Ordering number: 22143
Katana in Shirasaya (NBTHK Tokubetsu Hozon Paper)
Signature: Hoki no kami Heichoshin Masayuki (Shin-shinto, Jo-josaku. Wazamono.)
Kyowa 2nen Inu 2gatsu.(February, 1802)
(We divide 4 sections for each sword as Saijyo saku, Jyo-jyo saku Jyo saku and regular saku)
This sword belongs to Jyo Jyo Saku ranking.
The blade was polished.
Blade length : 70.0 cm or 27.55 inches.
Sori : 2.6 cm or 10.23 inches.
Width at the hamachi : 3.13 cm or 1.23 inches.
Width at the Kissaki : 2.47 cm or 0.97 inches.
Kasane : 0.62 cm or 0.24 inches.
Weight of only blade: 850g
Era : Early Edo period. Kyowa era. (February, 1802)
Shape : This blade is very wide and massive Katana with very long Kissaki and deep Sori.
Jitetsu : Black Itame, with black Chikei attach.
Hamon : Nie based, Gunome midare, with soft and wide Nioikuchi.
There are many Ashi in Ha.
And there are Niju-ha and Hakikake and Sunagashi and Kinsuji in Ha.
Boshi is Midarekomi style.
This Hamon looks like Samonji.
Special feature : Hiki nokami Masayuki was born as a son of 2nd
generation Masayoshi in 1733. He was the most famous swordsmith in Satsuma province in ealry Shin-shinto age.
He studied under Masachika, and he engraved the signature Masayoshi in early works. He became the hired swordsmith of Satsuma clan in 1784. And he was allowed to engrave “Hoki no kami” in 1789, and then, he changed his signature to Masayuki.
And he was allowed to engrave “Heicho-shin” in 1790. He wrote the book “Ren-Tou Sahou-den (Manner of making sword)” and he educated more than 40 swordsmith. In 1819, he passed away.
This blade has the best quality Jitetsu in his works. Also Hamon is very beautiful, and he might made this blade to aim Masamune. The blade shape is very nice.
NBTHK Tokubetsu Hozon Paper
Aoi Art estimation paper : whole Oshigata.