Ordering number: 22095
Katana in Shirasaya(NBTHK the 33rd Juyo Token)
Signature : Higo Daijo Fujiwara Shimosaka(the 1st Yasutsugu)
Sayagaki(translation): An early piece of work by the 1st Yasutsugu, Higo Daijo Fujiwara Shimosaka. It is really rare to find this kind of work. Beloved by Mr. Saito Moichiro. Blade Length: 2 Shaku 4Sun 6 Bu Han. Written on a lucky day in Summer, Showa 50 at Niigata by Dr. Kanzan.
Nihonto Dictionary Shinto, p.288
Yasutsugu Taikan, p5
Shinto Jyo Jyo saku: Musashi
(We divide 4 sections for each sword as Saijyo saku,
Jyojyo saku Jyo saku and regular saku)
This sword belongs to Saijyo saku ranking.
The blade was polished by high ranking polisher.
Habaki : Gold foiled double habaki.
Blade length:74.55cm or 29.35inches.
Sori:1.82cm or 0.71inches.
Width at the hamachi:3.0cm or 1.18inches.
Width at the Kissaki:2.1cm or 0.82inches.
Kasane:0.62cm or 0.24inches.
The weight of the sword:765grams
Era:The Keicho era, the Edo period.
Shape: The blade is broad an thick with deep Sori and longer Kissaki.
Jigane: Koitamehada is grained well with Jinie and Chikei. Hadame is visible.
Shinogiji: Masame is grained well in Koitamehada. Beautiful Jigane.
Hamon: Niedeki Ko-Gunomemidare, Koashi, Ashi works well long. Sunagashi and long Kinsuji work well in Hachu. Boshi is Notare-ish and turns back in a small circle.
Special feature: This Yasutsugu sword is an old well-known work, which is on Fujishiro Swordsmith Dictionary and Yasutsugu Taikan. Originally this belonged to Mr. Saito Moichiro. We have some Higo Daijo Fujiwara Shimosaka Mei and there are 10 examples in Yasutsugu Taikan. He has one work which was approved as an important cultural property. It is a Hirauchi work with bamboo and plum blossoms engraving without Mekugi hole, and was dedicated to deities and Buddhas.
From Aoi Art: This sword was registered on the 31st of March in Showa 26, a little while after the WW2, so to speak „Daimyo Registration“. Dr. Kanzan has published Yasutsugu Taikan and this sword is on his book. His writing of those days and the ones of later days are very different. We truly recommend this one to you.
NBTHK the 33rd Juyo Token
whole Oshigata by Ayaka Tsuruta