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Yari, Shirasaya, Koshirae
Kawachi no kami Kunisuke, 1st generation

[ Signature ] (omote) Kawachi-no-kami Kunisuke
[ Size ] Blade length 13,8cm (4 sun 5 bu 5 rin), moto-haba(max.) 1.66cm, moto-kasane(max) 1.44cm, nakago length 26.2cm, mekugi-ana hole 1, blade weight 166.5g , shirasaya length 43.5cm , koshirae length 137.7cm
[ Period ] First half of Edo, around Kan-ei (1624 - 1644)
[ Province ] Settsu

[ Feature ] It consist of three faces so that it becomes a kind of triangular pyramid form. "Suyari", which has three edges.

Jigane : Well grained itame-hada. Jinie attached rich and fine.
Hamon : In sugh-ha tone, it has shallow notare. Nioi-kuchi is clear. Nie attached rich. Sunagashi appeared. There is a portion of ni-ju-bas. Saki is haki-kake.
There are bou-his(grooves) both on three side. In them, there are shu-nuri(red colored).
Nakago : One hole. Saki(tip) is kiri. Yasurimes are suji-kais.

First generation Kawachi-no-kami Kunisuke was born Kameyama, Ise province. He studied in HORIKAWA Kunihiro school. He was hired regularly by SEKI Kazumasa. He lived in O-saka. He died on 30th May Sho-ho 4(1647).
There are swords with his time signature from Keicho 1(1596) to in his later years, Shoho(1644- 1648). He had his signature such as "Se-shu Kobe-ju Kunisuke", "Kawachi-no-kami Fujiwara Kunisuke", "Kobayashi Kawachi-no-kami Kunisuke", as such.
First generation Kunisuke's children (e.g. Musashi-no-kami Kunitsugu, second generation Kawachi-no-kami Kunisuke ("Naka-Kawachi"), Higo-no-kami Kuniyasu, Ise-no-kami Kuniteru) were also good at swords making. The family and school were flourished.

[ Highlight ] Considering the situation, the enemy's attack when one rides on "kago" (palanquin), to be able to, and improve the ability of thrust from the inside of "kago", the length of blade is shortened and sharpened. So it is called "kago-yari" as well.

This is rare yari, which was created by first generation Kawachi-no-kami Kunisuke. It may be considered that to meet the requirement of O-saka samurai in early Edo period, the form of yari has high standard of practicability, based of experiences. The tension and consciousness of protection can be felt by its form. It has magnificent clear ji-bas.

On the book "Shin-tos kan-sho-roku (the appreciation records of Shin-tos)" (published in Tenmei 3(1783) by MINOURA Yoshitaka), he referred first generation Kawachi-no-kami Kunisuke and mentioned :
" All of the swordsmiths of this school, they are good at creating Yaris, such as"Sankaku-ho Ho-zo-in", "Chidori ju-monji" and "Sasa-ba-gata", etc. Their forms, distribution of materials are perfect. It was well known fact that at the experimental cutting test, they succeeded high points". It was understandable that he was known as a master of Yari making. Please appreciate the yari on your own hands.

[ Conditions ] There is a tiny scratch on "ha-chu" of yari blade, but it is not significant. The status of polishing is so good. The koshirae, which had ao-gai(blue shell) and shu-nuri(red painting), was created in modern times. It maintains perfect beautiful conditions.

[ Attachments ] Shirasaya, bag of shirasaya, koshirae and NBTHK Hozon paper (issued on 12th Aug. Heisei 22(2010))

[ Item number ] A071115
[ Price ] JPY 250.000- (shipping and insurance fees are not included)

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