Ordering number : 17470
Katana in Shirasaya(NBTHK Tokubetsu Hozon Paper)
Signature : Suifu Ju Katsumura Norikatsu (first generatin)
Keio 3 Nen 8 Gatsuhi (August 1867)
Shinshinto:Jyo saku ranking:Hitachi.
(We divide 4 sections for each sword as Saijyo saku, Jyojyo saku Jyo saku and regular saku)
This sword belongs to Jyo Jyo saku ranking.
The blade was polished by high ranking polisher.
Habaki :gold wrapped double habaki.
Blade length : 70.0 cm or 27.56 inches.
Sori :1.4cm or 0.55 inches.
Mekugi : 2
Width at the hamachi :3.08 cm or 1.21inches.
Width at the Kissaki : 2.16 cm or 0.85 inches.
Kasane : 0.765cm or 0.85 inches.
Era : Late Edo period Keio era 1867.
Shape : The blade is rather wide and thick
with suitable nice sori and longer kissaki.
Jigane :Masame hada well grained with jinie attach beautiful masame hada.
Hamon :Niedeki suguha based double hamon
with thick nioikuchi ashi, uchinoke work.
Boshi is midarekomi hakikake, kaen style.
Special feature:Katsumura Norikatsu, born Hikoroku at Edo as a son of samurai served the damain of Mito at Edo in 1809. He learned under Norimune, Hosokawa Masayoshi and Unju Korekazu. Norikatsu and his clan lived in an official residence of the damain of Mito in Edo around 1864 to supply swords for patriots overthrowing the Shogunate in that period. The workmanship aimed at practical use and strongly influenced by Unju Korekazu. Norikatsu passed away in 1872 after the Meiji Restoration
in 1867, aged 64.
From Aoi Art: Recently it is rather hard to look for Norikatsu(Tokkatsu) sword because the jigane is Masamehada and also related with Mito Aizu
Feudal clan so many sword collectors are looking for this kind of sword.
The blade is polished perfectly and quite nice elegant hamon.
We’d like to introduce this nice masame hada first generation Norikatsu for you.
NBTHK Tokubetsu Hozon Paper
Aoi Art estimation paper : whole Oshigata.