Ordering number : 19193
Katana in Shirasaya(NBTHK Tokubetsu Hozon Paper)
Signature : Awataguchi Ouminokami Tadatsuna 2nd(Ikkanshi Tadatsuna)
Shinto : Jyojyo-saku : Settsu
Sayagaki translation : Awataguchi Ouminokami Tdtsugna, a nice wrok by Ikkanshi, the sword length 2syaku 3sun 4bu and a little, written by Dr.Kanzan at Showa 41th.
(We divide 4 sections for each sword as Saijyo saku, Jyojyo saku Jyo saku and regular saku)
This sword belongs to Jyojyo saku ranking.
The blade was polished.
Habaki : Gold single habaki.
Blade length : 71 cm or 27.9 inches.
Sori :1.2 cm or 0.47 inches.
Mekugi : 2
Width at the hamachi : 3.16 cm o1.24 inches.
Width at the Kissaki : 2 cm or 0.78 inches.
Kasane : 0.68 cm or 0.26 inches.
The weight of the sword :295 grams.
Era : Edo period, around Genroku era (ca 1688)
Shape : This sword is wide and thick, has a longer Kisski. the Bohi is carved into the both sides.
Jigane : Well grained Koitame-hada with Jinie attached, it has long Chikei also.
Hamon : Suguha around the bottom and the rest is Nagaashi-choji. Sunagashi and Kinsuji are seen.
Special Feature : Awataguchi Ouminokami Tadatsuna 2nd was famed for Horimono(engraving).
Considering the Hamon style, this sword would be one of Awataguchi Ouminokami Tadatsuna 2nd’s early works.
It was later that his signature changed to Ikkanshi Tadatsuna and became recognized a master of Horimono.
From Aoi Art : Around Genroku period was very peaceful, it led to the low demand for the Japanese swords.
In this period, people prefer the appearance of the swords than the sharpness, this trend lasted til the end of the era.
The swords made around this period have flamboyant Hamon and stylish shape in common. Horimono was also seen.
This sword has the really nice Hamon, and the Jigane is so clear.
NBTHK Tokubetsu Hozon Paper.
Aoi Art estimation paper: whole Oshigata.