Nihonto: Antique Japanese Swords

My name is Darcy Brockbank and I am a life member of the Nippon Bijutsu Token Hozon Kyokai (NBTHK). I collect, buy and sell authentic antique Japanese swords: katana, tanto, tachi and other sword related items, and I am also an author and photographer. You can contact me by using thecontact button on the upper right hand corner of this website or try me at the following address:

I specialize in the sale of high grade antique, authentic Japanese swords that have met my personal criteria for quality, and interest. These are usually items that have passed the stringent requirements to be awardedJuyo Token (Important Sword) orTokubetsu Juyo Token (Extraordinarily Important Sword) by the NBTHK in Japan. If this is the first time you have encountered these terms, you can read about them more in mynihonto ratings article.

The swords I buy for my inventory are usually shown for the first time in the western market, having come from Japanese collections. Items not owned by me are highlighted as the property of collectors, as I do not advertise or speculate for other dealers on a commission basis.

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Please read this statement aboutbuying or trading swords, 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.

Available Items

These are the currently available items for sale. There are more in the process of being listed, so feel free to ask any questions about what may be coming soon.

Ko-Mino

Muromachi (ca. 1550)

NBTHK Tokubetsu Hozon Tosogu

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

$8000

Hizen Yukihiro

Jo Saku

Kanbun Shinto (ca. 1675 )

NBTHK Tokubetsu Hozon Token

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

$9,000 -new-

Goto Mitsuyoshi

Late Edo (ca. 1810)

NBTHK Tokubetsu Hozon Tosogu

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

$3000 -new-

Owari Nobuie

Muromachi/Momoyama Koto (ca. 1580)

NBTHK 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.

$18,500

Ko-Hoki

Heian Koto (ca. 987 - 1050)

NBTHK Juyo Token

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

$45,000 $32,500 sale!

Kamakura Ichimonji Suketsuna

Sai-jo Saku

Kamakura Koto (ca. 1280)

NBTHK Juyo Token

A very rare example of the Kamakura Ichimonji branch of Fukuoka Ichimonji, by one of the founding fathers of the Soshu swordsmiths. On consignment.

$54,000

Takagi Sadamune

Jo-jo Saku

Nanbokucho Koto (ca. 1375)

NBTHK Juyo Token

A beautiful work of the son or student of Sadamune, once attributed to Masamune. Owned by the Maeda family and currently the Property of a private collector.

-please enquire-

Soshu Hiromitsu

Sai-jo Saku

Nanbokucho Koto (ca. 1360 – 1375)

NBTHK Juyo Token (tsuba Hozon Tosogu)

Very rare example of the pillar of the Nanbokucho Soshu tradition, in hitatsura and complete with koshirae. Property of a private collector, on consignment.

$55,000

Saeki Norishige

Sai-jo Saku

Late Kamakura Koto (ca. 1320)

NBTHK Juyo Token

A flamboyant tanto from one of the pillars of the Soshu tradition, accompanied by koshirae.

$63,000

Awataguchi Yoshimitsu

Sai-jo Saku

Kamakura Koto (ca. 1270)

NBTHK Juyo Token

A reference work by one of the Nippon San Saku, “Toshiro,” the peerless maker of tanto.

-please enquire-

Omi Daijo Tadahiro

Jo-jo Saku, O-wazamono

Kanbun Edo Shinto (ca. 1661)

NBTHK Hozon Token

A long katana by one of the famous Hizen smiths. On consignment.

$15,000

Ko-Bizen Tomonari

Sai-jo Saku

Late Heian Koto (ca. 987 – 1185)

NBTHK Juyo Token

The first of eight accepted at the Juyo level by the NBTHK 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.

$95,000

Hasebe Kunishige

Chu-jo Saku

Nanbokucho Koto (ca. 1370 – 1380)

NBTHK Tokubetsu Hozon Token

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

$22,500 -hold-

Reference Archive

These are a selection of items that have previously been on my site, included for education and enjoyment.

Ayanokoji Sadatoshi

Sai-jo Saku

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

NBTHK Juyo Token

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

-sold-

Aoe Tsugunao

Jo-jo Saku, Ryo-wazamono

Nanbokucho Koto (ca. 1352)

NBTHK Juyo Token

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

-sold-

Ko-Goto Joshin

Late Muromachi (ca. 1540)

NBTHK Tokubetsu Hozon Tosogu

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

-sold-

Araki Tomei

Late Edo (ca. 1850)

NBTHK Tokubetsu Hozon

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

-sold-

Yosozaemon Sukesada

Sai-jo Saku, O-wazamono

Muromachi Koto (1537)

NBTHK 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. (I recently bought this out from the owner who had it on consignment.)

-sold-

Araki Tomei

Late Edo (ca. 1850)

NBTHK Tokubetsu Hozon

Lively and charming golden tigers frolic over a complete daisho fuchigashira set with shakudo ground. Unusual work for the very highly acclaimed student of Goto Ichijo, both elements signed and papered first in 2015.

-sold-

Kano Natsuo

Late Edo (1858)

NBTHK Tokubetsu Hozon Tosogu

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

-sold-

Aoe Sadatsugu

Jo-jo Saku

Late Kamakura Koto (ca. 1326)

NBTHK Juyo Token

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

-sold-

Osafune Mitsutada

Sai-jo Saku

Middle Kamakura Koto (ca. 1250)

NBTHK 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.

-sold-

Rai Kuniyuki

Early to Mid Kamakura Koto (ca. 1250)

NBTHK Tokubetsu Juyo Token

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

-sold-

Shodai Hizen Tadayoshi

Sai-jo Saku, Sai-jo O-wazamono

Early Edo Shinto (1616)

NBTHK Tokubetsu Hozon Token

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

-sold-

Suishinshi Masatsugu

Late Edo (1850)

NBTHK Tokubetsu Hozon Token

A massive tachi of 76cm in the style of Norishige, mounted as a katana in original mounts, by the third generation master of the Suishinshi school. Featured in the Shinshinto Taikan.

-sold-

Shibata Ka

Showa, 1945

A heartfelt copy of 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.

-sold-

Chikuzen Samonji

Sai-jo Saku

Early Nanbokucho Koto (ca. 1340)

NBTHK Juyo Token

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

-sold-

Soshu Masatsugu

Middle Muromachi Koto (ca. 1500)

NBTHK Tokubetsu Hozon Token

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

-sold-

Osafune Nagashige

Jo-jo Saku

Early Nanbokucho Koto (ca. 1330 – 1340)

NBTHK 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.

-sold-

Omori Mitsutoki

Late Edo (ca. 1800 – 1830)

NBTHK Juyo Toso

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.

-sold-

Hizen Tadayoshi

Sai-jo Saku, Sai-jo O-wazamono

Early Edo Shinto (1632)

NBTHK Juyo Token

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

-sold-

Rai Kunimitsu

Sai-jo Saku

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

NBTHK Juyo Token

An excellent and dignified work by the Yamashiro grand master.

-sold-

Fukuoka Ichimonji

Sai-jo Saku

Middle Kamakura Koto (ca. 1260)

NBTHK Juyo Token

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

-sold-

Shizu Saboro Kaneuji

Sai-jo Saku

Kamakura Koto (ca. 1320)

NBTHK Juyo Token

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

-sold-

Koyama Munetsugu

Jo-jo Saku

Late Edo Shinshinto (1854)

Tanobe Michihiro sayagaki, and a guarantee of passing NBTHK Tokubetsu Hozon

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

-sold-

Ko-Osafune Norimitsu

Jo Saku

Late Kamakura Koto (ca. 1303)

NBTHK Juyo Token

A rare work of the student of Bizen Nagamitsu, with kinzogan attribution by Honami Kokan. On consignment.

-sold-

Hosho Sadakiyo

Jo-jo Saku

Late Kamakura Koto (ca. 1330)

NBTHK 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.

-sold-

Rai Kunitoshi

Late Kamakura (ca. 1310)

NBTHK Hozon Token

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

-sold-

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