Ordering number : 18503
Katana in Shirasaya with Koshirae. (NBTHK Tokubetsu Hozon Paper)
Signature : Higo Kuni Dotanuki Munehiro.
Meiji 2 Nen 3 gatsuhi. (Munehiro made this sword in March 1869.)
Shinshin To : Ryo saku ranking: Higo.
(We divide 4 sections for each sword as Saijyo saku, Jyojyo saku Jyo saku and regular saku)
This sword belongs to Jyo Jyo saki ranking.
The blade was polished by good polisher.
Habaki :Gpld wrapped double habaki.
Blade length : 67.0 cm or 26.37 inches.
Sori :1.5 cm or 0.59 inches.
Mekugi : 2
Width at the hamachi : 2.95 cm or 1.16 inches.
Width at the Kissaki : 2.0 cm or 0.78 inches.
Kasane : 0.8 cm or 0.31 inches.
Era : Late Edo period and Meiji.
Shape : The blade is rather wide and thick
with suitable sori and longer kissaki.
Jigane :item had well grained with jinie attach hadatachi jigane and chikei work.
Hamon :Niedeki suguha hamon with a lot of ash in Hamon.
Boshi is round shape.
Special feature:The founder of Do-Tanuki started
from late Muromachi period and after the Muromachi period,
this school lose traction.
At the end of Edo period, this Do-tanuki school recovered
from the doldrums of their work.
Saya :Kawarinuri saya.
Tsuba :On the round shape iron stub, covered the rim by syakudo plate.
Menuki : 7.6cm long size of Menuki are engraved
with gold or silver menuki.
Fuchikashira:On the syakudo nanako plate,
flowers and butterfly are engraved with gold color.
From Aoi Art:This Do-Tanuki Munehiro is quite nice Jigane and Hamon
which looks like kamakura period active temper line clear and bright hamon.
The blade was made t 78 years of age who lived
until 80 years of age long life.
Back ground of age:At Meiji 9th march 26th(1876,)
Japanese government issued decree banning the wearing
of swords and sword maker’s craftmen
were obliged to take another job.
Aoi Art esstimation paper :NBTHK Tokubetsu hozon paper.