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Bizen Yoshii Kiyonori Katana
An ubu, mumei katana attributed to Yoshii Kiyonori, Eisho jidai (1504 - 1521). Shinogizukure, iroi mune, chu kissaki, sakizori. Hawatare: 2 shaku 1 sun 4 bu (64.85 cm or 25.53"). Motohaba: 2.81 cm. Sakihaba: 1.69 cm. Kasane: 5.9 mm. Ko gunome midare, ashi and yo. Koitame, a few tate ware, visible in the full length pictures.
In fresh polish, mounted in shirasaya, with NTHK-NPO certificate. Accompanying early shingunto koshirae with a large open work tsuba, and a silver mon on one of the menuki.
There seems to be a problem with this attribution. In order for the smith to be Eisho, he would have been the fifth generation. However, all the references that I have been able to access state that there were only four generations. So it is my best guess that either that there was a transcription error, or this is a recently discovered, and previously unrecorded generation. However, since it is mumei, I have some question about this latter explanation. So, as such, I will be giving references to the fourth generation.
The Nihonto Meikan lists the fourth generation with a double circle; Toko Taikan values the smith at 3,500,000 yen; and the picture in the Nihonto Zuikan is work dated 1451, so the generation is in question between third and fourth. $5,200
Gunome midare with ashi and yo
Silver Mon on Military Menuki Copper Sukashi Shingunto Tsuba
Nihonto Zuikan - Koto
Example dated Hotoku san nen (1451)