Ordering number: 20397
Katana in Shirasaya(49th NBTHK Juyo Token)(consignment sale)
Signature: Mimei attributed as Chikakage
(We divide 4 sections for each sword as Saijyo saku, Jyojyo saku Jyo saku and regular
This sword belongs to saikyo saku ranking.
The blade was polished by one of the top polisher.
Habaki : Gold foiled single habaki.
Blade length : 64.7 cm or 25.47 inches.
Sori : 1.3cm or 0.51 inches.
Mekugi : 1
Width at the hamachi : 2.8 cm or 1.10 inches.
Width at the Kissaki : 1.79 cm or 0.70 inches.
Kasane : 0.54 cm or 0.21 inches.
The weight of the sword 570 grams.
Era : Late Kamakura period.
Shape : O-Suriage Mumei Katana, regular width and thickness with large Sori. There are Bo-Hi and Soe-Hi on both side of the blade.
Jigane : Ko Itame Hada and Ko Mokume Hada well grained with Jinie attach. There are fine Chikei and Utsuri. The Jigane is clear.
Hamon : Nie Deki, Choji Midare with thick Nioikuchi.
Special feature: Chikakage was a student of Nagamitsu.
He was active in the late Kamakura period to the early Nanbokucho period. He is about the same age as Kagemitsu and it seen as a little junior. The signature of Kagemitsu and Chikakage are very similar. It is inferred that the relationship between the two was extremely close.
But the Boshi style is Togari gokoro. We can see the individuality of this swordsmith.
From Aoi Art: The Jigane is Ko-Itame Hada and Mokume Hada
well grained with fine Jinie. There are Midare Utsuri.
The Hamon is Choji Midare, rouded Gunome Midare, squared Gunome Midare, and Togari- Ba. Form the work, this Chikakage appraisal seems to be the most valid.
In the Ha, there are many Ashi and Yo. The blade is excellent.
Bizen Nagamitsu at the top, Kagemitsu, Chikakagem Sanenaga and so on.
We highly recommend this masterpiece. Please keep this blade as an heirloom for a long time.
49th NBTHK Juyo paper
Aoi Art estimation paper: whole Oshigata.