Katana in Shirasaya
Signature : Sado Fukuura Junin Shinbo Yoshiharu
Oite Utashiro Jo Ato
Kyosei ji Homare kore ji Fukakan
Explanatipn: Shinbo Yoshiharu made this sword at the site of the Utashiro castle.
There is a poem, it means that even if people praise, you have to stop being affected by them.
(We divide 4 sections for each sword as Saijyo saku, Jyojyo saku Jyo saku and regular
This sword belongs to saijyo saku ranking.
The blade was polished.
Habaki : silver single habaki.
Blade length : 73.2 cm or 28.8 inches.
Sori : 1.8 cm or 0.71 inches.
Mekugi : 1
Width at the hamachi : 3.71 cm or 1.46 inches.
Width at the Kissaki : 3.04 cm or 1.20 inches.
Kasane : 0.64 cm or 0.25 inches.
The weight of the sword 990 grams.
Era : Modern times
Shape : The blade is wide and thick with large wrap. There are Bo-hi and Soehi on the
both sides of blade. It has long kissaki.
Jigane : Ko-itame hada fine grained and looks like muji style.
Hamon : Niedeki gunome midaire with deep nioikuchi. There many sunagashi and long kinsuji, especially from monouchi to kissaki on the back side. Bo-shi is niedeki gunome midaire, and turns back sharply.
Special feature: This is supposed to be a copy of Kiyomaro, and it is the masterpiece of Shinbo Yoshiharu. Hamon is very good and his great efforts are strongly paid off on the blade from monouchi to the tip . I think jigane could better, if it is not made by NBTHK tamahagane, but in that limitation, this is the best condition.
From Aoi Art: Utashiro castle was in Sado Island in Nigata prefecture, and it was destroyed in 1589 by Uesugi Kagekatsu, an adoption of Uesugi Kenshin. Inscription on the back side that 挙世而誉之而不加勧 is a word of the Zhuanzi, an ancient Chinese text. It means you have to stop being affected by public praise. Following the words, it is said that you must not give up in spite of criticisms.
Aoi Art estimation paper: whole Oshigata.