Ordering number: AS22414
Katana in Shirasaya with Koshirae(NBTHK Tokubetsu Hozon Token)
Signature: Moritatsu Saku
Chu Koto(middle Koto) Chikuzen
(We divide 4 sections for each sword as Saijyo saku, Jyojyo saku Jyo saku and regular
This sword belongs to Jyo Jyo saku ranking.
habaki: Gold foiled single Habaki
The blade was polished.
Blade length:72.8cm or 28.68inches.
Sori:3.1cm or 1.22inches.
Width at the hamachi:2.87cm or 1.12inches.
Width at the Kissaki:1.85cm or 0.72inches.
Kasane:0.63cm or 0.24inches.
The weight of the sword:635grams
Era: The Muromachi period
Shape: The blade is normally broad and thick with deep Sori and longer Kissaki. There are Bohi on the both sides. The end of Nakago is Sotoba-shaped. Hamachi goes upwards.
Jigane: Itamehada mixed with Mokumehada with Masame atmosphere. Elaborate Jigane with light Utsuri.
Hamon: Koniedeki Suguha with Notare. Boshi turns back round largely.
Special feature: Kongo Hyoe school is said to be founded by Nyusai or Sairen, and it flourished from the Kamakura period to the late Muromachi period. This Moritatsu has to be omission, and it has to be very old because Jigane is very elaborate and the style is very elegant. Works from the Muromachi period tend to be a little bit rough and have Hadame(rough parts) on the surface. Every swordsmith make the end of Nakago like
Sotoba shape, and Suguha Hamon.
Tsuba: Round-shaped iron Tsuba. Plants are engraved with openwork. It is supposed to be Shoami Tsuba.
Fuchi: Shakudo-Nanako plate, dragon is engraved with gold color.
Saya: Black Roiro Saya
Menuki: Kurikara dragon is engraved.
From Aoi Art: This swordsmith is not listed on Meikan(swordsmiths dictionary). The blade has extremely deep Sori and elaborate Jigane, so it has to be very old. Tsuruta thinks that it could be from the early Muromachi period at latest. It passed NBTHK Tokubetsu Hozon Token. Koshirae is also well-made and we truly recommend this to you.
NBTHK Tokubetsu Hozon Token paper
Aoi Art estimation paper: whole Oshigata by Ayaka Tsuruta