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Katana Kiyotsune - NTHK Kanteisho

Katana Kiyotsune - NTHK Kanteisho

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Mid-Late Edo Period Katana - Crafted by Kiyotsune of Kurume

This remarkable katana, crafted by the esteemed swordsmith Kiyotsune from the Kurume Arima domain, showcases the exceptional artistry of the mid-late Edo period. The blade bears the signature "Chikugo no Kuni Kurume, 3rd year of Kaei era, 1850)"


  • Hamon: Choji Midare
  • Curvature (Torii-zori): The blade features a graceful torii-zori curvature.
  • Kissaki: Chu-kissaki (medium tip) with a rounded fukura.
  • Mune: Iori mune (roof-shaped back).
  • Nakago: Ha agari kujiri (asymmetrical pointed tang end).

Additional Details:

  • Period: Mid-Late Edo
  • Region: Kurume, Chikugo Province
  • Swordsmith: Kiyotsune
  • Signature: Chikugo no Kuni Kurume, 3rd year of Kaei era, 1850)

Blade Features:

This katana showcases a beautiful choji midare hamon, a wavy temper pattern that demonstrates the skill of Kiyotsune. The chu-kissaki and rounded fukura add to the blade’s balanced and elegant profile. The torii-zori curvature enhances the overall aesthetic and handling characteristics, making it a functional piece of art.

Historical Context:

Kiyotsune was an accomplished swordsmith serving the Kurume Arima domain during the late Edo period. The katana features a choji midare pattern, a hallmark of his craftsmanship, known for its intricate and beautiful undulations.


The blade is accompanied by its original koshirae, featuring fittings appropriate for a samurai of high status. The condition reflects the care it has received over the years, preserving its beauty and functionality.

This katana by Kiyotsune is not only a weapon but a masterpiece that encapsulates the dedication and skill of an era. It stands as a testament to the rich sword-making traditions of the Kurume Arima domain and the legacy of its distinguished samurai culture.

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Shipping and Return

  • Swords are shipped from Tokyo, Japan. We manage all the procedures to export the sword.
  • You can't return sword to Japan because procedures are too strict.
  • We work with a shipping company that have experience with Nihonto so you don't have to worry.
  • Please check the rules of your country before importing the sword. We do not take any responsibility, including (not limited to) refund, due to the above reasons.

Export Procedure (We manage it)

・All our swords are registered in the Agency for Cultural Affairs as artwork and The Board of Education(Cultural properties protection Committee); therefore each sword has the registration card, issued by the Board of Education.
・After receiving the full payment of the items,we return the registration card and get the permission from Ministry of Cultural Affairs to export the swords legally from Japan. It will take about 20 business days to do this procedure.
・After the receiving the permission, we will inform you by email and send the items immediately.

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