A Shinshinto Katana by Sanjo Kokaji Munetsugu


This is a graceful shinshinto katana forged in the MIno tradition. There were a number of shinshinto smiths tracing their heritage back to Sanjo Munechika and using the mei Munetsugu. We are still tracking this one down. The blade is well forged and light in the hand and would make a nice shinken iaito, as well as being a lovely blade.

Sugata: a shinogi zukuri, iori mune katana with torii zori, a chu kissaki, and a narrow shinogi ji, and a slightly raised shinogi.

Nagasa: 67 cm (26.37")

Sori: 1.9 cm

Motokasane: 29 mm Motohaba: 6.5 mm

Sakikasane: 19 mm Sakihaba: 5 mm

Hamon: The omote is a nioi deki regular gunome with the peaks trending towards the kissaki in the monouchi and extending into the boshi with a komaru turnback. The ura is similar to the omote, but the peaks of the gunome angle back toward the hamachi in the monouchi. The yakidashi on both sides stops about a cm from the hamachi. There is a distinct mizukage on both sides, starting about a cm into the nakago and running up to the shinogi. The hamon extends into the boshi in a smaller gunome ending in komaru.

Kitae: A tightly forged, flawless ko itame with ji nie.

Nakago: Ha agari kuri jiri with katte sagari yasurime and one mekugi ana

Mei: Sanjo Kokaji Munetsugu saku

Koshirae: Gold-washed silver foil over copper habaki. Tsuka with dark blue ito, patinated brass fuchi/kashira and floral menuki. Black patterned lacquered saya with handachi hardware matching the f/k. Horn kurikata with blue and gold woven sageo. There is currently a contemporary iai tsuba mounted on the blade, but that could easily be replaced with nice older iron piece.


Tachi by Yoshindo Yoshikazu

A signed, dated tachi by Yoshindo Yoshikazu, in shirasaya with sayagaki by Yoshikazu. One piece gold and shakudo habaki. Yoshikazu, the son of Yoshindo Yoshihara, is a mukansa smith in his own right. This is a strong, beautifully forged blade, with a majestic sugata.

Nagasa: 75 cm (29.5")

Sori: 2.54 cm (1.0")

Motokasane: 30.5 mm Motohaba: 8 mm

Sakikasane: 21 mm Sakihaba: 6 mm

Hamon: An exuberant nioi deki choji with ashi, that becomes condensed in the monouchi and extends into the boshi ending in a komaru kaeri on the tachi ura, and a sharp, short kaeri on the tachi omote.

Kitae: A finely forged ko itame with profuse ji nie

Horimono: There is a deep bohi on both sides extending well into the koshinogi, and tapering off halfway down the nakago.

Nakago: the nakago is kuri jiri with katte sagari yasurime and one mekugi ana.

Tachi mei: Toto Takasago ju Yoshikazu saku kore

Nengo: Heisei ni ju go nen yayoi kitsu jitsu (2013)

Yoshindo Yoshikazu san has passed away. This blade has gone back to Japan as part of his estate. We are leaving it on our site as a tribute to the skill and spirit of Yoshikazu sensei. He will be missed.

Echigo ju Sadaaki


A contemporary tanto with a 1999 paper from Aoi Art, Tokyo

Omote: Echigo ju Sadaaki saku

Ura: Heisei Kyu Nen Hachi Gatsu Hi (A day in the the 8th month of the ninth year of Heisei), A day in August, 1997.

Nagasa: 11.614 inches

No sori

Jitetsu: Itame hada with masame hada and abundant ji nie

Hamon: Nie deki gonome midare with sunagashi and kinsuji inside the hamon

There are futatsuhi on both sides of the blade.

Sadaaki is making swords in Niigata prefecture. The blade is in polish and shirasaya with a gold wash habaki. The blade is a robust example of what some of the old tanto looked like when they were new.