Ordering number: 23066
Katana in Shirasaya with Koshirae(NBTHK Tokubetsu Hozon Token)
Signature : Kin Zo In (Gold Inlay), Enpo 6 Tsuchinoe-Uma Nen 8 Gatsu 22 Nichi (August 22, 1678)
3 Do Saidan Kore, Seki Hanuemon Jo,
Hizen Koku Kawachi Kami Fujiwara Masahiro
(We divide 4 sections for each sword as Saijyo saku, Jyojyo saku
Jyo saku and regular saku)
This blade belongs to Jyo saku ranking.
The blade was polished.
Blade length : 71.0 cm or 27.95 inches.
Sori : 1.5 cm or 0.59 inches.
Mekugi : 2
Width at the hamachi : 3.10 cm or 1.22 inches.
Width at the Kissaki : 2.32 cm or 0.91 inches.
Kasane : 0.65 cm or 0.25 inches.
Era : Edo period, around Kanbun era.
Shape : Wide and thick, nice shape blade.
Suriage Machiokuri, All of the signature can be identified, and the cutting test remain firmly in place.
Jigane: The koitamehada is well grained. This is beautiful Hizen jigane, specifically a konuka hada.
Hamon : Nie Deki, Suguha with Ko-Ashi and soft Nioikuchi.
Boshi is round shape.
Special feature :A remarkable work with a deep nie-based straight temper line
and soft Ashi, with a wide body width of 3.1 cm and a long blade, showing no flaws or imperfections.
Tsuba (Guard): Oval iron tsuba with cherry blossoms and family crest in gold-colored enamel.
Edge (Rim): Iron base with engraved lines and gold-colored enamel.
Kashira (Pommel): Iron base with flowers and gold-colored enamel.
Saya (Scabbard): Black lacquered scabbard.
Menuki (Ornamental Handle Grip): Person standing on a long rock with a bird, done in gold-colored enamel.
From Aoi Art: This is a work with a severance inscription by SekiHanzaemon Jyo, created on the 6th day of the 8th month in the 6th year of Enpo (approx. 1678). Swords with severance inscriptions are becoming rare and are treated as precious items. It may become even more challenging to acquire such pieces in the future, possibly leading to further appreciation in value.
Historical Background: Crafted during the Kanbun Era of the Edo Period, with the severance inscription added in the 6th year of the Enpo Era.
If you would like to re-wrap the Tsuka Ito, we will do it free of charge(It takes about 1-2 months).
NBTHK Tokubetsu Hozon Token
Aoi Art estimation paper : whole Oshigata.