KOTO PERIOD NAGINATA NAOSHI

UDA KUNIFUSA c. 1469

CHUJOSAKU

SUGATA: NAGINATA NAOSHI

MEI: MUMEI, ATTRIBUTED TO UDA KUNIFUSA

DATE: ATTRIBUTED TO BUN MEI 1469

NAGASA: 51.4cm (20.25")

OVERALL: 66cm (26")

MIHABA: 3cm (1.187")

KASANE: 0.635cm (0.25")

SORI: 0.635cm (0.25")

NAKAGO: O-SURIAGE

MEKUGI ANA: TWO

YASURIME: INDISCERNIBLE

HADA: MOKUME / ITAME MIXED

HAMON: GUNOME MIDARE

HABAKI: ONE PIECE GOLD FOIL

HORIMONO OMOTE: BO-HI

HORIMONO URA: BO-HI

KANTAISHO PAPERS:  NTHK

KOTO PERIOD NAGINATA NAOSHI

UDA KUNIFUSA c. 1469

Offered here is a wonderful old Naginata Naoshi forged by the smith Kunifusa of the Uda School.  The shodai Kunifusa was the founder of the Uda school and studied under Etchu Noreshige. There were a number of smiths from the Uda school which used the mei Kunifusa. Utilizing the BunMei period attribution, Fujishiro list him as the Sandai and states that his works are rare. Fujishiro also rates his work as chujosaku for their quality. 

Naginata Naoshi were polearms which have been cut down to katana or wakizashi lengths.  This particular o-suriage piece has a nagasa of 20.25 inches, a wakizashi length.  The overall sugata is quite pleasing. It is slightly tori zori with a shallow sori. As you can see in the photos there is just a multitude of activity to be seen and enjoyed in this sword. There are a few areas of loose grain or kitte, hada ware, but for a sword of over 450+ years old it is absolutely remarkable.   The hada is Itame mixed with Mokume, and has abundant chikei and ji-nie. The hamon is in yer face with the spectacular clouds of nie, sunagashi, inazuma. The monouchi / Boshi area gets even better with the outrageous sunagashi and hakikake. The photos are good but it is even better in hand.

The habaki is a very nice one piece gold foil.

 Shirasaya is very high quality Tiger Stripe Honoki with Ivory hatome.

The sword comes with attribution papers from the NTHK.

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