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Appraisal Quiz #735

Previous answer is
  Ichi(judged as Yoshioka Ichimonji)

Special feature: The 2 greatest flows of Bizen swords in the Kamakura period are
Ichimonji school and Osafune school. Ichimonji school prospered in Fukuoka, Yoshioka
and Iwato from the Kamakura period to the Nambokucho period. This school is called
“Ichimonji” because they engrave the character 一”Ichi”(one). There are some patterns of
signature: only “Ichi”, “Ichi” with each swordsmith’s name, and just swordsmith’s name.
Yoshioka Ichimonji school occured right after Fukuoka Ichimonji in the late Kamakura
period. Famous swordsmiths are: Sukemitsu, Sukeshige, and Sukeyoshi. They made not
only similar swords to Fukuoka Ichimonji, but also Gunomemidare works. This Tachi is
quite similar to Fukuoka Ichimonji: small patterns and calm Midareba with Ko-Choji, Ko-
Gunome, and Ko-Notare. There are variety of changes and functionings in Ha, like
Sunagashi and Kinsuji. Ichi character is very clear and it shows strong characteristics of
Yoshioka Ichimonji signature. This had to be preserved very carefully.

Appraisal Quiz #735 (March 25th, 2023)
Who made this sword do you think ?


Blade length:77.0cm or 30.31inches.
Sori:2.8cm or 1.10inches.
Width at the hamachi:3.45cm or 1.35inches.
Width at the Kissaki:2.47cm or 0.97inches.
Kasane:0.85cm or 0.33inches.
The weight of the sword:1,020grams
Shape: The blade is broad and thick with deep Sori and Bohi on the both sides. Ububa is left and Kissaki is normal.
Jigane: Koitamehada is grained well with Utsuri.
Hamon: Niedeki, extreme gunome-Choji. Excellent Hamon.


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