Ordering number: 21328
Katana in Shirasaya with Tachi Koshirae.(18th NBTHK Tokubetsu Juyo Token)(Consignment Sale)
Signature :To-chika 遠近
Sayagaki: Bizen Kuni To-Chika Suriage 2 character signature. He is a son of the Tsuneto who was worked at Jyo-kyu .He was a founder of Hamon which is called Choji-Midare. This blade is very fine and it has an Origami which was written by Honami Mitsu tune, the sword belonged to Daimyo Matsudaira
Terusada Jyoshu Takasaki cran .
Origami: Bizen Kuni Tochika Bizen Kuni Tochika: Genuine
Length: 2 Shaku 2sun hann. Dai Kinsu 5 mai (67.27cm)
Enpo 4Nen Tatsu(1676). Honami
This sword is mentioned on Fujishiro To-ko Jiten(swordsmith dictionary). page 39.
Koto: Jyo Jyo Saku : Bizen.
(We divide 4 sections for each sword as Saijyo saku, Jyojyo saku Jyo saku and regular saku)
This sword belongs to Saijyo saku ranking.
The blade was polished.
Habaki: Gold foiled double habaki.
Blade length : 67.27cm or 26.5 inches.
Sori :1.67 cm or 0.66 inches.
Width at the hamachi: 2.86 cm or 1.126 inches.
Width at the Kissaki: 1.98 cm or 0.78 inches.
Kasane : 0.58 cm or 0.228 inches.
The weight of the sword 660 grams.
Era : Heian period Kenkyu era. 1190.
Shape: The blade is suriage but the signature is left clear.
The blade is regular width and thickness, deep sori, and longer kissaki, typical Kobizen style.
Jigane : Ko Itame Hada and Ko Mokume Hada mixed, Jinie attached. There are clear Utsuri.
Hamon : Ko Nie Deki, Choji Midare with thick Nioikuchi. In the Ha,
there are many Kinsuji and Sunagashi. Boshi is Notare a round shape.
Koshirae: Tachi Koshirae.
Saya : Black Ishime plate Saya.
Tsuba: Shakudo Nanako, the rim is covered with gold.
Menuki: Shakudo, the flower is engraved with gold color.
Ishizuki; Sekigane; Kabuto-Gane etc: Shakudo, arabesque and family crest are engraved with silver color.
From Aoi Art: This sword was made by To-Chika and was passed NBTHK Tokubetsu Juyo Shinsa. This is the best Ko-Bizen To-Chika’s sword. The sword also has an estimation paper which wrote by Mitsutsune of the Honami school. The sword was Suriage but the signature is left clearly, there is no doubt this is To-Chika’s genuine sword. Fujishiro swordsmith dictionary says this sword was made the end of Heian period, but Mr. Tanobe writes on Sayagaki that this sword is older and was made around the middle of the Kamakura period. But anyway, this sword was made in the Heian period and it is one of most old Katana in Japan. The condition is very good and we can not believe that this sword was made over 800 years ago. This is the only Tokubetsu Juyo sword we have at this moment, and it is not easy to find and get Tokubetsu Juyo swords. We strongly recommend this sword, please do not miss this chance.
18th NBTHK Tokubetsu Juyo papers
Honami Mitsutsune’s paper
Aoi Art estimation paper