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Antique Japanese Sword Tanto
Signed by Nobukazu
NBTHK Hozon Certificate


Made in Japan
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SIGNED: Unju Nobukazu

Included: NBTHK certificate, Sword maintenance kit, traditional sword carrying case, Full exportation support

Category  Tanto
Age The late Edo period(The third year of KEIO era: 1867 A.D.)
Swordsmith Unju Nobukazu
Certificate NBTHK Hozon Certificate
Location Kyoto
Blade Size  Length:28.0 cm(11.0 inches)/Curvature:0.1 cm(0.04 inches)

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Antique Japanese Sword Tanto Signed by Nobukazu with NBTHK Hozon Certificate


Unjyu Nobokazu was an apprentice of seventh-gen Sekido Korekazu, who was a famous SOSHU-DEN swordsmith. He exclusively served the Ayabe clan in Kyoto prefecture. Ayabe clan was run by Kuki(九鬼) family, who was a navy working for Nobunaga Oda or Hideyoshi Toyotomi during the Sengoku Jidai(The warring state period). The family was prestigious, and they were depicted as a pirate feudal lord in war chronicles during the Edo period(1603-1868).

Nobukazu forged this Tanto in the third year of the Keio era(1867). He was active at sword making before the Edo period(-1868) ended, and the Tokugawa government lost their political power.
There aren’t so many remaining works left by Unjyu Nobukazu today.

This sword has a Hozon certificate issued by NBTHK. This authentication paper was only given to Japanese swords, worth preserving by Nihon Bijutsu Touken Hozon Kyokai(the Society for the Preservation of the Japan Art Sword). Though the part of the signature is missed due to adjusting the length of the blade in the past, NBTHK appraised this sword and concluded the blade was forged by Unjyu Nobukazu.

This sword comes with a beautiful Koshirae(scabbard&sword fitting).

Length  28.0 cm(11.0 inches)
Curvature 0.1 cm(0.04 inches)

HamonThe blade pattern created by the tempering process

JimonVisible surface pattern on the steel

【Other details】

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

 Plain and simple Fuchi Kashira decorates the Tsuka.

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

Male faces are designed for Menuki with gold. They have compelling expressions.

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.

SayaSaya is the scabbard for the Japanese sword

KozukaKozuka is a small knife stored in Koduka Hitsu(groove of the sheath of the Japanese sword).

 A Wagasa (和傘, Japanese umbrella) is designed for Kozuka. Wagasa is made of bamboo and traditional Japanese paper. Of course, it is to avoid the rain, but it has also been considered an amulet to protect its user from evil spirits. In the Edo period, it is said people judged the rank or relations of master and servant based on designs of Wagasa.  

Authentication PaperNBTHK Hozon Certificate for the blade

NBTHK, also known as Nihon Bijutsu Touken Hozon Kyokai (the Society for the Preservation of the Japan Art Sword), is one of the oldest Japanese sword appraising organizations in modern-day Japan. They authenticated the blade on August 26th in the 28th year of Heisei(2016). They appraised it as Hozon Touken, the blade worth preserving for Japanese society. The purchaser will receive this original certificate as well.

Registration Number : Hyogo 122904
 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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【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. You can either pay in Japanese Yen or US Dollars. The price is decided in Japanese Yen. The price in US dollar is calculated automatically based on an exchange rate.

 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. 

  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.

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