Katana in Shirasaya, with Koshirae (NBTHK Hozon paper)
Signature : Oshu Sendai Jyu Fujiwara Kunikane (Shinshinto)
(We divide 4 sections for each sword as Saijyo saku, Jyojyo saku
Jyo saku and regular saku)
This Oshu Sendai Jyu Fujiwara Kunikan(Shinshinto) belongs to Jyo saku ranking.
Shinshinto : Chujyosaku : Rikuzen
The blade was polished
Blade length : 72.2 cm or 28.42 inches.
Sori : 1.8 cm or 0.70 inches.
Mekugi : 1
Width at the hamachi : 2.90 cm or 1.14 inches.
Width at the Kissaki : 1.95 cm or 0.76 inches.
Kasane : 0.65 cm or 0.26 inches.
Era : Late Edo Period circa Koka
Shape : It is wide and thick katana. There is much sori and some nikuoki attached.
Jitetsu : Itame hada well grained with JInie attached. It is clear Jitetsu.
Hamon : Nie deki suguha with combination of double ha.
There is Uchinoke mixed and Sunagashi and Kinsuji activity appearing. Boshi is hakikake style.
Special feature : This work Kunikane has succeeded the 12th generation. His real name is Hongo Minamoto Bee.
After his father’s death, he has become the student to Naotane and at Bunka 12th year he has descended his family business.
At Inka 5th year February 22nd he died at age of 49.
At earlier time Kunikane abided Yamato Hosho group with Masame deki and has been working on MAsame and suguha.
The last Kunikane has moved to Edo and become the student of Naotane.
He has focused much on Masame until his death.
This work is at first glance, similar to Gassan Sadakazu Yamato den.
The blade has well polished and there might have been some exchange with him.
If masame could be stand out more it will be more vivid work.
Tsuba : Round shape iron tsuba with dragon design engraved and inlaid with gold.
Fuchikashira : Shakudo Ishimeji plate with wild goose design engraved and inlaid with gold.
Saya : Black roiro saya.
Menuki : Cow design engraved.
NBTHK Hozon paper
Aoi Art estimation paper : whole Oshigata.