Daishō Tōken part 1

Izumi no Kami Fujiwara Kunisada


Katana in Shirasaya + Koshirae (Early Edo)

Mei (signed): Izumi no Kami Fujiwara Kunisada

Size: lenght 71,70 cm

Period: Early Edo

Koshirae has a N.B.T.H.K. Hozon Tōsōgu Certification but Katana has no Certification.

The blade was polished by Togishi Massimo Rossi in 2014.

Exhibited at Scarperia Museum in Tuscany in 2015.

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Nagasa (lenght 71,70 cm); shinogi zukuri, hada: mokume, hamon: midare, horimono: hi on both sides; silver habaki; suriage nakago with three mekugi-ana. In shirasaya.

In February 2015, the katana was polished by Toghishi Massimo Rossi.

Izumi no Kami Kunisada: 和泉守国貞 (1589-1652), 1° gen., Settsu – “Sesshū-jū Fujiwara Kunisada” (摂州住藤原国貞), “Izumi no Kami Fujiwara Kunisada” (和泉守藤原国貞), “Ōsaka ni oite no Kami Fujiwara Kunisada” (於大阪和泉守藤原国貞), “Ōsaka jōka ni oite Izumi no Kami Kunisada” (大阪於城下和泉守国貞), “Sesshū Ōsaka-jū Fujiwara Kunisada” (摂州大阪住藤原国貞).

His real name was Inoue Yoshihiro (井上良広), he was born on the 17th year of Tenshō (天正, 1589) in Obi (飫肥) in Hyūga province and was meant to become a monk of the local Saikyōji (西教寺) but he refused and went on the recommendation of the Itō family (伊東) – the daimyō of the Obi fief (飫肥藩) – to Kyōto to start an apprenticeship  as swordsmith under Horikawa Kunihiro (堀川国広); the exact date of when he entered this apprenticeship is unknown. When his master died in the 19th year of Keichō (慶長, 1614), Kunisada was only 15 years old and because his early signatures are similar to Echigo no Kami Kunitomo (越後守国儔), a senior student of Kunihiro, it is assumed that Kunisada completed his training under Kunitomo. After that he moved with his fellow student Kawachi no Kami Kunisuke (河内守国助) to Ōsaka.

Izumi no Kami Kunisada was initially a member of the Horikawa group. Together with Kunisuke, he founded the famous Ōsaka-Shintō School.