Katana signed FUYUHIRO-saku with) Black stone finish surface lacquered scabbard Handachi style Koshirae

Koto end of Muromachi period (Eisho era/circa 1504 - ) Wakasa
Length of cutting edge 70.4cm Curvature 2.5cm Width of base 29.7mm Width of Yokote 19.0mm Thickness of base 7.0mm

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with) Black stone finish surface lacquered scabbard Handachi style Koshirae


Blade construction: Shinogi-zukuri, Iori-mune, Mihaba on base is a bit on wider side standing firmly with Funbari and Shinogi-ridge is rather on higher side. There is appropriate degree of tapering from base to point holding deep waist pointed curvature as well as upper pointed curve in good proportion that leads to a medium tip Kissaki. The entire blade creates in an archaic style of Tachi. (click HERE for higher resolution image of the entire blade)
Forging(Hada): Forging is conspicuous Itame-hada and Mokume with some indication of entwined flowing mark. The entire Hiraji surface is covered in speckled Ji-nie that generates reflecting irregular whitish Utsuri effect over the surface.
Temper(Hamon): Hamon is a bit on stronger side Nie hard metal granules base, shallow undulating NOTARE mixing in combined Gunome like a crab-claw and tassel-shaped Choji and Togari-ha quench pattern where works with rather on stronger side of sparkling Nie and deep Noi mist-like crystalline area. Some temper shows splash Tobiyaki over the surface and clear indication of YUBASHIRI-isolated patches of Ji-Nie indication.
In the interior of temper, there works with isolated dots of YOU, generous activities of Nie such as frequent Sunagashi short line of Nie and some indication of threadlike area of Kinsen.
Temper of tip(Boshi): Boshi forms irregular Midarekomi, medium circle deeply turns back.
Tang(Nakago): Nakago is in UBU original. Two peg retaining holes. Shallow Katte-sagari (slightly slanting left) filemarks. Back ridge of Nakago is flat. The Nakago is relatively short for it's long cutting edge, double bevelled heel shape Kurijiri.
The inscription signature is located upper the Shinogi-ji in front FUYUHIRO-saku 冬廣作.

FUYUHIRO 冬廣, said a son of 3rd generation Sōshu-HIROTSUGU 相州廣次 who lived in Sōshu province, went to live in Obama, Wakasa (now Fukui pref.) to establish FUYUHIRO lineage in Kansho era (1460-). FUYUHIRO lineage enjoyed the confidence from generals and worked in Hōki or Bizen, Bingo or Izumo as well to meet with increasing demand.
This katana is rather on longer side also very deep in curvature standing firmly on base to create classical grace of Tachi.
Rustic Itame-hada with YUBASHIRI on Hiraji and a rather on stronger side quenching hamon both shows close resemblance of Soushu-technique holding stirring Samurai spirits in full.

During battle age in Muromachi the medieval period, FUYUHIRO who belonged to Sōshu school had come into constant relationship with raised lineages of Bizen or Mino school like this example and met with increasing demand. FUYUHIRO family tree had been prospered to NAGANOBU 長信 of the 17th generation FUYUHIORO until end of Edo period.

with) Black stone finish surface lacquered scabbard Handachi style Koshirae consists of (click HERE for entire Koshirae and HERE for each firring)

  • Fuchi/Kashira : Crest of Mitsu-Yokome-UME in Square design, Shibuichi copper alloy, Nanako-ji surface, polished Koberi edge, Shakudo Takabori carving signed Kounsai FURUKAWA (seal) 幸雲齋 古川(花押)
  • Menuki : Dragon holding Gemstone design, Shakudo Yobori carving, Gold Iroe
  • Tsuba : Aoi shape, Iron ground, Sukisage carving, Sukinokoshi Mimi edge, Inome open work at 4 corners, undigned
  • Tsuka : White layskin, deep blue silk cord Hineri-style lozenge wrap
Silver ground gold plated double layer Habaki, preserved in a plain Shirasaya woord mounting
Old polish/Condition scale: good (using a scale of mint-excellent-very good-good-fair-poor)