Ordering number: 17230
Wakizashi in Shirasaya with Koshirae(NBTHK Hozon Token)
Signature : Kawachi-kami Kunisuke(2nd)
(We divide 4 sections for each sword as Saijyo saku, Jyojyo saku Jyo saku and regular saku)
This sword belongs to Jyojyo saku ranking.
The blade was polished.
Habaki : Gold foiled single habaki.
Blade length : 50.9 cm or 20 inches.
Sori : 0.9 cm or 0.35 inches.
Mekugi : 1
Width at the hamachi : 2.66 cm or 1.05 inches.
Width at the Kissaki : 2.15 cm or 0.85 inches.
Kasane : 0.68 cm or 0.27 inches.
The weight of the sword 490 grams.
Era : Edo period, Manji era.
Shape : Wakizashi with moderate width and thickness, and noticeable Sori.
Jigane : Osaka-Jigane which has small Itame-hada well grained, Jinie and Chikei apparent.
Hamon : Nie-deki, straight Yakidashi, deeper Nioikuchi, Gunome-midare mixed with Choji-midare. There’re Ashi, Sunagashi and fine Kinsuji inside the Hamon.
Boshi : Notare and Maru.
Special Feature : Kawachi-kami Kunisuke the 2nd generation is called Naka Kawachi, which literary means middle Kawachi, since he was in between the 1st and the 3rd generation.
He made many swords with sophisticated Hamon so that some collectors refer him to Shinto Ichimonji.
He was active from the Keian to the Genroku era, died in sometime in August, 11 of the Genroku era(1698).
He is well known for developing Kobushi-Choji Hamon, which resembles the clenched fist, and his style has been really popular since back in the day.
Saya : Kairagi style.
Tsuba : Round shaped Shakudo Tsuba, Suaka rim, the follower and the Shishi dog carving.
Menuki : Peony carving Menuki.
Fuchikashira : Shakudo Fuchikashira, peony carving. the signature reads Iwamoto Ikkan.
From Aoi Art : Kawachi-Kami Kunisuke was one of the most notable swordsmiths in Settsu province during the Edo period.
His style is similar to Higo-kami Kuniyasu, Yamato-kami Yoshimichi, and Ikkanshi Tadatsuna.
Like Yasusada, Kawachi-kami Kunisuke the 2nd generation’s swords have usually a shallow Sori but that of this sword is deeper.
This sword has plenty of nice Ashi and the Koshirae looks really splendid.
Historical Background : As the demand for Japanese sword decreased, many swordsmiths competitively had to make a lot of effort to make the good swords.
NBTHK Hozon paper.
Aoi Art estimation paper: whole Oshigata.