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Thread: Kanehiro Kimura, Shinsakuto, Utsushi Kiyomaro (in the style of Kiyomaro), FS only.

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    Kanehiro Kimura, Shinsakuto, Utsushi Kiyomaro (in the style of Kiyomaro), FS only.

    Shinsakuto for sale. I purchased this blade last October (2014) from eSword Japan mainly to see what it was like to import a real Shinsakuto from Japan. I highly recommend using them as they made it quite easy. Since I have no plans to have this blade mounted and the funds would be better served going to my new house that is being built I'm going to offer it up for sale. The blade is perfect, I've only had it out of the saya to wipe it down and apply Choji oil, I do not use Uchiko powder on new blades so this has never been dusted, why would you?

    Here are some of the details I made notes on during the whole process.
    Smith name: Kanehiro or Kimura Kanehiro
    Real name: Kaoru Kimura
    Signature (Mei): higo koku yatsushiro ju akamatsu taro kanehiro utsushi Kiyomaro, used homemade iron
    Translation:
    “Higo koku” is the County in Kumamoto Prefecture on Kyushu Island
    “Yatsushiro” is the City
    “Akamatsu Taro” is the name of a mountain pass in southern Yatsushiro
    “Kanehiro” Kaoru Kimura’s smith name
    “Utsushi Kiyomaro” in the style of Minamoto Kiyomaro (from around 1840’s)
    *He is the third son of Kaneshige Kimura from the Kumamoto Prefecture
    *From 1985 he has won 5 Nyusen-sho
    *The Kimura family (Token) smelt their own Tamahagane from Satetsu (iron sands) collected from rivers in Kumamoto on the island of Kyushu.
    *The Kimura Token tends to work in mostly the Bizen and Soshu schools of influence.
    Purchase details:
    Bought from e-sword.jp
    Ordered 10/28/2014, paid 10/29/2014
    Antique Export Inspection Proof arrived from the Japanese Agency for Cultural Affairs (JACA) on 11/17/2014.
    Shipped to me via EMS on 11/18/2014
    Arrived: 11/24/2014, pretty well boxed but sadly the saya glue came undone from the koiguchi down about 1/3rd the length. No damage to the wood and a very easy repair, currently I have velcro straps securing it.

    This is actually the smiths address.
    Address:
    1580 Ono-machi, Futami-shimo
    Yatsushiro-shi, Kumamoto-ken
    869-5174
    0965-38-9239
    Kyushu, Japan

    Found in the Membership List of All Japan Sword Smith Association

    Blade:
    Completed: 9/17/2014
    Shape: o-gissaki (large point), shinogi zukuri (blade with longitudinal ridge and traverse ridge), iori-mune (triangular back ridge).
    Texture jitetsu (color and pattern) and kitae: itame hada (wood grain), nie (white crystals) yokutsuku.
    Temper pattern hamon: gunome (waves) midare (irregular) nie yokutsuki asi nagakuhairu.
    Point: midare konde saki komarunikaeru.
    Blade length: nagasa: 76.6cm / 30”
    Curvature: sori: 1.8cm
    Width at hamachi: moto haba: 3.75cm / 1.47”
    Thickness at moto kasane .72cm / .28”
    Weight: 1045g

    Point temper style: boshi: midare komi (irregular wavy)
    Blade back: mune: Ihori (two sided, pyramid shaped)

    Tang length: nakago: sorry I never bothered to measure the nakago, I would be happy to get a measurement on it if requested.
    Tang shape: futsu: Normal
    Tang tip: kurijiri: Rounded
    Tang file marks: yasurime: Sujikai (45 degree angle)

    Habaki: Solid Silver with nice file marks.

    I'll ship the sword in the original box it arrived in from Japan along with the purple sword bag overnight and insured to anyone in the US only please no international sales as I really don't need the headaches shipping overseas.
    Asking price is firm at $6000.00 USD
    Not interested in trades or deals at this time as on the $6000 I'm going to likely eat close to $500 of the sale price in Paypal fees and the overnight shipping and insurance.

    Thanks for looking Jeff.
    *note*
    The really nice quality pictures of the blade were from eSwords.jp and the powerpoint slides are from Malcolm Cox (http://www.users.on.net/~coxm/?page=Kimura) he visited the smiths and documented his visit. The information on the slide showing a Utsushi Kiyomaro blade is one made in 2013 and is not the blade for sale here though they are almost identical.









    This final shot is to show the opening in the saya that as I stated can be easily fixed if you know how to make rice glue.
    Last edited by J Cardin; 08-28-2015 at 12:02 PM.
    Cheers, Jeff

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    There was a request for new pictures so I took these today.









    Cheers, Jeff

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    New price $5,750.00 shipped and insured in the US.
    This will be the one and only price drop. If it doesn't sell at this price it will go back into my collection.
    Cheers, Jeff

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    Ill buy it. Please contact me for payment

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    Quote Originally Posted by mike w View Post
    Ill buy it. Please contact me for payment
    PM Sent.
    Cheers, Jeff

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    ***sold***
    Cheers, Jeff

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    I had hoped that it would still be around when I get enough funds someday. This is a beauty - pity the saya. I wonder if the maker will make me one that is in full dress.

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