Ordering number: 19307
Katana in Shirasaya with Koshirae.(NBTHKTokubetsu Hozon Paper)
Signature : (Kiku Mon)Takai Echizen Kami Minamoto Rai Nobuyoshi.
Motte Nanbantetsu Saku Kore
Sayagaki: Written by Dr.Kanzan
Takai Echizen Kami Nobuyoshi,
Soe Mei, Motte Nanbantetsu, masterpiece.
Blade length is 2 Shaku 2 Sun 8 Bu.
Shinto: Cyujyo saku : wazamono cutting test ranking: Settsu.
(We divide 4 sections for each sword as Saijyo saku, Jyojyo saku Jyo saku and regular saku)
This sword belongs toJyo Jyo Saku ranking.
The blade was polished.
Habaki : Gold failed double habaki.
Blade length : 69.54 cm or 27.4 inches.
Sori :1.52cm or 0.6 inches.
Mekugi : 2
Width at the hamachi : 3.1cm or 1.22inches.
Width at the Kissaki : 1.87 cm or 0.736 inches.
Kasane : 0.7 cm or 0.276inches.
The weight of the sword 650 grams.
Era : Edo period Enpo era:1673
Shape : The blade is rather wide and thick
with small sori and longer kissaki with double Bo-hi engraved.
Jigane :Koitame hada well grained with jinie attach beautiful Osaka jigane.
The jigane was used by Tamahadane and Nanbantetsu mixed up.
Hamon :Niedeki gunome midare and oo gunome midare
like Douranba hamon thick nioikuchi with sunagasi and small kinsuji.
Bo-Shi is sansaku style notare and round shape with hakikake (brush up) and turns back.
Special feature: Echizen Kami Minamoto Rai Nobuyoshi was 3rd son
of the Shinano Kami Nobuyoshi and moved to Osaka.
It was called Echizen no kami Manamoto Nobuyoshi, Echizen no kami Minamoto rai
Nobuyoshi, and on the top of the signature, he cut the Kikumon (family crest).
At that period, Kanbun, Enpo era, Doranba hamon which were made by Sukehiro
or Inoue Shinkai beautiful thick wide nioikuchi suguha were high reputation
and influenced to many sword makers.
Takai Echizen Kami Nobuyoshi also influenced this kind of Hamon from Sukehiro and Shinkai.
Saya :black brown ishime ji saya.
Tsuba :On the round style iron Tsuba and engraved some design
like Tenpo Tsuba.
Menuki : On the syakudo plate, engraved broom
with gloss color and a mouse which is very interesting design.
Fuchikashira: On the iron plate, some Ume tree’s flowers
family crests are engraved with gold color.
From Aoi Art : He studied about Oo gunome midare from Sukehiro
and succeeded and mastered Sukehiro or Shinkai hamon.
He made a sword with Tamahagane and also portages iron mixed up
which is big different from other sword maker’s.
Back ground of age: Entering the Edo period and moving to a peaceful era, the townspeople’s culture flourished and the demand for Japanese swords
drastically decreased. In the era when the swordsmiths worked hard to produce more gorgeous pieces to eat and spend life.
Swordwork carved into blades to produce more gorgeous works,
and swordsmiths that cannot keep up with it They had to close their business,
Depending on how you look at the gloomy eyes of harsh times,
there is a harsh historical background.
NBTHK Tokubetsu Hozon Token
Aoi Art estimation paper: whole Oshigata.