Kunitaka Daito (fss-717)
An outstanding katana which was attributed to Kunitaka of the Shinshinto period. This sword reminds one of older Bizen work. This blade has the typical characteristics of blades made in the Shinshinto era. It has a
long Kissaki and attractive Sori and frosted in nie. The activities in Ha are very beautiful with slight utsuri of ji-nie appears. The hamon is an attractive gunome choji midare. There is ashi and yo to be found. The hada is covered in ji-nie and is a mokume itame mix.
A beautiful ubu with one hole katana this sword from the Shinshinto era boasts of classical like work . The hada has a dense itame with mokume with a whitish jigane and the hamon is of gunome-midare.. Ko-nie layers the entire hamon blanketing the nioi-guchi.
This katana is very sound and healthy and a beauty.. The blade is wide and has a wonderful curvature that reminds one of the older schools. The quality of the sword is also outstanding. The hamon is bright and has very good activity. The hada is oily looking and is forged well with much ji-nie and slight utsuri appears. The overall feel of this blade is one of a well balanced beautiful katana with double bohi and is very sharp. The hamon is frosted with nie and the hada is a tightly well-forged mokume with itame.
Shin-Gunto, army officers swords, are the most common style of sword mountings from the World War II era. There is an enormous difference in the quality of both blades and mounts of this period. Many, perhaps most, of the blades found in shin-gunto mounts are NOT traditionally made swords. Many are machine made and therefore are of interest only as military relics, not as art swords. Some blades made during the war period were handmade but not by traditional methods. These are classified as either Showato, Muratato, Mantetsuto, Hantanzo or Yotetsuto depending on the method of production.
This koshirae was mounted with an ancestral blade of extremely good quality and a rarity of a find. The original military koshirae is of quite good quality. The tsuba is pierced and the leather covering of the saya is pristine. The kashira has a family mon and the habaki is washed in gold. This long sword is in a new polish and mounted in shirasaya.
This blade comes with NBTHK papers which attest to the quality and validity of the sword.
- Mei: Kunitake
- Date: Shin-shinto 1800’s
- Nagasa: 27 7/8 inches
- Sori: 13 mm
- Width at the ha-machi: 33.1 mm
- Width at the yokote: 24.mm
- Thickness at the mune-machi: 7.7 mm
- Construction: Shinogi zukuri
- Mune: Iori
- Nakago: Ubu
- Kitae: Itame/mokume
- Hamon: Midare Gunome
- Boshi: Maru
- Condition: Good polish
Asking price: $8,800.00
Email us if your interested in this item and remember to include the order number for this item: fss-717.
kantei-sho (鑑定書) No 373595 katana, mei: Kunitake (国武) (Kuni fumei, shinshintô, 国不明・新々刀)
nagasa 2 shaku 3 sun 4 bu Migi wa tô-kyôkai ni oite shinsa no kekka, hozon-tôken to kantei-shi kore o shô-suru.
Heisei jûhachinen shigatsu mikka (平成十八年四月三日)
zaidan-hôjin (財團法人): Nihon Bijutsu Tôken Hozon Kyôkai (日本美術刀劍保存協會)
katana, signed: Kunitake (province unknown, shinshintô era)
nagasa ~ 70.9 cm According to the result of the shinsa committee of our society we judged this work as authentic and designate
it as hozon-tôken. April 3rd 2006 [Foundation] NBTHK
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