Ordering number : 18578
Katana in Shirasaya with Koshirae(NBTHK Tokubetsu Hozon Paper)(Consignment Sale)
Signature : Satsuyoshi Motohira/Tenmei 2 nen 2 gatsuhi(Feb1782)
Shinshinto: Jyojyo saku: Satsuma
(We divide 4 sections for each sword as Saijyo saku, Jyojyo saku
Jyo saku and regular saku)
This belongs to Jyojyo saku ranking.
The blade was polished.
Blade length : 69.84 cm or 27.49 inches.
Sori : 1.36 cm or 0.53 inches.
Mekugi : 1
Width at the hamachi : 3.10 cm or 1.22 inches.
Width at the Kissaki : 2.18 cm or 0.85 inches.
Kasane : 0.70 cm or 0.27 inches.
Era : Edo period, around Tenmei era 1782.
Shape : Regular width and thickness Katana.
Nice shape Katana.
Jigane : Itame Hada well grained with Jinie attach.
Hamon : Nie Deki, Notare and Gunome Midare with thick Nioikuchi.
In Ha, there are Sunagashi and Kinsuji.
Special feature : Satsuma province produced excellent swordsmiths
under the patronage of the Shimazu family. Motohira, born as a son
of retaind swordsmith Oku Motonao in 1744 was a representative swordsmith
in early Shin-to period. Motohira succeeded the headship of family in 1777
and was appointed Yamato (No) Kami in 1789. His younger brothers Mototake
and Motoyasu were also excellent swordsmith
and their collaboration still survives. Motohira passed away in 1826, aged 83.
This blade was made in 1782 at the age of 38.
Tsuba : Round shape iron Tsuba, tree is engraved.
Fuchikashira : Shakudo, crane and plants are engraved with gold color.
Saya : Black Roiro Saya with Aogaichirashi.
Menuki : Shakudo, peony is engraved with gold color.
From Aoi Art: Motohira was highly regarded as a sword smith in Satsuma.
Especially his Jigane is well grained and blackish.
The blade is active notare gunome midare with chikei and inside
of the Hamon are working sunagashi kinsuji and also yubashiri.
We recommend this sword for you.
NBTHK Tokubetsu Hozon Paper
Aoi Art estimation paper : whole Oshigata.