Order number : 16591
Katana in Shirasaya with Koshirae(NBTHK Tokubetsu Hozon Paper)
Signature : Kawachi Kami Kunisuke (2nd generation)
shinto:Jyosaku ranking:wazamono cutting test ranking:Settsu.
(We divide 4 sections for each sword as Saijyo saku, Jyojyo saku Jyo saku and regular saku)
This sword belongs to Jyo-Jyo saku ranking.
The blade was polished.
Habaki :silver single habaki.
Blade length : 75.0 cm or 29.53 inches.
Sori :1.3 cm or 0.5 inches.
Mekugi : 2
Width at the hamachi : 3.07 cm or 1.21 inches.
Width at the Kissaki : 2.12 cm or 0.835 inches.
Kasane : 0.72 cm or 0.28 inches.
Era : Edo period Kanbun era.
Shape : The blade is long and rather wide
and thick with suitable sori and longer kissaki.
Jigane :Koitame hada well grained with jinie attach nice oosaka texture.
Shinogiji: Koitame hada with small masanagare.
Hamon :Niedeki suguha hamon with nezumi ashi and small ashi work.
(nezumi ashi menas small ashi of the rat.)
Special feature:Kawachi (No) kami Kunisuke the Second, commonly known
Naka-Kawachi made this sword. From the brilliant hamon,
he is also called Shinto-Ichimonji.
He come into forging sword around Keian era, in the mid-seventeenth century
and passed away in 1698. It is said that he created Kobushigata-choji hamon,
fist-shaped temperline. It won applause at that time and still has great appeal
in modern times. Kunisuke’s sword has a tendency curved slightly.
The same thing can be said of Yasusada. This sword shows elegant workmanship
of Konie-deki with deep nioi-kuchi suguha hamon though the ara-nie is a weak point
of Kunisuke the Second.
Saya :black roiro saya.
Tsuba :On the round shape copper tsuba, the mimi is covered by syakudo
plate and engraved flower and a vase by syakudo plate and gold color.
Menuki : a corp is engraved with gold color.
Fuchikashira:Waves and splashes are engraved by brass.
Signature is mentioned as Eisyu.
From Aoi Art: Generally 2nd generation Kunisuke made active Kobushi Cyoji midare hamon.
But this sword is Suguha hamon wit ashi and soft haabuchi which looks like Koto blade. Probably high ranking samurai asked to make Suguha hamon to Kunisuke.
The Koshiraw(mounting) We can imagine the scene of small river
spray of waves and carp are engraved.
Tsuba was made by copper with black syakudo mimi(rim) well harmony.
NBTHK Tokubetsu Hozon Paper
Aoi Art estimation paper : whole Oshigata.