Katana in Shirasaya(49th NBTHK Juyo Paper)
Signature : Mumei (Rai Kunimitsu)
Sayagaki: 49th NBTHK Juyo blade. Yamashiro koku Rai Kunimitsu.
Osuriage Mumei, nice blade, this blade embodies the characteristics of Rai school.
Ecellent masterpieces. Late Kamakura period. Chinchin-Chocho.
Blade length 65.1cm. by Mr. Tanobe in April 2004.
Chu Koto: Saijo saku: Yamashiro province.
(We divide 4 sections for each sword as Saijyo saku, Jyojyo saku Jyo saku and regular saku)
This sword belongs to Saijo saku ranking.
The blade was polished by high ranking polisher.
Blade length : 65.1 cm or 25.62 inches.
Sori : 1.1 cm or 0.43 inches.
Mekugi : 3
Width at the hamachi : 2.78 cm or 1.09 inches.
Width at the Kissaki : 2.26 cm or 0.88 inches.
Kasane : 0.69 cm or 0.23 inches.
Era : Late Kamakura period around Genko era(1331-1333)
Shape : Osuriage Mumei Katana. There are Bo-Hi on both side.
Jigane : The Jigane is mmixture of Ko-Itame Hada and Ko-Mokume Hada with thick Jinie.
There are fine Chikei. The Jigane is clear and beautiful.
Hamon : Ko-Nie Deki with deep Nioikuchi. The Habuchi is soft. There are Ashi. Boshi is round shape.
Special feature : Rai Kunimitsu was a son or a pupil of Rai Kunitoshi in Yamashiro province.
He made the blade which is traditional Yamashiro Suguha, Suguha base with Ko-Gumono Midare or Ko-Choji Midare and Gunome Midare. He made various types of Hamon.
This blade is calm Suguha with deep Nioikuchi. In Ha, there are many Ashi and Yo.
This blade is elegant. It is hardly to find this kind of Saijosaku blade. We recommend this sword.
49th NBTHK Juyo Paper
Aoi Art estimation paper : whole Oshigata.