Ordering number : 19372
Katana in Shirasaya with Koshirae(NBTHK Tokubetsu Hozon Token)
Signature : Kikumon Echizen Kami Fujiwara Nobuyoshi
Shinto : Chu-jyo-saku : Wazamono : Settsu
(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.
Habaki : Gold foiled single habaki.
Blade length : 69.6 cm or 27.4inches.
Sori : 1.3cm or 0.5 inches.
Mekugi : 2
Width at the hamachi : 3.15cm or 1.24 inches.
Width at the Kissaki : 2.23cm or 0.87 inches.
Kasane : 0.64 cm or 0.25 inches.
The weight of the sword : 725grams.
Era : Edo period, Genroku era (1688)
Shape : The width and thickness are proper but the Sori is a little bit deeper.
Jigane : Well grained Koitame-hada with Jinie attached.
Hamon : Deep Nioikuchi, Yakidashi is straight but the rest is Gunome-midare. Boshi is midarekomi.
Special Feature : Echizen kami Minamto Rai Nobuyoshi was the 3rd son of Shinano kami Nobuyoshi.
He made many nice swords from Enpo to Genroku era.
Saya : Syu-nuri Saya with plant design.
Tsuba : made of Suaka, flowers carving.
Menuki : made of Syakudo, flowers carving.
Bashin : made of iron, flowers carving
From Aoi Art : In Settsu province, there’re so many swordmiths active,
the leading swordsmiths of the time were Tsuda Sukehiro and Inoue Shinkai and their swords inspired other smiths there a lot.
Echizen kami Minamoto Rai Nobuyoshi left nice swords as much as Inoue Shinkai.
This sword displays Gunome-midare with deep Nioikuchi.
The flower&plant-themed Koshirae looks marvelous also.
NBTHK Tokubetsu Hozon Token
Aoi Art estimation Paper: whole Oshigata.