Original Japanese Handmade Blade Katana Samurai Sword - Dated 1783
Original Item: One-of-a-kind. This is 233 year old blade is in excellent condition. it is still sharp and nick free. Blade length is 21.5" and overall length 27". Handmade blade, with one mounting hole in the squared tang. Multiple temper lines still visible. Made by a master swordsmith dated 1783 and complete with the Japanese imperial Mum, this a work of art!
Over one thousand years ago that the art of making swords appeared in Japan. The sword smiths of the time may not have known it but they were creating a legendary sword. The Samurai sword has seen combat in many battlefields. From the early days of the Samurai warrior to the fierce battles in the South Pacific during WWII.
Each hand-made Samurai sword is unique because it is forged from steel stock. A tremendous amount of work is dedicated to creating these pieces. They were an instrument of war as much as a beautiful artifact to adorn a room.
This katana is still in its storage mount (shirasaya) or "resting scabbard". A shirasaya (白鞘), literally "white scabbard", is a plain wooden Japanese blade mount consisting of a saya (scabbard) and tsuka (hilt), traditionally made of nurizaya wood and used when a blade was not expected to see use for some time and needed to be stored. They were externally featureless save for the needed mekugi-ana to secure the nakago (tang), though sometimes sayagaki (blade information) was also present. The need for specialized storage is because prolonged koshirae mounting harmed the blade, owing to factors such as the lacquered wood retaining moisture and encouraging corrosion.
Such mountings are not intended for actual combat, as the lack of a tsuba (guard) and proper handle wrappings were deleterious; as such they would likely never make their way onto a battlefield. However, there have been loosely similar "hidden" mountings, such as the shikomizue.
This excellent blade is marked on the right side of the tang:
(Fujiwara-clan Japanese master swordsmith Kinmichi)
The left side of the tang is dated:
The second year of TEM-MEI is 1781 making it 1783.
This blade is sixth generation Kinmichi. The KINMICHI family after supplying 1,000 Tachi for a great battle in the 1660s was awarded the title of "Great Sword Smith" and the right to use the Imperial Mum as is seen on this blade/ This sword made in 1783 was made by the 6th generation descendent who started work in 1772 according to HAWLEY Reference KI55. The name Iganokami referrers to a time period starting in 1781.
This is 233 year old blade is in excellent condition. it is still sharp and nick free. Blade length is 21.5" and overall length 27". Handmade blade, with one mounting hole in the squared tang. Multiple temper lines still visible. Made by a master swordsmith complete with the Japanese imperial Mum this a work of art.
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