Seki Ju Hidemune Shinsakutô Katana w/ Koshirae specifically for Iaido Shinken. This sword has the perfect combination of length, balance, and curvature.
Signed: Oite Hiyoshiyama Seki Jin Matsubara Hidemune Saku
Showa year of the tiger middle of autumn (1976). This blade was made when he was 46 years old and at the peak of his sword making abilities.
Seki Ju Hidemune (his real name was Matsubara Ryuhei) was born in 1930 and lived in Seki city, Gifu. He was the son of swordsmith Matsubara Kaneyoshi. Ryuhei became a disciple of smith Kanehide Nakata and studied under him for 8 years (1957 – 1965). Kanehide became an Important Intangible Cultural Asset of Seki City, then later of Gifu prefecture.
In 1970, Matsubara Ryuhei was given the smith name Hidemune by the 13th generation Kawashima Masahide. Hidemune became an award-winning smith (having won many Nyusen prizes in Shinsakuto competitions and Meito Ten sword exhibitions).
This sword has a beautiful gunome-choji midare hamon that is bright and clear with deep ashi throughout. It is saka choji is areas reminding us of swords of the Katayama Ichimonji school. The hada is a very tight itame. It is perfect with no problems or flaws of any kind.
Light weight blade with perfect balance. Excellent for iaido practice. The blade and fittings are newly mounted in superb condition.
Blade length: 71.6 cm
Sori: 2 cm
Mekugi hole: 1
Weight 952.5 grams (2.1 pounds)
– Wide bohi.
– nice polish.
– New high-grade Iai level koshirae with antique Higo “wave motif” fuchikashira, antique Musashi style tsuba, and solid gold menuki.
– All of the work above was done in Japan by Noshudo (known for high quality Iai mounts)