Antique Japanese Sword Katana Signed by Toshitane with NBTHK Certificate
Miyazu Ju Unjyu Toshitane forged this blade in the first year of the GENJI era(1864 A.D) according to the signature on the tang.He studied under the master, Seventh gen Ishido Unjyu Korekazu, a famous swordsmith in Ishido school.
Toshitane was selected as Okakae Kaji for Honjyo clan in the Miyazu domain in Tango area. (today’s northern Kyoto)
That means he was exclusively forging swords for this clan. It was quite honorable for any swordsmiths to be an Okakae Kaji.
His works have a close resemblance to his master, and we assume he helped his master to forge swords. Toshitane took over the name Unjyu from his master, meaning there must have been a strong connection between the two.
This blade was forged in the end of the Edo period(GENJI era) when there was a civil war between Tokugawa’s military government and new Meiji government. The original owner of this Katana might have seen the moment when Samurai’s life changed forever. This blade has a strong looking and must have been practical to use it in that demanding time.
Toshitane kept forging swords even after the Edo period ended. It was much stricter to make swords under the new Meiji Government, but he tried to keep the craftsmanship from the Samurai period going.
This blade has the Tokubetsu NBTHK Kicho certificate, which was issued during 1950-1982. NBTHK is currently the most active organization for the authentication of Japanese swords. The foundation of NBTHK dates back to the post-WWII era, following the establishment of the current Japanese Government, when Japanese swords were on the verge of extinction.
It comes with a beautiful set of sword mounting. Its scabbard is especially worth mentioning. It is coated with RADEN(oyster shell coating)
Cutting Edge Length(Nagasa)： 72.3 cm(28.46 inches)
Curvature(Sori)： 1.8 cm(0.70 inches)
Hamon：The blade pattern created by the tempering process
Jimon：Visible surface pattern on the steel
Nakago：Nakago is the tang of the Japanese sword. It has the signature of Miyazu Ju Unjyu Toshitane.
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.
Authentication Paper：NBTHK Tokubetsu Kicho Certificate for the blade
NBTHK, also known as Nihon Bijutsu Touken Hozon Kyokai, is one of the oldest Japanese sword appraising organizations in modern-day Japan. They authenticated the blade on Sep 9th in the 53th year of Showa(1978). They appraised it as Tokubetsu Kicho Touken. The purchaser will receive this original certificate as well.
Registration Number : Hyogo 90779
The Board of Education in Hyogo 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.
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【Japanese Sword & Export Process】
The Japanese swords we deal with are hand-forged edged swords 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.
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【How to make sure the condition】
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【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.
If you like to see more antique Japanese swords for sale, please check the link below.
Episode 1: Types of Japanese Swords
Episode 2: Japanese Swords from Different Ages
Episode 3: Budget of Japanese Swords
Episode 4: Japanese Sword Appraisers in Modern Times (NBTHK / NTHK )
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