Ordering number : 17601
Katana in Shirasaya (NBTHK Tokubetsu Hozon paper) (Consignment sale)
Signature :Bizen Suke Fujiwara Munetsugu
Ansei 5 nen 8 gatsuhi (1863 August)
Shinshinto: Jyo Jyo saku ranking:Musashi province.
(We divide 4 sections for each sword as Saijyo saku, Jyojyo saku Jyo saku and regular saku)
This sword belongs to Jyo Jyo saku ranking.
The blade was polished by high ranking polisher.
Habaki :gold wrapped double habaki.
Blade length : 69.4 cm or 27.32 inches.
Sori :cm 1.67 or 0.65 inches.
Mekugi : 1
Width at the hamachi : 3.13 cm or 1.23 inches.
Width at the Kissaki : 2.0 cm or 0.78 inches.
Kasane : 0.68cm or 0.26 inches.
Era : Edo period Ansei era.
Shape : The blade is wide and thick. The Kissaki is long.
Jigane : Koitame hada well grained with jinie attach beautiful texture.
Shinogi-Ji: Masame hada well grained. It is beautiful Masama Hada.
Hamon :Koniedecki like nioideki style gunome midare Choji midare decree
Sakasa choji mixed with ashi scatter. Boshi is midarekomi boshi.
Special feature: Munetsugu was born at Shirakawa province and younger
brother of Koyama Munehira.
He studied from Kato Tsunahide which is called Koyama so-bei.
After that he moved to Edo and sword maker of the Daikyo Kuwana family.
He lived Yotsuya Saemon cho in Akasaka Azabu and studied
from Yamada Asaemon about cut well swords.
Therefor his some swords exist Tameshigiri (cutting test) by Yamada Asaemon.
According to the Fujishiro book, Kiyomaro made sword
Tanrenjyo(making sword factory) in Iga city in Yotsuya near
by Koyama Munetsugu without any greeting. So
Koyama Munetsugu got angry and apply cartel to Kiyomaro.
It is interesting Japanese culture at that time.
He was making sword until Meiji 2nd year before Haito-rei
（decree banning the wearing of swords).
From Aoi Art:This marvelous sword is healthy and nice Jigane and also fantastic Hamon.
Ne made a lot of swords but all of the swords are healthy and good blade which
means that he checked the succeeded swords carefully and hand them over to the
customers. He always thinking good swords. We recommend this high ranking
sword for you. ven shinogi jigane, small masame hada is marvelous.
Historical Background: 1846 Kouka 1st year, American ambassador James
came to Japan off shore of Sagami Uraga city off shore
and apply freedom of trade to Japanese government.
NBTHK Tokubetsu Hozon Paper
Aoi Art estimation paper : whole Oshigata.