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Izumi no Kami Kunisada

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An ubu wakizashi by the first generation Kunisada.  Signed, Izumi no Kami Fujiwara Kunisada / Motte Dotsu saku kore (made with Chinese steel).   Shinogizukure, a wide blade  with toriizori, iroi mune, chu kissaki.   Hawatare: 1 shaku 4 sun 4 bu  8..7 rin (43.9 cm or  17.28") .  Motohaba: 3.65 cm.  Sakihaba:  2.268 cm,  Kasane:   4.92 mm.   Nie deki chu suguba, profuse ko nie, deep bright habuchi, elongated gunome midare, long tobiyaki, hataraki, kinsuji, nado.  tight itame with fine ji nie, long chikei, nado.  The boshi is hakikaki.   In extra heavy shirasaya with a waisted gold wash copper habaki. He made katana that are rated Juyo Token. Rated  jojosaku in Fujishiro's Nihon Toko Jiten - Shinto Hen, with a sharpness rating of wazamono.    Valued at  8,000,000 yen value in Toko Taikan  , and the multiple  pages of coverage in Shinto Taikan In good Japanese polish, NBTHK Tokubetsu Kicho, April 7, 1980.  The  Tokubetsu Kicho certificate, noted B. S. g. h., the code for genuine papers from the NBTHK during a period when many forged certificates were in circulation. 

He is often referred to as Oya Kunisada, since he was the father of Shinkai., and credited with founding the Osaka school of sword smithing.     He was most active around  (1624 - 1644), he died in Keian go nen (1652).    Legend has him as studying under Horikawa Kunihiro.  However, family papers, including those of Shinkai, have him studying under Echhigo no Kami  Kunitoshi, which makes more sense stylistically.  He had moved from Hyuga to Osaka by 1621.  There is a dated example signed, "Sesshu Osaka ju Fujiwara Kunisada". He received the title of Izumi no Kami in 1623.  Interestingly Homma Kunzan thought that his general work was superior to that of the second generation, Izumi no Kami Kunisada (Shinkai), although other references rate and value Shinkai's work much more highly.                                       $8,500

 

Hakikaki boshi rich in konie.

 

Moist Itame with Konie and Long Kinsuji

 

Chu Suguba Midare Hamon Filled with Konie and Slight Gifu Just Behind  the Yokote.  Jinie and Chikei. 

Elongated Tobiyaki and Dark Chikei

 

Izumi no Kami Fujiwara Kunisada / Motte Dotetsu saku kore

 

Toko Taikan

 

Nihon Toko Jiten - Shinto Hen

 

Shinto Taikan

 

NBTHK Tokubetsu Kicho

 

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