Tokyo Bijutsu Club, ed., Aoyama-so shozo token kodogu (Kobe Mitsumura ke shozo) nyusatsu (Aoyama swords and sword fittings of the Mitsumura family of Kobe) (Tokyo: Tokyo Bijutsu Club, 1937), no. 4.
Kawarabayashi Hidekuni (1825-1891) was born in Hoki Province (present-day Tottori Prefecture) and moved to Kyoto at the age of 18 to study under Kawarabayashi Hideoki (1788-1851), of the Otsuki school. He married Hideoki's second daughter and became his successor.
Sasayama Tokuoki (1813-1891) began to study under Kawarabayashi Hideoki at the age of 15 and married Hideoki's eldest daughter ten years later. In 1863, he made tanto fittings for Emperor Komei and was given the name Ikkosai.
For a tsuba by Hidekuni, see lot 167.