29 March 2005
A Bushu Katana
Signed Bushu ju Fujiwara Sukechika and dated Genroku ninen hachigatsu kichijitsu (1689.8)
Sugata [configuration]: honzukuri, iori-mune, toriizori
Kitae [forging pattern]: ko-itame with jinie
Hamon [tempering pattern]: wide gunome of nie
Boshi [tip]: o-maru
Nakago [tang]: ubu, one hole, takanoha file marks, iriyamagata end
Habaki [collar]: gilt copper
In shirasaya [plain wood scabbard]
Koshirae [set of mounts]: comprising Higo mounting with a textured black-lacquer saya with iron fuchi-kashira and kojiri with gilt cherry blossoms on a stream with a ring kurigata decorated with a gilt moon, oval iron tsuba with kuyo crests in silver and gold nunome zogan
Nagasa [length from tip to beginning of tang]: 69.4cm.
Sori [curvature]: 1.6cm.
Motohaba [width at start of tempered edge]: 3.1cm.
Sakihaba [width before tip]: 1.9cm.
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