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WAKIZASHI: SOSHU FUSAMUNE

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A WAKIZASHI BLADE WITH KOSHIRAE

MEI: SOSHU Ju FUSAMUNE SAKU (ODAWARA SOSHU )
ERA : MUROMACHI PERIOD ( SUE - KOTO Late Muromachi Period )
HORIMONO Style : Kurikata no Ukibori
Blade Length : 52 cm
Blade Style : Shinogi Zukuri
Hamon : The Jihada is dense Ko-Mokume Hada, Hamon is is Nioi- Deki , Ko- Midare with Nie
Sori: Saki Zori
Width at Hamachi: 3cm
Certification : N.B.T.H.K Tokubetsu Hozon

SETSUMEI:

Special feature with this Sword is that it is Ubu Nakago and one Meguki Ana. It is in Mukanasa level polish and in superb condition. FUSAMUNE was a Shoshu Sword-smith who was held in high regard for his workmanship and excelled in his HORIMONO ( Carving ). The Horimono is in near perfect condition. The Wakizashi is splendidly made and has a BO-BI ( Single groove ) in which the Horimono has been carved in and on the obverse side has FUTASUJI- BI ( Double groove) which has been carved perfectly.

Signed FUSAMUNE Swords are extremely rare and seldom offered for sale, this Sword is FUSAMUNE'S best work.

KOSHIRAE

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SETSUMEI:

KOSHIRAE : The Sword comes with a EDO period Black ISSAKU KOSHIRAE with all matching KODOGU including Kogai ( Two Kiri Mons ) and Kozuka ( Three Kiri Mons ) .The FUCHI has 12 Kiri Mons, the KASHIRA has 6 KIri Mons.The MENUKI are Solid Gold . The TSUBA has a Gold Mimi ( Rim ) and has 32 Gold Kiri Mons. The KOSHIRAE is DAIMYO Quality. The Ko Gatana is signed KANEMOTO. The Kodogu are all Top Quality set in the very finest NANAKO and I believe they are all from the Momoyama / Early Edo Period and workmanship of the Goto school. Both the Sword and the Koshirae are evenly balanced and compliment each other. The Koshirae has been with the Sword for a long time.

 
SHIRASAYA
 
SHIRASAYA

SETSUMEI

SHIRASAYA : The Shirasaya is made from the very best top quality Tora Ki with Black Horn and has a spectacular Tiger Stripe Grain. Sayagaki ( Calligraphy Description ) by TANOBE MICHIHIRO Sensei Former Director of Research for the NBTHK Tokyo Japan. In brief : ODAWARA SOSHU FUSAMUNE, Six character signature , excellent work and superb Horimono.

KUNISADA DAISHO WITH MATCHING KOSHIRAE (NBTHK Tokubetsu Hozon)

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Katana

Signature: Izumi No Kami Fujiwara Kunisada
Blade length : 72.5cm
Sori: 1.5 cm
Width at Hamachi : 2.94cm
Kasane : 0.7 cm

Era: Edo Period
Shape: The blade is a thick and wide healthy blade.
Jitetsu: Itame Hada well grained with Jinie and also Chikie
Hamon: Niedeki Togari gunome midare and small gunome midare mixed. In the Ha there are many Ashi and small Kinsuji.

Special feature with this blade is that it is Ubu Nakago and one meguki ana and in superb condition in Mukanasa level polish.

Comes with NBTHK Tokubetsu Hozon Certificate.

Wakizashi

Signature: Izumi no Kami Fujiwara Kunisada

Blade length: 45.3cm
Sori: 1.2cm
Width at Hamachi: 2.94cm
Kasane: 0.7cm


Era: Edo Period
Shape: The blade is a thick and wide healthy blade
Jitetsu: Itame hada well grained with Jinie and also Chikie
Hamon: Niedeki Togari gunome midare with small gunome midare mixed. In the Ha there are many Ashi and small Kinsuji

Special feature with this blade is that it is ubu Nakago and one meguki ana and in superb condition in Mukansa level polish.

Comes with NBTHK Tokubetsu Hozon Certificate.

This was made as a matching Daisho and not put together both swords are in exceptional condition without any flaws or faults.

The Kogai and Kozuka are signed YASUNARI and come with Tokubetsu Hozon Tosogu certificate.

Katana Wakizashi Kogai and Kozuka
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The Kogai and Kozuka are signed YASUNARI and come with Tokubetsu Hozon Tosogu certificate.

Signature- Muramasa (2nd Generation)

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Sayagaki: Ise no kuni Muramasa Ubu Nakago Tanago bara Nijimei ari kore Nidai Muramasa nari.
Suguhacho ni Koshiba wo Majietaru.
Hadori ha Doko no Issaku iki narite Kitaemo yoku nere Jiha tomo ni Deki  yorosiku Nagasa 8sun 6bu nari.
Yuiji Tsuchinoto Ushi Ki Satsuki Kokutan ousaku Tanzan Nabemichi mi awasete shirusu (Kao)
(means: This blade was made by Muramasa in Ise province. Nakago is Ubu, and Tanago-bara shaped. Signature is 2ji, Muramasa. Muramasa the 2nd. Suguha and Koshiba are mixed. Hamon is Muramasa’s feature, and Jitetsu is well grained. Blade length is 26.04 cm or 10.25 inches. Mr.Tanzan sensei wrote this Sayagaki in May,2009.)

The blade is in new polish.
Blade length : 26.04 cm or 10.25 inches.
Sori : 0 cm or 0 inches.
Mekugi: 1
Width at the hamachi : 2.61cm or 1.02 inches.
Kasane : 0.55 cm or 0.21 inches.
Era : Late Muromachi period.
Shape : This blade is rather wide and thick Tanto with Sakizori. It is a good shape. Mine is Mitsu Mine style.
Nakago is Tanago-bara shape.
Jitetsu : Itame hada and Mokume hada are mixed with much Jinie and Chikei attach.
Utsuri appear around the Hamach.
Hamon : Gunome midare around the Hamachi, and change to Suguha.
Both sides of blade has same Hamon.
Nioikuchi is soft, and there are Ashi in Ha.

Special feature : Muramasa was born in Ise province and made swords that cut exceptionally well of which were highly reputed by Mikawa Samurai. Muramasa was a son of the Seki Kanemura and made swords and Tanto from Eisyo era to Tenbun era.

According to the story,
Muramasa made  misfortune to the Tokugawa shogun. Especially the sword which has assisted Tokugawa Nobuyasu in committing hara-kiri by beheading him by Muramasa. Tokugawa Ieyasu felt sadness and ordered the confiscation of all Muramasa swords. After hearing this message, most of the Daimyo avoided Muramasa swords or removed the signature from the Tang therefore signed Muramasa swords are very rare

This blade is very healthy Tanto without Kizu or flaw.
Shape is good, and Jitetsu with Midare Utsuri and Hamon (Both sides of blade has same Hamon) are excellent.
Hamon and Tanago-bara shaped Nakago are Muramasa’s special feature.

Comes with  NBTHK Hozon Token Certificate

Special note:  This Muramasa Tanto was discovered in Japan recently  and had no papers, it was put into the NBTHK for shinsa to verify it's authenticity. It is very rare in its Ubu/ Nijimei condition and has all the traits to be a Juyo contender.

KAZUSA No KAMI FUJIWARA KANESHIGE

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Katana in Shirasaya:

Signature:  KAZUSA No KAMI  FUJIWARA KANESHIGE

Kinzogan Mei  Futatsu Do Kiritoshi Manji 3 Nen Gatsu Hi Yamano Kaemon Nagahisa ( Gold inlay stating that Yamano Kaemon Nagahisa 
performed a Two body cutting test with this sword and the date when it was done)

The Sword is in perfect Mukansa level polish with no faults of any kind and has been preserved in perfect condition

The length of the Sword is:     74.54cm or 29.35 inches.

Sori:      0.9cm or 0.354 inches

Width at Hamachi:     3.22cm or 1.27 inches

Width at Kissaki:      2.21cm or 0.29inches

Era:      Early EDO period. Kanbun Era

Shape:             The Sword is  Wide  and Thick,  and a long Sword

Jitetsu:        Itame Hada which is well grained with much Jinie and also Chikei.

Hamon:      Nie Deki  Gunome Midare Hamon and in the Ha there are many Ashi and Sunagashi


Special Feature of this Sword:   This is a fantastic sword, Kazusa  Kaneshige was reputedly the Teacher of KOTETSU and studying  this  sword resembles  the work of Kotetsu. Also it is reputed that  MIYAMOTO MUSASHI used the swords of KAZUSA No Kami FUJIWARA KANESHIGE.

His swords  are well known for their cutting ability.

This Sword comes with NBTHK Hozon Certificate and it is my opinion that this sword is of  Juyo Quality