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Omiya Morikage - Juyo Token
Naginatanaoshi katana. Hawatare: 69.3 cm. Sori 1.4 cm. Motohaba 2.7 cm. Sakihaba 2.55 cm. Nakago 17.2 cm. Naginatanaoshizukure. Mitsumune. Shinogi is very thick. Sori is slight. O-kissaki. The jigane is itame moku nagare with hada tatsu here and there. Chikei and utsure. The hamon is complex gunome, ko-gunome, togariba in many mixed varieties. Lively hataraki, kinsuji, ashi and yo. The boshi is midare komi ko maru and midare komi with a longish kaeri. This a strong, impressive, and tastefully flamboyant example of Bizen work from the latter part of the Nambokucho period.
Kunimori, the founder of the Omiya school, is said to have moved from Inokuma Omiya in Yamashiro around the end of the Kamakura period. He was followed by Sukemori, Morishige, Moritoshi, Morikage, and Morokage. All of these names were used repeatedly over several generations. Their choji is similar to Oei Bizen, but their jitetsu, hamon, and sugata are far superior. Their nie is brighter than that of O-Kanemitsu. The majority of examples of Omiya swords are by Morishige, Morikage, and Morokage.
Omiya Morikage Juyo Token