Katana : Mumei (Den Enjyu)
Katana in Shirasaya (NBTHK Hozon Paper)
Signature : Mumei (Den Enjyu)
(We divide 4 sections for each sword as Saijyo saku, Jyojyo saku
Jyo saku and regular saku)
This Enjyu belongs to Jyo-Jyo ranking.
The blade was polished.
Habaki: Gold double foiled Habaki
Blade length : 70.3cm or 27.7inches.
Sori : 1.5cm or 0.59inches.
Mekugi : 2
Width at the hamachi : 2.9cm or 1.14inches.
Width at the Kissaki : 2.08cm or 0.82inches.
Kasane : 0.71cm or 0.3inches.
Era : Late Kamakura period.
Shape : It is O-Suriage Mumei(cut shorten)
with double Hi engraved on both side of the blade.
The Kissaki is long and nice shape work.
It is hard to tell the difference of the width
at the hamachi and Kissaki. It is that wide and meaty work.
Jitetsu : Ko-Itame Hada well grained with Jinie attached.
It is well grained clear Jigane.
Hamon : NIe Deki Suguha. Boshi is Notare hamon round end.
Special feature : The Enju School in Higo province is famous as
a supplier of sword for the Kikuchi family that was a loyal retainer of
a divided Emperor family in the Namboku-cho period.
The founder of Enju School Kunimura was a pupil of Rai Kunitoshi
in Yamashiro province. The School had prospered following
the Kikuchi family and came to an end in the Age of Provincial Wars.
The representative swordsmits were Kunimura, Kuniyoshi, Kuniyasu
and Kuninobu. Most of their signed works inscribed two characters
with fine tagane. The temperline is mainly suguha like this sword
This sword is very healthy nice sword and also fantastic well grained item hada.
NBTHK Hozon paper.
Aoi Art estimation paper : whole Oshigata.