Japanese Samurai Sword Katana Nakajima Rai Kuninaga NBTHK Tokubetsu Hozon


Japanese Samurai Sword Katana Nakajima Rai Kuninaga NBTHK Tokubetsu Hozon

Student of the famous Rai Kunitoshi

Nakajima Rai is a student of the Rai Kunitoshi and moved to Settsu Nakajima province. So he was called Nakajima Rai.
This sword is very healthy with long kissaki which is typical Nanbokucho period.
The sword is extremely beautiful texture and atmosphere.
Around 1329, Kuninaga moved to Nakajima in Settsu and became known as Nakajima-Rai, so Nakajima Rai and Rai Kuninaga were one and the same. Now the collective works of Nakajima Rai descendants are referred to as Den Nakajima Rai.  Unfortunately Kuninaga left us very few signed examples of his work.
Rai Kuninaga’s work appears in the late Kamakura period and extends into the Nanbokuchô period. It has been suggested that there were up to three generations. So far, approximately a dozen signed Rai Kuninaga blades have passed Jûyô shinsa. However, there are around 45 unsigned blades that have been attributed to Rai Kuninaga and an additional 55 attributed to the Nakajima Rai school that have passed Jûyô Tôken.
This is a great masterpeace from this famous Rai school.

Habaki :silver single habaki.
Blade length : 66.6 cm or 26.22 inches.
Sori :1.6cm or 0.63 inches.
Mekugi : 2
Width at the hamachi : 2.92cm or1.15 inches.
Width at the Kissaki : 2.18 cm or 0.86 inches.
Kasane : 0.64 cm or 0.252 inches.
Shape : The blade is oo suruage mumei and regular width, thickness with deep sori and longer kissaki. The blade was engraved on both sides of the blade.
Jigane :Itame had well grained with jinie attach and utsuri appear beautiful nice Jigane.
Hamon :Konie deck suguha with many ash which is soft Habuchi and small kinsuji appear in the morning mist and see the sunrising.

Koshirae : Higo style Koshirae with silver Dragon.
Saya :red and black colored saya.
Tsuba :On the round iron stub, engrave 3 peaches open work and some design with gold color.
Menuki : Dragon is engraved with gold color.
Kojiri:On the iron plate, a dragon is engraved with gold color.
Fuchikashira: On the iron plate, some flower are painted by gold color.
Signature: Mumei(unsigned) attributed as Nakajima Rai.

The Jigane is wonderful well grained texture and nice suguha hamon .
Koshirae is also wonderful with silver handmade details.

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