Ordering number : 18455
Katana in Shirasaya
Signature : Echigo no Kuni Yoshimitsu saku / Showa 54 nen 8 gatsu (sword is made at someday in August. 1979)
(We divide 4 sections for each sword as Saijyo saku, Jyojyo saku Jyo saku and regular saku)
This sword belongs to Jyojyo saku ranking.
The blade was polished.
Habaki : silver single Habaki
Blade length : 76.6 cm or 30.15 inches.
Sori : 2.1 cm or 0.82 inches.
Mekugi : 1
Width at the hamachi : 3.37 cm or 1.33 inches.
Width at the Kissaki : 2.22 cm or 0.87 inches.
Kasane : 0.69 cm or 0.27 inches.
Era : Showa 54 (ca 1979)
Shape : Long, wide and thick. deep Sori, Chu-Kissaki, nice shape.
Jigane : Koitame-hada well grained. Jinie attached well.
Hamon : Splendid Nie-deki and Choji-midare, Ashi working really well, soft feeling Nioi-kuchi working.
Special Feature : Ohno Yoshimitsu was born at Showa 23rd October 16th Niigata prefecture.
At Showa 44, he studied under the Yoshihara Yoshindo, Yoshihara Shouji.
He studied very hard and got the permission for making Japanese swords from
Japanese government at Syowa 55.
After several years, He got a lot of prizes like the prize of The Agency for Cultural Affairs chief.
Takamatsu miya Imperial prince prize and became Mukansa sword maker.
He is well known Yamadorige utsusi which sword is marvelous one of the most famous
Gendai swords. We don’t come across a wonderful work bizen Cyoji midare sword.
The real Yamadorige sword belong to Uesugi family’s national treasure.
Oono Yoshimitsu succeeded to restore to original shape and Hamon.
He must be the most well known Bizen Choji midare sword maker and exceed Ningen Kokuho(human living national treasure).
From Aoi Art : Judging from the Hamon, the sword maker tried to reinterpret the sword by Nagamitsu from Kamakura period.
Speaking of it, I’ve just saw 2 Nagamitsu swords the other day, unfortunately the Hamon of them were faded away and the swords themselves looked blur. originally they must have been as gorgeous as this sword.
I can say that this is the masterpiece of the reinterpretation of Nagamitsu’s sword.
Aoi Art estimation paper : whole Oshigata