宇多国房
Uda Kunifusa
Koto Wakizashi
PERIOD Koto, Onin - Eisho : Circa 1467-1521
MEI "Uda Kunifusa"  
FORM Wakizashi
NAGASA 44.3 cm
SUGATA  Shinogi-zukuri
SORI Saki-zori
SORI MEASUREMENT 0.9 cm
KISSAKI Chu-Kissaki
KISSAKI MEASUREMENT 2.9 cm
MUNE Iori mune
KASANE 6 mm
MOTOHABA 2.8 cm
SAKIHABA 2.0 cm
NAKAGO CONDITION Ubu
NAKAGO SHAPE Standard with kuri-jiri  
MEKUGIANA One
YASURIME  Indistinct



Hamon :   Ko-nie deki suguha with some ko-gunome and shallow notare. Inazuma, kuichigaiba and uchinoke are present. Occasional ashi can be seen.

Boshi :   Midare-komi and hakikake with ko-nie. Medium kaeri.

Kitae :   Itame and mokume hada that is hada-tachi nagareru. Matsukawa hada can been seen in some areas. Strong shirake utsuri. Thick ji-nie and many chikei. Mokume can be seen in the shinogi-ji.

About this sword :   This is a koto ubu zaimei wakizashi by Uda Kunifusa. There were six generations of Uda Kuifusa. The shodai was active in the late 1300's and sixth was active around Eisho (1504-1521). This example is from around the mid-Muromachi period. This blade has not been submitted to shinsa. This work shows classic traits of the Uda shool with the sugata of the Muromachi jidai. The origins of Uda reach back to the style of Etchu Norishige and a flavor of his matsukawa hada (pine bark hada) can be seen in many Uda works, such as this one. Uda blades in general display the rustic Hokkokumono style of Ura Japan and are admired for their durability and battle worthiness.

This blade has no kizu. It is hada-mono in style with a flowing jigane and some small open laminations can be seen in the folding of the jigane. This is the style of Hokkokumono blades in general and developed in the cold regions of Ura Japan were blades with a small and tight forging pattern would break more easily in the cold climate there.

This blade is in old polish and comes with a nice old shira-saya. This shira-saya is the deluxe type with binding - which would have been an extra expense for the person who commissioned it. The habaki is a double copper example.

The warring states period is a fascinating time in the history of Nihonto. Wakizashi from the mid-Muromachi period were mostly the side arms of foot soldiers and largely consumed by war. This being a signed and ubu example from that time is an important aspect of its appreciation. A charming old soldier and attractively priced.



Price: $3200





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