Ordering number : AS19111
Katana in Shirasaya
Signature : Ashu Gosho ju Masaharu tsukuru kore Heisei 9 Haru Kichijitu(made someday in spring, Heisei 9th)
(We divide 4 sections for each sword as Saijyo saku, Jyojyo saku Jyo saku and regular saku)
This sword belongs to Saijyo saku ranking.
The blade was polished.
Habaki : Gold fold double Habaki.
Blade length : 73.8 cm or 29.05 inches.
Sori : 2.5 cm or 0.98 inches.
Mekugi : 1
Width at the hamachi : 3.7 cm or 1.46 inches.
Width at the Kissaki : 2.57 cm or 1.01 inches.
Kasane : 0.79 cm or 0.31 inches.
The weight of the sword 1055 grams.
Era : Heisei 9th (1997)
Shape : The sword is very wide and thick, it has the Bohi on both side. It looks very robust.
Jigane : Koitame-hada is grained very well.
Hamon : Niedeki, small Nie attached, large Choji midare. Boshi is Midarekomi.
Special Feature : Masaharu is a swordsmith in Tokushima prefecture, his real name is Kashiyama Noboru.
Judging from this deep Nioikuchi and Choji, he tried to make a copy of Kunitoshi or Ichimonji swords.
I can say that this sword is one of his masterpieces, it is as good as a sword made by a Mukansa or a living national treasure smith.
From Aoi Art : Please give your attention to this sword, it is no less than a Mukansa smith sword.
Generally speaking, Mukansa smiths tend to be not as so competitive as non-Mukansa smiths, in other words, just because a swordsmith is Mukansa, doesn’t mean his sword is of high quality.
Masaharu, who made this sword, is not Mukansa but you can see his eagerness and ambition to make a better sword, he must have made efforts to learn Jigane and Hamon a lot.
We really recommend you keep this robust sword as a family heirloom.
Aoi Art estimation paper: whole Oshigata.