KOTO BISHU OSAFUNE Munemitsu katana

Munemitsu Koto Katana with NTHK Certificate

Katana signed: Bishu Osafune Munemitsu Bunmei ninen hachigatsu hi  Osafune Munemitsu from Bizen province, on a lucky day in the second month of Bunmei year two (1470).Excellent  Katana by one of the leading makers of the era, In full Japanese polish made by Munemitsu shinogi zukuri with iori mune. Well forged flawless blade in a dense Itame hada. Hamon is a wide koshi no Hiraita Gunome Midare which almost reaches the shinogi in areas. Widely tempered Boshi which Kaeri that runs back on  the mune for around 3 cm. 2 nakago mekugi ana. Nagasa Blade length ~ 68.2 cm Mounted in koshirae with good quality fittings also has shirasaya.   Mounted in koshirae with good quality fittings also has shirasaya.$15000


MUNEMITSU (宗光), 5th gen., Bunmei (文明, 1469-1487), Bizen – “Bizen no Kuni-jū Osafune Sakyō no Shin Munemitsu” (備前国住長船左京進宗光), “Bizen no Kuni Yukie-gun-jū Osafune Sakyō no Shin Munemitsu” (備前国靭負郡住長船左京進宗光), “Bizen no Kuni Osafune Katsumitsu Munemitsu Bitchū Kusakabe ni oite saku” (備前国長船勝光宗光備中於草壁作, “made by Bizen Osafune Katsumitsu and Munemitsu in Bitchū ́s Kusakabe”), second son of Rokurōzaemon Sukemitsu (六郎左衛門祐光), Sakyō no Shin (左京進), younger brother of Ukyō no Suke Katsumitsu (右京亮勝光), he was born in the ninth year of Eikyō (永享, 1437), there exist joint works with Ukyō no Suke Katsumitsu and after the death of Katsumitsu also with his son Jirōzaemon Katsumitsu, we know date signature from the first year of Bunmei (1469) to the third year of Kyōroku (享禄, 1530) which shows us that he must have lived at least to the age of 92, he supported the Sengoku-daimyō Akamatsu Masanori (赤松政則, 1455-1496) – who gained temporarily control over the provinces Harima, Bizen and Mimasaka – in forging swords and accompanied him to Harima province, there also exist works which were made in Kyōto and in a field camp in Ōmi province, mostly katateuchi with much niku, less tapering, and a short nakago are extant, tantō are also rather compact, have uchizori and a thick kasane, the jigane is a dense ko-mokume with ji-nie or a somewhat standing-out itame, the hamon is a gunome-chōji or suguha in nioi-deki mixed with ashi and yō and ko-nie, the jiba of the 5th gen. is more nie-laden than that of his predecessors and does not show utsuri, he was also renowned as excellent horimono carver, ryō-wazamono, jōjō-saku