Ordering Number: AS23117
Katana in Shirasaya(NBTHK the 67th Juyo Token)
Signature: Mumei(judged as Katayama Ichimonji,片山一文字)
Sayagaki of spare Saya(translation): The Length 2 Shaku 3 Sun 6 Bu. Yoshioka Ichimonji. Price-13 gold coins.
(We divide 4 sections for each sword as Saijyo saku, Jyojyo saku Jyo saku and regular saku)
This sword belongs to Saijo saku ranking.
The blade is polished.
Habaki: Gold foiled double Habaki with gold family crests
Blade length:71.3cm or 28.1inches.
Sori:2.4cm or 0.94inches.
Width at the hamachi:3.0cm or 1.2inches.
Width at the Kissaki:2.0cm or 0.8inches.
Kasane:0.6cm or 0.2inches.
The weight of the sword:690grams
Shape: The blade is Osuriage Mumei with deep Sori and enough broadness. Kissaki is slightly long The shape is very beautiful. There is no Hi on Shinogiji so we can appreciate Jigane very well.
Jigane: Koitamehada and Mokumehada with Jinie. Oitamehada with Jinie and Utsuri.
Hamon: Almost Nioideki, Chojimidare is mixed with xunomemidare. Reversed Choji mixes in with deep Nioikuchi and lots of Ashi. There is Homarekizu on Mune 30cm from the start of the back.
Era: The late Kamakura period
Features: We call the swordsmith clan “Katayama Ichimonji” because Norifusa from Fukuoka Ichimonji school moved to Katayama. Katayama is said to have been in Bizen or Bicchu artist, but it is not clear. Norifusa’s works have several deffrent styles of inscription, and its styles varies widely, so it is said that there were not only one Norifusa but several generations.
Their characteristics are strong and bright Jigane and smaller Chojimidare with small particles of Ashi in Ha.
From Aoi Art: This sword doesn’t have Hi in Shindig-ji, so You can enjyoy the Jigane well. The sword has a reversed Choji with well-defined legs, which makes it look more like Yoshioka Ichimonji than Katayama as indicated on the sayagaki of the spare Saya. However it passed Juyo Token as Katayama Ichimonji.This sword has been polished to the highest quality, the jigane is very beautiful, and the Hamon is well drawn out. Katayama Ichimonji is said to have been active from the late Kamakura period to the early Muromachi period. This work is thought to have been made in the late Kamakura period.
NBTHK the 67th Juyo Token
Aoi Art estimation paper:whole Oshigata by Ayaka Tsuruta
Auction starting Price:4,500,000 JPY-.