KATANA

JUMYO

KANBUN c. 1661

NTHK KANTEISHO

CHUJOSAKU

 

SUGATA: SHINOGI ZUKURI

MEI: MUMEI

DATE: NONE

NAGASA: 69.85cm (27.5")

OVERALL: 90.48cm (35.625")

MIHABA: 3.18cm (1.25")

KASANE: 0.95cm (0.375")

SORI: 1.43cm (0.56")

NAKAGO: UBU

MEKUGI ANA: ONE

YASURIME: SUJIKAI WITH KEISHO

MUNE: IORI

HADA: ITAME

HAMON: GUNOME MIDARE

BOSHI: KOMARU

HORIMONO OMOTE: NONE

HORIMONO URA: NONE

HABAKI: ONE PIECE SILVER PLATE

SHIRASAYA

 

KATANA

JUMYO

The Jumyo Ha  was located in Mino Province, predominantly in the town of Shimizu.  This kaji dates back to the Shoo era c. 1288, known as ko-seki .  The founder or shodai was called Saemonojo and his original kuni is said to have been Yamato. There were many smiths who used the name of "Jumyo".  The word Jumyo means Life or Long Life and as such these swords were always a favorite for gifts.  It is speculated that in later times, many swords bearing this inscription were not mei at all, but simply the "Long life" slogan.

The NTHK attributes this work to Kanbun 1661.  According to Fujishiro swords dating to this time frame, Kanbun 1661, are known as "Shinto" Jumyo, and that most swords seen are from this smith.  Fujishiro rates these works as Chujosaku.  Hawley's on the other hand lists 6-8 Jumyo from this same period. 

This Katana has been attributed to Jumyo, Kanbun c. 1661 by the NTHK.  This is a big beefy sword measuring 35.65" overall, and has a nagasa of 27.5". The kasane is very thick at 3/8" or 0.375" and the mihaba or width is 1.25".  There are some hike kizu or surface scratches, graying and/or staining, etc.. There are a couple of tiny chip remnants alongn the hasaki which can barely be discerned by the naked eye.  The sugata is shinogi zukuri, tori zori.  The mune is iori and has a kirikomi or battle scar, indicating this sword has seen action. The nakago is ubu with one mekugi ana, sujikai with keisho yasurime.  The hada is tight ko-itame which is almost muji. The hamon is komidare based on suguha. There are ashi, kinsuji and ara-nie seen. There is an area of mune yaki on the omote. The kissaki is chu or medium, and the boshi is komaru witha medium turnback.

The sword comes with papers from the NTHK. 

It comes in shirasaya with an exotic hardwood hatome, and has a one piece silver plated habaki.

 

$3499 plus s/h

 

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