Ryujin Swords

Katana by Kaga Katsumitsu, NTHK for both blade and koshirae

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Period: Late Koto: Kyoroku, 1528-1532.

Mei: Katsumitsu.

Sugata: Shinogi-zukuri, tori-zori, iori-mune, with bo-hi.

Overall length: 31.77 inches (807.00 mm)

Nagasa: 25.00 inches (635.00 cm) long.

Nakago: Suriage, 6.77 inches (172.00 mm), two mekugi-ana. The yasurime and nakago-jiri are kiri.

Kissaki: A relatively small kissaki 0.83 inches (21.20 mm). The boshi is midareba.

Moto-haba: 1.03 inches (26.10 mm). Moto-gasane: 0.25 inches (6.40 mm). Saki-haba: 0.52 inches (13.30 mm). Saki-gasane: 0.17 inches (4.40 mm).

Sori: 0.73 inches (18.50 mm)

Hamon: Gunome midare.

Hada: Ko-itame hada.

Blade condition:

No flaws, ware, hagirae or bends.


In mid-Edo koshirae. See pictures


Katsumitsu (KAT 117) was from Kaga province, and is famous for making blades in the Bizen style. Hawley awards him 15 points. Fujishiro rates him as chu-jo-saku, whilst the Toko Taikan puts him at 2.5 million yen.

The sword and its koshirae were submitted to the 2003 NTHK shinsa and were both rated at 65 points.

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