Called kuttom-ushbe in the local language. This one mounted in deer antler mounts.
Despite its size it is of remarkably fine workmanship.
Made in Canton, China, for the Japanese market.
Both blades signed, its koshirae fine maki-e lacquer work. Ito school tsuba and Mino Gotō style mounts.
Considered one of the best makers of naginata, he worked for the household of Fukushima Masanori.
Made in the 16th century, for the warrior monks of the Hozo-in temple in Nara.
Literally "skull splitter", more widely known as kabutowari; "helmet splitter." An excellent example, one of the best…
A masterpiece of the genre. The Yagami school were excellent carvers of iron.
Fine work and one of the very few enamelled tsuba by this maker.
Blade signed Sesshū-jū Fujiwara Hiroyoshi, active in the 1670s-80s.
Japanese sword guard depicting three wise monkeys conveying the message see no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil.
N.B.T.H.K. Hozon with a set of Nanban-style koshirae with signed tsuba.
12th-century blade. 33rd Shinsha Juyō Token with sayagaki by Tanobe.
The very detailed mountings are decorated with designs of Japanese spiny lobsters.
Signed, ubu. Complete with tasteful koshirae and Hozon papers.
Tokubetsu Hozon, attributed to Den Tametsugu. With fine itomaki no tachi koshirae.
With deeply carved scabbard, complete with fine guard embroidered sash.
A luxury Ainu knife styled after the Japanese tantō.
Resembling a makiri but with the blade's edge on the opposite side.
Of a typical style used in Hokkaido in the 19th century.
A slender makiri with a bark wrapped scabbard.
An exceptionally well-carved Ainu knife.
A fine and unusually large tsuba. Attributed to Hizen by the NBTHK.
A wakizashi by master Kunikiyo, tested by the most famous sword tester of 17th century Japan.
Made by the Kinai group of Echizen, who originated as horimono carvers.
With a sayagaki by Honma sensei attributing it to Yosozaemon.
A fine cross-shaped yari made by Enju Nobakatsu, with NBTHK Hozon papers.
Large Japanese spearhead with red lacquered zig-zag groove. Signed Mitsuhiro.
A pair of Samurai shin protectors finished with Dutch "goudleer".
With Nanban-style guard and kozuka. Signed Fujiwara Hisayoshi.
A striking battle helmet from the Momoyama period of 1568-1600 A.D.
Signed by an artist named Kanesada from Higo.
Tetsugendo school. Round plate with discoid cross-section, chiseled with dragons.
Executed in "nanban style" openwork with chiseled and gold-encrusted peonies.
Unusual piece with depiction of a foreign figure.
Large example with gold and silver overlay.
Asian sword guard of unknown origin, modified in Japan.
Also known as Kwanto-gata, with two facing dragon chasing a pearl.
A peculiar tsuba with a depiction of Bodhidharma and two dragon chasing a pearl.
Its outer surface is decorated with interlocking swastikas and family crests.
Executed in gold and silver on a shakudō nanako base, with golden back.
The only set of its type known to me in both private and museum collections.
Made of wood, with a silver ornamental fitting of remarkable workmanship.
Exceedingly rare Ainu sword. Comes in an old Japanese collection box.
A double-edged samurai tool with morbid origins.
A by-knife for a Japanese sword, with a hilt shaped like a sword tang.
Worked in repousse, possibly once part of an ornamental piece of armor.
An unusual cross-cultural mix, blending Burmese, Japanese and Indian parts.
Japanese mail set, with small ring vest and coif sewn to a thick cotton undergarment.
With a blade with a concave edge, in stained deerhorn mounts with fine silver wire inlays.
A very rare Chinese saber guard dating from the height of the Qing dynasty.
Signed Yasutsugu, with sayagaki referring to the Tokugawa family.