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NHK Documentary on Japanese Sword Polishing: “In Love with the Samurai Sword”

Saturday, August 23rd, 2014

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Earlier this year, I was approached by NHK Enterprises in Japan to take part in a 50-minute documentary on the fine art of Japanese sword polishing.  
I was humbled by the opportunity.  Throughout the days we filmed together I was able to dive deeper into this incredible craft.  A craft that truly deserves greater appreciation.
I met renowned sword polisher Sasaki-sensei and his skilled apprentices, specifically Yuichi-san who worked hard on a beautiful Yasusada wakizashi that I submitted for polishing.
I am pleased to say that the documentary was aired online globally on Sunday August 24th.  I don’t know if it will be re-aired although it is my understanding that Discovery Canada is a co-producer and will broadcast the documentary in 2015.
The title of the documentary is called:
“In Love with the Samurai Sword”
I’d like to take this opportunity to thank Frederick Martin, a client who has acquired antique swords from Unique Japan who kindly agreed to be part of the documentary.  Arigato Fred-san!
I must say that the filming was meticulously done and shot in high-spec 4K.  It is an enjoyable and educational adventure into this admirable art form. 
I’d like to express my sincere gratitude for everyone’s passion, support and enthusiasm.  Your appreciation of the Japanese sword and what it  represents spiritually ensures that it will live on and on.
Warm regards,
Pablo Kuntz
Founder, Unique Japan

A SA SADAYOSHI JUYO KATANA WITH CUSTOM KOSHIRAE

Tuesday, August 19th, 2014
View details of a Sa Sadayoshi Katana made in the Nambokucho Period with 48th Juyo Token Certification 700

Overview

Behold a 650-year-old katana of grand proportions…
This spectacular piece has been attributed to Sadayoshi of the Sa School from Chikuzen province in Kyushu. It has the honour of having achieved NBTHK Juyo Token certification in 2002, the 48th session.
The founder of The Sa School in Kyushu is O-Sa (Saemon Saburo Yasuyoshi). He signed his name as simply “Sa” and was considered one of Masamune’s 10 great students.
Notable students of the Chikuzen Sa School were Yukihiro (the son of O-Sa), Yasuyoshi, Yoshisada, Yoshihiro, Kunihiro, Hiroyasu, and Sadayoshi, the craftsman who this blade is attributed to.
Sadayoshi is said to be the son of Yasuyoshi, a swordsmith whose swords have reached the Juyo Bunkasai level, known as an Important Cultural Property. Only one step away from National Treasure status.
This sword was once a splendid tachi carried on horseback during the warring mid-Nambokucho period (1338-1367). It has been shortened to its current length of just over 70cm (cutting edge).
A majestic curvature of over 2cm graces the blade. Sa School blades personify harmony of strength and beauty.
The hamon is a gentle notare wave, and the jihada (surface skin) is exquisitely forged resulting in a ko-itame and mokume that resembles the annual rings of a tree.
The yakiba (area of the hardened edge) is bright white which contrasts beautifully against the darkish-blue jihada.
As the katana was acquired in shirasaya only (long-term storage scabbard), it was decided with the client to build a custom koshirae (sword fittings).
The theme selected was that of Samurai warriors. Given that the sword was made during a time of intense battle known as the Nambokucho Period, it seemed most appropriate. The results speak for themselves…
Please scroll to view images and discover information regarding this formidable katana.

*Photos by Eric Bossick for Unique Japan

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Interested in Ownership of an Antique Japanese Sword?

If owning an authentic Japanese Samurai sword is of interest to you and your family, we would be honoured to serve you.

To visitors in Japan…

If you have the pleasure of living in Japan or visiting the country, we recommend that you come to one of our upcoming sword shows or schedule a private VIP meeting with us.
VIP meetings are normally held near JR Ebisu station in Tokyo at a hired gallery space. We can also arrange visits to a company office, hotel, near the airport or at a private residence.

To visitors around the world…

To those exploring our collection online, be sure to download our catalogue of available swords here.
We completely respect the fact it takes a HUGE leap of personal FAITH in us to commit to a particular sword given the reliance on photos and descriptions for such a highly valued item.
It is our PROMISE to address all your questions to the best of our ability. It’s important to us that you feel completely confident that the sword you choose (and that chooses you) is destined for you and your family.
You can also take reassurance that ALL swords from Unique Japan are GUARANTEED AUTHENTIC and come with a 3-DAY WORRY FREE inspection period upon arrival to your home.

Legal Exportation from Japan

Yes, it is completely legal to own a genuine antique Japanese sword (even those that are several hundreds of years old). Unique Japan specialises in all proper legal compliances so that swords can be exported from Japan.
All required paperwork is provided free of charge for clients.
Unique Japan has safely sent well over 200 swords FROM Japan to immensely proud owners in the United States, Canada, Europe and around the world.
We look forward to making your dream of owning an authentic Japanese sword a reality for you.

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A BIZEN 1514 SUKESADA WAKIZASHI

Tuesday, August 5th, 2014
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Overview

Signed and dated to August 1514 (11th year of Eisho), this formidable wakizashi by swordsmith Bisshu Osafune Sukesada is celebrating its 500th birthday this month. What an incredible milestone…
The late Muromachi period was a time of continuous upheaval and war. The demand for swords was high and they needed to have excellent cutting ability. As such, many swords from this time have survived to this day.
Sukesada is a name forever synonymous with the Bizen region. The name spans over 60 generations.
Given the time period and analysis of the signature along with the qualities of the sword, it is highly likely that the respected Hikobei-no-Jo Sukesada forged the wakizashi.
The fact that the nioiguchi is lined with scattered ko-nie (tiny crystals) is a significant clue.
Fujishiro ranks Hikobei-no-jo as Saijo-saku (a grandmaster swordsmith) in their Nihon Koto Jiten reference book. His works are found from 1489-1519.
This sword is exactly what you would expect from the highest skilled smiths of the Sue Bizen School (Late Bizen). It is stout with a deep saki-sori (strong curvature at the top of the blade).
The hamon (temper line) is koshibiraki gunome midare, an eye-catching series of undulating waves that pops out from the blade.
Although technically a wakizashi with its cutting edge being 51cm, one must regard this sword as a shorter version of the atypical katana of the time, which was about 63cm.
It was crafted for a warrior that demanded this length of sword to comfortably fight with. Swords from this era were made for one-handed use as hand-to-hand combat was commonplace.
Sword is housed in a beautiful set of Edo-period koshirae (fittings) that has both a kozuka (utility knife) and kogai (hair pick). The chocolate brown coloured saya (scabbard) has a gorgeous ishime (stone-finish) design.
This sword is currently available. Needless to say, it will become a greatly cherished and brilliant conversation piece within a lucky someone’s collection.
Whose family wishes to be the sword’s next caretaker so it lives on for another 500 years?
Scroll down for many high-quality images of sword along with insight to the qualities the sword possesses.
Price: $10,500 (CURRENTLY ON HOLD)
Please contact Unique Japan for further details.

*Photos by Eric Bossick for Unique Japan

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Interested in Ownership of an Antique Japanese Sword?

If owning an authentic Japanese Samurai sword is of interest to you and your family, we would be honoured to serve you. This Sukesada wakizashi crafted in August of 1514 is currently available. If you are interested in becoming the owner of this sword, please do not hesitate to contact Unique Japan for details moving forward.

To visitors in Japan…

If you have the pleasure of living in Japan or visiting the country, we recommend that you come to one of our upcoming sword shows or schedule a private VIP meeting with us.
VIP meetings are normally held near JR Ebisu station in Tokyo at a hired gallery space. We can also arrange visits to a company office, hotel, near the airport or at a private residence.

To visitors around the world…

To those exploring our collection online, be sure to download our catalogue of available swords here.
We completely respect the fact it takes a HUGE leap of personal FAITH in us to commit to a particular sword given the reliance on photos and descriptions for such a highly valued item.
It is our PROMISE to address all your questions to the best of our ability. It’s important to us that you feel completely confident that the sword you choose (and that chooses you) is destined for you and your family.
You can also take reassurance that ALL swords from Unique Japan are GUARANTEED AUTHENTIC and come with a 3-DAY WORRY FREE inspection period upon arrival to your home.

Legal Exportation from Japan

Yes, it is completely legal to own a genuine antique Japanese sword (even those that are several hundreds of years old). Unique Japan specialises in all proper legal compliances so that swords can be exported from Japan.
All required paperwork is provided free of charge for clients.
Unique Japan has safely sent well over 200 swords FROM Japan to immensely proud owners in the United States, Canada, Europe and around the world.
We look forward to making your dream of owning an authentic Japanese sword a reality for you.

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A MASAHIRO WAKIZASHI WITH CUSTOM KOSHIRAE

Wednesday, July 16th, 2014
A Masahiro Wakizashi Bunroku era 1592-1596 Intro

Overview

The name Masahiro has been signed by many great swordsmiths over the centuries.
This particular smith, Masahiro, hails from Houki no Kuni (now Tottori prefecture) and was part of the Hiroga School. Not a lot is known about Masahiro and for that matter the Hiroga School. Very few of his works are in existence. This makes the sword rare and unique.
The sword was made during a remarkable and turbulent time in Japan’s history. This short 30-year window of time is called the Azuchi Momoyama Period – a transitional pivot point towards the long and relatively peaceful Edo Period.
The sword exhibits traits of the Soshu tradition. Hitatsura is formed when the whole blade is heat-treated to produce the hamon, mune-yaki and tobi-yaki. This gives the sword lots of ‘hataraki‘ or activity in the hamon that collectors cherish.
The Soshu tradition originated in the Kamakura region with the famous swordsmith Masamune leading the charge back in the late 13th century.
It’s rather fascinating how a smith who lived in essentially the middle of nowhere in Japan (Tottori is sparsely populated) could produce such a notable sword.
Masahiro must have had some kind of communication with Soshu-den tradition swordsmiths. Notice the nakago: it is short and stubby, similar to funa-gata nakago, which the Masamune School swords carried.
The sword comes with NBTHK Tokubetsu Kicho certification (a sword that graded Especially Precious) from Showa 50-nen, 1975.
Furthermore, the sword’s shirasaya is signed and certified by Dr. Sato Kanzan. This is called sayagaki. Dr. Sato sensei was one of the directors at the NBTHK at the time.
A Custom Koshirae (Fittings)
The sword was first acquired in only her shirasaya (brown/white scabbard). Thus it became a koshirae (pronounced “ko-she-rye”) – a custom fittings project for our client living in British Columbia, Canada.
When producing a custom koshirae, the client and Unique Japan work together to establish a theme for the fittings. All fittings (tsuba, fuchi-kashira and menuki) are sourced antiques from the Edo period. The tsuka (hilt) and saya (scabbard) are made to measure by skilled craftsman.
What makes a custom koshirae so special is that it becomes a combination of modern-day Japanese traditional craftsmanship coupled with key elements of the Samurai past.
It is thus a rewarding journey that ultimately becomes a meaningful keepsake for the client and his family.
A beautiful tsuba from Echizen province was selected along with a golden carp climbing a waterfall as the fuchi-kashira and shisa lions for the menuki.
The scabbard was elected to be black lacquered with a traditional ito-maki (silk wrap) in blue.
Please scroll down to see the wonderful results with fascinating information on the fittings themselves.
As many quality swords are found only in shirasaya, Unique Japan regularly builds custom koshirae (and daisho koshirae) for clients around the world.
If the idea of building a custom koshirae project around a Japanese sword we help source is appealing to you, please be sure to contact us. Domo arigato!

*Photos by Eric Bossick for Unique Japan

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Interested in Ownership of an Antique Japanese Sword?

If owning an authentic Japanese Samurai sword is of interest to you and your family, we would be honoured to serve you.

To visitors in Japan…

If you have the pleasure of living in Japan or visiting the country, we recommend that you come to one of our upcoming sword shows or schedule a private VIP meeting with us.
VIP meetings are normally held near JR Ebisu station in Tokyo at a hired gallery space. We can also arrange visits to a company office, hotel, near the airport or at a private residence.

To visitors around the world…

To those exploring our collection online, be sure to download our catalogue of available swords here.
We completely respect the fact it takes a HUGE leap of personal FAITH in us to commit to a particular sword given the reliance on photos and descriptions for such a highly valued item.
It is our PROMISE to address all your questions to the best of our ability. It’s important to us that you feel completely confident that the sword you choose (and that chooses you) is destined for you and your family.
You can also take reassurance that ALL swords from Unique Japan are GUARANTEED AUTHENTIC and come with a 3-DAY WORRY FREE inspection period upon arrival to your home.

Legal Exportation from Japan

Yes, it is completely legal to own a genuine antique Japanese sword (even those that are several hundreds of years old). Unique Japan specialises in all proper legal compliances so that swords can be exported from Japan.
All required paperwork is provided free of charge for clients.
Unique Japan has safely sent well over 200 swords FROM Japan to immensely proud owners in the United States, Canada, Europe and around the world.
We look forward to making your dream of owning an authentic Japanese sword a reality for you.

Popular Pages of Interest

 

 

A NAOE SHIZU SCHOOL JUYO KATANA

Friday, June 27th, 2014
A Naoe Shizu Katana NBTHK Juyo Mid Nambokucho Period Certificate 1970

Overview

It gives us great pleasure to offer an NBTHK 19th Juyo Token katana (Important Sword) attributed to The Naoe Shizu School.
In a word, the sword is spectacular. Her remarkable o-kissaki (long extended tip) and majestic shape captures the imagination. This sword was once a tachi of course, a formidable sword surely carried during the warring mid-Nambokucho period (1338-1367).
According to historical records swordsmiths populated Mino province in the Hogen era (1156-1159) during the Heian period. However, it’s only once the very late Kamakura period (early 1300s) appeared that works by Shizu Saburo Kaneuji and Kinju have been confirmed.
To give a sense of context, Kaneuji is said to have moved from Yamato (Nara) to study under the great Masamune to become one of his ten finest pupils (Masamune Jutettsu).
Kaneuji eventually moved to Shizu district in Mino province and is largely considered the founder of the Mino tradition. Incidentally, Shizu means ‘still’ or ‘calm’ in Japanese.
As one would have expected, Kaneuji’s works carry a strong mixture of Yamato Tegai School qualities (a jihada of mokume hada with straight grain masame hada) and the Soshu tradition with a hamon displaying nie-deki (large, visible crystals) with plenty of hataraki such as sunagashi (streaks of sand), kinsuji (stripes of gold) and inazuma (crooked lightning bolts).
A noteworthy difference is that is that the hamon carries some togari (tapered peaks) in the hamon. As a basic rule, all Mino tradition swords have togari in the hamon.
Unsigned swords attributed to Kaneuji are known as Yamato Shizu (Shizu meaning ‘Kaneuji’).
The Naoe Shizu School
In the beginning, students of the O-Shizu School (founded by Kaneuji) and of the Naoe Shizu School moved to Naoe district also in Mino province to differentiate themselves.
Notable students include Kaneyuki (son of Kaneshige), Tametsugu (a disciple of either Go Yoshiro or Norishige), Kanetoshi, Kanetsugu, Kanenobu and later generations of Kaneuji.

What makes the Naoe Shizu School different from that of O-Shizu is that the sugata (shape of the sword) is superior; key traits being that of a wide mihaba and o-kissaki. Both of which, according to Nagayama Kokan of the Connoisseurs Book of Japanese Swords, “lend to a grand appearance”.

Of equal importance to note is that the jihada has mokume-hada with generous amounts of flowing masame (straight grain). This is especially evident near the hamon or in the shinogi-ji.
The folding pattern in the steel has a direct influence on the hamon – displaying sunagashi (parallel streaks of sand) in a wavy notare hamon. All such qualities of the Naoe Shizu School can be seen and enjoyed in this magnificent katana.

To the collector, the fact that this katana was granted NBTHK Juyo certification in 1970 is highly significant. Juyo blades judged prior to 1971 are considered to be more prestigious because there was no higher ranking at the time (NBTHK Tokubetsu Juyo did not yet formally exist).

Swords awarded Juyo Token from this extremely selective period were of the absolute top rank and are thus highly coveted. In a nutshell, this katana was the Tokubetsu Juyo of its day.

Former co-chairman of the NBTHK, Dr. Sato Kanzan, has further signed the 72cm sword’s shirasaya (scabbard). This is a further level of respected authentication known as sayagaki.
All told, this is a katana of museum-grade importance. It is a remarkable piece of Japanese history that will give its new owner endless enjoyment and appreciation. Please inquire for further details.

Price: $36,000 (ON HOLD)

Information on acquiring a sword from Unique Japan:
5 Steps to Owning an Authentic Japanese Samurai Sword

*Photos by Eric Bossick for Unique Japan

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Interested in Ownership of an Antique Japanese Sword?

If owning an authentic Japanese Samurai sword is of interest to you and your family, we would be honoured to serve you.

To visitors in Japan…

If you have the pleasure of living in Japan or visiting the country, we recommend that you come to one of our upcoming sword shows or schedule a private VIP meeting with us.
VIP meetings are normally held near JR Ebisu station in Tokyo at a hired gallery space. We can also arrange visits to a company office, hotel, near the airport or at a private residence.

To visitors around the world…

To those exploring our collection online, be sure to download our catalogue of available swords here.
We completely respect the fact it takes a HUGE leap of personal FAITH in us to commit to a particular sword given the reliance on photos and descriptions for such a highly valued item.
It is our PROMISE to address all your questions to the best of our ability. It’s important to us that you feel completely confident that the sword you choose (and that chooses you) is destined for you and your family.
You can also take reassurance that ALL swords from Unique Japan are GUARANTEED AUTHENTIC and come with a 3-DAY WORRY FREE inspection period upon arrival to your home.

Legal Exportation from Japan

Yes, it is completely legal to own a genuine antique Japanese sword (even those that are several hundreds of years old). Unique Japan specialises in all proper legal compliances so that swords can be exported from Japan.
All required paperwork is provided free of charge for clients.
Unique Japan has safely sent well over 200 swords FROM Japan to immensely proud owners in the United States, Canada, Europe and around the world.
We look forward to making your dream of owning an authentic Japanese sword a reality for you.

Popular Pages of Interest

 

A TADAMITSU KATANA

Wednesday, June 11th, 2014
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Overview

This excellent katana by Jo-saku (superior smith) Bizen Osafune Tadamitsu is both signed and dated to August 1503 during the heart of the Sengoku Jidai (Warring States period).
It is a formidable sword with a cutting edge of 70cm and just one hole in the ubu-nakago (unaltered tang).
The sword went on to gain coveted NTHK-NPO Yushuto status, the high level of achievement within the non-profit sword preservation society.
The beautiful koshirae features a fuchi-kashira depicting a family of tigers within a bamboo grove, signed by Yasuchika, a leading figure of the Nara school. The Edo-period saya, lacquered in a seeming burnt striped formation pays a compliment to the finely crafted fittings.
Scroll down to view the images of the sword plus further insight to the elements that make up the sword’s story.
This sword was sold to a private collector.

*Photos by Eric Bossick for Unique Japan

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Interested in Ownership of an Antique Japanese Sword?

If owning an authentic Japanese Samurai sword is of interest to you and your family, we would be honoured to serve you.

To visitors in Japan…

If you have the pleasure of living in Japan or visiting the country, we recommend that you come to one of our upcoming sword shows or schedule a private VIP meeting with us.
VIP meetings are normally held near JR Ebisu station in Tokyo at a hired gallery space. We can also arrange visits to a company office, hotel, near the airport or at a private residence.

To visitors around the world…

To those exploring our collection online, be sure to download our catalogue of available swords here.
We completely respect the fact it takes a HUGE leap of personal FAITH in us to commit to a particular sword given the reliance on photos and descriptions for such a highly valued item.
It is our PROMISE to address all your questions to the best of our ability. It’s important to us that you feel completely confident that the sword you choose (and that chooses you) is destined for you and your family.
You can also take reassurance that ALL swords from Unique Japan are GUARANTEED AUTHENTIC and come with a 3-DAY WORRY FREE inspection period upon arrival to your home.

Legal Exportation from Japan

Yes, it is completely legal to own a genuine antique Japanese sword (even those that are several hundreds of years old). Unique Japan specialises in all proper legal compliances so that swords can be exported from Japan.
All required paperwork is provided free of charge for clients.
Unique Japan has safely sent well over 200 swords FROM Japan to immensely proud owners in the United States, Canada, Europe and around the world.
We look forward to making your dream of owning an authentic Japanese sword a reality for you.

Popular Pages of Interest

 

A Kunisuke Nidai Wakizashi

Friday, May 16th, 2014
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Overview

Nestled between Shodai (1st generation) and Sandai (3rd generation), Nidai Kunisuke is known as “Naka Kawachi” (middle generation).
Kunisuke II created a particular choji midare known as kobushigata choji hamon (fist-shaped clove blossom). This long wakizashi is an outstanding example of such skill and creativity.
The jihada is bright with ji-nie (visible crystals in the body). Fujishiro writes: “because he is especially skilled at ko-nie shimari ashi iri choji ha, he is also called Shinto Ichimonji.”
Everything about this sword is first class. Note that it is rare for a Kunisuke sword to feature a full-length bo-hi (groove).
This sword has been sold. A custom koshirae will be created for this elegant piece of Japanese history.

*Photos by Eric Bossick for Unique Japan

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Interested in Ownership of an Antique Japanese Sword?

If owning an authentic Japanese Samurai sword is of interest to you and your family, we would be honoured to serve you.

To visitors in Japan…

If you have the pleasure of living in Japan or visiting the country, we recommend that you come to one of our upcoming sword shows or schedule a private VIP meeting with us.
VIP meetings are normally held near JR Ebisu station in Tokyo at a hired gallery space. We can also arrange visits to a company office, hotel, near the airport or at a private residence.

To visitors around the world…

To those exploring our collection online, be sure to download our catalogue of available swords here.
We completely respect the fact it takes a HUGE leap of personal FAITH in us to commit to a particular sword given the reliance on photos and descriptions for such a highly valued item.
It is our PROMISE to address all your questions to the best of our ability. It’s important to us that you feel completely confident that the sword you choose (and that chooses you) is destined for you and your family.
You can also take reassurance that ALL swords from Unique Japan are GUARANTEED AUTHENTIC and come with a 3-DAY WORRY FREE inspection period upon arrival to your home.

Legal Exportation from Japan

Yes, it is completely legal to own a genuine antique Japanese sword (even those that are several hundreds of years old). Unique Japan specialises in all proper legal compliances so that swords can be exported from Japan.
All required paperwork is provided free of charge for clients.
Unique Japan has safely sent well over 150 swords FROM Japan to immensely proud owners in the United States, Canada, Europe and around the world.
We look forward to making your dream of owning an authentic Japanese sword a reality for you.

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A YOSHIMITSU KATANA

Saturday, April 12th, 2014
A Yoshimitsu Katana and Koshirae - Unique Japan

Overview

Yoshimitsu is a notable smith of the Bizen tradition, particularly during the Muromachi period. The NTHK-NPO Kanteisho certificate attributes this sword to him circa the Kansho era: 1461~1466 (550 years ago).
The katana delights in being ubu (original length) with a classic Bizen gunome choji midare hamon (wavy clove blossom temper line).
Well-made horimono (engravings) of Sankozuka with Gomabashi and Bonji bring good fortune bring character and good fortune to the blade (see images below for explanation of the engravings).
It is said that a sword fitted in a red saya (scabbard) is forever sharp and special.
Koshirae (fitting) elements from the Edo-Period include:
Fuchi (collar): Iron and Dragon Gold Takabori (high relief carving)
Kashira (pommel): Crafted from buffalo horn
Menuki (eyelets): In the design of Omodaka (plants growing in paddy fields)
Tsuba (guard) Sukashi (open work) of iron with double Masu (square wooden box traditionally used to measure rice)
Saya (scabbard: Shu (lacquered in red)

Client Testimonial (for this Yoshimitsu katana)

I purchased my first katana few months ago through Unique Japan. My experience was extraordinary positive. Pablo not only is a remarkable expert in this field, but also he has a fantastic customer attitude. He helped me in the choice providing all the info I needed with patience and kindness. The shipping was great: well packaged and and fast. And the “sword” is wonderful.
I strongly recommend Unique Japan if you are going to buy an authentic and precious piece of Japan history.
Thanks a lot Pablo !
Antonio B. – Milan – Italy
Nella ricerca della mia prima katana ho avuto la fortuna di trovare sul web questo sito. La mia esperianza è stata altamente positiva. Pablo non solo è un profondo conoscitore in questo campo, ma anche un persona squisita con un grande rispetto del cliente. Mi ha aiutato nella scelta, fornendomi tutte le informazioni che di volta in volta gli chiedevo (e sono state tante), con enorme pazienza e gentilezza.
La spedizione poi è stata perfetta, veloce e perfettamente imballata. Non posso che raccomandare Unique Japan a tutte quelle persone che vogliono avere il piacere di possedere un oggetto prezioso, che ha fatto per secoli la storia del Giappone.
Grazie Pablo !
Antonio B. – Milano – Italia

*Photos by Eric Bossick for Unique Japan

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If owning an authentic Japanese Samurai sword is of interest to you and your family, we would be honoured to serve you.

To visitors in Japan…

If you have the pleasure of living in Japan or visiting the country, we recommend that you come to one of our upcoming sword shows or schedule a private VIP meeting with us.
VIP meetings are normally held near JR Ebisu station in Tokyo at a hired gallery space. We can also arrange visits to a company office, hotel, near the airport or at a private residence.

To visitors around the world…

To those exploring our collection online, be sure to download our catalogue of available swords here.
We completely respect the fact it takes a HUGE leap of personal FAITH in us to commit to a particular sword given the reliance on photos and descriptions for such a highly valued item.
It is our PROMISE to address all your questions to the best of our ability. It’s important to us that you feel completely confident that the sword you choose (and that chooses you) is destined for you and your family.
You can also take reassurance that ALL swords from Unique Japan are GUARANTEED AUTHENTIC and come with a 3-DAY WORRY FREE inspection period upon arrival to your home.

Legal Exportation from Japan

Yes, it is completely legal to own a genuine antique Japanese sword (even those that are several hundreds of years old). Unique Japan specialises in all proper legal compliances so that swords can be exported from Japan.
All required paperwork is provided free of charge for clients.
Unique Japan has safely sent well over 150 swords FROM Japan to immensely proud owners in the United States, Canada, Europe and around the world.
We look forward to making your dream of owning an authentic Japanese sword a reality for you.

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A SHODAI YUKIHIRO KATANA

Friday, March 21st, 2014
A Dewa no Kami Yukihiro Katana from Hizen Province Intro

Overview

Maestro Yukihiro, son of Yoshinobu, younger brother to Masahiro was born in 1617. He received his Dewa no Daijo title in 1648 and his Dewa no Kami title in 1663. This katana was made after he received his “no Kami” title.
In 1650 he moved to Nagasaki to study Dutch forging techniques with Hisatsugu and Tanenaga.
It is assumed that he also studied the Bizen Ichimonji in Edo (Tokyo) with Noriyoshi.
Swords produced by Yukihiro display all the excellence that makes the Hizen traditions so sought after.
The hamon (temper line) on this spectacular katana is an exquisite example of gunome midare with his trademark abu nomefu – an iconic horsefly eye appearing as dots in the ashi.
Yukihiro died on May 27, 1683, 3rd year of Tenna. No less than six more generations of Yukihiro followed in their master’s footsteps.
The sword was awarded prestigious NTHK-NPO of Yushuto origami (Very Excellent Sword) in December 2013. The highest honour bestowed to swords at the organization.
This sword was sold to a private collector in Europe. Currently in shirasaya only, a CUSTOM DAISHO is in production with another matching wakizashi by Shodai Yukihiro….stay tuned for photos when complete!
Scroll down the page to view further photos.

*Photos by Eric Bossick for Unique Japan

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Interested in Ownership of an Antique Japanese Sword?

If owning an authentic Japanese Samurai sword is of interest to you and your family, we would be honoured to serve you.

To visitors in Japan…

If you have the pleasure of living in Japan or visiting the country, we recommend that you come to one of our upcoming sword shows or schedule a private VIP meeting with us.
VIP meetings are normally held near JR Ebisu station in Tokyo at a hired gallery space. We can also arrange visits to a company office, hotel, near the airport or at a private residence.

To visitors around the world…

To those exploring our collection online, be sure to download our catalogue of available swords here.
We completely respect the fact it takes a HUGE leap of personal FAITH in us to commit to a particular sword given the reliance on photos and descriptions for such a highly valued item.
It is our PROMISE to address all your questions to the best of our ability. It’s important to us that you feel completely confident that the sword you choose (and that chooses you) is destined for you and your family.
You can also take reassurance that ALL swords from Unique Japan are GUARANTEED AUTHENTIC and come with a 3-DAY WORRY FREE inspection period upon arrival to your home.

Legal Exportation from Japan

Yes, it is completely legal to own a genuine antique Japanese sword (even those that are several hundreds of years old). Unique Japan specialises in all proper legal compliances so that swords can be exported from Japan.
All required paperwork is provided free of charge for clients.
Unique Japan has safely sent well over 150 swords FROM Japan to immensely proud owners in the United States, Canada, Europe and around the world.
We look forward to making your dream of owning an authentic Japanese sword a reality for you.

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A FUJISHIMA TOMOSHIGE TANTO

Thursday, March 6th, 2014
A Tomoshige Tanto Presentation - Unique Japan

Overview

A first-class Shinshinto period tanto by the Fujishima Tomoshige line of smiths who had ten generations of the name during the Koto period and six generations up until the Shintoshinto period.
The sword has been awarded the prestigious NTHK-NPO Yushuto origami certificate. This is the NTHK-NPO’s equivalent to the NBTHK Juyo certificate. Less than 20 swords are awarded this certificate per year.
A splendid wavy and pointed gunome togariba majiri hamon (temper line) typical of the Fujishima School captures the eye and imagination.
Hailing from the artistic province of Kaga (now Kanazawa), the Fujishima School is considered one that combines characteristics of the five major traditions.
The koshirae (fittings) comprises of a fuchi of shibuichi with the form of Daikoku-sama (Lucky God Yebisu) with his trusted sea bream and fishing rod. Menuki displays the Konjikie kamon (family crest).
An iron tsuba with silver and gold inlay carries the design of sakura (cherry blossoms).
Saya (scabbard) is ishimeji. Kurigata is takabori with the design of an ume (plum) flower.
Kojiri (cap at the end of scabbard) is made out of shibuichi, gold, copper and shakudo with the takabori design of the revered tombo (dragonfly). Kozuka (utility knife) depicts Mt. Fuji with Miho in Matsubara.
Hosaki (small blade) is signed Yonezawa ju Tsunanobu. (Yonezawa is in present-day Fukushima)
This tanto was specially crafted for Mr. Kobayashi Giichi. His name is chiseled on the nakago as per tradition. It was made at the very end of the Edo Period.
This sword was sold to a private collector in the United States.

*Photos by Eric Bossick for Unique Japan

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Interested in Ownership of an Antique Japanese Sword?

If owning an authentic Japanese Samurai sword is of interest to you and your family, we would be honoured to serve you.

To visitors in Japan…

If you have the pleasure of living in Japan or visiting the country, we recommend that you come to one of our upcoming sword shows or schedule a private VIP meeting with us.
VIP meetings are normally held near JR Ebisu station in Tokyo at a hired gallery space. We can also arrange visits to a company office, hotel, near the airport or at a private residence.

To visitors around the world…

To those exploring our collection online, be sure to download our catalogue of available swords here.
We completely respect the fact it takes a HUGE leap of personal FAITH in us to commit to a particular sword given the reliance on photos and descriptions for such a highly valued item.
It is our PROMISE to address all your questions to the best of our ability. It’s important to us that you feel completely confident that the sword you choose (and that chooses you) is destined for you and your family.
You can also take reassurance that ALL swords from Unique Japan are GUARANTEED AUTHENTIC and come with a 3-DAY WORRY FREE inspection period upon arrival to your home.

Legal Exportation from Japan

Yes, it is completely legal to own a genuine antique Japanese sword (even those that are several hundreds of years old). Unique Japan specialises in all proper legal compliances so that swords can be exported from Japan.
All required paperwork is provided free of charge for clients.
Unique Japan has safely sent well over 150 swords FROM Japan to immensely proud owners in the United States, Canada, Europe and around the world.
We look forward to making your dream of owning an authentic Japanese sword a reality for you.

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A HARIMA NO KUNI TADAKUNI O-WAKIZASHI

Friday, January 24th, 2014
A Harima Kuni Fujiwara Tadakuni o-Wakizashi Unique Japan

Overview

Tadakuni was born in Keicho 9 (1604) and studied under his master, father Hirosada, who himself studied under Hizen Munetsugu (as did Shodai Tadayoshi).
Tadakuni first took the name Hironori. He was given title Harima no Daijo in 1634 and changed his name from Hironori to Tadakuni. In 1661 he was awarded the title of Harima no Kami (Lord of Harima province).
Swords produced by Tadakuni display a refined ko-mokumecovered in ji-nie, forming chikei, resulting in konuka-hada.
Tadakuni also studied in the Ichimonji Bizen style under Noriyoshi.
The hamon (temper line) on this long wakizashi (o-wakizashi) is an exquisite example of gunome choji midare. One of the most beautiful temper lines to be seen on a Japanese sword…
From 1673 Tadakuni became a Buddhist priest, known as nyudo and adopted the name Kyutetsu. Died April 22, 1691 (Genroku 4). He was 88 years old.
The sword was awarded prestigious NBTHK Tokubetsu Hozon and the highest honors at the NTHK-NPO of Yushuto origami (Very Excellent Sword) in December 2013.
This sword was sold to a private collector in the United States. Currently in shirasaya only, a custom koshirae is in production for the sword.
Scroll down the page to view further photos.

*Photos by Eric Bossick for Unique Japan

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Interested in Ownership of an Antique Japanese Sword?

If owning an authentic Japanese Samurai sword is of interest to you and your family, we would be honoured to serve you.

To visitors in Japan…

If you have the pleasure of living in Japan or visiting the country, we recommend that you come to one of our upcoming sword shows or schedule a private VIP meeting with us.
VIP meetings are normally held near JR Ebisu station in Tokyo at a hired gallery space. We can also arrange visits to a company office, hotel, near the airport or at a private residence.

To visitors around the world…

To those exploring our collection online, be sure to download our catalogue of available swords here.
We completely respect the fact it takes a HUGE leap of personal FAITH in us to commit to a particular sword given the reliance on photos and descriptions for such a highly valued item.
It is our PROMISE to address all your questions to the best of our ability. It’s important to us that you feel completely confident that the sword you choose (and that chooses you) is destined for you and your family.
You can also take reassurance that ALL swords from Unique Japan are GUARANTEED AUTHENTIC and come with a 3-DAY WORRY FREE inspection period upon arrival to your home.

Legal Exportation from Japan

Yes, it is completely legal to own a genuine antique Japanese sword (even those that are several hundreds of years old). Unique Japan specialises in all proper legal compliances so that swords can be exported from Japan.
All required paperwork is provided free of charge for clients.
Unique Japan has safely sent well over 150 swords FROM Japan to immensely proud owners in the United States, Canada, Europe and around the world.
We look forward to making your dream of owning an authentic Japanese sword a reality for you.

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A HARUMITSU WAKIZASHI WITH NAVY SEAL TRIDENT

Wednesday, January 15th, 2014
A Harumitsu Wakizashi with custom koshirae copyright Unique Japan

Overview

Harumitsu was a swordsmith that was working a little more than 400 years ago in the Bizen province, the Sword Kingdom in Japan.
In classic Bizen form, the blade has a wavy gunome hamon based on a pattern of cloves or choji. A scattering of tobiyaki fills parts of the sword, an influence from the Soshu traditional techniques from Kamakura it would appear.
The koshirae (fittings) consist of a matching set that feature depictions of the powerful Japanese dragon in shakudo (a gold and copper bullion).
A rare shinchu (brass rimmed) tsuba (guard) is signed Setsuzan, which was the former name of Nagatsune. Its design is one of the pictures of sixteen Rakan (Arhat) in Buddhism. Rakan is said to have vowed to stay in this world to protect the Law of the Buddha.
On the right hand side of the tsuba, there is an old priest, whereas on the left, one can see a little red demon. The red demon is timidly giving a pearl of fire to him. This indicates that the old priest (Rakan) has great power to lead, even a demon to the teachings of the Buddha!

A Custom Tsuka (hilt) with US Navy SEAL Trident

The owner who acquired this wakizashi from Unique Japan is Mr. Chris Caracci. Mr. Caracci is a former US Navy SEAL.
Mr. Caracci approached us with the unique idea to create a custom tsuka (hilt) that would contain elements close to his heart. All menuki (ornamental grips in the hilt) in the tsuka were provided by the client, which includes the Navy SEAL Trident and depictions of wolves.
Mr. Caracci has operated a non-profit Wolf Sanctuary for many years. The animals come as beleaguered orphans, too skittish to be adopted and too tame to be released into the wild. The sanctuary is their only viable home.
The oversized tsuka is tightly wrapped in black leather, making it easier to grip when he trains.
Please scroll through the many images of the sword including a video highlight reel for Mr. Caracci’s numerous appearances on US television.
Chris’s latest project was to help train the cast of Lone Survivor, a American war film written and directed by Peter Berg.
The movie stars Mark Wahlberg, Taylor Kitsch, Emile Hirsch, Ben Foster, and Eric Bana in a very intense, close-up visualization of the best-selling memoir about a botched Navy SEALs raid in Afghanistan.

*Photos by Eric Bossick for Unique Japan

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Interested in Ownership of an Antique Japanese Sword?

If owning an authentic Japanese Samurai sword is of interest to you and your family, we would be honoured to serve you.

To visitors in Japan…

If you have the pleasure of living in Japan or visiting the country, we recommend that you come to one of our upcoming sword shows or schedule a private VIP meeting with us.
VIP meetings are normally held near JR Ebisu station in Tokyo at a hired gallery space. We can also arrange visits to a company office, hotel, near the airport or at a private residence.

To visitors around the world…

To those exploring our collection online, be sure to download our catalogue of available swords here.
We completely respect the fact it takes a HUGE leap of personal FAITH in us to commit to a particular sword given the reliance on photos and descriptions for such a highly valued item.
It is our PROMISE to address all your questions to the best of our ability. It’s important to us that you feel completely confident that the sword you choose (and that chooses you) is destined for you and your family.
You can also take reassurance that ALL swords from Unique Japan are GUARANTEED AUTHENTIC and come with a 3-DAY WORRY FREE inspection period upon arrival to your home.

Legal Exportation from Japan

Yes, it is completely legal to own a genuine antique Japanese sword (even those that are several hundreds of years old). Unique Japan specialises in all proper legal compliances so that swords can be exported from Japan.
All required paperwork is provided free of charge for clients.
Unique Japan has safely sent well over 150 swords FROM Japan to immensely proud owners in the United States, Canada, Europe and around the world.
We look forward to making your dream of owning an authentic Japanese sword a reality for you.

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A BIZEN YOKOYAMA SUKENORI WAKIZASHI

Monday, December 2nd, 2013
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Overview

This is a seriously charismatic Shinshinto wakizashi proudly produced by swordsmith Sukenori.
A representative smith of the Bizen Yokoyama School, Sukenori is said to be the 56th generation of the great Bizen Tomonari (circa 938~987AD) and the sword is signed with this honourable distinction.
The sword is dated the 12th month in the 13th year of Bunsei, which translates to December 1830.
A stunning hamon (temper line) travels above the cutting edge and the mune (spine) of the sword and forms what is known as Fujimi Saigyo – “Priest Saigyo viewing Mount Fuji in his bamboo hat.”
It depicts a travelling Zen priest being in the moment as he enjoys the beautiful view. The blade is uniquely constructed in Kanmuri Otoshi Zukuri (thickness of the spine thins halfway up the blade to tip.)
Surely this was a specially ordered wakizashi.
Scroll down the page to discover the unique attributes of this wakizashi that includes a 1000-year old tachi by National Treasure tachi by Bizen Tomonari.
This sword was sold to a collector in the United Kingdom.

*Photos by Eric Bossick for Unique Japan

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Interested in Ownership of an Antique Japanese Sword?

If owning an authentic Japanese Samurai sword is of interest to you and your family, we would be honoured to serve you.

To visitors in Japan…

If you have the pleasure of living in Japan or visiting the country, we recommend that you come to one of our upcoming sword shows or schedule a private VIP meeting with us.
VIP meetings are normally held near JR Ebisu station in Tokyo at a hired gallery space. We can also arrange visits to a company office, hotel, near the airport or at a private residence.

To visitors around the world…

To those exploring our collection online, be sure to download our catalogue of available swords here.
We completely respect the fact it takes a HUGE leap of personal FAITH in us to commit to a particular sword given the reliance on photos and descriptions for such a highly valued item.
It is our PROMISE to address all your questions to the best of our ability. It’s important to us that you feel completely confident that the sword you choose (and that chooses you) is destined for you and your family.
You can also take reassurance that ALL swords from Unique Japan are GUARANTEED AUTHENTIC and come with a 3-DAY WORRY FREE inspection period upon arrival to your home.

Legal Exportation from Japan

Yes, it is completely legal to own a genuine antique Japanese sword (even those that are several hundreds of years old). Unique Japan specialises in all proper legal compliances so that swords can be exported from Japan.
All required paperwork is provided free of charge for clients.
Unique Japan has safely sent well over 150 swords FROM Japan to immensely proud owners in the United States, Canada, Europe and around the world.
We look forward to making your dream of owning an authentic Japanese sword a reality for you.

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A KANEZUMI KATANA

Friday, November 22nd, 2013
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Overview

Kanezumi was a quality swordsmith of from the Nara school in the Mino tradition who had a reputation for making very sharp swords.
The first generation Kanezumi was the son of the infamous Kanesada – one of the representatives of the Mino tradition of sword making during the Muromachi period, circa Bunan era: (1444~1449). His name at birth was Jurozaemon.
This katana, crafted circa 1573-1592, carries a bold and wavy gunome midare hamon (temper line) with depictions of mountains and fishtails or arrow notches known as yahazuba.
The beautiful jihada (body of the sword) is a tightly forged itame (wood grain) with nagare (running) qualities. This sword has been recently polished by a respected polisher in the Kamakura area of Tokyo.
The katana is secured in a unique Uchigatana Tensho Koshirae produced with fittings from the Late Edo Period. This dark, elegant, and formal style of koshirae was first seen in the Tensho period (1573-1592).
Note how the tsuka (hilt) is shaped like an hourglass, with black-lacquered samekawa (ray skin) and wrapped in black leather. Even the antique copper habaki is coated with shakudo (a high-quality Japanese alloy comprising of about 96% copper and 4% gold).
The iron tsuba (guard) has details of bamboo trees, which is symbolic for health and a long life.
The fuchi (collar) carries the paulownia kamon (crest) of Hideyoshi Toyotomi – a Daimyo (great family), warrior, general and politician of the Sengoku period. He was one of the three unifiers of Japan, succeeding Oda Nobunaga in the Late Muromachi Period.
This sword was sold to a private collector in Germany.
Photos with detailed descriptions are below following the German translation.
Signiert, späte Muromachi Zeit (um 1570)
Schmied: KANEZUMI
Ort: Mino Provinz (heutige Gifu Präfektur)
Klinge: 67,3cm
Sori (Krümmung): 2,1cm
Jihada: Itame und Nagare Masame
Hamon: Gunome Midare und Togariba
Nagako: Ubu (ungekürzt / unverändert)
Zertifikat: NTHK-NPO Kanteisho (als „Wichtig“ klassifizierte Klinge, vergeben von der Gesellschaft zur Erhaltung des Japanischen Schwerts)
Kanezumi war ein qualitativ guter Schmied der Nara-Schule und hat in der Mino Tradition gearbeitet. Die Klingen gelten als „wazamono“, d.h. „scharf“.
In der 1. Generation war Kanezumi der Sohn des berühmt-berüchtigten Kanesada – einer der Mino-Schmiede, die in der Muromachi Zeit, Bunan Ära ca. 1444 – 1449 tätig waren. Sein Geburtsname war Jurozaemon.
Dieses Katana wurde ca. 1573 – 1592 geschmiedet und besitzt ein sehr prägnantes und geschwungenes gunome midare Hamon (Härtelinie) mit Ausprägungen von Bergen und Fischschwänzen bzw. Pfeilspitzen, bekannt als „yahazuba“.
Der hochwertige Klingenkörper („jihada“) besteht aus eng geschmiedetem „itame“ (ähnelt einer Holzsstruktur) mit „nagare“ (fließenden) Qualitäten.
Alle wichtigen Elemente der Koshirae stammen aus der späten Edo-Zeit (19. Jahrhundert) in einer eher seltenen, originalen Uchigatana Tensho-Montierung. Diese Art der schlichten, formalen und eleganten Montierung fand seinen Ursprung in der Tensho Zeit (ca. 1573 – 1592). Merkmale sind die Uhrglasform des Griffes („tsuka“), die schwarze Griffunterwicklung („samekawa“) aus Rochenhaut sowie die schwarze Lederwicklung („tsuka-ito“). Ebenso interessant ist das antike kupferne „habaki“ mit schöner Patina.
Die Tsuba (Stichblatt) beinhaltet Details von Bambusbäumen; diese symbolisieren Gesundheit und ein langes Leben.
Das Fuchi trägt das Kamon (Wappen) von Hideyoshi Toyotomi – aus einer Daimyo Familie stammender berühmter Krieger, General und Politiker aus der Genroku-Era. Er war einer der 3 großen Zusammenführer Japans und Nachfolger von Oda Nobunaga in der späten Muromachi Zeit.

*Photos by Eric Bossick for Unique Japan

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VIP meetings are normally held near JR Ebisu station in Tokyo at a hired gallery space. We can also arrange visits to a company office, hotel, near the airport or at a private residence.

To visitors around the world…

To those exploring our collection online, be sure to download our catalogue of available swords here.
We completely respect the fact it takes a HUGE leap of personal FAITH in us to commit to a particular sword given the reliance on photos and descriptions for such a highly valued item.
It is our PROMISE to address all your questions to the best of our ability. It’s important to us that you feel completely confident that the sword you choose (and that chooses you) is destined for you and your family.
You can also take reassurance that ALL swords from Unique Japan are GUARANTEED AUTHENTIC and come with a 3-DAY WORRY FREE inspection period upon arrival to your home.

Legal Exportation from Japan

Yes, it is completely legal to own a genuine antique Japanese sword (even those that are several hundreds of years old). Unique Japan specialises in all proper legal compliances so that swords can be exported from Japan.
All required paperwork is provided free of charge for clients.
Unique Japan has safely sent well over 150 swords FROM Japan to immensely proud owners in the United States, Canada, Europe and around the world.
We look forward to making your dream of owning an authentic Japanese sword a reality for you.

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A HIROTAKA NAGINATA

Friday, November 8th, 2013
A Hirotaka Naginata from the Meireki Era Combine

Overview

An absolutely impeccable male naginata by superior smith Houki no Kami Hirotaka.
Polished by formerly listed Living National Treasure Matsuo Fujishiro (awarded in 1996), the kanteisho paper was issued by Fujishiro himself in December 2000. Fujishiro-sensei died in 2004.
Yoshio Fujishiro and Matsuo Fujishiro are the authors of the prestigious two-volume sword reference books “Nihon Koto Jiten” and “Nihon Shinto Jiten.”
This is a naginata of the finest quality.
Please scroll this page to discover interesting details on this majestic naginata.
Sold to a private collector.

Photos with detailed descriptions are below

*Photos by Eric Bossick for Unique Japan

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To visitors around the world…

To those exploring our collection online, be sure to download our catalogue of available swords here.
We completely respect the fact it takes a HUGE leap of personal FAITH in us to commit to a particular sword given the reliance on photos and descriptions for such a highly valued item.
It is our PROMISE to address all your questions to the best of our ability. It’s important to us that you feel completely confident that the sword you choose (and that chooses you) is destined for you and your family.
You can also take reassurance that ALL swords from Unique Japan are GUARANTEED AUTHENTIC and come with a 3-DAY WORRY FREE inspection period upon arrival to your home.

Legal Exportation from Japan

Yes, it is completely legal to own a genuine antique Japanese sword (even those that are several hundreds of years old). Unique Japan specialises in all proper legal compliances so that swords can be exported from Japan.
All required paperwork is provided free of charge for clients.
Unique Japan has safely sent well over 150 swords FROM Japan to immensely proud owners in the United States, Canada, Europe and around the world.
We look forward to making your dream of owning an authentic Japanese sword a reality for you.

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A MASANOBU WAKIZASHI

Saturday, October 12th, 2013
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Overview

Swordsmith Masanobu hails from Kai province, modern-day Yamanashi prefecture, the home of Mount Fuji. His career took him to Yamato province (Nara prefecture), where he continued to forge swords until he retired.
This is a splendid wakizashi with an outstanding wavy gunome-midare hamon beautifully complimented with a matching set of fittings of Japan’s imperial flower, the kiku (chrysanthemum).
The fuchigashira (collar/pommel) is made from shakudo in Mino tradition and the artwork features a butterfly nestled within the flowers.
A most unique iron tsuba (guard) depicts Japan’s most celebrated of symbols, Mt. Fuji. It is a fitting tribute to Masanobu’s home province.
There is also a charming kozuka (paper knife) nestled in the saya made out of shakudo in the form of a koto (Japanese stringed musical instrument) with a bouquet of flowers with inscription “Inoue Shinkai”. Inoue-san worked in Settsu (Osaka) during the early Edo period.
Shinkai is known as “The Masamune of Osaka” given his outstanding skills as a swordsmith. Many katana and tachi made by him are treated as Important Cultural Properties of Japan.
This sword was sold at The Okinawa Sword Show V.

Photos with detailed descriptions are below

*Photos by Eric Bossick for Unique Japan

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Interested in Ownership of an Antique Japanese Sword?

If owning an authentic Japanese Samurai sword is of interest to you and your family, we would be honoured to serve you.

To visitors in Japan…

If you have the pleasure of living in Japan or visiting the country, we recommend that you come to one of our upcoming sword shows or schedule a private VIP meeting with us.
VIP meetings are normally held near JR Ebisu station in Tokyo at a hired gallery space. We can also arrange visits to a company office, hotel, near the airport or at a private residence.

To visitors around the world…

To those exploring our collection online, be sure to download our catalogue of available swords here.
We completely respect the fact it takes a HUGE leap of personal FAITH in us to commit to a particular sword given the reliance on photos and descriptions for such a highly valued item.
It is our PROMISE to address all your questions to the best of our ability. It’s important to us that you feel completely confident that the sword you choose (and that chooses you) is destined for you and your family.
You can also take reassurance that ALL swords from Unique Japan are GUARANTEED AUTHENTIC and come with a 3-DAY WORRY FREE inspection period upon arrival to your home.

Legal Exportation from Japan

Yes, it is completely legal to own a genuine antique Japanese sword (even those that are several hundreds of years old). Unique Japan specialises in all proper legal compliances so that swords can be exported from Japan.
All required paperwork is provided free of charge for clients.
Unique Japan has safely sent well over 150 swords FROM Japan to immensely proud owners in the United States, Canada, Europe and around the world.
We look forward to making your dream of owning an authentic Japanese sword a reality for you.

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A MOROKAGE WAKIZASHI (NAGINATA NAOSHI)

Wednesday, October 9th, 2013
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Overview

A powerful Naginata (pole arm) made 600 years ago, this naginata naoshi wakizashi is attributed to swordsmith Morokage (MOH-ROH-KAH-GEI) of the Bizen Omiya School that originated in and around 1326.
A naginata naoshi is a unique blade that has been re-shaped for use as a wakizashi or a katana. A visual explanation on how this sword came to be is outlined below (please scroll down to learn all about this sword).
Naginata were originally used by the Samurai class of feudal Japan as well as by sohei (warrior monks). 
The Omiya School is names for the fact that swordsmiths migrated from Inokuma Omiya in Yamashiro province (Kyoto) to Bizen in the 1300s.
Swordsmith Morokage is the son of Omiya Morikage and the grandson of Omiya Moritsugu. Morokage worked at the end of the Nambokucho period and into the Oei era (1394-1427) at the start of the Muromachi period which is when this sword is tipped to have been made.
Omiya School swords are known for their high degree of sharpness and collectively were part of the Kozori group. Kozori means, “to gather together”. As such, swordsmiths of this Kozori group demonstrate an independently skilled approach to the art of sword making.
The koshirae (fittings) from the Edo Period (pre 1868) are so enjoyable to hold and admire. There is a definite mystical unryu (cloud dragon) theme that permeates throughout.
There are also important spiritual references to kawara (roof tiles) and Shisa lions on the menuki (grips on the hilt) that protect the sword and its owner.
Take note on how wide and robust the scabbard is given the tremendous girth of the blade itself. These fittings were clearly custom made for this sword.
A finely crafted dragon twists and billows its way around the tsuba (guard). The fuchi-kashira (collar & pommel) and kojiri (end of the scabbard) share a design commonality which makes the sword extra special.
Two Certificates of Authenticity from the NTHK-NPO for both the blade and its koshirae (fittings) accompany this sword attributing to its overall quality. Please see images of the certificates below.
Certainly this wakizashi would make a pleasing addition for the collector who cherishes unique works of art with a story.
This sword has been sold to a private collector.

Photos with detailed descriptions are below
(scroll the entire page to discover this unique piece of Japanese history)

*Photos by Eric Bossick for Unique Japan

A Morokage Wakizashi from Unique Japan

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VIP meetings are normally held near Ebisu station at a hired gallery space. We can also arrange visits to a company office, hotel, near the airport or at a private residence.
We have dozens of beautiful authentic Japanese antique swords for you to discover and secure immediate ownership of.
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Legal Exportation from Japan

Unique Japan has safely sent well over 150 swords from Japan to the United States, Canada, Europe and around the world. All legal exportation paperwork is included with every purchase. Please allow about 4 weeks for us to process and ship an order from Japan.

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A YAMASHIRO NO DAIJYO KUNITSUGU WAKIZASHI (SOLD)

Thursday, September 26th, 2013
A Yamashiro Daijyo Kunitsugu Wakizashi

Overview

Polished magnificently, this Edo-period wakizashi by Yamashiro no Daijyo Fujiwara Kunitsugu from Echizen province features a stunning gunome hamon resembling clove buds. Sword has been granted NBTHK Tokubetsu Hozon Certification and NTHK-NPO Kanteisho Certification for the fittings.
The prestigious Shogun Tokugawa hollyhock kamon (family crest) is depicted on the tsuba (guard). A handsomely carved praying mantis nestled among the insects on the fittings symbolizes the Samurai’s moral duty to protect Japanese society during the Edo Period.
This sword has been sold to a private collector.

Photos with detailed descriptions are below
(scroll the entire page to discover this unique piece of Japanese history)

*Photos by Eric Bossick for Unique Japan

A Kunitsugu Wakizashi Kanei Era from Unique Japan

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Kozuka Knife in Kunitsugu Wakizashi Koshirae from Unique Japan

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Interested in Ownership of an Antique Japanese Sword?

If owning an authentic Japanese Samurai sword is of interest to you and your family, we would be honoured to serve you.

To visitors in Japan…

If you have the pleasure of living in Japan or visiting the country, we recommend that you come to one of our upcoming sword shows or schedule a private VIP meeting with us.
VIP meetings are normally held near JR Ebisu station in Tokyo at a hired gallery space. We can also arrange visits to a company office, hotel, near the airport or at a private residence.

To visitors around the world…

To those exploring our collection online, be sure to download our catalogue of available swords here.
We completely respect the fact it takes a HUGE leap of personal FAITH in us to commit to a particular sword given the reliance on photos and descriptions for such a highly valued item.
It is our PROMISE to address all your questions to the best of our ability. It’s important to us that you feel completely confident that the sword you choose (and that chooses you) is destined for you and your family.
You can also take reassurance that ALL swords from Unique Japan are GUARANTEED AUTHENTIC and come with a 3-DAY WORRY FREE inspection period upon arrival to your home.

Legal Exportation from Japan

Yes, it is completely legal to own a genuine antique Japanese sword (even those that are several hundreds of years old). Unique Japan specialises in all proper legal compliances so that swords can be exported from Japan.
All required paperwork is provided free of charge for clients.
Unique Japan has safely sent well over 150 swords FROM Japan to immensely proud owners in the United States, Canada, Europe and around the world.
We look forward to making your dream of owning an authentic Japanese sword a reality for you.

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A MASATSUNE NIDAI WAKIZASHI

Friday, August 30th, 2013
A Nidai Masatsune Wakizashi from Unique Japan

Overview

From the blade to the fittings, this is a highly collectible wakizashi.
Highly acclaimed Shodai Masatsune (this smith’s sensei) had a son who was to carry on his legacy of sword-making. However, his son died suddenly in 1609. Thus Masatsune nidai (second generation) became his adopted son and stood up to the challenge.
Masatsune Nidai (the smith who crafted this sword) eventually became so highly respected that he was granted the title of Mino no Kami (Lord of Mino province). “Kami”, meaning Lord is the highest distinction a smith can be granted.
Important to note, Masatsune Nidai is ranked as Jo-Saku (a superior swordsmith) in the prestigious Japanese sword reference book NIHON SHINTO JITEN by Fujishiro (a scan of the book is among the photos featured below).
The particular sword has a sublime naka-suguha hamon (straight temper line) akin to a laser beam. It’s jihada (surface skin) is a well-forged ko-itame.
The fittings are exquisite and symbolic to the powerful Daimyo families that ruled Japan. Depictions of the Japanese tsuru (crane) on the menuki (decorative grips), kiku-mon (the chrysanthemum imperial seal of Japan) on the kashira (pommel) are just some of the elements to be enjoyed. (see photos below)
A stunning feature to this sword are the shavings of mother-of-pearl & abalone shell that dance along the polished lacquer scabbard.
Furthermore, the sword carries the serial number of just #31. It is one of the very first swords ever to be registered in Japan in 1951. This sword was held by a family with tremendous significance as only Daimyo families were invited to register their swords in 1951, the first year of registration.
This wakizashi has two NTHK-NPO Kanteisho certificates (Society for the Preservation of the Japanese Sword) – one for the blade and one for the koshirae. Both attest to the authenticity of the signature and quality of the fittings.
This unique sword is NOW SOLD.

Photos with detailed descriptions are below
(scroll the entire page to discover this unique piece of Japanese history)

*Photos by Eric Bossick for Unique Japan
A Masatsune Wakizashi Kanei Era
Masatsun Wakizashi Length and Curvature Japanese Sword
Masatsune Nidai Nakago Signature and Listing in Fujishiro Nihon Shinto Jiten
Japanese Sword Torokusho Registration Card for a Masatsune Wakizashi
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Masatsune Saya Scabbard Inlaid with Mother of Pearl and Abalone

The Japanese Crane Tsuru as a Menuki on the Masatsune Wakizashi

The Four Gentlemen Shikunshi Depiscted on Kashira of Masatsune Wakizashi

Kikumon and Kirimon on the Kashira of the Masatune Wakizashi by Unique Japan

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Kozuka with Man Carrying a Gumbai on the Masatsune Wakizashi

A Masatune Tsuba with Mitsudomoe Kamon Explanation from Unique Japan

NTHK-NPO Kanteisho Certificate of Authenticity for the Masatsune Wakizashi

NTHK-NPO Kanteisho Certificate of Authenticity for the Masatsune Koshirae Tsuba Menuki Fuchi-kashira Saya
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Interested in Ownership of an Antique Japanese Sword?

If owning an authentic Japanese Samurai sword is of interest to you and your family, we would be honoured to serve you.

To visitors in Japan…

If you have the pleasure of living in Japan or visiting the country, we recommend that you come to one of our upcoming sword shows or schedule a private VIP meeting with us.
VIP meetings are normally held near JR Ebisu station in Tokyo at a hired gallery space. We can also arrange visits to a company office, hotel, near the airport or at a private residence.

To visitors around the world…

To those exploring our collection online, be sure to download our catalogue of available swords here.
We completely respect the fact it takes a HUGE leap of personal FAITH in us to commit to a particular sword given the reliance on photos and descriptions for such a highly valued item.
It is our PROMISE to address all your questions to the best of our ability. It’s important to us that you feel completely confident that the sword you choose (and that chooses you) is destined for you and your family.
You can also take reassurance that ALL swords from Unique Japan are GUARANTEED AUTHENTIC and come with a 3-DAY WORRY FREE inspection period upon arrival to your home.

Legal Exportation from Japan

Yes, it is completely legal to own a genuine antique Japanese sword (even those that are several hundreds of years old). Unique Japan specialises in all proper legal compliances so that swords can be exported from Japan.
All required paperwork is provided free of charge for clients.
Unique Japan has safely sent well over 150 swords FROM Japan to immensely proud owners in the United States, Canada, Europe and around the world.
We look forward to making your dream of owning an authentic Japanese sword a reality for you.

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A KOYAMA MUNETOSHI KATANA WITH LUCKY DARUMA

Monday, August 19th, 2013
A Koyama Munetoshi Katana with Edo Period Koshirae

Overview (more photos below)

This is a fine katana attributed to swordsmith Koyama Munetoshi, the elder brother of the well-respected Koyama Munetsugu.
The sword has recently been polished to a very beautiful state indeed.

The hamon (temper line) has yakidashi (starts off suguha, straight) then blossoms into an eye-catching koshibiraki choji-midare.

Like Munetsugu (and younger brother Munehira), the Koyama brothers aimed to replicate the beautifully distinctive hamon of the infamous Bizen Ichimonji School in the 13th century.
The beautiful koshirae (sword fittings) are as they were from when the sword was made in the late Edo Period. It is not often a case where collectively the sword and fittings are of equal age. The tsuka (silk wrap) around the hilt has been preserved – a small miracle considering it is about 150 years old!
The tsuba (guard) depicts the great Daruma, or Bodhidharma who is credit to have brought Zen Buddhism to Japan 1500 years ago.
Legend has it that the Daruma spent nine years meditating in a cave, staring at a wall because he was refused entry into a Shaolin temple in China.
This tsuba pay tribute to such dedication with an intense gaze that travels through the tsuba itself!
Daruma is synonymous with “persistence” and the Japanese proverb “Nana Koborbi Yaoki” – Fall down seven times, get up eight.
Now loved in iconic Daruma Dolls, today everyone can enjoy lucky Daruma in their homes to help create personal or business goals. Please visit www.welovedaruma.com to discover the Daruma doll.
This sword has two NTHK-NPO Kanteisho certificates (Society for the Preservation of the Japanese Sword) – one for the blade and one for the koshirae. This sword was sold to an American gentleman.

Client Testimonial

In what may be an odd comparison (except to me since I am a long-time amateur guitarist), I must say that the Koyama Munetoshi katana compares favorably with my treasured Martin D-35 guitar – it’s extremely high quality and functional, yet without any excess or trivial adornments that would detract from its perfect “form is function” presence.
Perhaps that’s why musicians as diverse as Johnny Cash and Dave Matthews were/are fond of the D-35 Dreadnought.
Thanks again very much Pablo. The entire process has been professional and enjoyable. I wish you continued success in your business endeavors. You truly understand customer service, and it’s obvious you know and care about your products.
JEG, Pennsylvania
Former US Army officer.

Photos

*All photos taken professionally by Eric Bossick for Unique Japan

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Interested in Ownership of an Antique Japanese Sword?

If owning an authentic Japanese Samurai sword is of interest to you and your family, we would be honoured to serve you.

To visitors in Japan…

If you have the pleasure of living in Japan or visiting the country, we recommend that you come to one of our upcoming sword shows or schedule a private VIP meeting with us.
VIP meetings are normally held near JR Ebisu station in Tokyo at a hired gallery space. We can also arrange visits to a company office, hotel, near the airport or at a private residence.

To visitors around the world…

To those exploring our collection online, be sure to download our catalogue of available swords here.
We completely respect the fact it takes a HUGE leap of personal FAITH in us to commit to a particular sword given the reliance on photos and descriptions for such a highly valued item.
It is our PROMISE to address all your questions to the best of our ability. It’s important to us that you feel completely confident that the sword you choose (and that chooses you) is destined for you and your family.
You can also take reassurance that ALL swords from Unique Japan are GUARANTEED AUTHENTIC and come with a 3-DAY WORRY FREE inspection period upon arrival to your home.

Legal Exportation from Japan

Yes, it is completely legal to own a genuine antique Japanese sword (even those that are several hundreds of years old). Unique Japan specialises in all proper legal compliances so that swords can be exported from Japan.
All required paperwork is provided free of charge for clients.
Unique Japan has safely sent well over 150 swords FROM Japan to immensely proud owners in the United States, Canada, Europe and around the world.
We look forward to making your dream of owning an authentic Japanese sword a reality for you.

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A MASAIE WAKIZASHI WITH KAMAKIRI (PRAYING MANTIS)

Friday, July 26th, 2013
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Overview (Photos follow Description)

An eye-catching wakizashi signed by Masaie from the latter stages of the Muromachi Period.
The hamon (temper line) is a striking o-gunome midareba (large wavy semi-circular formation) and a Jizo boshi (a sword tip representing a statue of the priest Jizo).
This hamon is rare for the Mihara school from Bingo province (modern-day Hiroshima) which were traditionally known for their suguha (straight) temper lines.
The beautiful koshirae (sword fittings) carry a unique story…On the kashira (pommel) depicts a kamakiri (praying mantis). On the fuchi (collar) is a bell cricket.
The brave mantis within the insect world is a predator and at the top of the food chain. The role of the mantis is to protect crops from harmful insects, such as the cricket.
And so these fine shakudo-nanako works of art signed by Kuwamura Katsuhisa (circa early 1700s) represent the elite-class of Samurai protecting their farmers in the Edo Period.
Further notes on the fittings include a saya (scabbard) is sprinkled with several layers of crushed mother-of-pearl on its surface and a formidable tsuba (guard) in the Kinai tradition depicting a ginko leaf.
Of particular appeal is a kozuka (utility knife) of a pine and a person carrying an umbrella signed Inoue Izumi no Kami Kunisada.
This sword has two NTHK Kanteisho certificates (Society for the Preservation of the Japanese Sword) – one for the blade and one for the koshirae. This sword was sold to a European gentleman.

Photos

*All photos taken professionally by Eric Bossick for Unique Japan
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To request further information on particular swords that are available in our catalogue (or recently acquired but not listed online) simply contact Unique Japan here.
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ALL SAMURAI SWORDS from Unique Japan are GUARANTEED AUTHENTIC and come with a 3-DAY WORRY FREE Inspection Period.

Upcoming Sword Shows

If you have the pleasure of living in Japan or visiting the country, we strongly recommend that you come to one of our upcoming sword shows or book a private VIP meeting with us.
VIP meetings are normally held near Ebisu station at a hired gallery space. We can also arrange visits to a company office, hotel, near the airport or at a private residence.
We have dozens of beautiful authentic Japanese antique swords for you to discover and secure immediate ownership of.
If you cannot make it to a show or in person, but you see something you would like to own from our website please contact Unique Japan for purchase inquiries.

Legal Exportation from Japan

Unique Japan has safely sent well over 100 swords from Japan to the United States and around the world. All legal exportation paperwork is included with every purchase. Please allow about 4 weeks for us to process and ship an order from Japan.

A KANEIWA KATANA

Thursday, May 30th, 2013
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Overview (Photos follow Description)

Kaneiwa was a respected swordsmith in the Mino tradition skilled at creating the eye-catching “Sanbonsugi hamon” temper line. This a temper line that “peaks” on every third wave mimicking the tree line of cedars that grow in the Gifu prefecture.
The great Magoroku Kanemoto first pioneered such a hamon in about 1500AD.
On the tsuba (guard), there is a Samurai holding a spear. This is the infamous and lovable Samurai, “Ohtaka Gengo”, one of the original 47 Ronin. (An 18th century story centered on a band of Samurai who set out to avenge the death of their master.)
Ohtaka Gengo was famous for his skills with the spear. He was also famous for drinking lots of sake!
Hitting the right light on the blade’s surface, one can enjoy a distinct pattern of shirake utsuri (faint whitish spots and reflections in the blade).
A fabulous set of tensho koshirae (mountings reminiscent of the 16th century) featuring a buffalo horn tip on the scabbard and a long tapered silk tsuka handle further compliments the sword.

Photos

*All photos taken professionally by Eric Bossick for Unique Japan
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To request further information on particular swords that are available in our catalogue (or recently acquired but not listed online) simply contact Unique Japan here.
For steps toward ownership including all payment options, visit 5 Easy Steps to Owning an Authentic Japanese Samurai Sword.

ALL SAMURAI SWORDS from Unique Japan are GUARANTEED AUTHENTIC and come with a 3-DAY WORRY FREE Inspection Period.

Upcoming Sword Shows

If you have the pleasure of living in Japan or visiting the country, we strongly recommend that you come to one of our upcoming sword shows or book a private VIP meeting with us.
VIP meetings are normally held near Ebisu station at a hired gallery space. We can also arrange visits to a company office, hotel, near the airport or at a private residence.
We have dozens of beautiful authentic Japanese antique swords for you to discover and secure immediate ownership of.
If you cannot make it to a show or in person, but you see something you would like to own from our website please contact Unique Japan for purchase inquiries.

Legal Exportation from Japan

Unique Japan has safely sent well over 100 swords from Japan to the United States and around the world. All legal exportation paperwork is included with every purchase. Please allow about 4 weeks for us to process and ship an order from Japan.

AN ISHIDO MITSUNOBU (TERUHIDE) WWII NAVY KATANA

Monday, May 20th, 2013
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Overview (Photos follow Description)

Ishido Teruhide (1900~1982) was the 10th and last generation of the prestigious Ishido Korekazu line of swordsmiths in Edo/Musashi Province (Tokyo). He was the descendant of the infamous Musashi Daijo Fujiwara Korekazu.
During WWII, he produced many swords for high-ranking military officers and also made blades for civilians. Ishido Teruhide was ranked Betseki in the 1943 swordsmith rankings by the Nihon Token Tanrenjo and the Nihon Token Shinbunshi. On this particularly rare sword Teruhide used a kao (carved personal seal) in addition to his mei (signature) with the name Ishido Mitsunobu – a signature he used for part of his career.
As in all Ishido swords the construction is sublime. It is blessed with a fine ko-itame jihada and muji-hada with a subtle suguha hamon mixed with small meandering waves (ko-midare).
Blade is housed in its original WWII Japanese Navy Officer Kai-Gunto Koshirae that includes the traditional brown Navy tassel and the matching serial number 48 on all fittings. It also carries an original gold habaki with a kamon (crest) called Maru ni Mokko that symbolizes prosperity as the design depicts an egg in a nest.
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ALL SAMURAI SWORDS from Unique Japan are GUARANTEED AUTHENTIC and come with a 3-DAY WORRY FREE Inspection Period.

Upcoming Sword Shows

If you have the pleasure of living in Japan or visiting the country, we strongly recommend that you come to one of our upcoming sword shows or book a private VIP meeting with us.
VIP meetings are normally held near Ebisu station at a hired gallery space. We can also arrange visits to a company office, hotel, near the airport or at a private residence.
We have dozens of beautiful authentic Japanese antique swords for you to discover and secure immediate ownership of.
If you cannot make it to a show or in person, but you see something you would like to own from our website please contact Unique Japan for purchase inquiries.

Legal Exportation from Japan

Unique Japan has safely sent well over 100 swords from Japan to the United States and around the world. All legal exportation paperwork is included with every purchase. Please allow about 4 weeks for us to process and ship an order from Japan.

AN IETSUGU KATANA (WITH LUCKY GODS HOTEI AND EBISU)

Monday, April 15th, 2013
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Overview (Photos follow Description)

A very blessed signed katana by Ietsugu from Kaga province (Ishikawa prefecture) circa Eiroku Era (1558~1570) in the late Muromachi period.
Both the sword and koshirae have been granted NBTHK Hozon status proving its guaranteed authenticity.
Uchigatana Edo-period koshirae: saya is black coloured with the design of pine tree leaves and makie (gold lacquer).
Fuchigashira is made from iron with the design of arabesque pattern and a paulownia and takabori and silver inlay.
The menuki (hilt grip ornaments) are made of shakudo with carved silver, copper and gold in the design of the lucky gods Ebisu on one side and the god Hotei on the other!
Ebisu is the infamous Japanese god of fishermen, luck, and workingmen, as well as the guardian of the health of small children. Ebisu is often portrayed holding a rod and a large red sea bream or sea bass. The great Ebisu can be enjoyed on any can or bottle of Japan’s delicious Yebisu beer.
Hotei, the Japanese god of contentment and happiness, guardian of children. He has a cheerful face and a big belly. Widely recognized as the Laughing Buddha. He carries a large cloth bag over his back, one that never empties, for he uses it to feed the poor and needy.
The kozuka (paper knife) also depicts the god Hotei. Extra luck for good measure!
Tsuba is made from iron from the Kinai School. It’s shape is round openwork with gold texture inlay. Signed Echizen Ju Kinai saku.
This sword has been sold to a private collector.

Photos

*All photos taken professionally by Eric Bossick for Unique Japan
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ALL SAMURAI SWORDS from Unique Japan are GUARANTEED AUTHENTIC and come with a 3-DAY WORRY FREE Inspection Period.

Upcoming Sword Shows

If you have the pleasure of living in Japan or visiting the country, we strongly recommend that you come to one of our upcoming sword shows or book a private VIP meeting with us.
VIP meetings are normally held near Ebisu station at a hired gallery space. We can also arrange visits to a company office, hotel, near the airport or at a private residence.
We have dozens of beautiful authentic Japanese antique swords for you to discover and secure immediate ownership of.
If you cannot make it to a show or in person, but you see something you would like to own from our website please contact Unique Japan for purchase inquiries.

Legal Exportation from Japan

Unique Japan has safely sent well over 100 swords from Japan to the United States and around the world. All legal exportation paperwork is included with every purchase. Please allow about 4 weeks for us to process and ship an order from Japan.

A TANBA NO KAMI YOSHIMICHI WAKIZASHI

Tuesday, April 9th, 2013
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Photos

*All photos taken professionally by Eric Bossick for Unique Japan
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ALL SAMURAI SWORDS from Unique Japan are GUARANTEED AUTHENTIC and come with a 3-DAY WORRY FREE Inspection Period.

Upcoming Sword Shows

If you have the pleasure of living in Japan or visiting the country, we strongly recommend that you come to one of our upcoming sword shows or book a private VIP meeting with us.
VIP meetings are normally held near Ebisu station at a hired gallery space. We can also arrange visits to a company office, hotel, near the airport or at a private residence.
We have dozens of beautiful authentic Japanese antique swords for you to discover and secure immediate ownership of.
If you cannot make it to a show or in person, but you see something you would like to own from our website please contact Unique Japan for purchase inquiries.

Legal Exportation from Japan

Unique Japan has safely sent well over 100 swords from Japan to the United States and around the world. All legal exportation paperwork is included with every purchase. Please allow about 4 weeks for us to process and ship an order from Japan.

A MASAHIRO WAKIZASHI

Friday, April 5th, 2013
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Overview (Photos follow Description)

Fourth generation Masahiro comes from a highly respected family of swordsmiths from Hizen province beginning with Masahiro Shodai in the Kanei era (~1624).
The blade is ubu nakago (original length) and signed Hishu Kawachi Daijo Fujiwara no Masahiro with Hozon certification from the NBTHK. The jihada (body) is pure Hizen konuka-hada (rice bran).
The koshirae (fittings) have a rich earthy tone, which is gives this sword a feeling of pure sophistication. The fuchi-gashira (collar and pommel) is made from shakudo-nanako with yo-bori gold carvings depicting bamboo, symbolizing strength and vitality.
The menuki (ornamental grips) are made from shakudo with yo-bori gold carvings of a tortoise – the iconic tribute to one’s hope for health and longevity.
A fabulous iron tsuba in the shape of an ume (plum blossom) is accented with a five-mokko pattern with inlays of gold designs of seaweed. Saya (scabbard) is lacquered in a chocolate-brown colour decorated with a sprinkled surfaced known as ishime-hada.
This beautiful sword was sold at the Atsugi Winter Bazaar (AOSA) in December, 2012.

Photos

*All photos taken professionally by Eric Bossick for Unique Japan
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ALL SAMURAI SWORDS from Unique Japan are GUARANTEED AUTHENTIC and come with a 3-DAY WORRY FREE Inspection Period.

Upcoming Sword Shows

If you have the pleasure of living in Japan or visiting the country, we strongly recommend that you come to one of our upcoming sword shows or book a private VIP meeting with us.
VIP meetings are normally held near Ebisu station at a hired gallery space. We can also arrange visits to a company office, hotel, near the airport or at a private residence.
We have dozens of beautiful authentic Japanese antique swords for you to discover and secure immediate ownership of.
If you cannot make it to a show or in person, but you see something you would like to own from our website please contact Unique Japan for purchase inquiries.

Legal Exportation from Japan

Unique Japan has safely sent well over 100 swords from Japan to the United States and around the world. All legal exportation paperwork is included with every purchase. Please allow about 4 weeks for us to process and ship an order from Japan.

A MINO SENJUIN KATANA

Thursday, March 28th, 2013
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Overview

Mino Senjuin is one of the major schools of the Mino sword-making tradition. It can be traced back to the Yamato Senjuin School from the late Heian period (12th century).
Experts close to Unique Japan feel that the founder of the Mino Senjuin School itself, KUNINAGA, in the Jowa era (1345~1349) forged this blade. Conservatively speaking, we list the blade during the Oei Period (1394~1427).
The stately Edo-period koshirae (fittings) feature elements of highly skilled gold inlay and a modern hilt wrapped in a complex weave called Kumiage-maki. The tsuba (guard) has details of ivy, which is symbolic for immortality, friendship, faithfulness and eternal life.
Thin stripes of mother-of-pearl gracefully decorate the lacquered saya (scabbard) in a style called Raden Fuemaki. Raden means mother-of-pearl and Fuemaki Nuri is an urushi (lacquer) painting technique.
The background story as to why it is called fue is for its design looks similar to the knot of a bamboo flute or Takebue. Furyu translates to mean refined and elegant.
The sword has a prominent bo-hi (groove) running the length of the blade to lighten and strengthen the blade. It is a sword that exudes a calm magnificence. Such a clean surface and an absolute delight to hold and admire.
This sword was sold to a collector at the Okinawa Sword Show V.

Photos

*All photos taken professionally by Eric Bossick for Unique Japan
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Interested in Ownership of an Antique Japanese Sword?

To request further information on particular swords that are available in our catalogue (or recently acquired but not listed online) simply contact Unique Japan here.
For steps toward ownership including all payment options, visit 5 Easy Steps to Owning an Authentic Japanese Samurai Sword.

ALL SAMURAI SWORDS from Unique Japan are GUARANTEED AUTHENTIC and come with a 3-DAY WORRY FREE Inspection Period.

Upcoming Sword Shows

If you have the pleasure of living in Japan or visiting the country, we strongly recommend that you come to one of our upcoming sword shows or book a private VIP meeting with us.
VIP meetings are normally held near Ebisu station at a hired gallery space. We can also arrange visits to a company office, hotel, near the airport or at a private residence.
We have dozens of beautiful authentic Japanese antique swords for you to discover and secure immediate ownership of.
If you cannot make it to a show or in person, but you see something you would like to own from our website please contact Unique Japan for purchase inquiries.

Legal Exportation from Japan

Unique Japan has safely sent well over 100 swords from Japan to the United States and around the world. All legal exportation paperwork is included with every purchase. Please allow about 4 weeks for us to process and ship an order from Japan.

A WWII KANESAKI NAVY KATANA

Friday, March 22nd, 2013
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Overview

One of the finest WWII Japanese Navy katanas we have had the pleasure to offer. The koshirae (fittings) are in near mint condition. The Kanesaki name can be traced back to the Muromachi Period (16th century).
This sword was sold to private collector.

Photos

*All photos taken professionally by Eric Bossick for Unique Japan
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ALL SAMURAI SWORDS from Unique Japan are GUARANTEED AUTHENTIC and come with a 3-DAY WORRY FREE Inspection Period.

Upcoming Sword Shows

If you have the pleasure of living in Japan or visiting the country, we strongly recommend that you come to one of our upcoming sword shows or book a private VIP meeting with us.
VIP meetings are normally held near Ebisu station at a hired gallery space. We can also arrange visits to a company office, hotel, near the airport or at a private residence.
We have dozens of beautiful authentic Japanese antique swords for you to discover and secure immediate ownership of.
If you cannot make it to a show or in person, but you see something you would like to own from our website please contact Unique Japan for purchase inquiries.

Legal Exportation from Japan

Unique Japan has safely sent well over 100 swords from Japan to the United States and around the world. All legal exportation paperwork is included with every purchase. Please allow about 4 weeks for us to process and ship an order from Japan.

A TOMOTSUGU KATANA

Friday, March 22nd, 2013
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Overview

This is one of the most impressive katanas that we have had the pleasure to offer our clients.
A two-character signed Tomotsugu blade at a length of 75cm and a wicked 3cm (!) in curvature.
The sword was initially housed only in its protective shirasaya. As we love to do, we built a custom koshirae to the client’s personal specifications. Please browse photos below.
This katana is certified NBTHK Tokubetsu Hozon.

Photos

*All photos taken professionally by Eric Bossick for Unique Japan
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Interested in Ownership of an Antique Japanese Sword?

To request further information on particular swords that are available in our catalogue (or recently acquired but not listed online) simply contact Unique Japan here.
For steps toward ownership including all payment options, visit 5 Easy Steps to Owning an Authentic Japanese Samurai Sword.

ALL SAMURAI SWORDS from Unique Japan are GUARANTEED AUTHENTIC and come with a 3-DAY WORRY FREE Inspection Period.

Upcoming Sword Shows

If you have the pleasure of living in Japan or visiting the country, we strongly recommend that you come to one of our upcoming sword shows or book a private VIP meeting with us.
VIP meetings are normally held near Ebisu station at a hired gallery space. We can also arrange visits to a company office, hotel, near the airport or at a private residence.
We have dozens of beautiful authentic Japanese antique swords for you to discover and secure immediate ownership of.
If you cannot make it to a show or in person, but you see something you would like to own from our website please contact Unique Japan for purchase inquiries.

Legal Exportation from Japan

Unique Japan has safely sent well over 100 swords from Japan to the United States and around the world. All legal exportation paperwork is included with every purchase. Please allow about 4 weeks for us to process and ship an order from Japan.

A TADAKUNI WAKIZASHI

Friday, March 22nd, 2013
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Overview (Photos follow Description)

Description:

This is an exceptional o-wakizashi (long wakizashi) by one of the finest swordsmiths in Hizen province during the early Edo period, second generation Tadakuni.
The nakago proudly stamped with the kikumon (a chrysanthemum) the emblem of the imperial family – a testament to the quality of work Tadakuni produced. On the opposite side, it reads that the sword was made in part with namban-tetsu, imported steel from Europe, which is rare.
The blade is blessed with a perfectly straight suguha (straight) temper line in a komokume (tight burl grain body pattern) that is characteristic of swords made in the Hizen province. Many scholars suggest the reason for this distinctively clean body was for the fact the steel was a mixture of this imported steel. To this day, Hizen swords are much prized by collectors worldwide.
Fuchigashira is made out of shakudo in the form of a wild goose. Gold menuki work features an unusual collection of horse equipment; a whip and a kutsuwa (a bit) and an abumi (a stirrup).
Tsuba is a mixture of shinchu, gold, shakudo and copper from Nara-school featuring artwork of flying plover birds soaring overlarge waves and traditional Japanese pine trees. An antique saya (scabbard) is protected in black lacquer and polished.

Photos

*All photos taken professionally by Eric Bossick for Unique Japan
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ALL SAMURAI SWORDS from Unique Japan are GUARANTEED AUTHENTIC and come with a 3-DAY WORRY FREE Inspection Period.

Upcoming Sword Shows

If you have the pleasure of living in Japan or visiting the country, we strongly recommend that you come to one of our upcoming sword shows or book a private VIP meeting with us.
VIP meetings are normally held near Ebisu station at a hired gallery space. We can also arrange visits to a company office, hotel, near the airport or at a private residence.
We have dozens of beautiful authentic Japanese antique swords for you to discover and secure immediate ownership of.
If you cannot make it to a show or in person, but you see something you would like to own from our website please contact Unique Japan for purchase inquiries.

Legal Exportation from Japan

Unique Japan has safely sent well over 100 swords from Japan to the United States and around the world. All legal exportation paperwork is included with every purchase. Please allow about 4 weeks for us to process and ship an order from Japan.