Kunishige often signed "Settsu no Ju Ikeda Kijinmaru Kunishige(a knife of Ogre, made by Kunishige in Ikeda, Settsu prefecture)" on his Katana not only because it could cut so well but because he considered this piece as the ultimate Katana sword that only mythical being like ogre could use. The Ogre's knife is Wazamono(the masterpiece) in Shinto era and it is well known that Saito Hajime, the captain of the third unit of the Shinsengumi, was very much fond of using the Kijinmaru Kunishige.
In addition to the standard features of Ogre's Knife Koshirae
, this special version features the extraordinarily huge Kurigata with the Oni's face and Kuwagata-shaped O-jiri. On the Tsuka, the high quality black leather cord is wrapped over the selected stingray skin with navel knots. The Saya lacquer is Kanshitsu Ishime, fine black matte finish. Black and white two tones color Sageo represents days and nights.
A sand-casted, reinforced zinc/aluminum alloy blade with reproduction of Kunishige's Hamon
Approximately 830 gram without the Saya(for 2.45 Shaku)
Black leather Tsuka Hinerimaki wrapping over stingray skin with navel knots
SIlver-plated brass Menuki with Onigawara theme
Silver-plated brass Fuchigane with a broadaxe theme
Silver-plated brass Tsukagashira with ogre's face theme
Silver-plated brass Tsuba with Fujin/Raijin theme originally designed by Ryuso Hogan
Silver-plated brass Kuwagata-shaped O-jiri
Silver-plated brass Kurigata with ogre's face theme
Kanshitu Ishime Saya
Handmade in Japan