"ICHIMONJI SCHOOL" KAMAKURA PERIOD.

IT IS A VERY INTERESTING FACT THAT "ICHIMONJI", THE MOST FAMOUS SCHOOL OF SWORD MAKING DURING THE KAMAKURA PERIOD (70 % OF TODAY'S NATIONAL TREASURE SWORDS, ARE FROM THE KAMAKURA PERIOD), ACTUALLY HAD ITS "GRASS ROOTS BEGINNINGS AT SEA", OFF THE COAST OF "CHIKUZEN" PROVINCE! HAD THERE NEVER BEEN A BATTLE OF "DEN-NO-URA" IT IS ALMOST CERTAIN THAT THE "ICHIMONJI SCHOOL" WOULD NEVER HAVE BEEN BORN! THE MAJORITY OF "ICHIMONJI" MAKERS WERE FROM BIZEN.

"KYUSHU", HOMELAND OF THE "GENJI - HEIKE" SEA WAR, AND THE "ICHIMONJI" SCHOOL.

THE GREAT SEA BATTLE, AT "DEN-NO-URA", WAS ONE OF THE GREATEST SEA BATTLES IN HISTORY. THE "GENJI" (MINAMOTO CLAN) , WITH A COMPLEMENT OF "850" BATTLE SHIPS, AND THE "HEIKE" (TAIRA CLAN), WITH ONLY "500", (APPROX. "1,350" TOTAL SHIPS! THE SPANISH ARMADA, CONSISTED OF ONLY "130") FACED OFF IN THE INLAND SEA NEAR KYUSHU, AT DEN-NO-URA, ON APRIL, 24, 1185 AD.. THE WEAPONS OF CHOICE WERE "BOW'S, AND ARROW'S. TO SHORTEN A LONG STORY, THE HEIKE HAD THE ADVANTAGE (EVEN THOUGH GREATLY OUT NUMBERED) AND WERE WINNING, DUE TO THERE SUPERIOR SEAMANSHIP. WHEN A TURNCOAT, HEIKE GENERAL BETRAYED THEM BY DISCLOSING TO THE MINAMOTO (GENJI) WHICH SHIP CARRIED THE YOUNG (5 YEAR OLD) "EMPEROR ANTOKU". THE GENJI THEN TOOK COMMAND OF THE IMPERIAL SHIP, AND THE BATTLE WAS SUBSEQUENTLY LOST BY THE "TAIRA".

THE YOUNG (ONLY "5" YEARS OF AGE) DEFEATED EMPEROR "ANTOKU" WAS GIVEN THE OPPORTUNITY TO COMMIT "SEPPUKU" , BY DROWNING. HIS MATERNAL GRAND MOTHER THE " LADY Ii ", PRAYED WITH THE CHILD, AFTER WHICH THEN LEAPT TO THERE DEATH IN THE SEA!

THE REMAINDER OF THE MAIN LINE "HEIKE SAMURAI" FOUGHT TO THE END, AND PERISHED IN THE SEA! ABOUT THIS TIME A "MYSTIC EVENT" IS THOUGHT TO HAVE TAKEN PLACE. A "CRAB" (INDIGENOUS TO THE AREA) TOOK ON BACK MARKINGS THAT LOOK LIKE THE FACE OF A "SAMURAI WARRIOR". IT IS BELIEVED BY MANY THAT THE SPRIT'S OF THE DEFEATED HEIKE WARRIORS, ROAM THE SEA, IN THE FORM OF THE "THE HEIKE CRAB" (NAMED AFTER THEM). TO THIS DAY THE "HEIKE CRAB" IS NOT EATEN, AND IS TOSSED BACK INTO THE SEA WHEN CAUGHT. THESE EVENTS ARE, COMMEMORATED TO THIS DAY ON, APRIL 24th. OF EVERY YEAR.

 

 
 

ERA: Early-Mid 13th century

 

APPROXIMATE AGE OF BLADE:  800 Years

 

THE NAKAGO (TANG): O-Suriage (original tang cut off)

 

MEI (MAKERS SIGNATURE):  Mu-Mei

 

JIRI (TANG END): Saki-Kiri (rounded)

 

MEKUGI ANA (HOLE IN TANG FOR RETAINING PEG): 2

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BLADE TYPE: TACHI

 

STYLE:  Shinogi-Zukuri (most popular style)

 

MUNE (BACK RIDGE): Iori (peaked)

 

NAGASA (LENGTH OF CUTTING EDGE):  69 cm / 27-3/16

 

SORI (CURVATURE):  1.7 cm / 5/8

 

Motohaba (WIDTH): 3.05 cm / 1-1/4

 

BOSHI: (TEMPERING IN POINT): Midare-Komi, Komaru- (short turn back)

 

KISSAKI (POINT STYLE): Ikubi (medium point)

 

HAMON :(TEMPERING,MARTENSITE) Choji-Midare mixed w/ Gonome.

 

HADA (BLADE GRAIN STYLE): Ko-Itame w/ Midare Utsuri, Ji-nie

 

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CONDITION: Pristine

 

KIZU (FLAWS): None

 

POLISH: 100%

 

DAMAGE: None

 

HABAKI: 2 piece Solid Gold

 

SHIRA SAYA (STORAGE CASE)
SAYA-GAKI'S, BY;  DR.  HOMMA JUNJI, AND TANOBE MICHIHIRO SENSEI

 

*Den; a prefix meaning a blade has most of the characteristics of a certain smith, and  has

additional qualities that could be considered a smiths best work.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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