Antique Japanese Sword Wakizashi Mumei SUKESADA with NBTHK Certificate
Genbe Sukesada(源兵衛祐定) was one of the most well-known swordsmiths in Bizen province.(Today’s Okayama prefecture.)He forged sword during 1532-1573 A.D. Based on the hamon(wavy pattern on the blade),the shape and the color of the carbon steel, the sword appraiser, NBTHK believed this sword was made by him.
Those who forged swords in the Bizen province(Okayama prefecture) at the end of the Muromachi Period(1492-1569 A.D) are called Matsu Bizen(Matsu mean the end). Sukesada school was one of the most famous schools and it flourished for generations among Osafune schools(The head branch). There were various styles forged by the generations of Sukesada during this period. There were about 60 swordsmiths who used Sukesada as his maker’s name in the Samura history. Bizen is the birthplace of Bizen Den,one of the most famous Japanese sword tradtion along with Yamashiro Den, Soshu Den, Mino Den and Yamato Den.
The swordsmiths in Bizen produced many swords during the Muromachi period as it was in the middle of the Sengoku period(Warring state period), and the demand for swords increased among strong feudal lords. The length of this blade is efficient and must have been easy for its owner to handle back then. It would be nice to have a piece that was forged in the warring state period, when there was so much rivalry between warlords.
Cutting Edge Length(Nagasa)：38.0 cm(15.0 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
Fuchi-Kashira：A pair of matching sword fittings that cover the upper and bottom parts of its sword hilt
Autumn flowers decorate Fuchi Kashira. For example, chrysanthemum, Japanese bellflower, and bush clover are designed. Also, a butterfly resting its wings at the leaf is seen. As a deer is engraved for Kozuka, it might be unified as a design with autumn elements.
Tsuka＆ Menuki：Tsuka is the handle of the Japanese sword and Menuki is its decoration(dragon and tiger)
A lion and a dragon are designed as Menuki. People consider the lion the power of the sun; therefore, lion pattern has been believed that it would exorcise evil spirits and protect people.
Initially, the dragon is an imaginary beast that is found in ancient Chinese traditions or myths. And it is a symbol of auspicious signs. Its body is likened nine animals: antlers are deer, the head is a camel, eyes are demons, the neck is a snake, belly is Mizuchi (a 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. People appreciate this creature design as the all-purpose auspicious pattern.
Scabbard(Saya)： Saya is the scabbard for the Japanese sword
Kozuka： Kozuka is the short equipment used a comb or a short knife to cut something small
A deer is designed for Kozuka. In Japan, deer was once an essential food, and people used its leather for clothing, and its antler was processed for fishhooks or ornaments. However, the situation changed after rice cultivation became a popular life-style. People apotheosized deer and regard it as god’s messenger. Deer was incorporated into the theme of Japanese poetry in the Nara period (648-781), and people appreciated it as the symbol of love with a scene of the autumn landscape. It is said this animal pattern represents the prolongation of life and longevity.
Certificate：Authentication Paper：NBTHK Tokubetsu Kicho Certificate for the blade and sword mountings
NBTHK, also known as Nihon Bijutsu Touken Hozon Kyokai, is one of the oldest Japanese sword appraising organizations in modern-day Japan. They authenticated the blade and its sword mounting on Nov 26th in the 42th year of Showa(1967). They appraised them as Tokubetsu Kicho Touken＆Kodougu. The purchaser will receive these original certificates as well. We can also translate what is written into English and make a PDF file for your record if you request.
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【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.
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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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