Katana:Kawachi Kami Kunisuke(2nd generation)(NBTHK the 26th Juyo Token)

Ordering number: 23009
Katana in Shirasaya with Koshirae(NBTHK the 26th Juyo Token)

Signature: Kawachi Kami Kunisuke(2nd generation)
Manji 4 Kanoto Ushi Satsujin Katsujin Nami Kayoutou Honrai Muichimotsu
万治四辛丑 殺人活人並可要刀本来無一物

Shinto: Jyosaku
(We divide 4 sections for each sword as Saijyo saku, Jyojyo saku Jyo saku and regular saku)
This sword belongs to Saijyo saku ranking.
The blade is polished.
Habaki: Gold foiled double Habaki
Blade length:71.21cm or 28.03inches
Sori:1.21cm or 0.47inches
Width at the hamachi:3.27cm 1.28inches
Width at the Kissaki:2.05cm or 0.80inches
Kasane:0.79cm or 0.31inches
The weight of the sword:715grams
Era: Manji 4, the Edo period
Shape: The blade is broad and thick with adequate Sori and shorter Kissaki.
Jigane: Koitamehada is dense. Beautiful Osaka Jigane.
Hamon: Niedeki Suguha from Hamachi and Chojimidare/Gunomemidare after that.
Kobushi Choji Midare comes in. Boshi turns back round.

Special feature: This work is made by Kawachi Kami Kunisuke 2nd. He is also known as “Naka Kawachi” because he is between the 1st and the 2nd. (Naka means middle.) Some call him “Shinto Ichimonji” because of the beautiful Hamon. Remaining pieces start from the one made in the Keian era to the Genroku era. He passed away in August of Genroku 11(1698). Kobushi Choji(Fist Choji) is said to have been invented by him. This Hamon is a little bit too artificial, but it had already been popular in those days.

Tsuba: Round-shaped Shakudo Tsuba. The rim stands up.
Fuchikashira: Shakudo plate. Shishi-dog and bamboo are engraved.
Saya: Black Ichimeji Saya. Shu painting in upper part, Kurigata on the middle.
Menuki: Shakudo plate. Shishi-dogs are engraved.
Kojiri: Silver plate. Waves are engraved.

From Aoi Art: This piece is designated as the 26th Juyo Token. The sentence on the back is an expression of Zen, how to teach pupils. Satsujinto(murderer sword) controls the wrong mind or action of the enemy, while Katsujinken(sword to give lives) is to accept others and let them go forward. And everything is originally Kuu(vacant, empty), so there is nothing to persist in. It is very rare to have this kind of expression on Nakago. The blade is very well-made and in good condition. It is a true masterpiece. (this sword is in a book “Shinto Jiten”(p78) by Kanzan.)

NBTHK the 26th Juyo Token
Aoi Art estimation paper: whole Oshigata by Ayaka Tsuruta

Price:4,500,000 JPY-.

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