Antique Japanese Sword Wakizashi Unsigned Nobutaka with NTHK Kanteisho Certificate
Nobutaka first signed his name as Nobuteru, and when he was 34 years old in 1665, he received the title of Hoki no Kami. Then, he took over Nobutaka, the maker’s name of his father, and became the third generation Nobutaka.
In the same year, he was hired by Owari second-gen Tokugawa Mitsutomo(the feudal lord in Owari domain) as Okakaekaji. Okakae Kaji means he exclusively forged swords for the Owari Tokugawa clan, the most powerful family in that region during the Edo period.
As Owari province(today’s Aichi prefecture) was active in martial arts during the early Edo period, there was much demand among high-class Samurai to order swords forged by the third-gen Nobutaka. He often worked with his father(the second-gen Nobutaka), and there is some remaining work where you can see both signatures.
The first-gen Nobutaka was originally from Mino province, which is famous for Japanese sword tradition, MINO-DEN. 1st-5tb generation Nobutaka received the title of Hoki no Kami.
The name of Kami was given by an emperor to those who were excellent at sword making. Nobutaka is one of the most famous swordsmiths in Owari province in the early Edo period.
NTHK appraised this blade forged by the third-gen Hoki no Kami Nobutaka based on its styles, such as Hamon, Jigane, and shape, while there is no marking on the tang.
Cutting Edge Length(Nagasa)： 52.1 cm( 20.5 inches)
Curvature(Sori)：1.0 cm( 0.4 inches)
The crystalline structure which forms along the cutting edge of a blade as a result of the hardening process
visible steel surface pattern created by folding and hammering during forging process
Nakago：Nakago 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.
Koshirae: Koshirae is the mounting of the Japanese sword.
There are several parts that consist of Koshirae such as Saya(Sabbard), Tsuka( Handle), Tsuba(Handguard). They are coated with stingray skin and silver.
Fuchi-Kashira：A pair of matching sword fittings that cover the upper and bottom parts of its sword hilt.
Tsuka and Menuki：Tsuka is the handle of the Japanese sword and Menuki is its decoration.
The chrysanthemum pattern is designed on both sides. A long time ago, the chrysanthemum was used as a medicine for long life in China. It was brought to Japan with this thought in the Nara period (648-781). This flower symbolizes fall, and people appreciate it very much since ancient times. As its petals form radially, the chrysanthemum has been likened to the sun. That is why this flower pattern is treated as the symbol of perpetual youth and longevity or good health. Kiku no Gomon (菊の御紋) is a kind of chrysanthemum pattern, and it is used as the emperor’s crest and the royal family in Japan; therefore, it is well-known as a noble pattern.
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.
Octagon-shaped Tsuba with Kozuka and Kougai holes
Dragons are designed. On the surface, it looks two dragons are chasing to get a gem. Initially, a dragon is an imaginary creature that is found in ancient Chinese traditions or myths. It is a beast that symbolizes auspicious signs. Its body is likened to nine animals: antlers are deer, the head is a camel, eyes are demons, the neck is a snake, belly is Mizuchi (mythical animal in Japan which looks like a snake and have a horn and four legs), scales are fish, claws are falcons, palms are tigers, and ears are cows. It was thought that the dragon would reign at the top of all animals because of its odd-looking appearance. In Japan, people appreciate the dragon motif due to its meaning as the all-purpose auspicious pattern.
Saya：Saya is the scabbard for the Japanese sword. It is coated with stingray skin.
Kozuka：Kozuka is a small knife stored in Koduka Hitsu (groove of the sheath of the Japanese sword).
This Kogatana (small knife) is signed as 丹波守吉道 (Tanba-no-kami Yoshimichi).
The Kozuka (case for the knife) is decorated with a dragon pattern. Also, the paulownia pattern is found. This plant motif was used as an imperial pattern and eventually became the pattern to be given by the emperor to the administration’s ruler as proof. The paulownia design has been treated as a noble pattern.
Authentication Paper：NTHK 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 September 20th in the second year of Reiwa(2020). 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 : Shizuoka 54211
The Board of Education in Shizuoka 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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【Japanese Sword& Export Process】
The Japanese swords we deal with are hand-forged edged swords 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.
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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.
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【How to make sure the condition】
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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. 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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Episode 1: Types of Japanese Swords
Episode 2: Japanese Swords from Different Ages
Episode 3: Budget of Japanese Swords
Episode 4: Japanese Sword Appraisers in Modern Times (NBTHK / NTHK )