Wakizashi:Kawachi no Kami Kunisuke (2nd Generation)(NBTHK Hozon Token)

Ordering number:23777

Wakizashi in Shirasaya (NBTHK Hozon Token)

Signature: Kawachi no Kami Kunisuke (2nd Generation)

Shinto: Jyo Saku: Settsu
We divide 4 sections for each sword as Saijyo Saku, Jyojyo Saku, Jyo Saku, and Regular Saku.
This work is ranked as Jyo Saku for the second generation Kawachi no Kami Kunisuke.
Registered with the Daimyo in Yamaguchi Prefecture, number 770, dated March 31, 1951 (Showa 26)
Habaki: Gold foiled single foil
Blade Length: 1 Shaku 5 Sun 8 Bu 0 Rin (47.9 cm / 18.86 in)
Curvature: 2 Bu 2 Rin (0.67 cm / 0.26 in)
Mekugi Hole: 1
Width at Base: 2.82 cm (1.11 in)
Width at the End: 1.84 cm (0.72 in)
Thickness of Rim: 0.65 cm (0.26 in)
Sword Weight: 480 grams
Era: Edo period, around Manji era
Shape: The blade has a normal width with a slightly thicker kasane and a gentle curvature, making it a well-proportioned piece.
Jigane: The steel is well-layered, resulting in a beautiful and clean appearance.
Hamon: The pattern starts with a straight line from the base, transitioning into a deep nioiguchi gunome midare towards the tip, with active sand flow and gold lines throughout. The boshi returns in a San-Saku style.

Features: Kawachi no Kami Kunisuke, situated between the first and third generations, is particularly famous as a master of Choji Midare and is also known as Nakagawauchi. He is celebrated for his fist-sized Choji Midare, known for producing glamorous works.

Aoi Art’s Comment: Kawachi no Kami Fujiwara Kunisuke, originally from Ise with the surname Kobayashi, became a disciple of Kunihiro along with Kunisada. The prevailing theory suggests that Kunisuke was a disciple of Kunihiro, indicated by his stylistic similarities with Kunisada. Kunisuke and Kunisada were closely associated, leading to remarkably similar works. This piece resembles the style of Kunisada’s works closely.
The activity within the blade is excellent, with prominent sand flow and gold lines, making the hamon bright and clear, resulting in an outstanding work. The presence of fist-sized Choji adds greatly to the aesthetic appeal of this piece.
There are small chips in the blade and minor forging cracks in places, but they are not of a concerning degree.

NBTHK Hozon Token
AoiArt estimation paper
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