YOSHIHARA KUNIIE

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ububa

 

 

 

 

 

 

Above photo actual size

5/64's = 0.078125" (0.199 cm)  -  Photo enlarged 10 X

 

 

 

 

First graduating class of the Nihonto Tanren Denshu Jo in Akasaka, Tokyo.  Yoshihara Kuniie far right, back row.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

KATANA

YOSHIHARA KUNIIE

(1894 - 1970)

GENDAITO

PAPERED

PUBLISHED

 

SUGATA: SHINOGI ZUKURI

MEI: YOSHIHARA KUNIIE SAKU

DATE: SHOWA JU SHICHI NEN NI GATSU HI

NAGASA: 68.58cm (27")

OVERALL: 89.38cm (35.1875")

MIHABA: 2.97cm (1.1875")

KASANE: 0.63cm (0.25")

SORI: 2.06cm (0.8125")

NAKAGO: UBU / KURIJIRI

MEKUGI ANA: ONE

YASURIME: KESHOYASURI

MUNE: IORI

HADA: ITAME with MOKUME

HAMON: SUGUHA-MIDARE

BOSHI: MIDARE KOMI / KOMARU

HORIMONO OMOTE: NONE

HORIMONO URA: NONE

HABAKI: ONE PIECE SOLID SILVER

SHIRASAYA

KATANA

YOSHIHARA KUNIIE

 

Katana by Yoshihara Kuniie. This Kuniie is of course from the Yoshihara family, with his famous grandsons Yoshindo and Shoji and great grandson Yoshikazu. The family hails from Shimotsuma, Hitachi province where they were said to have been swordsmiths for generations. They became edged tool smiths after the Hatorei in 1876.  Kuniie's real name was Yoshihara Katsukichi and he was born in 1894. At age 17 he moved to Tokyo seeking a more stimulating environment.  Kurihara Hikosaburo Akihide founded the Nihonto Tanren Denshu Jo in Akasaka, Tokyo in 1934.  Kuniie was the first student enrolled, and studied under Shigetsugu.  Soon, , due to his rapid progress he moved to the Tokiwa Token Tanren Jo as chief instructor and later opened the Nihonto Tanren Jo.  During WW II, he assumed the role of training the Jumei-Tosho (Imperial Army Swordsmiths) at the first arsenal of the Army in Tokyo. After the war, when sword forging was banned, he became successful making crowbars.  Kuniie obtained a swordsmith's license in 1955, but rarely engaged in sword forging, preferring to allow his grandsons to succeed in the sword business.  Works by Kuniie are rated at 1.5 million yen and he was known to produce High to Superior grade Swords. In 1941, he won the "Special Honor Seat" in the cutting test catagory.

 

The nagasa of this Katana is 27" with an overall length of over 35".  It has a beautiful sugata or shape with the sori being over  three fourths of an inch. The Ji-hada is Itame with areas of Mokume. There is one small flaw present in the ji of the blade, a tiny opening measuring 5/64" in diameter, please see photos provided. The photos are shown in actual size as well as a 10X enlargement.  The hada shows clouds of nie, aura nie and chikei.  The hamon is Midare based on suguha and is done in nioi deki.  There are sunagashi and ashi seen. This sword remains ububa attesting to it's low number of polishes in it's lifetime.  The nakago is ubu with one mekugi ana. The habaki is one piece solid silver. The sword comes in shirasaya. 

The sword was polished by John Bowhay and papered in Japan by Kajihira Sensei who was world renowned for his knowledge of Nihonto.

This Katana is published in John Slough's, "Modern Japanese Swordsmiths"  page 87 (see above).

This is an extremely low price for this sword, and is related directly to the one small flaw shown in the photos. This is not a "Fatal" flaw (as evidenced by it's receiving papers), and if it did not exist this sword would be listed at twice this amount.

Come on guys, this sword is polished, papered, and published.

You could not Polish, Paper and have Shirasaya and Habaki made for this price !

This sword is a steal of a deal !!

 

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