Located in Bellevue, Washington State, “Japanese Swords Arms & Armor” is one of the most reputable and probably the oldest source for antique Japanese swords and armors on the internet, dating back to 1998.
Sword sharpeners – Japanese woodblock print by Wada Sanzo ( 1883 – 1967 )
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Signature: Ichiro Matsuba
Year Made: Contemporary
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.
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.”
Full suit of Japanese Gusoku style Samurai Armor
Circa: Early to mid 1700s
Iron, black lacquered Namban Ni Mai Doh
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.
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.
Circa: Mid to late1700s
This is a small iron black lacquered Hineno Zunari style Kabuto.
It has a 5 section iron SHIKORO that is original to this helmet and is cut into an interesting scallop shape.
There is a “boar’s eye” shaped piercing in the top of the Hachi making this an unusual if not unique helmet.
The lacing is a dark blue with a white and dark purple trim. The lacing is original and is in very good condition.
The liner is intact and appears to be original.
The cords that attach the chinstrap to the Hachi, are a modern restoration. The chinstrap itself is antique.
The over all condition is very good with only a few scratches and chips to the lacquer, with minor damage to the right Fukigaeshi.
The Fukigaeshi are covered in printed leather.
This helmet is unsigned.
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.