Katana: In Shirasaya (NBTHK the 35th Juyo Token)
Inscription: Unsigned (judged as Motomitsu)
Chukoto: Josaku: Wazamono: Bizen
At our company, we categorize our pieces as Saijo Saku (Top Excellence), Jojosaku (Very Good), Josaku (Good), and Futsusaku (Average) based on the skill of the swordsmith. This work is classified as Saijo Saku, indicating its exceptional quality.
Habaki: Gold foiled single Habaki
Blade Length: 75.8 cm (29.84 inches)
Curvature: 2.0 cm (0.79 inches)
Peg Holes: 3
Width at the Base: 3.00 cm (1.18 inches)
Width at the Tip: 2.1 cm (0.83 inches)
Thickness: 0.64 cm (0.25 inches)
Sword Weight: 820 grams
Era: Nanbokucho Period, Bunna 1352
Shape: A wide body with a slightly deep curve and an elongated kissaki, creating a well-balanced structure. The blade exhibits a significant kasane (thickness) and a dignified sori (curve).
Jigane: The jigane features well-refined ko-itame hada (small wood grain pattern) with noticeable reflection. The shinogi-ji displays a pattern resembling mokume hada (burl wood grain), and hints of masame hada (straight grain) are also visible, reflecting the antiquity of the era.
Hamon: The hamon is a lively gunome-midare pattern with prominent ashi (feet) entering the nie-flecked nioiguchi. The bōshi is irregular and returns in a small rounded shape.
Characteristics: This work is attributed to the Kanemitsu school and includes blades signed with the title “Sabeinojo.” The style is similar to Kanemitsu’s, with a prevalence of gunome-midare patterns reminiscent of his work. The pieces in the Kanemitsu style are wide-bodied, featuring various forms of gunome and a noble appearance in long dimensions. The noticeable falling shoulders in the gunome pattern have led to opinions supporting its authenticity based on tradition.
Tsuba: Shakudo Nanako Tsuba with openwork. Dragon and clouds are engraved with gold color.
Fuchikashira: Shakudo Nanako base. Dragon is engraved with gold color. Fuchi Mei- Hidemoto(Kao)
Menuki: Shakudo Nanako base. Dragon is engraved with gold color.
Saya: Aogai Chirashi Saya
From Aoi Art: The robust shape of this piece, along with its pronounced sori and finely-tempered jigane, is highlighted by the appearance of bo-shaped reflections on the hamon. This work exudes a sense of robustness and its hamon evokes the craftsmanship of Kagemitsu, reminiscent of his style. Koshirae is also a masterpiece with dragon fittings.
There is a light rust on the lower part of the Habaki. It may look like a jointed Nakago, but it is not.
NBTHK the 35th Juyo Token
Aoi Art Estimation Paper: Whole Oshigata by Ayaka Tsuruta