Antique Japanese Sword Katana Signed by Katsuie with NBTHK Tokubetsu Hozon Certificate
According to NBTHK , antique Japanese sword appraising committee, this blade was forged by Katsuie in the late Muromachi period while they don’t mention which Katsuie foged this blade. Based on this information, we assume Kashu Katsuie forged it.
The swordsmith name “Katsuie” (勝家) lasted several generations from the middle of the Muromachi period to the early Edo period. (1450s-1650s) The first generation Katsuie was originally from Mino province, famous for the sword-forging tradition called MINO-DEN(美濃伝). He and his apprentices moved to Kaga Koku(Today’s Ishikawa prefecture) in the middle of the Muromachi period(1450’s). They founded a Darani(陀羅尼) school after being hired by the monks who lived there. However, from the second generation, Katuie served the famous feudal clan, Maeda clan, forging swords for famous Samurais. It was honorable for any swordsmiths to serve a feudal clan exclusively.
The blade was made in the middle of Sengoku Jidai(Warring state period) when there was so much rivalry between warlords trying to gain political power nationwide. It would be nice to have a piece that survived through this period.
You can see two holes on the tang(handle), which signifies the blade was shortened at least once since the sword was forged. We assume it used to be a relatively long sword.
This blade is appraised as Tokubetsu Hozon certificate issued by NBTHK. This authentication paper was only given to Japanese swords, especially worth preserving by Nihon Bijutsu Touken Hozon Kyokai(the Society for the Preservation of the Japan Art Sword). The excellent condition of this blade deserves the level of certificate it received and it accompanies with gorgeous sword mountings.
Cutting Edge Length(Nagasa)：68.0 cm( 26.8 inches)
Curvature(Sori)：2.0 cm(0.79 inches)
Hamon：The blade pattern created by the tempering process.
Jimon：Visible surface pattern on the steel
Koshirae: Koshirae is the mounting of the Japanese sword. There are several parts that consist of Koshirae such as Saya(Sabbard), Tsuka( Handle), Tsuba(Handguard).
Fuchi-Kashira：A pair of matching sword fittings that cover the upper and bottom parts of its sword hilt.
A large-flowered Tsubaki (camellia) decorates this Fuchi Kashira. In the Heian period (794-1185), camellia was used as an oil, cosmetics, or medicine. Some people believed it would give them perpetual youth and longevity. Therefore, camellia was treated as noble flowers among the Heian Period aristocrats. Since ancient times, camellia has been regarded as an auspicious plant that keeps evil spirits away. Also, its Japanese name “Tsubaki” is written as “椿” in Japanese. As “春” means spring and camellia usually bloom in winter, people consider this flower tells the arrival of spring. According to a theory, camellia became popular among the noble classes and ordinary people in the Edo period. This flower motif was arranged for a variety of items, and people enjoyed it.
Tsuka and Menuki：Tsuka is the handle of the Japanese sword and Menuki is its decoration.
Different types of lions are designed for this Menuki. The lion that has a black body, it has a long mane and a dignified appearance. Gold-colored lions are facing each other and running together. It is believed that lions have the power of the sun; therefore, people considered lions would protect them from evil spirits.
Tsuba and Habaki：Tsuba is the handguard for the Japanese Sword and Habaki is the equipment to make the blade not touch its scabbard inside.It prevents the blade from getting rusty and chipped.
Circle-shaped Tsuba made from iron. The butterfly pattern is designed. As butterflies change their forms from larva to adult, this insect design represents immortality. Lots of Samurai used the butterfly pattern for their family crests wishing the divine protection in battlefields.
Saya： Saya is the scabbard for the Japanese sword.
There are some minor damages on this scabbard. Please feel free to contact us if you like to see more photos.
Authentication Paper：NBTHK TOKUBETSU Hozon Certificate for the blade
NBTHK, also known as Nihon Bijutsu Touken Hozon Kyokai (the Society for the Preservation of the Japan Art Sword), is one of the oldest Japanese sword appraising organizations in modern-day Japan. They authenticated the blade on March 15th in the 30th year of Heisei (2018). They appraised it as Tokubetsu Hozon Touken, the blade especially worth preserving for Japanese society. The purchaser will receive this original certificate as well.
Registration Number : Mie 49837
The Board of Education in Mie prefecture issued a registration paper for this sword . In order to obtain this paper, the sword needs to be traditionally hand forged. With this paper, its owner can legally own an authentic Japanese sword in Japan.
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