My name is Darcy Brockbank and I am a life member of the Nippon Bijutsu Token Hozon Kyokai (NBTHK). I collect and buy Japanese swords and related items, and I am also an author and photographer. I'm also writing a series of books documenting the great swords in North American collections. I maintain a small, but high quality collection of swords and my own interest lies primarily in the Yamashiro and Soshu traditions. If you have a sword or a collection you wish to sell, feel free to contact me to discuss.
You can contact me by using the Email button on the upper right hand corner of this website.
Most importantly, if you have a family sword or found a piece somewhere and need help appraising it and coming to grips with "what to do," I take pride on giving straight and honest advice to the best of my ability in regards to your property or discovery. Feel free to write to me and ask me for assistance, I will be glad to help you out. Please note that this is a service intended to help collectors and families. If you are looking for a commercial evaluation because you are actively engaged in related activities buying and selling, then you should be looking for a paid consultation. I can help you with this, and also recommend others who can help.
Swords Available for Purchase
I have new items coming on a consistent basis. If you are interested in something you don't see in my inventory, please let me know.
Note for Canadian residents: should you purchase from any of the parties advertising in this site you will be responsible for your own importation into Canada as I am not an importer.
If you are new to Japanese swords, these two articles I wrote are handy references. They seem to have been copied frequently throughout the internet either verbatim or loosely paraphrased at this point in time.
Advertise Your Sword
It's possible to send a sword for photography and consignment sale on my website. I arrange to have your sword photographed inside the USA and either held or returned to you while waiting for a sale. Your sword is listed with the same detail and care as my inventory items.
Consulting, Finding, and Research
For collectors interested in buying pieces at the Juyo level, I am available to help structure your collection, to find pieces meeting your criteria, and to make sure that you get into the right pieces at the right prices... as well as have proper exit strategies in place should you need to unwind items from your collection.
I can acquire for you through my network of contacts and clients, and often have access to pieces not offered for sale in public. The goal in offering this service is to help people who have interest in building high level collections without the available time to become experts in the field. There are many pitfalls in collecting Japanese Swords, and many such interested people otherwise would not be able to establish themselves in this field because of the time investment it requires. So I am here to advise and assist, feel free to contact me for details.
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I encourage you to check out Ford Hallam's project on Kickstarter, he is aiming to raise funds for a series of books on Japanese metalworking. Embedded on this page is an extremely interesting video about making an utsushi of Katsuhira's tiger tsuba. This is of personal interest to me because I discovered the tsuba that was featured in this video as the inspiration to re-make a long-lost katana tsuba that was its original mate. Anyway it is a valuable video to watch for anyone interested in collecting the arts of the samurai, to show the exacting detail necessary in making kodogu. And Ford Hallam's work is exquisite, as the video will show, and hopefully will inspire you to support his project.
I am looking for the owner of the following sword illustrated on the left, attributed to Chogi by the NBTHK (Osafune Nagayoshi). It was sold at Christie's London in 2007 (from my collection). It is easily identified by the suken in the nakago. I have some important information regarding this piece. If you know the owner or are the owner or have seen the sword, please contact me.
Japanese Swords of the Bizen Tradition
Bob Benson and I are collaborating on a series of books, featuring swords owned by North American collectors, with additional articles provided by past or present collectors and experts in our community.
The series will comprise several volumes, the first of which is Japanese Swords of the Bizen Tradition, which is currently available for purchase! Click on the book cover to the right for more information about the book and purchasing it.
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The Nihonto Knowledge Base is a web application I wrote for people to research smiths. I donated the use of code to the JSSUS and they are currently running it on their website under "Research." Only guaranteed to work under IE and Mozilla Firefox as it uses all kinds of funky tricks, but should work mostly right I think on anything.