Katana "Kunitsugu" in Koshirae
blade length 72.9cm, curvature 1.6cm, width at the base 31mm, thickness
at the base 7mm, weight 740g
There is a groove on the both side.
The signature is,
"Minamoto Kunitsugu saku" (made by Minamoto Kunitsugu)
"Heisei 8 nen Ichigatsu kichijitsu" (1996 January lucky day)
The steel is a wood grain layer pattern.
The hamon is a choji pattern including sunagashi and kinsuji. The appearance
may be attractive for beginners eye.
(Jump to => The hamon in kissaki)
Of course this is a real Japanese sword made by the traditional method,
but the quality is not high. And so is the polishing work
The habaki is silver.
The tsuba is a destroyed old one, and the other metal fittings are modern
mass products. That is no worth to explain details. It is just a mount
This sword is very suitable for cutting performance or iai practice.
There are a box and a letter from the smith to the orderer.
The letter says;
Heisei 8 year January lucky day (1996)
(Orderer) Saitama-ken, Chichibu-gun, Ogano-machi, O'aza-Ogano, 29-6-7
Mr. Kiyoshi SAWANOBORI
Katana 72.9cm, curvature 1.6cm
Minamoto Kunitsugu made this sword with incensing and ablution (seal)
Tokushima-ken, Oe-gun, Kamojima-cho, Kirai 674
The forge of Minamoto Masakuni
Information of the smith Minamoto Kunitsugu
His private name is "Shunji TANAKA".
His address is, 776-0005 Tokushima-ken, Yoshinogawa-shi, Kamojima-cho,
Kirai 674, Japan
The hamon pattern in kissaki is nijuba, komaru, hakikake (double temper
line, small round turn back, sweeping pattern). The polishing work is not
very good, so the hamon in kissaki is not seen very clear.
The weight of drawn sword, 1060g