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  1. Hello All, One more which I am posting again as a sale did not go through. Really only selling since I now somehow ended up with two nanbam tetsu wakizashi's from different smith and only need one . Description below reprinted with permission of Nihonto Antiques where I purchased it. It's a nice blade in good condition. Small line in Boshi, but no opening. I've included online photos and my own. $900 + Shipping cost, I'll cover Ebay fee. A rare wakazashi by MITSUYO also pronounced MITSUSHIRO with the pseudonym of Hata , surname Ito and is said to have originated in Yamashiro. He stayed in Seki in Mino and then was adopted into the Echu-no-kami SADAYUKI in Owari where he broke off relations to become independent. The blade is signed on both sides ” HIGO NO KAMI HATA MITSUYO” and stating that this was made with Nanbam tetsu. Fortune made him work exclusively for a great swordsman Yagyu-renyasai TOSHIKANE then later learned from Tsushima-no-kami TSUNEMITSU by his mediation. He enjoyed an official district title of Higo-no-kami that was granted by the Imperial Court during the Kanbun era (1661-), he lived in Nishi-kaji-cho (now Nishiki-2-chome, Naka-award, Nagoya) then moved to Minami Monzen-machi. There is a well-known work by Hata MITSUYO, a wakizashi named Oni-no Houcho that was exclusively made for: Yagyu-renyu-TOSHIKANE and is his most distinguished work constructed with great pains and also the most famed Daisho-set of Kago-tsurube and Sasa-no-tsuyu which had been owed by Yagyu-renya TOSHIKANE during his lifetime. In the Tokugawa Art Museum collection, an odd shaped wakizashi work of Ito Higo no kami Hata Mitsuyo for Yagyu Toshinobu , tested to vivisect two bodies and a wakizashi of “Go YOSHIHIRO” a reproduction of the work of Tsushima-no-kami TSUNEMITSU both have been treasures of the Owari Tokugawa feudal clan and also the Owari Yagyu swordmans school. The number of extant works by the swordsmith MITSUYO is comparatively small because they were only made to order for the Owari yagyu school of swordsmanship. Copper finished Habaki collar, preserved in Shirasaya, a plain wood mounting. Good old polish/Condition scale: good Mei: HIGO NO KAMI HATA MITSUYO” and stating that this was made with Nanbam tetsu. Date: Edo Nagasa: 21-7/8 inches Sori: 9.0 mm Width at the ha-machi: 29.5 mm Width at the yokote: 18.6 mm Thickness at the mune-machi: 6.7 mm Construction: Shinogi zukuri Mune: Iori Nakago: Ubu Kitae: Itame Hamon: Midare Boshi: Maru Condition: older polish
  2. First off Thank you everyone for the comments. I have enjoyed owning this sword and pleased to say that it sold (Not on NMB) today but will miss it as well. Hi Ed, As I most importantly stated, I am no expert, but a slow learner (and easy forgetter) who has now been collecting for a while. A few things stood out to me when looking at the sword. While healthy with no real flaws, the sword has obviously had an older polish from the past if not more than 1. While I do not expect it had very deep carvings the main horimono was clearly deeper originally, I would also think that the remnants of the Bonji character on one side would have likely been deeper (I doubt one polish would have gotten it to that level) and that in combination with the wakizashi being suriage and cut down to one character of the mei lead me to feel that this sword also had a shape more in line with the curvature of earlier blades. That is all and just a judgement that fellow members at my local gathering tended to think as well. Noting scientific for sure and an opinion which I am fully willing to be corrected on. Regardless of it being Shinto or older, it's just a really nice blade I have enjoyed so far. Regards, Darius
  3. Hi Ken,you are correct, papers were lost before I purchased it from Nihontoantiques. Sori is approx 10mm
  4. Hello All, Really Fun Wakizashi I've enjoyed for a bit but looking to buy some others. Original description from when I bought it below. From examination, I believe this sword is older than Shi $1,000 + shipping and I'll cover paypal fee. You can email me directly at dariussolomon@yahoo.com This Hira zukiri style wakazashi looks more koto then Shinshinto but was attributed to a later generation of Tsunahiro. It comes mounted in an older shirasaya with sayagaki. The sword is O-suriage and still retains a soshu kanji at the bottom. It is classic Soshu with horimono of a dragon entwined around a ken engraved. The sword is classic Soshu with an undulating notare with ko-gunome. There is much activity seen in the hamon. The kitae is of mokume with masame. There are remnants of a bonji character on one side as well. This sword looks to be Koto but had been thought later per ninteisho for which papers were lost. A beautiful old sword to maybe restore and enjoy for years to come. NINTEISHO DEN GÔDAI (Later Generation) TSUNAHIRO Mei inscription: So (The rest is cut off) Length: 1 shaku 3 sun 1 bu Kitae: Mokume and masame nagare Hamon: Notare and ko-gonome Bôshi: Sugu(ba), saki hakkake Horimono: Omote – kurikara, Ura - slight amount of bonji remaining Nakago: Two mekugi ana, yasurime is katte sagari Remarks: Sagami no Kuni, around Bunka (1804-1818)
  5. Hello All, I haven't been on in a while, but still active. As usual, I've come to a point that I want to sell a few pieces to fund other projects. Here I have a Wakizashi which is fun for what it is, but may be of more value to many fr the sum of its parts. Kunikane mei is questionable but sword is nicely made with no openings, but there are some lines at the Mune which I am not sure if they were forging flaws which I have shown in teh pictures. Beyond the blade, the Tsuba is signed and dates to the 1800's and the original leather wrapped Tsuka has two Hosokawa clan menuki and a nice matching fushi/kashira of dragonflies. The saya is plain black lacquer and in good condition. I've posted my ebay description below and photos as well. Please emial me with any questions. Its a great fun piece. I'm not looking to make anything on this blade, but just transfer ownership to another good home. $1,300 Net to me. You can email me directly at dariussolomon@yahoo.com for additional photos or questions. Thanks Shinto Japanese sword wakizashi in Fancy mountings with Hosokawa Clan Menuki, signed and dated Tsuba - Mei kunikane. I believe this is a Sendai shinto from the Kunikane family, but cannot confirm which generation it is. Upon review of the Kunikae smith family signatures sword is signed with the signature of the Second generation but I think he did not write the KUNI character this way after he got the Kami title so which Kunikane is up for conjecture, so I can't confirm this is a good Mei. The sword has a masame hada which can have some very fine "lines' (possible kizu!) either in the hada-ji or up above the shinogi. What makes this sword is that it is an honest original sword that was very likely carried by a Samurai in the 1700's-1800's with an original Tsuka with beautiful fittings and Menuki from the Hosokawa clan. The signed and dated Tsuba (I believe reads dated Kyowa 3 or 1803) could be repatinated or kept as is. The Matching Fushi and Kashira are fine examples of a dragonfly. There was a repair with some glue to the wrapping on the kashira which obscures the dragongly on the kashira itself a bit. I opted to keep the original Tsukamaki (wrap) since it is in overall great shape for a blade this age and adds to the total package or it being an honest original sword, carried many years ago. I would say the fittings are of greater importance and value than the sword and represent a great value in themselves. The sword itself is in very good condition with no openings and a common example of a traditional Japanese sword. Laquered saya is in good condition. A really fun and nice piece with fittings for your starter collection, or if you need the fittings for another project. Please message me with any questions or requests for additional photos, I ran out of space on Ebay to post more photos on this listing. Nagasa - Approx 19" Nakago - Approx 5" Total Length - 25 1/4" Length from begining of mune to end of nakago - approx 6"
  6. This is just an incredible piece and I am very reluctantly selling in order to purchase another item. This is one of few Small Kaiken's or double edged Ken / Tanto / Tsurugi I have seen made by the Gassan Smiths in the late 1800's. Attested to by its 2017 NTHK papers (as seen in photos) attributing it to the Gassan smiths 1865-1868 which would suggest Gassan Sadayoshi or one of his more famous students. Nakago is signed as well. The Kai Ken was a very small tanto which could be carried by the monks themselves or wives and daughters of samurai. Based on this Koshirae I anticipate that this was meant for a man, likely a monk who would carry it in his obi. The What makes this piece so special is that it embodies all the art and craftsmanship that one finds in large swords in a compact dagger that you can sit and enjoy in your hand. Forged in what looks like the Traditional Ayasugi hada of the Gassan tradition while the Hamon is pedominanatly Notare. Tsuka , fine brass habaki, Tsuba and laquered leather matsukawaurushinuri lacquer work Koshirae is stunning. Ubu, signed nakago. 10" in length in total with Koshirae. Email me if you need additional photos or information You will not easily find another piece like this and most who see it are fully intrigued by how amazing it is. My price is firm as I would rather keep it but it will help with another purchase. $2,250 Net to me (PP +3% or PP FF fine) + ship cost
  7. Hello all, sorry if I missed some of these messages. OHPF. Regards.
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