Nihonto: Antique Japanese Swords for Sale

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Coming Soon

These antique Japanese swords will be coming to my site soon. Feel free to ask questions.

  • Shizu Kaneuji katana (Juyo, with nice koshirae)
  • (new Juyo in Session 66!) Soshu Sadamune tanto
  • Hosho katana (new Juyo in Session 66!), with kinzogan mei

Available Swords

These modern and antique Japanese swords are currently available for sale.

Juyo Rai Kunitsugu Katana

Rai Kunitsugu

Sai-jo saku

End of Kamakura (ca. 1326)

Juyo Token

A massive sword by the hard to find Rai master.

-new- -please enquire-

Juyo Ichimonji Katana

Ichimonji

Jo-jo saku

Middle Kamakura (ca. 1250)

Juyo Token

A wide, flamboyant middle Kamakura masterpiece with ikubi kissaki from the Shimazu daimyo collection.

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Tokubetsu Hozon Chounsai Tsunatoshi Katana

Chounsai Tsunatoshi

Jo-saku

Late Edo (1836)

Tokubetsu Hozon Token

A massive, custom ordered sword for the samurai Gimura. On consignment.

$34,000 -new- -consignment-

Tokubetsu Hozon and Hozon Funada Ikkin and Uda Kuniyoshi Tanto

Funada Ikkin and Uda Kuniyoshi

Jo-ko and Chu-jo saku

Tanto Early Muromachi (ca. 1430) Koshirae late Edo (ca. 1850)

Tokubetsu Hozon and Hozon Token

Issaku koshirae in original condition by the first generation Funada Ikkin accompanied by a high quality early Muromachi tanto from the Uda Kuniyoshi.

$15,000 $21,000 sale!

Tokubetsu Hozon Tsunbo Nagatsuna Katana

Tsunbo Nagatsuna

Jo saku, Wazamono

Kanbun Edo (ca. 1661)

Tokubetsu Hozon Token

A wide and powerful blade, a Nanbokucho utsushi seemingly pointed at Chogi, from the Awataguchi Tadatsuna shinto school.

$19,200

care kit

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.

Nihonto: Reference Archive

The following swords are not for sale, but presented for education.

Juyo Go Yoshihiro Katana

Go Yoshihiro

Sai-jo saku

End of Kamakura

Juyo Token

One of the best works of Go Yoshihiro.

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Juyo Kencho Wakizashi

Kencho

Jo-saku

Nanbokucho (ca. 1360)

Juyo Token

A blade formerly known as the Hoshizukiyo Masamune, and property of Takeda Shingen, handed down through the Tsuchiya daimyo family.

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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. On consignment.

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Hozon Yoshimichi Daisho Set - Katana, Wakizashi and Koshirae

Yoshimichi

Chu-jo saku

Middle Edo (ca. 1671)

Hozon Token

A complete daisho from the Edo period from two of the Yoshimichi smiths.

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Modern Ono Yoshimitsu Daisho Token

Ono Yoshimitsu

Mukansa

Shinsakuto (2017)

Modern Token

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

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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.

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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.

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Tokubetsu Juyo Yamashiro Hasebe Katana

Yamashiro Hasebe

Jo-jo saku

Middle Nanbokucho Koto (ca. 1356). On consignment.

Tokubetsu Juyo Token

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

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Juyo Soshu Yukimitsu Katana

Soshu Yukimitsu

Sai-jo saku

Late Kamakura (ca. 1310)

Juyo Token

A wide and beautiful sword with kinzogan mei of Yukimitsu, and owner's name (Hayami Sakon) on the ura.

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Tokubetsu Hozon Awataguchi Norikuni Tachi

Awataguchi Norikuni

Jo-jo saku

Early Kamakura (ca. 1230)

Tokubetsu Hozon Token

An absolute rarity, a signed early Kamakura tachi by one of the teachers of Emperor Gotoba.

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Tokubetsu Juyo Awataguchi Kuniyoshi Katana

Awataguchi Kuniyoshi

Sai-jo saku

Middle Kamakura (ca. 1260 - 1280)

Tokubetsu Juyo Token

A true masterpiece, with top ranking, in the koshirae made for Count Ito Myoji.

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Juyo Awataguchi Yoshimitsu Tanto

Awataguchi Yoshimitsu

Sai-jo saku

Late Kamakura (ca. 1288)

Juyo Token

A masterpiece from the top tanto maker in history.

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Juyo Awataguchi Kunimitsu Tanto

Awataguchi Kunimitsu

Jo-jo saku

Kamakura Koto (1288)

Juyo Token

A one of a kind piece, dated and signed.

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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.

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Juyo Ko-Yamashiro Gojo Tachi

Ko-Yamashiro Gojo

Jo-jo saku

Heian (ca. 1053 AD)

Juyo Token

An extremely rare signed Heian tachi from the Gojo school with great Tokugawa Shogunate koshirae.

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Tokubetsu Juyo Ko-Ichimonji Sadazane Tachi

Ko-Ichimonji Sadazane

Jo-saku

Early Kamakura (ca. 1225)

Tokubetsu Juyo Token

A perfect early Kamakura tachi.

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Juyo Ichimonji Norifusa Tachi

Ichimonji Norifusa

Jo-jo saku

Middle Kamakura (ca. 1264)

Juyo Token

A very rare signed tachi by one of the pillars of Ichimonji, the famous smith Norifusa.

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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.

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Juyo Yoshioka Ichimonji Katana

Yoshioka Ichimonji

Jo-jo saku

Late Kamakura (ca. 1315)

Juyo Token

A beautiful work from the Ichimonji school at the end of the Kamakura period.

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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.

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Juyo Osafune Nagamitsu Katana

Osafune Nagamitsu

Sai-jo saku, Ryo-wazamono

Late Kamakura (ca. 1295)

Juyo Token

A gorgeous late Kamakura work by the preeminent Bizen smith.

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Tokubetsu Juyo Osafune Kagemitsu Tachi

Osafune Kagemitsu

Sai-jo saku

Late Kamakura (ca. 1315)

Tokubetsu Juyo Token

A top level masterpiece work of the Kamakura grand-master.

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Juyo Osafune Kagemitsu Tanto

Osafune Kagemitsu

Sai-jo saku

Late Kamakura Koto (ca. 1315)

Juyo Token

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

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Juyo Osafune Nagashige Katana

Osafune Nagashige

Jo-jo saku

Early Nanbokucho Koto (ca. 1330 – 1340)

Juyo Token

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

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Tokubetsu Juyo Osafune Motoshige Katana

Osafune Motoshige

Jo-jo saku, Sai-jo O-wazamono

Nanbokucho

Tokubetsu Juyo Token

A perfect sword, the doom of Asakura Kageharu at the hands of Hayashi Motokatsu.

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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.

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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.

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Juyo Hosho Sadaoki Tanto

Hosho Sadaoki

Jo-saku

Kamakura/Nanbokucho border (ca. 1338)

Juyo Token

One of the very few tanto attributed to Hosho Sadaoki. On consignment.

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Juyo Yamato Hosho Katana

Yamato Hosho

Jo-jo saku

Late Kamakura (ca. 1320)

Juyo Token

A Late Kamakura sword in the trademark masame of the Hosho school.

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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.

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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.

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Hozon Tsukamoto Okimasa Katana

Tsukamoto Okimasa

Yokozuna

Showa (1943 AD)

Hozon Token

A brilliant Soshu style work from the master WWII era swordsmith.

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Tokubetsu Juyo Yamato Shizu Kaneuji Katana

Yamato Shizu Kaneuji

Jo-jo saku

Early Nanbokucho Koto (ca. 1340)

Tokubetsu Juyo Token

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

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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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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Juyo Naoe Shizu Naginata Naoshi

Naoe Shizu

Jo-saku

Nanbokucho (ca. 1334-1360)

Juyo Token

A meito from the Edo period, the Imagawa Shizu, formerly in the Sano Museum collection and heirloom of the Imagawa Clan.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Tokubetsu Hozon Sekishu Sadatsuna Katana

Sekishu Sadatsuna

Jo-saku

Nanbokucho (ca. 1362)

Tokubetsu Hozon Token

An exciting and active Soshu blade with a two body cutting test in gold inlay. Likely property of the Nabeshima daimyo. On consignment.

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Juyo Ayanokoji Sadatoshi Tachi

Ayanokoji Sadatoshi

Sai-jo saku

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

Juyo Token

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Tokubetsu Juyo Hatakeda Sanemori Katana

Hatakeda Sanemori

Jo-jo saku

Middle Kamakura (ca. 1275)

Tokubetsu Juyo Token

An heirloom of the Shimazu daimyo, with top ranking of Tokubetsu Juyo. A huge, imposing Kamakura masterpiece of the Bizen tradition.

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Juyo Ko-Hoki Katana

Ko-Hoki

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.

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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.

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 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.

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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.

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Juyo Aoe Tsugunao Tachi

Aoe Tsugunao

Jo-jo saku ⋅ Ryo-wazamono

Nanbokucho Koto (ca. 1352)

Juyo Token

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

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Tokubetsu Hozon Aoe Katana

Aoe

Jo-saku

Nanbokucho (ca. 1356)

Tokubetsu Hozon Token

A powerfully shaped blade from the Nanbokucho period; a favorite sword of the samurai Tani Kyubei (Moriharu), named Kusanotsuyu (Dew on the Grass).

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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.

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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.

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Tokubetsu Hozon Suishinshi Masatsugu Katana

Suishinshi Masatsugu

Jo-jo saku

Late Edo (1850)

Tokubetsu Hozon Token

A large tachi in the style of Norishige, mounted as a katana in original mounts. By the third generation master of the Suishinshi school and featured in the Shinshinto Taikan.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Tokubetsu Hozon Echizen Sadatsugu Katana

Echizen Sadatsugu

Edo Shinto (ca. 1630)

Tokubetsu Hozon Token

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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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Tokubetsu Hozon Sengo Muramasa Yari

Sengo Muramasa

Tokubetsu Hozon Token

An unusual mukara yari by the famous maker Muramasa.

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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.

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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.

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