Antique Japanese Sword Wakizashi Signed by Yukihiro with NBTHK Certificate
This blade was forged by the first generation Yukihiro in Hizen Province. (today’s Saga prefecture) Being a brother of the first generation Masahiro(Kawauchi Daijyo Masahiro), a famous swordsmith in Hizen Province, Yukuhiro served Saga clan.
Yukihiro received the honorable title of Dewadaijyo in 1648 A.D and gained a higher title called Dewano-kami in 1663 A.D. The name of Kami was given by an emperor to those who were excellent at sword making. He visited Nagasaki in 1650 A.D to learn how to forge swords by using carbon steel from Netherlands, which often traded with Japan back then.
Yukihiro sometimes signed ICHI(one in Japanese) before his signature. Because he learned Bizen-Den( One of the most famous styles in Japanese sword), and he called himself Hizen Ichimonji. This sword shows the excellent quality of the Hizen sword. Yukihiro lasted 6th generations and is one of the most famous swordsmiths from the Hizen province at the beginning of the Edo period.
Cutting Edge Length(Nagasa)： 51.2 cm(20.2 inches)
Curvature(Sori)： 1.36 cm(0.5 inches)
Hamon：The blade pattern created by the tempering process. It has Omidare hamon, which also has Hako Midare design.
Jimon＆Jihada：Visible surface pattern on the steel. Ko-Itame
Nakago：It has a signature that is inscribed 肥前國出羽大掾行廣(Hizenkoku Dewa Daijyo Yukihiro). There are two nakago holes, which indicates the blade used to be longer and was shortened in the past.
Fuchi-Kashira：A pair of matching sword fittings that cover the upper and bottom parts of its sword hilt. Gold inlay was applied on them. Gold inlay technique is applied to this Fuchi-Kashira
Tsuka and Menuki：Tsuka is the handle of the Japanese sword and Menuki is its decoration . Samehada(Stingray skin) was used on the surface of the handle.
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.
Saya：Saya is the scabbard for the Japanese sword.
Kozuka：Kozuka is a small knife stored in Koduka Hitsu(groove of the sheath of the Japanese sword).
Certificate：NBTHK Tokubetsu Kicho Ninteisho Certificate for the blade
NBTHK, also known as Nihon Bijutsu Touken Hozon Kyokai is one of the oldest Japanese sword appraising organizations in modern day in Japan.
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 350 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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* If the amount is above 1 million JPY, Stripe or wire transfer will be the only options for payment.
We have shipped authentic Japanese swords to the USA, Canada, Mexico, UK, Germany, Switzerland, France, Hong Kong and 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 either EMS or FedEx(Canada).
We normally ship by EMS(Express Mail Service) provided by Japan Post. When we receive an order from the 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.
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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 Powder, Peg remover, Oil Applicator). By watching the video instruction above , you can enjoy learning how to maintain your Japanese sword while appreciating it.
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