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Kunitsugu

Product No. KA-003 (國次)Kunitsugu. 1st generation.
Sword type Katana.
Omote/Mei Kunitsugu 國次
Ura n/a empty.
Provence, area Mino.
Era Bunmei (1469-1487).
Date Somewhere between 1469-1487.
Teacher Norizane.

 

Dimensions

Nagasa 65.0 cm
Sori 2.05 cm
Motohaba 2.84 cm
Sakihaba 1.81 cm
Munekasane 0.81cm
Nakago 2.84cm

 

Registration

NBTHK Certificate n/a
Other certificate n/a
Rating Jo saku.
Condition Good
Polished Yes.
School Yamada-Seki-group (山田関), Yamashiro style.
Sharpness Wazamono.

 

Item Details

Sugata Shinogi tsukuri, Ihori mune, Koshi sori,Hoso mi,Chu kissaki.
Kissaki Chu kissaki.
Kitae Close lubricated (close forged) Ko-Nie deki with fine Itame with some Nagare Hada, hada tachi, ji nie.
Hamon Hoso sugu ha,Kuichigai ha, niju ba, ko-nie/nioin with lots of Hataraki (activities inside the Hamon) like Gunome, Yahazu, box like Gunone, Ko-Gumone with Ashi, Kinsuji, Nijuba, Uchinoke and Kuchigaiba. Hotsure, Sunagashi, Nioiguchi shimaru.
Horimone At both side 2 Aka-Urushi red lacquer Bo-hi and Sue-hi, Maru Dome.
Bōshi Sugu ko maru kaeru.
Nakago Ubu, Saki ha Agari Kurijiri, Yasurime Suijkai. Zori: Muzori. Yasurime, Suijkai.
Mekugi-ana 1 mekugi ana.
Habaki Copper base double silver foilded Habaki.

 

Koshirae A very beautiful Kohsirae: Zamesaya, Tosho iron, (Mon) Ume Sukashiwith Raden Yasurime Tsuba, iron Kojiri, Iron Fushi-Kashira, Horsebit Menuki. Tsuka with black Same and beige colored silk itami.

All stored in an old/antique silk bag.

Shira-saya The blade holds an old polish and is stored in an old Shirasaya with Sayagaki 鞘書 inscription/characters, stored in a purple-coloured silk bag.

 

Additional Information This sword has many characteristics of Yamashiro style. Probably begin 1400 -1450.

Given the sword characteristics and the length of the sword, I believe in finding what Kunitsugu among so many could have made this sword with that name, the literature on the SUDO Kunitsugu in the Kii province should be consulted.

The signature in the Eisho period (1504-1521) was actively being blacksmith is characterized by a character KUNI with two diagonals. However, the inscription on the sword is entirely different.

Sayagaki (name) written on the Shirasaya.

 

History KUNITSUGU (国次), 1st gen., Bunmei (文明, 1469-1487), Mino – “Kunitsugu” (国次), Yamada-Seki-group (山田関), he signed the inner part of the character for “Kuni” like the character “min” () and is therefore referred to as “Min-Kunitsugu,” he made mostly short, about 66.6 cm measuring katate-uchi, itame mixed with mokume which shows also a tendency to masame, some blades have a blackish steel, suguha, notare or gunome-midare with mixed-in nioi-ashi or tobiyaki, ryō-wazamono, chūjō-saku.

 

Price € 9.800,–  (Shipping and insurance fees are not included in the price).

The following pictures may exhibit some reflections, this has to do with the brightness of the objects; Sorry for this.