Ordering number : 08549
Katana in Shirasaya with Koshirae.(NBTHK Tokubetsu Hozon Paper for the blade)(NBTHK Hozon Paper for the Tsuba)
Signature: Suifu Ju Norikatsu(Tokkatsu) (1st generation)
Ansei 4 Nen 2 Gatsuhi
(The blade was made in February 1857.)
Sayagaki: written by Mr. Tanobe.
Suifu Ju Katsumura Norikatsu(Tokkatsu),6 Kanji characters, there is a production date “Ansei 4 year(1857)”.
We sometimes see this Sosho font style.
The work is typical of this school. The blade is healthy.
Shinshinto: Jyo saku: 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.
Habaki : Syakudo single habaki.
Blade length : 75.7 cm or 29.80 inches.
Sori : 1.8 cm or 0.70 inches.
Mekugi : 1
Width at the hamachi : 3.05 cm or 1.20 inches.
Width at the Kissaki : 2.05 cm or 0.80 inches.
Kasane : 0.73 cm or 0.28 inches.
Weight of the blade: 880 grams
Era : Edo period Ansei era.
Shape : The blade is long size and wide, thick
with deep sori and longer kissaki and left Ubuha on the Hamachi area.
Jigane :Masame hada well grained with jinie attach beautiful Masame Hada texture.
There is a tiny Hakobore(chip) on about 25cm from the Habaki.
Shinogi ji: Masame hada well grained.
Hamon :Nie deck suguha based double hamon, in Hamon, there are many sunagashi and kinsuji work also small ash and Yo work.
Bo-shi is round Togari kissaki hakikake style yakisage 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.
Saya :Black roiro saya.
Tsuba :The Tsuba is a thin round square shape.
The wheel is engraved with open work. NBTHK Hozon Paper: Mumei(Heianjo Zogan)
Fuchikashira:On the iron plate, stone wall is engraved.
Menuki : Cherry flowers are engraved by syakudo plate.
From Aoi Art: This work is a long and wide body with a raw blade, a stackable enough work with a deep warp, and a good appearance
This is work. Nowadays, the number of works on the eyes is decreasing
and it can be said that it is the keynote.
Norikatsu who was Mito’s warrior at that time became a disciple of Tokumune,
studied the swords in Masame hada, and then went out to Edo
and studied from Hosokawa Masayoshi and Koyama Munetsugu.
After learning from Ishido Unjyu Korekazu He returned to his homeland Mito province.
It is thought that there were also influenced such as Sendai Kokubu,
Ichige Tokurin, etc.
At that time Sendai Kunikane was well known sword maker as making Masamehada
and influenced a lot to the sword makers and sword collectors
around Sendai to Hitachi province. Of course He was influenced
from Kunikane and decided to make Masame hada swords.
He succeeded to make Masame hada and welcomed from Many Samurai
and high ranking samurai.
If there is an opportunity to polish in the future,
we will introduce a good polisher who is high ranking polisher for Masame had polishing.
Koshirae is a simple work with no flashy appearance,
it seems to be a favorite by Samurai at that time.
I would like to introduce you to this Tokkatsu(Norikatsu) masame hada
wonderful sword for you.
background of age:
Ansei 6 Nen Inoue Fumimasa 1859. Niigata.
NBTHK Tokubetsu Hozon Token.
NBTHK Hozon Tosogu for the Tsuba.
Aoi Art estimation paper: whole Oshigata.