Item description:

This fine quality katana was made by the second generation Soshu Tunahiro.  It has many classic details in the blade of the soshu school and more importantly of the smith.  The Tunahiro line of smiths is very famous and it can be said that their swords and daggers are highly regarded by collects.  This katana has an abundance of activity in the hamon.  The hada is pronounced and rich looking.    This is a koto era sword with NBTHK pares and a beautiful Sayagaki by Tanobe-San of the sword museum.  This sword is also large and stout, with a extended Kissaki adding to its quality and beauty.  It also has a spectacular silver foiled tachi styes habaki.  A wonderful sword for any collector.


                His family name is Yamamura, he is called Taima, legal name was the Gô of Munemoto.  His works are predominantly wakizashi, hamon has midareba, hitatsura, suguba nado, and has horimono of kenmakiryû and kusa no kurikara.

Signature:              SÔSHÛ JÛ TSUNAHIRO

                According to a genealogy chart of the house of Yamamura and old documents, a change of ownership between the first and second generations can be seen between Tenmon 7 to 10 and there is a theory that these old documents are not accurate, and that the first and second generation are the same person, but they are written according to an outline of Yamamura family documents.

  • Mei: Soshu Ju Tsuna(Hiro)
  • Date: Ed(Hiromitsu)o (1600’s-1700’s)
  • Nagasa: 26-3/4 inches
  • Sori: 11.0 mm
  • Width at the ha-machi: 30.8 mm
  • Width at the yokote: 24.6 mm
  • Thickness at the mune-machi: 7.5 mm
  • Construction: Shinogi zukuri
  • Mune: mitsu
  • Nakago: suriage
  • Kitae: Itame/mokume
  • Hamon: Midare Gunome
  • Boshi: Maru
  • Condition: Good polish

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Information on The Sue-Soshu School

Entering the Muromachi Period, Soshu smiths were descendants of Masamune, who is one of the greatest smiths in the history. They made tanto and wakizashi with wide mi-haba and saki-zori that had not been seen before. Sue-Soshu smiths temper hitatsura in nioi-deki like Shimada smiths. Hamon consisting of brilliant nie by the great Soshu smiths of the Kamakura and Nambokucho Periods are not seen anymore in this period. The smith names of Hiromitsu, Akihiro, Masahiro and Hiromasa are succeeded up to in this period. In addition, Hirotsugu, Fuyuhiro, Sukehiro and Takahiro are active in this period. There appear to be a few generations of these smiths except Takahiro. ‘Kokon Mei Zukushi’ says that Hirotsugu and Sukehiro are related to a smith named Yoshihiro who moved from Yamato Province in the late Nambokucho Period, but I think it is too early to confirm their lineage. Tsunahiro who is said to have been a student of Tsunaie, who was himself a student of the 1st Shimada Yoshisuke, was a skilful smith amongst them and demonstrates a Soshu-den that reminds one somewhat of the workmanship of old Soshu smiths. Sue-Soshu smiths liked to carve horimono on their tanto and wakizashi. Tsunahiro was the most skilful engraver and the smith name is succeeded up to the Edo Period. There are three smiths called Yasukuni, Yasuharu and Yasuharu who were active around the same time and are related to the Shimada school. Yasuharu favours to make small tanto with horimono. They were retained by the Go-Hojo family and lived in Odawara which was the castle town of the Go-Hojo family, and so were called ‘Odawara-Soshu’. Horimono is often seen on the blades of Sue-Soshu smiths Amongst them, Fusamune was good at elaborate horimono and it is said that he collaborated with Tsunaie. Sue-Soshu smiths normally tempered midare-ba but Kunitsugu who was active around the Eisho Era tempered sugu-ha and also hoso-sugu-ha on his tanto. The lineage of Kunitsugu is uncertain.

This sword is on consignment.
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Asking price: $9,600.00

Sale price till July 25th! $8,000.00

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Kantei-Sho (鑑定書) – Appraisal

No 360911

katana, signed:            Sōshū-jū Tsuna (相州住綱) (ika-kire, 以下切) (Tsunahiro, 綱広)

                                    “Sōshū-jū Tsuna…” (rest cut off, attributed to Tsunahiro)

nagasa ~ 68.1 cm

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

February 8, 2002

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


Charles Ireland wants 7k

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