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Miyoshi Nagamichi



A katana signed,  Mutsu Daijo Miyoshi Nagamichi.   Shinogizukure, iroi mune, chu-kissaki, torii sori.  Hawatare:  2 shaku 2 sun 2 bu 4 rin (67.3 cm. / 26.54").   Motohaba:  3.26 cm.  Sakihaba:  2.18 cm.  Kasane: 7 mm.   Hako gunome with yahazu, wide soft habuchi, with harder areas within the yahazu pattern. A small area of muneyaki at the mune machi.  The boshi is komidare with an komaru and long narrow kaeri.  Tight itame hada.  In polish, shirasaya, with a gilt copper habaki. 

The Nihonto Meikan lists nine generations of the lineage of Miyoshi Nagamichi, working from Kanei (1624 - 1644) to Keio (1865 - 1868).  Toko Taikan, values the first generation at 6,000,000 yen, the second and third at 2,500,000 yen, and the remaining generations at 2,200,000 yen.  I do not have any signature references for the later generations, but the style and strength of the cutting of the mei seems consistent with with the earlier generations.  According to the Meikan, with the exceptions of the third and ninth generations, all inscribed the title Daijo in their mei. This is obviously a later blade, so, if genuine, would likely be he work of the seventh or eighth generations.

This sword comes from an old collection, and to the best of my knowledge, has never been submitted to shinsa.  The polish and shirasaya looks like the work of Muneyoshi Nakajima, a polisher who worked in the Bay area during the 1960's. 



Harder flowering pattern within the yahazu


Mutsu Daijo Miyoshi Nagamichi

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