Koto Uda Kunimune Katana

$5,000.00

Very Nice Koto Katana Attributed To Kunimune mounted in Shirasaya

Kantei-sho (鑑定書) ‒ Appraisal
Den Uda Kunimune (伝宇多国宗) ‒ Attributed to Uda Kunimune
Shōshin (正真) ‒ Authentic
Nagasa 2 shaku 3 sun bu han kore ari (⻑さ弐尺参⼨分半有之) ‒ Blade length ~ 69.8 cm
Heisei 27 nen 12 gatsu 13 nichi (平成⼆⼗七年⼗⼆⽉⼗三⽇) ‒ December 13, 2015
Nihon Tōken Hozon Kai (⽇本⼑剣保存会) ‒ NTHK
No 18,344
meibun (銘⽂) ‒ Signature: mumei
kitae (鍛) ‒ Forging: itame
hamon (刃紋) ‒ Hardening: gunome-midare
bōshi (鋩⼦) ‒ Hardening in tip: midare-komi with hakikake at the tip
chōkoku (彫刻) ‒ Engravings:
nakago (中⼼) ‒ Tang: mekugi-ana (⽬釘⽳) 2, yasurime (鑢): indiscernible
bikō (備考) ‒ Remarks: Etchū province, around Tenbun (天⽂, 1532-1555)
shinsaʼin natsuʼin (審査員捺印) ‒ Seals of Judges: 5 seals

 

KUNIMUNE (国宗),

1st gen., Eitoku (永徳, 1381-1384), Etchū – “Uda Kunimune” (宇多国宗), first name Uemon
no Jō (右衛門尉), according to tradition the son of the 1
st gen. Uda Kunimitsu (国光) and the older brother of
Kunifusa (国房), it is also said that he was the younger brother of Kunifusa or the son of the 2nd gen. Kunimitsu, there

are tachi and tantō extant, the jigane looks “sticky” and appears as itame mixed with mokume and ji-nie and shows a tendency
to masame, the hamon is a suguha, a suguha mixed with ko-midare, or a slightly undulating notare, always in ko-nie-deki, the
bōshi is ko-maru, chūjō-saku

KUNIMUNE (国宗), 2
nd gen., Ōei (応永, 1394-1428), Etchū – “Uda Kunimune” (宇多国宗), first name Saemon no
Jō (左衛門尉), there are tachi and tantō extant, tantō measure about 27 cm, have a normal mihaba and no sori, the jigane is a
dense ko-itame with ji-nie but also uzumaki-like mokume areas can appear, some blades show masame, the hamon is a suguhahotsure with kinsuji, the nie are rather fine, the bōshi is ko-maru

KUNIMUNE (国宗), 3
rd gen., Hōtoku (宝徳, 1449-1452), Etchū – “Uda Kunimune” (宇多国宗), works in the style
of the 2nd gen., wazamono

KUNIMUNE (国宗), 4
th gen., Bunmei (文明, 1469-1487), Etchū – “Uda Kunimune” (宇多国宗), according to
tradition the son of Uda Kunitomo (宇多国友), priest name Kōshin (光心), we know katana and rather small tantō
which measure around 21 to 24 cm, the latter are in hira-zukuri, have an iori-mune and uchizori, the jigane is a slighty
standing-out itame mixed with masame and ji-nie, the hamon is a suguha or an ō-midare in ko-nie-deki, also mura-nie can appear,
we also know some hira-zukuri ko-wakizashi which measure slightly over one shaku (30.3 cm), this Kunimune also
engraved kurikara dragons and ranma-sukashi and is regarded as an excellent tantō smith, wazamono, jō-saku

KUNIMUNE (国宗),

5th gen., Meiō (明応, 1492-1501), Etchū – “Uda Kunimune” (宇多国宗)

KUNIMUNE (国宗),

6th gen., Tenbun (天文, 1532-1555), Etchū – “Uda Kunimune” (宇多国宗)