Swords

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Dedicatated to the preservation of fine, exceptional Japanese swords and fittings whilst safeguarding these treasures for future generations.

 

Average items will always be average, but exceptional will always be desired and cherished.

 

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(Yokoyama Kozuke) Sukesada

Mei: Bishu osafune ju yokoyama kozuke daijo fujiwara sukesada  Date: 1661

This is a beautiful wild Yokoyama Bizen sword by the well known smith. A fine signed ubu piece with a beautiful sugata. The hamon is a wildly erratic Gunome midare that starts off in sugu-ha. There are also togare-ba like peaks throughout. This wakazashi is tightly forged and is well made, only a little coarseness is visible on the one side in the shinogi-ji and is hardly noticeable.  The hamon has many hataraki with wisps of yubashiri atop from place to place. The hada is a tight well worked ko-itame with no forging flaws. The boshi is Ko-maru.

In beautiful Shakudo handachi mounts

£2550

When the rough blade is completed, the swordsmith turns the blade over to a polisher called a togishi, whose job it is to refine the shape of a blade and improve its aesthetic value. The entire process takes considerable time, in some cases easily up to several weeks. Early polishers used three types of stone, whereas a modern polisher generally uses seven. The modern high level of polish was not normally done before around 1600, since greater emphasis was placed on function over form. The polishing process almost always takes longer than even crafting, and a good polish can greatly improve the beauty of a blade, while a bad one can ruin the best of blades. More importantly, inexperienced polishers can permanently ruin a blade by badly disrupting its geometry or wearing down too much steel, both of which effectively destroy the sword's monetary, historic, artistic, and functional value.

On high quality blades, only the back of the blade and the adjacent sides, (called the shinogi-ji), are polished to a mirror-like surface. To bring out the grain and hamon, the center portion of the blade, (called the hira), and the edge, (the ha), are usually given a matte finish. Microscopic scratches in the surface vary, depending on hardness. Smaller but more numerous scratches in the harder areas reflect light differently from the deeper, longer scratches in the softer areas. The harder metal appears more matte than the softer, and the manner in which it scatters light is less affected by the direction of the lighting

Please feel free to contact me regarding any of the above Japanese swords ,Katana, Wakizashi, Tanto and Yari.

 

ian@nihonto.org.uk

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