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Bizen Yoshii Kiyonori Katana




An ubu, mumei katana attributed to Yoshii Kiyonori, Eisho jidai (1504 - 1521).  Shinogizukure, iroi mune, chu kissaki, sakizori.  Hawatare: 2 shaku 1 sun 4 bu (64.85 cm or 25.53"). Motohaba: 2.81 cm. Sakihaba: 1.69 cm. Kasane: 5.9 mm. Ko gunome midare, ashi and yo.  Koitame, a few tate ware, visible in the full length pictures. 

In fresh polish, mounted in shirasaya, with NTHK-NPO certificate.  Accompanying early shingunto koshirae with a large open work tsuba, and a silver mon on one of the menuki. 

There seems to be a problem with this attribution.  In order for the smith to be Eisho, he would have been the fifth generation.  However, all the references that I have been able to access state that there were only four generations.  So it is my best guess that either that there was a transcription error, or this is a recently discovered, and previously unrecorded generation.  However, since it is mumei, I have some question about this latter explanation.  So, as such, I will be giving references to the fourth generation. 

The Nihonto Meikan lists the fourth generation with a double circle;  Toko Taikan values the smith at 3,500,000 yen; and the picture in the Nihonto Zuikan is work dated 1451, so the generation is in question between third and fourth.   $5,200



Itame Hada


Gunome midare with ashi and yo









Nihonto Meikan



Toko Taikan



Nihonto Zuikan - Koto

Example dated Hotoku san nen (1451)

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