An impressively stout and bold katana from the Osaka Shinto tradition with a classic "Choji" clove blossom hamon tempering pattern. This katana was newly polished from this past December 2016, in the “Sashikomi style” by Yoshisada Abe of Morioka, Japan, and is in excellent condition without any kizu or flaws. Kodogu parts include a brass habaki, the menuki handle ornaments are in the form of the large suemon (battle flags or banners ) with gold color accents, and the newly custom made tsuka handle was designed to be longer than normal to help balance the sizeable heft of this massive blade with a very robust kasane (thickness). Yet it is wonderfully balanced and has a great feel when practicing Iaido. The tsuka maki handle wrap is of high quality black kawagane leather and was made in Morioka, Japan by a great artisan there. It also comes with a white magnolia wood custom made shirasaya with tsunagi wooden word insert for the accompanying koshirae and tsuka handle. The fuchi kashira is modern and is solid black in color and is of the “nami” wave patterned motif pattern. The large oversized tsuba is an Edo period iron tsuba of the open work of Chrysanthemum design which helps to balance the great heft of this blade. The saya is of a modern design and is black in color with a unique textured surface. The tip of this katana is an O-kissaki (large size tip area) and is of the Nanbukucho style and the blade is 65.7 cm in length and has and a 1.9 cm sori curvature with two and a half mekugi ana holes in the tang that is suriaged or “cut shortened”. A large bo-bi groove runs down the length of the blade on both sides. The hamon tempering pattern is an elegant and exquisitely beautiful choji ( clove blossoms) full of hataraki activity and several “tobiyaki”. This blade has quite an extensive and long attribution in addition to the swordsmith’s signature made by Kanemichi of the Osaka tradition of sword making and has Provenance papers from the main governing Sword Preservation Society in Japan known as NBTHK “Honzon” ( Nihon Bijutsu Token Hozon Kyokai ) certification attesting to this sword being “worthy of preservation” as well as to its intrinsic value as a genuine piece of Japanese history and a traditionally made Nihonto. Pictures of the extensive attribution carved on the tang can be sent upon request. This katana is a wonderful example of the "Kyo go-kaji" also known as the "Five Excellent smiths of Kyoto" dating back all the way to the Mishina School of Swordsmiths who lived in Seki and Mino Provinces before branching out to Kyoto and eventually Osaka. This particular blade is of this Osaka Shinto tradition and pedigree.
Please contact me if you are interested in acquiring this blade. If you are new to collecting and appreciating Japanese blades I can explain the care and maintenance to ensure proper preservation of these Japanese cultural treasures and also provide you a free maintenance “starter kit”. This blade comes with silver grey silk sword bag and similarly colored fushima cord as well as a purple silk katana bag for the shirsaya. This blade is available for delivery or viewing at Kadena, Foster, and Courtney base, or other areas upon request. If you are interested in viewing or acquiring this blade please contact me at your convenience. Cheers, Hamaki.
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