from the early Kamakura period A very nice Ko-naminohira Japanese Samurai Sword made in 1190 (Sold)

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Sold…Sold…Sold… Tokubetsu Hozon Token Mumei Ko-naminohira with Koshirae and Shirasaya. The Ko-naminohira sword from the Kamakura period is a remarkable artifact reflecting Japan’s rich sword-making heritage. Crafted during the early Kamakura period, around 1190 this sword showcases exquisite craftsmanship and historical significance. The term “Ko-naminohira” refers to its specific blade shape and style typical of the Kamakura period. These swords are characterized by their slender and slightly curved design, reflecting the aesthetic preferences and functional requirements of that era. This blade is attributed to Ko Naminohira (古波平). Naminohira (波平) was one of the most influential schools in the Satsuma domain, founded by a Yamato-Den swordsmith Masakauni (正國) during the late Heian period (late 12th century). They were known for their blacksmith names having one of these letters, 行 (Yuki) or 安 (Yasu). The Naminohira swords were cherished among the samurai in the military, especially because the name Naminohira (波平) means “The tides are calm” in Japanese. Swords forged by members of the Naminohira school have strong characteristics of Yamato Den (大和伝), one of the five Japanese swordsmithing traditions. As a product of the Kamakura period, this sword embodies the martial culture and traditions of medieval Japan. It offers a glimpse into a time of samurai warriors, feudal lords, and epic battles for supremacy. The craftsmanship of the Ko-naminohira sword is exceptional, with meticulous attention to detail evident in every aspect of its design. From the forging of the blade to the shaping of the tang and the fittings of the hilt, each element reflects the skill and artistry of the swordsmith. Owning a Ko-naminohira sword from the Kamakura period is like holding a piece of history in your hands. It connects you to Japan’s legendary past and allows you to appreciate the craftsmanship and cultural significance of Japanese swords. Whether you’re a collector, historian, or enthusiast of Japanese culture, acquiring a Ko-naminohira sword is a meaningful investment. It not only enriches your understanding of Japan’s feudal history but also serves as a tangible link to the samurai ethos that continues to captivate people around the world.  

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