MEI- (SIGNATURE): "DEWA DAIJO FUJIWARA KUNIMICHI"

MAKERS DATA:
PROVINCE: YAMASHIRO
GRANTED TITLE; DEWA DAIJO (IMPORTANCE LEVEL, HIGH)
CLAN: FUJIWARA. HE EXHIBITS STRONG SHOSHU, AND MISHINA / SHIZU INFLUENCE
IN HIS BEST WORKS.

SENSEI- (TEACHER): "HORIKAWA KUNIHIRO", BEST STUDENT OF "UMETADA MYOJU".
IMPORTANCE LEVEL; VERY HIGH +
"KUNIMICHI IS CONSIDERED TO BE HIS FINEST STUDENT"!

NENGO- (DATE): APPROXIMATELY 1625 AD

KANTEI- (CERTIFICATION); TOKUBETSU HOZON TOKEN
CERTIFICATE # 148657
BY: N.B.T.H.K. (Nihon Bijutsu Token Hozon Kyokai), OFFICIAL JAPANESE
GOVERNMENT SWORD FOUNDATION, TOKYO JAPAN.

SIGNIFICANCE: PUBLISHED (AVERAGE FROM SEVERAL REFERENCES) VALUE INDEX
RATING'S: "VERY HIGH"

BLADE TYPE: WAKIZASHI / *O-TANTO
*THIS STYLE OF BLADE IS CONSIDERED TO BE AN O-TANTO BY MANY.

DIMENSION'S:
NAGASA- (BLADE LENGTH); 15 1/2" - 39.7 cm
SORI- (BLADE CURVATURE); 3/8" - 9 mm
MIHABA- (WIDTH); 1 1/8" - 2.7 cm

BLADE STYLE: KEIJO NIKEI
OMOTE; (SIDE WORN AWAY FROM BODY) *SHOBUZUKURI (SHINOGI LINE, WITH NO
YOKOTE, LIKE AN IRIS LEAF).
URA; (SIDE WORN NEXT TO BODY) *HIRAZUKURI (FLAT SIDED). *BOTH STYLE'S
THAT ARE NORMALLY SEEN IN TANTO'S.

MUNE- (BACK RIDGE): "MITSU MUNE" (3 SIDED SHOSHU STYLE).

HADA- (BLADE STRUCTURE): ITAME / MOKUME MIXED, HAVING DEEP JI-NIE
(CRYSTALLINE DOTS, AS IN THE HAMON), AND CHIKEI (THIN LINE'S OF
MARTENSITE JUST BELOW THE SURFACE) EXTREMELY DIFFICULT TO ACCOMPLISH,
AND GIVING THE HADA A "WET" APPEARANCE VERY DESIRABLE! ALSO
THOUGHT TO BE A FACTOR IN GIVING A BLADE ITS RARE BLUISH COLOR [IMAGE #5].

HAMON- (TEMPERING PATTERN): NOTARE MIDARE
DETAIL'S; "UTSURI", SHADOW LIKE PATTERN ABOVE THE HAMON, FOUND ONLY ON
THE HIGHEST QUALITY BLADE'S. IT IS SAID THAT UTSURI IS LIKE THE
REFLECTION OF THE HAMON IN A POOL OF WATER THICK
NIE, NIOI, SUNAGASHI (CRYSTALLINE LINE'S, LIKE THE VEINS IN A LEAF),
KINSUJI (GOLDEN LINES).

BOSHI- (TEMPERING AROUND POINT): SAKI TOGARI, JIZO (LIKE A MONKS HAIR
STYLE)

HORIMONO- (BLADE ENGRAVING): BO-HI NI TSURE-HI (TWO LONG NARROW GROVE'S
COMING TOGETHER AT END)

NAKAGO- (TANG): UBU, TWO MEKUGI ANA (HOLES), FUTSU (NORMAL) SHAPE,
KURIJIRI (CHESTNUT SHAPE END).

YASURIME- SUJICHIGAI 

KOSHIRAE- (FITTINGS): SHIRA-SAYA (STORAGE HILT & SCABBARD), MADE FROM WOOD
AGED FOR DECADES. 

HABAKI- (COLLAR): TWO PIECE, SOLID GOLD WRAPPED, FINEST QUALITY.

POLISH: SASHIKOMI (SHOWING DETAIL). RECEIVED A JUYO CLASS OF POLISH,
HIGHEST QUALITY.

CONDITION: EXCELLENT + (SEE ALL PHOTO'S)

KIZU- (DEFECTS): NONE

RARITY LEVEL: VERY HIGH, THIS IS THE ONLY BLADE OF THIS STYLE, I HAVE
EVER SEEN BY KUNIMICHI, THE QUALITY IS FANTASTIC!

NOTATIONS: KUNIMICHI 1st, IS THE 2nd DECEDENT FROM THE FOUNDER (UMETADA
MYOJU) OF THE SHINTO SCHOOL OF SWORD MAKING. HIS WORK IS RARE AND HAS
RECEIVED THE HIGHEST HONOR'S.

HIS BLADE DISPLAYS ALMOST EVERY DESIRABLE CHARACTERISTIC THAT IS
ENCOUNTERED. THIS IS ONE OF HIS "SOSHU STYLE" MASTERPIECES, OF WHICH
THERE ARE FEW SURVIVING. THIS BLADE ALSO POSSESSES THE "BLUE HUE". THIS IS NORMALLY FOUND IN
KAMAKURA (1186-1332 AD) & NABOKUCHO (1333-1392 AD) BLADE'S. IT IS SELDOM
SEEN, AND EXTREMELY DESIRABLE.

 

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