Tsunemitsu katana cutting test with NTHK Certificate


Katana mumei with NTHK NPO Certificate
Attributed to Den Edo Tsushima no Kami Tsunemitsu (伝江⼾ 対⾺守常光) ‒ from Edo

Kiritsuke Mei  –  cutting  test translation : Bunka ni ushi jūnigatsu nijūshichinichi Senju ni oite kore o tamesu, suritsuke dotanbarai, setsujin Yoshida Bunpei (⽂化⼆丑⼗⼆⽉廿七⽇・於 千住之様、摺付⼟壇佛、切⼈吉⽥⽂平) ‒ “Tested on the 27th day of the twelfth month of Bunka two (1805), year of the ox, in Senju, cutting [through a body] across the chest at the height of the collarbones and into the earthen mound below; tester Yoshida Bunpei.”

Shinogi – zukuri , iori – mune ( nakago is ō – suriage ) mumei
Kitae (鍛) ‒ Forging: dense itame
Hamon (刃紋) ‒ Hardening: wide and flamboyant chōji – midare
Bōshi ‒ Hardening in tip: Sugu – chō with nijūba along the kaeri

Made around Keian era  (慶安, 1648-1652)

Mounted in koshirae with dragon and wave motif fittings and also has a shirasaya

TSUNEMITSU (常光), Keian (慶安, 1648-1652), Musashi – “Tsushima no Jō Tachibana Tsunemitsu” (対馬掾橘常光), “Bushū-jū Tsushima no Kami Tachibana Tsunemitsu” (武州住対馬守常光), “Tsushima no Kami Tachibana Tsunemitsu” (対馬守橘常光), “Tsushima no Kami Tachibana Nyūdō Tsunemitsu” (対馬守橘入道常光), “Chikyū Tsunemitsu Nyūdō” (知休常光入道), “Heki Ippō” (日置一法), “Heki Tsushima no Kami Tsunemitsu Nyūdō” (日置対馬守常光入道), “Tsushima Nyūdō Tsunemitsu” (対馬入道常光), real name Heki Ichinojō (日置市之丞), he changed his first name later to Saburōzaemon (三郎左衛門) and Hachizaemon (八左衛門), there exist also blades which are signed with the characters (恒光) for Tsunemitsu, he was the younger brother of Heki Mitsuhira (光平) and he used the gō Chikyū (知休) and Ippō (一法), there is also the theory that the latter was not the gō of Tsunemitsu – see also “IPPŌ (一法), Genroku (元禄, 1688-1704), Musashi” – however, Tsunemitsu came originally from Ōmi´s Gamō district (蒲生) and moved via a stopover in Yamashiro province to Edo where he settled in the Yotsuya district (四谷), he and other Edo-based Ishidō smiths are referred to as Edo-Ishidō, his works remind of kotō Ichimonji masterpieces and show an ōbusa-chōji-midare but there appears masame at the Edo-Ishidō smiths and the utsuri is “too regular” for a kotō work, there exists a blade with the date signature of the 13th year of Genroku (元禄, 1700) and the information “made at the age of 73,” that means he was born in the third year of Kan´ei (寛永, 1626), we know date signatures from the first year of Keian (慶安, 1648-1652) to the 16th year of Genroku (1703), it is assumed that he died shortly after Genroku 16, because of his quite long active period the theory was forwarded that there were two generations Tsunemitsu, he signed the character for “Tsu” (対) in the old version (對), ryō-wazamono, jō-saku TSUNEMITSU