22 October 1992,
New York, Park Avenue
Price realised USD 2,640
USD 3,000 - USD 5,000
A KYO MISHINA KEN
EDO PERIOD (CIRCA 1670), SIGNED (KIKU-MON) IZUMI (NO) KAMI RAI KINMICHI (KINMICHI III)
Configuration (sugata): ken; length (nagasa): 9 sun (24.2cm.).
Forging pattern (jihada): tight straight wood grain (masame).
Tempering pattern (hamon): suguba in nie.
Point (boshi): incurving on the shinogi.
Tang (nakago). Shape (keitai): tapering and with a moist, brown patina; file marks (yasurime): sloping (sujikai); holes (mekugi-ana): one; signature (mei): (Kiku-mon), Izumi (no) Kami Rai Kinmichi; inside (ura): Sokusai enmei shogan jo ju (safe and sound, live in peace, long life, various wishes completed).
Accompanied by a tokubetsu kicho token certificate, no. 5504862, Showa 55 (1980), issued by the N.B.T.H.K.
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