Antique Japanese Sword Katana Signed by Moritsugu with NBTHK Tokubetsu Hozon Certificate
Chikuzenkoku Fukuoka Jyu Moritsugu(筑前国福岡住守次) is a renowned swordsmith, forging swords in Chikuzen province(Fukuoka Prefecture today) at the beginning of the Edo period. He belonged to Fukuoka Sekido(Ishido) shool. Fuoka Sekido School and Chikuzen Nobukuni school were the most prestigious schools in the region during the early Edo period.
A famous feudal lord, Kuroda Nagamasa, became the lord of Chikuzen province after winning the battle of Sekigahara. He was interested in inviting skilled swordsmiths into his domain to strengthen his military power. One of Kuroda Nagamasa’s subordinates, Takemori Sadayuki, found two great swordsmiths, Toshihide& Toshihira(his brother) and these two swordsmiths worked for Kuroda clan. Toshihide’s son, Koretsugu, then went to Edo city to learn sword making style called Bizen-Den from Sekido Korekazu school. After Koretusugu mastered Bizen-den, he went back to Chikuzen, contributing Fukuoka Sekido school prospered. Moritsugu was a cousin of Koretsugu learning great sword forging technique from Koretsugu. They both worked for the Kuroda clan.
This sword has 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).This sword comes with beautiful Koshirae(scabbard＆sword fitting)
Cutting Edge Length(Nagasa)：68.1 cm(26.8 inches)
Curvature(Sori)：1.51 cm(0.6 inches)
Hamon：The blade pattern created by the tempering process.
Jimon：Visible surface pattern on the steel
Nakago：The signature was made by Chikuzenkoku Fukuoka Jyu Moritsugu.
Fuchi-Kashira：A pair of matching sword fittings that cover the upper and bottom parts of its sword hilt.
A family crest is designed on each part of Fuchi Kashira. This crest is Omodaka-Mon; Omodaka is Sagittaria trifolia, and Mon means a pattern in Japanese. This plant was once called Kachi-Gusa (winning leaf). As its leaf shape looks similar to the arrowhead, it might have compared the symbol of battles. Lots of Samurai made wishes to win the battles and used this plant pattern for their family crests. Kuwai (Sagittaria trifolia L. ‘Caerulea’) is an edible aquatic perennial herb that belongs to the Sagittaria trifolia family. Because of its bud’s appearance, people consider it good luck bringer as a symbol of the budding of abilities. Today, it is often eaten as a course in the Japanese New Year’s cuisine.
Tsuka and Menuki：Tsuka is the handle of the Japanese sword and Menuki is its decoration .
Tsuka is coiled with the Hishi-Maki technique, which is a general way to cover the Tsuka. Horses are engraved on Menuki.
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. Its edge is decorated with the Fukurin technique. According to the signature of this Tsuba, it is Shoami-style Tsuba. Shoami school worked as smiths for the Ashikaga Shogunate family. Shogun means the top of Samurai(Japanese soldier), who ruled entire Japan. Mainly, they have two styles. The first pattern is circle-shaped iron Tsuba with openwork, and another type is with gold or silver inlaying. They were typically good at “Nunome Zougan,” it is a kind of inlay technique. Stripes, similar to textile design, are put on the metal and gold or silver leaf cut into these dents.
Saya： Saya is the scabbard for the Japanese sword.
Certificate：NBTHK TOKUBETSU Hozon paper
Tokubetsu Hozon certificate was only issued to Japanese swords especially worth preserving
by Nihon Bijutsu Touken Hozon Kyokai(the Society for the Preservation of the Japan Art Sword)
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