Q687, Papered Katana by Horikawa Kunitomo
Q687. Katana with orakaeshi mei, Echigo no Kami Kunitomo.
Nagasa: 27 9/16" 70.2 cm.
Sori: 1.3 cm.
Moto haba: 2.9 cm.
Moto kasane: .6 cm.
Saki haba: 2 cm.
Saki kasane: .4 cm.
Nakago nagasa: 8 13/16" 22.4 cm.
Overall in shirasaya: 38 3/4" 98.6 cm.
Shinogi zukuri, koshi zori, iore mune, chu kissaki. The hada is small itame with some mokume in ji nie. The hamon is gunome notare in a bright nioi guchi covered in ko nie. The boshi is wide, nearly covering the kissaki, shallow undulations ending in a slightly swept ko maru and a short kaeri. There are a few running masame, primarily in the shinogi ji in the mono uchi. Tending towards zanguri hada, which is typicaL for this smith. Other than the running masame and a few very tiny pin pricks, the blade is flawless. It is in polish, mounted with a gold wash habaki with a carved kiri mon, and in 1st class, figured ho wood shirasaya wiith a beautiful sayagagi by the polisher Hitoaki Manazu (https://wakokoro.org/story/manazu-hitoaki/). There is a paper from the NTHK, dated 1993.
Kunitomo was a nephew and top student of Horikawa Kunihiro. He is known to have trained Shodai Kunisuke and Oya Kunisada, 2 of the latest of Kunihiro's students. Rated Jo Jo Saku by Fujishiro; he was an important smith.
Did you notice that the bottom of the habaki isn't flat? This sword was found in late, probably 20th century efu no dachi koshirae (no longer with the sword); the habaki was made to fit the curved tsuba of the mounts. The 2nd mekugi-ana, which is drilled, not punched, came with the koshirae also. The very high quality shirasaya with sayagaki fit the dignity of the blade; it is better this way. 2 pounds, 14 ounces. $7,850.
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