A Shinshinto Katana by Sanjo Kokaji Munetsugu


This is a graceful shinshinto katana forged in the MIno tradition. There were a number of shinshinto smiths tracing their heritage back to Sanjo Munechika and using the mei Munetsugu. We are still tracking this one down. The blade is well forged and light in the hand and would make a nice shinken iaito, as well as being a lovely blade.

Sugata: a shinogi zukuri, iori mune katana with torii zori, a chu kissaki, and a narrow shinogi ji, and a slightly raised shinogi.

Nagasa: 67 cm (26.37")

Sori: 1.9 cm

Motokasane: 29 mm Motohaba: 6.5 mm

Sakikasane: 19 mm Sakihaba: 5 mm

Hamon: The omote is a nioi deki regular gunome with the peaks trending towards the kissaki in the monouchi and extending into the boshi with a komaru turnback. The ura is similar to the omote, but the peaks of the gunome angle back toward the hamachi in the monouchi. The yakidashi on both sides stops about a cm from the hamachi. There is a distinct mizukage on both sides, starting about a cm into the nakago and running up to the shinogi. The hamon extends into the boshi in a smaller gunome ending in komaru.

Kitae: A tightly forged, flawless ko itame with ji nie.

Nakago: Ha agari kuri jiri with katte sagari yasurime and one mekugi ana

Mei: Sanjo Kokaji Munetsugu saku

Koshirae: Gold-washed silver foil over copper habaki. Tsuka with dark blue ito, patinated brass fuchi/kashira and floral menuki. Black patterned lacquered saya with handachi hardware matching the f/k. Horn kurikata with blue and gold woven sageo. There is currently a contemporary iai tsuba mounted on the blade, but that could easily be replaced with nice older iron piece.