Ordering number: 19617
Katana in Shirasaya with Koshirae(49th NBTHK Juyo Paper)
Signature : Mumei(unsiged) attributed as Rai Kunimitsu
Sayagaki: 49th NBTHK Juyo Token
Yamashiro Koku Rai Kunimitsu
Osuriage Mumei, good work, being successful in expressing its essence and character among this school.
The end of the Kamakura period. ChinChin ChoCho.
Blade length is 2syaku 1sun 5bu.
Written by Mr. Tanobe in April 2004.
(We divide 4 sections for each sword as Saijyo saku, Jyojyo saku
Jyo saku and regular saku)
This blade belongs to Saijyo saku ranking.
The blade was polished.
Blade length : 65.1 cm or 25.62 inches.
Sori : 1.1 cm or 0.43 inches.
Mekugi : 3
Width at the hamachi : 2.83 cm or 1.11 inches.
Width at the Kissaki : 2.19 cm or 0.86 inches.
Kasane : 0.57 cm or 0.22 inches.
Era : period.
Shape : Rather wide blade. The Sori is small. because the blade is Osuriage. There are Bo-Hi on both
Jitetsu : Ko Itame Hada well grained with Jinie attach.
There are Chikei. The Jigane is clean.
Hamon : Nie Deki, Middle Suguha with Ko Gunome Midare.
Tehre are Ko Ashi. The Nioikuchi is thick and bright.
Boshi is small rounded shape.
Special feature : Rai Kunimitsu is a son of the Rai Kunitoshi.
The deference of his father Kunitoshi is making wider swords and made many Tanto.
This sword was attributed as Rai Kunimitsu which is very nice fine texture with koitame and komokume hada.
inside of the blade, has sunagashi and nice Kinsuji apper.
Tsuba :on the round shape iron tsuba, fukurin was covered by shakudo plate and on the Ji,
a shishi dog and peony flowers are engraved with gold color.
menuki Lobster is engraved with gold color.
fuchikashira On the shakudo nanako plate, a shishi dog and peony flower are engraved with gold color.
Saya On the blue shell powder saya, black belts are painted by black Urushi.
From Aoi Art: He was called Jirobei Jo and worked Showa, Bunpo, Geno.Kenmu and Kanou during 37 years of ages,
Generally Rai school’s special feature is appearing hamon on the top of the Mune.
This Rai Kunimitsu has also Mune yaki.
The sword is elegant fantastic Jigane and also active wonderful hamon and
work. We strongly recommend this sword for you.
The Koshirae is very attractive nice item by using fine fittings.
49th NBTHK Juyo Paper
Aoi Art estimation paper: whole Oshigata.