Katana in Shirasaya(NBTHK Tokubetsu Hozon Token)
Signature: Suifu Junin Minamoto Norimatsu Sakiu No
Ansei 6 ki Nagatsu Hi
Explanation: Norikatsu made this sword at Ansei 6Nen February.
(We divide 4 sections for each sword as Saijyo saku, Jyo-jyo saku Jyo saku, and regular saku)
This sword belongs to ranking.
The blade was polished by the high-ranking polisher.
Habaki: Gold foiled single habaki.
Blade length:67.0 cm or 26.4 inches.
Sori:1.1 cm or 0.433inches.
Width at the hamachi:3.21cm or 1.264 inches.
Width at the Kissaki:2.42cm or inches.
Kasane:0.81cm or 0.32inches.
The weight of the sword:945 grams.
Era: Edo period Ansei 6Nen 1860.
Shape: This blade is wide and thick heavy with rather deep sori and big Kissaki very healthy blade.
Jigane: Masame hada well grained with jinie attach beautiful Sasame texture.
Shinogiji: Masame hada well grained with jinie attach beautiful Sasame texture.
Hamon: konie deki suguha deki with nezumi ashi, small nashi scatter, and also kuichigai-ha. From the monouchi area, rather deep nioikuchi.
Special feature: Suifu Jyunin Minamoto Norikatsu, commonly known as Hikoroku,
learned the training technique from Norimune.
He later went to Edo and learned from Hosokawa Masayoshi and Unjyu Korekazu.
During the Bunkyu period, he moved to the residence of the Mito
Domain in Koishikawa and produced numerous works.
He died on February 29, 1897, at the age of 64
I think it would have been extremely disappointing for the first Norikatsu to have had to give up his job as a result of the Haitō Edict in the 4th year of the Meiji era.
From Aoi Art: Norikatsu of this work is the first inscription and the
the inscription is engraved with a cursive inscription.
He makes most of his work in Masame kitae and his technique is excellent.
This work is also Masame deki, but you can see masame well by applying a little
clogging polishing, but there is no need to polish it at all. Nakago is a
longer and more solid work than the usual sword makers in order to
create a work with excellent sharpness by interacting with the samurai
of the Mito domain. It weighs 945 grams and is the preferred body of
Mito samurai. I highly recommend the Mito swordsmith Suihu Jyunin
Norikatsu, who hasn’t come out recently.
NBTHK Tokubetsu Hozon Token