Ordering number : 18155
Katana in Shirasaya(NBTHK Hozon Paper)(consignment sale)
Signature : Bizen Suke Fujiwara Munetsugu
Meiji 3 Nen 12 Gatsu Hi (December 1872)
Shinshinto: Jyo Jyo Saku: Musashi province.
(We divide 4 sections for each sword as Saijyo saku, Jyojyo saku
Jyo saku and regular saku)
This blade belongs to Jyo Jyo Saku ranking.
The blade was polished.
Blade length : 71.81 cm or 28.27 inches.
Sori : 1.2 cm or 0.47 inches.
Mekugi : 1
Width at the hamachi : 3.30 cm or 1.29 inches.
Width at the Kissaki : 2.41 cm or 0.94 inches.
Kasane : 0.69 cm or 0.27 inches.
Era : Meiji period(1872)
Shape : Wide and thick, Okissaki Katana.
Jitetsu : Ko-Itame HAda well grained with Jinie attach.
The Jigane is beautiful Nashiji.
Hamon : Nie Deki, Gunome Midare with thick Nioikuchi.
In Ha, there are Ashi, Sunagashi and Kinsuji.
Boshi is Midarekomi shape.
Special feature : First generation Bizen no suke Munetsugu (Koyama Munetugu )
was born at Mutsu Shirakawa province as a son of Koyama Munehira.
His name was Soubei.
He was working for Matudaira Daimyo family as a sword making Samurai.
He moved to Kuwana province with his master and then he moved
to Edo Tenpo 2 nd year.At that time he was high reputation of cut well swords maker.
Some times we found his swords which was done Saidanmei
and also possession name on the tang of the blade.
Generally speaking the quality of Munetsugu is one of the top swords
smith in late Edo period and without any faults among his swords.
He passed away Meiji 5th year 70years of age.
He was well kown swordsmith at that time and left famous story.
Kiyomaro opened a sword factory near Munetsugu without greeting
so Munetsugu got angry and applied for a duel to Kiyomaro.
I don’t know the result but his intense feeling was succeeded to make swords.
He tried to make cut well swords so he asked Yamada Asaemon sword cutter
how to make cut well swords.
So Koyama Munetsugu has many Saidanmei swords during his life.
Generally speaking his subjects are all swords are quite
well and good condition without Kizu and flow.
This sword is quite well jigane and Hamon.
Historical back ground: Tokugawa family sent a mission
to Europe at Bunkyu first year (1862) head officer was Yasunori Takeuchisecond
officer Yasunao Matsudaira 3rd Takayoshi Shibata, and Gocyu Shibata.
Genichiro Fukuchi and Yukichi Fukuzawa.
From Aoi Art: Munetsugu has a high reputation as a cutting quality.
And the quality of his blades have a high standard.
We have never seen his faults blade. This blade is nice workmanship.
The Sword Abolishment Edict was issed by the Meiji government of Japan
on March 28, 1876. So that blade is very precious.
NBTHK Hozon Paper
Aoi Art estimation paper : whole Oshigata.