Owazamono Gendaito by Kono Sadamitsu 豊前住河野貞光 w/ two Koshirae sets
Collectible also a wonderful sword for Shizan - Tameshigiri
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<Swordsmith and sword feature>
Buzen Ju Kono Sadamitsu 豊前住河野貞光, real name Kono Hiroshi 河野博 was born in 1950 who resided and worked in Buzen Fukuoka.
He was the eldest son of smith Kunimitsu 国光. In 1975 he became an apprentice to Living National Treasure "Gassan Sadakazu月山貞一".
In 1980 he was given a Kanji charactor of "Sada 貞" for his smith name by his teacher Sadaichi 貞一.
After Sadamitsu set up his own workshop in Fukuoka prefecture in 1981, he had won numerous awards in Japanese sword forging competitions and his name became famous globally as Owazamono Master, his swords were called "Ima Kotetsu 今虎鉄" which are still admired by many Japanese sword lovers and collectors.
Giheiya was honored to order numbers of Giheiya original sword to master Sadamitsu, yet we haven't had so many opportunities to offer master's swords to our customers after he passed away a few years ago...nobody was willing to sell his great swords (especially without Bohi).
This custom made Owazamono sword was brought in our shop by the original owner who actually ordered its second (spare) Koshirae to Giheiya a few years back, for a consignment sale.
The original owner tried Tameshigiri with this sword just for three times in the past however as you can see in the pictures below, there isn't even a Hike on the Blade nor damages of Koshirae - it is almost new.
This beautiful Owazamono is a rare piece by Smith Sadamitsu for its characteristic feature - stout, wide blade with Omine (most of his swords were relatively slim and been added Bohi) also the Mei which shows the swordmith name only.
Definitely a collectible item as well as a wonderful Tameshigiri - Shizan sword.
It has an ordinary blade weigh, Shinogi-zukuri, Iori-mune. The curve is Toriizori style and the blade top is Omine.
<Hada - Forging>
The jihada (body of the sword) is a tightly forged Mokume (burl wood grain) and coarse Jinie(darkish crystal)granule attaches on the surface.
<Hamon - Temper patterns>
The Hamon is Gunome Midare and Boshi- temper line of the tip is Midarekomi(wavy) and turns back to a gentle curl called Komaru.
<Nakago - Tang>
The Tang is Ubu(original) and has Kesho(decorative) file marks. Nakago end is Haagari (irregular) Kengyo shape.
Solid silver single piece Habaki with Yujo pattern.
<Koshirae - Mountings>
please check the detail pictures.
Tsuba: Round iron base Sukashi Tsuba with "Sandokko (Vajras)".
Fuchi Kashira: Iron base Higo design Fuchi Kashira with a line representing a mountain path.
Menuki: Antique pieces with engravings of peony.
Tsuka: Coverd with ray skin with Oyatsubu and wrapped with black pure silk in Morohineri-maki style.
Saya: Kuro-ishimenuri - a rough textured black lacquerer finish.
Second Koshirae by Giheiya
Tsuba: Mokko shape iron base Sukashi Tsuba with bamboo and plum motif.
Fuchi Kashira: Silver base set with stone texture finish.
Menuki: Engraved tiger.
Tsuka: Coverd with ray skin with Oyatsubu and wrapped with Uguisu (Japanese olive green) pure silk in Morohineri-maki style.
Saya: "Anshu -dark vermilion" lacquered with Katabami crest.
Polish: Generally in good condition.
Defects such as openings, chips and cracks: None.
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|Category||Katana||Blade length||70.3cm/ 2'3.7"/ 2shaku 3sun 2bu|
|Curvature - Sori||1.8cm/ 0.7"/ 6bu||Mekugi (Pegs)||2|
|Blade Bottom Width||33.2mm/ 1.3"/ 1.1sun||Blade Bottom Thickness||6.8mm/ 0.27"/ 2.2bu|
|Blade Top Width||29.5mm/ 0.12"/ 9.7bu||Blade Top Thickness||5.1mm/ 0.2"/ 1.6bu|
|Weight||Blade only: 830g / 1.83lbs
Without Saya: 1.130g / 2.5lbs
|Inscription / Signature||Front: Buzen Ju Kono Sadamitsu
Koshinnen 9gatsubi 甲申年九月日
|Registration in Japan|| 16 Sept 2004
Fukuoka Prefecture Board of Education