Ordering Number: 23462
Katana in Shirasaya with Koshirae and box.(NBTHK Tokubetsu Hozon Token)
Inscription: Sanetsugu 真次
Bicchu Aoe Sanetsugu
Blade length: 2 Shaku 2 Sun 2 Bu.
Bo-hi is carved on the both sides. 350 gold coins
The inscription of Sanetsu on the ura side.
from Hosokawa family
written by Honami Koson in Showa 18(1943).
(We divide 4 sections for each sword as Saijyo saku, Jyojyo saku Jyo saku and regular saku)
This sword belongs to Jyojyo sau ranking.
habaki: Solid gold Habaki 40g
The blade was polished.
Blade length : 62.7cm or 24.7 in
Sori : 2.0cm or 0.8 in
Mekugi : 5
Width at the hamachi : 2.7 cm or 1.0 in
Width at the Kissaki : 1.7 cm or 0.4 om
Kasane : 0.7cm or 0.3 in
The weight of the sword: 560grams
Era: the early Muromachi period around 1400.
Shape: Suriage Mumei, regular width and thickness with large Sori. There are Bo-Hi on the both side of the blade.
Jigane Ko-mokume Hada well grained with Utsuri
Hamon: Ko-niedeki suguha hamon with Ko-ashi and Yo.
The Ha is bright. Boshi is rounded.
Saya : Black lacquered saya.
Tsuba: shakudo nanako tsuba with high-relief carving of peony and shi-shi dog.
Menuki: carving of shi-shi dog.
Fuchikashira: shakudo-nanao plate with high-relief carving of shi-shi god.
From Aoi Art: NBTHK judged this sword made in the early Muromachi period, but the inscription looks more old to me.
Sayagaki was written by Honami Koson.
NBTHK Tokubetsu Hozon Token
Aoi Art estimation paper