Bizen Fukuoka Ichimonji Kokubunji Sukekuni
1300 - 1334
Bizen Fukuoka Ichimonji Kokubunji Sukekuni is somewhat of a mystery. Very little is known about this talented Artisan and there does not seem to be any followers. His father was also famous. Bizen Fukuoka Ichimonji Sukemura trained in the famous style of the Fukuoka Ichimonji School.
Sukekuni seems to have chosen to leave his father’s forge to establish his own school and style, thus moving to the village of Kokubunji, where it seems, he began a new and lonely career. It does not seem he produced many swords but those he did produce, received some of the highest awards given to Swordsmiths of his time.
It has been a great honor and privilege to be able to hold this great work of art and to study his workmanship and style.
All I can say is WOW!
This particular sword has been awarded the NBTHK Juyo Token certificate from The Tokyo Sword Museum.