Ordering number: 22291
Katana in Shirasaya with Koshirae(NBTHK Hozon Token)
Signature :Nagamitsu 長光 (Showa)
(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 :64.4 cm or 25.35inches.
Sori : 1.5cm or 0.59inches.
Mekugi : 1
Width at the hamachi : 3.1cm or 1.22inches.
Width at the Kissaki : 2.3cm or 0.90inches.
Kasane : 0.65cm or 0.25inches.
The weight of the sword 770 grams
Era : During WW2, the Showa period
Shape : The blade is broad and thick with Sori and longer Kissaki. Well-shaped.
Jigane : Koitame gets dense. It looks like plain.
Hamon : Niedeki Suguha with small Gunomemidare. Ashi works well, and Koashi and Yo work well. Boshi turns back round.
Special feature: Nagamitsu is a swordsmith from Okayama prefecture, made swords in the Showa period, during WW2. His surname is Ichihara and he was a swordsmith approved by Japanese Army. He won a prize at Sword-making skills competition of Japanese Army. In those days, the governor of Okayama prison, Emura, asked Nagamitsu to teach sword-making to exemplary prisoners to give them skills after they are out of the prison. Emura also made swords by himself. He made prisoners polish swords, and they made some works which look like Shinshinto in the Edo period.
Tsuba: Tatemaru-shaped iron Tsuba. Autumn leaves, pine leaves, and spider are engraved. Around the late Edo period.
Fuchi: Shakudo plate. Autumn insects are engraved with gold color. It is supposed to be made by Mitsunaka.
Kashira: Copper plate. Pine leaves are engraved.
Saya: Dark-brown Saya.
Menuki; Shakudo plate. Horse is engraved.
From Aoi Art: This work has small Gunomemidare with active Ashi. It is a well-made blade by Nagamitsu. Koshirae has metal-fittings of the Edo period. We truly recommend this to you.
NBTHK Hozon Token paper
Aoi Art estimation paper: whole Oshigata by Ayaka Tsuruta