Wakizashi in Koshirae (NBTHK Hozon paper)
Signature : Kawachi Kami Kunisuke (Second Generation)
(We divide 4 sections for each sword as Saijyo saku, Jyojyo saku Jyo saku and regular saku)
This sword belongs to regular ranking.
The blade was polished.
Habaki : Gold single foiled habaki
Blade length : 46.6 cm or 18.34 inches.
Sori : 1.0 cm or 0.39 inches.
Mekugi : 1
Width at the hamachi : 3.19 cm or 1.26 inches.
Width at the sakihaba : 2.37 cm or 0.93 inches
Kasane : 0.62 cm or 0.24 inches.
Era : Edo period. around Kanbun era.
Shape : It is regular width and thickness. It is deep sori Kanbun Shinto shape wakizashi.
Jitetsu : Koitame Hada well grained with JInie attached. The JIgane is clear.
Hamon : The hamon starts as Suguha from the hamachi area gradually becoming combination of gunome midare and Choji midare.
Boshi is Notare and round style.
Special feature : Kawachi Kami Kunisuke seconfe generation is the son of first generation .
Because he was between the first and third generation, he is oftenly called Naka Kawachi.
The first generation’s work was quite different from that of HOrikawa group and the Kunisada work.
It is distinctive Ken Choji midare style.
This work is Kenchoji midare with Gunome midare conbination.
It is NBTHK Hozon qualified work.
Tsuba : Round shape iron tsuba with some high area wave and dragon and warrior design engraved and inlaid partly in gold.
Fuchigashira : Shakudo nanakoji plate with wave design engraved and inlaid with gold.
Menuki : Dragon design engraved and inlaid with gold.
Historical background : The Tokugawa shogunate has issued the Onikatana Exhibition. At Kanbun 8th period March 15th.
Because the Katana Prohibit protocol was issued, the demand for the sword has diminished and many sword smith were forced to abandon their work.
NBTHK Hozon paper
Aoi Art estimation paper : whole Oshigata.