Antique Japanese Sword Katana Signed by Yukihiro with NTHK Certificate
This blade was forged by the first generation Yukihiro in Hizen Province. (today’s Saga prefecture) Being a brother of the first generation Masahiro(Kawauchi Daijyo Masahiro), a famous swordsmith in Hizen Province, Yukuhiro served Saga clan. Yukihiro received the title of Dewadaijyo in 1648 and changed it to Dewano-kami in 1663. The name of Kami was given by an emperor to those who were excellent at sword making. He visited Nagasaki in 1650 to learn how to forge swords by using carbon steel from Netherland that often traded with Japan back then.
He signed ICHI(one in Japanese) before his signature. Because he learned Bizen-Den( One of the most famous styles in Japanese sword), and he called himself Hizen Ichimonji. This sword shows the excellent quality of the Hizen sword. Yukihiro lasted 6th generations and is one of the most famous swordsmiths from Hizen province at the beginning of the Edo period.
Length： 63.1 cm
Curvature： 1.3 cm
Hamon：The blade pattern created by the tempering process. It has Omidare hamon, which also has Hako Midare design.
Jimon：Visible surface pattern on the steel
Nakago：It has a signature that is inscribed 一, 肥前國出羽守行廣(Ichi Hizenkoku Dewanokami Yukihiro). There are two nakago holes, which indicates the blade used to be longer and was shortened in the past. The signature is located in the opposite of normally Katana meaning the sword might have been originally used as Tachi.
Fuchi-Kashira：A pair of matching sword fittings that cover the upper and bottom parts of its sword hilt. Gold inlay was applied on them.
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.
Kougai：Kougai is the equipment for Samurai to arrange or fix his hair style
Certificate：NTHK Certificate for the blade
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【Antique Japanese Sword& Export Process】
All 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.
The Japanese sword is considered a cultural article for the Japanese Cultural Agency(Bunka-Cho). Therefore, we will need to obtain its export permit from the agency before we ship any Japanese swords overseas. It might take a long time to receive this permit so, we would like you to expect at least 2-3 months for us to ship the sword you ordered. We have shipped antique Japanese swords to USA, UK, France, Australia, Canada(BC, AB province), Mexico before. Once we receive the permit, we will ship your sword with a PVC pipe, which is one of the most secure packages because of its durability.
We ship by EMS(Japan Post Office), an international shipping carrier based in Japan, and inform you of a tracking number for your sword. We will put 100 % insurance for your sword without any extra charge.
*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.
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.
【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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