AS21016 Katana: Bizen Suke Fujiwara Munetsugu


Ordering number : AS21016

Katana in Shirasaya(NBTHK Tokubetsu Hozon Token)

Signature : Bizen Suke Fujiwara Munetsugu
Bunkyu 2 Nen 8 Gatsu Hi, Donen 11 Gatsu 23 Nichi
Oite Senju Ryosha Dotan futu Yamada Yoshi Shige

Explanation: Bizen Suke Fujiwara Munetsugu made this blade in August 1862.
And Yamada Yoshi Shige has done cutting test on November 23th 1862.

Sayagaki: written by Mr.Tanobe.
Koyama Bizen Suke Munetsugu
Bunkyu 2 Nen 8 Gatsu Hi, Donen 11 Gatsu 23 Nichi
Yamada Yoshi Shige has done cutting test, that is written on the Nakago. Nice work and Suguha Hamon, well forged blade.
Blade length is 2 Shaku 3 Sun 5 Rin.

(We divide 4 sections for each sword as Saijyo saku, Jyo-jyo saku Jyo saku and regular saku)
This sword belongs to ranking.
The blade was polished.
Habaki : Gold foiled double habaki.
Blade length : 69.8 cm or 27.48 inches.
Sori :1.4 cm or 0.55 inches.
Mekugi : 1
Width at the hamachi : 3.45 cm or 1.35 inches.
Width at the Kissaki : 2.41cm or 0.94 inches.
Kasane : 0.8cm or 0.31 inches.
The weight of the sword 905 grams.
Era : Edo perio Bunkyu era 1862.
Shape : Wide and thick blade with moderate Sori, longer Kissaki.
There are Bo-Hi on bothe side of the blade.
Jigane : Ko Itame Hada well grained with Jinie attach.
There are fine Chikei.
Hamon : Nie Deki, Suguha Hamon with rather thick Nioikuchi and Ko Ashi. There are strong Kinsuji.
Boshi is Notare and turned style with thick Nioikuchi.

Special feature:First generation Bizen no suke Munetsugu (Koyama Munetugu )
was born at Mutsu Shirakawa province as a son of Koyama Munehira.
His name was Soubei.
He was working for Matudaira Daimyo family as a sword making Samurai.
He moved to Kuwana province with his master and then he moved to
Edo at Tenpo 2 nd year.At that time he was high reputation of cut well
swords maker. some times we found his swords which was done
Saidanmei and also possession name on the tang of the blade.
Generally speaking the quality of Munetsugu is one of the top sword.

From Aoi Art: Bizen Suke Fujiwara Munetsugu blade with cutting test.
The Hamon is Suguha with rather thick Nioikuchi and soft Ashi. The Hamon is bright. There are strong Kinsuji.
This is a Munetsugu’s masterpiece.
Generally, the evaluation of Suguha Hamon’s blades tends to be lowered,
but this blade is wonderful. There are two clear Kinsuji in the Ha. The good sharoness is engraved on the Nakago.
Yamada Yoshishige was a famous person who is a master of cutting test at the end of Edo period.

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

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