KEN

OWARI MICHIYUKI  c. 1865

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SUGATA: KEN

MEI: MICHIYUKI SAKU / HACHI KEN GU

NAGASA: cm (12")

OVERALL: cm (15.5")

MOTOHABA: 3.28cm (1.312") 

SAKIHABA:   3.81cm (1.5")

KASANE: 0.635cm ( 0.25")

SORI: 0cm  (0")

NAKAGO: UBU / KENGYO

MEKUGI ANA: ONE

YASURIME: KURIJIRI

HADA: TIGHT KO-ITAME / MUJI

HAMON: SUGUHA

HABAKI: ONE PIECE SOLID SILVER

 

OWARI MICHIYUKI  c. 1865

This Ken was forged by Owari MichiYuki as a temple offering. 

Michiyuki was the son of Owari Michiasa and is referenced in Hawley's, "Japanese Sword Smiths Revised", page 447.

This style of Ken is not often seen except as horimono. Most Ken offered for sale are shaped more like this example: Ken 

As the pictures reveal it is wider towards the Boshi end. The motohaba is a little over 1.25" yet at the sakihaba it is 1.5", a difference of 0.25", which is quite substantial when in hand. The hada leans towards muji, but there are areas where tight ko-itame are seen.  There can be found a sprinkling of ko-nie found in the scattered in the jigane.  The suguha hamon is in nioi deki and it too shows a sprinkling of nie scattered along the hamon. There are several areas of dark clouds of nie along the hamon. Having examined it numerous times, I am unable to discern whether these areas are nie or hardened areas of sumigane.

The habaki is one piece solid silver.

Higher end Shirasaya features buffalo horn mekugi and hard wood insets, and sayagaki.

The Ken is in excellent polish and accompanied by attribution papers or Kantaisho by the NTHK.

 

Ken or Tsurugi is a double edged blade which were used as Buddhist esoteric implement's opposed to weapons.

They were generally given as a gift to a temple or for the spiritual protection of the home.

This one would make a great spiritual protector for your home.

 

$3999 plus S/H

CHRISTMAS SALE PRICE = $3500

SOLD
 

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