Minamoto Morikane (fss-843)

This is an incredible example of a Kongobei School sword made by Morikana. He signed this sword  “Minamoto Morikane Saku”. The School was very active from the Einin era (1292). The founder was Moritaka. Early era swords are very rare most are generally seen from the Oei era (1394) and after.  The style of this sword is in a beautiful Nagamaki styes with a long kissaki measuring at 3 inches. The blade has an abundance of beautiful activity. The hada is well forged, it shows on exuberance a fine qualities. Many area show utsuri very clearly.  The hamon is also very beautiful. The details of the hamon are quite striking. There is on abundance of nie and nioi. The length of the sword is quite long at 30″. For such a long sword to have no flaws is impressive. But such was the quality of workmanship in  swords of this age. This sword comes with papers authenticating signature, age and quality. It also comes with its full mounts. The mounts are early and well made, and were made in good samurai tradition and style. Kongobei swords are very desirable specially one such as this. 

  • Mei: Minamoto Morikane Saku
  • Date: Eiroku (1558-1570)
  • Nagasa: 30 inches
  • Sori: 28.0 mm
  • Width at the ha-machi: 30.2 mm
  • Width at the yokote: 26.3 mm
  • Thickness at the mune-machi: 8.7 mm
  • Construction: Nagamaki (Kanmuri-Otoshi zukuri)
  • Mune: Iori
  • Nakago: Ubu
  • Kitae: Itame/mokume
  • Hamon: Midare Gunome
  • Boshi: Midare (3″ Long)
  • Condition: Good polish

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The Connoisseur’s Book of Japanese Swords
By Kōkan Nagayama

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Sayagaki (Writing on the shirasaya)
銘 源盛包作
刃長 貮尺五寸有之

Den Zanbatō
Mei: Minamoto Morikane saku
Jidai Eiroku goro
Chikuzen Kongōbyōe ippa
Hachō 2 shaku 5 sun kore ari
Shōwa gojūrokunen gogatsu nijūshichinichi
Kōshu Tokubetsu-Kichō Tōken shitei

Handed down as a “horse-slaying sword”
Signed: Minamoto Morikane saku
Made around Eiroku (1558-1570)
Chikuzen Kongōbyōe School
Blade length ~ 76 cm

Designated as a Kōshu Tokubetsu-Kichō Tōkenon May 27, 1981

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This sword is on consignment.
Special Sale Price
On Hold

Asking price: $25,800.00

(shipping and insurance included)

Email us if your interested in this item and remember to include the order number for this item: fss-843.

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Nintei-Sho(認定書) – Appraisal

katana, signed:Minamoto Morikane saku (源盛包作)

nagasa ~ 76.0 cm

 According to the result of the shinsa committee of our society, we judge this work as authentic and rank it as Kōshū Tokubetsu-Kichō Tōken.

May 27, 1981

[Foundation]Nihon Bijutsu Tōken Hozon Kyōkai, NBTHK (日本美術刀劍保存協會)

[President]Honma Junji (本間順治)

[Appraisal issued to]Tanaka Den’ichi (田中伝一)

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