Ordering number: AS22276
Katana in Shirasaya with Koshirae(NBTHK Tokubetsu Hozon Token)
Mei: Kagasuke Fujiwara Ason Sukenaga Kimi Banzai
(Kimi Banzai: Hail to you.)
Kikumon 一Biyou Osafune Go Tomonari 56 Dai Mago
(translation: Originally from Biyou Osafune, the 56th grandchild of Tomonari)
shinshin to:Jyo saku:Bizen.
(We divide 4 sections for each sword as Saijyo saku, Jyojyo saku Jyo saku and regular saku)
This sword belongs to Jyo Jyo Saku ranking.
habaki: copper single habaki.
The blade was polished.
Blade length : 70.3cm or 27.67inches.
Sori :2.5 cm or 0.98inches.
Mekugi : 1
Width at the hamachi :2.98 cm or 1.17inches.
Width at the Kissaki :1.95 cm or 0.76inches.
Kasane : 0,71cm or 0.27inches.
The weight of the sword 675 grams
Era : The Tempo era, the Edo period
Shape : The blade is broad and thick with Ububa left. Sori is deep and Kissaki is longer.
Jigane : Koitamehada is grained well to be elaborate Jigane. The blade looks plain.
Hamon : Nioideki from Hamachi. Suguha, and Gunome and unique Chojimidare after that. Ashi and yo work actively. Mainly gorgeous Chojimidare without any chaos. Everything is in order. Marvelously made.
Special feature: A second son of Sukehira. After his elder brother Sukemori was adopted by Sukesada family, he succeeded to his father and named himself as Tomonari 56 Dai Mago. (The 56th grandchild of Tomonari.) He passed away on the 2nd of June, Kaei 4, at the age of 57.
Koshirae: Tachi Koshirae
Tsuba: Shakudo Nanako, Sagari Fuji Mon is engraved in gold color.
Menuki: Sagari Fuji Mon is engraved in gold color.
Fuchikashirae: Shakudo Nanako, Sagari Fuji Mon is engraved in gold color.
Saya: Black Roiro Saya with Sagari Fuji Mon gold Makie.
From Aoi Art: Swords made in this era are called “Tempo Uchi” and the most numbers of swords were made in this era. There were many famous swordsmiths like Koyama Munetsugu, Chounsai Tsunatoshi, Naotane etc, and Sukenaga was one of them. We can say that we know the quality only by seeing the era. We are truly impressed by its quality. It is an astonishing quality of Choji with Ashi.
NBTHK Tokubetsu Hozon Token
Aoi Art estimation paper
whole Oshigata by Ayaka Tsuruta