Nagakatana in Shirasaya (NBTHK Tokubetsu Hozon Paper)
Signature : Dewa Daijyo Fujiwara Kunimichi (first generation.)
Shinto:Jyojyo saku ranking:Wazamono cutting test ranking:Yamashiro.
(We divide 4 sections for each sword as Saijyo saku, Jyojyo saku
Jyo saku and regular saku)
This Dewa Daijyo Fujiwara Kunimichi belongs to Jyojyo saku ranking.
The blade was polished.
Habaki : Copper single habaki.
Blade length : 57.57 cm or 22.66 inches.
Sori : 1.5 cm or 0.59 inches.
Mekugi : 2
Width at the hamachi : 3.09cm or 1.21 inches.
Wide at the Kissaki : 2.94 cm or 1.15 inches.
Kasane : 0.67 cm or 0.26 inches.
Era : Edo period Kanbun era.
Shape : The blazed is called Cyoto ubu style long nakago like Naginata.
Jitetsu : Itame had well grained with jinie attach and visible to see the texture which looks like Kunihiro zamguri jigane.
Hamon : Niedeki gunome midair Togari gunome mixed wild feeling temper line.
In Hamon, there are sunagashi and Kinsuji work. Boshi is Mishina style and gunome .
Special feature : Dewa Daijyo Fujiwara Kunimichi was Born around 1576 in Yamato province,
Kunimichi the First learned under Iga (No) Kami Kinmichi and Horikawa Kunihiro.
It is thought that Kunimichi was designated Dewa Daijo in 1614 to 1615.
His oldest dated work was in 1608 and the latest work was 1662.
Most of his swords show fascinating hamon with strong Nie and Nioi.
He was a high ranking student of the Kunihori and similar Jigane of his master.
After the Kunihiro passed away, he made his own style Jigane and Hamon.
Especially his swords looks like old Shizu style or Samonji style sosyu active wild hamon.
His Kissaki hamon is Misina style which looks like Kinmichi or masatoshi probably He studied under these sword makers.
At sword judge, check the Kissaki hamon, it is easier to judge Kunimichi.
Anyway because of his long life, he left many swords during his life.
But many sword collectors want Sosyu style his sword, recently it is hard to obtain his well quality swords.
At NBTHK, about more than 60 Kunimichi swords became Jyu yo swords which maenad his swords are high reputate swords.
This sword is unusual shape long nakago like Naginata style.
NBTHK Tokubetsu Hozon paper.
Aoi Art estimation paper : whole Oshigata.