Ordering number : 16626
Katana in Shirasaya with Koshirae. (NBTHK Tokubetsu Hozon Paper)(NBTHK Hozon Paper: Tsuba)
Signature :Mumei (Enju)
(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 by nice polisher.
Habaki :silver double habaki.
Blade length : 69.3cm or 27.2 inches.
Sori :1.3cm or 0.51 inches.
Mekugi : 3
Width at the hamachi : 2.7cm or 1.06 inches.
Width at the Kissaki : 1.96 cm or 0.77 inches.
Kasane : 0.685cm or 0.269 inches.
Era : Late Kamakura to Ealy Nanbokucyo period.1334.
Shape : The blade is oosuriage mumei(cut shortened)
with regular width and thickness with suitable sori and longer kissaki.
Bo-hi is engraved on both sides of the blade.
Jigane :Koitame hada well grained with jinie attach very clear nice texture.
On the surface of the blade, utsuri appear.
Hamon :Nie deki suguha and many ashi scatter.
Special feature:e Enju School in Higo province is famous as a supplier
of sword for the Kikuchi family that was a loyal retainer of a divided Emperor family
in the Namboku-cho period. The founder of Enju School Kunimura was a pupil of Rai Kunitoshi
in Yamashiro province. The School had prospered following the Kikuchi family
and came to an end in the Age of Provincial Wars.
The representative swordsmits were Kunimura, Kuniyoshi, Kuniyasu and Kuninobu.
The workmanship of this katana is close to Rai School.
Saya :brown red color saya.
Tsuba :On the round iron tsuba, waves and flying birds are engraved with gold color.(NBTHK Hozon Paper)Mumei(Bushu)
Menuki : a man is engraved by syakudo plate.
Fuchikashira:On the syakudo nanako plate, some plant and flying birds are engraved with gold color.
From Aoi Art:Enjyu school is a stream of the Rai school.
This sword was polished by good polisher and good jigane comes
out. This school influenced Hizen swords especially excellent jigane and hamon.
The mounting is good condition and well fit for the sword.
NBTHK Tokubetsu Hozon Paper for the blade.
NBTHK Hozon Paper for the Tsuba.
Aoi Art estimation paper : whole Oshigata.