Katana in Shirasaya (The 46th NBTHK Juyo Token)
Signature : Bicchu Kuni Jyu Tsuguyoshi Saku 備中国住次吉作
(We divide 4 sections for each sword as Saijyo saku, Jyojyo saku, Jyo saku, and regular
This sword belongs to Saijyo Saku ranking.
Chu Koto:Jyo-jyo Saku Hi:Owazamono
The blade was polished.
Habaki : Gold foiled single habaki.
Blade length : 61.5 cm or 24.2 inches.
Sori :1.4 cm or 0.55 inches.
Mekugi : 2
Width at the hamachi : 3.03cm or inches.
Kasane : 0.7cm or 0.27inches.
The weight of the sword:755grams.
Era : Nambokucho period, Jouji era(1362-1367)
Shape : Large Nagamaki, Mei on Nakago, Bo-hi and Soe-hi on the both sides.
Jigane :Koitame-hada well grained with Jinie attach, becomes Chirimen-hada and Utsuri
Hamon :Koniedeki Suguha, becomes Notare, Koashi and Ha work very actively.
Special feature:Suriage and Machiokuri are done but we have Mei left on
Nakago, “Bicchu Kuni Ju Tsuguyoshi Saku”, we can feel the
gorgeousness of the Nagamaki shape at that time. Nagamaki at the
time was called as “Chu Aoe”, and they were relatively gorgeous-
From Aoi Art: Almost Ubu Nagamaki, we can see the shape of what it used to
be. Normally, Aoe school engraved Mei by Katanamei, but this work
has Tachimei. The condition is very healthy, and we don’t have much works of
them in the present market. Jigane is great and Hamon is elegant: we
truly recommend this for you. It is already approved as Juyo Token and
it worth that.
46th NBTHK Juyo Token
Aoi Art estimation paper:whole Oshigata.