Antique Japanese Sword Katana Signed by Kinmichi with NBTHK Tokubetsu Hozon Certificate
This blade was forged by third-gen Izumi no Kami Rai Kinmichi(和泉守来金道) based on the signature. The swordsmith’s name Kinmichi lasted fifth generations during the early-mid Edo period. Izumi no Kami is the title given to this swordsmith in 1646.
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 and died in 1690. Daihoshi Hokkyo was one of the highest titles given to Buddhist monks back then.
This blade is appraised as a 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 accompanies by gorgeous sword mountings.
Cutting Edge Length(Nagasa)： 70.6 cm( 27.8 inches)
Curvature(Sori)：1.81 cm( 0.71 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(Sabbard), Tsuka( Handle), Tsuba(Handguard).
Fuchi-Kashira：A pair of matching sword fittings that cover the upper and bottom parts of its sword hilt.
Tsuka and Menuki：Tsuka is the handle of the Japanese sword and Menuki is its decoration.
Dragons are the motif of this Menuki. They have elongated bodies colored with gold. Initially, the dragon is an imaginary creature, and it is a beast that symbolizes auspicious signs. Its body is likened to nine animals: antlers are deer, the head is a camel, eyes are demons, the neck is a snake, belly is Mizuchi (蛟, mythical animal in Japan which looks like a snake and have a horn and four legs), scales are fish, claws are falcons, palms are tigers, and ears are cows. It was thought that the dragon would reign at the top of all animals because of its odd-looking appearance. People appreciate this beast motif as the all-purpose auspicious pattern.
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.
It is an antique Tsuba made from iron, and a kind of vegetable is designed. It might be Myoga (茗荷, myoga ginger) or Takenoko (筍, bamboo shoot) that is this Tsuba’s motif. Myoga is known as Japanese ginger and was brought to Japan with Shoga (生姜, ginger). According to a theory, Shoga used to be called “Senoka,” and Myoga used to be called “Menoka” in ancient times. It is said that these pronunciations were changed with time. Myoga has the same pronunciation as another word, “Myoga,” which means divine protection; therefore, this motif has been treated as a good-luck design. It is seen at shrines and temples in various parts of Japan. Also, it is quite a popular motif for family crests.
Saya： Saya is the scabbard for the Japanese sword.
Kougai：Kougai is the equipment for Samurai to arrange or fix his hair style.
Two types of family crests are designed for this Kougai and Kozuka. The crest that combines four squares is called Hira-Yotsume Mon (平四ツ目紋), and another one is arranged between these square-shaped family crests. Hira-Yotsume Mon is a type of Meyui Mon (目結紋), and the pattern that is made from Kanoko-Zome (鹿の子染) is the origin of this design. Several Samurai families used Meyui Mon.
Kozuka：Kozuka is a small knife stored in Koduka Hitsu(groove of the sheath of 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 Feb 19 th in the second year of Reiwa (2020). 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 : Ishikawa 1978
The Board of Education in Ishikawa 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. This paper will need to be returned to the board of education when the sword being shipped abroad but you can receive a copy of it.
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