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Ko Ichimonji Tachi
Juyo Token Nado Zufu #47, October 31, 2001
Ubu Tachi Ko-Ichimonji
Nagasa: 76.3 cm
Sori: 2.4 cm
Motohaba: 2.8 cm
Sakihaba: 1.6 cm
Kissaki: 2.3 cm
Nakago: 19.9 cm
Nakago Zori: .4 cm
Keijo: Shinogizukuri, iroi mune, high koshizori, fumbari (note: this is a feature at the machi, not to be confused with taper). The difference in the width between the machi and yokote is pronounced. Ko-kissaki.
Kitae: Itame, hada tatsu. Ji nie and chikei, strong midare utsure.
Hamon: A mixture of ko-choji, ko-midare, and ko-gunome, tempered in ko-nie deki. There are ko-ashi, yo, sunagashi, and kinsuji.
Boshi: Suguba with a slight kaeri on the omote and yakizuki on the ura.
Horimono: bo hi extending into the koshinogi, and a short futatsu bi, both ending in kakidome at the machi.
Nakago: Ubu, one mekugi ana.
The Ko Ichimonji were the earliest of the Fukaoka Ichimonji smiths. Nie deki is found in the earliest of Fukaoka smiths, while subsequent generations tempered in nioi. Few of these smiths signed with their full name, instead a single stroke "Ichi" is frequently found. The school is thought to have run from about Kenryaku (1211 - 1212) to around Kenji (1275 - 1278). It is believed that this was the progenitor for all other Ichimonji schools.
It has been suggested that this be submitted for Toku Betsu Juyo designation. $99,500 REDUCED
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