BoJ Katana #002: Antique Fujiwara Nagayoshi 83356

BoJ Katana #002: Antique Fujiwara Nagayoshi 83356

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Genuine Antique 19th century Katana with original leather braid ito made approx 1850 towards the turbulent end of the Edo period by Fujiwara Nagayoshi of Bishu-ju (Aichi prefecture). Unrestored and in original condition, it appears to be a practical training sword used in a dojo.

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$4,068.47
Certification Level and Polishing
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During the peaceful times of the early to mid Edo period, the Katana started to become something of a status symbol and fashion accesory as much as it was a weapon of war. But during the period this particular piece was made in, Japan once again spilled her blood as the Edo period came crashing down and the Samurai were swept away in the rapid modernization of the Meiji restoration to follow.

As such, this is not an art sword - it was clearly designed for fighting.

The fittings are simple and austere - somewhat worn and clearly heavily used black leather for a tight grip even in rain or when one's hands are soaked in blood. Iron fittings instead of ornate copper for maximum functionality and strength. Even the blade itself is quite wide and thick (3.2cm at its thickest) with low (Asa-sori) curvature and tough armor piercing chugissaki tip.

The hamon too is the easiest and fastest to produce - as well as one of the most functional - the straight suguha hamon with a basic low grade polish instead of 'kessho' to bring out all the details in the steel. So clearly this was not an art sword, it was either a training sword or a sword made relatively quickly for immediate use as the world of the Samurai started to crash down around them..

In its current condition, the blade has several spots marred by dark patina, whose origin suggests it is likely leftover residue from cutting tatami mats and it may never have actually been used, serving perhaps as a utilitarian training sword for the dojo to practice tameshigiri.


 

POLISHING OPTIONS

With both hamon and hada obscured and hard to see from surface scratches, some rust and remaining residue - this sword could benefit from a new polish. Three options are available - select which one you would like via the dropdown menu (or leave it on default for the blade in its current state).

  • The most affordable - if non traditional - method is to have the blade sent away to be polished using a buffer wheel with a variety of polishing compounds (machine polish). This will bring out the detail of the hamon and clear away any and all rust, surface scratches and patina - costing a flat rate of $650 and taking approximately one month to complete (adding to the processing time accordingly). For an example of what level of polish this will restore the blade to, see an blade that has already been polished to this level here. We do not really recommend this polish for this sword as it has already been heavily polished and so should be polished using either the hybrid machine/hand polish or a full hand polish methods.
  • The second level of polish is a hybrid machine/hand polish. In addition to the basic machine polish, the hamon is hand polished to further bring out its details and to smooth the surface of the ji to reveal the hada beneath. Still not as desirable as a full hand polish restoration, it is a better option than the basic machine polish, though costs a flat rate of $1,250 and adds up to 6 months to the processing time.
  • The third option is to have the sword sent away to a professional Togishi (Japanese Sword Polisher). This is the premium option, using Japanese finger stones to delineate and further enhance the beauty of the hada and the hamon. Price is per inch and may take up to 1 year to complete - select this option after you have contacted us to receive a quote.

Additionally, instead of using our in-house service, you can have the sword restored in the USA using the services of a professional such as the Fred Lohman Company (Japanese-Swords.com) - they have various restoration packages available starting at just $995 - click here for more information on this service.


 

There are no indications of battle damage, though this does not mean that it was never raised in anger, only that there are no visible marks indicating that it had made contact with another blade or damaging target of any type.

This blade comes with no additional information or certification other than the official registration card (Juho-token-tui-torokusho) issued by the board of education. By Japanese law, this registration paper must accompany the sword at all times unless it is shipped outside of Japan, whereupon it serves as a certificate of authenticity (as only traditionally made blades using Tamahagane can be registered - for more information on the process involved click here).

Under normal circumstances a papered antique blade fully mounted in its original fittings like this one would sell for close to $8-9,000 but due to tough economic conditions negatively effecting antique sword prices in Japan, the heavy discount available to us is passed on to you - allowing you to pick it up for a fraction of its full value.

While this sword comes with Tokubetsu Kicho paperwork, this older system is not as trusted or as foolproof as having it re-evaluated and certified with the current modern certification system by the NHBKT (Nihon Bijutsu Token Hozon Kyokai). While newer NHBTK papers are not included, they are available for an optional $1000 if so desired and will add up to 3 months to one year to the delivery time. It is a process not to be taken lightly, but may (or may not) significantly increase the value of the sword in question.

In rare cases during the export process a given blade may be identified as a priceless national treasure. In the unlikely event that this occurs, we will cancel and refund your order in full. Thank you for your understanding.

How to Use

This is a functional antique and you become it's new custodian. While it can certainly still be used for cutting, we recommend it is preserved for future generations and handed down as a family heirloom.
Blade Length (Nagasa): 27.87" (70.8CM), Sori: 2.75" (0.7CM), Motohaba: 1.25" (3.2CM), Sakihaba: 0.86" (2.2CM), Weight (bare blade): 1.98lbs (900g)

Materials and Construction

Antique late Edo period (made circa 1850) Tamahagane blade by Nagayoshi of Bishu-ju (Aichi prefecture). Original iron tsuba and fuchigashira fittings with 180+ year old leather wrap still in the original condition. A fighting mans sword for a turbulent time in Japanese history.
Shipped directly to you by the current owner in Japan. Please note that in rare cases one of the antique blades that we offer may be identified as a national treasure during the export process. In the unlikely event that this happens, we will have no choice but to cancel your order and refund you in full.
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