Antique Japanese Sword Katana Signed by Moritsugu with NBTHK Tokubetsu Hozon Certificate
Moritsugu is a renowned swordsmith, forging swords in Chikuzen province(Fukuoka Prefecture today) at the beginning of the Edo period. He belonged to Fukuoka Sekido(Ishido) shool. Fuoka Sekido School and Chikuzen Nobukuni school were the most prestigious schools in the region during the early Edo period.
A famous feudal lord, Kuroda Nagamasa, became the lord of Chikuzen province after winning the battle of Sekigahara. He was interested in inviting skilled swordsmiths into his domain to strengthen his military power. One of Kuroda Nagamasa’s subordinates, Takemori Sadayuki, found two great swordsmiths, Toshihide& Toshihira(his brother) and these two swordsmiths worked for Kuroda clan. Toshihide’s son, Koretsugu, then went to Edo city to learn sword making style called Bizen-Den from Sekido Korekazu school. After Koretusugu mastered Bizen-den, he went back to Chikuzen, contributing Fukuoka Sekido school prospered. Moritsugu was a cousin of Koretsugu learning great sword forging technique from Koretsugu. They both worked for the Kuroda clan.
This sword has a Tokubetsu Hozon certificate issued by NBTHK. This authentication paper was only given to Japanese swords, especially worth preserving by Nihon Bijutsu Touken Hozon Kyokai(the Society for the Preservation of the Japan Art Sword).This sword comes with beautiful Koshirae(scabbard＆sword fitting)
Cutting Edge Length(Nagasa)：68.1 cm(26.8 inches)
Curvature(Sori)：1.51 cm(0.6 inches)
Hamon：The blade pattern created by the tempering process.
Jimon：Visible surface pattern on the steel
Nakago：The signature was made by Chikuzenkoku Fukuoka Jyu Moritsugu.
Fuchi-Kashira：A pair of matching sword fittings that cover the upper and bottom parts of its sword hilt.
Tsuka and Menuki：Tsuka is the handle of the Japanese sword and Menuki is its decoration .
Tsuba and Habaki：Tsuba 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.
Saya： Saya is the scabbard for the Japanese sword.
Certificate：NBTHK TOKUBETSU Hozon paper
Tokubetsu Hozon certificate was only issued to Japanese swords especially worth preserving
by Nihon Bijutsu Touken Hozon Kyokai(the Society for the Preservation of the Japan Art Sword)
【How to make sure the condition】
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We accept payment through Stripe(Credit card) or Paypal. If you prefer other payment method, please contact us. After confirming the payment from you, we will apply for an export permit.
【Japanese Sword& Export Process】
The antique Japanese swords we sell are hand-forged edged swords, which are at least 150 years old or older. Also, the blades were made of Japanese special carbon steel called TAMAHAGANE. 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 1-1.5 months to receive this permit. And we would like you to expect at least 2-3 months for your order to arrive at your given address after you ordered.
We have shipped Japanese swords to the USA, France, Canada(BC, AB), Australia, Germany and Mexico. If you don’t live in these countries and like to order, please contact us first before making a purchase.
Once we receive the export permit, we will inform you and ask if it is okay for us to ship. After confirming you are ready to receive the sword, we will proceed with its shipping. 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.
We ship with EMS, an international expedited shipping service provided by Japan Post in Japan. We will send you a tracking number for your order as soon as we hand it to the post office. We will put 100 % insurance on the shipping document without any extra charge. Based on the total amount, there might be a duty tax to pay, depending on the countries.
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 are delays in shipping to many countries as most of the airlines are reducing the number of flights from Japan. If you like to know the detail about shipping, please feel free to ask us.
【A Guide to Japanese Sword Maintenance】
If you like to know how to take care of the Japanese sword, here is the 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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