KATANA in KOSHIRAE

KAI MIHARA

TEMBUN c.1532

KOTO PERIOD

NTHK PAPERS

SUGATA: SHINOGI ZUKURI

MEI: MUMEI

DATE: SHOWA JU HACHI NEN SAN GATSU (1943)

NAGASA: 68.26cm (26.875")

OVERALL: 89.53cm (35.125")

MIHABA: 2.69cm (1.0625")

KASANE: 0.635cm (0.25")

SORI: 1.25cm (0.5")

NAKAGO: UBU / kURIJIRI

YASURIMEI:  KIRI

MEKUGI ANA: ONE

MUNE: IORI

HADA: ITAME

HAMON: SUGUHA

HABAKI: ONE PIECE COPPER

KOSHIRAE

 

KATANA in KOSHIRAE

KAI MIHARA

TEMBUN c.1532

KOTO PERIOD

NTHK PAPERS

The Mihara Kei or School is generally regarded as having been founded by Masaie, though several schools of thought exist in this regard.  The Kai Mihara school was located within Bitchu no Kuni, or Bitchu Province.  Due to it's location in between Bingo and Bishu Provinces there were many schools and many Tosho.  Schools such as Ichijo Kei, Tomo Kei, Tatsubo Kei, and Goami Kei, with the Mihara school being the oldest. Kai Mihara was just another group within the school.  Originally Kai was a place name but later was used as a family name.  These schools flourished during the Muramachi period.

This Katana is an old soldier who has seen much use and abuse.  Remarkably it passed shinsa just as you see it here today. I suppose it is the fact that it is text book  in it's makeup, suguha with little or no activity in the Ha, Kurijiri nakago, and Kiri Yasurimei.  The polish is dull but the Itame hada and Suguha hamon are visible in hand, though it was a bugger to photograph. There are 3-4 chips along the edge, being approximately 7/64" or 0.109" wide and  1/16" or 0.0625" deep (see photos, the ruler is displaying 64ths of an inch increments, 1/64 = 0.03968cm), and also a few other small nail draggers.  I have scoured the edge with both a magnifying glass and a loupe, and can comfortably say it has no Haigire or fatal flaws (I will refer potential buyers to the four seals seen on the papers by the Shinsa team as further evidence that there are no fatal flaws) .  There are a few superficial kizu such as loose grain, shintetsu, hike kizu or surface scratches, graying or staining.

Again there a no bends, haigire, or other fatal flaws.

The Handachi Koshirae is in fair condition with matching tosogu.  The menuki are real nice, they are a floral motif, of a limb with flowers blooming. There are a few missing or broken parts so please look over the photos closely for a clearer understanding of the koshiraes condition.

Once again, the sword was papered by the NTHK just as you see it here.

Perfect for someone who wanted a papered Katana in koshirae at a rock bottom price.

The menuki alone are worth almost half the listed price.

 

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