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Katana : Houshu Takada Ju Fujiwara Muneyuki


Katana in Shirasaya, with Koshirae (NBTHK Hozon Paper)

Signature : Houshu Takada Ju Fujiwara Muneyuki

Shinto : Josaku : Wazamono : Toyogo
The blade was polished.
Blade length : 69.4 cm or 27.32 inches.
Sori : 1.6 cm or 0.62 inches.
Mekugi : 3
Width at the hamachi : 3.04 cm or 1.19 inches.
Width at the Kissaki : 2.95 cm or 1.16 inches.
Kasane : 0.69 cm or 0.27 inches.
Era : Edo period Keicho Period(1596-1615)
Shape : It is regular size and width with long kissaki.
Jitetsu : Koitame hada well grained with jinie attached.
Hamon : Nie structure gunome midare with ashi attached. Boshi is round end.

Special feature : Houshu Takada Ju Fujiwara Muneyuki was called Nakamaro Shingoro.
There are pieces remaining from Koto period and is called Toyogo Takada or the original of Shinto Takada school.
This school could be tracked back to Nanbokucho period.
The style of the piece is mixture of Seki and Bizen.
At times, it is easily mistaken with Bizen katana.
Tsuneyuki has especially nice jigane and the hamon is similar to HIzen katana.
Compared to Hizen katanas the Bungo katana are more meager
because it is more coarsely and roughly made than Hizen katana.
It is discussed that Hizen, the neighbor country of Bungo, was protected
by the Daimyo enabling them to use the Western iron.
This sword is gunome midare with Mino style taste.
There is gunome midare mixed and the base is good.

Koshirae :
Tsuba : On iron ishimeji tsuba, night view is engraved with gold color iroe.
Fuchikashira : On the shakudo nanako plate, family crests are engraved with gold color iroe.
Saya : Black kizami saya.
Menuki : family crest is engraved with gold color Iroe.

NBTHK Hozon Paper
Aoi Art estimation paper : whole Oshigata.

Price (credit card) : JPY 580,000-.