Ordering number : 19295
Katana in Shirasaya with Koshirae.(NBTHK Tokubetsu Hozon)
Signature : Izuminokami Fujiwara Kunisada
(We divide 4 sections for each sword as Saijyo saku, Jyojyo saku Jyo saku and regular saku)
This sword belongs to Jyojyo saku ranking.
The blade was polished.
Habaki : Gold foild double Habaki
Blade length : 63.6 cm or inches.
Sori : 1.7 cm or inches.
Mekugi : 1
Width at the Hamachi : 2.83 cm or inches.
Width at the Kissaki : 1.85 cm or inches.
Kasane : 0.61 cm or inches.
Blade weight : 550 grams
Era : Edo period
Shape : This sword is a little short but thick and wide. It has a deep Sori and a long Kissaki.
Jigane : Koitamehada well grained, Jinie attached, It’s beautiful Osaka Jigane.
Hamon : Niedeki, Clear and bright Gunome-midare, nice Ashi, Soft Nioikuchi.
Special Feature : Izuminokami Fujiwara Kunisada the 1st was a renowned swordsmith from Edo period, but this sword was made by his son, Inoue Shinkai.
The son often helped his father make swords in the father’s later years.
Shinkai signed as Kunisada, the same as his father, in his early years.This means that some of his father’s works are made by him.
In 1630, Inoue Shinkai was born as the second son of Kunisada the 1st.
Shinkai got the title of Izumi (No) Kami in 1652. The Imperial Court approved him to carve the chrysanthemum crest on the tang in 1661. He passed away in 1682, at the age of 53.
Saya : Black roiro Saya.
Tsuba : Shakudo, the Kirimon family crest carved.
Menuki : Shakudo, the flower design carved.
Fuchikashira : Shakudo Nanakoji, the Samurais carved.
From Aoi Art : Izuminokami Fujiwara Kunisada the 1st made many great swords but in his later years, his son, Inoue Shinkai made swords on behalf of him. Judging from the style and the signature, this sword was made by the son.
The sword is Ubu and has nice Osaka Jigane. The Koshirae looks pretty also.
NBTHK Tokubetsu Hozon paper
Aoi Art estimation paper: whole Oshigata.