Order number : 18010
Katana in Shirasaya(NBTHK Tokubetsu Hozon Paper)
Signature : Jokeishi Masaaki Seitan Kore
Bunkyu Gannen Kanoto-Tori Nen 11 Gatsu Hi (November 1861)
(We divide 4 sections for each sword as Saijyo saku, Jyojyo saku Jyo saku and regular saku)
This sword belongs to Saijo Saku ranking.
The blade was polished by high ranking polisher.
Habaki : Gold foiled single Habaki.
Blade length : 74.24 cm or 29.22 inches.
Sori : 1.5 cm or 0.59 inches.
Mekugi : 1
Width at the hamachi : 3.21 cm or 1.26 inches.
Width at the Kissaki : 2.42 cm or 0.95 inches.
Kasane : 0.77 cm or 0.30 inches.
Era : Late Edo period(1861)
Shape : Wide and thick blade with large Sori.
The O-Kissaki nice shape Katana.
Jigane : Ko-Itame HAda well grained with Jinie attach.
Hamon : Ko-Nie Deki, Choji Midare with many Ashi.
Special feature: Jokeishi Masaaki, his real name Takemura Tsunejirou,
was a feudal warrior of Sakushuu Tsuyama domain.
He was a best pupil of Hosokawa Masayoshi. He lived in Edogawa province.
His pieces are similar to those of his master which
most pieces have Jyukka Choji hamon .
The nakago yasuri scrape is clear like his master.
This piece has clear jyukka shoji wild hamon
and the ashi or feet is well seen in the ha. The kinsuji in the ha
and the irregular line temper line is imitation of his old pieces.
From Aoi Art: Jokeishi Masaaki swords are similar to Hosokawa Masayoshi’s.
It is supposed that Masaaki helped his master made swords.
The Hamon, Jigane and Nakago shape resemble Masayoshi.
This blade appeared in the Nihonto Taikan p.122.
This is Masaaki masterpiece blade. We strongly recommend this sword for you.
Histrical back ground: First Japanese Embassy to Europe(1862).
That was sent to Europe by the Tokugawa shogunate in 1862.
The head of the mission was Takenouchi Yasunori, governor of Shimotsuke Province.
The head of the mission staff was Shibata Takenaka Sadataro.
Fukuzawa Yukichi wa a member of the mission, acting as one of the two translators.
The mission numbered 40 men.
Excerpt from Wikipedia.
NBTHK Tokubetsu Hozon Paper
Aoi Art estimation paper : whole Oshigata.