Original Japanese Samurai Katana Sword Rai Kunizane 来国真 Kamakura period in the year 1280 with NBTHK Tokubetsu Hozon.


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A beautiful original Japanese Samurai Katana Rai Kunizane 来国真 Kamakura year 1280 NBTHK Tokubetsu Hozon. Piece of exceptional value, importance and beauty. Sayagaki by Tanobe Sensei. Signed by Tanobe with his personal monogram stamp. Katana by Rai Kunizane 来国真 Tachi o-suriage (katana), in shirasaya with sayagaki by Tanobe Michihiro sensei. Kamakura year 1280 thirteenth century. mumei by NBTHK attributed to Rai Kunizane 来国真 Nagasa: 67.3cm Sori: 2.6cm Hamon: Ko-gunome with kinsuji, ko-ashi me. Fairy: Ko-mokume with ji-nie, chikei and yubashiri. Classical and paradigmatic fairy of the Rai school. Certificate from the NBTHK in degree of Tokubetsu Hozon (sword designated as Particularly Valuable by the NBTHK). Candidate piece to Juyo Token. Katana belongs to the famous and emblematic Rai school, one of the most famous in history. The blade is the work of Master Kunizane, a master of immense quality and quote, JUYO category for the multiple pieces of his hand that have achieved such distinction. Kunizane 国真, Yamashiro – “Kunizane” (国真), Rai School, son and disciple of Rai Kunitoshi (来国俊), given name, Tōgorō (藤五郎). Rai Kunizane 国真, was the third son of the great master of the Rai school, RaiKunitoshi, who was his teacher at the same time. Rai Kunitoshi is one of the most renowned and prestigious master forgers in the history of the Japanese sword, he was 28 years old when his third son, Rai Kunizane, was born as reflected in the Kotô Meizukushi Taizen (as reflected in the genealogical photo attached in the gallery highlighted in red), and sources say Kunizane would die in the second year of the Bunpô 文保 era, which corresponds to the year 1318. Within the greatest ancient traditions of swordsmithing, that of Yamashiro, we find a school that arouses passions for the great character, the quality and importance of the masters who developed their work in it. The Rai school. It tends to point to as the most possible founder of this tradition Kuniyoshi 国吉, who was very likely of Korean descent, but who consolidated and developed his work in Japan and Japan. where Rai’s name would be established. This is especially important because, as pointed out in one of his studies by the wise Dr. Honma, all schools that originated in the Kyôto area, are named after the place of origin of production, as is the case of Sanjô, Gojô, Awataguchi, Ayanokôji. Only Rai’s masters used his surname, which for Dr. Honma certainly sets them apart from the other local schools in some way and which might suggest that they didn’t originate or depend on any of them. The first teacher to draw the kanji of “Rai” with was Kunitoshi, active towards the end of the Kamakura period. The school originated in the middle of the Kamakura period and in this lineage and although according to Dr. Honma, stylistically as the patent links Rai with the school of Awataguchi, making Kyôto the dominant school of sword in that Moment. Experts today see Kuniyuki 国行 as the founder of the school, but only due to the fact that the earliest works of Rai for which there is evidence are his. He was the son of the aforementioned Kuniyoshi who is still the eldest of the school’s ancestors. Very characteristic itame or mokume, chū-suguha with ashi, hiro-suguha, notare, midare, gunome-midare. The Rai school was founded in Yamashiro Province, present-day Kyoto. The katana belongs to the first generation Kunizane, born in the year 1268 and died in 1318, as the son and disciple of the beautiful Rai Kunitoshi, considered one of the great master forgers of the Japanese sword history and especially excellent in the Rai-school . This exceptional katana presents some of the most notable features of the famous Rai school, such as the Ko-mokume fairy, the Ko-gunome-type hamon with kinsuji, Ko-ashi and the characteristic and well-defined ego points. The katana contains shirasaya of immense quality with Sayagaki appreciation writing, performed by Tanobe Michihiro sensei, the best regarded of the three masters called “the three mountains of wisdom” and one of the most prominent and renowned members in the history of the NBTHK and regarded as the wisest and most respected scholar of Japanese sword nihonto, and the greatest living authority in the world of swords, this is one of the few who has made in recent years due to his advanced age. The state of the katana is exceptional and pristine, something wonderful considering that it is a piece with almost 8 centuries of history, which undoubtedly makes it A piece of superior and excellent quality.

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