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Antique Japanese Sword Tachi Unsigned Ichimonji Sukekane
NTHK Kanteisho Certificate

$8,968.69

Made in Japan
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Included: NTHK certificate, traditional sword carrying case, Sword maintenance kit, full exportation support

Category Tachi(KO-TO)
Age Ko-An era(弘安): Late Kamakura Period(1278-1288 A.D.)
Swordsmith Ichimonji Sukekane(Unsigned) 一文字助包
Certificate NTHK Kanteisho Certificate
Location Bizen Province( Okayama Prefecture today)
Blade Size Length:  63.2 cm/Curvature: 1.5 cm

 

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Antique Japanese Sword Tachi Unsigned Sukekane with NTHK Kanteisho Certificate

【Description】
This blade 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.

【Blade】
Length  63.2 cm
Curvature 1.5 cm

 

HamonThe blade pattern created by the tempering process

JimonVisible surface pattern on the steel

NakagoThe blade was shortened at least twice based on how many nakago holes it has.

 

【Sword Mountings】

Fuchi-KashiraA pair of matching sword fittings that cover the upper and bottom parts of its sword hilt. 

Tsuka and MenukiTsuka is the handle of the Japanese sword and Menuki is its decoration .

Tsuba and HabakiTsuba 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.

 

SayaSaya is the scabbard for the Japanese sword. This saya has Tachi style(horse mounted style)

Kougai & KozukaKoduka 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)

CertificateNTHK Kanteisho Certificate for the blade

 


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【About us】
Samurai Museum is located in Tokyo, Japan, exhibiting antique artifacts related to the Samurai history. Samurai Museum Shop is the place for those who are interested in Japanese culture and craftsmanship. We deal with antique Samurai swords/armor, traditional crafts made in Japan and so on. 

Japanese Sword& Export Process
The Japanese swords we deal with are hand-forged edged swords. 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. For more detailed info, please click here.

【Payment Method】
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.

【Shipping】
We have shipped Japanese swords to the USA, UK,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.

【How to make sure the condition】
We uploaded high resolution photos for you to check its condition thoroughly. If you like to see more photos with different angles, please feel free to contact us. We will be happy to send them to you so that you can make informed decision. If you are currently living in Japan or visiting, you can visit our actual shop in Tokyo to inspect the sword with reservation.

It is essential for us to know that you are happy with your choice of a sword. and we are prepared to use the best of our ability to serve you.

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.
https://www.samuraimuseum.jp/shop/product-category/sword/authentic-sword/

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