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Q404. Long Katana by Hojoji Kunimasa

Price: 
$5,850 + Shipping & Insurance

Q404.  Katana signed Hojoji Tajima no Kami Tachibana Kunimasa.

Nagasa:  28"  71.2 cm.

Sori:  1.3 cm.

Moto haba:  3 cm.

Moto kasane:  .7 cm.

Saki haba:  2.1 cm.

Saki kasane:  .6 cm.

Nakago nagasa:  8 1/2"  21.6 cm.

Overall in shirasaya:  39 5/8"  100.5 cm.

Shinogi zukuri, iore mune, chu kissaki, tori zori.  The hada is tight ko-itame.  The hamon is a shallow notare midare forming suguba with subtle hataraki and ashi, all worked in a consistent nioi-guchi covered in bright ko-nie.  With the exception of a pinprick or 2 and some fine scratches (notably at the kissaki) the blade is flawless and in good quality polish.  It comes with a silver foil habaki and mounted in better then average shirasaya with horn on either side of the koi-guchi and at the mekugi-ana.  This sword comes also with a Hozon paper from the NBTHK in Tokyo, dated 2011 and attesting to the signature and work.

The Hojoji School stretched from late Koto into early Shinto; Kunimasa is known to have worked in the latter half of the 17th century.  This is a quality blade of impressive size and heft: a lot to like.  3 pounds.  $5,850.

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