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  1. I take it. Love me some Kiyomaro imitations J
  2. Uma midare hamon? What school are you thinking @Rivkin Thanks in advance J.
  3. Thank you Sir. Yes. 😊 John
  4. Thank you Ray. Always there for everyone! 💯 🙏 J.
  5. 👋 Folks, Please tell me what is written there. I can make out Jumyo but that's that. Thank you in advance. J.
  6. 👋 Folks, Yokoyama Sukenaga was the second son and best student of Yokoyama Sukehira. Sukehira was the founder of the Shinto Bizen Yokoyama School. Sukenaga’s older brother Sukemori became the adopted son of Sukesada, while Sukenaga followed in his fathers footsteps. He was also called Grandson of Tomonari in the 56th generation, and this was inscribed upon a number of his works. As seen in this example, he was known to produce works with tight itame hada. As for hamon he produced several styles including a typical Bizen choji midare (kikka choji) with suguba yakidashi in the habaki moto. He also produced a choji midare which have the distinction of resembling the Oka or Cherry Blossom. Mint condition with shirasaya and NTHK NPO Kanteisho papers! Measures: Nagasa: 28 1/2" Motohaba: 29.2 mm Sakihaba: 20.5 mm Motogasane: 7.6 mm Sakigasane: 5.7 mm $10000 obo +++ IMHO this is one of the most beautiful hamon I've seen from his works so far! Cheers, J.
  7. 👋 Folks, Here we have a different take from the shodai Ishido master. Not your typical choji From the web: The Ishido Kei (石堂系) had its foundations in Omi Province. Omi Province was the home of many well-known smiths from the late Kamakura period into the Nanbokucho period. Some of the more famous smiths were Takagi Sadamune (高木貞宗) and Kanro Toshinaga (甘露哉俊長). They had many descendants but very few of their works survived so that by the time the Tokugawa period began, there were not many of these descendants left in this province. Around the Meio Era (1492), many of the Osafune-kaji from Bizen came to Omi and made swords thus breathing new life into this area. Among these was Sukenaga (助長) who moved to this area and is said to have founded the Ishido Kei (石堂系). During the early years of the Edo period during the Kanei Era (1624-1644), the various groups of smiths who made up the Ishido Kei (石堂系) left Omi and split into three groups. These three groups moved to Edo (Musashi Province), Wakayama (Kii Province), and Fukuoka (Chikuzen Province). These three groups prospered in their new areas throughout the Shinto period. The group that moved to Wakayama later moved to Osaka. This group is called the Kii Ishido (紀伊石堂) school. The leader of this school was Tosa Shogen Tachibana Tameyasu (土佐将監橘為康). The second generation Tameyasu (為康) was given a title and then called himself Mutsu no Kami Tameyasu (陸奥守為康). The brother of the second generation was Bitchû no Kami Yasuhiro (備中守康廣). His line continued for three generations. Other smiths in this school included Kawachi no Kami Yasunaga(河内守康永) and Bizen no Kami Sukekuni (備前守祐国). Tatara Nagayuki (多々允良長幸) was Yasunaga’s (康永) student and one of the finest Bizen style smiths to work during the Shinto period. Ryo wazamono Chu Jo Saku Nagasa: 27 3/8" Motohaba: 29mm Motogasane: 7.7 mm !!! Sakihaba: 18.3mm Sakigasane: 5.1 mm $10000 +++ P.S. The blade was inspected by someone in the highest rankings of Nihonto World at this year's Chicago Show and was guaranteed Tokubetso Hozon. Utsuri in the monouchi area and lots of chikei! I'm not willing to ship it to Japan (as i've never been through the process) so I'm giving it to you for considerably less than market value. It will go to SF shinsa and it will pass if unsold until then! Cheers John
  8. Hello Folks, SIGNED Kai Masamori Blade! Very slightly suriage.. Pure joy to behold From the web: The Mihara School started in Bingo Province around the Shochu era (1324 - 1326), according to Yamanaka, which contradicts other information, and lasted through into the Shinto period. All Yamanaka says about the Shinto smiths, in Volume 4, issue 11, page 12 of Nihonto Newsletter, is that "Descendants of the late Mihara School and of the Goami School made a few blades." Bingo is on the Sanyodo Highway, on the south side of the western portion of Honshu, the main island of Japan. It faces the inland sea, beside Bitchu province. The work of the school is in the Yamato tradition, and is divided into the Ko Mihara, Chu Mihara, and Sue Mihara. Interestingly the man believed to be the founder of the school, Masaiye, (according to Yamanaka), is believed to have come from either Bitchu or Bizen province. However, he may have originated in Yamato province, since the school is in the Yamato tradition, and passed through the Bizen school provinces (Bitchu has a Bizen tradition) on his way west along the Sanyodo to Bingo. "Token to Rekishi" in #545, page 54, says the founder of the school was Masaiye, from the late Kamakura period (1278-1333). In any case, Masa remained a common element in the Mihara smiths names, and all of the smiths Hawley lists in his "Japanese Sword smith Groups" all begin with Masa. One of our swords here tonight is by Masaoku. Yamanaka mentions that there were also the Ichijo, Shimbo* and Tomo schools, without saying if they were Mihara schools, or other schools. Later he implies that the Tomo school is a sub school of the Mihara group, but it is not clear. Yamanaka gives the characteristics of Sue Mihara blades as follows: Shape - Style and shape of Sengoku period (approx 1460 to 1600) with the sori made a little shallow and more graceful than other works of this period. Hamon - Narrow Yakiba in chu suguha (which seems inconsistent), the edge of hamon will be very distinct and there will be little to see within the hamon. In certain work there will be midare and a very small gunome. In addition, there will be midare as seen in Bizen and Mino work from the same period. Boshi - Ko maru with deep kaeri with waterfall and tiger tail styles as is Ko Mihara. He says that tiger tail kaeri is known as the Mihara kaeri and is seen most on Sue Mihara work. Jitetsu - Ko mokume hada stands out very distinctly. Sumitetsu will be encased in the ko mokume hada in very small size. Nakago - Made short with the tip made broad in Kurijiri. Also, tanagobara with tip made in Kengyo. Kiri file marks. Tanto - Made in Chukan zori (no sori at all - mune is straight). Some with slight saki zori. In addition there will be shobu zukuri, unokubi zukuri and moroha. Some tanto will have a yahazu midare hamon. Notes: Those hamon worked in chu suguha will be quite often mistaken for Hizen Tadayoshi of Shinto period. In the Shinto blades, if attention is paid to the boshi and its Kaeri, then the difference should be apparent. The hamon worked in midare of the Bizen style, the nioi is very distinct at the hamon edge and there will be very little nioi shimi within the hamon. The hamon made in the Mino style will have the peak of the midare from the start to the tip. (real Mino is never uniform). Hawley shows Mokume, gunome, open midare, medium suguba - ko midare, as characteristics of Sue Mihara, and lists them as lasting from 1350 to 1500. Robinson says that later Mihara (he only divides them into 2 groups, not 3) was from 1350 to 1450. He says they made mostly wakizashi and tanto, with itame, and suguha or crumbling suguha. Great set, rare item. Please ask questions! I have lots of photos and videos. Measurements: Nagasa - 24.8" Carve - 1.9 cm Motohaba - 1.18" Motogasane - 0.273" Sakihaba - 0.863" Sakigasane - 0.232" Koshirae length - 35.2" Saya length - 26.4" 9500 obo +++
  9. Hello The blade you've posted is probably from the Aoi Art Museum. They are experts in the field and they are very straight forward (with very few exceptions). If the blade is signed and papered then you have no worries. If not, they usually say - we don't guarantee or they say - we believe it will pass hozon paper. So be it as it may - yes, there are gunome midare blades and there are suguha blades (consider that Sukesada swordsmiths have gazillion generations). The period when the blade was made along with all the other characteristics usually help immensely to have a thorough answer. One picture doesn't help much but that's what i think in the nutshell. Others will probably chime in also. Cheers J.
  10. I'd say identical to the 1st one on the left
  11. I got confused. Mine is a different smith 🤷‍♂️ J.
  12. Katana and tanto with shirasaya made for the prosperity of the Takada family (shrine daisho) made in 1993 Polish on both blades is pristine. Few hairline scratches on the katana and few tiny "dings" above the shinogi hi but they have never been used to cut with period. Both sword still have ubu-ba. Katana measurements Nagasa 29" Motohaba 31.5mm Sakihaba 22.5.mm Motogasane 7.7mm Sakigasane 5.6mm Kissaki 39mm Phenomenal blades from any perspective - be it balance, hada and my favorite- suguha. Lots of activity - sunagashi and kinsuji, ashi and yo. From the web: "The real name of the Yasuken (Yasukuni) swordsmith is Gouda Toshiyuki, born in 1926, living in Heiwa-dori, Matsuyama, Ehime. He learned Soshu-den from the family of living national treasure swordsmiths Tsukiyama Teiichi and Takahashi Sadatsugu, and was introduced to the swordsmith Torio Hiromasa in 1939. In 1944, he began making swords at the Torio Gunto Forging Factory. In 1970, he was introduced to Sakai Shigemasa, who further refined his sword making skills. He is a member of the All Japan Swordsmith Association and has received many awards including the Special Prize and the Award for Effort." According to this resource, this smith has been papered by either the NBTHK or NTHK. Never felt like papering them as it is more than clear they are authentic 💯 Feel free to compare with online examples *try yasutate as smith name also. i have many videos and can take photos for serious parties. They can be used for iaito and tameshigiri but im not sure that you want to cut with shrine blades. 5k plus any fees and shipping anywhere they are legal to import. Solid silver habaki for both and bullhorn accents on the katana shirosaya. In original polish - pretty much perfect! cheers https://www.japaneseswordindex.com/gendai.htm John
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