Boj Katana #012: Antique Mumei Katana 555

Boj Katana #012: Antique Mumei Katana 555

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Antique Edo period Nihonto, smith unknown (it was signed, but the signature is now unreadable and faded). Comes complete with original black fittings and saya.

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A Kanbun-Shinto style blade with very little curvature (sori) the smiths name has faded on the tang and is no longer legible, though this particular style of sword was popular during the early Edo period and was most likely made between the 1640s and 1680s.

Unfortunately, how it came down to the modern era has been lost in the mists of time, though it was refitted just prior to the Meiji restoration, with the tsuba bearing the signature of the artisan Shigesada (1827-1893).

While the blade has some scratches and a notable kitae-ware line (non fatal flaw), the silk ito wrap has faded from jet black to grey and the saya a little worse for wear, overall it is in reasonable condition, especially for the price and could either be left alone as is or refitted and given a restorative polish to bring out its original beauty.

How to Use

This is a functional antique and you become it's new custodian. While it can certainly still be used for cutting, we recommend it is preserved for future generations and handed down as a family heirloom.
Blade length : 687mm (27.05 in.) Curvature : 11mm (0.43 in.) Total length : 975mm (38.39 in.) Motohaba : 29.3mm (1.15 in.) Sakihaba : 21.6mm (0.85 in.) Motokasane : 6.2mm (0.24 in.) Sakikasane : 5mm (0.20 in.) Blade Weight : 650g Total Weight : 1155g

Materials and Construction

Genuine Antique Japanese Tamahagane blade made in the the Edo period. Fully mounted with (faded) black silk ito over a rayskin wrap, copper tsuba, fuchi and kashira, brass habaki and seppa. Textured Ishime black saya and matching sageo.
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Return Policy

Please note that no returns are possible on this sword as Japanese law permits only sword exports and cannot be returned/imported back to Japan.