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Katana: Oite Kouto Fujiwara Kiyondo Tsukuruno (48th NBTHK Juyo paper)


Katana in Shirasaya (48th NBTHK Juyo paper)

Signature: Oite Kouto Fujiwara Kiyondo Tsukuruno
Keiou 3nenn 2gatsu hi (February 1867)

The blade was polished.
Blade length : 71.1cm or 27.99 inches.
Sori : 1.6cm or 0.62 inches.
Mekugi: 1
Width at the hamachi : 3.22 cm or 1.26 inches.
Width at the Kissaki : 2.39 cm or 0.94 inches.
Kasane : 0.75 cm or 0.29 inches.
Era : Keiou 3.(1867)
Shape : Wide and thick nice shape Katana.
Jitetsu : Itame hada well grained with jinie attached. It is clear jigane.
Hamon : Konie ground suguha with some koashi attached.

Special feature : Kiyondo was born in Uzen Shonai Atsumi Onsen which is now Yamagata prefecture(North east Japan).
At Kaei 5th year(1852), when Kiyondo was at age of 26th year, he has moved to Edo
to become the student of Minamoto Kiyomaro.
After being a student of Kiyomaro for two years, Kiyomaro commited suicide 
by the sword. After Kiyomaro's death, Kiyondo has worked hard on paying back his mentor's
dept by forging 30 swords Kiyomaro has left to pay back for his dept.
This heroic tale of the noble sword smith repaying his mentor has been passed down until now.
This story shows how much Kiyondo has respected his mentor. For those story, Kiyondo is still
a popular sword smith today.
He has received the post of Buzen no kami at Keio 3rd year.
This sword has been requested by the Honma family of Shonai ward to make sword.
The descendent of the Honma family is Honma Kunzan sensei
who has been a chairman of NBTHK sword museum. This sword was a loved sword of his ancestors.
After war this sword was with the resided army at the time with the United States Armed Forces.
This blade is nice Masame hada, wide and thick. We think that this blade is head the list of Kiyondo's NBTHK Juyo Token.
We highly recommend this blade.

48th NBTHK Juyo paper
Aoi Art estimation paper : whole Oshigata.

Price : JPY 4,000,000-.

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