Ordering number: AS20199
Naginata in Shirasaya(16th NBTHK Juyo Token)(Consignment Sale)
Signature : Bizen Koku Unji
(We divide 4 sections for each sword as Saijyo saku, Jyo-jyo saku Jyo saku and regular saku)
This sword belongs to Saijyo saku ranking.
The blade was polished.
Habaki : Gold foiled double habaki.
Blade length : 53.0 cm or 20.86 inches.
Sori : 2.1 cm or 0.82 inches.
Mekugi : 4
Width at the hamachi : 3.01 cm or 1.18 inches.
Kasane : 0.73 cm or 0.28 inches.
The weight of the sword 1,000 grams.
Era : Kamakura period around Bunpo era.
Shape : Gorgeous shape Nagamaki.
Jigane : Ko Itame Hada and Mokume Hada grained with Jinie attach.
There are Utsuri. There is a Umegane at the 10cm from the Hamachi in Omote side.
But it is not serious.
Hamon : Nioi Deki, Suguha Hamon with thick Nioikuchi. There are many Ashi, Yo, and Sunagashi in the Ha.
Boshi is round shape with thick Nioikuchi.
Special feature: Unsho, Unji and Unju lived and forged sword at Ugai in
Bizen province. From the same First Chinese character used
their signatures, they are called Un-rui, means in the category of Un.
They are also called Ukan school from the neme of a place they lived.
One theory holds that Unji was a son of Unsho. Three dated
swords of Unji forged in the Showa era (1312-) , Bunpo era
(1317-) and Kenmu era (1334-) still survive and they make
clear the period of his activity.
There are several different points on the workmanship of Un-rui among
the swordsmith schools in Osafune province at that time intermixing
Yamashiro style in Bizen-den and influenced by the neighboring
Aoe school in Bishu porvince was truly unique.
This Naginata is typical this period style.
The Hamon is Suguha with Gyaku Ashi and Sunagashi.
From Aoi Art: Unji is one of the most unique in the Bizen blades.
There are many Ashi, Yo, and Kinsuji. It shows how wonderful it is.
We recommend this masterpiece Naginata for you.
16th NBTHK Juyo Token
Aoi Art estimation paper: whole Oshigata.