Ordering number : 19028
Katana in Shirasaya (NBTHK Tokubetsu Hozon Token)
Signature: Tohi Fujiwara Masateru
Kansei 11, 2 Gatsuhhi (Feburary 1799)
Shinto: Ryo-saku : Higo.
AOI Bijyutasu Syosin Kanteisyo NBTHK Tokubetsu Hozon Token
(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 :Gold wrapped single hanbaki.
Blade length : 76.36 cm or 30.06 inches.
Sori :0.91cm or 0.358 inches.
Mekugi : 1
Width at the hamachi : 3.43cm or 1.35inches.
Width at the Kissaki : 0.91 or 0.358 inches.
Kasane : 0.66cm or 0.26 inches.
Weight of the blade:825 grams.
Era : Late Edo period Kansei era. 1799.
Shape : The blade is wide and thick with regular sori and longer kissaki.
Jigane :Koitame hada well grained with jinie attach beautiful nice texture.
Hamon : Niedeki gunome midare with deep niookuchi,
togari gunome midare. In Hamon, there are sunagashi, kinsuji work.
Bo-shi is midarekomi rather darler hakikake style.
Special feature: Masateru is a streams of of Higo Enyu school
and studied under the Ho-Ki Kami Masayuki.
Probably he was helping sword making for his master Masayuki.
His work looks like Koto Shizu and Samonji.
From Aoi Art : This sword is master piece of Masateru.
This sword is is very similar with his master Masayuki.
This sword is thick and wide and shizumi gokoro(dark) cut well sword.
We recommend this nice active hamon. Generally sword makers (blacksmith) made very wide and thick massive work long bale
from ancient age. This tradition continues even in the Showa period
with great swordsmanship such as Do Tanuki,the motoyukii, Masayuki,
and other many stars in the Edo period.
Moriyoshi and more recently, Taro Akamatsu and others are active.
The spectacular work is an old work, Shizu, Samonji while staring
at this Sakurajima. Many sword makers were produced imitating old Koto blade.
some beautiful sword‘s signature, removed inscription and imitated Koto blade.
Motohira, Masayuki, etc. have devised to not make their fakes by changing
the hidden parts.and a shindig line of the Nakago and other place.
Please purchase extravagant swords of the work in the blade in a dignified work.
Please read our advice:
Keeping the sword for a long period, the sword had better to keep
in the Shirasaya not inside Koshirae. You must keep the sword
in good condition without making rust. Because in your country,
it is difficult to polish your sword and if you want to make polishing
the blade you must send the sword to Japan.
It is hard to polish the sword because shipping sword and customs,
and also in orderrto send back the sword, we have to obtain
an export license again.
We recommend to taking care regularly your sword in good condition.
Therefor we recommend your sword in Shirasaya.
NBTHK Tokubetsu Hozon Token
Aoi Art estimation paper whole Oshigata.