Kunimichi Nagamaki. This blade has a story attached. The original American owner bought it from a temple, at Nagoya Castle, when the temple needed funds for a roof repair. A local dealer arranged the purchase and papers etc. A flyer from the castle in Nagoya saved by the owner is included in the package. The blade comes with complete impressive nagamaki mounts with tsuba and saya. The tsuba is made of pierced iron and is signed Masayuki. The blade is in full polish and has a cutting edge of 39.4 inches (3 shaku, 3 sun, or 100 cm). The blade comes with Bijutsu Nihonto Hozon Shin Sakai Ninteisho papers and NTHK NPO Kanteisho papers, both attributing it to Kunimichi.

The NTHK papers attribute it to Tosa Kunimichi, a student of Masahide in the Kozuke Daijo mon who worked in Bunka (1804). The BJNHSSN papers expand about the great quality of the blade and state that part of the characters may have been removed from the mei in the prior century. I am not familiar with this organization and speculate that it may be a local group that assisted the sale. The blade is in koshizori, with iori mune and a low shinogi. It has nashiji hada with ample ji-nie. It has a striking sanbon sugi hamon nad a sugu komaru boshi with long kaeri. The nakago is original with one hole. The blade has what appears to be the original saya in very nice condition and all the mounts also appear to be original and in excellent condition.. This piece would likely be the cornerstone of a pole arm collection.

$10,950 (plus shipping and PayPal)

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