Ordering number: 09199
Katana in Shirasaya with Koshirae(NBTHK Tokubetsu Hozon Token)
Signature: Mumei(attributed as Yamato Shizu)
(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: Gold foiled double habaki.
Blade length:69.8cm or 27.48inches.
Sori:1.0cm or 0.39inches.
Width at the hamachi:3.18cm or 1.25inches.
Width at the Kissaki:2.25cm or 0.88inches.
Kasane:0.71cm or 0.27inches.
The weight of the sword:765grams.
Era: The early Nanbokucho period
Shape: The blade is broad and thick with longer Kissaki/
Jigane: Koitamehada is grained well with Jinie. Chikei comes in and the Hadame is visible.
Hamon: Niedeki Ko-Gunomemidare, Chojimidare comes in, Ashi works well. Sunagashi and Kinsuji works in Hachu. Boshi is Midarekomi and after that becomes Hakikake and finally Niju-ba.
Special Feature: The word „Yamato Shizu“ was originally used to indicate the works by Kaneuji(兼氏） before he moved to Shizu in Noshu Tagi province, when he used the name Kaneuji(包氏). However, after he had moved, some people named themselves as Kaneuji(包氏) in Yamato, and they are also called as „Yamato Shizu“. This work is full of Gunomemidare and jinie. The Jigane is strong. Hamon is mixture of Gunome, Ko-Gunome, and Choji: the characteristic of Yamato Shizu.
Tsuba: 8-Mokko-shaped brass Tsuba. The lines are engraved with silver color.
Fuchikashira: On iron plate, clouds are engraved with gold color.
Saya: Ishimeji Saya. The rear is Kawari-Nuri-Saya.(oddly painted)
Menuki: On gold(probably) plate, a dragon is engraved.
Kojiri: On iron plate, clouds are engraved with gold color.
Thread: made of leather.
From Aoi Art: This Yamato Shizu is extremely excellent, especially Jigane. Hamon has the very characteristics of Yamato Shizu, and also the powerfulness unique to Koto. Koshirae is Higo Koshirae and it has a certain atmosphere. We truly recommend this one for you.
NBTHK Tokubetsu Hozon Token paper
Aoi Art estimation paper:whole Oshigata