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Updated: 13 Jun 2024

Antique Japanese Sword Wakizashi Signed by Fujiwara Hiroyuki
NBTHK JUYO TOKEN Certificate

$20,480.00

DELIVERY TIME : Approx. 1-1.5 months
*We ship from Tokyo, Japan. There might be delay in shipment depending on countries.

SHIPPING TO :
USA, Canada, Mexico, Germany , Belgium, France, Finland, Hong Kong, Australia
*Please contact us prior to purchase if your country isn’t listed.

INCLUDED : NBTHK JUYO TOKEN Certificate, Shirasaya Case, Traditional Sword Carrying Case, Sword Maintenance Kit, Full Exportation Support

Category Wakizashi (SHINTO)
Age Early Edo Period (1596-1624)
Swordsmith Heianjo Fujiwara Hiroyuki (平安城藤原弘幸)
Certificate NBTHK JUYO TOKEN Certificate
Location Yamashiro Province (Today’s Kyoto prefecture)
Blade Size Cutting Edge Length: 32.1 cm (12.6 inches)
Curvature: 0.30 cm (0.12 inches)

 

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Antique Japanese Sword Wakizashi Signed by Fujiwara Hiroyuki with NBTHK  JUYO TOKEN Certificate

【Description】

Summary 

 This blade was signed by Heianjo Fujiwara Hiroyuki (平安城藤原弘幸), who was active during the early Edo period (1596-1624). He was an apprentice of Horikawa Kunihiro, one of the most famous swordsmiths during the Edo period. Most of his remaining works are either Tanto or Wakizashi. He originally signed Hiroyuki(弘幸) but changed it to Hiroyuki (広幸) after he received the honorable official title of Tanba no Kami (丹波守) in around 1615.

 It is said that Hiroyuki did a Daisaku for his master, Kunihiro. Daisaku is a regular act where an apprentice or a child of the swordsmith signs his master’s name with his master’s permission or forges a blade on behalf of the master. That means that his master highly acknowledged Hiroyuki’s craftsmanship.

Tsukuri (Structure)

This blade has an interesting Tsukuri (structure). One side was made with Shinogi Zukuri, and the other side with Hira Zukuri. Shinogi Zukuri is the typical structure of the Japanese sword. A Japanese sword forged with the ridgeline near the Mune (backbone of the blade). There is Yokote in the Shinogi Zukuri Japanese swords. Yokote is the borderline between the tip and cutting edge. Hira Zukuri is a sword made flat on both sides without any ridgelines. This kind of Tsukuri is called Katakiri Ba and was common in the Soshu tradition, one of the five Japanese sword-forging traditions. The JUYO certificate says Hiroyuki forged this blade by referring to a sword made by Sadamune (貞宗), one of the most famous swordsmiths in the Soshu region.

Horimono (Engraving)

 On this blade, you would find a Horimo (彫物, blade sculpture) and Hi (樋, grooving). These are the elements of this blade’s beauty. The history of the Horimono in Japan is old. It went back about 1,300 years ago. Japanese swords initially had the Chokutou (直刀, straight blade) shape. Its form changed to the Wantou (湾刀, curved blade) shape in the age when Samurai appeared. Samurai warriors fought on the battlefields for their life. Japanese swords were integral weapons that divided the lives and deaths of warriors. They expressed their wishes for divine protection by applying their religious objects to the Horimono, as seen on this blade.

 The Suken/Soken (素剣) is the motif of this blade’s Horimono. It is Fudo Myo-O (不動明王, acalanātha) incarnate. This god is often depicted with his blade called the Kurikara-Ken (倶利伽羅剣). Although the Fudo Myo-O itself isn’t present on this sword, we could associate this motif with this god. This type of design is called the Rusu Moyou (留守模様). It is a design that evokes the main characters and stories by drawing symbolic backgrounds and belongings without the figure of the person a maker wants to express. There are many works with carvings of Fudo Myo-O on the blades of Japanese swords. However, the figure of Fudo Myo-O is not always carved, as seen in this work. By knowing such a euphemistic way of expression, we wonder if there is a broader range of ways to enjoy viewing Japanese swords.

 In addition the Horimono and Hi, a Bonji (梵字, Sanscrit letter) is also engraved on this blade. We believe it also shows religious ideas. The Hi is a grooving, often in the form of a bar, carved along the blade. The exact role of Hi is unknown; however, there are three accepted theories. First, it is for the weight saving of the blade without reducing its strength. Second, it is for making a nice-looking blade. And the third theory is to produce the sound of cutting the wind when the sword is swung.

 

Sunnobi Tanto (寸延び短刀)

 In Japanese sword terminology, this blade is categorized as a Wakizashi because its cutting edge length is more than 30.3 cm long. However, it is much shorter than the average Wakizashi sword. And it is very close to the Tanto sword. This Tanto is widely called Sunnobi Tanto, a Wakizashi sword whose cutting edge is very close to the category of Tanto (Cutting edge less than 30 cm). And it must have been used as a Tanto back in the day.

 

Appraisal

 This blade is appraised as a JUYO TOKEN(重要刀剣) issued by NBTHK (Nihon Bijutsu Touken Hozon Kyokai:日本美術刀剣保存協会). This authentication paper was only given to authentic Japanese swords, exceptionally well preserved and of high quality with artistic value. JUYO is one rank higher than Tokubetsu Hozon. To be eligible for a Juyo Token, it needs to be appraised as a Tokubetsu Hozon Token first. It is extremely rare for an antique Japanese sword to be appraised as JUYO TOKEN, and it is highly desirable among Japanese sword collectors.

 

【 Blade】
Cutting Edge Length(Nagasa)32.1 cm (12.6 inches)
Curvature(Sori)0.30 cm (0.12 inches)

Hamon
The crystalline structure which forms along the cutting edge of a blade as a result of the hardening process
Jimon(Jihada)
visible steel surface pattern created by folding and hammering during forging process

 



 

Kissaki: Kissaki is the tip of the Japanese sword.

 

NakagoNakago is the tang of the Japanese sword.

 Japanese swordsmiths left the black rust on the tang because it prevents red rust while the tang is in its handle. And the discoloration of the tang was created over time, and it is a great indicator for a Japanese sword specialist to estimate when the sword was forged.

 

HabakiHabaki is the equipment to make the blade not touch its scabbard inside. It prevents the blade from getting rusty and chipped. 

 

 

 

Authentication PaperNBTHK JUYO TOKEN Certificate for the blade (No. 3482)

  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 June 1st in the 45th year of Showa (1970). They appraised it as JUYO TOKEN, the blade exceptionally worth preserving for Japanese society. The purchaser will receive this original certificate as well. We can also translate what is written into English and make a PDF file for your record if you request.

Registration Number :  Hyogo 4706
  The Board of Education in Hyogo prefecture issued a registration paper for this sword. It is called Jyu Token Rui Torokusho(銃刀剣類登録証). Bunkacho(The Agency for Cultural Affairs) acknowledges a Japanese sword with this paper as a work of art.
The sword needs to be traditionally hand-forged and made of Tamahagane carbon steel to be registered in the system. With this paper, its owner in Japan can legally own an authentic Japanese sword. Based on this registration number, we will apply for its export permit.
This paper will need to be returned to the board of education when the sword is being shipped abroad, but you can receive a copy of it. An English translation of this registration paper is available on request.

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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 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 700 Japanese swords for the past few years (~2024) 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.

【Payment Method】
We accept payment through Stripe (Credit card), PayPal, Apple Pay or ChromePay, all of which are secure payment methods. Also, you don’t need to make an account on Stripe for the checkout. If you prefer other payment method, please contact us. After confirming your payment, we will apply for an export permit. You may either pay in JPY, USD, AUD, CAD,EUR CHF or GBP. The price is set in Japanese Yen. Prices in other currencies are automatically calculated based on the latest exchange rate. 

* If the amount is above 1 million JPY, Stripe or wire transfer will be the only options for payment.

【Shipping】
 We have shipped authentic Japanese swords to the USA, Canada, Mexico, Germany , Belgium, France, Finland, Hong Kong, Australia. 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 EMS. 

 We normally ship by EMS(Express Mail Service) provided by Japan Post. 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 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.

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【Review】
 Here is one of the reviews we received from a customer who purchased an authentic Japanese sword from us. For more reviews, please click here.
“My experience overall with the whole process was wonderful. I had many questions about the history and process to purchase these treasures. All my questions were answered very timely and complete. The staff is very knowledgeable and very well versed if any questions do arise.”

【How to make sure the condition】
 Please keep in mind that what you are going to purchase is an antique item. 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.

【How To Contact Us】
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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. By mastering how to clean the Japanese sword, its aesthetic beauty will last forever.

 When you purchase a Japanese sword from us, you can get a Free Japanese sword maintenance kit. It comes with four tools(Choji Oil, Uchiko Whetstone Powder, Peg remover, Oil Applicator). By watching the video instruction above , you can enjoy learning how to maintain your Japanese sword while appreciating it. If  you have any difficulty assembling the sword or cleaning the blade, you can feel free to contact us.

 

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 Thank you for reading all the information on the page. If you have any difficulty choosing the right Japanese sword for you, we will be more than happy to help you find the one that speaks to you the most. Please feel free to contact us.

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