Ordering number: AS21503
Katana in Shirasaya with Koshirae.(NBTHK Tokubetsu Hozon Token)(NBTHK Hozon Tosogu for the Koshirae)
Signature: Moritaka Saku (Kongo Hyoue)
(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.
Habaki: Gold foiled single habaki.
Blade length:71.2cm or 28.03inches.
Sori:1.45cm or 0.57inches.
Width at the hamachi:2.93cm or 1.15inches.
Width at the Kissaki:2.05cm or 0.80inches.
Kasane:0.68 cm or 0.26inches.
The weight of the sword:730grams.
Era: The Muromachi period, Meio era.
Shape: The blade is broad and thick, Shinogi-ji is thick, Masame is sharp and visible, Boshi is long: well-shaped.
Jigane: Koitame-hada well flowing, flawless and no defect, really in good condition. Light Utsuri appears in Jigane.
Hamon: A bright work. Mainly Suguha Hamon with Hotsure, there works Koashi very well, Kissaki turns back round and there comes Hamon with Hotsure.
Special feature: It is thought that Moritaka was one of the religious groups, that is why they made Sotoba-like Hamon on Nakago-jiri, and almost all Hamon of them are like Suguha-deki. A work of 530 years ago.
Those times in Meio era(1492-1500), they had a lot of qualified metals, so they could make better swords, which we now find them great. Later, because the situation got worse and the wars started, the quality of metals became worse and worse.
Koshirae: NBTHK Hozon Tosogu Tachi-koshirae
Kashira: Shakudo-Nanako plate painted with gold.
Saya: Aogai-chirashi Saya, family crest with hawk is engraved with gold color.
Menuki: Shakudo-Nanako plate, hawk feather is engraved with gold and copper color.
From Aoi Art: Kongo Hyoejo Moritaka flourished in Meio era, around 1492. This Koshirae is wonderful Tachi-koshirae, which is in really good condition. And the blade keeps the condition still, even though it is a really old one. We can truly recommend this one for you.
NBTHK Tokubetsu Hozon Token
Koshirae: NBTHK Hozon Tosogu paper
Aoi Art estimation paper: whole Oshigata.