Antique Japanese Sword Katana Signed by Kinmichi with NBTHK Tokubetsu Hozon Certificate
This blade was forged by Izumi no Kami Rai Kinmichi(和泉守来金道) in third year of the Genroku era(1690: early Edo period). The swordsmith’s name Kinmichi lasted fifth generations during the early-mid Edo period. Based on the signature and the date it was forged, we believe it was forged by the third-gen Kinmichi.
The first-gen Kinmichi was called Izumi no Kami Kinmichi(和泉守金道) or Fujiwara Rai Kinmichi(藤原来金道), the second son of Seki Kanemichi(関兼道).
Seki Kanemichi was originally from Mino province, exclusively forging blades for Shingen Takeda, a famous feudal lord. Later on, he moved to Kyoto in 1593 by bringing his four sons, Iga no Kami Kinmichi(伊賀守金道)、Izumi no Kami Rai Kinmichi(和泉守来金道), Tanba no Kami Yoshimichi(丹波守吉道) and Echu no kami Masatoshi(越中守正俊). Seki Kanemichi established Mishina school in Kyoto, one of the most prestigious schools in the early Edo period.
The first-gen Izumi no Kami Rai Kinmichi was known as Kyoto Gokaji(京都五鍛冶), five prestigious swordsmiths living in Kyoto in the early Edo period. He was allowed to inscribe a chrysanthemum emblem, which is the symbol of the Japanese emperor. His sword-forging technique was so great that the emperor licensed him to use this emblem, which was quite honorable for any swordsmiths. Kinmichi called himself RAI(来) Kinmichi because he revitalized a traditional RAI-style in the Edo period.
RAI(来) is one of the oldest schools, initially founded in Kyoto and prospered during the Kamakura period.
Third-gen Kinmichi was also allowed to sign his signature with chrysanthemum emblem, forging blades in Kyoto in the early Edo period(Mid-Late 17 century). He often forged swords in collaboration with his father, the second-gen Kinmichi. There are a few remaining works created by both swordsmiths. The third-gen Kinmichi was the older brother of the second-gen Omi no Kami Hisamichi, another famous swordsmith in the early Edo period. The third-gen Kinmichi also received the title of Daihoshi Hokyo(大法師法橋) in 1672. Daihoshi Hokkyo was one of the highest titles given to Buddhist monks back then.
This blade is appraised as a Tokubetsu Hozon Token(特別保存刀剣) issued by NBTHK(Nihon Bijutsu Touken Hozon Kyokai:日本美術刀剣保存協会). This authentication paper was only given to authentic Japanese swords, especially well preserved and high quality with artistic value.
Cutting Edge Length(Nagasa)：65.8 cm( 25.9 inches)
Curvature(Sori)： 1.4 cm( 0.55 inches)
The crystalline structure which forms along the cutting edge of a blade as a result of the hardening process
visible steel surface pattern created by folding and hammering during forging process
Nakago：Nakago is the tang of the Japanese sword.
Japanese swordsmiths left the black rust on the tang because it prevents red rust while the tang is in its handle. And the discoloration of the tang was created over time, and it is a great indicator for a Japanese sword specialist to estimate when the sword was forged.
Koshirae: Koshirae is the mounting of the Japanese sword. There are several parts that consist of Koshirae such as Saya(Scabbard), Tsuka(Handle), Tsuba(Handguard).
Fuchi-Kashira：A pair of matching sword fittings that cover the upper and bottom parts of its sword hilt.
This Fuchi Kashira is decorated with autumn flowers designs such as chrysanthemum or Japanese bellflower. In Japan, there is a group of plants that represent this season; Aki-no Nanakusa (秋の七草, the seven flowers of autumn). The Japanese bellflower is included in it. Other plants are Japanese pampas grass, bush clover, kudzu vine, etcetera. The design that combines flowers that grow naturally in the autumn field (chrysanthemum, in this case) with the seven flowers of autumn is called the Akikusa (秋草, autumn plant) pattern. It has been favored as a tasteful motif among Japanese people.
A long time ago, the chrysanthemum was used as a medicine for obtaining a long life, and it was brought to Japan from the Continent with this thought in the Nara period (648-781). As mentioned above, the chrysanthemum symbolizes fall, and Japanese people have appreciated it very much since ancient times. As its petals form radially, the chrysanthemum has been likened to the sun. That is why this flower pattern is treated as the symbol of perpetual youth and longevity or good health.
Tsuka and Menuki：Tsuka is the handle of the Japanese sword and Menuki is its decoration.
It is challenging to judge the motif of this Menuki. By seeing it through the gaps of the Tsukamaki thread, we guess the upper one is a combination of animals and flowers. And the lower one imitates a kind of stick-shaped item. It is not easy to determine what this tool is; however, a type of plant is also combined. Same as the Fuchi Kashira, the golden metal is applied to some parts and makes an elegant look for this work.
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.
This is a Yotsu-Mokkou-shaped Tsuba that has Kozuka and Kougai holes. This Tsuba’s design depicts a landscape of the moonlight night. You would find the moon through the clouds. Small birds are flying in the sky, and the gold paint is applied to them. Although some parts of this color have already been flaked off due to aging, it is a refined antique texture. When you look at the picture that shows this Tsuba is set into the handle, you will see how it matches well with other sword mountings. We hope you will enjoy this Tsuba and appreciate the entire Koshirae, of course, including the blade itself.
Saya： Saya is the scabbard for the Japanese sword.
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 May 24th in the third year of Reiwa (2021). They appraised it as Tokubetsu Hozon Touken, the blade especially worth preserving for Japanese society. The purchaser will receive this original certificate as well. We can also translate what is written into English and make a PDF file for your record if you request.
Registration Number : Hyogo 67680
The Board of Education in Hyogo prefecture issued a registration paper for this sword . It is called Jyu Token Rui Torokusho(銃刀剣類登録証). Bunkacho(The Agency for Cultural Affairs) acknowledges a Japanese sword with this paper as a work of art.
The sword needs to be traditionally hand-forged and made of Tamahagane carbon steel to be registered in the system. With this paper, its owner in Japan can legally own an authentic Japanese sword. Based on this registration number, we will apply for its export permit.
This paper will need to be returned to the board of education when the sword is being shipped abroad, but you can receive a copy of it. An English translation of this registration paper is available on request.
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