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Updated: 22 Apr 2021

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Antique Japanese Sword Daisho Signed by Sukesada/ Unsigned Fuyuhiro
NBTHK Hozon Certificate

$15,734.04

DELIVERY TIME : Approx. 1-1.5 months
*There might be delay in shipment depending on countries

SHIPPING TO : USA, Australia, UK, Canada, Mexico, France, Germany, Hong Kong
*Please contact us prior to purchase if your country isn’t listed.

INCLUDED : NBTHK Hozon Certificate×2 , Shirasaya Case×2 , Koshirae Mounting×2, Traditional Sword Carrying Case×2, Sword Maintenance Kit, Full Exportation Support

Category Katana& Wakizashi ( KOTO)
Age Late Muromachi Period(approx. 500 years old)
Swordsmith Bizen Osafune Sukesada(Katana), Fuyuhiro(Wakizashi:Unsigned) 
Certificate NBTHK Hozon Certificate×2, Tokubetsu Kicho Kodogu
Location Bizen province, Wakasa province 
Blade Size Length: 66.6 cm( 26.2inches), Curvature: 2.7 cm(1.06  inches)

Length: 31.8 cm( 12.5  inches), Curvature: 1.36 cm(0.53  inches)

Thank you for visiting our website. This sword was sold as each antique Japanese sword is one of a kind. However, we have various kinds of antique Japanese swords available. Our customer service will help you find your ideal blade you will cherish for generations. Please feel free to contact us or check the list of swords. We will be more than happy to help you.

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Antique Japanese Sword Daisho Signed by Sukesada/Unsigned Fuhiro with NBTHK Hozon Certificate 

【Description】

Katana
 This blade has a signature of Bizen Osafune Sukesada(備前長船祐定) on the front and Feb, in 7th year of Eisei era(永正七年二月日) on the back. NBTHK, one of the most reliable Japanese sword appraising committees, validated the signature is authentic. It was forged in 1510, which is categorized as the late Muromachi period.

 Those who forged swords in the Bizen province(Okayama prefecture) at the end of the Muromachi Period(1492-1569 A.D) are called Matsu Bizen(Matsu means the end). Sukesada school was one of the most famous schools, and it flourished for generations among Osafune schools(The head branch). There were various styles forged by the generations of Sukesada during this period. There were about 60 swordsmiths who used Sukesada as his maker’s name in Samurai history. Bizen is the birthplace of Bizen Den, one of the most famous Japanese sword traditions (sword forging-technique) along with Yamashiro Den, Soshu Den, Mino Den, and Yamato Den.

 The swordsmiths in Bizen produced many swords during the Muromachi period as it was in the middle of the Sengoku period(Warring state period), and the demand for blades increased among strong feudal lords. It would be nice to have a piece forged in the warring state period when there was so much rivalry between warlords.

Wakizashi
This blade was attributed to the work of Fuyuhiro in the late Muromachi period(450-500 years old) by NBTHK, which authenticated this blade. The authentication paper doesn’t mention the age, but we called NBTHK to confirm it was forged around that period.

  It is said that the first generation Fuyuhiro was the son of the third-gen Soshu Hirotsugu, one of the most well-known swordsmiths in the Soshu region(today’s Kanagawa prefecture). The first-gen, Fuyuhiro, moved to Wakasa province(today’s Fukui prefecture) after learning sword forging techniques/tradition from his master. 

  According to historical documents, the swordsmith’s name Fuyuhiro lasted 17 generations from the Muromachi period(1460-)to the Edo period(-1868). During the Sengoku period(Warring state period), Fuyuhiro forged swords for high-class Samurai or feudal lords because of his popularity and the high demand for weapons. While we can’t conclude which gen of Fuyuhiro forged this blade, it was made in the middle of the warring state period. That implies a prominent Samurai warrior might have ordered this blade and used it on a battlefield.

What is Daisho?
Daisho is a pair of two Japanese swords Samurai carried. During the Edo period, having Daisho in public places was considered social status for Samurai. Furthermore, Samurai were required to wear them under the law back then. Daisho is written as 大=Big and 小=Small. Dai part means Katana, and Sho part means Wakizashi. While different swordsmiths forged these two swords, they come with a pair of Daisho Koshirae(sword mountings). Koshirae also got appraised by NBTHK. That means Samurai back then carried these pair of Daisho. They have such a fancy appearance that we believe a high-ranked Samurai owned them.

Appraisal
These blades are appraised as a Hozon certificate issued by NBTHK. This authentication paper was only given to Japanese swords, worth preserving by Nihon Bijutsu Touken Hozon Kyokai(the Society for the Preservation of the Japan Art Sword). This Daisho is accompanied by the gorgeous sword mounting whose theme is peony flowers.

 

【 Blade】

-Katana
Cutting Edge Length(Nagasa) 66.6 cm( 26.2inches)
Curvature(Sori) 2.7 cm(1.06  inches)

-Wakizashi
Cutting Edge Length(Nagasa) 31.8 cm( 12.5  inches)
Curvature(Sori) 1.36 cm(0.53  inches)

Hamon
The crystalline structure which forms along the cutting edge of a blade as a result of the hardening process
Jimon(Jihada)
visible steel surface pattern created by folding and hammering during forging process

-Katana


-Wakizashi


NakagoNakago is the tang of the Japanese sword.

Japanese swordsmiths left the black rust on the tang because it prevents red rust while the tang is in its handle. And the discoloration of the tang was created over time, and it is a great indicator for a Japanese sword specialist to estimate when the sword was forged.

Koshirae: Koshirae is the mounting of the Japanese sword. There are several parts that consist of Koshirae such as Saya(Sabbard), Tsuka( Handle), Tsuba(Handguard).

Fuchi-KashiraA pair of matching sword fittings that cover the upper and bottom parts of its sword hilt.

 Peonies are designed for these Fuchi Kashiras and were engraved semi three-dimensionally. It seems each flower was initially colored with gold. Peony represents happiness, wealth, nobleness, and gorgeousness. This flower pattern has been treated as a kind of good-omen motifs that become a rich harvest sign. Peony is called “Botan” in Japanese. When we write this flower’s name in Japanese, its second letter means mountain hermit medicine believed it would give us eternal youth. By the meaning of this letter, the peony pattern symbolizes eternal youth and longevity.

Tsuka and MenukiTsuka is the handle of the Japanese sword and Menuki is its decoration.

 Same as Fuchi Kashira, the peony is the motif of these Menukis. Large flowers bloom and give a gorgeous look for Tsuka. You would enjoy how carefully engraved each petal or leave by its maker’s high skill. 


Tsuba and HabakiTsuba is the handguard for the Japanese Sword and Habaki is the equipment to make the blade not touch its scabbard inside. It prevents the blade from getting rusty and chipped. 

 Circle-shaped antique Tsubas that have Kozuka and Kougai holes. The edges were made of durable metal by layering the same metal as the main bodies. And, the peony is designed for these Tsubas, same as other sword mountings. By using the same motif, the entire of the Koshirae has unity. Besides, the elegances of peony give graceful appearance for works.

     

Saya Saya is the scabbard for the Japanese sword.  

KougaiKougai is the equipment for Samurai to arrange or fix his hair style.

 It might be the Karajishi (唐獅子) that is designed for this Menuki. Shishi (獅子) means a lion in Japanese, and Karajishi is a lion brought from China to Japan in the Toh period (唐, Tang dynasty, 618-907). The Karajishi typically has curly hair for its head, neck, body, and the tale. In Buddhism, Karajishi is regarded as a symbol of wisdom, and Monju Bosatu (文殊菩薩, Manjushri Bodhisattva) rides lions. According to a theory, the Karajishi is the origin of Komainu (狛犬, stone guardian dogs that exorcize evil spirits).
 

KozukaKozuka is a small knife stored in Koduka Hitsu(groove of the sheath of the Japanese sword).

 Same as Kougai, the Karajishi is the motif of this Kozuka. Two Karajishis are engraved semi three-dimensionally.

Authentication PaperNBTHK Hozon Certificate for the blade

 NBTHK, also known as Nihon Bijutsu Touken Hozon Kyokai (the Society for the Preservation of the Japan Art Sword), is one of the oldest Japanese sword appraising organizations in modern-day Japan. They authenticated these two blades on August 26th in the first year of Reiwa (2019). They appraised them as Hozon Touken, the blade worth preserving for Japanese society. The purchaser will receive these original certificates as well. We can also translate what is written into English and make a PDF file for your record if you request. The sword mountings for these swords were also appraised by NBTHK as Tokubetsu Kicho Kodogu in 1960.


Registration Number : Osaka 7396,7397
  The Board of Education in Osaka prefecture issued a registration paper for this sword . In order to obtain this paper, the sword needs to be traditionally hand forged. With this paper, its owner can legally own an authentic Japanese sword in Japan. This paper will need to be returned to the board of education when the sword being shipped abroad but you can receive a copy of it. 

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【About us】
  Samurai Museum is located in Tokyo, Japan, exhibiting antique artifacts related to the Samurai history. Samurai Museum Shop is the place for those who are interested in Japanese culture and craftsmanship. We deal with antique Samurai swords/armor, traditional crafts made in Japan and so on.

Japanese Sword& Export Process
  The Japanese swords we deal with are hand-forged edged swords made in Japan. It was made from the traditional carbon steel called TAMAHAGANE(玉鋼). Samurai Museum is familiar with the proper legal procedure for an antique/ authentic Japanese sword to be exported from Japan. We have sent more than 300 Japanese swords to amazing owners who appreciate its historical value.

  Each Japanese sword is registered under the Agency for Cultural Affairs and the Board of Education in Japan.They issue a registration paper for each Japanese sword for its owner in Japan to legally possess it. The Japanese sword with its registration paper means it was traditionally hand-forged in Japan.

  To legally export the sword from Japan to other countries, we will have to apply for its permit to the Agency for Cultural Affairs(Bunkacho) and return the original registration paper to the Board of Education. It normally takes around 2-4 weeks to receive this permit after submitting required documents. And we would like you to expect at least 1-1.5 months for your order to arrive at your given address after you ordered. For more detailed info, please click here.

It is allowed for residents in Japan to own authentic Japanese swords without a special license as long as they come with registration papers. Please feel free to contact us if you are a resident of Japan, whether temporarily or permanently. We will also assist you when you leave Japan and need to obtain the export permit.

【Payment Method】
We accept payment through Stripe(Credit card), PayPal, Apple Pay or ChromePay, all of which are secure payment methods. If you prefer other payment method, please contact us. After confirming your payment, we will apply for an export permit. You may either pay in JPY, USD, AUD, EUR or GBP. The price is set in Japanese Yen. Prices in other currencies are automatically calculated based on the latest exchange rate.

【Shipping】
  We have shipped authentic Japanese swords to the USA, Canada, Mexico, Australia, UK, Germany , France and Hong Kong. If you don’t live in these countries and like to order, please contact us first before making a purchase. We offer Free International Shipping as long as we can send antique Japanese swords by either EMS or FedEx(USA, Australia, Canada).

  We normally ship by EMS(Express Mail Service) provided by Japan Post. When we receive an order from the USA, Australia or Canada we will use FedEx instead as EMS temporarily stops shipping from Japan to those countries due to COVID-19.

  We will send you a tracking number for your order as soon as we hand it to the post office/FedEx. We will put 100 % insurance on the shipping document without any extra charge. Based on the total amount, there might be a duty tax or other fee for you to pay, depending on the countries. We use package cushioning to protect the item and put it in a PVC pipe, which is one of the most secure packages because of its durability.

  It will normally takes 5-14 days for the item to arrive at your given address after we dispatch it. Time of delivery is estimated as accurately as possible by the carrier but does not take into account any delays beyond our control such as by inclement weather, post office holiday seasons.

  *Please keep in mind that due to the spread of COVID-19, there might be delays in shipping. If you like to know the detail about shipping, please feel free to ask us.

【How to make sure the condition】
  Please keep in mind that what you are going to purchase is an antique item. We uploaded high resolution photos for you to check its condition thoroughly. If you like to see more photos with different angles, please feel free to contact us. We will be happy to send them to you so that you can make informed decision. It is essential for us to know that you are happy with your choice of a sword. and we are prepared to use the best of our ability to serve you.

The Art of Nihonto(Japanese Sword)
Samurai’s history is a profound, eloquent legacy of ancient Japanese warriors in which millions of people worldwide are being fascinated. If you like to find out the art of Nihonto, please click here.

A Guide to Japanese Sword Maintenance
  After acquiring an genuine Japanese sword, it is also important to know how to take good care of it. Here is the special video for you. Mr. Paul Martin, Japanese sword expert, shows you how to give proper maintenance to your sword. When you purchase a Japanese sword from us, you can get a Free sword maintenance kit, which appears in this video.

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