Ordering number: 19502
Katana in Shirasaya with Koshirae(NBTHK Tokubetsu Hozon Token)
Signature : Unsigned attributed to Enju school
(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 habaki.
Blade length : 63.8 cm or 25.12 inches.
Sori : 1.8 cm or 0.70 inches.
Mekugi : 3
Width at the hamachi : 3.04 cm or 1.19 inches.
Width at the Kissaki : 2.32 cm or 0.91 inches.
Kasane : 0.66 cm or 0.26 inches.
The weight of the sword : 685 grams.
Era : Late Kamakura period
Shape : O-Suriage, a thick and wide sword with a little deep Sori.
Jigane : Small Itame-hada mixed with Mokume, Jinie and Chikei attached, Utsuri apparent slightly.
Hamon : Nie-deki, Suguha, thick Nioikuchi.
Boshi : O-Maru, short Kaeri.
Special Feature : The Enju school was founded by Kunimura who was an apprentice of Kunitoshi of the Rai school. So that the schools’ swords have a lot in common.
The school was active from the late Kamakura period and worked under the Kikuchi family in Higo province, but they went into a decline when the family lost its power around the late Sengoku period.
The notable smiths of the school are Kunimura, Kunitoshi, Kuniyoshi, Kuniyasu, and Kuninobu.
This sword shows some styles of the Rai school swords, it looks really sophisticated and stylish, it compares favorably with a Juyo sword.
Koshirae : Tachi Koshirae
Saya : Tachibana family crest is painted.
Tsuba : Copper Tsuba with Tachibana family crest design.
Menuki : Copper Menuki with some design.
Fuchikashira : Copper Fuchkashira with Tachibana family crest design.
From Aoi-Art : Although the sword is unsigned, it shows such distinctive characteristics of the Enju school, as the wide sword, the deep Sori, nice shape, and the well-grained Jigane.
The Koshirae is nicely put together.
NBTHK Tokubetsu Hozon paper
Aoi Art estimation paper: whole Oshigata.