Ordering number: 20417
Katana in Shirasaya(NBTHK Tokubetsu Hozon Token)
Hou Shuku Minamoto Moriyoshi 奉祝 源盛吉
Heisei 3 gatsu 12 nichi 平成二年十一月十二日
(We divide 4 sections for each sword as Saijyo saku, Jyo-jyo saku Jyo saku and regular saku)
This sword belongs to Jyo Jyo Saku ranking.
The blade was polished.
Habaki:silver single habaki.
Blade length: 79.2 cm or 31.2 inches.
Sori: 2.3 cm or 0.9 inches.
Width at the hamachi: 3.5 cm or 1.4 inches.
Width at the Kissaki: 2.8 cm or 1.1 inches.
Kasane: 0.7 cm or 0.3 inches.
The weight of the sword: 1,100 grams.
Era: Modern times
Shape: Wide and thick blade, Sori is deep with long Kissaki, magnificent work.
Jigane: Koitame-hada well grained, Jinie attached, beautiful Jigane.
Hamon: Niedeki, Gunome-midare mixed with Choji-midare, Ashi works well and Kinsuji works in the blade.
Special feature: Minamoto Moriyoshi(born Tanigawa Matsuyoshi in 1920)
made swords at Yatsushiro in Kumamoto pref.
He learned from Kongo-byoe Moritaka Yasuhiro and Enju Taro Nobushige, who was accepted as the 8th generation by Moritaka.
In 1941, Kongo-byoe Moritaka Yasuhiro gave Moriyoshi the swordsmith name Enju Nobutsugu Minamoto Moriyoshi.
In the postwar Japan, starting by forging commemorative swords called Kowa-kinen-to(Peace memorial sword)when Japan concluded the peace treaty with the United States at San Francisco in 1952, Moriyoshi made some portion of them.
Agency of Cultural Affairs officially approved him to make swords in 1954.
He got several prizes at the annual sword-making competition held by NBTHK, won a reputation reviving the hamon of Kiyomaro in 1978-1979 and was designated as a Mukansa-tosho in 1985. He passed away in 1990, aged 70.
From Aoi Art: Tanigawa Moriyoshi, who has left a number of masterpieces as a Mukansa swordsmith, has continued to produce Soshu Bizen-den.
There was a trace of making swords with homemade iron, with which he made unique Jigane.
This work is thought to have copied the Kiyomaro, and the Jigane is well-grained.
It’s a pity that he couldn’t become a Living National
Treasure, but he worth it.
This sword is a copy of the most famous Shinshinto, Kiyomaro.
We recommend this wonderful work absolutely.
NBTHK Tokubetsu Hozon Token
Aoi Art estimation paper