A very fine katana by - Kunitomo

- Horikawa school -

Yamashiro province, C-1596 AD, One of the founders of the Shinto style

W/ blade strike damage (kirikomi)

Certified NBTHK Tokubetsu Hozon

Saya-gaki by Tanobe Sensei (Tanzan)

 

Swordsmith: Kunitomo           

Location: Yamashiro                   

Nagasa (cutting edge length):   26 15/16" ~ 68.3 cm   Sori (curvature):  1/2" ~ 1.2 cm   Motohaba (width):  1 1/4" ~ 3.1 cm    

Hada: Ko-itame, with itame & masame mixed in shinogi-ji                   

Hamon: medium to wide Suguha-ch˘ mixed with Gunome, Ultra fine ko-nie

Signature: Echigo no Kami Fujiwara Kunitomo (越中守藤原国儔)

Nakago: Ubu, One mekugiana

Saya-gaki: This blade has an ubu-nakago and bears a seven character signature. It is said that this smith was the nephew of Kunihiro. Kunitomo was not only an outstanding smith of the Horikawa School, he also acted as de facto master of the last and youngest Kunihiro students Oya-Kunisada and the 1st generation Kunisuke. The forging of this blade is fine and beautiful and it is hardened in a gentle suguha-ch˘ that is mixed with gunome. Both deki and condition are magnificent. Examined and written by Tanzan Hend˘ on a lucky day in September in the year of the rat of this era (2008) + ka˘

Certificate: NBTHK Tokubetsu Hozon (a sword Extraordinarily Worthy of Conservation by the Society for the Preservation of the Japan Art Sword)

 

Ratings: Fujishiro's Jo-jo saku (Superior-superior made (i.e. highly superior), Toko-taikan ą8.5m.

  Included: Shirasaya, carry bags.

  Note: two sections with blade strike damage (kirikomi) are on the mune indicating it was used in a sword fight.

 

 

 

 blade strike damage (kirikomi)

 


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NBTHK Tokubetsu Hozon certificate translation:

kantei-sho (鑑定書) No 153645

katana, mei: Echigo no Kami Fujiwara Kunitomo (越中守藤原国儔)

nagasa 2 shaku 2 sun 5 bu han

Migi wa t˘-ky˘kai ni oite shinsa no kekka, tokubetsu-hozon-t˘ken to kantei-shi kore o sh˘-suru.

(右は當協會に於て審査の結果特別保存刀剣と鑑定しこれを証する)

Heisei nijűichinen ichigatsu nijűkyűnichi (平成二十一年一月二十九日)

zaidan-h˘jin (財團法人): Nihon Bijutsu T˘ken Hozon Ky˘kai (日本美術刀劍保存協會)

Appraisal

katana, signed: Echigo no Kami Fujiwara Kunitomo

nagasa ~ 68.3 cm

According to the result of the shinsa committee of our society we judged this work as authentic and designate it as tokubetsu-hozon-t˘ken.

January 29th 2009

[Foundation] NBTHK

 

Saya-gaki translation:

越中守藤原國儔

 

生茎七字銘有之同工国廣甥ト傅ヘ堀川一門ノ逸材而同門ノ末弟ナル親国貞與初代国助ノ事實上 ノ師トシテモ被知候本作鍛錬精美ナリテ直刃調ニ互乃目ヲ交ヘル穏和ナル作域ヲ示シ出来・保 存共ニ見事矣

 

惟時戊子暦長月良宜日 探山邊道観併誌

 

Echigo no Kami Fujiwara Kunitomo

 

Ubu-nakago shichiji-mei kore ari d˘k˘ Kunihiro oi to tsutae Horikawa ichimon no itsuzai shikamo d˘mon no battei naru Oya-Kunisada yo shodai Kunisuke no jijitsu-j˘ no shi toshite mo shirasu s˘r˘. Honsaku tanren seibi narite suguha-ch˘ ni gunome o majieru onwa naru sakuiki o shimeshi deki hozon tomo ni migoto.

 

Koretoki tsuchinoe-nezumidoshi nagatsuki ry˘gijitsu Tanzan Hend˘ mite narabi ni shirushite + ka˘

 

Echigo no Kami Fujiwara Kunitomo

This blade has an ubu-nakago and bears a seven character signature. It is said that this smith was the nephew of Kunihiro. Kunitomo was not only an outstanding smith of the Horikawa School, he also acted as de facto master of the last and youngest Kunihiro students Oya-Kunisada and the 1st generation Kunisuke. The forging of this blade is fine and beautiful and it is hardened in a gentle suguha-ch˘ that is mixed with gunome. Both deki and condition are magnificent.

 

Examined and written by Tanzan Hend˘ on a lucky day in September in the year of the rat of this era (2008) + ka˘

 

 

 

 

 

~ Examples of other Kunitomo works ~

A Kunitomo in the Juyo Zufu

 

Close up from image above

~ End examples ~

 

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