I have an expensive hobby.
Katana by Kurihara Nobuhide
Kurihara Nobuhide was a famous swordsmith known as a pupil of Yama-ura
Kiyomaro. Nobuhide was born in Echigo province, present Niigata pref. He
changed from a mirror maker to a swordsmith in middle age. In this context,
he was also good at horimono carving on the blade. He was a swordsmith of
ability. The Emperor Meiji ordered him to forge a special sword to dedicate
the Minatogawa Shrine founded in 1869. The Meiji Government ordered Nobuhide
to exhibit traditional Japanese sword a world's fair in Vienna in 1873.
He lived in his hometown for the rest of his days and passed away in 1880.
One theory holds that he committed suicide in a similar situation of his
This is one of his excellent work made in 1859.
It has a beautiful bamboo horimono on one side and a bonji character with
bohi on the other.
On the other side is a short bo-hi and the character for "wisdom".
All that being said, we're pretty sure it's actually a forgery (gimei) from the early 1900s. There's a slight difference in the signature compared to other works by the same smith that we've seen. If a forgery, they definately put a lot of effort into it, since the nakago appears to be the right age and the horimono (carving) was probably harder and more time consuming than everything else. If it was authentic, it would have been well out of my price range.
This is going to be my cutter once I get new koshirae. It's sharp as all **** and the blade is in great shape besides a couple minor nicks in the kissaki. I don't believe the existing furniture actually goes with the blade, it feels very loose so I'm going to get it all redone.
Forgery or not it's a certainly a very nice peice. I paticularly like the saya, I've always kind of liked the segmented look. It's a nice change up from what you usually see. Are you going to keep the saya or have everything refitted?
I'm keeping the saya, I believe it's original to the blade (fits perfectly). I'm replacing the tsuba and tsuka with all new stuff (fuchi, kashira, menuki). Right now the whole thing wiggles pretty loosely and I wouldn't feel comfortable swinging it around regularly, much less cutting something with it.
I'm keeping the habaki for the moment because it fits so well, it just looks a little rough since a lot of the silver plating has worn off. I may have my sensei make me one out of silver later on.
Amazing Sword. How did you get it? (I assume you bought it, but that doesn't seem like something you'd pick up on ebay)
Going to go with the standard black ito on white same?
I had a Howard Clark kat at one point that I really wanted to have a saya made for like this one from Don Polzien
I found the purple and black segmented look to be quite striking but never commited to getting one made for myself.
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I bought it from my sensei, who acquired it at the Tampa sword show a few years back. He was planning on selling it at the coming up show but sold it to me for a steal. It's 26.5in and he prefers a bit of a longer blade but it's a good length for me.
If you want to get a real japanese blade, I'd highly suggest going to one of the big sword shows, like the one in Tampa in a few weeks. Compared to the investment you'll be making, a few hundred bucks on plane and hotel isn't a big deal.
White same, but I may go for a dark green ito similiar to what is on it currently. My iaito is a black on white, so I'm game for something different.
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