Nihonto Masterwork

My name is Darcy Brockbank and I am a life member of the Nippon Bijutsu Token Hozon Kyokai (NBTHK) in Tokyo, Japan. On this website you can find authentic Nihonto – antique Japanese swords for sale, as well as various educational material, research documents and photographs.

You can contact me by using the contact button on the upper right hand corner of this website or try me at the following address: contact

My speciality is in the sale of high class antique Japanese Swords that have met elite standards for quality and integrity. These are usually masterwork items that have passed the stringent requirements to be awarded Juyo Token (Important Sword) or Tokubetsu Juyo Token (Extraordinarily Important Sword) by the NBTHK in Japan. Mostly I sell authentic antiques from the samurai era and earlier, though I will place some high class modern swords from time to time. If this is the first time you have encountered any of these terms, you can read about them more in my nihonto ratings article.

Please read this statement about buying or trading samurai swords and artifacts, it covers your rights and mine, and the extent of my guarantee and return policy. The act of sending me funds for purchase is your implicit agreement to these terms, so please read them.

Inventory: Nihonto

Coming Soon

Hozon Seki Kanemoto Katana

Seki Kanemoto

Jo-jo saku, Ryo-wazamono

Late Muromachi

Hozon Token

A long and highly active work, most likely of the third generation of the Kanemoto school, complete with fine tachi koshirae.

$27,500 -new-

Tokubetsu Hozon Hizen Tadakuni Katana

Hizen Tadakuni

Jo-saku, Wazamono

Edo Shinto (ca. 1648)

Tokubetsu Hozon Token

A sword named Kazetan (Single Wind), bearing a two body gold inlay cutting test.


Tokubetsu Juyo Osafune Yoshikage Katana

Osafune Yoshikage

Jo-saku, O-wazamono

Middle Nanbokucho (ca. 1356)

Tokubetsu Juyo Token

A magnificent Nanbokucho blade by the Soden-Bizen smith Yoshikage.


 Yamato Shizu Kaneuji Katana

Yamato Shizu Kaneuji

Jo-jo saku

Early Nanbokucho Koto (ca. 1340)

A mighty katana with vibrant hataraki in the ji, and an heirloom of the Mori daimyo.


 Ono Yoshimitsu Daisho Token

Ono Yoshimitsu


Shinsakuto (2017)

A custom ordered daisho from the highly regarded Mukansa smith, in Ichimonji style.

$59,000 -consignment-

Juyo Ko-Yamashiro Gojo Tachi

Ko-Yamashiro Gojo

Sai-jo/Jo-jo saku

Heian Koto (ca. 1040)

Juyo Token

An ancient sword, and one of the very few works left that represent the Ko-Yamashiro schools of Sanjo and Gojo. On consignment.

-please enquire-

Juyo Kamakura-Ichimonji Suketsuna Katana

Kamakura-Ichimonji Suketsuna

Sai-jo saku

Kamakura Koto (ca. 1280)

Juyo Token

A very rare katana from the Kamakura branch of Ichimonji, by one of the founding fathers of the Soshu swordsmiths.

$54,000 -hold- -consignment-

Hozon Hizen Omi Daijo Tadahiro Katana

Hizen Omi Daijo Tadahiro

Jo-jo saku ⋅ O-wazamono

Kanbun Edo Shinto (ca. 1661)

Hozon Token

A long katana by one of the famous Hizen smiths.

$15,000 -consignment-

Legacy Care Kit

A smart, modern, sword care kit. Click on the image to go to the blog post for details.

Free to New Juyo Sword Clients.

Inventory: Tosogu

Coming Soon

Hozon Ko-Mino Menuki


Muromachi (ca. 1540)

Hozon Tosogu

Tasteful and elegant menuki of peppercorns, showing off classic Ko-Mino openwork.

$1,700 $2,200 reduced

Tokubetsu Hozon Goto Tokujo Mitokoromono

Goto Tokujo

Momoyama (late 1500s)

Tokubetsu Hozon Tosogu

A complete mitokoromono by one of the most talented main line Ko-Goto masters, Goto Tokujo. In excellent condition, it comes with a 200 year old appraisal by Goto Mitsuyoshi for 20 gold coins, and kiwame-mei from the same Goto master. A candidate for Juyo.

$42,000 -on consignment-

Reference Archive

The following items are not for sale, but presented for reference only.

Tokubetsu Hozon Heianjo Nagayoshi Katana

Heianjo Nagayoshi

Jo-jo saku

Muromachi Koto (ca. 1490)

Tokubetsu Hozon Token

A good katana in Yamashiro style by the teacher of Muramasa.

Hozon Omori Eiman Menuki

Omori Eiman


Edo (ca. 1790)

Hozon Tosogu

Shakudo menuki in the style of Yokoya by the son of Eishu.

Koshu Tokubetsu Kicho, Hozon Gassan Sadakatsu Katana

Gassan Sadakatsu

Sai-jo saku

Showa Gendaito (1940)

Koshu Tokubetsu Kicho, Hozon Token

A brilliant katana in ayasugi hada, commemorating the 2,600th year of the Empire.

Tokubetsu Hozon Goto Kenjo Menuki

Goto Kenjo


Beginning of Edo (ca. 1630)

Tokubetsu Hozon Tosogu

Charming solid gold menuki of monkeys by the 7th mainline Goto master.

Hozon Nara School Tsuba

Nara School

Edo (ca. 1700)

Hozon Tosogu

A charming tsuba in lacquered copper, shakudo, silver, brass and gold, in the form of bamboo basketware.

Tokubetsu Hozon Mutsu no Kami Tadayoshi Katana

Mutsu no Kami Tadayoshi

Jo-jo saku ⋅ Sai-jo O-wazamono

Kanbun Shinto (ca. 1680)

Tokubetsu Hozon Token

A gorgeous long katana from the highly talented 3rd generation Tadayoshi, and top ranked for sharpness. Accompanied by excellent mounts.

Hozon Yanagawa Naomitsu Menuki

Yanagawa Naomitsu


Mid Edo (ca. 1760)

Hozon Tosogu

Solid gold menuki from the Yanagawa master.

Tokubetsu Hozon Sakakura Masatoshi Katana

Sakakura Masatoshi

Chu-jo saku ⋅ Ryo-wazamono

Muromachi Koto (ca. 1550)

Tokubetsu Hozon Token

A very long Muromachi katana by the Seki/Sengo school smith.

Hozon Tosogu, Juyo Token, Hozon Shizu Kaneuji and Kikuoka Mitsuaki Daisho Token and Tosogu

Shizu Kaneuji and Kikuoka Mitsuaki

Sai-jo saku

Late Kamakura Koto (swords), Late Edo (tosogu)

Hozon Tosogu, Juyo Token, Hozon Token

Matched pair of swords by the Masamune student and Mino founder Shizu Kaneuji, with modern made scabbards featuring antique issaku daisho tosogu by Kikuoka Mitsuaki

Juyo Soshu Hiromitsu Wakizashi

Soshu Hiromitsu

Sai-jo saku

Nanbokucho Koto (ca. 1360 – 1375)

Juyo Token

Very rare example of the pillar of the Nanbokucho Soshu tradition, in hitatsura and complete with koshirae.

Juyo Sekishu Naotsuna Katana

Sekishu Naotsuna

Jo-jo saku

Nanbokucho Koto (ca. 1340)

Juyo Token

A highly active and very healthy Soshu sword from one of the famous Masamune Juttetsu.

Tokubetsu Hozon Nakagawa Issho Mitokoromono

Nakagawa Issho


Late Edo (ca. 1850)

Tokubetsu Hozon Tosogu

A beautiful mitokoromono of dragons by one of Goto Ichijo's top students.

Tokubetsu Hozon Omori Eishu Fuchigashira

Omori Eishu


Mid Edo (ca. 1760)

Tokubetsu Hozon Tosogu

Fuchigashira of Gentoku crossing the waves by the Edo pioneer of the waves technique.

Juyo Awataguchi Yoshimitsu Tanto

Awataguchi Yoshimitsu

Sai-jo saku

Late Kamakura (ca. 1288)

Juyo Token

A masterpiece from the top tanto maker in history.

Juyo Saeki Norishige Katana

Saeki Norishige

Sai-jo saku

Late Kamakura Koto (ca. 1332)

Juyo Token

A beautiful katana by one of the best Soshu smiths.

Juyo Ko-Osafune Kagemitsu Tanto

Ko-Osafune Kagemitsu

Sai-jo saku

Late Kamakura Koto (ca. 1315)

Juyo Token

A work with vivid utsuri by the best maker of Bizen tanto.

Tokubetsu Juyo Soshu Yukimitsu Katana

Soshu Yukimitsu

Sai-jo saku

Late Kamakura / Early Nanbokucho (ca. 1290)

Tokubetsu Juyo Token

One of the finest blades made by Soshu Yukimitsu, in the style of his teacher Shintogo Kunimitsu.

Juyo Sekishu Naotsuna Katana

Sekishu Naotsuna

Jo-jo saku

Late Kamakura / Early Nanbokucho (ca. 1334)

Juyo Token

A healthy and gorgeous example of Soshu-den from one of the famous Masamune Juttetsu.

Tokubetsu Juyo Rai Kuniyuki Katana

Rai Kuniyuki

Sai-jo saku

Early to Mid Kamakura Koto (ca. 1250)

Tokubetsu Juyo Token

A nearly mint condition katana made by the founder of the famous Rai school, from the golden era of the Japanese sword. Top ranked at Tokubetsu Juyo.

Tokubetsu Hozon Kaga Goto Tsuba

Kaga Goto

Mid Edo (ca. 1700-1750)

Tokubetsu Hozon Tosogu

A shakudo tsuba of deeply carved dragons by the Kaga branch of the famous Goto school.

Juyo Hatakeda Moriie Tachi

Hatakeda Moriie

Sai-jo saku

Middle Kamakura Koto (ca. 1259)

Juyo Token

A finely mounted tachi by the famous Kamakura period grandmaster.

Hozon Goto Mitsuyoshi Menuki

Goto Mitsuyoshi

Late Edo (ca. 1810)

Hozon Tosogu

Charming menuki in the theme of fish by the 15th main line master Mitsuyoshi (aka Goto Shinjo), and signed.

Hozon Omori Terumitsu Kozuka

Omori Terumitsu

Edo (ca. 1790)

Hozon Tosogu

Waves done in the famous Omori style.

Tokubetsu Juyo Yamashiro Hasebe Katana

Yamashiro Hasebe

Jo-jo saku

Middle Nanbokucho Koto (ca. 1356)

Tokubetsu Juyo Token

A massive, brutal katana from the Soshu/Yamashiro Hasebe school, ranked at the highest level.

Juyo Ko-Hoki Katana


Heian Koto (ca. 987 - 1050)

Juyo Token

An ancient katana about a thousand years in age, from the school that inspired and challenged Masamune and Norishige to create their masterpieces.

Hozon Omori Terumitsu Fuchigashira

Omori Terumitsu

Edo (ca. 1790)

Hozon Tosogu

Excellent fuchigashira of dragons by the 3rd head of the Omori school.

Juyo Ko-Bizen Tomonari Tachi

Ko-Bizen Tomonari

Sai-jo saku

Late Heian Koto (ca. 987 – 1185)

Juyo Token

The first of eight accepted at the Juyo level by the as works of Ko-Bizen Tomonari, the founder of the Bizen tradition. An extremely precious and ancient blade, its maker very rarely seen. Polished by the Living National Treasure togishi Ono Kokei.

Hozon Kyo-Kinko Menuki


Edo (ca. 1600-1800)

Hozon Tosogu

Solid gold shi-shi menuki from the Kyoto region.

Tokubetsu Hozon Nobuie Tsuba


Muromachi/Momoyama Koto (ca. 1580)

Tokubetsu Hozon Tosogu

A nice signed work by Nobuie, one of the two top makers of iron tsuba. Featuring the mon of Hideyoshi and the Emperor.

Tokubetsu Hozon Ko-Mino Menuki


Muromachi (ca. 1550)

Tokubetsu Hozon Tosogu

A pair of large solid gold menuki with deeply carved dragons from the early Mino artisans.

Tokubetsu Hozon Hasebe Kunishige Tanto

Hasebe Kunishige

Chu-jo saku

Nanbokucho Koto (ca. 1370 – 1380)

Tokubetsu Hozon Token

A Soshu beautiful tanto in hitatsura by the 2nd generation Hasebe Kunishige, accompanied by koshirae.

 Shibata Ka Katana

Shibata Ka

Showa (1945)

A heartfelt katana copying Ichimonji by the scion of the wealthy Shibata, a member of government, sculptor, sword researcher, military man, and known as the shining star of gendai swordsmiths. On the nakago is inscribed a poem of honorable death in the service of the Empire, made during its fall.

Tokubetsu Hozon Hizen Yukihiro Katana

Hizen Yukihiro

Jo saku

Kanbun Shinto (ca. 1675)

Tokubetsu Hozon Token

A shinto katana from the well known Hizen school, complete with koshirae.

Juyo Ayanokoji Sadatoshi Tachi

Ayanokoji Sadatoshi

Sai-jo saku

Early Kamakura (possibly late Heian) Koto (ca. 1200)

Juyo Token

A long tachi of 75cm, almost ubu, a treasure from the beginning of the Kamakura period. Property of a private collector.

Juyo Aoe Tsugunao Tachi

Aoe Tsugunao

Jo-jo saku ⋅ Ryo-wazamono

Nanbokucho Koto (ca. 1352)

Juyo Token

A long tachi of 77cm with rare katana-mei from the top smith of the middle Aoe school, in nearly mint condition.

Tokubetsu Hozon Goto Joshin Futakoromono

Goto Joshin

Late Muromachi (ca. 1540)

Tokubetsu Hozon Tosogu

A whimsical futatokoromono in shakudo by the 3rd mainline Goto master Joshin.

Tokubetsu Hozon Araki Tomei Fuchigashira

Araki Tomei

Late Edo (ca. 1850)

Tokubetsu Hozon Tosogu

A fuchigashira in Tomei's famous style of millet and hakogaki by Kuwabara Yohiro.

Juyo Yosozaemon Sukesada Katana

Yosozaemon Sukesada

Sai-jo saku ⋅ O-wazamono

Muromachi Koto (1537)

Juyo Token

A rare and flamboyant hitatsura katana made by one of the best smiths of the Muromachi period, in the style of his most famous work.

Tokubetsu Hozon Kano Natsuo Menuki

Kano Natsuo


Late Edo (1858)

Tokubetsu Hozon Tosogu

Gorgeous menuki of crashing waves by the peerless Imperial Craftsman Kano Natsuo. Published in the Natsuo Taikan, and in his sketchbook.

Juyo Aoe Sadatsugu Katana

Aoe Sadatsugu

Jo-jo saku

Late Kamakura Koto (ca. 1326)

Juyo Token

A beautiful Aoe school katana with kinzogan mei by Honami Kokyu, accompanied by Edo period Tokugawa samurai koshirae and solid gold Aoi mon habaki.

Juyo Osafune Mitsutada Tachi

Osafune Mitsutada

Sai-jo saku

Middle Kamakura Koto (ca. 1250)

Juyo Token

An extremely important signed tachi from the founder of the Osafune school, the highly praised smith Mitsutada. Property of an American collector on consignment.

Tokubetsu Hozon Hizen Tadayoshi Naginata

Hizen Tadayoshi

Sai-jo saku ⋅ Sai-jo O-wazamono

Early Edo Shinto (1616)

Tokubetsu Hozon Token

A stunning and rare naginata work of Shodai Tadayoshi made in the early part of his career.

Juyo Chikuzen Samonji Tanto

Chikuzen Samonji

Sai-jo saku

Early Nanbokucho Koto (ca. 1340)

Juyo Token

A rare, beautiful and healthy Soshu tanto by the famed Great Sa. Ensuite with koshirae.

Tokubetsu Hozon Soshu Masatsugu Wakizashi

Soshu Masatsugu

Chu-jo saku

Middle Muromachi Koto (ca. 1500)

Tokubetsu Hozon Token

An Esoteric Buddhist blade devoted to the Shingon sect. In top condition, a good example of the Sue-Soshu school.

Juyo Osafune Nagashige Katana

Osafune Nagashige

Jo-jo saku

Early Nanbokucho Koto (ca. 1330 – 1340)

Juyo Token

A huge magnificent Nanbokucho tachi, 79cm or 31 inches, by the very rare first maker of the Soden Bizen style and producer of Honami Kotoku's favorite tanto.

Juyo Omori Mitsutoki Daisho

Omori Mitsutoki

Late Edo (ca. 1800 – 1830)

Juyo Tosogu

An incredible original daisho set by the Omori artist Mitsutoki. One of only 55 daisho koshirae awarded Juyo by the NBTHK. Particularly rare, and beautiful. Property of a private collector.

Juyo Hizen Tadayoshi Katana

Hizen Tadayoshi

Sai-jo saku ⋅ Sai-jo O-wazamono

Early Edo Shinto (1632)

Juyo Token

A rare kenjo-mei katana custom ordered by the Nabeshima Daimyo clan. Bearing his final art name Tadahiro and the last date of his career, and gold inlaid two body cutting test by Yamano Nagahisa. An exquisite package complete with koshirae.

Juyo Rai Kunimitsu Katana

Rai Kunimitsu

Sai-jo saku

Late Kamakura - Nanbokucho Koto (ca. 1320 – 1340)

Juyo Token

An excellent and dignified katana by the Yamashiro grand master.

Juyo Fukuoka Ichimonji Katana

Fukuoka Ichimonji

Sai-jo saku

Middle Kamakura Koto (ca. 1260)

Juyo Token

A stunning katana with radiant utsuri by the top school of Ichimonji. Accompanied by Honami Kochu origami and koshirae.

Juyo Shizu Kaneuji Katana

Shizu Kaneuji

Sai-jo saku ⋅ Ryo-wazamono

Kamakura Koto (ca. 1320)

Juyo Token

A masterpiece katana from the famous student of Masamune, and founder of the Mino tradition. Kinzogan mei, and a former possession of the noble Konoe clan.

Authenticated Koyama Munetsugu Katana

Koyama Munetsugu

Jo-jo saku

Late Edo Shinshinto (1854)

Authenticated Token

A consigned katana by the top Bizen tradition smith of the late Edo period, accompanied by koshirae.

Juyo Osafune Saburo Kunimune Katana

Osafune Saburo Kunimune

Middle Kamakura (ca. 1270).

Juyo Token

A rare naginata naoshi katana from the Kamakura; a masterpiece in nearly perfect health from one of the grandmaster founders of Soshu.

Juyo Hosho Sadakiyo Wakizashi

Hosho Sadakiyo

Jo-jo saku

Late Kamakura Koto (ca. 1330)

Juyo Token

One of the very few signed works of the Yamato Hosho school to survive to the present day. Excellent, typical work of this school. Ex. Han Bing Siong collection.

Hozon Rai Kunitoshi Tanto

Rai Kunitoshi

Sai-jo saku

Late Kamakura (ca. 1310)

Hozon Token

A beautiful Rai tanto with gold maki-e koshirae and kozuka by Goto Mitsumasa.

Hozon Sakakura Gonnoshin Terukane Yari

Sakakura Gonnoshin Terukane

Jo-jo saku

Edo Shinto

Hozon Token

An unusual, and very beautiful yari. Featured in the Osaka Shinto Zufu.


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