Katana : Bizen Suke Munetsugu Saku Kore

Ordering number : 16388

Katana in Shirasaya.(NBTHK Tokubetsu Hozon Paper)

Signature : Bizen Suke Munetsugu Saku Kore Ou Fujii Naoyosi Juu
Bunkyu Gannen 8 Gatsuhi.

This sword is made to order by Mr. Fujii Naoyoshi asked to forge Koyama Munetsugu. Date is Bunkyu 1st (1861) August.
(We divide 4 sections for each sword as Saijyo saku, Jojo saku Jo saku and regular saku)
This sword Bizen Suke Munetsugu belongs toJojo saku ranking.
The blade is polished by high ranking polisher.
Habaki : Single silver habaki.
Blade length : 70.5 cm or 27.8 inches.
Sori :1.7 cm or0.67 inches.
Mekugi : 1 
Width at the hamachi : 3.0 cm or 1.18 inches.
Width at the Kissaki : 2.0 cm or 0.79 inches.
Kasane : 0.45 cm or 0.18 inches.
Era : Late Edo period. (1861)
Shape : The blade is regular size with deep Sori and longer Kissaki. On both sides of the blade there is Bo-Hi and Soe-hi engraved.
Jigane : Koitame Hada well grained with Jinie attach beautiful nice texture.
Hamon : Koniedeki Gunome-midare and Choji-midare mixed, Midarekomi style Boshi.
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 the left, Yasunao Matsudaira, Yasunori Takeuchi, Takaaki Kyogoku, and Gocyu Shibata
NBTHK Tokubetsu Hozon paper.
Aoi Art estimation paper : whole Oshigata.


From the left, Yasunao Matsudaira, Yasunori Takeuchi, Takaaki Kyogoku, and Gocyu Shibata

NBTHK Tokubetsu Hozon paper.
Aoi Art estimation paper : whole Oshigata.

Price : 2,500,000 JPY-. (including the shipping fee)

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