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An ubu Shinshinto nagamaki, in period koshirae, acquired from a shrine. Signed, Kunimichi Saku Kore, other parts of the inscription have been removed. Shinogizukure, iroi mune, extended kissaki, no yokote. Hawatare: 3 shaku 2 sun 8 bu (99.39cm / 39.13"). Motohaba: 3. 46 cm. Kasane: 8.2 mm. The hamon is Seki style gunome togare in a three cedars pattern. Very bright habuchi. The boshi is chu-suguba with nijuba and hataraki, komaru with a long kaeri. The jigane is a tight ko-itame. In polish, shirasaya with accompanying period koshirae. Certificates from NTHK-NPO and the Bijitsu Nihonto Hozon Shinsa, which commented: Very difficult to find this quality. Best material. Part of characters removed. 50 years, approximately, put in shrine. Best and unique sword. Valuable. It is very difficult to control the heating and quenching of a blade of this dimensions, thus this a testament to Kunimchi's skill.
The period koshirae, 140 cm pole (55.3") wrapped in blue tsuka ito over brocade, with copper band, copper koiguchi, and iron butt. Black lacquer scabbard, and a solid silver habaki.
Kunimichi was from Tosa province, modern Kochi, in Shikoku. He was of the Suishinshi Masahide school. He was active around Bunka (1804-1818) and Bunsei (1818 - 1830). $12,500
Very difficult to get a full lenght photo that shows the hamon.
Bijitsu Nihonto Hozon Shinsa,
Very difficult to find this quality. Best material. Part of characters removed. 50 years, approximately, put in shrine. Best and unique sword. Valuable.