Bizen Fukuoka Ichimonji Kokubunji Sukekuni
Late Kamakura Period
Juyo Token Certificate translation by the NBTHK
Measurements: Nagasa 69.35 cm, Sori 1.7 cm
Shape: Shinogi-Zukuri, Iori-Mune, wide Mihaba, narrow Shinogi-Ji, high Shinogi, thick Kasane, deep Koshizori, Chu-Kissaki
Kitae: Rather standing-out Itame that is mixed with Mokume and that tends to Nagare all over the blade, in Midare-like Utsuri
Hamon: Ko-Nie-Laden Chu-Suguha-Cho with a rather subdued Nioiguchi that is mixed with Ko-Gunome, Ko-Choji, Ko-Midare, Ashi, connected Yo, somre Hotsure, and fine Kinsuji and Sunagashi, the Ha is dull in places.
Boshi: Sugu-Cho with a Ko-Maru-Kaeri
Nakago: O-Suriage, very shallow Kurijiri, Kiri-Yasurime, two Mekugi-ana, Mumei
JUYO TOKEN ZUFU TRANSLATION
There was a Kokubunji Sukekuni in Bizen and one in Bingo province but there is the theory that we are facing here the same smith. Extant date signatures are known from the eras Genko (1321-1324), Gentoku (1329-1331) and Kenmu (1334-1336) whose workmanship is either similar to that of the Ko-Mihara school from Bingo province but also shows strong Yamato characteristics or is interpreted in a Suguha-Cho with a Jifu-Utsuri and thus rather reminds of the Un Group of neighboring Bizen province. Apart from that, we also know Kokubunji Sukekuni blades that show a flamboyant Midareba that features Choji and/or Gunome.
This blade has a high Shinogi and thick Kasane and shows a Kitae in a rather standing-out Itame that is mixed with Mokume, that features Nagare all over, that tends to Masame towards the Ha, and that displays plenty of Ji-Nie and Midare-like Utsuri. The Hamon is a Ko-Nie-Laden Chu-Suguha-Cho with a rather subdued Nioiguchi that is mixed with Ko-Gunome, Ko-Choji, Ko-Midare, Ashi, connected Yo, some Hotsure, and Kinsuji and Sunagashi, and the Ha is dull in some places. Thus, we recognize a mix of the Bizen and the Yamato traditions and the Jiba reflects the characteristic features of Kokubunji Sukekuni whereupon we were in agreement with the attribution to this Smith. The Yakiba of this blade is very varied and its' Deki is excellent.