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Katana Masterpiece

Katana : Saito Buzen kami Fujiwara Kiyondo


Katana in Shirasaya, with Koshirae(NBTHK Tokubetsu Hozon paper)

Signature : Saito Buzen kami Fujiwara Kiyondo zo kore
Keio 3 nen 8 gatsu Kichijitsu (August 1867)

(We divide 4 sections for each sword as Saijyo saku, Jyojyo saku
Jyo saku and regular saku)
This Saito Buzen kami Fujiwara Kiyohito belongs to Jyojyo saku ranking.
The blade was polished
Habaki :copper
Blade length : 70.6 cm or 23.62 inches.
Sori : 1.3 cm or 0.51 inches.
Mekugi : 1
Width at the hamachi : 3.08 cm or 1.21 inches.
Width at the Kissaki : 2.34cm or 0.92 inches.
Kasane : 0.65 cm or 0.25 inches.
Era : Late Edo period period. (August, 1867)
Shape : This blade is wide and thick Katana with long Kissaki. And shape is very nice.
There are Bo-Hi on both side.
Jitetsu : Koitame hada well grained iwth jinie attached. It is clear jigane.
Hamon : Niedeki gunome midair with Ashi. Boshi is midarekomi style.

Special feature : Kiyondo was a student of the great Koyomaro.
He was born at Bunsei 10th(1827) year. After that he moved to Edo and
became a student of the Koyomarro but unfortunately he was killed by himself.
self-slaughtered(harakiri). He was asked making swords from many customers.
After that Kiyondo accepted whole jobs and made swords for his master.
He sincerely tried to understand the problem of debt of his master
even though just only for 2 years student.
He traveled to his hometown Shonai some time and influenced
a lot from Kunikane Masame hada.
He made some Masame style hada which is very nice elegant swords.
This blade is Kiyomaro Utsushi.
The Hamon of Kissaki part, Jigane and deep Nie are so wonderful.
It is rare that signature as "Saito Buzen Kami…" And this kind of blade is few.
He passed away on 3rd October 1901 at age of 75.

Koshirae :
Tsuba : Iron Tsuba, Kuyomon family crest and cherry blossoms are engraved with gold color.
The rim is covered with silver.
Fuchikashira and Kojiri : Silver, Kuyomon family crest with Shakudo color.
Saya : Black Roiro Saya.
Menuki : Bird is engraved with gold color.
Bashin : signature: Minamoto Haruyoshi, Gyogi Bosatsu Umadome.
(explanation: Gyogi was a Japanese Buddhist priest of the Nara period.)

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

Price : 3,500,000 JPY-

-Katana, Masterpiece