Antique Japanese Sword Katana Signed by Moritsuna with NBTHK Tokubetsu Hozon Certificate
This blade was forged by Sakon Shogen Moritsuna(左近将監盛綱), who lived in Awa province in Tokushima prefecture during the early Edo period(approx 1624-1645: Kansei era). Sakon Shogen is the name of an official position in the ancient Japanese government. Given that he inscribed this job title in his signature, he must have been skilled enough to receive this honorable title.
During the early Edo period, Awa province was ruled by Hachisuka(蜂須賀) clan. Hachisuka clan flourished by serving Oda Nobunaga and Toyotomi Hideyoshi before the Edo period and also served Tokugawa clan during the Edo period. Since Moritsuna lived in Awa province and highly skilled, we assume that he might have worked for Hachisuka clan, forging swords for them. The smith’s name Moritsuna lasted until the modern-day.
You can see the beautiful Midare Hamon on this blade, and it is in excellent condition. The blade is accompanied by beautiful sword mountings with a traditional black scabbard.
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).
Cutting Edge Length(Nagasa)：61.3 cm( 24.1 inches)
Curvature(Sori)： 1.0 cm(0.39 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.
A scene at the waterside is depicted for this Fuchi Kashira. A boat is parked, and three birds are flying in the sky. You could find birds in the following photo of the Tsuka. These birds might be wild geese. The wild goose is a migratory bird that represents fall. Its pattern is also called “Karigane (雁金)” and used for family crests. This bird is engraved by not only a realistic figure but also a very simplified shape: Hiragana (ひらがな, a kind of Japanese letter) “he (へ)” shape that sometimes makes also wild goose. The surface of Fuchi is decorated with the Nanakoji technique (魚子地). The ground is hit by the Nanako-Ji Tagane (魚子地鏨, chisel used for this technique). It makes delicate fish egg-shaped protrusions on the entire surface of the Tsuba. The Nanako-Ji with the same size of particles lined up regularly makes us feel the maker’s expert skill.
Tsuka and Menuki：Tsuka is the handle of the Japanese sword and Menuki is its decoration.
By seeing the golden turtle’s shell, this Menuki’s motif might be a turtle. Also, we could guess that it is the Genbu (玄武, Xuanwu / Black Tortoise) as we can see the head that probably has a long neck that allows you to look straight back. Genbu is a member of Shijin (四神, Four Symbols of the Chinese mythology). Shijin controls four directions of the sky; the Genbu protects north. Its appearance is often depicted as a long-legged turtle coiled with snakes. In ancient China, a theory regarded a turtle as the symbol of longevity and immortality, and a snake was considered the symbol of reproduction and propagation. This motif might have been brought to Japan with this idea. In Japan, the turtle pattern itself has been appreciated for a long time as a symbol of longevity, the same as a Chinese theory.
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.
Yotsu-Mokkou-shaped iron Tsuba that has Kozuka and Kougai holes. It seems the same type of bird is designed for this Tsuba, the same as the Fuchi Kashira. These birds are engraved in semi-three-dimensionally. Their eyes, legs, and straight lines that express the flow of the wind are inlaid with brass. Thanks to these lines, this Tsuba’s design has a dynamism; you would enjoy the vitality appearances of wild geese. We would imagine that these birds’ looks have the same concept in Samurai’s figure who will go to the battlefield.
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 December 2th in the first year of Reiwa (2019). 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 : Tokyo 226808
The Board of Education in Tokyo 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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