Ordering number : 18620
Katana in Shirasaya(Guaranteed for NBTHK Hozon paper)
Signature : Showa Hinoetatsu-toshi Hachi-gatsu Kichi-jitsu(a day in August,1976), Musashi-koku Ju Yoshihara Souji saku kore
(We divide 4 sections for each sword as Saijyo saku, Jyojyo saku Jyo saku and regular saku)
This sword belongs to ranking.
The blade was polished very well.
Habaki : Gold fold double Habaki.
Blade length : 72.6 cm or 28.58 inches.
Sori : 2.5 cm or 0.98 inches.
Mekugi : 1
Width at the hamachi : 3.27 cm or 1.28 inches.
Width at the Kissaki : 2.23 cm or 0.88 inches.
Kasane : 0.75 cm or 0.29 inches.
Era : Showa 51 (1976)
Shape : Wide and thick, it has Bohi grooves on both sides, Sori is very big. this sword looks like the one from the middle Kamakura period.
Jigane : Itame-hada with Masame, Jinie attached well, beautiful grain pattern.
Hamon : Konie-deki, Choji-midare Hamon with active Ashi. Boshi is round with Midarekomi style.
Special Feature : Yoshihara Souji was born in 1945.
He learned from his grand father Kuniie the first generation and studied Bizen-den style with his elderly brother Yoshindo.
He awarded a lot of prizes and is designated Mukansa in1982, 6 years later making this sword.
Now he is designated as an important intangible cultural asset of Tokyo, It’s safe to say that he is the representative sword smith of Japan.
From Aoi Art: Yoshihara Souji is one of the most famous living sword smiths.
He tried to make the reproduction of Ichimonji, considering this awesome Choji Hamon.
Not only Hamon, the shape and the Jigane, which must be made at his very own steel mill.
Background of the history : Japan AirLine(JAL) was founded at 31 July, 1951.
Guaranteed : NBTHK Hozon paper
Aoi Art estimation paper : whole Oshigata.