Katana: Den Omiya

Jidai:    Koto Nanbokucho  

Bizen School  

Since this sword has a wide body, thin kasane and a long point most of you should have guessed that at the very least this is a typical style of katana from the Nanbokucho period. Now the next step is to determine or not whether or not it IS Nanbokucho or a later copy. This can be done by carefully analyzing the characteristics of both the Hamon and the Jitetsu.

By looking at the Jigane of this sword, one should notice the “Bizen”style of Jigane, but it is not as refined as that of Kanemitsu’s . This sword has in the Ji, a type of O-hada usually somewhere along the sword creating a little rougher, more larger Hada pattern. Utsuri is also apparent, but not as strong as those of the Kanemitsu School.

Because many works from the Nanbokucho Omiya School resemble those of the Kanemitsu School, sometimes it is difficult to determine between the 2 schools. Certain characteristics however are always present to the experienced student such as subtleties in the Hamon, type of Utsuri, Boshi Etc…..

In other words, swords from the Kanemitsu-den are slightly more refined than those from the Omiya-den.

For those of you that thought this sword was either Shinto or Shinshinto,please go back and view the piece one more time as this sword is a excellent example of a healthy Nanbokucho Bizen-den sword.

Please note because of it’s excellent condition and healthiness, this sword has been awarded the status of Juyo-Token by the NBTHK.

 Famous smiths of the Omiya-den:  Morikage, Morokage and Morishige


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