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Updated: 18 May 2021

Antique Japanese Sword Wakizashi Signed by Minamoto Morimasa
NTHK Kanteisho Certificate

$4,579.34

DELIVERY TIME : Approx. 1-1.5 months
*There might be delay in shipment depending on countries

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

INCLUDED : NTHK Kanteisho Certificate, Shirasaya Case, Koshirae Sword Mounting, Traditional Sword Carrying Case, Sword Maintenance Kit, Full Exportation Support

Category Wakizashi ( SHINTO)
Age Genroku era(1688-1702: Early Edo Period)
Swordsmith Izumi no Kami Minamoto Morimasa(和泉守源守正): The second-gen Senjuin Morikuni
Certificate NTHK Kanteisho Certificate
Location Edo city (today’s Tokyo)
Blade Size Length:51.5 cm ( 20.27 inches), Curvature: 1.0 cm( 0.39 inches)

 

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Antique Japanese Sword Wakizashi Signed by Minamoto Morimasa with NTHK Kanteisho Certificate

【Description】

Izumi no Kami Minamoto Morimasa(和泉守源守正) is a former name of Senjyuin Morikuni(千手院盛國).
Morimasa is a swordsmith who was active in the late Kanbun era-Genroku era (approx.300-330 years ago). He was originally from Mino province, one of the famous sword-forging places in Samurai history.

Later on, he moved to Edo(Today’s Tokyo ) to work for Izumi no Kami Kaneshige(和泉守兼重) as an apprentice. Izumi no Kami Kaneshige was one of the most renowned swordsmiths in the early Edo period. Other apprentices Kaneshige hired were Nagasone Kotetsu and Kazusanosuke Kaneshige, who were known for their excellent sword-forging skills. They all forged in the same school, improving their technique. It is said that Morimasa forged swords on behalf of his master Kaneshige and his signature resembles his master’s. There aren’t so many remaining swords signed by Morimasa today.

Morimasa was also known as Edo Senjyuin because he was a descendant of Noshu Akasaka Senjyuin, one of the most prestigious schools in Mino province.

This blade is in relatively good condition and comes with the beautiful sword mountings. NTHK issued Kanteisho(Authenticated paper) this year.

【 Blade】
Cutting Edge Length(Nagasa)51.5 cm ( 20.27 inches)
Curvature(Sori)1.0 cm( 0.39 inches)


 

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


NakagoNakago is the tang of the Japanese sword.

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

Koshirae: Koshirae is the mounting of the Japanese sword. There are several parts that consist of Koshirae such as Saya(Scabbard), Tsuka( Handle), Tsuba(Handguard).

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

 This Fuchi Kashira might be made from copper. Although it does not have distinctive designs, its glossy brown color makes a color combination with Tsuka’s black color.

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

 It is challenging to judge what the motif is for this Menuki. It seems each Menuki has combined two small pot-shaped parts and are coiled with ropes. It could consider that some daily tools might be designed.

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. 

 Circle-shaped iron Tsuba that has Kozuka and Kougai holes. Several holes are engraved; these irregular-shaped holes might depict any motifs such as water drops. 


Saya Saya is the scabbard for the Japanese sword. 

Authentication PaperNTHK Kanteisho Certificate for the blade

NTHK, also known as Nihon Touken Hozon Kai (the Society for the Preservation of the Japanese Sword), is one of the oldest Japanese sword appraising organizations in modern-day Japan. They authenticated the blade on Jan 17th in the third year of Reiwa(2021). They appraised it as the Kanteisho class, the blade 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 :  Wakayama 29570

The Board of Education in Wakayama 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 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.

【Payment Method】
  We accept payment through Stripe(Credit card), PayPal, Apple Pay or ChromePay, all of which are secure payment methods. 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, EUR or GBP. The price is set in Japanese Yen. Prices in other currencies are automatically calculated based on the latest exchange rate.

【Shipping】
  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】
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.

The Art of Nihonto(Japanese Sword)
Samurai’s history is a profound, eloquent legacy of ancient Japanese warriors in which millions of people worldwide are being fascinated. If you like to find out the art of Nihonto, please click here.

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.

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