Katana in Shirasaya(NBTHK the 25th Juyo Token)
Signature: Mumei(attributed as Den Shizu)
Chu Koto: Saijyo saku: Oowazamono: Mino
(We divide 4 sections for each sword as Saijyo saku, Jyojyo saku Jyo saku and regular saku)
This sword belongs to Jyo saku ranking.
habaki: Gold foiled double Habaki
The blade is polished.
Blade length:65.60cm or 25.82inches.
Sori:2.57cm or 1.01inches.
Width at the hamachi:2.84cm or 1.11inches.
Width at the Kissaki:1.97cm or 0.77inches.
Kasane:0.62cm or 0.24inches.
The weight of the sword:630grams
Era: The early Nambokucho period
Shape: The blade is slightly narrow and slightly thick with deep Sori. Well-shaped work.
Jigane: Itamehada is dense with Jinie and Chikei. Yubashiri comes in.
Hamon: Notare and Gunomemidare mixes in with deep and thick Nioi.
Special feature: Shizu generally means Kaneuji, one of Soshu Masamune 10 Tetsu. This work is narrow but there are some Kaneuji works that have narrow blades, and this blade shows the characteristics of Kaneuji swords. It is well made and we can believe it is Kaneuji work.
Tsuba: Shakudo, dragon and wave are engraved with gold color.
Fuchikashira: Shakudo, dragon and wave are engraved with gold color.
Menuki:Shakudo, tiger and panther are engraved with gold color.
From Aoi Art: Especially, Jigane is beautiful, and Jigane has a cross-grained texture. Although this work is unsigned, it has been identified as Shizu (saburo Kaneuji).
The NBTHK 25th Juyo Token
Aoi Art estimation paper: whole Oshigata