KATANA in KOSHIRAE

MIHARA

NBTHK

 

SUGATA: SHINOGI ZUKURI

MEI: MUMEI

DATE: NONE

NAGASA: 66.04cm (26")

OVERALL: 85.4cm (33.625")

MIHABA: 2.69cm (1.06")

KASANE: 0.635cm (0.25")

SORI: 0.793cm (0.3125")

NAKAGO: O-SURIAGE

MEKUGI ANA: TWO

YASURIME: KIRI

MUNE: IORI

HADA: TIGHT KO-ITAME

HAMON: SUGUHA

BOSHI: KOMARU

HORIMONO OMOTE: NONE

HORIMONO URA: NONE

HABAKI: ONE PIECE COPPER

KOSHIRAE

KATANA in KOSHIRAE

MIHARA

NBTHK

The Mihara Kei or school, of Bingo Province, is generally considered to have been founded by Masaie in or around 1300. The works produced by this school is characteristically done in the Yamato tradition.  As with so much of the information found regarding these schools there is debate as to the exact dates. Nihonto Koza presents the dates as 1306-1308.  Yamanaka indicates it was founded 1324-1326. There are other opinions as well. As such the information presented here is as found in the available research material and remains open to debate. 

It is generally accepted that the school is divided into three periods, Ko-Mihara, Chu-Mihara, Sue-Mihara.  Swordsmith's who worked through the Nanbukocho period are considered Ko-Mihara, early Muromachi period are considered Chu-Mihara and late Muromachi smith's are Sue-Mihara.  These distinctions seem to correlate to the following approximate dates Ko-Mihara 1300-1394, Chu-Mihara 1395-1449, Sue-Mihara 1450-1573.  Both Ko and Sue Mihara are readily found, Chu-Mihara are rarely seen.

Overall this sword is in good condition, it is text book in it's makeup, suguha with little or no activity in the ha, ko-itame, and kiri yasurimei.  The polish is in good condition with the suguha hamon in nioi shining brightly.  There are scattered ko-nie sprinkled along the hamon as well as ji-nie throughout.  There are a few superficial kizu such as hike kizu or surface scratches, and one small opening approximately mid way on the omote side (see photos).  Nothing detrimental or fatal as evidenced by the sword obtaining Hozon papers from the NBTHK.

The sword comes with an intact koshirae, which can be fully evaluated in the photos above.  Overall condition is good. The tsuka ito is just a little loose, but fully intact. The tsuba fit's a little loose, but can be easily shimmed up with an additional seppa if the new owner is so inclined.

Overall. a decent package for someone with limited funds or with a spouse who won't let a man spend money on important things like swords :-)

 

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