Ordering number: AS23421
Katana: in Shirasaya with Koshirae.(NBTHK Tokubetsu Hozon Token)
Signature: Motte Nanbantetsu Syakutai Seiren No Yokei Hujiwara Yoshisada.
Meiji 3 Nen 8Gatsu Kichijitsu.
Our company classifies swords based on the craftsmanship quality into three levels:
Supreme, Excellent, and High. The quality of this piece ranks it as “Excellent.”Jyo Jyo saku.
Polished by good polisher polished this sword.
Habaki: Gold color single Habaki.
Blade Length: 71.2 centimeters
Curvature: 0.9 centimeters
Peg Hole: 1 hole
Base Width: 3.22 centimeters
Tip Width: 2.13 centimeters
Thickness: 0.81 centimeters
Sword Weight: 860 grams
Era: Meiji 3rd Year, August
Shape: This work features a broad, thick, slightly curved, elongated blade. The steel has a fine
ko-itame grain pattern, providing a beautiful base metal. The hamon exhibits a notare
midare pattern with a rounded tip and small feet.
Special feature: In the 4th year of Meiji, the Sword Abolishment Edict was enacted, forbidding
swordsmiths from creating Japanese swords. It’s believed that this work was created just
before that time, under strenuous efforts. Additionally, the use of Southern Barbarian Iron
and the term “red against fine forging” implies that the work was created using the
remaining steel from red-iron fine forging.
Tsuba: Circular iron guard with intricate dragon motifs, made using Nanban techniques.
Fuchi/Kashira: Gold-painted designs on an iron base.
Saya: Black lacquered scabbard.
Menuki: Raised dragon motif in red copper with gold-colored details.
From Aoi Art: The Sword Museum reveals that Fujiwara Mitsusada was a swordsmith from Owari
Province, also known as San’pin Ittou Saitou Mitsusada, active in the 2nd year of Keiou
(1866). This remarkably well-crafted work is both rare and precious. It showcases traces
of dedicated craftsmanship, created just before the Sword Abolishment Edict. While the
mounting isn’t exceptionally high-grade, the handle wrap is made of leather and the
mounting is created with old tools, making it a unique piece.
A work from a significant period:
NBTHK Tokubetsu Hozon Token
Aoi Art estimation paper