Ordering Number: 23534
Katana in Shirasaya (38th Juyo Token*reissued)
Inscription: Mumei (Katayama Ichimonji)
(Gold inlay) Tsuda Kami
(We divide 4 sections for each sword as Saijyo saku, Jyojyo saku Jyo saku and regular saku)
This sword belongs to Saijo Saku ranking.
habaki: Gold foiled double Habaki.
The blade was polished.
Blade length: 68.9 cm or 27.1inches
Sori : 1.5 cm or 0.6 inches
Mekugi : 1
Width at the hamachi : 3.1cm or 1.2 inches
Width at the Kissaki : 2.7 cm or 1.06 inches
Kasane : 0.7 cm or 0.3 inches
The weight of the sword :660 grams
Era: the mid-Kamakura period
Shape: Namaki Naoshi, katana shortened from a large naginata.
Jigane: Komokumehada and koitamehada are mixed. There is clear utsuri.
Hamon: Sakasa Choji Midare, gorgeous Hamon.
Boshi is Midarekomi style. There are Kinsuji, Sunagashi, and soft Ashi in hamon.
Features: We call the swordsmith clan “Katayama Ichimonji” because Norifusa from Fukuoka Ichimonji school moved to Katayama. Katayama is said to have been in Bizen or Bicchu artist, but it is not clear. Norifusa’s works have several deffrent styles of inscription, and its styles varies widely, so it is said that there were not only one Norifusa but several generations.
Their characteristics are strong and bright Jigane and smaller Chojimidare with small particles of Ashi in Ha.
38th Juyo Token*reissued paper
Aoi Art estimation paper