Late Muromachi era sword(1466-1507), Mumei-Akasaka Shenjuin 赤坂千手院
Freshly polished Iai shinken with a fine balance & light weight.
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<Swordsmith & Sword feature >
As the blade shows strong Yamato den characteristics + Sue-Seki like Jitetsu, it was considered to be a piece by Mino Senjuin group in late Muromachi era 1466-1507 (according to JTK/ Juho Token Kenkyukai paper, appraiser for blades is Kobayashi Yukinobu).
This light weight, well balanced, freshly polished sword with relatively new Koshirae (mountings) is just ideal for Iai practice, also the blade is worth applying for NBTHK Hozon.
This blade is relatively narrow and has standard thickness,Iori mune, high Shinogi zukuri style and the curvature is Torii-sori style. The top is Nakamine.
<Hada - Forging>
Jihada is Itame - the end of the wood grain patterns stream out and Hada tatsu.
<Hamon - Temper patterns>
The Hamon is Gunome Midare mixed with Suguha and Togariba with Nie granules attached on the cutting edge.
Uchinoke(cresent shaped area) and Kinsuji appear in the interior of temper.
Temper line of the tip(Boshi) is wavy (midarekomi), with hakikake tendency and turns back to a gentle curl called Komaru.
<Nakago - Tang>
The tang is Ubu and has a Kiri Yasurime file marks. The tang end is a shallow Kurijiri shape.
Two layers(pieces), gold foiled with Samidare Yasurime file marks.
<Koshirae - Mountings>
Please check the detail pictures.
Tsuba: Round iron base tsuba with Japanese umbrella motif in open work (Sukashi 透かし).
Fuchi Kashira: Iron base set with arabesque design silver inlays.
Menuki: Carved clematis blossoms.
Kojiri: Iron base Kojiri in Kuwagata style.
Tsuka: Coverd with ray skin with Oyatsubu and wrapped with black pure silk in Morotsumi maki style.
Saya: black lacquered with a pine bark effect.
Polish: Fresh - Just came back from Togishi(polisher).
Defects such as openings, chips and cracks: None.
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|Category||Katana||Blade length||69.5cm/ 2'3.3"/ 2shaku 3sun 7bu|
|Curvature - Sori||1.7cm/ 0.67"/ 5.6bu||Mekugi (Pegs)||1|
|Blade Bottom Width||26.2mm/ 1.03"/ 8.6bu||Blade Bottom Thickness||6.5mm / 0.26"/ 2.1bu|
|Blade Top Width||19.8mm/ 0.78"/ 6.5bu||Blade Top Thickness||4.6mm/ 0.18"/ 1.5bu|
|Weight||Blade only: 660g / 1.46lbs
Without Saya: 915g / 2.02lbs
|Inscription / Signature||None||Registration in Japan||19 June 2008
Kyoto Prefecture Board of Education