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Katana: Mumei attributed as Yoshioka Ichimonji

Order number : 16335sk

Katana in Shirasaya with Koshirae. (51th Juyo Token)
Signature : Mumei (unsigned) attributed as Yoshioka Ichimonji.

(We divide 4 sections for each sword as Saijo saku, Jojo saku Jo saku and regular saku)
This sword belongs to Saijo saku ranking.

The blade is polished by high ranking polisher.
Habaki : Gold foiled double Habaki.
Blade length : 68,1 cm or 26.8 inches.
Sori : 2,1 cm or 0.83 inches.
Mekugi :  
Width at the Hamachi : 2,97 cm or 1.17 inches.
Width at the Kissaki : 1,70 cm or 0.67 inches.
Kasane : 0,63 cm or 0.25 inches.
Era : Late kamakura period.

Shape : The blade is Oosuriage Mumei (cut shortened from tang side).
The blade is regular sized width thickness with deep Sori elegant nice looking shape.
Jigane : Koitame-hada and Mokume-hada mixed, thick Jinie attach with chikei work. Clear Midare-utsuri appear on surface.
Shinogi-ji : Mokume-hada and Itame-hada mixed so the blade must be forged with Muku Kitae style. (not containing soft metal in center of Jigane)
Hamon : Nioideki Chojimidare with thick Nioikuchi and Ashi work.
Boshi is Midarekomi style and turns back very sharp.
Special feature : The founder of Yoshioka Ichimonji school is Norimune.
First Fukuoka Ichimonji worked at east of the Yoshii river side and after that Yoshioka Ichimonji moved to Yoshioka, the northern part of Fukuoka district.
Generally Fukuoka Ichimonji just mentioned horizontal line on the tang which means Ichi, the meaning in english is ‘one’.
But Yoshioka Ichimonji generally mentioned whole signature on the tang. For instance, Ichi Bizen Kuni Ju Sukemitsu and so on.
Some blades of Yoshioka and Fukuoka Ichimonji became national treaure swords.
I'd like to introduce you some episodes of Yoshioka Ichimonji.
Iemitsu, the Shogun of Tokugawa granted Katana ‘Ichi Bishu Kuni Yoshioka Ju Sakon Shogen Sukemitsu’ to to Abe Bungo Kami Tadaaki for his courage crossing the river Sumida by horse riding when the big flood has outbreaked.
Another famous Naginata ‘Ichi Bishu Kuni Yoshioka Ju Sakon Syogen Sukemitsu’ has handed down from Daimyo Maeda clan.
Both swords became national tresure.
This blade has been cut shortend even though the shape is elegant and marvelous Jigane with active Midare Utsuri appear on surface and also nice Mystic Hamon. Shinogi-ji is not engraved so the texture with Koto Kamakura period style can be seen very well.
We recommend this marvelous wonderful sword for you.

Koshirae :
Saya : Black Roiro Saya.
Tsuba : Round shape iron Tsuba with rim covered by gold color.
Some Samurais are trying to defeat ‘Sarugami’ the demonic monkey by using arrow from under the tree. Signature: Kosyu Hikone Ju Mogarashi Soten Kounen 78 years. (for the meaning ‘78 years old’)
Fuchikashira : The scean of an eagle trying to catch a monkey that hide inside the cave, are engraved on Shakudo plate with gold color. Signature is mentioned as Oomori Eisyu.
Menuki : Two monkeys are playing over the leaves with gold color.

51th Jyuyo Token paper
Aoi Art estimation paper : whole Oshigata.

Price : JPY ¥4,700,000-. (including fee for shipping to overseas)

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