Japanese Samurai Sword Katana Ko-Mihara kamakura period Body test O-Keza Gosaburo Yamada NBTHK
Japanese Samurai Sword Katana Ko-Mihara Body test O-Keza Gosaburo Yamada
This Samurai sword is generally referred to Ko Mihara Kamakura period.
Ko-mihara is the name of a swordsmith group lived in Mihara or Bingo province prospered around the Kamakura to the last Muromachi period. Masaie and Masahiro are the representative swordsmiths of this school. Distinctive points of their swords are shirake-utsuri and slight masame pattern on the jitetsu, hotsure and uchinoke on the hamon and round boshi though the comprehensive style resembles to the Yamato School’s and neighboring Aoe School’s.
especially owned by Buddhist monks temples or Shinto-shrines in Yamato province.
Yoshitoshi was first called Gosaburō and Toshishige to performd a cutting test with this sword he whas a Ronin Samurai
In addition, on December 19, 1837, Gosaburo Yamada Yoshitoshi did the most difficult strike (on prisoner) on part of the collarbone, “Taitai”, O-Keza and the inscription proving his excellent sharpness and was engraved in this sword, Yoshitoshi whas very skillful Samurai.
Mostly he used swords from Munetsugu but this time he make’s a exception for a older sword Ko-Mihara blade’s are very sharp and have a great balance.
Yoshitoshi was also a sword connoisseur, famous for his sword appraisals, and this knowledge earned him the post of kōgi-koshimono-haiken yaku, meaning “officer who sees/inspects the swords of the bakufu,” which came with a stipend of rice. The Yamada had always judged swords, but not in an official function, so this meant that Yoshitoshi also gave up later years the rōnin status of the family. This is also special as, since the establishment of the Tokugawa-bakufu, the Hon´ami family had held the post of official sword appraisers alone. There is no other known case where the Shogunate had appointed a second official sword appraiser as in the case with Yoshitoshi. And he inserted in the family genealogy the note “special privilege which none of my ancestors had.
The outer metal fittings are all arranged in a pattern of warabi on the iron base for the carp mouth, kojiri, and chestnut shape, and it is a rough-atmosphere koshirae suitable for swords that have been tested for sharpness.
All in great condition a true Samurai Sword in wonderful koshirae and fine fittings
During the Edo period, only the most skilled swordsmen were chosen to test swords, so that the swordsman’s skill was not a variable in determining how well the sword cut.
Nagasa 69.1 cm
Sori 1.1 cm
Period: late Kamakura
Katana Mumei (Mihara) (Kirisuke character) Strike point body carved December 19, 1837 by Yamada Gosaburo Yoshitoshi
Blade is in perfect condition .
Paper: Blade NBTHK Hozon given 02-03-2020
Paper: Koshirae Tokubetsu Kicho Kodogu given year 1965
Attachments: Koshirae and Shirasaya