(father) by Shinkai
Soshu through and through.
Saijo smith - 200 pts Hawley. Top Juyo potential.
This well-known sword is discussed and has been published in several books and publications.
Ise Torahiko was the most famous collector and authority on Kunihiro in Japan. His works define Kantei and all technical aspects for all of the Kunihiro School.
of Horikawa Kunihiro Tosono Deshitachi
KATANA MEI IZUMI-no-KAMI FUJIWARA KUNISADA
KUNZAN Homma,formost authority on the Japanese sword of the last century, states that the "tremendous [nuance] or exceptional power of this sword shows (Shinkai's) fully completed seating as a master. While we see the influence of his teacher, Horikawa Kunihiro, this sword exhibits strong differences from Kunihiro's ordinary Sugata: CHU-KISSAKI and having YAKIDASHI, rounded and spire GUNOME and KO-MARU-BOSHI. We see a starkly superior accomplishment in CHIKEI and unusally strong KINSUJI - this, at the same time of his master. This is more an expression of MASAMUNE or NORISHIGE."
KUNISADA was the youngest student of HORIKAWA KUNIHIRO. After KUNIHIRO's death, he moved to OSAKA and is known as the pioneer of OSAKA smiths. Of the numbers of OSAKA swords, his are most.
We see DAI-SAKU among these. Peculiar to these DAI-SAKU, the first three characters: "IZUMI-NO-KAMI" are made small, as compared to the last four characters: "FUJIWARA KUNISADA." This circumstance is specific to DAI-SAKU of the KAN-EI KU (Kan-ei 9 - 1632) time period.
This sword is DAI-SAKU of the 2nd Generation KUNISADA (Shinkai).
Presently Tokubetsu Hozon