Antique Japanese Sword Katana Unsigned Ujifusa with NTHK Certificate(Blade,Tsuba& Koshirae)
Wakasanokami Ujifusa was born in 1534 as the third son of Seki Kanefusa, a swordsmith in Mino province(today’s Gifu prefecture). Ujifusa first inscribed his signature as Kanefusa. In 1570, he was invited by a famous feudal lord, Imagawa Ujizane, and started to forge swords for the Imagawa clan. He got his maker’s name Uuji from Ujizane, receiving the title of Wakasanokami at the same time. After Oda Nobunaga destroyed the Imagawa clan, he worked for Oda Nobunaga. He moved to a few places forging swords, and he also worked for Nobutaka(a Nobunaga’s son) in Owari Kiyosu(today’s Aichi prefecture). He lived through Sengoku Jidai(warring state period in Samurai history)and died at the age of 57.
Oda Nobunaga is one of the most famous Samurai in Japan. He is known as one of the three unifiers of Japan during the warring state period.
He is famous for his violent temper or nickname “Owari no Utsuke,” meaning, bonehead of Owari (Aichi Pref.) He was born in Owari in 1534 and succeeded as head of the family at the age of 18 because of his father’s sudden death. He was always at the forefront of the battle, although he was the general and extended his power.
Nobunaga enjoyed interacting with ordinary citizens without distinction of ranks. That was one of the reasons why people made a fool of him as a blockhead. One day, Nobunaga encountered a street homeless and asked people in that village to help this homeless to get food, clothing, and shelter. He was very kind and considerate of the socially disadvantaged while Nobunaga was also known as being strict to his vassals.
Nobunaga promoted reforms of military affairs actively. He hired soldiers who were engaged in battles and tried to make professional corps. Off course it costs a lot, but carried it out by receiving more and more revenue from tax. As he maintained highways, the distribution in his area became active. Also, he worked on Nanban trade (Japan’s trade with European countries) and received good income. We can say that he was a clear-headed person. However, he was defeated by one of his vassals, Mitsuhide Akechi and passed away at the age of 49. He couldn’t fulfill his goal.
This blade was forged by Oda Nobunaga’s swordsmith. It would be amazing to own a piece that is closely related to one of the most famous feudal lord.
Length： 70.5 cm
Curvature： 2.1 cm
Hamon：The blade pattern created by the tempering process
Jimon：Visible surface pattern on the steel
Nakago：Nakago is the hilt of the Japanese sword. This blade was shortened a few times in the past. There is the inscription of Buddha.
Fuchi-Kashira：A pair of matching sword fittings that cover the upper and bottom parts of its sword hilt.
It has gold inlay and Lion design on Fuchi. The lion stands at the seashore and looks back, roaring. It might threaten something. Its red tongue shows through its big mouth. It’s believed that the lion pattern will protect us from evil spirits.
Kashira is decorated with a tiger which looks back letting its left leg forward. It might watch its prey.
Tsuka ：Tsuka is the handle of the Japanese sword .
This Tsuka has Hishimaki style, which is a kind of Tsukamaki technique. It’s a generic term for the Tsukamaki that strings coil Tsuka making rhombic pattern.
Menuki:Menuki is its decoration
Tsuchigumo is designed for these Menukis. It rests on its chin on its hands and stays at the cobweb with its legs spread open. It seems like they’re peeping us through Sageo (cord which is coiled around Saya) Tsuchigumo is a Japanese monster, and it’s also called “Yatsukahagi” or “Ogumo.”It has Oni (a kind of Japanese monster) face, tiger’s body, long arms, and legs of a spider. It’s said that it lives in the mountains and eats travelers by capturing them with spider’s thread.
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.
Mokkou Gata Tsuba made from wood. Initially, the shape of eggs in nests was the origin of Mokkou Gata. Gata means shape. After, as the cross-section of cucumber looks similar to this shape, it’s named Mokkou Gata. According to its certificate, this Tsuba was produced by Makie. It is a class of decorative technique used in lacquerware, employing sprinkled dust particles, usually of gold or silver) craftsman and made in Meiji period (1868-1912)
Chrysanthemum pattern is designed at four inside edges of the front. And five paulownia patterns are put between each chrysanthemum pattern. The same flower pattern can be found on the backside, and four old Japanese letters are also written. These letters are not used today. Its certificate said that it means a magic spell.
Saya：Saya is the scabbard for the Japanese sword. There is only one scabbard for this sword.
Beautiful wood-grain tone paint decorates this Saya. Saya bag is accompanied with the leather of snake.
Certificate：NTHK Certificate for the blade, Tsuba and Koshirae
Certificate for the blade
The certificate issued by NTHK states that this sword was forged by Wakasanokami Ujifusa.
Certificate for the Tsuba
This tsuba was made in the Meiji period. You can see traditional Makie(lacquer craft)
Certificate for Koshirae
This Koshirae(sword fitting) was made in the middle of the Edo period. There is shark skin on top of the scabbard.
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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.
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【A Guide to Japanese Sword Maintenance】
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