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Katana : Kanekuni (early Muromachi period)


Katana in Shirasaya, with Koshirae(Tokubetsu Hozon Paper)

Signature: Kanekuni (early Muromachi period)

The blade was polished
Habaki:silver single habaki.
Blade length : 61cm or 24.02inches.
Sori : 1.2cm or 0.47inches.
Mekugi: 2
Width at the hamachi : 2.84cm or 1.12inches.
Width at the Kissaki : 1.79cm or 0.7inches.
Kasane : 0.63cm or 0.25inches.
Era : Early Muromachi period
Shape : It is wide and thick deep sori katana.
The nakago is short which the shape is for katate-uchi(one-handed nakago).
Jitetsu :Itame hada well grained with jinie attached.
It is nice niku katana.
Hamon : NIe base suguha style with mixture of notare.
Ashi and yo is actively put. There are fine kinsuji work.

Special feature : Kanekuni is a sword smith of Mino province.
It could be observed as early Muromachi period katana from the way the signature is engraved.
At first glance, it seems to be like Yamato school sword but from the filing pattern on the nakago,
we could determine that it is Mino sword. Boushi is irregular line and has round turn back.
This sword was cherished by Kiyota-sensei who has the 10th dan(grade) of Iai-do
and is a professional collector of the sword. It is not a surprise to see such a piece
from his collection as he is an excellent judge of swords.
It is katate-uchi shape and is nice and thick blade.

Koshirae : Higo Koshirae
Tsuba :horn.
Fuchikashira :Iron plate with dot pattern inlayed with gold.
Saya : It is red-brown ishimeji saya(Ebicha Ishimeji saya)
Menuki : Shakudo plated with plant design engraved and inlayed with gold.
Kojiri:On iron plate there is some hori(engraved part).

Tokubetsu Hozon Paper
Aoi Art estimation paper : whole Oshigata.

Price : 1,100,000 JPY-