Chikuzen Moritsuna (fss-701)


This is a very interesting Katana in the Chikuzen tradition. It is in an original polish with slight pinhole size pittings left from the original polisher. The overall sugata of this sword is impressive and the hamon is loaded with activity. The hamon contains a profuse amount of ara-nie and ko-nie. There is a mixture of erratic size and shaped gunome. The hada has a milky slick looking finish and forged very well with some areas of O- hada mixed in. This blade comes in its original shirasaya. These papers were issued by the NTHK and have 5 stamps attesting to its quality and varacity of its signature. There is a silver 2 piece habaki very nicely done. The blade has Bohi which adds to the balance that this blade possesses. The signature reads: Tamaki Izumi no Kami Moritsuna kore o saku. There is also a very rare name inscribed for the sword on the opposite side of the blade. It reads: Koshinotsuyu (“dew on small bamboo grass”). This type of inscription or naming is usually found on blades that were cherished by the owner or Samurai and a rare treat to possess a blade with this.

Moritsuna was active around Genroku in Chikuzen province and had been a student of Awataguchi Ikkanshi Tadatsuna in Osaka. One of his blades, an o-wakizashi with a flamboyant choji, is featured in the 1974 publication Showa Meibutsu Cho.

There were a few small pinhole sized pits left on the blade by the last polisher. A new fresh polish would take care of  most of this and greatly enhance the blade. The size of the blade indicates it may have been made for a single handed style of swordsmenship and has a great feel and balance in hand. The blade is powerful and wide.

  • Mei: Tamaki Izumi no Kami Moritsuna kore o saku
    (玉木和泉守盛綱作之, “made by Tamaki Izumi no Kami Moritsuna”)
    Koshinotsuyu (小篠露, lit. “dew on small bamboo grass”)
  • Date: Genroku (1688-1704)
  • Nagasa: 23-3/4 inches
  • Sori: 15.0 mm
  • Width at the ha-machi: 32.7 mm
  • Width at the yokote: 23.5 mm
  • Thickness at the mune-machi: 7.1 mm
  • Construction: Shinogi zukuri
  • Mune: Iori
  • Nakago: Ubu
  • Kitae: Itame
  • Hamon: Gunome
  • Boshi: Midare-komi
  • Condition: older polish
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This sword is on consignment.
Special Sale Price
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Asking price: $5,200.00

Sale price: $4,150.00 (sale ends 2/10/17)

(shipping and insurance included)

Email us if your interested in this item and remember to include the order number for this item: fss-701.

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kantei-sho (鑑定書) – Certificate Izumi no Kami Moritsuna (和泉守盛綱)

shôshin (正真) – Authentic
nagasa 1 shaku 9 sun 9 bu han kore ari (長さ壱尺九寸九分半有之) – Blade length ~ 60.4 cm
Heisei 18 nen 9 gatsu 3 nichi (平成十八年九月三日) – September 3rd 2006 Nihon Tôken Hozon Kai (日本刀剣保存会) – NTHK
No 16,109

meibun (銘文) – Signature:
Tamaki Izumi no Kami Moritsuna kore o saku (玉木和泉守盛綱作之, “made by Tamaki Izumi no Kami Moritsuna”)
Koshinotsuyu (小篠露, lit. “dew on small bamboo grass”)

kitae (鍛) – Foging: itame
hamon (刃紋) – Hardening: gunome
bôshi (鋩子) – Hardening in tip: midare-komi
chôkoku (彫刻) – Engravings: on both sides a bôhi which ends in marudome
nakago (中心) – Tang: mekugi-ana (目釘穴) 1, yasurime (鑢): sujikai with prominent start of file marks
bikô (備考) – Remarks: Chikuzen province, around Genroku (元禄, 1688-1704)
shinsa’in natsu’in (審査員捺印) – Seals of Judges: 5 seals

Mike Canada collector will take $2500.00


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