- Period: Edo period (1603-1868)
- School: Soten School
- Design: Musha-Zu (warrior design)
- Shape: Maru-Gata
- Features: Sukashi (openwork) w/ gold and copper inlay
- Material: Iron
- Width: 67.5mm
- Height: 72.1mm
- Thickness: 3.9mm
- Weight: 96g
Includes Kiri Wood Tsuba Box.
About the Soten School:
The Soten School (宗典派, Sōten-ha) was a school of Japanese sword fittings (koshirae) that was active during the Edo period (1603-1868). The school was founded by Soten, who was an artist and metalworker based in Kyoto. Soten was known for his exquisite and intricate designs, which often featured intricate openwork (sukashi) patterns and intricate details.
The Soten School was known for its unique style, which emphasized a balance of form and function. The school’s artists were skilled in creating sword fittings that not only looked beautiful, but also fit the sword perfectly and enhanced its usability.
The Soten School produced a wide range of sword fittings, including tsuba (sword guards), fuchi-kashira (sleeves for the hilt), menuki (ornaments on the hilt), and kozuka (small knives stored in the hilt). The school’s works were highly sought after by samurai and collectors alike, and they are still highly valued by collectors today.
The Soten School was active for several generations, and its influence can be seen in the work of later generations of sword fitting artists. Although the school is no longer active, its legacy lives on in the many works that it produced, which are admired for their beauty, craftsmanship, and historical significance.