10 November 2004
A Bizen School Katana
Unsigned, attributed to the Unrui School, Nambokucho Period (14th Century)
Sugata [configuration]: honzukuri, iori-mune, extended chu-kissaki, shallow toriizori
Kitae [forging pattern]: itame with mokume, jinie, utsuri
Hamon [tempering pattern]: kogunome in suguha with ashi
Boshi [tip]: ko-maru
Horimono [carvings]: bohi with soehi on both sides
Nakago [tang]: o-suriage, kiri file marks, two holes (one plugged)
Habaki [collar]: double, copper-gilt
In shirasaya [plain wood scabbard]
Nagasa [length from tip to beginning of tang]: 69.8cm.
Sori [curvature]: 0.8cm.
Motohaba [width at start of tempered edge]: 3.2cm.
Sakihaba [width before tip]: 2.3cm.
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Although the registration document states Naoe for this blade, the characteristics are somewhat indicative of the Unrui School of Bizen, which continued from the late Kamakura Period for three or more generations during the Nambokucho Period.
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