Antique Japanese Sword Tachi Unsigned Sukekane with NTHK Kanteisho Certificate
This Samurai sword was forged by Ichimonji Sukekane(一文字助包）, according to NTHK, Nihon Touken Hozon Kai. Ichimonji Sukekane is a swordsmith who belonged to Fukuoka Ichimonji school in Fukuoka town in Bizen province, a prestigious sword making place.
Fukuoka Ichimonji started to flourish from the beginning of the Kamakura era(1184-1185) when the military government(Bakufu) started to control Japan instead of the emperor court.
Many of the swords forged by swordsmiths from Fukuoka Ichimonji school were unsigned. Sometimes, they just signed Ichi(one in Japanese). It was quite common for Fukuoka Ichimonji swords to be shortened(Suriage) in the Muromachi period to be used as katana. The signatures were cut because of this adjustment.
Large number of great swords were created by Fukuoka Ichimonji school, and several swords have been designated as national treasures of Japan. The number of designated swords forged by Fukuoka Ichimonji school is the second-highest after that of Bizen Osafune school in the Touken category(Japanese sword).
The first generation Sukekane was active from the beginning of the Kamakura period to the middle of the Kamakura period. The Tachi sword forged by the first generation Sukekane is designated as a national treasure of Japan.
NTHK believes a later generation Sukekane forged this blade at the end of the Kamakura period.
This blade comes with a beautiful set of Tachi sword mountings.
Length： 63.2 cm
Curvature： 1.5 cm
Hamon：The blade pattern created by the tempering process
Jimon：Visible surface pattern on the steel
Nakago：The blade was shortened at least twice based on how many nakago holes it has.
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.
This type of shape is called Aoi-Gata-Tsuba. It’s a combination of four leaves of Aoi. Aoi means hollyhock in Japanese. It’s often found for Tachi Tsuba. Each edge makes Inome pattern, which looks like a heart mark. Inome pattern has been used since ancient times in Japan especially as a part of decoration for shrine or temple. As its name implies, eyes of boar are the origin of this pattern. It’s believed that Inome pattern works as an amulet so that it protects us from evil spirits or fire. Also, it’s said that it brings good-luck. Karakusa-Monyou(design of ivy) is engraved on the whole surface. Ivy has vitality and it thrives strongly. So, arabesque design represents prosperity and longevity.
Saya：Saya is the scabbard for the Japanese sword. This saya has Tachi style(horse mounted style)
Kougai & Kozuka：Koduka is the small knife stored in Koduka Hitsu(groove of the sheath of the Japanese sword). Many Tsubas(handguard) has two holes to put Koduka and Kougai(equipment for appearance) next to Nakago Ana(a hole of the Tsuba to put sword)
Authentication Paper：NTHK Kanteisho Certificate for the blade
NTHK, also known as NPO Nihon Touken Hozon Kai, is the oldest organization for sword authentication of Japanese swords in modern times. It was established in 1889 during the post-Samurai era. They authenticated the blade on April 19th in the second year of Reiwa (2020). The purchaser will receive this original certificate as well.
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【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.
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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】
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【The Art of Nihonto(Japanese Sword)】
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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.