Ordering number : 19357
Tachi in Shirasaya with Koshirae.(Juyo Token #46)
Signature : Bizen Kuni Osafune Jyu Chikakage. Ryakuo- 4 Nen ‘ gatsuhi.
Sayagaki translation : Made by Chikakae in Osafune of Bizen province, one day in July, 1341. One of important possessions of the Owari Tokugawa family.
(We divide 4 sections for each sword as Saijyo saku, Jyojyo saku Jyo saku and regular saku)
This sword belongs to the top ranking.
The blade was polished.
Habaki : Gold foiled double Habaki.
Blade length : 71.515 cm or 28.15 inches.
Sori :1.515cm or 0.59 inches.
Mekugi : 2
Width at the hamachi : 2,59cm or 1.02 inches.
Width at the Kissaki : 0,86 cm or 0.34 inches.
Kasane : 0,63cm or 0.25 inches.
Weight of the blade : 555 grams
Era : Late Kamakura to early Nanbokucyo Ryakuo 4th 1341.
Shape : The sword is almost Ubu. the width, the thickness, and the Sori are moderate. the Kissaki is longer.
Jigane : Small Itame-hada mixed with small Mokume-hada.There’re Jinie and Utsuri apparent.
Hamon : Small Nie-deki, Suguha with soft Nioikuchi. It has small Ashi partially.
Special Feature : Chikakage was a student of Nagamitsu. He learned under his teacher with Kagemitsu and Sanenaga together.
He was active from the end of Kamakura period to the early Nanbokucho period. his fellow Kagemitsu was active in the same period also. Sine the way they inscribed the signature is very similar, they might have a close relationship.
Their styles are also very similar, but the Hamon of Chikakage swords has Nie richer and the Sansaku Boshi stand out more than these of Kagemitsu.
Koshirae : Tachi Koshirae.
Saya : On the black Ishimeji saya, the Kikyomon family crests painted by Takamakie.
Tsuba : Tachi Tsuba, the Kirimon family crest.
Menuki : Shakudo plate, the ear of rice.
Fuchikashira : Kojiri and other fittings are Syakudo nanako.
From Aoi Art : This Tachi has some typical characteristics of Chikakage swords, namely the Itame-hada that contains Masame-hada, Utsuri, the Suguha mixed with small Gunome that has small Ashi, Kinsuji, and Sunagashi.
The signature is done in Sakasa-Tagane(reversed chisel strokes) which was the way Chikakage, Nagamitsu, and Kagemitsu inscribe their signature.
The production date inscription is really precious. the Nakago is almost Ubu and as there’s no Bo-hi on the Shinogi-ji, you can see the Jigane well.
The Sayagaki by Dr. Kanzan says this sword was one of the possessions of the Owari Tokugawa family.
It’ll be really nice if you have this sword as your family heirloom.
NBTHK 46th Juyo Token
Aoi Art estimation paper: whole Oshigata.