Important Cultural PropertyShort sword signed Kunimune

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  • Bizen Kunimune
  • 1 piece
  • Blade L53.4 Curvature1.2
  • Kamakura period/13th century
  • Tokyo National Museum
  • F-20010

 A kodachi is a short tachi (a sword made to be worn with the cutting edge down), which is said to have been used by noblemen to wear in a carriage or to place by their bedside. However, its purpose is still unknown. Kunimune was a swordsmith in Bizen no Kuni and some claim that he was invited to Kamakura and made swords there. This kodachi has a jigane (ground metal) with a wood grain pattern, a soft utsuri (a white misty formation that runs parallel to the hamon in the ground metal) and a brilliant hamon (the blade pattern) comprising a combination of chojiba, kawazukochojiba and gunomeba patterns.