Q500. Katana Signed by Chikuzen Nobukuni
Q500. A katana signed Chikuzen Ju Minamoto Nobukuni.
Nagasa: 27 3/8" 69.6 cm.
Sori: .9 cm.
Moto haba: 2.9 cm.
Moto kasane: .7 cm.
Saki haba: 1.0 cm.
Saki kasane: .45 cm.
Nakago nagasa: 8 5/8" 21.8 cm.
Overall in shirasaya: 39" 99 cm.
Shinogi zukuri, koshi sori, iore mune, small chu kissaki, suriage, 4 mekugi ana. The hada is a small itame with small mokume in fine ji-nie. The hamon is choji gunome with sunagashi and numerous yo, all in a consistent nioi-guchi covered in ko-nie. The boshi is a continuation of the hamon ending in a slightly swept ko-maru and a short kaeri. There is a bo hi on the omote and futasuji bi on the ura. Other than one tiny pin prick of a coarse grain the blade is flawless. It is mounted with a copper habaki and in well made shirasaya, and this sword is in polish.
There were numerous smiths with this signature working in Chikuzen in the Shinto period. I can't tell you which was responsible for this sword but my best guess would place him somewhere in the 17th century. Here we have a well made sword, signed and in excellent condition, priced at less than the cost of the polish: I'd say this is a bargain. 2 pounds, 9 ounces. $1,750.
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