Katana: Mumei (Kongo Hyoue)

Katana in Shirasaya with Koshirae (NBTHK Hozon Paper)

Signature:Mumei (Unsigned) (Kongo Hyoue)

The blade was polished.
Habaki : gold double habaki.
Blade length : 71.4 cm or 28.11 inches.
Sori : 1.6 cm or 0.62 inches.
Mekugi:2
Width at the hamachi : 2.94 cm or 1.15 inches.
Width at the Kissaki : 2.16 cm or 0.85 inches.
Kasane : 0.53 cm or 0.2 inches.
Era : Late Nanbokucyo period.
Shape : The blade is oosuriage mumei (cut shortened) wide and rather thick with suitable sori and long kissali nice looking taihao(shape),
Jitetsu :Iteme hada and masanagare hadatachi jigane blackish hada.
Hamon : niedeki suguha with koasha and uchinoke and double hamon. Boshi is yakizume style hakikake boshi.

Special feature : The founder of the Kongo hyouei started from Kamakura period and continued to late Muromachi period at Kyusyu Dazaihu area near Kamado shrine. After that this school spread to anther area like Hirado, Kurume and Bungo area.
This school had kept Suguha hamon with koashi and also rough iteme hada with masa nagere mixed.
The school’s Nakago shape is Toba style from Kamakura to Gendai(modern times). Toba means a long (about 60cm) wood prop against a grave. The top shape is like Kongo Hyoei’s edge nakago.
It is very unique that the shape and Jugane and Hamon have kept from Kamakura to Gendai period for long period.
I think this school’s sword makers are united by religious strong ties.
This sword is also hadatachi jigane with blackish and suguha hamon.
Kongo hyouei swords were liked by a lot of samurai at War time
Muromachi period because of cut well sword and probably religious mean.
By the way Kamado shrine is well known as good match for young unmarried women and also mountain climbers near the Homan mountain.

Koshirae :
Tsuba :On the oval iron Tsuba, landscape is engraved by Nunoime zogan(nunome inlay )
Fuchikashira :On the syakudo plate, pine tree are engraved with gold color.
Saya : black roar saya.
Menuki : a dragon is engraved with brass.

NBTHK Hozon Paper.
Aoi Art estimation paper : whole Oshigata.

price:JPY 400,000-.

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