KUNITOMI (国富), Genroku (元禄, 1688-1704), Nagato – “Minamoto Kunitomi Nagato Hagi-jū” (源国富長門萩住), “Sado no Daijō Fujiwara Kunitomi” (佐渡大掾藤原国富), “Sado no Kami Kunitomi Motoyoshi saku” (佐渡守国富元嘉作), “Sado no Kami Fujiwara Kunitomi” (佐渡守藤原国富), he lived in Hagi (萩) and signed later with Motoyoshi (元嘉), the name Motoyoshi is listed in some sources with the characters (元喜), mostly Tegai-style suguha mixed with ko-midare, nijūba and kuichigaiba, he also worked in Edo, Ōshū, and in Matsue (松江) in Izumo province, chū-saku.
This katana is a very sound and healthy blade and appears to be an older shinto sword.. The blade is loaded with exciting activity and is of high quality. The hamon is bright and shows many hataraki/activity. The hada is milky looking and is forged well with much ji-nie and utsuri seems to appear. The overall feel of this blade is one of a well balanced beautiful katana that is very sharp. The hamon is frosted with nie and the hada is a tighly well forged mokume with itame. There is gunome-midare that is very beautifull which is full of sunagashi and other hataraki. Tobyaki can be seen floating above the hamon. The boshi is Kaen loaded with hakikake. Ji-nie and Ara-nie pepper this sword completely..The mounts are very well made.
The koshirae is not fancy but are more of a true samurai style and very utalitarian. They are plush looking without a flashy appearance. The koshirae are a mix of a wonderful brown lacquer work and matching Ito and Sageo. There is a small menuki depicting a horse in a setting. A silver foiled habaki also finishes this blade. the fuchi / kashira are of a key fret like motif or Buddhist svatsi. The same is an old original piece with some large nodules. Tsuba is of the Nanbun style.
IT IS SAID THAT EXTENT SWORD BY THIS SMITH ARE EXTREMELY RARE.
- Mei: Sado no kami kunitomi Motoyoshi saku
- Date: Genroku (1688’s-1704’s)
- Nagasa: 27 inches
- Sori: 9.0 mm
- Width at the ha-machi: 29.9 mm
- Width at the yokote: 19.3 mm
- Thickness at the mune-machi: 6.2 mm
- Construction: Shinogi zukuri
- Mune: Iori
- Nakago: Ubu
- Kitae: Itame
- Hamon: Gunome
- Boshi: Ko-maru
- Condition: Good polish
Asking price: $8,800.00
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This sword has recently passed shinsa. This is the work sheet, the oficial papers will take a few month to be made and sent from Japan. These papers will be forwarded to the new owner when this sword sells.
PLEASE NOTE THAT 95% OF SWORDS THAT PASSED AT THIS SHINSA SCORD 70 POINTS OR LESS, VERY FEW SCORD OVER 70 POINTS. THIS SWORD WAS AWARDED 7I POINTS ATTESTING TO ITS QUALITY.