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Senjuen Katana


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A Kamakura period katana attributed to Yamato Senjuen.  Hawatare: 2 shaku 0 sun 4 bu (61.82 cm / 24.34").  Motohaba: 2.82 cm.  Sakihaba:  1.69 cm.  Kasane: 6.5  mm.  Ko-choji, ko-midare, within a suguba ko-midare.   The hadori is a little heavy, so it is difficult to get pictures of the activity.  The boshi is hakikaki.  The jigane is moist itame some nagare, profuse chikei throughout.  I am able to follow the hamon back as far as the lower mekugiana.  As can be seen in the pictures below.  Japanese polish, shirasaya, gold foil tachi style habaki, NBTHK Tokubetsu Hozon certificate.

For some reason, many Kamakura Yamato swords were shortened to 24 to 26 inch lengths.  This blade most likely dates from middle to later Kamakura.  The Senjuen is considered the oldest and most elegant of the five schools of the Yamato tradition:  Senjuen, Hosho, Taema, Tegai, and Shikkake.   The Senjuen school goes from late Heian to Nambokucho.  Swords made before middle Kamakura are designated as ko Senujen.  The founder of the school was Shigehiro.  This sword would be considered as chu Senjuen.  The later productions in Muromachi, are not a direct line from this school, and are known as Akasaka Senjuen.                       


Hadatatsu itame slightly nagare with profuse chikei.

Hakikaki boshi

Choji, midare, and nijuba within the suguba ko-midare.


Osuriage nakago.  The hamon is visible as far as the lower mekugiana.


NBTHK Tokubetsu Hozon


Gold foil tachi style habaki


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