Ordering number : 19216
Katana in Shirasaya(NBTHK Hozon Token)
Signature: Toto Ju Yoshiwara Kuniie Seitan Kore
Showa 20 Nen 3 Gatsu Kichijitsu (Lucky day, March 1945)
(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 : Copper single habaki.
Blade length : 67.7 cm or 26.65 inches.
Sori : 1.6 cm or 0.62 inches.
Mekugi : 1
Width at the hamachi : 3.15 cm or 1.24 inches.
Width at the Kissaki : 2.27 cm or 0.89 inches.
Kasane : 0.64 cm or 0.25 inches.
The weight of the sword 770 grams.
Era : Showa 20(1945).
Shape : Wide and thick blade with large Sori.
The Ubu-Ba is left.
Jigane : Ko Itame Hada well grained with Jinie attach.
The Jigane is clear.
Hamon : Nie Deki, Gunome Midare with many Ashi and Kinsuji.
Special feature: Kuniie, whose real name was Yoshihara Katsuyoshi
was born in Ibaraki pref. in 1893. He entered to the Nihon-to Tanren
Denshu-Sho in1932 that was established by Kurihara Hikosaburo
Nobuhide. Kuniie was in Kasama Shigetsugu’s clan. In 1938,
Kuniie started to work as a master swordsmith of Jumei-tosho
at Itabashi Zohei-sho, a plant for supplying arms to army during wartime in Itabashi-Ku, Tokyo.
Kuniie was very good at the forging the sword
of Soden-Bizen style. He passed away in1970.
His grandchildren, Kuniie the Second and Yoshindo are also
famous contemporary swordsmiths.
There are some rusts on the blade. And the position of the Tsuka Mekugi hole is off.
Polishing and making Shirasaya are avaiable at an additional cost.
From Aoi Art: It is very rare for the production date “March 1945”.
August 15th, 1945 is the end of the Pacific War.
NBTHK Hozon Token
Aoi Art estimation paper: whole Oshigata.