sword by Dotanuki Munekage. He was one of the better smiths from Kumamoto
(Higo) during the Shinshinto period. He studied under the famous Suishinshi
Masahide who was probably the best sword making teacher during the
Munekage, who is referred to as a samurai by some books, say that
he wanted to learn how to make swords, thus went to study under Masahide.
Many swords that we have seen are often utsushimono (Copies of older
famous swords). As is the case of this sword, it looks to be a copy
of a Soshu Sadamune, with the wide body, large point, double grooves
and Soshu style carving. The hamon is also reminiscent of Sadamune,
with notare done in nie-deki. The grain is an itame, with some O hada
in places that looks like older Soshu. The sword has a very strong
shape, and with the excellent horimono, has a stately appeal. Tang
is original, 1 hole with special personal signature. In top Japanese
polish, with habaki made by Nakata san (Mukansa) and new shirasaya.
Accompanied with a NTHK kanteisho.