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Katana: Izumi no Kami Kunisada(The 65th NBTHK Juyo Token)

Ordering number:24109

Katana in Shirasaya (The 65th NBTHK Juyo Token)

Signature: Izumi no Kami Kunisada

Sayagaki: Izumi no Kami Kunisada
Osu Nakago Michinagare Name
Around the Shoho Era
Made and signed on behalf of Inoue Shinkai
Blade Length: 2 shaku 3 sun
Inscribed in December, Showa 57
Hon'ami Nisshu (with kao)

We divide 4 sections for each sword as Saijyo Saku, Jyojyo Saku, Jyo Saku and Regular Saku. This sword is ranked as Jyo Saku for Izumi no Kami Kunisada.

Habaki: Gold double-layered.
Blade length: 2 shaku 2 sun 9.5 bu (69.55 cm).
Curvature: 6 bu (1.82 cm).
Mekugi hole: 1.
Width at base (Motohaba): 3.02 cm.
Width at tip (Sakihaba): 2.17 cm.
Thickness (Kasane): 0.64 cm.
Sword weight: 700 grams.
Era: Edo period.
Shape: A well-balanced work with a regular width and thickness, and a deeply cut tip.
Jigane: Fine ko-itame hada with superior craftsmanship. The tip has a deep nioiguchi with well-formed ashi, making it an attractive piece.
Hamon: As described in the saya-gaki, this piece is a daimei by Inoue Shinkai, distinct from the signature of the first generation Kunisada. It has a vibrant and well-crafted hamon with deep nioiguchi and active nie.

Features: The first generation Kunisada, in his old age, was unable to continue his work, and his son Shinkai took over the work.

Aoi Art’s Comment: This piece, signed Izumi no Kami Kunisada, is actually a work by his son, Inoue Shinkai, who assisted his father. The hamon is significantly different from that of his father, with a deeper nioiguchi and superior craftsmanship. The ura-mei, inscribed as made from Keian 1 to Keian 2, indicates that it was likely started in Keian 1 and completed in Keian 2, marking it as a superb piece.This piece is registered as Daimyo Item No. 12 in Ibaraki Prefecture and is also valuable as a historical document.

The 65th NBTHK Juyo Token.
Aoi Art estimation paper.
Whole Oshigata.


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