Katana: Chikugo-no-Kami Kunifusa/Yoshu-no-Ju(NBTHK Tokubetsu Hozon Token)

Ordering number: 23387
Katana: In Shirasaya (NBTHK Tokubetsu Hozon Token)

Inscription (Mei): Chikugo-no-Kami Kunifusa
Yoshu-no-Ju (Residing in Yoshu Province)

At our company, we categorize swords as Saijo saku (top quality), Jojo-saku (excellent), Jo-saku (good), and Futsu-saku (normal) based on the skill of the swordsmith. This work is classified as Jojo-saku for Chikugo-no-Kami Kunifusa, indicating its exceptional quality.

Habaki: Gold-foiled Double Habaki
Blade Length: 71.8 cm (28.27 inches)
Curvature (Sori): 2.0 cm (0.79 inches)
Peg Hole (Mekugi-ana): 1 hole
Width at the Base (Motohaba): 3.17 cm (1.25 inches)
Width at the Tip (Sakihaba): 2.26 cm (0.89 inches)
Thickness (Kasane): 0.75 cm (0.30 inches)
Era: Early Edo Period
Shape: The sword has a slightly wider body, a somewhat elongated kissaki, and noticeable curvature. It features a prominent sori and exhibits the characteristic shape of a shinogi-zukuri sword.
Jigane (Forging Patterns in Steel): The steel shows a well-refined itame hada with a thick layer of ji-nie, creating a distinct and visually appealing jigane. It bears a resemblance to the Horikawa Kunihira school.
Hamon (Temper Pattern): The hamon displays a lively midareba pattern with ashi, and the boshi (tempered tip) returns in a rounded fashion.

Special Features: Kunifusa was a swordsmith from Iyo Province, active from the first generation in the early Edo period to the eighth generation around the Ansei era. This work is believed to be from the second generation, who studied under Yamato-no-Kami Yoshimichi after moving to Osaka. The third generation trained under Ichimonji Tadatsuna. Notably, this sword exhibits a jigane reminiscent of the Horikawa Kunihira school.

NBTHK Tokubetsu Hozon Token paper
Aoi Art estimation paper: Whole Oshigata

Price:895,000 JPY-.

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