Ordering number: 22175
Katana in Shirasaya(NBTHK Tokubetsu Hozon Token)
Signature: Haja Amada Akitsugu
Tame Aizawa Yasuo Shuku Shugaku Chichi Toshio Okuru Kore
Showa Kinoe Tora 2 Gatsu Kichijitsu
translation: For Crushing Evil by Amada Akitsugu. Aizawa Toshio, a father of Aizawa Yasuo, presented this sword for his son for celebrating that he entered school.
(We divide 4 sections for each sword as Saijyo saku, Jyojyo saku Jyo saku and regular saku)
This sword belongs to Saijyo saku ranking.
habaki: Gold foiled double Habaki
The blade was polished.
Blade length:75.6cm or 29.76inches.
Sori:1.7cm or 0.66inches.
Width at the hamachi:3.5cm or 1.37inches.
Width at the Kissaki:2.7cm or 1.06inches.
Kasane:0.7cm or 0.27inches.
The weight of the sword:1015grams
Era: Modern Times
Shape: The blade is broad and thick with deep Sori and longer Kissaki. Ububa is left. Powerful shape with 1015 weight blade.
Jigane： Koniedeki dense Jigane. Elaborate and beautiful.
Hamon： Niedeki Gunomemidare with deep Nioikuchi, everything in order. Boshi is Midarekomi and turns back with sharp tip.
Special feature: The best rank of the modern swordsmith, Juyo Mukei Bunkazai(Living National Treasure), Amada Akitsugu had made this masterpiece. Amada Akitsugu was born on 4th August 1927 in Nigata prefecture. His real name is Amada Seiichi. From 1940 until the end of the war, he studied at Nihonto Tanren Denshujo. After the war, he studied about reproduction of Koto blade, especially Sosu-Den. He made the blade in homemade iron not using Tamahagane which was made at NBTHK. He was awarded thrice prize at the Shinsaku Meito ten in 1977, 1985 and 1996. These prizes were the most treasured prize “Masamune prize”. At May 23rd, 1997, he became a human national treasure. In 1999, he received the Presidential Medal (Kyokujitsu shojusho). He is trying to make old Kamakura period texture. He had his own factory for making Tamahagane and researched old quality of Kamakura swords. He passed away at June 26th 2013 age of 85 years old.
NBTHK Tokubetsu Hozon Token paper
Aoi Art estimation paper: whole Oshigata by Ayaka Tsuruta