Ordering number: 22708
Katana in Shirasaya(NBTHK Tokubetsu Hozon Token)
Signature: Mito Ju Sukemitsu Tsukuru
Meiji 2 Nen 2 Gatsu Hi
shinshinto： Chujyo saku: Mito
(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: Gold foiled single Habaki.
The blade is polished.
Blade length:69.2cm or 27.24inches.
Sori:1.1cm or 0.43inches
Width at the hamachi:3.13cm or 1.23inches.
Width at the Kissaki:2.12cm or 0.83inches.
Kasane:0.73cm or 0.28inches.
The weight of the sword:795grams
Era: Meiji 2
Shape: The blade is normally broad and thick with shallow Sori and longer Kissaki. Ububa is left. The blade is in a good condition.
Jigane: Koitamehada is grained well. Beautiful Jigane.
Hamon: Niedeki, Chojimidare with deep Nioikuchi and Gunomemidare with uneven changes of height. Boshi is Midarekomi.
Special feature: Mito Ju sukemitsu is a swordsmith from Yokoyama school. He was originally from Bizen province and his real name was Yokoyama Kijuro. He was born in Bunsei 3.
From Aoi Art: Generally, he made with Yokoyama school style, but this work has quite different style: Midareba with extreme Niedeki like Soshuden. Sunagashi and Kinsuji work well in Ha. According to Tsuruta’s idea, he tried to make something new just before the Haito Edict. Mito Ju Sukemitsu made long Nakago with small Sori. His works are famous for being sharp. We can say that it is very rare to see this kind of work by him, and this has to be the best masterpiece of him.
NBTHK Tokubetsu Hozon Token
Aoi Art estimation paper: whole Oshigata by Ayaka Tsuruta