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 the contact 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 awarded Juyo Token (Important Sword) or Tokubetsu 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 my nihonto 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 about buying 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.

Coming Soon

  • Soshu Norishige katana (mumei, Tokubetsu Hozon, Juyo candidate, Kamakura)
  • Aoe Yoshitsugu katana (honami kinpunmei, Tokubetsu Hozon, koshirae, Juyo candidate... maybe higher, Nanbokucho)
  • Osafune Kagemitsu tanto (signed, Tokubetsu Hozon, Juyo candidate, Kamakura)
  • Hasebe Kunishige (nidai) tanto, Tokubetsu Hozon, signed, Nanbokucho

Saeki Norishige

Late Kamakura Koto (ca. 1320)

NBTHK Juyo Token

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

-new, please enquire-

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.

$16,500

Awataguchi Yoshimitsu

Kamakura Koto (ca. 1270)

NBTHK Juyo Token

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

-new, please enquire-

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 -new-

Omi Daijo Tadahiro

Kanbun Edo Shinto (ca. 1661)

NBTHK Hozon Token

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

$15,000

Aoe Sadatsugu

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.

$82,500

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.

-new, please enquire for price-

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

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.

-please enquire for price-

Araki Tomei

Late Edo (ca. 1750)

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.

$21,000

Yosozaemon Sukesada

Sai-jo Saku

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. Property of a private collector.

-please enquire-

Reference Archive

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

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-

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 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.

-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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