An exciting unique sword that was special ordered. The blade is signed:
Tōbu Fujiwara Kunizumi saku (東武藤原国住作) and it also has the inscription that it was made for Yasuda-shi Hisaaki (安田氏久明) - who was Hisaaki from the Yasuda family. A samurai family. This blade is a shinshinto beauty. Kunizumi was listed as:
KUNIZUMI (国住), Kansei (寛政, 1789-1801), Iyo – “Kunizumi saku” (国住作), “Yoshū Matsuyama-shin Fujiwara Kunizumi” (予州松山臣藤原国住, “Fujiwara Kunizumi, retainer of the Matsuyama fief of Iyo province”), he studied in Edo under Hōjōji Kuniyoshi (法城寺国吉)
The sword is wakazashi in size and has a splendid koshirae.
The blade is ubu with one hole and flawless. The hada is a well worked itame with ji-nie and masame in the shinogi-ji. The boshi is a wide ko-maru. The hamon is a perfectly controlled slightly undulating sugu-ha that widens on both sides as you reach the mono-uchi area.. There is fine kinsugi that can be seen weaving in and out at the top of the hamon. Hotsure is also seen and the entire blade sparkles with ji-nie.
The koshirae is of a mon theme with matching fuchi / kashira of kirimons and menuki of mons also. The tsuba is a beautiful example of nanako with mons to complete the theme. The kodzuka is of a samurai and scholar and the kodzuka blade is signed kunisada. The saya is a glossy black lacquered finish that has been fully restored with blue silk tsuka-ito over a richly patina’d Same (rayskin). The sageo is a combination of blue and red and greatly adds to the appearance of the mounts. There is a gold washed habaki and seppa with and intricate finish. A beautiful package for this unique blade.
- Mei: Tōbu Fujiwara Kunizumi saku (東武藤原国住作) Yasuda-shi Hisaaki (安田氏久明)
- Date: Late Edo (1700’s)
- Nagasa: 14-3/8 inches
- Sori: 6.0 mm
- Width at the ha-machi: 21.8 mm
- Width at the yokote: 15.5 mm
- Thickness at the mune-machi: 6.2 mm
- Construction: Shinogi zukuri
- Mune: Iori
- Nakago: Ubu
- Kitae: Itame/mokume
- Hamon: Suguba
- Boshi: Maru
- Condition: Good polish
Asking price: $4,800.00
(shipping and insurance included)
Email us if your interested in this item and remember to include the order number for this item: fss-779.
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This sword has recently passed shinsa. The official 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.