Sengo Muramasa SchoolMuramasa's grandson See Muramasa School

Mune-yaki drifts in rivers through the Monouchi
               that frosts the whole back-ridge down to the Habaki
NEWS:
 The Falling Snow Sword has recently become recognized as the only dated example. The Falling Snow has been termed the "missing link" for Sengo scholarship. This important discovery clarifies, for the first time, the whole of the Sengo School. The new and correct structure of the Sengo School, based on the inclusion of the Falling Snow sword, is to be published in new articles in Japan and the U.S.




THIS is what collecting is about!

In Ji-dai Shira-saya with old, 
Samurai period Saya-gaki describing 
the maker and school and other 
addendums. 
Full polish and 
Large 4-Seals Yoshikawa Appraisal
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Nagasa: 53cm
Nakago: 13.5cm 

Very well-knit KO-MOKUME stands like a mosaic
in harmonious patterns.
Grouped OBUSA GUNOME reach 
through Snow Nie to the SHINOGI. 
KO-NIE HOTSURE and SUNAGASHI 
sweep across icy Dai-Bo heads on this wide, undulating HAMON.
MUNE-YAKI has Sunagashi-strewn Tobi-yaki and falling fingers stretching down the back.

The Blade is Solid in the Hand
 
 

Omote:
   HON-SAKU KASHU (KAWACHI) 
       IBARADA-GUN I-DEGUCHI MASASHIGE 

        DAISHO                     SHINO KOSETSU
"Falling Snow"
Ura:
    BUN-ROKU NI-NEN 
                                         NOSHIRO BEI-JO

We see  from the statements of the Nakago 
that this sword was part of a Dai-sho and 
that the extreme beauty attained throughout
its DAI-BO heads and cascading MUNEYAKI 
caused its stated name, 
Shinogi Ko-Setsu "Falling Snow..."
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"Falling Snow Sword"

Created as a Daisho in 1593 
by the head of the Muramasa School. 
For what figure in society, at the very
height of Hideyoshi's Momoyama world, 
was such a Dai-sho made?

The combination of superior work 
in the HAMON and in its extraordinarily fine HADA, and yet again in the setting of the MEI allow me to easily state that this is one of the finest swords I have ever handled


 
Sho-shin