Katana: Enju Kunihide
Katana in Shirasaya with Koshirae
Signature : Enju Kunihide (NBTHK Tokubetsu Hozon Token)
Kyowa Gannen 3Gatau
Shinshinto : Chujo saku ranking : Higo province.
(We divide 4 sections for each sword as Saijo saku, Jojo saku, Jo saku and regular saku)
This : Enju Kunihide belongs to Jojo saku. ranking.
The blade was polished by good polisher.
Blade length : 74.2 cm or 29.2 inches.
Sori : 2.27 cm or 0.9 inches.
Mekugi : 1
Width at the hamachi : 3.06cm or 1.2 inches.
Width at the Kissaki : 2.13cm or 0.84inches.
Kasane : 0,68 cm or 0.27 inches.
Era : Late Edo period.Kyowa era. 1801
Shape : The blade is long, wide and thick with deep curve and long Kissaki nice looking shape.
On both sides of the blade, Bo-hi engraved.
Jitetsu : Koitame-hada and Komokume-hada mixed with Jinie attach beautiful fine texture.
Hamon : Niedeki with deep Nioikuchi Gunome-midare Hamon.
In Hamon, many Ashi, Sunagashi and also Kinsuji work. Boshi is Notare and Hakikake style.
Special feature : Enju Kunihide was working at Higo province, and moved to Edo far from his home town in
order to study from great swords smith Suishinshi Masahide.
He studied from his master. So his swords are very similar with his master Masahide on both beautiful texture and Hamon.
His master sometimes made his name Japanese word Masa-Hi-De and also Kuni-Hi-De immitated his name Kuni Hi De.
I think Kunihide respected his master Masahide a lot.
Tsuba : Chrysanthemum flower engraved on round iron Tsuba.
Fuchi-kashira : Marine organisms like clams and star fish engraved on Shakudo-nanakoji plate.
Saya : Russet colored Ishimeji Saya.
Menuki : Clams engraved on Shakudo plate.
Historical background : At Kyowa 2nd(1802), Edo shogunate settled Ezo magistrate's office at Hakodate in Hokkaodo now.
NBTHK Tokubetsu Hozon paper.
Aoi Art estimation paper : whole Oshigata.