SALE $2,600

512KAT2

 

Naginata Naoshi Wakizashi signed MuneShige
Signature: Hitachi Kami MuneShig
Year Made: 1600s

Forging Pattern: Mokeume with Itame
Tempering Pattern:   Midare in nioi guchi with ko nie. Vibrant and active hamon with abundant muneyaki.
Dimensions:   Blade length:  55cm, Nakago length:  15.4cm, Thickness at munemachi: 8mm , Width at munemachi: 34mm, Thickness at yokote: 5.5mm , Width at yokote: 23mm 
Mountings:  In top quality shirasaya and solid silver habaki.
Overall Condition:  Excellent.  This is a sword of massive proportions, it is thick, wide and healthy.  There is a kizu on near the boshi and priced to reflect that.

$3,850
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814wak2

 

 

Mint Tenshozan Kai Gunto in Samezaya. WW2 Navy Officer's Sword with Sharkskin scabbard
Signature: TenShoZan TanRenJo Shaku
Year Made: Showa 18 (1943), Second Month.

Forging Pattern:  Muji
Tempering Pattern:   Suguha
Dimensions:   Nagasa 26 5/16", Nakago:  7 15/16", Mihaba:  1 3/16", Sakihaba:  7/8", Kasane:  5/16", Sori:  7/16"  
Mountings:  Nice say with same showing only minor dents consistent with normal use.  The tsuka is very solid with nice black lacquered same.  The ito and cord are solid with no real fraying.  The habaki is silver washed copper. With original tassle.
Overall Condition:  The blade is in great shape with only a few very minor abrasions. All original swords in this condition are getting very hard to find, this rates as one of the nicest condition Kai guntos I have seen. Tenshozan is a forge in Kamakura that made top quality stainless blades for the Navy. These swords have a very elegant shape, reminiscent of old Bizen tachis.  Steel is tempered and is capable of shaving brass.  The smith Fujiwara Kanenaga worked at Tenshozan used steel from Manchuria to make these blades and was able to make nioi based hamon, previously thought impossible.

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412KAT8

 

Koto Uchigatana in Edo Mounts
Signature: Mumei
Year Made: 1500/1600s

Forging Pattern: Mokume
Tempering Pattern:   Midare
Dimensions:   Blade Length:  60.5cm", Nakago Length: 15.6cm, Thickness at Base:  6.6mm, Width at Base:  29.4mm, Thickness at Yokote:  5.8mm, Width at Yokote:  21.6mm, Sori: 1.8cm
Mountings:  In shirasaya and original Edo period mounts.
Overall Condition:  Mounts are in very good condition. Blade is in good polish.

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0315KAT1

 

ShinShinto Katana with NBTHK Papers
Signature: Hisa Yuki with NBTHK Papers
Year Made: ShinShinTo Mid-1800s

Forging Pattern: Itame Mokume
Tempering Pattern:  Midare
Dimensions:   Nagasa:  73cm, Nakago:  22cm, Mihaba:  31mm, Sakihaba:  21mm, Kasane:  7.5mm
Mountings:  In newly restored shirasaya.
Overall Condition:  Excellent. Recently fully restored in Japan with a full polish, shirasaya and NBTHK papers. Saya has some dents from storage. There were 2 smiths that worked in the same period that signed HisaYuki. One lived in Edo and the other in Satsuma. Given the work, I would estimate that this is more likely the Edo smith. Note that the papers do not specify which of the 2 smiths this was. Regardless, this is a very nicely restored blade with strong and powerful proportions that you would want in a sword from this period. The forging is top class with abundant activity.

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814Kat1

 

Koto Katana with NBTHK Papers
Signature: Tomo Tsugu (Uda) with NBTHK Papers
Year Made: Koto Period Mid-1400s

Forging Pattern: Itame Mokume
Tempering Pattern:  Midare with sunagashi
Dimensions:   Nagasa:  68.5cm, Nakago:  20.2cm, Mihaba:  29mm, Sakihaba:  21mm, Kasane:  7mm
Mountings:  In newly restored shirasaya.
Overall Condition:  Excellent. Recently fully restored in Japan with a full polish, shirasaya and NBTHK papers. Saya has some dents from storage. Uda TomoTsugu worked in Etchu province in the mid 1400s, Uda blades were renowned for their sharpness and utilitarian nature. This one is very well forged with abundant activity in the hamon and a very active hada. In its original un-shortened length and signature. This sword witnessed  Japan's most bloody period, before the unification under the Tokugawa Shogunate. Given its proportions and health, was likely used by a higher ranking samurai.

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814kat2

 

Signed NoriMitsu Muromachi Uchigatana in polish and shirasaya
Signature: NoriMitsu
Year Made: 1600s

Forging Pattern: Mokeume with Itame
Tempering Pattern:   Midare in Nioi guchi with Nie. Splashes of nie in the hamon with sunagashi and inazuma.
Dimensions:   Blade length:  60.8cm, Nakago length:  13cm, Thickness at munemachi: 7mm , Width at munemachi: 30mm, Thickness at yokote: 5.5mm , Width at yokote: 21mm 
Mountings:  In top quality shirasaya, professional polish and silver foiled habaki.
Overall Condition:  Excellent.  In the late Muromachi period, uchigatana forged to be used with one hand became popular, this is a fine example of that from with a very graceful shape and balance.  Restoration on this sword was done by top craftsmen at a of costs over $2500 and months of waiting. 

 

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814kat1

 

Long (27.5 inch) Graceful Katana with NTHK Papers
Signature:  Mumei, attributed to Mumei, attributed by the NTHK to Sagami (no) Kami Fujiwara Morinaga Nuudo.
Year Made: Shinto, approx. 1661 
Forging Pattern: Very active itame,
Tempering Pattern: Active gunome midare.
Dimensions:  Blade Length:  27.5 inches  Nakago: 7 inches 7 mm thick and 30 mm wide at Hamachi
Mountings:  Shirasaya
Overall Condition: Excellent, in recent polish.  This is a very nice elegant sword from the early shinto period.  It has also been issued Kanteisho (defined as "important work on Rich Stein's Nihonto site) papers by the N.T.H.K. with 74 (very good) points assigned, attesting to the quality of this sword. It is a long and graceful blade, which feels light in the hand.

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Item: 811kat8

 

Historically Interesting Imai SadaShige Gendaito in Custom Naval Mounts
Signature: YoShu SaiJo Ju SadaShige Tuskuru.  Lucky day in Second Moon (around March) 1943.  In commemoration of the end of the Great East Asia war.
Year Made: Showa

Forging Pattern: Masame
Tempering Pattern: Choji Midare
Dimensions:   Nagasa25 13/16", Nakago: 8 5/16", Mihaba: 1 1/4", Sakihaba: 13/16", Kasane: 9/32", Sori: 1"  
Mountings:  Custom ordered high grade Navy Gunto with ishime lacquered saya.  Some lacquer wear on the saya.
Overall Condition: The Gunto fittings are in good condition except for the saya which is cracked and chipped as can be seen in the pictures.  The blade has hagiri.  Imai Sadashige was one of the most important smiths during the war and made many swords for high ranking officers.  He was born in 1891 and studied under Takahashi Yoshimune and Sadatsugu and was a teacher at the Japanese Sword Academy. 

This is a very historically interesting sword.  This sword with his long signature, imperial dating and a celebratory votive to the victory of WW2 in  April 1943.  Made around the time when the Allied forces were turning the tide against the Japanese in Guadalcanal and surrounding islands and the death of Admiral Yamamoto, the Japanese mainland was perhaps unaware of the reality of the till October of 1943 when Hirohito proclaimed that their country's situation was "truly grave". 

Sadashige's sword often have patriotic votives on their tangs, such as one made in 1945 that reads "General Yamashita wields this sharp sword to annihilate of our bitter enemy the US armed forces, crush and destroy tens of thousands of them with no mercy."

I could not help but think that this sword was forged under the best intentions and his best efforts to celebrate Japan's victory in the Pacific over the US that never came to be.  Perhaps the Japanese Naval officer that commissioned this sword never returned to retrieve it.  Perhaps it was put away when the reality of the war reached home. It is curious to see a sword made by a top ranked smith with hagiri, perhaps it was put in deliberately after news of the Japanese defeat with intention to destroy the sword. Or it happened during forging, which was a sign of things to come for Japan.

In any case, it is an ironic commemoration of the beginning of the US victory in the Pacific Theatre by one of Japan's most prominent smiths at the time.  Although, I am sure he meant to celebrate a Japanese Victory.

Timeline of Pacific Theatre in 1943:
January 2, 1943 - Allies take Buna in New Guinea.
January 22, 1943 - Allies defeat Japanese at Sanananda on New Guinea.
February 1, 1943 - Japanese begin evacuation of Guadalcanal.
February 8, 1943 - British-Indian forces begin guerrilla operations against Japanese in Burma.
February 9, 1943 - Japanese resistance on Guadalcanal ends.
March 2-4 - U.S. victory over Japanese in the Battle of Bismarck Sea.
April 18, 1943 - U?:>.S. code breakers pinpoint the location of Japanese Admiral Yamamoto flying in a Japanese bomber near Bougainville in the Solomon Islands. Eighteen P-38 fighters then locate and shoot down Yamamoto.
April 21, 1943 - President Roosevelt announces the Japanese have executed several airmen from the Doolittle Raid.
April 22, 1943 - Japan announces captured Allied pilots will be given "one way tickets to hell."
May 10, 1943 - U.S. Troops invade Attu in the Aleutian Islands.
May 14, 1943 - A Japanese submarine sinks the Australian hospital ship CENTAUR resulting in 299 dead.
May 31, 1943 - Japanese end their occupation of the Aleutian Islands as the U.S. completes the capture of Attu.
June 1, 1943 - U.S. begins submarine warfare against Japanese shipping.
June 21, 1943 - Allies advance to New Georgia, Solomon Islands.
July 8, 1943 - B-24 Liberators flying from Midway bomb Japanese on Wake Island.
August 1/2 - A group of 15 U.S. PT-boats attempt to block Japanese convoys south of Kolombangra Island in the Solomon Islands. PT-109, commanded by Lt. John F. Kennedy, is rammed and sunk by the Japanese Cruiser AMAGIRI, killing two and badly injuring others. The crew survives as Kennedy aids one badly injured man by towing him to a nearby atoll.
August 6/7, 1943 - Battle of Vella Gulf in the Solomon Islands.
August 25, 1943 - Allies complete the occupation of New Georgia.
September 4, 1943 - Allies recapture Lae-Salamaua, New Guinea.
October 7, 1943 - Japanese execute approximately 100 American POWs on Wake Island.
October 26, 1943 - Emperor Hirohito states his country's situation is now "truly grave."
November 1, 1943 - U.S. Marines invade Bougainville in the Solomon Islands.
November 2, 1943 - Battle of Empress Augusta Bay.
November 20, 1943 - U.S. Troops invade Makin and Tarawa in the Gilbert Islands.
November 23, 1943 - Japanese end resistance on Makin and Tarawa.
December 15, 1943 - U.S. Troops land on the Arawe Peninsula of New Britain in the Solomon Islands.
December 26, 1943 - Full Allied assault on New Britain as 1st Division Marines invade Cape Gloucester.

 

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Gendaito by SadaSugu
Signature:  Seki Noshu ju Takai SadaSugu Kore Wo
Forging Pattern:  Itame
Tempering Pattern: Midare in nie with sunagashi
Dimensions:  Blade Length:  25.4 inches  Nakago: 8.5 inches 7 mm thick 30 mm wide
Mountings:  Shirasaya.
Overall Condition:  Excellent.  Recent polish and shirasaya.  Nice active hamon and hada on this nicely restored sword.

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Item: 104kat12

 

Long ShinShinto Katana by Hiroshige with NTHK Papers
Signature: Echigo Hiroshige
Year Made: 1800s

Forging Pattern: Itame
Tempering Pattern: Suguha with waves of nie and nioi
Dimensions:   Blade Length:  27.9", Nakago: 9.6", Mihaba: 1 3/16", Sakihaba: 3/4", Kasane: 5/16", Sori: 3/8"  
Mountings:  There is a gunto tsuba, sepa and tsuka, no saya.  There is a one piece copper habaki in good condition that appears to have had a silver wash at one time.
Overall Condition: The blade is in good, solid condition with no flaws except for light scratches that run the length of the blade.  A good polish would make this blade a nice addition to anyone's collection.  Or leave it as is, all the activity is visible in this condition.

 

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306KAT25

 

Kaga Katana with Original Edo Mounts
Signature: Kaga Ju KiyoMitsuCommentKaga swords are known for their sharpness and favored by samurai for their no-nonsense practicality.  This one is mounted in quiet good quality practical original mounts.
Year Made:  1600s

Forging Pattern:  Ko Itame
Tempering Pattern:  Suguha
Dimensions:   Nagasa 27 3/4", Nakago:  7 1/4", Mihaba:  1 7/32", Sakihaba:  13/16", Kasane:  9/32", Sori:  9/16"  
Mountings:  Edo period samurai koshirae.
Overall Condition:  At some point someone has sandpapered, no grinding, this blade in an attempt to "clean" it so it is hard to examine.  The blade has old rust but there doesn't appear to be any pitting.  There are two forging openings and about an 1/8" of the tip is broken off.  A good polisher can probably correct these problems.  There is a nice, wide suguha hamon and it will be attractive once the blade is polished.  The tsuka is strong and the ito is in good condition except over one of the menuke but this is a nice Edo pinch wrap.  The menuki are shakudo bats and the fuchikashira are iron.  The tsuba is also nice, heavy iron with gold and shakudo inlay.  The habaki is in very good condition and can be used.   The saya has a minor crack about 4" long running from the koiguchi on the ha side.  This is repairable.  There are other dents and missing lacquer, the worst being about 2 1/2" long.  Also reparable.  The kirikata and the kogiri are missing.

 

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811KAT9

 

Long WW2 Blade in Naval Mounts with SameZaya
Signature: Mumei
Year Made:  Early
1940s
Forging Pattern: Ko-Itame
Tempering Pattern:  Gonome Midare
Dimensions:   Nagasa 27 1/16", Nakago:  8 1/8", Mihaba:  1 1/4", Sakihaba:  7/8", Kasane:  9/32", Sori:  3/4"  
Mountings:  WW II Navel mounts with nice same saya
Overall Condition:  The sword is in good polish with only some minor abrasions.  There are no kizu.  There are some lacquer losses on the saya but it is still quite good. The Tsuka is solid and the Ito is in excellent condition for its age.  The habaki is a one piece copper with gold plating and is nice condition.  This sword really does not need any work and everything is original.  A very nice example of an unusually long early Naval sword with samezaya.  This one looks to have been carried by the officer but was well taken care of and preserved.  While not absolutely mint, the nice even patina adds a nice rich character to its overall presence.

 

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811kat4

 

Koto Katana in Higo Koshirae
Signature: Mitsukane
Year Made: Koto

Forging Pattern: Masame
Tempering Pattern: Suguha
Dimensions:   Nagasa27 ", Nakago: 8 1/4 ", Mihaba: 1 1/32", Sakihaba: 5/8", Kasane: 3/16", Sori: 3/4"  
Condition:  The blade is in old polish with minor openings but there are no notable defects.  Given the age of the polish, there are the typical scratches, some signs of old, light surface rust that have been cleaned away, and some newer rust areas near the kissaki.  Hard to find original mountings are in very good condition.  The leather wrap in very nice and solid.  The fuchi-kashira and kojiri are shibuichi.  The saya shows signs of cracking along the seems and there are areas of minor denting and one spot of missing lacquer at the kojiri, which could be easily restored.

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508KAT2

 


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