Ryujin Swords

Naginata-naoshi wakizashi attributed to Nishu ju Kunihiro

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Period: If the mei is accurate, between 1576 and the early 1580s.

Mei: Kin-mei: Nishu ju Kunihiro. Kin-mei is a gold inlay attribution by an expert sword appraiser.

Sugata: Naginata-naoshi, tori-zori, iori-mune, with naginata-hi.

Overall length: 22.05 inches (560.00 mm)

Nagasa: 15.51 inches (394.00 mm) long.

Nakago: Ubu, 6.54 inches (166.00 mm), three mekugi-ana, though two have merged into each other. The yasurime are kiri.

Kissaki: None. The boshi is ko-maru.

Moto-haba: 1.16 inches (29.50 mm). Moto-gasane: 0.28 inches (7.1 mm).

Sori: 0.48 inches (12.25 mm)

Hamon: Suguha.

Hada: A very fine itame.

Blade condition:

In good polish.


In shirasaya (see pictures).


This is, quite frankly, a very nice piece.

An expert appraiser has attributed this blade to Kunihiro. This attribution may or may not be accurate. Since the blade is unpapered, I canít guarantee the signature, but it seems to have the hallmarks. The nakago is stubby becoming kurijiri with a hint of ha-agari, the hamon is suguha. However, I'm selling it 'as is'.

If the kin-mei is valid, the signs are that this is an early piece. I would advise getting it to shinsa.

Kunihiro was a samurai who served the Ito Daimyo, who were located in Obi Castle in Hyuga. Kunihiroís family name was Tanaka, and he was commonly known as Kintaro. In Tensho 5 (1577), and at the age of 46, Kunihiro began wandering the country making swords after the Ito family suffered ruin though, to judge from his earliest dated sword ( Tensho 4; 1576) he was making swords before this. During this period of wandering, he included many interesting inscriptions on his nakago such as "Yamabushi-no-toki kore-o tsukuru" on a blade he made in Tensho 12 (1584). This indicates that he made this blade when he was a mountain priest. There is also a blade made in Tensho 19 (1591) with the inscription "Zaikyo-no-toki" meaning that he made this blade while staying in Kyoto.

Kunihiro is considered by many to be the foremost master of all Shinto sword makers in terms of both his skill, and because of the large number of excellent students who trained under him. He was also one of the most prolific smiths having produced swords from Tensho 4 (1576) up until the year before he died in Keicho 19 (1614) at the age of 84.

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