Ordering number : 16601
Katana in Koshirae. (NBTHK Hozon Paper)
Signature : Bizen Kuni Junin Ichiryushi Nagamitsu Saku.
Murakumo Gyokushin 15 Mai Tanren
Showa 18 Nen Chushu Tame Yokoda Sadaharu shi( This blade was made for Mr. Yokota Sadadaharu in Autumn 1943)
(We divide 4 sections for each sword as Saijyo saku, Jyojyo saku Jyo saku and regular saku)
This sword belongs to Saijyo saku ranking.
The blade was polished.
Habaki :Gold single color.
Blade length : 67.0 cm or 26.4 inches.
Sori :1,7cm or 0.67inches.
Mekugi : 1
Width at the hamachi : 3.17cm or 1.248inches.
Width at the Kissaki : 2.35 cm or 0.93inches.
Kasane : 0.69cm or 0.272inches.
Era : Showa war time.
Shape : The blade is wide and thick
with suitable sori and longer kissaki and Ububa (not polished much)
Jigane :Koitame hada well grained with jinie attach Muji style.
Hamon :Nioideki small Cyoji midare and small gunome midare mixed with ashi.
Special feature:During world war time, Shigetaro Emura,
a governor of Okayama prison, reformed honest prisoners
by making them produce Japanese swords.
This allowed the prison to make many swords.
They made Japanese swords under Ichimura and also Nagamitsu.
Ichihara invited Nagamitsu as a leader of the sword making.
Nagamitsu was a member of the army sword making craftsman
and got the prize of the army sword technical fosterage prize.
At a glance, the Nagamitsu swords looks poor and not looks good
because these swords were polished by poor polisher.
If the blade will be polished by good polisher, the sword will be changed a lot.
This sword is also very active Cyoji midare hamon which looks like
Shinshinto Yokoyama school. I sometimes see such kind of nice swords
which was made by Nagamitsu.
We strongly recommend unusual long and active Nagamitsu sword for you.
Koshirae : special ordered mounting.(unusual nice maounting)
Saya :Aogai chirashi(tinuy blue shell powder spred on the saya)
Tsuba :on the mokko style iron tsuba, rise up the rim. Edo period.
Menuki : family crest is engraved with gold color.
Fuchikashira and Kojiri:waves are engraved by silver plate.
From Aoi art:I have seen many Nagamitsu but this Nagamitsu is very big
different. Because the signature is long character and also Uramei
is mentioned. Unoushin 15 Mai Tanren Bizen Kuni Jyunin Ichiryushi Nagamitsu saku and Uramei is Syowa 18th Cyusyu(middle Autumn) Tame
Yokota Sadaharu(orderd name) special ordered name.
I habe never seen before such kind of precious sword.
The signature must be important data for Nagamitsu.
The sword will be good investment sword in the future.
NBTHK Hozon Paper
Aoi Art estimation paper : whole Oshigata.