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UPDATE: I was asked about the color/patination of the nakago in the original photos.  The light color of the nakago is completely related to the lighting. It has not been cleaned or altered inn any way.  I shot this additional photo of the tang under lighting which more accurately depicts the true color/patination on the nakago.  Hope this helps if there was anyone else who shared these concerns.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

KATANA

MASAIYE

KOTO PERIOD

NTHK KANTAISHO

SUGATA: SHINOGI ZUKURI

MEI: BINGO JU MIHARA MASAIYE

DATE:  NONE

NAGASA: 64.13cm (25.25")

OVERALL: 84.45cm (33.25")

MIHABA: 3.17cm (1.125")

KASANE: 0.63cm (0.25")

SORI: 1.58cm (0.625")

NAKAGO: O-SURIAGE

MEKUGI ANA: THREE

YASURIME:  KIRI

MUNE: IORI

HADA: ITAME

HAMON: SUGUHA

BOSHI: KO_MARU

HORIMONO OMOTE: NONE

HORIMONO URA: NONE

HABAKI:  ONE PIECE GOLD FOIL

SHIRASAYA

Nice Koto Period Katana signed "Bingo Ju Mihara Masaiye".  

This katana is o-suriage, but the mei was retained when shortened. It exhibits beautiful Itame hada with lots of chikei. The chu suguha hamon is perfect in it's execution.

The Bingo Mihara school was established by Masaiye and the school was active around 1312-1317 at the end of the Kamakura period, and continued through the Murmachi period.

This particular sword would be classified as Sue Mihara, of the Muromachi period and  has been dated Via the Shinsa Team to Tenmon,  c. 1532.

There is a nice article by Allen Presley on the Bingo Mihara school found on Danny Massey's site NihontoCraft.  Click on this link if you care to read more about this school: http://www.nihontocraft.com/Mihara_Nihonto.html

This Katana has not been seen by the public for many years and was part of Col. Dean Hartley's collection until I acquired it from him some 15-20 years ago.

If you are unfamiliar with Col. Hartley, he was one of the pioneers of Japanese sword study and collecting in the USA.  He was instrumental in forming nearly every sword club in the US and was a close personal friend of  Dr. Junji Honma, Dr. Sato and all of the big name sword authorities in Japan.  To own a piece of his collection is an honor.

While I have enjoyed it immensely, I feel it is time for someone new to have the opportunity to study and appreciate  it as both Col. Hartley and myself have.

 

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