越前大掾藤原国次
Echizen Daijo Fujiwara Kunitsugu
Shinto Wakizashi
SCHOOL Horikawa
PERIOD Edo Jidai: circa, Keian 1648-1652
PAPER/CLASSIFICATION NBTHK Hozon  
MEI "Echizen Daijo Fujiwara Kunitsugu" 
TOKO TAIKAN RANKING 3.5 million yen
FUJISHIRO RANKING Chu Jo Saku
FORM Wakizashi
NAGASA 35.9 cm
SUGATA  Hira-zukuri
SORI Tori-sori
MUNE Iori mune
KASANE 6 mm
MOTOHABA 3.07 cm
NAKAGO CONDITION Ubu
NAKAGO SHAPE Standard with kata-yamagata jiri  
MEKUGIANA Two
YASURIME  Sujikai


Hamon :  Nie-deki gunome midare. The hamon is wide. A mixture of ko-nie and large nie can be seen. There are nijuba. Sunagashi, ashi and kinsuji are plentiful. Kinsuji is mixed in some areas. Faint mizukage is present in the habaki-moto. The hamon conveys a strongly active and organic feeling overall.

Kitae :  Itame and o-itame mixed with masame. The hada is nagareru and hadatachi in the zaguri style. There is profuse nie hataraki. The jigane consists of ample ko-nie and areas of pooled large nie in the mono-uchi. Yubashiri as well as mune-yaki can be seen.

Boshi :  The omote is jizo and the ura is ko-maru. Both sides have a long kaeri.

About this sword :   This is a ko-wakizashi by Echizen Daijo Kunitsugu. He is a smith of the Horikawa school and was active in early Edo times. Kunitsugu was a student of Dewa Daijo Kunimichi. There is an existing joint work by the pair as well as dai-mei / dai-saku works by Kunitsugu for Kunimichi. Of all of the students of Kunimichi, Kunitsugu seems to have had the closest working relationship with him. It is thought that Kunitsugu was probably the son of Kunmichi. Another theory is that he came from Echizen, of the the Shitahara school, to Yamashiro and became a student of Kunimichi. He later went to Kumamoto prefecture in Higo with his pupil, the nidai Kunitsugu.

Kunitsugu's deki is strongly Horikawa in style. One can see zanguri hada, powerful nie hataraki and faint mizu-kage in this example. These are all common surface features yielded by the Horikawa sword making process. Such works have an older feeling in their appearance and are different from typical shinto-tokuden. This deki was very durable and function-focused. The nie hataraki in the ji is an outstanding feature of this blade.




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