Ordering number: 21048
Wakizashi in Koshirae.(NBTHK Hozon Token)
Signature: Kiku-mon) Yamashiro Kami Fujiwara Kunikiyo (1st generation)
(We divide 4 sections for each sword as Saijyo saku, Jyo-jyo saku Jyo saku and regular saku)
This sword belongs to Jyo-jyo saku ranking.
The blade was polished by high ranking polisher.
Habaki : Gold failed double habaki.
Blade length: 45.0 cm or 17.7 inches.
Sori :0.8 cm or 0.31 inches.
Width at the hamachi: 2.7cm or 1.06 inches.
Width at the Kissaki: 2.0 cm or 0.78 inches.
Kasane : 0.52cm or 0.20 inches.
The weight of the sword 385grams.
Era : Edo period, Kanei era.
Shape: Regular width and longer Kissaki. Sori is deep and Kissaki is longer.
Jigane: Mokume-Hada and Ko-Itame-Hada well grained, Jinie attached and Chikei worked.
Hamon : Niedeki deep Nioikuchi Suguha and Niju-ba. Habuchi is soft, Koashi and Kinsuji worked.Boshi is round shape Hakikake style.
Special feature: Yamashiro Kami Fujiwara Kunikiyo is sword smiths
continued until 4th generation. The 1st generaion was a
son of Shimada Sukemune and is a student of Horikawa
Kunihiro. He was accepted to to engrave Yamashiro Kami
and Kikumon to his signature and Kiku-mon.
Tsuba: 8 Mokko style iron Tsuba. Bamboo design is engraved with openwork.
Fuchi: Shibuichi plate, crane is engraved with gold color
Kashira: Silver plate.
Saya: Black Roiro Saya with malachite stones.
Menuki: Ducks are engraved with gold color.
Kozuka: On Shakudo plate, patterns are engraved with colors.Mei (signature): So ?
From Aoi Art: Kunikiyo is an Echizen swords smith and one of the
swordsmiths who was allowed to engrave Kiku-Monto
Nakago. This sword had highest-ranking Jigane, wide
Suguha with Niju-ba and also Ko-Ashi worked. It seems like
Hizen sword but we can see clearly Itame-Hada and Mokume-
Hada, also Niju-ba is different from the Hizen sword. The
Koshirae is not a high-ranking one but it was used malachite stones. Kunikiyo is not so famous swordsmith but we think he should be more evaluated.
NBTHK Hozon Token
Aoi Art estimation paper